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 BluffsCover Image, Shoestring

Kyle Perry
Penguin
ISBN 9781760895679
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of 'the Hungry Man' still haunts locals to this day.


A Room Made of LeavesCover Image, Shoestring

Kate Grenville
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781922330024
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 39.99
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What if Elizabeth Macarthur - wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney - had written a shockingly frank secret memoir? And what if novelist Kate Grenville had miraculously found and published it? That's the starting point for A Room Made of Leaves, a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented.


Ghost Species
Cover Image, Warhol

James Bradley
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9781926428666
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Thrillingly original, Ghost Species is embedded with a deep love and understanding of the natural world. A scientist joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, and becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals.  


The Nickel Boys

Cover Image, Rain Heron

Colson Whitehead
Fleet Publishing
ISBN 9780708899427
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 22.99
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The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in 1960s Florida. A devastating, driven narrative by a great American novelist whose work is essential to understanding the current reality of the United States. 


The Rain Heron

Cover Image, Rain Heron

Robbie Arnott
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781922268778
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Ren lives alone on the remote frontier of a country devastated by a coup. High on the forested slopes, she survives by hunting and trading-and forgetting. But when a young soldier comes to the mountains in search of a local myth, Ren is inexorably drawn into her impossible mission. As their lives entwine, unravel and erupt-as myths merge with reality-both Ren and the soldier are forced to confront what they regret, what they love, and what they fear.


There Was Still LoveCover Image, There Was Still Love

Favel Parrett
Hachette
ISBN 9780733630682
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Favel Parrett's deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shine through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. It is a tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love. No matter what.

Winner of Indie Book Awards - Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year 2020.


Rodham

Cover Image, Warhol

Curtis Sittenfeld
Penguin
ISBN 9781857526137
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men. Uncannily astute and witty in the telling, Rodham is a brilliant reimagining of what would have happened if Hillary Rodham had turned down Bill Clinton.


Trace Elements
Cover Image, Warhol

Donna Leon
William Heinneman
ISBN 9781785152443
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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A woman's cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Leon's haunting twenty-ninth Brunetti novel.


The Beautiful MotherCover Image, Warhol

Katherine Scholes
Penguin
ISBN 97810143795346
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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In a remote corner of Tanzania, Essie Lawrence lives with her husband in an archaeologist's camp. One morning a chance encounter with two strangers sees her making a rash promise. When she returns home to the research base, she has a baby in her arms. Essie is to care for the little girl until the coming of the rains. And then hand her back. A passionate story that travels all the way from Tasmania and East Africa.


A Treacherous CountryCover Image, Warhol

K.M. Kruimink
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760877408
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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There is a woman, somewhere, here, in Van Diemen's Land, called Maryanne Maginn. Gabriel Fox, the young son of an old English house, arrives in a land both ancient and new. Drawn by the promise of his heart's desire, and compelled to distance himself from pain at home, Gabriel begins his quest into Van Diemen's Land. His guide, a Cannibal who is not all he seems, leads him north where Gabriel might free himself of his distracting burden and seek the woman he must find.

Winner of the Vogel Prize 2020.


The Dickens BoyCover Image, Warhol

Tom Keneally
Vintage
ISBN 9781760893194
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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The tenth child of Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, had consistently proved unable 'to apply himself ' to school or life. So aged sixteen, he is sent, as his brother Alfred was before him, to Australia.


ClapperlandCover Image, Warhol

Terry Aulich
ISBN 9780648826507
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.95
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Can an evangelical pastor and former football star, Tommy Rayfinger make it to the the top of Australia politics? The relationship between Pastor Rayfinger and Paddy Kennedy's PR team becomes frayed as each spies on the other and the outcome is murder. Then, it is market day in Hobart. No one is expecting the Salamanca Incident.


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.


Melting MomentsCover Image, Warhol

Anna Goldsworthy
Black Inc Books
ISBN 9781863959988
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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In her moving, captivating fiction debut, award-winning author Anna Goldsworthy recreates Adelaide and Melbourne of half a century ago, bringing a family to life as they move through the decades, challenging and caring for and loving one another, often in surprising ways. Charming and sharply observed, Melting Moments is, like Ruby herself, a gentle powerhouse.


Redhead By the Side of the RoadCover Image, Warhol

Anne Tyler
Chatto & Windus
ISBN 9781784743482
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Anne Tyler gives readers an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach - and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.


The Octopus and ICover Image, Warhol

Erin Hortle
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760875640
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Lucy and Jem live on the Tasman Peninsula near Eaglehawk Neck, where Lucy is recovering from major surgery. As she tries to navigate her new body through the world, she develops a deep fascination with the local octopuses, and in doing so finds herself drawn towards the friendship of an old woman and her son. As the story unfolds, the octopuses come to shape Lucy's body and her sense of self in ways even she can't quite understand.


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 Glass HotelCover Image, Warhol

Emily St. John Mandel
Picador
ISBN 9781509882816
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, comes a captivating novel of money, beauty, crime and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it


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.

ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2020.


The Rich Man's House

Cover Image, The Rich Man's House

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.


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.


Flamescover image a savage image

Robbie Arnott
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781922268211
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 22.99
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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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