Book Club Suggestions

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Milkman

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Anna Burns
Faber & Faber
ISBN 9780571338740
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 29.99
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Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018.


Bridge of Clay

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Markus Zusak
Picador
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781743534816
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 35.00
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Let me tell you about our brother. The fourth Dunbar boy is named Clay.  The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world. It is Clay who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins. He's building a bridge to transcend humanness, to survive.

Markus Zusak is the bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief and The Messenger.


Killing Commendatore

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Haruki Murakami
Random House
Genre: Fiction
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.


Normal PeopleCover Image, Art Making

Sally Rooney
Faber & Faber
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780571347292
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 29.99
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Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. 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. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.


The Silence of the GirlsCover Image, Art Making

Pat Barker
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
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 until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. 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.


Man Out of TimeCover Image, Art Making

Stephanie Bishop
Hachette
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780733636349
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 29.99
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The first time Stella sensed that something was wrong was on her ninth birthday. There was an accident, and when she opened her eyes there was the tang of blood in her mouth. Leon, her father, was beside her. But not quite there. In the winter, when her father finally came home from hospital, he looked different. Now he was missing. Stella's whole life has been stained by her father's very struggle to exist. Would this be her inheritance too?


The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year Old ManCover Image, Art Making

Jonas Jonasson
Fourth Estate
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780008303921     
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 24.99
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The sequel to Jonas Jonasson's international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.  It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they're not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un ...


LessCover Image, Long Way Home

Andrew Sean Greer
Little Brown
Genre: Fiction
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.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineCover Image, Long Way Home

Gail Honeyman
Harper Collins
Genre: Fiction
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.
 

The Only StoryCover Image, Jellyfish

Julian Barnes
Jonathan Cape
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781787330696
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 32.99
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First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.

Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction's greatest mappers of the human heart.


A Long Way From Home
Cover Image, Long Way Home

Peter Carey
Penguin Books
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143790389
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 19.99
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Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher whose job it is to call out the turns, the grids, the creek crossings on a map that will finally remove them, without warning, from the lily-white Australia they know so well.


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. 


Manhattan BeachCover Image, Long Way Home

Jennifer Egan
Little Brown
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781472150905
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 19.99
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Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.


Swing Time
Cover Image, North Water

Zadie Smith
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780141036601    
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either.Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.


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