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 Mirror and the Light #3 Wolf HallCover Image, Fascists Among Us

Hilary Mantel
4th Estate
ISBN 9780007480999
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 35.00
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With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.


The Personal History of David Copperfield (film tie-in)Cover Image, Fascists Among Us

Charles Dickens
Abacus
ISBN 9780349144320
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 19.99
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“You are too young to know how the world changes everyday,' said Mrs Creakle, 'and how the people in it pass away. But we all have to learn it, David; some of us when we are young, some of us when we are old, some of us at all times in our lives.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield


AgencyCover Image, Fascists Among Us

William Gibson
Penguin Books
ISBN 9780241237229
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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A new novel from cult sci-fi author William Gibson.  In an alternate time track, Hillary Clinton wins the election and Donald Trump’s political ambitions are thwarted.  Moving forward to London, 22nd century: cataclysmic events have killed 80 per cent of humanity opening the door to a shadowy start-up that hires a young woman to test a new product, a ‘cross-platform personal avatar’ developed by the military as a form of artificial intelligence.


The Weekend

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Charlotte Wood
Allen and Unwin
ISBN 9781760292010
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three.  By the author of the award-winning book The Natural Way of Things.

Longlisted for the Stella Prize 2020.


Damascus

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Christos Tsiolkas
Allen and Unwin
ISBN 9781760875091
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, Damascus explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer - class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile - and the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided.


The Dutch House

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Ann Patchett
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781526614957
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Told with Ann Patchett’s inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us.


Bruny

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Heather Rose
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760875169
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.


Fleishman is in Trouble

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Hachette
ISBN 9781472267061
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Finally free from his nightmare of a marriage, Toby Fleishman is ready for a life of online dating and weekend-only parental duties. But as he optimistically looks to a future that is wildly different from the one he imagined, his life turns upside-down as his ex-wife, Rachel, suddenly disappears. While Toby tries to find out what happened - juggling work, kids and his new, app-assisted sexual popularity - his tidy narrative of a spurned husband is his sole consolation. But if he ever wants to really understand where Rachel went and what really happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen it all that clearly in the first place.


The Rich Man's House

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Andrew McGahan
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760529826
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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n the freezing Antarctic waters south of Tasmania, a mountain was discovered in 1642 by the seafaring explorer Gerrit Jansz. Not just any mountain but one that Jansz estimated was an unbelievable height of twenty-five thousand metres. In 2016, at the foot of this unearthly mountain, a controversial and ambitious ‘dream home’, the Observatory, is painstakingly constructed by an eccentric billionaire - the only man to have ever reached the summit.


The TestamentsCover Image, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
Chatto & Windus
ISBN 9781784742324
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 30.00
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In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred? More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Winner of the Booker Prize 2019.


The Man Who Saw Everything

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Deborah Levy
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780241268025
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Electrifying and audacious, an unmissable new novel from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk. In 1989, Saul is hit by a car on the Abbey Rd crossing. He is fine; he gets up and goes to see his girlfriend, Jennifer. They have sex and then break up. He leaves for the GDR, where he will have more sex (with several members of the same family), harvest mushrooms in the rain, bury his dead father in a matchbox, and get on the wrong side of the Stasi. Deborah Levy presents an ambitious, playful and totally electrifying novel about what we see and what we fail to see, about carelessness and the harm we do to others, about the weight of history and our ruinous attempts to shrug it off.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.


On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong
Vintage
ISBN 9781787331501
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born - a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.


FortuneCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Lenny Bartulin
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760529307
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Prussia. Beginning on the very day he leads his triumphant Grande Armee into Berlin, Fortune traces the fate of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the glove. Spanning more than a century, the novel moves from the Napoleonic Wars to South America, and from the early penal settlement of Van Diemen's Land to the cannons of the First World War, mapping the reverberations of history on ordinary people. Some lives are willed into action and others are merely endured, but all are subject to the unpredictable whims of chance.


Daughter of Bad Times

Cover Image, Little Boy

Rohan Wilson
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760529130
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Rin Braden is almost ready to give up on life after the death of her lover Yamaan and the dread of working for her mother's corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived, trading his labour in an Australian immigration facility for a supposedly safe place to live. This is no ordinary facility, it's Eaglehawk MTC, built by her mother's company to exploit the flood of environmental refugees. Now Rin must find a way to free Yamaan before the ghosts of her past catch up with them both.


Normal People

Cover Image, Lovely Terrible Thing

Sally Rooney
Faber & Faber
ISBN 9780571334650
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 19.99
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Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2018.


Boy Swallows Universe

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Trent Dalton
Fourth Estate
ISBN 9781460757765
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 19.99
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Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is an instant Australian classic.

Indie Book of the Year 2019.
ABIA Book of the Year 2019.
Longlisted for the Miles Franklin 2019.


Flamescover image a savage image

Robbie Arnott
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781925603521
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 29.99
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Flames is a version of Tasmania where the landscape has a voice, a history, an impact on the lives of its inhabitants. A young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his twenty-three-year-old sister, Charlotte - who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.  The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island that takes us full circle. Flames sings out with joy and sadness. Utterly original in conception, spellbinding in its descriptions of nature and its celebration of the power of language, it announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in contemporary fiction.

Longlisted for the Miles Franklin 2019.
Winner of the Premier's Literary Awards 2019.


First Person
Cover Image, North Water

Richard Flanagan
Random House
ISBN 9780143787259    
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 19.99
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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.

Longlisted for the Premier's Literary Awards 2019.


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