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The Late Show

by Michael Connelly

The current #1 fiction bestseller in Australia and the US: a pulse-pounding thriller, introducing a driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.
Includes an extract of Two Kinds of Truth, the new Harry Bosch novel to be published in November 2017.

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Writing True Stories

by Patti Miller

The complete guide to writing autobiography, memoir, personal essay, biography, travel and creative nonfiction.

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Half Wild

by Pip Smith

A stunningly original debut novel inspired by the life of Eugenia Falleni.

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A Good Life to the End

by Ken Hillman

A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary suffering and for humanity and gentle acceptance at the end of our lives.

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The Dark Lake

by Sarah Bailey

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.

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Scorched Earth

by Sue Rosen

Hidden for 75 years, the top secret government documents outlining preparations for the event of a Japanese invasion of Australia in 1942 have finally been discovered. They reveal an extraordinarily comprehensive plan to thwart Japanese troops, and a population that would go to great lengths to avoid being enslaved.

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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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Bomber Boys

by Marianne van Velzen

The unknown story of a unique RAAF squadron, its men and its mission to halt the Japanese advance in the Pacific.

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The Lost Pages

by Marija Pericic

WINNER of the 2017 The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

A stunning novel of friendship, fraud and betrayal within a compelling literary rivalry.

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Girl in Between

by Anna Daniels

Life can be tricky when you're a girl in between relationships, careers and cities ... and sometimes you have to face some uncomfortable truths. The sparkling debut from comic TV and radio presenter, Anna Daniels.

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Love, Lies and Linguine

by Hilary Spiers

When two widowed sisters embark on a holiday to Italy, they have no idea that the trip will upend their comfortable lives forever. From the author of Hester and Harriet.

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To Capture What We Cannot Keep

by Beatrice Colin

Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

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Win, Lose or Draw

by Peter Corris

A missing teenager, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. Can Cliff Hardy find out what's really going on?

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Marshall's Law

by Ben Sanders

Marshall Grade is back, still trying to escape the remnants of his old life. The gritty, explosive new novel from the bestselling author of American Blood is a white-knuckle ride that will have you ducking for cover!

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The Slow Waltz of Turtles

by Katherine Pancol

In this bestseller from France and the sequel to The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles, a woman contends with divorce, family trouble, and even murder in her journey to discover who she really is.

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The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

by Joy Callaway

Devastated after being jilted by the boy next door, Ginny Loftin turns to writing in an attempt to rewrite their story with a better ending. But it is among the painters, musicians, actors and other writers she meets at a Fifth Avenue salon that she finds new purpose and a second chance at love. A richly told historical novel of family loyalties, loss and artistic desires.

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Gemina

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The exhilarating sequel to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Illuminae.

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Sapphire Falls

by Fleur McDonald

While mystery surrounds the accidental shooting of a her husband, Fiona Forrest struggles to preserve the family farm in a suspenseful, pacy and action packed novel from the author of Crimson Dawn and Indigo Storm.

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Fearless

by Fiona Higgins

What happens when six pampered Westerners on a spiritual retreat in Bali end up fighting for their lives? A gripping novel from the bestselling author of The Mothers' Group.

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Small Great Things

by Jodi Picoult

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING BOOK.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS AND VIOLA DAVIS.

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On the Blue Train

by Kristel Thornell

What did happen to Agatha Christie during her mysterious eleven-day disappearance just as she was on the cusp of fame? Mixing fact and fantasy, an entrancing novel of creativity and grief.

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Swarm: Zeroes 2

by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

The second book in the unputdownable, action-packed Zeroes series from New York Times bestselling authors.

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Goodwood

by Holly Throsby

A delightful debut novel of secrets and small town obsessions from Australian musician and songwriter, Holly Throsby.

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Silent Scream

by Angela Marsons

The million copy ebook sensation - in print for the first time.

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The Safest Place in London

by Maggie Joel

Two frightened children, two very different mothers, and one night of terrifying Blitz bombing during World War Two. And when the bombs stop falling, which families' lives will be changed forever?

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The Windy Season

by Sam Carmody

From an impressive new voice in Australian literature, a novel where safe harbour seems always just out of reach.

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Maggie's Kitchen

by Caroline Beecham

Amid the heartbreak and danger of London in the Blitz of WWII, Maggie Johnson finds her courage in friendship and food.

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The Fighting Season

by Bram Connolly

Introducing Matt Rix... Australian commando. An explosive thriller from the heart of Afghanistan.

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The Essex Serpent

by Sarah Perry

A sumptuously imagined novel of passion, ideas and friendship.

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The House Between Tides

by Sarah Maine

With a nod to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, The House Between Tides is a vivid triumph of intriguing storytelling and dark mystery.

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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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Where the Light Falls

by Gretchen Shirm

An expat photographer returns to Australia to make sense of his traumatic childhood and the disappearance of his former girlfriend.

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High Season

by Jessica Whitman

First in a three book series by world-renowned polo player and global face of Ralph Lauren, Nacho Figueras, set in the glamorous, treacherous world of high-stakes polo competition.

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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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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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Not Right In The Head

by Michelle Wyatt

A light-hearted, heart-warming account of how one family faced Alzheimer's and how the almost comical events within the secure walls of the nursing home made them realise that humour was the only way through.

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Second Chance Town

by Karly Lane

Suspenseful, pace-filled and packed with romance, Second Chance Town is a gorgeous new novel from the bestselling Karly Lane, about a single mother doing her best to support her teenage daughter.

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Castle of Dreams

by Elise McCune

A ruined castle deep in the rainforest holds a secret that unites three generations of women: two sisters who find themselves in love with the same man as the Second World War rages and, decades later, a young woman determined to uncover the secrets in her grandmother's hidden past.

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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 Memory Artist

by Katherine Brabon

Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2016

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The Travelers

by Chris Pavone

A travel writer. A rogue agent. A marriage on the rocks. A whole world of secrets.

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My Sister Rosa

by Justine Larbalestier

What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia's finest YA authors.

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American Blood

by Ben Sanders

A former undercover cop now in witness protection finds himself pulled into the search for a missing woman. An explosive, unputdownable work of suspense from a fresh voice in crime fiction.

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Thicker than Water

by Brigid Kemmerer

Thomas is the new kid in town. So who will believe he's not a murderer? Part paranormal romance, part crime thriller, the new novel from bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer is a heartstopping read.

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Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper

by Hilary Liftin

Theirs was a match made in Hollywood heaven: Elizabeth (formerly Lizzie) Pepper and Hollywood mega-star Rob Mars had their photographs on the cover of every magazine and their pick of lead roles in every blockbuster film. But now it's all over and Lizzie is ready to spill the beans. An addictively juicy novel of celebrity love gone wrong!

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The Honourable Assassin

by Roland Perry

The execution of a Mexican drug cartel hit man in a Carlton laneway draws Vic Cavalier to Thailand and back to a past he'd rather forget in this tense, action-packed thriller.

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Tallowood Bound

by Karly Lane

Can a love from her past be rekindled and help Erin heal her broken heart? From one of Australia's most popular rural romance authors comes this compelling novel about love, memory and courage.

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Hester and Harriet

by Hilary Spiers

Hold on to your tea cups - you're about to fall head over heels for Hester and Harriet, whose quiet and ordered Christmas celebrations are turned upside down with the arrival of their runaway teenage nephew and a young refugee woman and her baby.

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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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Zeroes

by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Introducing ZEROES - featuring six unique superheroes, one bag of stolen drug money, one bungled bank robbery and a whole heap of trouble. All adding up to one outstanding YA series by three extraordinary writers.

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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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The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott

by Andrew P Street

An irreverent take on the political life and times of Australia's twenty eighth prime minister, detailing a litany of questionable calls, miraculous blunders, and inexplicable mistakes.

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The Best Years of Our Lives

by Richard Clapton

A rocking, uproarious memoir that tells the story of OzRock as well as one amazing life in music. Fasten your seatbelts for one wild ride!

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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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NeuroTribes

by Steve Silberman

A groundbreaking book that up-ends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.

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The Landing

by Susan Johnson

Jonathan Lott, recently divorced, is about to find how much love really matters in a funny, delightful and poignant novel that lays out the human condition - looking for love in all of its many forms with secrets, polite lies, desperation, compromise and joy.

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Lair of Dreams: The Diviners Book 2

by Libba Bray

The second book in the New York Times bestselling series showcases a new evil descending on 1920s New York City, as teen psychic Evie and her similarly gifted friends go on the hunt for a demon bride.

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Endurance

by Tim Griffiths

A gripping, white-knuckle novel set in the Antarctic and the muddy fields of the Western Front, told through the eyes of real-life adventurer and pioneer Australian photographer Frank Hurley.

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Dog Gone, Back Soon

by Nick Trout

The gorgeous, hilarious novel from the author of the much-loved bestseller The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs.

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Cluetopia

by David Astle

A celebration of the 100th birthday of the crossword puzzle.

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The Steady Running of the Hour

by Justin Go

In this mesmerising debut, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth.

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Surveillance

by Bernard Keane

They are watching you. Every move you make. Gripping fiction with an edge of terrifying truth - a brilliant and timely debut novel.

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The Concrete Blonde (BOSCH TV tie-in)

by Michael Connelly

Tie-in to Series One of the television series BOSCH: Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot notorious serial killer 'The Dollmaker'. Now the case has come back to haunt him.

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City of Bones (BOSCH TV tie-in)

by Michael Connelly

Tie-in to Series One of the television series BOSCH: When the bones of a young boy are found, Harry is drawn into a case that brings up dark memories.

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Echo Park (BOSCH TV tie-in)

by Michael Connelly

Tie-in to Series One of the television series BOSCH: Bosch reopens the hunt for a psychotic killer who stalked the streets of Los Angeles years before.

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China Rich Girlfriend

by Kevin Kwan

A wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather. From the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians.

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Harry Mac

by Russell Eldridge

In this beautiful coming-of-age story set in a year of political turmoil in South Africa, Tom and Millie are best friends, relying on each other to make sense of what's going on in their lives and in the lives of their families.

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Hush, Little Bird

by Nicole Trope

A celebrity wife. A damaged young woman. How did they both end up in prison and what is the secret they share? White-knuckle reading from the queen of domestic suspense.

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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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Leap

by Myfanwy Jones

A heart-breaking, heart-lifting, effortlessly enjoyable story about love and grief and everything in between.

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Pieces of Sky

by Trinity Doyle

A strong atmospheric novel about Lucy, a sixteen-year-old competitive swimmer in a coastal town who is grappling with a fear of water after the untimely death of her surfer brother.

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West of Sunset

by Stewart O'Nan

A 'rich, sometimes heartbreaking' (Dennis Lehane) novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood.

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Off the Page

by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

From internationally bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, comes Off the Page, a classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist filled with humour, adventure and magical relationships.

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When There's Nowhere Else to Run

by Murray Middleton

The winner of the 2015 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is a vivid and compelling collection of stories about people who find their lives unravelling and discover that no matter how many thousands of kilometres they put between themselves and their transgressions, sometimes there's nowhere else to run.

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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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Sheila

by Robert Wainwright

Born on a NSW sheep station, she wedded earls and barons, was feted by London and New York society, and when she died was a Russian princess.

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Stay With Me

by Maureen McCarthy

The unforgettable story of a young woman finding the courage to escape her present, face her past and embrace her future.

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The Umbrian Supper Club

by Marlena de Blasi

The true story of the Umbrian Thursday night supper club, a group of five women who gather in a derelict stone house in the hills above Italy's Orvieto to cook, eat, drink and talk.

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The Chocolate Promise

by Josephine Moon

From Tasmania to Paris and beyond, an enchanting story of the proprietor of a specialist chocolate shop who must learn that some rules are meant to be broken - this real-life fairy godmother must learn to find her own magic. The new novel for readers who love Cathy Kelly and Monica McInerney from the bestselling author of The Tea Chest.

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Emerald Springs

by Fleur McDonald

When suspicions are wrongly aimed at Amelia following the theft of proceeds from the local rodeo after a crash and grab, she must work with a sceptical rural detective to clear her name - and that of the man she loves. Mystery and romance abound in the new novel from the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn.

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The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

by Nick Trout

A sweet, charming and heartwarming novel about a man who inherits his father's failing veterinary practice and the unlikely friendships, adventures, and second chances that develop as he tries to save it.

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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 Secret Life of Luke Livingstone

by Charity Norman

What do you do when you find that your husband - your father, your son - is not who you thought? Can you ever love him again? A beautifully written, sensitive and witty novel of a family in utter chaos.

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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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The Tea Chest

by Josephine Moon

A beautifully engaging novel set in the world of a boutique teashop. With rose petals, cinnamon bark and orange peel scenting the air, three women come together from very different backgrounds and learn to trust themselves, and each other.

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Crimson Dawn

by Fleur McDonald

Laura Murphy will need to call on all her grit and determination to retain her beloved farm. But will her fierce self reliance close her off to the possibility of love?

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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 Accident

by Chris Pavone

From the author of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller The Expats, comes a riveting time-bomb of a thriller.

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Return to Moondilla

by Tony Parsons

When Greg Baxter returns to his childhood home to finish what he hopes will be a bestselling novel, he didn't count on his plans being waylaid by an investigation into a local drug syndicate, an attempt on his life, and little touch of romance.

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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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The Social Diary

by Ros Reines

A gossipy and glamorous novel of eighties excess from the author of the real-life gossip column 'Guess Who Don't Sue'.

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Outside the Lines

by Amy Hatvany

A powerful, dramatic and intriguing father/daughter story about being lost and found.

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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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Based on a True Story

by Elizabeth Renzetti

The Devil Wears Prada meets Absolutely Fabulous and Bridget Jones's Diary in an addictive, hilarious and wildly entertaining novel about having it all, losing it all - and fighting back.

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A Short History of Stupid

by Helen Razer and Bernard Keane

Alain de Botton meets Russell Brand in this glorious rant about everything that drives you mad about the modern world.

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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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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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Leaving Time

by Jodi Picoult

The gripping story of a daughter searching for her missing mother - one of Jodi Picoult's most powerful and affecting novels yet.

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Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off

by Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan

Bali? Thailand? Spain? France? Is living in a beautiful, exotic location a completely impossible dream? Not with this sensible and practical guide to the how, why and when of establishing a new life overseas.

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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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The Year It All Ended

by Kirsty Murray

From one of our most gifted storytellers, a novel about the impact of war on those left behind, set in Australia and Europe in 1918-19.

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Sabriel

by Garth Nix

Garth Nix's fantasy masterwork is a compelling high fantasy, the gripping story of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic.

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Mothers Grimm

by Danielle Wood

A sly, cheeky and blackly comic novel about mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death, bringing the mothers of the Brothers Grimm into the here and now.

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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 Turning Tide

by CM Lance

A novel of secrets, mateship and betrayal, set against a dramatic backdrop of wartime Australia - a sweeping saga that will be enjoyed by readers who crave action and adventure with a little bit of spice.

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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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Blood and Circuses

by Lex Marinos

From Kingswood Country to The Slap, and beyond - the warm, funny and surprising life of one of Australia's much-loved actors and broadcasters.

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Cherry Bomb

by Jenny Valentish

Nina Dall is one half of Sydney pop-punk band The Dolls. Have they got what it takes to stay on top or are they just a one hit wonder? Told through the eyes of a young singer who's seen it all, this is celebrated rock journalist Jenny Valentish's debut novel - a wild ride into Australia's music scene.

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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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Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate

by David Michie

A beginner's guide to the powerful practice of mindfulness. By reclaiming the present moment with mindfulness practice, you can improve performance and increase wellbeing - and improve chocolate too!

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The Burial

by Courtney Collins

A breathtakingly brilliant debut novel in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy - inspired by Australia's last bushranger, young woman Jessie Hickman.

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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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Redstone Station

by Therese Creed

A novel full of romance and drama about a strong young woman who needs all the determination she can muster to prove herself as a farmer - and finds love along the way.

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Delicious!

by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl celebrates food in her dazzling fiction debut-a novel of sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must find the courage to let go of the past in order to embrace her own true gifts.

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Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

Thwarted love, scheming snobs, obscene wealth and haute couture - it's all here in a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich. An absolutely wicked treat!

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A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home

by Sue Halpern

A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life.

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All I Know

by Mary Coustas

One of Australia's best known comedians, Mary Coustas, takes us on an intimate, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting journey through three deaths that changed her life forever.

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Silver Clouds

by Fleur McDonald

An enthralling rural saga about a young woman who must come to term with past mistakes and a major tragedy in order to find peace, happiness and love.

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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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Horrie the War Dog

by Roland Perry

He was a little stray pup the boys of First Australian Machine Gun Battalion saved from harsh Libyan Desert. He became their much-loved mascot and saviour. But what happened to Horrie on his return to Australia? An extraordinarily moving and fascinating story of bravery, mateship and the lengths people will go to to save a friend.

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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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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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Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

by Lisa Verge Higgins

From the author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship and One Good Friend Deserves Another, comes a novel about the benefits of taking a walk off the beaten track.

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Songs of Willow Frost

by Jamie Ford

Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls - a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past - both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. From the international bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

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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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Game

by Trevor Shearston

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

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If I Tell You I'll Have to Kill You

by edited by Michael Robotham

Australia's best crime writers - Michael Robotham, Kerry Greenwood, Shane Maloney, Peter Corris, Tara Moss and more - share the secrets to their success, their best- ever writing tips and their favourite 'must reads'. An ideal guide for aspiring writers and crime fiction fans alike.

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Snake Bite

by Christie Thompson

The funny and shocking coming-of-age story of a wild teenager in a Canberra you never dreamed existed!

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The Comfort of Lies

by Randy Susan Meyers

A compelling, big-hearted novel that explores the collateral damage of infidelity and reveals the darkest and most private thoughts of three women.

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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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From Alice With Love

by Jo Dutton

This thought-provoking outback romance tells the story of a woman leaving the city to return to Alice Springs, where she gradually finds fulfilment in life and love. Then complications intervene and threaten her happiness.

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The Boy Under the Table

by Nicole Trope

Being a mother was all-consuming. There were so many mistakes you could make, so many ways to lose a child.

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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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Heart Like Mine

by Amy Hatvany

When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past and find a long-buried secret they never could have imagined .

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Eleven Seasons

by Paul D Carter

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award winner 2012

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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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My Life As an Alphabet

by Barry Jonsberg

Candice Phee wants to bring light and laughter to those around her, and somehow she succeeds despite the bizarre mix-ups and the confusion she effortlessly creates. An uplifting comedy-drama from award-winning author, Barry Jonsberg.

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Currawalli Street

by Christopher Morgan

A beguiling celebration of the extraordinary in ordinary people's lives, this gently moving and beautifully written novel tells the stories of the people of Currawalli Street across the generations. It's a modern classic in the making that will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

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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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Sea Hearts

by Margo Lanagan

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

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