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Fiction

Unearthing The Best Fiction Books To Read

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  1. The Soldier's Curse

    A fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg.

    In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hunge... More about this book
  2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    Some thing's are just sitting there, minding their own business and waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone'. Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the 'Fury'? Why did he make ... More about this book
  3. Wolf Hall

    Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize.

    Go backstage during the most dramatic period in English history: the reign of Henry VIII.

    England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief adv... More about this book
  4. Ransom

    David Malouf shines new light on Homer's ILIAD, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant.

    In this exquisite gem of a novel, Achilles is maddened by grief at the death of his friend P... More about this book
  5. Burial Rites

    Winner Of The 2014 Indie Awards Debut Fiction Of The Year
    Winner Of The Victorian Premier's Literary Award People's Choice Award 2014
    Winner Of The Faw Christina Stead Award 2014
    Winner Of The Aba Nielson Bookdata Booksellers' Choice Aw... More about this book
  6. Life After Life

    In 1910, Ursula Todd is born during a snowstorm in England, but two parallel scenarios occur - in one, she dies immediately. In the other, she lives to tell the tale. As the possibility of having a second chance at life opens up, the novel unfolds, fo... More about this book
  7. The Book Thief

    It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

    By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. I... More about this book
  8. The Light Between Oceans

    This mesmerizing Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) set to produce. Winner of the Indie Awards 'Book of the Year' 2013.<... More about this book
  9. The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

    The delightful second novel in the Mumbai-set Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series. When the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from an exhibition of the crown jewels only one man (and his elephant) can crack the case...

    For centuries the Koh-i... More about this book
  10. Die of Shame

    Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series.

    Every Mond... More about this book

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