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Fiction

Unearthing The Best Fiction Books To Read

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  1. Everyone Brave is Forgiven

    The breathtaking new novel from the multi-award-winning author of The Other Hand.

    When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss - u... More about this book
  2. 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
  3. Treading Air

    In 1920s Brisbane, Lizzie O'Dea wants to get away from her dad and the memories of her mum that haunt her. At the races, she meets attractive, war-scarred Joe. When he says that he wants to marry her and take her away to far-flung Townsville, Lizzie s... More about this book
  4. Belgravia

    The brand new story from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, set in 1840s London.

    On the evening of 15 June 1815, the great and the good of British Society have gathered in Brussels at what is to become one of the most tragic partie... More about this book
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Slaughter House Five

    Unstuck in time, Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut's shattered survivor of the Dresden bombing, relives his life over and over again under the gaze of aliens; he comes at last to some understanding of the human comedy. The basis of George Roy's great 1972 film ... More about this book
  8. Dead to Me

    When Ruby and Verity met as girls they came from different worlds. Verity was privately educated, living in a beautiful Hampstead home, while Ruby was being raised in extreme poverty. Nevertheless they became firm friends.

    However, fortunes ... More about this book
  9. The Other Boleyn Girl

    Fabulous historical novel set in the court of King Henry VIII. Mary Boleyn attracts the attention of the young king and becomes his mistress; when he tires of her, she sets out to school her sister, Anne, as a replacement.

    Politics and passio... More about this book
  10. 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

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