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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The Trip of a Lifetime

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Cover Image, JellyfishMonica McInerney

Penguin
ISBN9780143786313
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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Monica McInerney's 12th novel tells the tale of Lola Quinlan, as she makes the decisive journey from South Australia all the way to Dublin, a place of memories still brimming with hurt.  


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 PowerCover Image, Jellyfish

Naomi Alderman
Penguin
ISBN 9780670919963    
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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**WINNER of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction**

Readers of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood will love this new take on women's lives in the here and now, as suddenly every man on the planet finds that they have lost control and women can inflict pain -even death - with a flick of the fingers.


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.


Into the Water
Cover Image, North Water

Paul Hawkins
Doubleday
ISBN 9780857524430
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now.


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. 


The Thirst #11 Harry Hole
Cover Image, North Water

Jo Nesbo
Harvill Secker
ISBN 9781911215295
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case. When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he's to finally catch the one who got away.


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. 

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
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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.


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 ...


Black Rock White CityCover Image, Lure of the Thylacine

A.S. Patric
Transit lounge
ISBN 9781921924835     
Trade Paperback 2015
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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
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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
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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.
 

The Last Painting of Sara de VosCover Image, Last Painting

Dominic Smith
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781743439951
Trade Paperback 2016
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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.

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 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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