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 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.
 
Due out 10/9/19.

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.


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
Price $AU 29.99
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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… 


Cape May

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Chip Cheek
W & N
ISBN 9781474609548
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It’s the end of the season and the town is deserted. As they tentatively discover each other they begin to realise that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happy-ever-after fantasy.  Just as they get ready to cut the trip short, a light goes on in one of the houses on their street and a decadent and glamorous set suddenly sweep them up into their drama - Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara’s lover; and Alma, Max’s aloof and mysterious half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn.


Machines Like Me

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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.

Memories of the FutureCover Image, Memories of the Future

Siri Hustvedt
Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 9781473694422
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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SpringCover Image, Spring

Ali Smith
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780241207055
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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After She's Gone

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Camilla Grebe
Zaffre
ISBN 9781474612074
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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For psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schoen, life is good. She and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren, have just returned from a dream holiday in Greenland and the symptoms of her early onset dementia seem to be under control.  They travel go to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town. Then Hanne is found wandering around the outskirts of Ormberg lost, hurt and confused - and Peter is missing. When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby covered in the victim’s blood, can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one - and where is Peter?


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.


IslandsCover Image, Islands

Peggy Frew
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760528744
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Helen and John are too preoccupied with making a mess of their marriage to notice the quiet ways in which their daughters are suffering. Junie grows up brittle and defensive, Anna difficult and rebellious. When fifteen-year-old Anna fails to come home one night, her mother's not too worried; Anna's taken off before but always returned. Helen waits three days to report her disappearance.  But this time Anna doesn't come back ...


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
Price $AU 19.99
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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

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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. 


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.


Fire and Blood

Cover Image, Long Way Home

George R. R. Martin
Harper
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780008307738
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 40.00
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Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.


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.


The End #6 My StruggleCover Image, Art Making

Karl Ove Knausgaard
Harvill Secker
ISBN 9781846558306
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 32.99
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The End is the sixth and final book in the monumental My Struggle cycle. Here, Karl Ove Knausgaard examines life, death, love and literature with unsparing rigour and begins to count the cost of his project.This last volume reflects on the fallout from the earlier books, with Knausgaard facing the pressures of literary acclaim and its often shattering repercussions. My Struggle is a project freighted with risk, where the bounds between private and public worlds are tested, not without penalty for the author himself and those around him.


The Silence of the GirlsCover Image, Art Making

Pat Barker
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780241338094
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 32.99
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The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting- Briseis. She was a queen of this land but now she is Achilles' concubine- a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. But, though no one knows it yet, they are just ten weeks away from the death of Achilles and the Fall of Troy, an end to this long and bitter conflict. Briseis will see it all - and she will bear witness.


LessCover Image, Long Way Home

Andrew Sean Greer
Little Brown
ISBN 9780349143590
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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Who says you can’t run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes-it would be too awkward-and you can’t say no-it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world...

This is a scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2018.


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 award 2019.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineCover Image, Long Way Home

Gail Honeyman
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780008172145
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 19.99
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Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.  One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.  Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

An astonishing debut that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness.
 
Winner of the Costa First Book Prize 2017.
 

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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