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Fiction

Unearthing The Best Fiction Books To Read

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  1. First Person Shooter

    Jayden lives with his father on the edge of a small country town. He stutters and is addicted to playing video games as a first person shooter.

    His best friend is Shannon, the girl next door, who knows how to handle a rifle. When Shannon's mot... More about this book
  2. Hidden Bodies

    From the author of the highly acclaimed YOU: ('Hypnotic and scary' Stephen King) comes an equally terrifying and addictive new thriller. Joe came to Los Angeles to start over, to forget about what happened in New York. But in a darkened room in Soho H... More about this book
  3. The Last Kingdom

    In a clash of heores, the kingdom is born.

    In the middle years of the ninth-century, the fierce Danes stormedonto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom afterkingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm rem... More about this book
  4. Claiming Noah

    A taut, emotional thriller about biology, ownership and love.

    Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaini... More about this book
  5. Hello from the Gillespies

    For more than thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent friends and family around the world an end-of-year letter titled 'Hello from the Gillespies'. It's always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself - she tells the trut... More about this book
  6. Standing Strong

    The sequel to the much-loved Wattle Creek.

    Former city girl Jacqueline Havelock, Wattle Creek's newly arrived psychologist, has settled in to country life and is slowly coming to terms with the town's quirky ways. Farmer Damien McAllister's pl... More about this book
  7. A God in Ruins

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 COSTA NOVEL AWARD

    A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd - would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th ce... More about this book
  8. The Complete Maus

    Acclaimed as 'the most affective and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust ' (Wall Street Journal) and 'the first masterpiece in comic book history' (New Yorker), Maus is the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survi... More about this book
  9. Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad (born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski). Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant ... More about this book
  10. The Catcher In the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is the ultimate novel for disaffected youth, but it's relevant to all ages. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen-year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school.

    Throughout, Holden... More about this book

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