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 Living Sea of Waking Dreams
Cover Image, Waking Dreams

Richard Flanagan
Penguin
ISBN 9781760899943
Hardback 2020
Price $32.99
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In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna's aged mother is dying - if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight. When Anna's finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. All she can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.


Inside Story
Cover Image, Honeybee

Martin Amis
Jonathan Cape
ISBN 9781787332768
Trade paperback 2020
Price $34.99
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Inside Story is a novel that had its birth in a death - that of the author's closest friend, Christopher Hitchens. In this very intimate work we encounter the vibrant characters who have helped define Martin Amis, from his father Kingsley, to his hero Saul Bellow, from Philip Larkin to Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Jane Howard, and to the person who captivated his twenties, the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps.


Our Shadows
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Gail Jones
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781922330284
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Our Shadows is a story about three generations of family living in Kalgoorlie, where gold was discovered in 1893 by an Irish-born prospector named Paddy Hannan, whose own history weaves in and out of this beguiling novel. Nell and Frances are sisters who are close enough in age to be mistaken for twins. Raised by their grandparents, they now live in Sydney. Each in her own way struggles with the loss of their parents.
Little by little the sisters grow to understand the imaginative force of the past and the legacy of their shared orphan-hood. Then Frances decides to make a journey home to the goldfields to explore what lies hidden and unspoken in their lives, in the shadowy tunnels of the past.


The Godmothers
Cover Image, Honeybee

Monica McInerney
Penguin
ISBN 9781760893736
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life. Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, The Godmothers is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.


Honeybee
Cover Image, Honeybee

Craig Silvey
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760877224
Trade paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms


All Our Shimmering Skies
Cover Image, Shimmering Skies

Trent Dalton
Harper Collins
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781460753903
Trade paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. 


Anxious People
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Fredrick Backman
Michael Joseph
ISBN 9780718186623
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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A bungled attempted robbery develops into a hostage situation - and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police. Fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. Shouldn't it be a bit more dramatic? But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are...a funny novel and unpredictable novel from the author of A Man Called Ove.


The Wreck
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Meg Keneally
Echo
ISBN 9781760686208
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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It's 1820, and Sarah McCaffrey, fleeing arrest for her part in a failed rebellion, thinks she has escaped when she finds herself aboard the Serpent, bound from London to the colony of New South Wales. But when the captain's actions drive the ship into a cliff, Sarah is the only survivor. Adopting a false identity, she becomes the right-hand woman of Molly Thistle, who has grown her late husband's business interests into a sprawling real estate and trade empire. A moving tale of revolution, treachery and courage.


The Lying Life of Adults
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Elena Ferrante
Europa Editions
ISBN 9781787702400
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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Giovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are?  She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity.  A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend.


The LabyrinthCover Image, Carpathia

Amanda Lohrey
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781922330109
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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Erica Marsden's son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence. The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity.


Meanwhile in Dopamine City

Cover Image, Shoestring

DBC Pierre
ISBN 9780571228935
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $29.99
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Meanwhile in Dopamine City is the story of Lonny Cush, single parent, who is trying his best to protect his kids from the hysterical hyper-reality of 21st century life. His daughter wants more than anything else: her first smartphone. And so begins the silken silence as she drifts off to her room and down the rabbit hole of memes, trolls, hysteria and peer-pressure. What should Lonny do?

The Yield

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Tara June Winch
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780143785750
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

Winner of the Miles Franklin 2020.


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.


A Traveller At the Gates of Wisdom

Cover Image, Shoestring

John Boyne
Doubleday
ISBN 9780857526205
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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From the award-winning author of The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas, an epic tale of humanity: the story of two sons, one with his father's violence in his blood, one with his mother's artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years.


The SandpitCover Image, Line Tender

Nicholas Shakespeare
Harvil/Secker
ISBN 9781787301771
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
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A sophisticated literary thriller in the vein of Le Carre and William Boyd involving the disappearance of a nuclear scientist in Oxford.  A chance conversation with an Iranian nuclear scientist sets John Dyer onto a truly precarious path, and when Marvar and his son disappear, several sinister factions seem acutely interested in Marvar's groundbreaking research at the Physics Faculty and what he might have told Dyer about it.


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.


Little Eyes
Cover Image, Little Eyes

Samantha Schweblin
Oneworld Books
ISBN 9781786077943
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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A cuddly panda, a brightly-coloured dragon, a miniature crow: they are 'Kentukis'. Not quite a phone, not quite a toy, not quite a robot, Kentukis contain cameras which allow someone on the other side of the planet to access the most intimate moments of another person's life.  And it doesn't take long for these apparently innocent devices to fall prey to our dark obsession with technology. A zeitgeist novel for our technology-obsessed times.


HamnetCover Image, Warhol

Maggie O'Farrell
Tinder Press
ISBN 9781472223807
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99.99
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Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.


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 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

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Curtis Sittenfeld
Penguin
ISBN 9780857526137
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 9780143795346
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.


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.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020.


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 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.


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