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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.


Bruny

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Heather Rose
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
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A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN.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.


The TestamentsCover Image, The Testaments

Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction
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.


Three WomenCover Image, The Yield

Lisa Taddeo
Bloomsbury
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781526611659
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.  It reads like true crime, and will strike a nerve with anyone interested in compulsion and the need for desire.


FortuneCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Lenny Bartulin
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
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. 


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.


On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousCover Image, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong
Vintage
Genre: Fiction
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.


Normal People

Cover Image, Lovely Terrible Thing

Sally Rooney
Faber & Faber
Genre: Fiction
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.


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