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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NessCover Image, Ness

Robert Macfarlane
Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 9780241396568
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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Five more-than-human figures - or forms, or forces - are traversing the landscape, moving steadily towards a point where they will converge and become Ness. Ness is the land awakened. Ness is lichen skin and willow-bower bones, condensing mist, tidal drift and deep time. Ness has hagstones for eyes and Ness speaks only in birds, firecrests in the day and swifts after dusk. And Ness has come to take this island back.


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.


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

Cover Image, The Dutch House

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.


The Cockroach

Cover Image, The Cockroach

Ian McEwan
Arrow
ISBN 9781529112924
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 16.99
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Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain - and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way: not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.


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

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

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.


Paris Savages

Cover Image, Paris Savages

Katherine Johnson
Ventura
ISBN 9781925384703
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Fraser Island, 1882. The population of the Badtjala people is in sharp decline following a run of brutal massacres. When German scientist Louis Müller offers to sail three Badtjala people – Bonny, Jurano and Dorondera – to Europe to perform to huge crowds, the proud and headstrong Bonny agrees, hoping to bring his people’s plight to the Queen of England.


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.


The Last of Her Kind

Cover Image, The Rich Man's House

Sigrid Nunez
Virago
ISBN 9780349012834
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 22.99
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It is Columbia University, 1968. Ann Drayton and Georgette George meet as roommates on the first night. Ann is rich and radical; Georgette is leery and introverted, a child of the very poverty and strife her new friend finds so noble. The two are drawn together by their differences; two years later, after a violent fight, they part ways.


The Institute

Cover Image, The Institute

Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 9781529355406
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts - telepathy, telekinesis - for concentrated effect. Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He’s just a regular 12-year-old, except he’s not just smart, he’s super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use…


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

Cover Image, Quichotte

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.


Quichotte

Cover Image, Quichotte

Salman Rushdie
Jonathan Cape
ISBN 9781787331921
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirise the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse, with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.


The Old LieCover Image, The Old Lie

Claire G. Coleman
Hachette
ISBN 9780733640841
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Shane Daniels and Romany Zetz have been drawn into a war that is not their own. Lives will be destroyed, families will be torn apart. Trust will be broken. When the war is over, some will return to a changed world. Will they discover that glory is a lie?


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.


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
Price $AU 32.99
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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.


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.


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.


Daughter of Bad Times

Cover Image, Little Boy

Rohan Wilson
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760529130
Trade Paperback 2019
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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.


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 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.


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.
Shortlisted for 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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