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See You In September

by Charity Norman

It was supposed to be just a short holiday... but when Cassy is lured to an idyllic valley called Gethsemane it's years before her friends and family see her again. Can her family rescue her before it's too late? A dazzling, gripping new novel about a young woman lured into a clutches of a doomsday cult by its charismatic leader, Justin.

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To Become a Whale

by Ben Hobson

The story of a young boy who has recently lost his mother, trying to make sense of the world of men and then embarking on a breathtaking adventure of his own - a stunning literary debut in the tradition of Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows and Tim Winton's An Open Swimmer.

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The Midsummer Garden

by Kirsty Manning

From medieval France to contemporary Tasmania, two remarkable women discover their strengths, passions and loves.

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Blame

by Nicole Trope

A tender and terrifying page-turner from the master of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama.

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The Wonder Lover

by Malcolm Knox

What's the worst thing that can happen to a man who has not one, not two, but three secret families on the go? A spectacular new work of imagination and audacity from one of our finest writers.

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The Teacher's Secret

by Suzanne Leal

A small coastal town is rocked by scandal when a beloved teacher is forced into early retirement.

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

by Dominic Smith

A dazzling and mesmerising story that charts the collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. A literary novel of breathtaking scope, ambition and achievement.

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Merciless Gods

by Christos Tsiolkas

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.

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Wife on the Run

by Fiona Higgins

When social media and a mobile phone expose a high school scandal and a husband's shameful secrets the only thing left to do is run. In the remarkable new novel from the bestselling author of The Mothers' Group a beleaguered wife and mother escapes it all on a family road trip - without technology - to reclaim her life and rebuild her family.

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The Lovers' Guide to Rome

by Mark Lamprell

A gorgeous multi-stranded love story set in Rome. One Day meets Roman Holiday!

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The Light on the Water

by Olga Lorenzo

A little girl disappears in the wilderness. Two years later her mother is arrested for her murder. A provocative and unflinching literary novel of love, guilt and grief set against the wilderness of the Australian coast.

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Bad Behaviour

by Rebecca Starford

It should have been a time of acquiring confidence, building self respect and independence, of fostering a connection with the natural world through long hikes. A gripping, compulsively readable memoir of bullying at an elite country boarding school.

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The Danish Girl

by David Ebershoff

A shockingly original novel based on the true story of the first first man to undergo a sex-change operation and the woman who loves him. One of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the 20th century, now a major motion picture starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper.

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The Eye of the Sheep

by Sofie Laguna

Told from the mesmerising point of view and in the inimitable voice of Jimmy, this is an extraordinary novel about a poor family who is struggling to cope with a different and difficult child.

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The Lake House

by Kate Morton

The morning after the Edevane's exclusive Midsummer Eve party in Cornwall in 1933, their youngest child, Theo, is nowhere to be found. After months of futile searching, the family pack up and leave their beautiful country home, never to return. Until, in 2003, a young female police officer stumbles into the lost gardens surrounding the abandoned house and determines to find out what happened.

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Half the World in Winter

by Maggie Joel

In 1881 in London, everything changes for the wealthy Jarmyn family. The misfortunes on the railway the family had built echoes the shocking death of nine-year-old Sofia Jarmyn. And at the heart of this family, a terrible secret is tearing their lives apart.

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Swimming Home

by Mary-Rose MacColl

In London in the mid-1920s, a young Australian and her aunt are each on a journey of self-discovery - one by attempting to swim the English Channel the other to rediscover the woman she used to be. From the bestselling author of In Falling Snow.

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The Natural Way of Things

by Charlotte Wood

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned property in the middle of a desert in a story of two friends, sisterly love and courage - a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted.

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Barracuda

by Christos Tsiolkas

Tender and brutal and blazingly brilliant, the new novel from the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap takes an unflinching look at modern Australia - at our hopes and dreams, our friendships and our families - and asks what it means to be a good person, and what it takes to become one.

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The Secret Son

by Jenny Ackland

An Australian historian determined to find the truth, a stolen inheritance, a wishing tree, a long-lost grandmother, and an unlikely sweetheart come together in a dazzlingly original, audacious and exhilarating novel about love, honour and belonging, and what it means to be a good person.

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A Good Place to Hide

by Peter Grose

They kept their heads down, they kept their mouths shut and they stuck together to offer sanctuary and shelter to over 3500 Jews in their small villages in the isolated upper reaches of the Loire. This is one of the great modern stories of unknown heroism and courage.

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Dangerous Games

by Larry Writer

A team of thirty-three Australian athletes competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Poorly prepared and with limited support, they bravely faced formidable competition. Larry Writer recreates their experience so vividly we can imagine ourselves in the famous stadium surrounded by swastikas.

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Palace of Tears

by Julian Leatherdale

The dazzling story of family, passion, secrets and vengeance, woven through the hardships of both World Wars, and revealing the intriguing history of the Palace, the opulent Blue Mountains hotel famed for its luxury and mysterious owner.

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Mothers and Daughters

by Kylie Ladd

A clear-eyed, insightful and wildly entertaining look into the complicated, emotional world of mothers and their teenage daughters by the acclaimed author of Into My Arms, Last Summer and After the Fall.

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Cicada

by Moira McKinnon

A stunning novel of terror, love and survival in the most inhospitable country on earth. A white-knuckle chase story like no other - suspenseful, lyrical and breathtaking in equal measure. The literary debut novel of 2014.

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The Power of Bones

by Keelen Mailman

A heartbreaking tale of childhood poverty, abuse and racism that happily becomes an inspiring story of an extraordinary woman's strength through adversity.

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The Wonder Lover

by Malcolm Knox

What's the worst thing that can happen to a man who has not one, not two, but three secret families on the go? A spectacular new work of imagination and audacity from one of our finest writers.

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At the Water's Edge

by Sara Gruen

A gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman's personal awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highlands village.

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The Grass Castle

by Karen Viggers

The story of two remarkable women and their stories of courage, forgiveness and acceptance from the bestselling author of The Lightkeeper's Wife.

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Goodbye Sweetheart

by Marion Halligan

From the author of Valley of Grace comes a powerful novel of love, the desire for understanding, and the inevitable messiness of life.

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The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

by Katherine Pancol

A warmly funny story about love, friendship, betrayal, money, dreams and a little white lie and its hilarious, life-changing consequences.

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In Stockmen's Footsteps

by Jane Grieve

Featuring many of the legends of the Australian outback, this is the extraordinary true story of how one ordinary woman grew up to champion Australia's outback heritage.

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Bad Behaviour

by Rebecca Starford

It should have been a time of acquiring confidence, building self respect and independence, of fostering a connection with the natural world through long hikes. A gripping, compulsively readable memoir of bullying at an elite country boarding school.

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Before I Go

by Colleen Oakley

There's just one thing more for Daisy to do - find her husband a new wife. A warm-hearted, funny, life-affirming story about the lengths we'll go to for the ones we love.

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Call Me Sasha

by Geena Leigh

Told with raw honesty, this is the true story of one woman's life as a callgirl - and her ultimate redemption.

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Chocolate Cake for Breakfast

by Danielle Hawkins

A wry, entertaining story about falling in love with a man whose shirtless picture adorns every second lunchroom wall and then doing your best when the relationship takes an unexpected turn .

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Wife on the Run

by Fiona Higgins

When social media and a mobile phone expose a high school scandal and a husband's shameful secrets the only thing left to do is . run. In the remarkable new novel from the bestselling author of The Mothers' Group a beleaguered wife and mother escapes it all on a family road trip - without technology - to reclaim her life and rebuild her family.

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Merciless Gods

by Christos Tsiolkas

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.

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To Name Those Lost

by Rohan Wilson

From the bestselling author of The Roving Party, comes a moving father and son story set amidst the beauty and the violence of the poor and preyed upon of our colonial past.

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Tumbledown Manor

by Helen Brown

A witty, entertaining novel about a woman who leaves the rat race for a quiet life restoring an old mansion from the bestselling author of Cleo.

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This Picture of You

by Sarah Hopkins

Gripping, insightful and moving - a searing story of love and betrayal, and a family coming apart at the seams. A breakthrough novel from one of the rising stars of Australian writing.

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The Eye of the Sheep

by Sofie Laguna

Told from the mesmerising point of view and in the inimitable voice of Jimmy, this is an extraordinary novel about a poor family who is struggling to cope with a different and difficult child.

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Coal Creek

by Alex Miller

The new novel from Australia's highly acclaimed literary treasure is an extraordinarily powerful exploration of tragedy, betrayal, the true nature of friendship and the beauty of lasting love.

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

by Karen Joy Fowler

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

By the author of worldwide bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club: you can't choose your family, but they can make choices for you. Big, life-defining choices. Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

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Drive By

by Michael Duffy

A searing, revealing, white-knuckle ride into the heart of a crime family straight out of tomorrow's headlines.

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The Word Ghost

by Christine Paice

Funny, moving, romantic, and a little bit spooky - a brilliantly told story of love, family and the occasional ghost.

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The Railwayman's Wife

by Ashley Hay

An acclaimed, heartbreaking novel of love and loss, and the healing power of memory and words.

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The Secrets in Silence

by Nicole Trope

A stunning novel about secrets and silence - and how sooner or later the truth must be spoken. Hard-hitting, gripping and unputdownable.

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Into My Arms

by Kylie Ladd

When Skye meets Ben their attraction is instantaneous and intense. Niether of them has ever felt more in synch - or in love - with anyone in their lives. What happens next will tear them both apart. Into My Arms is a searing love story and a gripping family drama - a shocking, haunting novel in the tradition of Jodi Picoult and Caroline Overington.

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Autumn Laing

by Alex Miller

Autumn Laing has long outlived the legendary circle of artists she cultivated in the 1930s. Now 'old and skeleton gaunt', she reflects on her tumultuous relationship with the abundantly talented Pat Donlon and the effect it had on her husband, on Pat's wife and the body of work which launched Pat's career. A brilliantly alive and insistently energetic story of love, loyalty and creativity.

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Plain Truth

by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman - and the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her.

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My Sister's Keeper

by Jodi Picoult

With her penetrating insight into the hearts and minds of real people, Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person, and what happens when emotions meet with scientific advances.

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Safe With Me

by Amy Hatvany

A provocative and compelling novel about two mothers and one daughter who are linked by tragedy and bound by secrets.

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The Undertaking

by Audrey Magee

In the tradition of Bernard Schlink's The Reader and Rachel Seiffert's The Dark Room, a stunning novel that shines an intense light on history and illuminates the lives of those caught up in one of its darkest chapters.

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On the Noodle Road

by Jen Lin-Liu

On honeymoon, a food writer questions how had food and culture moved along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking Asia to Europe - and what could still be felt of those long-ago migrations and discovers some surprising truths about commitment, independence, and love.

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Barracuda

by Christos Tsiolkas

Tender and brutal and blazingly brilliant, the new novel from the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap takes an unflinching look at modern Australia - at our hopes and dreams, our friendships and our families - and asks what it means to be a good person, and what it takes to become one.

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The Secret Keeper

by Kate Morton

In a bucolic English summer at the end of the 1960s, a young girl witnesses a shocking crime. Fifty years later, she sets out to find out the truth, uncovering layers of mystery and deception. Moving from London during the Blitz to the present day, this is classic Kate Morton: a compulsively-readable, entrancing mystery with a long held secret to be uncovered at its heart.

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Infamy

by Lenny Bartulin

Kate Grenville meets Cormac McCarthy in a hugely enjoyable rollicking, literary western set in the most isolated and feared penal colony of the British Empire. A novel full of breathtaking action, cut-throat villains and corrupt and deadly officials, you'll never think of Tasmanian history in the same way again.

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Floodline

by Kathryn Heyman

On the eve of a huge gay mardis gras a city is destroyed by a flood - a moving, passionate, original and utterly fresh novel from the acclaimed author of Captain Starlight's Apprentice.

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Buddhaland Brooklyn

by Richard C Morais

From the author of The Hundred-Foot Journey comes a fish-out-of-water story of a Japanese monk who unexpectedly finds his community in bustling Brooklyn.

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Game

by Trevor Shearston

A moving and brilliant literary novel about the last days of legendary bushranger Ben Hall.

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Questions of Travel

by Michelle de Kretser

Winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Award Questions of Travel is a dazzling, compassionate and deeply moving novel from one of world literature's rising stars.

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The Son-in-Law

by Charity Norman

A heart-catching, riveting and extremely engaging family drama for readers who love Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult.

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The Last Days of the National Costume

by Anne Kennedy

Narrated by one of the funniest, wisest literary observers of all time this is a brilliant, charming and heartwarming novel about illicit love, sewing, blackouts and Belfast.

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Three Hours Late

by Nicole Trope

A gripping novel about the terrible secrets of a marriage and a mother's love and desperation for fans of Jodi Picoult and Caroline Overington.

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The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

by Darien Gee

A poignant and heartwarming story about a group of women who form deep friendships through their love of scrapbooking - as memories are preserved, dreams are shared, and surprising truths are revealed. A novel about heart, about family and finding ourselves in places where we least expect from the bestselling author of Friendship Bread.

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The Mothers' Group

by Fiona Higgins

The acclaimed bestseller about a remarkable group of mothers and their trials, joys and secrets.

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The Town that Drowned

by Riel Nason

When fourteen-year-old Ruby Carson takes a tumble through the ice she nearly drowns. Coming to, she has a vision of her town under water that she shares with the assembled crowd. Already something of an oddity, the vision solidifies her status as an outcast. But as it turns out, she was right . . . A tender, funny and charming coming-of-age tale that will steal your heart.

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Grace Grows

by Shelle Sumners

'The first time I met Tyler Wilkie, I was dressed like a call girl. . '

And so begins the slow unravelling of the organised, responsible life of textbook editor girl, Grace, when she meets the super-charming, irresponsible, dogwalking boy. It's when all the trouble starts.

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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

by Dina Nayeri

The heart-warming and uplifting novel about an Iranian girl who, separated from her mother and twin sister during the turmoil following the Iranian Revolution, invents a rich, imaginative world in which they live on. A book about identity - about finding your own and creating what you think you're missing.

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In Falling Snow

by Mary-Rose MacColl

A vivid and compelling story of love, war and secrets, set against the backdrop of WWI France

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The Storyteller's Daughter

by Maria Goodin

A tender, charming and whimsical story about secrets, survival, love and cooking - a delicious treat for all romantics

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The Shifting Fog

by Kate Morton

A rich and engrossing story of love, passion, secrets, and lies set in the gaiety, glamour, and grand country houses of post-war Edwardian England.

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The Distant Hours

by Kate Morton

The discovery of a long-lost letter reveals an old secret and the truth behind a woman's mysterious past in the best-selling novel from international publishing sensation, Kate Morton, author of The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden.

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Lovesong

by Alex Miller

Seeking shelter in a Parisian cafe from a sudden rainstorm, John Patterner meets the exotic Sabiha and his carefully mapped life changes forever. Alex Miller's brilliantly realised, multi-award winning novel tells the deeply moving story of their lives together, and of how each came undone by desire. Now in paperback.

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Ape House

by Sara Gruen

The wildly entertaining new novel from the bestselling author of Water for Elephants.

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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Over 21 million copies sold worldwide.

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Bright and Distant Shores

by Dominic Smith

A brilliant novel that is at once a rollicking yarn and a beautiful love story, with an amazing cast of unforgettable characters and exotic settings - a feat of imagination and storytelling.

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The Slap

by Christos Tsiolkas

To smack or not to smack is the question that reverberates through the interconnected lives dissected in Christos Tsiolkas' award-winning novel.

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Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

A story of love, friendship and memory.

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Wonders of a Godless World

by Andrew McGahan

Suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in an electrifying, tumultuous work of the imagination - a powerful and apocalyptic tale of madness and revenge, desire and devastation, you'll be swept from the beginning of time to the end of the earth.

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American Rust

by Philipp Meyer

A heart-wrenching, unputdownable tale of redemption and survival in small-town America in the tradition of Richard Ford, Pete Dexter and Cormac McCarthy.

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Jasper Jones

by Craig Silvey

Full of unforgettable characters, a page-turning pace and outrageously good dialogue, this is a glorious novel - thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking and wise - about outsiders and secrets, and what it really means to be a hero.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A celebration of literature, love, and the power of the human spirit, this warm, funny, tender, and thoroughly entertaining novel is the story of an English author living in the shadow of World War II and the writing project that will dramatically change her life. An international bestseller.

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Nineteen Minutes

by Jodi Picoult

The startling and poignant story of the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting, from the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and The Pact.;

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Valley of Grace

by Marion Halligan

Much loved, award-winning author returns with a lyrical work full of hope and children set in modern-day Paris.

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The Red Tent

by Anita Diamant

An international publishing phenomenon, this beautiful and thought provoking novel tells the story, lost to history by the chronicles of men, of Dinah, Jacob's only daughter in the Book of Genesis.

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Landscape of Farewell

by Alex Miller

'Is it history that tells us who we are? Or is it the story we tell ourselves . that defines who we are?' (The Australian) A profound and moving story about the land, the past, exile and acceptance from the award-winning author of Journey to the Stone Country.

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Turtle

by Gary Bryson

Set in Glasgow, Turtle is a blackly comic and compulsively enjoyable story about young Donald, who goes in search of his inner turtle.;;'Turtle is one of the finest debut novels I've read in years. Bryson's storytelling is, quite simply, enchanting.' Mandy Sayer;;

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The Children

by Charlotte Wood

From one of Australia's finest writers, a novel that exposes the tenacious grip of childhood, the way siblings seem to grow apart but never do, and the price paid for bearing witness to the suffering of others.

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The Lost Dog

by Michelle de Kretser

'. the best novel I have read for a long time.' - A.S. Byatt, Financial Times Long-listed for the Man Book Prize and published to wide acclaim, The Lost Dog is a moving, funny and beautiful contemporary Australian novel filled with luminous writing and startlingly wise observations.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khaled Hosseini

The #1 international bestseller: a riveting and powerful story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love.

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Lilian's Story

by Kate Grenville

The heartwarming story of Lilian Singer, who starts life at the beginning of the twentieth century as the daughter of a prosperous middle-class Australian family and ends it as a cheerfully eccentric bag-lady living on the streets, quoting Shakespeare for a living. From Booker-shortlisted author Kate Grenville.

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Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen

A great, glorious, big-hearted novel set in a travelling circus touring the backblocks of America during the great depression of the early 1930s. It's a story of love and hate, trains and circuses, dwarves and fat ladies, horses and elephants - or, to be specific, one elephant, Rosie, star of the Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth .

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Underground

by Andrew McGahan

Blistering, brilliant, corrosively sharp and blackly comic - the new novel from the Miles Franklin Award winner, Andrew McGahan.

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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics.

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The Secret Familiar

by Catherine Jinks

Beautifully crafted historical fiction set in medieval France, The Secret Familiar is a page-turning murder mystery and a fascinating moral tale of betrayal, faith and ultimate truth.

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Red Spikes

by Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan's electrifying stories are for anyone who loves to be surprised, touched, unsettled and dazzled by what a great writer can do in just a few pages.

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In the Fold

by Rachel Cusk

A compelling story of modern manners, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2005

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Prochownik's Dream

by Alex Miller

From the award-winning author of Conditions of Faith and Journey to the Stone Country, Alex Miller's new novel reveals the inner life of an artist, torn between his obsession with his art and his love of his wife and daughter.

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Tuvalu

by Andrew O'Connor

Winner of the 2005 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, this is a pitch perfect, intriguing, artful novel about exile and apathy, attraction and isolation.

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Death of a Whaler

by Nerida Newton

A simple, powerful story about death, grief, rebirth and reawakening - an Australian classic in the making from the award-wining author of The Lambing Flat.

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Divided Kingdom

by Rupert Thomson

The breakthrough novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Insult and The Book of Revelation

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A Long Long Way

by Sebastian Barry

The powerful and moving First World War novel, shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize.

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Child of the Revolution

by Luis M. Garcia

What was it really like to grow up in Castro's people's paradise? With an evocative wide-eyed innocence, Luis M. Garcia takes us back to his childhood in this evocative memoir of growing up in 1960s Cuba.

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Brightness Falls

by Jay McInerney

'A funny self-mocking, sometimes brilliant, portrait of Manhattan's young literary and Wall Street crowd, our latest Lost Generation ... McInerney's version of Thackeray's Vanity Fair.' - Time

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The Red Shoe

by Ursula Dubosarsky

From one of Australia's finest writers for young people comes this evocative novel juxtaposing the inner life of three girls, the undercurrents of their parents' marriage and the political dramas of the adult world.

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Mantras and Misdemeanours

by Vanessa Walker

When Vanessa Walker stepped off a dusty bus into McLeod Gang (the home of the Dalai Lama) she was hoping to discover what lies at the heart of Buddhism. She never expected to fall in love, or to have a baby with a disrobed Tibetan monk. But sometimes karma can play funny tricks on a girl . . .

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The Broken Book

by Susan Johnson

A remarkable story of one woman's struggle to become the artist she has passionately planned to be. Written with an awe-inspiring ability, it is one of the most powerful and moving Australian novels of recent times.

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Last Drinks

by Andrew McGahan

It's closing time in the Queensland underworld. Last Drinks is brilliant, suspenseful and masterfully written.

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Behind the Moon

by Hsu-Ming Teo

From Vogel award-winning author Hsu-Ming Teo, a powerful novel about the ties of friendship, love and history.

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Road Story

by Julienne van Loon

This gritty, sun drenched novel about friendship, loneliness and addiction is the winner of 2004 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award.

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The Electric Michelangelo

by Sarah Hall

The Electric Michelangelo is a love story and an exquisitely rendered portrait of seaside resorts on opposite sides of the Atlantic, by one of the most uniquely talented novelists of her generation.

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Aloft

by Chang-rae Lee

From a master storyteller comes an unforgettable family drama and a stunning twenty-first century American novel.

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Old School

by Tobias Wolff

The debut novel from the prize-winning author of This Boy's Life and In Pharaoh's Army

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English Patient

by Michael Ondaatje

The striking new Bloomsbury paperback edition of the international bestseller and winner of the 1992 Booker Prize.

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Ophelia's Fan

by Christine Balint

Nineteenth-century Irish actress Harriet Smithson, the woman who brought Shakespeare to Paris and made the role of Ophelia her own, is the muse for this stunning novel.

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The Point

by Marion Halligan

A beautifully crafted novel about appetite, desire and murder from award-winning writer Marion Halligan.

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The Sunday Wife

by Cassandra King

A captivating novel about one woman's journey toward independence and the life-changing friendship that guides her there.

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Mrs Cook

by Marele Day

A richly woven and evocative portrayal of Elizabeth Cook by the author of the acclaimed Lambs of God.

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Journey to the Stone Country

by Alex Miller

Winner of the 2003 Miles Franklin Award. A superbly compelling work of betrayals, compassion, secrets and reconciliation.

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The Alphabet of Light and Dark

by Danielle Wood

Melding personal, family and colonial history, Wood's evocative and lyrical prose explores the past and place, searching and belonging, love, loss and grief. The Alphabet of Light and Dark is more than an historical novel; it's a novel about history.

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The Fog Garden

by Marion Halligan

A moving and eloquent novel that has confirmed Marion Halligan's status as one of Australia's finest writers.

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Tender at the Bone

by Ruth Reichl

A beautifully written memoir (with recipes) of a life determined, enhanced and defined by food, by the chief restaurant critic for The New York Times.

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Conditions of Faith

by Alex Miller

An amazing book; a compulsively readable story composed by an award-winning author of brilliant, subtle, compassionate and intelligent language.

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Charming Billy

by Alice McDermott

Charming Billy is a masterpiece about the unbreakable bonds of memory and desire.

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