Fiction

Our large fiction section includes popular latest releases, but we also have a particular focus on literary fiction. There are also sections for crime fiction and for fantasy and science fiction.

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First Person
Cover Image, North Water

Richard Flanagan
Random House
ISBN 9780143787242     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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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. 


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. 

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 CleanerCover Image, Jellyfish

Elizabeth Herrmann
Manilla
ISBN 9781786580245    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Judith Kepler has seen it all. She is a crime scene specialist. She turns crime scenes back into habitable spaces. She is a cleaner.  At the home of a woman who has been brutally murdered, she is suddenly confronted with her own past: the murder victim knew Judith was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances - parentage unknown. And the East German secret police were always there, in the background.  The Cleaner is a gripping thriller that will chill and intrigue, as the sins of the past catch up with the secrets of the present.


The Midnight WatchCover Image, Art Making

David Dyer
Penguin
ISBN 9780143783466     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 22.99 
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Based on the true story of the SS Californian, the ship that saw the Titanic's distress rockets and yet, unfathomably, did nothing. As the Titanic was sinking slowly in the wretchedly cold North Atlantic, she could see the lights of another ship on the horizon. She called for help by Morse lamp and the new Marconi telegraph machine, but there was no response. Why not? When the story of the disaster begins to emerge, it's a question that Boston American reporter John Steadman cannot let go. So begins his strange journey towards the truth.


The SelloutCover Image, The Heart Goes Last

Paul Beatty
Oneworld
ISBN 9781786070173
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 26.99
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A biting American satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.   The narrator of The Sellout is raised by his single father, a controversial sociologist, and spends his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes, he is shocked to discover after his father is killed that there never was a memoir.  Fuelled by this deceit, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: his hometown Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident - Hominy Jenkins - he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016.


True ColoursCover Image, Jellyfish

Kristin Hannah
Pan
ISBN 9781509835812
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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The Grey sisters have always looked after one another. Growing up on a sprawling ranch with an emotionally distant father, they had nowhere else to turn after their mother died. Winona, the oldest, craves her father's approval. Happier reading a book than riding a horse, she knows she isn't the daughter he wanted - but she's determined to prove her worth. Aurora is the peacemaker, trying to keep everyone happy, whilst hiding her own feelings. Vivi Ann, the youngest, is the star of the family. Beautiful and spirited, everything comes easily to her - until a stranger comes to town.


PondCover Image, Jellyfish

Claire-Louise Bennett
Picador
ISBN 9781760550936
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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Pond is Bennett's first novel and it may be read as 20 mostly interlinked stories, or as a novella fractured into twenty parts. It is narrated by a nameless woman living in a small cottage in rural Ireland. Its sections vary in length, with some as short as a few sentences, and each offers the reader insight into the quiet domestic existence of Bennett's narrator.


GoodwoodCover Image, Jellyfish

Holly Throsby
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760293734
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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A delightful debut novel of secrets and small town obsessions from Australian musician and songwriter, Holly Throsby. In 1992, when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood's most popular resident, Bart McDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes home. People die in Goodwood, of course, but never like this. They don't just disappear...As the intensity of speculation about the fates of Rosie and Bart heightens, Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood are left reeling.


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 ...


Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Cover Image, Art Making

Madeleine Thien
Granta Books
ISBN 9781783782666     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 27.99
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In Canada in 1990, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music, and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli, and the enigmatic pianist Kai struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a gripping evocation of the persuasive power of revolution and its effects on personal and national identity, and an unforgettable meditation on China today.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.


NutshellCover Image, Art Making

Ian McEwan
Vintage
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781911214335     
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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Trudy has betrayed her husband, John.  She's still in the marital home - a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse - but not with John. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old foetus resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.


Black Rock White CityCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

A.S. Patric
Transit lounge
ISBN 9781921924835     
Trade Paperback 2015
Price $AU 29.99
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Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovans cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australias suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams.

Winner of the Miles Franklin 2016.


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.


Our Souls At NightCover Image, Art Making

Kent Haruf
Picador
ISBN 9781447299370     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 19.99
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Addie Moore's husband died years ago, so did Louis Waters' wife, and as neighbours in Holt, Colorado they have naturally long been aware of each other. With their children now far away, both live alone in houses empty of family. The nights are terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk to. Then one evening Addie pays Louis an unexpected visit. Their brave adventures -their pleasures and their difficulties - form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night. This novel is an exquisite and moving story about love and growing old with grace. It is a lasting tribute to the extraordinary author who wrote it.


The Summer that Melted EverythingCover Image, Summer Melted

Tiffany McDaniel
Scribe
ISBN9781925321302
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: The year a heatwave scorched the small town of Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil. When local prosecutor Autopsy Bliss publishes an invitation to the devil to come to the country town of Breathed, Ohio, nobody quite expects that he will turn up. They especially don't expect him to turn up as a tattered and bruised thirteen-year-old boy. The Blisses believe the boy, who calls himself Sal, is a runaway from a nearby farm town. Then, as a series of strange incidents implicate Sal, and riled by the feverish heat wave baking the town from the inside out, there are some around town who start to believe that maybe Sal is exactly who he claims to be. But whether he's a traumatised child or the devil incarnate, Sal is certainly one strange fruit: he talks in riddles, his uncanny knowledge and understanding reaches far outside the realm of a normal child, and ultimately his eerily affecting stories of Heaven, Hell, and earth will mesmerise and enflame the entire town. 


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.
 

BarkskinsCover Image, Barkskins

Annie Proulx
Fourth Estate
ISBN 9780008191764    
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a "seigneur," for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters - barkskins. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years - their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.


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.


The SympathizerCover Image, Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen
Corsair
ISBN 9781472151360
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 22.99
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It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

Winner of The Pulitzer Prize 2016.


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.

A Little Life was one of the ABC The Book Club's Top 5 books last year, as voted by viewers. 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.


The Dark Flood RisesCover Image, The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Drabble
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781925355307
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 29.99
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In her beautifully imagined new book, Margaret Drabble is at her incisive best, exploring the end of life with her trademark humour, composure and wisdom.  Francesca Stubbs guides us through old age and death, as she has drinks with her dear friends, drops off mouth-watering suppers for her ex-husband, warm and cosy in his infirmity. She visits her daughter, Poppet, holed up as the waters rise in a sodden West Country, and texts her son Christopher in Lanzarote, as he deals with the estate of his shockingly deceased girlfriend. The questions of what constitutes a good death and how we understand it preoccupy this glittering novel.


The Heart Goes LastCover Image, The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood
Virago
ISBN 9780349007298
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 19.99
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Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine's job at a dive bar, they're increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience - a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own - they sign up immediately; but soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire take over, and Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. 

This book has received rave reviews and is highly recommended for anyone who loved The Handmaid's Tale.


The Guest CatCover Image, Last Painting

Takashi Hiraide
Picador
ISBN 9781447279402
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 19.99
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A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys accompany the cat; the days have more light and colour. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife; they go walking together, talk and share stories of the cat and its little ways, play in the nearby Garden. But then something happens that will change everything again. The Guest Cat is an exceptionally moving and beautiful novel and was the winner of Japan's Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, and was a bestseller in France and America.  This is great read for nature lovers and those interested in the mind of the writer.


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