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    • Island Will Sink, Doyle,  Briohny
    Island Will Sink
    Briohny Doyle

    The Island Will Sink is set decades from now - a not-too-distant future which is not so different. The energy crisis has come and gone. Cities have been rethought and redesigned, and Ecolaw(TM) is enforced by insidious cartoon Pandas and their armies ... read more

    • Lesser Bohemians, Mcbride,  Eimear
    Lesser Bohemians
    Eimear Mcbride

    An eighteen-year-old girl, recently arrived in London from Ireland, is enrolled in drama school. Innocent, nervous, the youngest in her class, she is eager to make an impression, to do well. She meets an older man, a well-regarded actor in his own ri ... read more

    • Not Quite Australian, Mares,  Peter
    Not Quite Australian
    Peter Mares

    The rise in temporary migrants living in Australia is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity. Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stor ... read more

    • Nutshell, Mcewan,  Ian
    Ian Mcewan

    Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home - a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse - but not with John. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witne ... read more

    • Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories, Mahood,  Kim
    Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories
    Kim Mahood

    Writer and artist Kim Mahood has returned again and again to the Tanami desert country in far north-western Australia where, as a child, she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has changed: the station has ... read more

    • Schooldays of Jesus, Coetzee,  J. M.
    Schooldays of Jesus
    J. M. Coetzee

    David is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simon and Ines take care of him in their new country. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends and he has the big dog Bolivar to watch over him. He'll soon be seven and needs to ... read more

    • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Rovelli,  Carlo
    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
    Carlo Rovelli

    Seven short pieces give a lightening tour through the scientific revolution that shook physics in the twentieth century and show what these transformative scientific discoveries mean for us now. Carlo Rovelli explains Einstein's theory of general rel ... read more

    • The Nakano Thrift Shop, Kawakami,  Hiromi and Powell,  Allison Markin(translated By)
    The Nakano Thrift Shop
    Kawakami, Hiromi and Powell, Allison Markin(translated By)

    When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. Every day, customers from the neighbourhood pass in and out as curios are bought and sold, each one containing ... read more

    • Bright, Precious Days, Mcinerney,  Jay
    Bright, Precious Days
    Jay Mcinerney

    Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York. Theirs is the generation of parties and cocaine - and whose lives changed irrevocably when planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Now, in 2008, Russell runs his ... read more

    • Death by Water, Oe,  Kenzaburo
    Death by Water
    Kenzaburo Oe

    For the first time in his long life, Nobel-laureate Kogito Choko is suffering from writer's block. The book that he wishes to write would examine the turbulent relationship he had with his father, and the guilt he feels about being absent the night h ... read more

    • Dirt Road, Kelman,  James
    Dirt Road
    James Kelman

    Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, wishes for a life beyond the constraints of his Scottish island home and dreams of becoming his own man. Tom, battered by loss,is terrified of losing his dignity, his control, his son and the last of his family ... read more

    • Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years, Solomon,  Andrew
    Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years
    Andrew Solomon

    In 1991 Andrew Solomon faced down tanks in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the August coup. In 1998 he was on the quest to find a rare bird in Zambia, in Greenland in 2001 he was researching widespread depression among the Inuit. In ... read more

    • Ghost Empire, Fidler,  Richard
    Ghost Empire
    Richard Fidler

    Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul in 2014. Turbulent stories of the clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, reven ... read more

    • Granta 136, Rausing,  Sigrid
    Granta 136
    Sigrid Rausing

    What leads us to accept a particular belief, credo or fact? What's the difference between conviction, groupthink and madness? This issue of Granta looks at cults, faiths and ideologies, and asks how they turn us into followers...Miriam Toews on shunn ... read more

    • Hate Race, Clarke,  Maxine Beneba
    Hate Race
    Maxine Beneba Clarke

    Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street.Except for this one, glaring, inescapably obviou ... read more

    • Heroes of the Frontier, Eggers,  Dave
    Heroes of the Frontier
    Dave Eggers

    A mother and her two young children set out on a journey through the Alaskan wilderness. Travelling in a battered old RV the trip starts off like a vacation: they spot animals, build bonfires, enjoy the scenery. But though Josie drives ever deeper in ... read more