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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InlandCover Image, Inland

Tea Obreht
Weidenfeld & Nichols
ISBN: 9780297867074
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life - her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband’s seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West.


HitchCover Image, The Yield

Kathryn Hind
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN: 9781760641337
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Amelia stands beside a highway in the Australian desert, alone except for her dog and the occasional road train that speeds past her raised thumb.  She looks for generosity or human connection in the drivers she finds lifts with, and she does receive that; but she is also let down. As Amelia  hitchhikes from one end of the country to the other, trying to outrun grief and trauma, will she be moving ever closer to the things she longs to escape?


The TrespassersCover Image, The Yield

Meg Mundell
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702262555
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.95
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A shipload of migrant workers departs the UK, dreaming of a fresh start in prosperous Australia, and for nine-year-old Cleary, deaf for three years, the journey promises adventure and new friendships. But when a crew member is found murdered and passengers start falling gravely ill, the Steadfast is plunged into chaos.


The YieldCover Image, The Yield

Tara June Winch
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780143785750
Trade Paperback 2019
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Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land - a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.


Good Girl Bad GirlCover Image, Novacene

Michael Robotham
Hachette
ISBN 9780733638053
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift - she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.


MinotaurCover Image, Minotaur

Peter Goldsworthy
Viking
ISBN 9780143795698
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Peter Goldsworthy's new novel features a blind detective determined to deliver justice to the man who shot him, even though his failed assassin has broken out of jail and is equally determined to finish the job. Cleverly structured around the five senses, and with the action confined to one week, it’s pacey and taut, with the cat-and-mouse tension leavened by lighter interludes. Goldsworthy is interested in all that his protagonist cannot see, as he is forced to meet evil, acting on a trust in his senses, and the ineluctable mystery that is memory.


Live a LittleCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Howard Jacobson
Jonathan Cape
ISBN 9781787331440
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything – including her own children. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he’s whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. There’s very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way, and find new meaning in what’s left. Told with Jacobson’s trademark wit and style, Live a Little is in equal parts funny, irreverent and tender.


The TestamentsCover Image, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
ISBN 9781784742324
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 30.00
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When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
 
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2019.
 
Due out 10/9/19.

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. 


Big SkyCover Image, Big Sky

Kate Atkinson
Doubleday
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780857526113
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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A brilliant new literary crime novel from number one bestseller Kate Atkinson: Jackson Brodie makes a highly anticipated return.
Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.


Cari Mora

Cover Image, Cari Mora

Thomas Harris
William Heinemann
ISBN: 9781785152191
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men.  Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of the immigration authorities. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before.


City of Girls

Cover Image, Frankissstein

Elizabeth Gilbert
Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781526610423
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg’s charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses.


Frankissstein

Cover Image, Frankissstein

Jeanette Winterson
Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 9781787331402
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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From ‘one of the most gifted writers working today’ (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire.  In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead…but waiting to return to life.  But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. ‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.


Good Omens

Cover Image, Little Boy

Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaimane
Gollancz
ISBN: 9781473227835
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 65.00
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The hilarious end-of-the-world novel from two of the giants of fantasy fiction, now a major TV series, illustrated for the first time ever by Paul Kidby! With a corrected text, twelve full colour illustrations and further pencil drawings. This is the definitive edition of this much loved book.


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.


Little Boy

Cover Image, Little Boy

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Faber & Faber
ISBN 9780571351022
Hardback 2019
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With the international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now in the third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis. Exhibiting the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics and anthropology that marks all Diamond’s work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient.


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 Man Booker Prize 2018.


A Lovely and Terrible Thing

Cover Image, Lovely Terrible Thing

Chris Womersley
Picador
ISBN 9781760554811
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink. In bestselling author Chris Womersley’s first short fiction collection, twenty macabre and deliciously enjoyable tales linked by the trickle of water that runs through them all will keep readers spellbound until their final, unexpected and unsettling twist…


Machines Like Me

Cover Image, Binding

Ian McEwan
Jonathan Cape
ISBN 9781787331679
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Ian McEwan's subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions- what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.

SpringCover Image, Spring

Ali Smith
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780241207055
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Boy Swallows Universe

Cover Image, Long Way Home

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.


The Hollow BonesCover Image, Hollow Bones

Leah Kaminsky
Vintage
ISBN 9780143788911
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Berlin, 1936. Ernst Schäfer, a young, ambitious zoologist and keen hunter and collector, has come to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, who invites him to lead a group of SS scientists to the frozen mountains of Tibet. Their secret mission: to search for the origins of the Aryan race. Ernst has doubts initially, but soon seizes the opportunity to rise through the ranks of the Third Reich. While Ernst prepares for the trip, he marries Herta, his childhood sweetheart. But Herta, a flautist who refuses to play from the songbook of womanhood and marriage under the Reich, grows increasingly suspicious of Ernst and his expedition.


The Largesse of the Sea MaidenCover Image, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Denis Johnson
Vintage
ISBN 9781784708177
Paperback 2019
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson, author of the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus’ Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.


An Orchestra of Minorities

Cover Image, Binding

Chigozie Obioma
Little Brown
ISBN 9780349143194
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Umuahia, Nigeria. Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the severity of the fall.

In this contemporary twist of Homer’s Odyssey, in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination. 

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.


UnshelteredCover Image, Art Making

Barbara Kingsolver
Faber & Faber
ISBN 9780571347018
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 32.99
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 2016 Vineland: meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against a world that seems to hold no mercy for her shattered life and family. Thatcher Greenwood, the new science teacher, is a fervent advocate of the work of Charles Darwin and is keen to communicate his ideas to his students. But those in power in Thatcher's small town have no desire for a new world order and both are asked to pay a high price for their courage.  Unsheltered explores the foundations we build in life, spanning time and place to give us all a clearer look at those around us.


Killing Commendatore

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Haruki Murakami
Random House
ISBN 9781787300194
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 45.00
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In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist's home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.


Flamescover image a savage image

Robbie Arnott
Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781925603521
Trade Paperback 2018
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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 award 2019.


First Person
Cover Image, North Water

Richard Flanagan
Random House
Genre: Fiction
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.


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