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Fiction

Unearthing The Best Fiction Books To Read

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  1. The Sense of an Ending

    A brilliant short novel from a writer at the very height of his powers

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectati... More about this book
  2. The Course of Love

    What does it mean to live happily ever after?

    At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. B... More about this book

  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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. 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
  9. 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
  10. The Shifting Fog

    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.

    Summer 1924: on the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand Engli... More about this book

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