Fiction

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First Person

Cover Image, North Water

Richard Flanagan
Random House
ISBN 9780143787242     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 30.00
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Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghostwriting his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder- who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others- what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age. 


A Long Way From Home
Cover Image, Long Way Home

Peter Carey
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9781760551421
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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A new novel from a two-time winner of the Booker Prize.

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher whose job it is to call out the turns, the grids, the creek crossings on a map that will finally remove them, without warning, from the lily-white Australia they know so well.


Lincoln in the Bardo
Cover Image, Last Painting

George Saunders
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781408871751
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm - called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo - and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. 

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017.


Manhattan BeachCover Image, Long Way Home

Jennifer Egan
Corsair
ISBN 9781472150882    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.


Bridget CrackCover Image, Long Way Home

Rachel Leary
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781408886786
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Van Diemen's Land, 1826.  Bridget Crack is a convict servant in Hobart Town, with a cruel master and a desperate urge to change her fortune.  Running from her precarious existence into Tasmania's wilderness, she faces some fates worse than what she is running from.  Can she survive a brutish escape amongst bushrangers and unknown threats?  What will she have to do to survive?  


Swing Time
Cover Image, North Water

Zadie Smith
Penguin
ISBN 9780141036601    
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On BeautyTwo brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either.Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.


The Secrets She KeepsCover Image, Jellyfish

Michael Robotham
Hachette
ISBN 9780733638015
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, that life belongs to Meghan Shaughnessy. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.


Taboo
Cover Image, Jellyfish

Kim Scott
Picador
ISBN 9781925483741     
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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A new book from Kim Scott, twice-winner of the Miles Franklin Award.  This novel delves into the pain of Aboriginal Australia's past: a Noongar community visits a taboo place -  the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations. But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.


The Trip of a Lifetime

Cover Image, Jellyfish

Monica McInerney
Penguin
ISBN 9780143786313
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of a lifetime, taking her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Australia, she's keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland. But as she embarks on her journey, the flamboyant Lola is still hiding the hurtful reasons she left Ireland in the first place. What - and who - will be waiting for her on the other side of the world? 


House of Names
Cover Image, Long Way Home

Colm Toibin
Picador
ISBN 9781760551421
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, the murderess Clytemnestra tells of the deception of Agamemnon, how he sacrificed her eldest daughter - her beloved Iphigenia - to the Trojan campaign; how Clytemnestra used what power she had, seducing the prisoner Aegisthus, turning the government against its lord; plotting the many long years until her beacon fires announce the king's return ...Electra, daughter of a murdered father, loyal subject of the rightful king, studies Clytemnestra and her lover with cold anger and slow-burning cunning. She watches as they walk the gardens and corridors of the palace. She waits for the traitors to become complacent, to believe they are finally safe; she waits for her exiled brother, Orestes, for the boy to become a warrior, for fate to follow him home. She watches and she waits, until her spies announce her brother's return ...


Men Without Women
Cover Image, North Water

Haruki Murakami
Harvill Secker
ISBN 9781911215370
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 35.00
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"I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden." Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Cover Image, North Water

Arundhati Roy
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780241303986
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness spools outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, 'normalcy' is declared. Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. 

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things. 

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.


Norse Mythology
Cover Image, North Water

Neil Gaiman
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781408886809
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 27.99
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The great Norse myths are an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive on the page - irascible, visceral, playful, passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.


The Museum of Modern LoveCover Image, Art Making

Heather Rose
Allen and Unwin
ISBN 9781760291860     
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 27.99
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'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA. 

Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do...This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.  Heather was the inaugural Writer in Residence at The Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA) in Hobart 2012-13 where she did much of the research for The Museum of Modern Love. 

Shortlisted for the Premier's Literary Awards 2017
Winner of the Stella Prize 2017.


The Underground Railroad
Cover Image, The Heart Goes Last

Colson Whitehead
Doubleday
ISBN 9780708898406
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and they plot their escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her - but they manage to find a station and head north. Cora embarks on a harrowing journey, state-by-state, seeking true freedom. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey - Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in states in the pre-Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage, and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2017.


The North Water
Cover Image, North Water

Ian McGuire
Scribner
ISBN 9781471151262     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 19.99 
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1859, A ship sets sail with a killer on board. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship's surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself forced to act. Soon he will face an evil even greater than he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: harpooner, murderer, monster.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.


The Good PeopleCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

Hannah Kent
Picador
ISBN 9781743534908     
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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Nora Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheal. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference. Unable to care for the child alone, Nora hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow's house. Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheal. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken ...


Wild IslandCover Image, Art Making

Jennifer Livett
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760113834     
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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This well-researched and dazzling novel ingeniously entwines Jane Eyre's iconic love story with Tasmania's Sir John Franklin's great tale of exploration and empire. A brilliant and historically accurate depiction of Van Diemen's Land society in the 1800s, as well as a vivid portrayal of the human cost of colonisation, Wild Island shows us that fiction and history are not so different after all.


13-Point Plan For A Perfect Murder: A Pufferfish Tasmanian Mystery13 Point Plan

David Owen
ISBN 9780994561107
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 23.00
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Tasmania's rise as a tourist destination makes it an ideal location for the cashed-up international polo set, jetting in from Europe, Buenos Aires, Shanghai and LA, for their late summer carnival and relax-athon in the world's latest clean-green hot spot.  They play fiercely and party hard at the swish Polo Palace, built near beautiful beaches, through the largesse of an island-loving, polo-mad billionaire.  When this idyll is gruesomely interrupted by the murder of a dashing and wealthy Englishman famous for wielding his stick and ball, seasoned Detective Inspector Franz Heineken of the Tasmanian Police Force, aka Pufferfish, is called to investigate.  And investigate he does. 
 
This is book number 7 in the popular Pufferfish series.
 

The Last Painting of Sara de VosCover Image, Last Painting

Dominic Smith
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781743439951
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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Australian writer Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland as a master painter, the first woman to be so honoured. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, which hangs over the Manhattan bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibition of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive. As the three threads intersect with increasing and exquisite suspense, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerises while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.

Winner of the Indies Award for Fiction 2017.


A Little LifeCover Image, A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
Picador
ISBN: 9781447294832
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 19.99
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A Little Life is a depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

The narrative follows four college classmates — broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition — as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen and darken over the decades, the men are held together by their unshakable love for the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015


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