Fiction

Sense of an ending(web)Sense of an Ending

by Julian Barnes

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011. (Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling)
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 affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

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birdmans-wife196x300The Birdman’s Wife (hardback)

by Melissa Ashley

Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the beauty of birds but her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman’s Wife gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was more than the woman behind the man. Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In The Birdman’s Wife, the naïve young girl who falls in love with a demanding and ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on an expedition to collect and illustrate Australia’s birdlife.

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by Salley Vickers

Brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets. Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events which may have led to the accident and each holds themselves to blame. Most closely affected is Will’s cousin Cecelia, whose affinity with Will leaves her most vulnerable to his suffering. Told through the eyes of three women close to Will, his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, Cousins is a novel weaving darkness and light which takes us from the outbreak of WW2 to the present day.

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dark-flood-rises196x300The Dark Flood Rises

by Margaret Drabble

Francesca Stubbs holds our hand as we take a walk through old age and death. Fran brings us to drinks with her dear friends, dropping off mouth-watering suppers for Claude, her ex-husband, warm and cosy in his infirmity. She visits her daughter, Poppet, holed up as the waters rise in a sodden West Country, and texts her son Christopher in Lanzarote, as he deals with the estate of his shockingly deceased girlfriend. The questions of what constitutes a good death and how we understand it preoccupy this glittering novel. In her beautifully imagined new book, Margaret Drabble is at her incisive best, exploring the end of life with her trademark humour, composure and wisdom.

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by David Whish-Wilson

It’s the early 1980s: the heady days of excess, dirty secrets and personal favours. Former detective Frank Swann is still in disgrace, working as a low-rent PI. But when he’s offered a security job by the premier’s fixer, it soon becomes clear that someone is bugging the premier’s phone – and it may cost Swann more than his job to find out why.

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days-without-end196x300Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry

Having signed up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America’s past. Days Without End is a novel that will remain with you.

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by Robert Harris

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

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judas194x300Judas

by Amos Oz

Shmuel, a young student, finds a mysterious handwritten note on a campus notice board. This takes him to a strange house where an elderly, invalid man requires a paid companion, to argue with and read to him. But there is someone else in the house too… a woman, who is trailed by ghosts from her past. Shmuel is captivated by her, and he is also drawn to the old man, an intellectual obsession which also evolves into gentle love and devotion. Shmuel begins to uncover the house’s tangled history and, in doing so, reaches an understanding that harks back to the beginning of Jerusalem itself.

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commonwealth194x300Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett

It is 1964: Bert Cousins, the deputy District Attorney, shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party. While the cops of Los Angeles drink, talk and dance into the June afternoon, he notices a beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host’s wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families whose shared fate will define them. In 1988, Franny Keating is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend beyond her own life into those of her parents and siblings.

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sellout194x300The Sellout (Winner of 2016 Man Booker Prize)

by David Beatty

The black narrator of The Sellout is raised by his single father, a controversial sociologist. Led to believe that his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family’s financial woes, he discovers that, after his father is killed in a police shoot-out, there never was a memoir. In addition, the narrator’s hometown has been removed from the map to save California embarrassment due to its disrepair. In response, he reinstates slavery and segregates the local high school. What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life and the civil rights movement. A caustic satire on US racial politics.

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His Bloody Project book coverHis Bloody Project

by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s Booker Prize shortlisted second novel, is a tightly constructed historical page turner. Though entirely a work of fiction, it is presented as a collation of documents relating to a triple murder that took place in the Scottish Highlands in 1869. A young crofter, Roderick Macrae, brutally murdered 3 members of a neighbouring family, confessed immediately to the crime and was prosecuted. The novel includes Roderick’s own account of the event, case notes from visiting physicians, witness statements, and an account of the trial. As there is no doubt about Roderick’s guilt, the real focus is on his sanity at the time, and in this matter there is much disagreement. His Bloody Project is just that – bloody. It is also clever, at times funny, and often tragic.

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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout book coverMy Name is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

After a routine operation young New York mother of two Lucy Barton picks up an infection that sees her hospitalised  for weeks. One afternoon she turns to find her own mother sitting in a chair at the end of the bed. It is years since the two have seen each other and Lucy is overwhelmed with emotion. Her mother stays by her bedside for five days and the two women talk, in a restrained way, about the past. Lucy’s childhood in rural Illinois had been one of extreme poverty and occasional violence. Although she found a way out and eventually made a new life as a writer, Lucy knows she is a product of her past. Many years later she will reflect on those pivotal five days spent with her mother and the glimpse she had into the other woman’s life. Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with the wonderful Olive Kitteridge and in My Name Is Lucy Barton she has again produced a stunning portrait of motherhood, loneliness, strength and frailty. There aren’t many writers who combine such tough clear sightedness and gentle generosity, and Strought deserves her place on this year’s Booker Prize longlist.

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Anything is Possible(web)Anything is Possible

by Elizabeth Strout

A novel in stories by the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. Years ago, Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer, spent time in hospital, with her mother at the foot of her bed to keep her company. Avoiding the distance between them, they spoke at length about people from their home town, the rural, dusty town of Amgash, Illinois. Writing these stories, Lucy imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers, and the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn’t it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way – even fleetingly – that we have been important to someone? This is a sequel to My Name is Lucy Barton, which should be read first.

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Nutshell by Ian McEwan book coverNutshell

by Ian McEwan

Heavily pregnant Trudy has betrayed her poet husband John with his brother Claude. The pair have hatched a murderous plot to rid themselves of husband and brother, thus gaining a valuable London house as well as their freedom. There are several problems however. Firstly, Claude, apart from being monumentally boring, is also quite stupid. Trudy knows this, but cannot control her attraction to him. Secondly, there is a witness to everything they do – John and Trudy’s unborn child, who eavesdrops on his mother’s life from her womb and who narrates the Hamlet-like story, with revenge in mind. Part comedy, part tragedy, Nutshell manages to keep you guessing right to the last page.

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The Dry by Jane Harper book coverThe Dry

by Jane Harper

Federal police officer Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funeral of his oldest friend Luke Hadler, whose body, along with those of his wife Karen and son Billy, has been found on his farm in the small rural community. It looks very much like a double murder suicide, presumably brought about by the extreme stress being experienced by farmers in the never ending drought. Twenty years earlier Ellie Deacon, a friend of both Falk and Luke’s, had drowned in the local river and the town had blamed Falk. He and his dad had fled Kiewarra for Melbourne and never returned. Now Luke’s parents want his help. They are not convinced their son did kill himself and his family, and it turns out the local cop might agree with them.

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Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers book coverHeroes of the Frontier

by Dave Eggers

Beset by what feel like insurmountable problems, single mother Josie flees her home in Ohio and sets off with her two kids, Paul and Ana, in an old RV to explore Alaska. Imagining a new life without the lawsuits, the guilty conscience, the next to useless ex-partner and the infuriating other parents at her kids’ school, Josie drifts across the state encountering a litany of kooky characters and situations. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to matter how far she goes or how many glasses of wine she drinks, Josie cannot avoid her own past or the reality of present day America. By turns hilariously funny, biting and poignant, Dave Eggers’ new novel is a fabulous read.

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Bunting Quest (web)The Bunting Quest

by Steven Marcuson

A Claremont map dealer, Steven Marcuson, was fascinated by Bunting’s World Map. How could the west coast of Australia be depicted so accurately 25 years before the accepted date of European discovery? His research led to him to write a fictional thriller concerning the theft of the priceless map and a 400 year old religious mystery that results in people being prepared to kill to obtain the map.. The question is why?

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Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison book coverMusic and Freedom

by Zoe Morrison

What a wonderful debut novel this is. In Oxford in 2005 an elderly woman, Alice Murray, spends her days performing four tasks. She files away sheet music; she burns all her husband’s books and papers; she makes mysterious phone calls and she strikes notes on a Steinway. Alice is also slowly starving herself to death. And then she hears music, a piano being played. It sounds as though it is coming from next door, but she knows the house to be vacant. Whoever is playing the music is making mistakes and Alice can not stop herself from sounding out corrections on her own piano, thus beginning a musical conversation that will save her life.

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Barkskins by Annie Proulx book coverBarkskins

by Annie Proulx

Late in the 17th century two Frenchmen, Charles Duquet and René Sel, travel to New France as indentured labourers. In exchange for three years work felling trees they are promised land of their own. Duquet does a bunk, becomes a fur trader and eventually founds a timber empire Duke & Sons. Sel remains, marries a native woman and lives a tough life. Annie Proulx’s new novel follows these two men and their descendants over the following three hundred years as the forests of North America suffer a decimation equaled by that of the native population. Large in scope and length, Barkskins is dramatic, grisly and utterly absorbing.

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A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming book coverA Divided Spy

by Charles Cumming

Ex MI6 operative Thomas Kell blames Russian spy Alexander Minasian for the death of his lover Rachel. When an old colleague tells Tom that he’s spotted Minasian in a very compromising situation, he realises he may be in a position to extract revenge. Unfortunately a man dies before the trap Tom sets produces any results and he then hears about a possible terrorist attack about to be launched on British soil by ISIS. Unable to convince MI6 that the threat is real, Tom embarks on a solo mission to find the terrorist and prevent countless deaths.

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LaRose by Louise Erdrich book coverLaRose

by Louise Erdrich

While out walking his North Dakota property, Landreaux Iron spots a deer he has been keeping an eye on all summer. The animal, now nicely fattened up, is grazing on the border of his neighbour’s land. Landreaux has his gun with him and takes the shot, surprised when the buck runs off unharmed. When he gets closer however, he discovers he has killed his neighbour’s young son, Dusty. Drawing on their Ojibwe traditions, Landreaux and his wife Emmaline take their own young son, LaRose, and give him to their grieving neighbours. “Our son will be your son now” they say. Over the coming months and years the two families teeter on the edge, full of grief, guilt and anger. Young LaRose however, like his ancestors, is a gifted healer. Slowly but surely his presence takes effect.

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith book coverThe Last Painting of Sara de Vos

by Dominic Smith

Ellie Shipley is curating an exhibition of paintings by female Dutch painters for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. When her boss excitedly informs her an American collector,  Marty de Groot, has offered the loan of At the Edge of a Wood by Sara de Vos for the exhibition, she has to inform the gallery that she has already secured the loan of this particular painting, but from a private collection in Amsterdam. Obviously one of the two is a fake, an embarrassing but not unique problem in the art world, and the gallery decides to ascertain which one is genuine before informing the owner. What is embarrassing for the gallery however, could spell professional disaster for Ellie, who decades previously in New York City forged a copy of At the Edge of the Wood herself, which she knows was substituted for the original belonging to Marty.  For years she has feared discovery and now she is convinced her secret is about to be revealed and public humiliation will follow. Alternating between the  seventeenth, twentieth and twenty first centuries, Dominic Smith tells the stories of the painter, the forger and the collector.

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The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes book coverThe Noise of Time

by Julian Barnes

In his new novel Julian Barnes fictionalises the life of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and examines the nature of courage and cowardice. Divided into three parts The Noise of Time is structured around three episodes in Shostakovich’s life when he had direct contact with the regime ( his ‘conversations with Power’ as he called them). Unlike his fellow artists Stravinsky and Solzhenitsyn, Shostakovich stayed in Russia and compromised with the regime. Fully aware he was not strong enough to resist pressure of any kind, he spent his life bending to the whims of power in order to stay alive and keep composing. Is there a certain kind of courage in just surviving, even if that survival entailed all manner of unpleasant compromises?

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