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    • Quichotte, Rushdie,  Salman
    Salman Rushdie

    Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television, who falls in impossible love with the TV star Salman R. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho ... read more

    • Rich Man's House, Mcgahan,  Andrew
    Rich Man's House
    Andrew Mcgahan

     In the freezing Antarctic waters south of Tasmania, a mountain was discovered in 1642 by the seafaring explorer Gerrit Jansz who estimated its' height at an unbelievable twenty-five thousand metres. In 2016, at the foot of this unearthly mounta ... read more

    • Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, Yunkaporta,  Tyson
    Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World
    Tyson Yunkaporta

    This book is about everything from echidnas to evolution, cosmology to cooking, sex and science and spirits to Schrodinger's cat. It's about how we learn and how we remember. It's about talking to everybody and listening carefully. It's about findin ... read more

    • The Anarchy, Dalrymple,  William
    The Anarchy
    William Dalrymple

    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army. The Anarchy  ... read more

    • The Death of Truth, Kakutani,  Michiko
    The Death of Truth
    Michiko Kakutani

    We live in a time when the very idea of objective truth is mocked and discounted by the US President. Discredited conspiracy theories and ideologies have resurfaced, proven science is once more up for debate. The wisdom of the crowd has usurped resea ... read more

    • The Memory Police, Ogawa,  Yoko
    The Memory Police
    Yoko Ogawa

    Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a youn ... read more

    • The Old Lie, Coleman,  Claire G.
    The Old Lie
    Claire G. Coleman

    Shane Daniels and Romany Zetz have been drawn into a war that is not their own. Lives will be destroyed, families will be torn apart. Trust will be broken. When the war is over, some will return to a changed world. Will they discover that glory is a ... read more

    • The Testaments, Atwood,  Margaret and Atwood,  Margaret
    The Testaments
    Atwood, Margaret and Atwood, Margaret

    In this sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalised readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ah ... read more

    • Annabel Crabb on Politics, Work and Gender: Quarterly Essay 75, Crabb,  Annabel
    Annabel Crabb on Politics, Work and Gender: Quarterly Essay 75
    Annabel Crabb

    In the past half-century, women have revolutionised the way they work and live. But men’s lives have changed remarkably little. Why? Is it because men don’t want to change? Or is it because, every day in various ways, they are told they s ... read more

    • Doxology, Zink,  Nell
    Nell Zink

    Two generations of an American family come of age – one before 9/11 and one after. Pam, Daniel, and Joe might be the worst punk band on the Lower East Side. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are wayl ... read more

    • Here Until August: Stories, Rowe,  Josephine
    Here Until August: Stories
    Josephine Rowe

    These stories of heartbreak, travel and seduction follow the fates of characters who, by choice or by force, are travelling beyond the boundaries of their known worlds. We meet them negotiating reluctant departures, navigating uncertain returns or bi ... read more

    • Hollow Earth, Kinsella,  John
    Hollow Earth
    John Kinsella

    Fascinated by caves and digging holes since childhood, Manfred discovers a path through to another realm via a Neolithic copper mine at Mount Gabriel in Schull, Ireland. The world of Hollow Earth, while no Utopia, is a sophisticated civilisation. Yet ... read more

    • Lost Boys of Mr Dickens: How the British Empire turned artful dodgers into child killers, The, Harris,  Steve
    Lost Boys of Mr Dickens: How the British Empire turned artful dodgers into child killers, The
    Steve Harris

    This is the real-life story of two young boys in the 19th century sent by the British Government as impoverished and unwanted juveniles to exile to Van Diemen's Land in the world's first prison built exclusively for children. Harsh justice and expedi ... read more

    • Man Who Saw Everything, Levy,  Deborah
    Man Who Saw Everything
    Deborah Levy

    In 1989, Saul is hit by a car on the Abbey Rd crossing. He is fine; he gets up and goes to see his girlfriend, Jennifer. They have sex and then break up. He leaves for the GDR, buries his dead father, and gets on the wrong side of the Stasi. 2016, Sa ... read more

    • Night Fishing, Hastrich,  Vicki
    Night Fishing
    Vicki Hastrich

    Night Fishing unfolds as a series of expeditions or essays, undertaken in the spirit of the philosopher scientist. Hastrich reveals the ordinary and remarkable detail of her life, from her childhood by the sea to her life as a camera operator for the ... read more

    • Only the World Was Enough, Simms,  Brendan
    Only the World Was Enough
    Brendan Simms

    Much of the literature on Adolf Hitler focuses on the catastrophic, implausible way that he came to seize power and to rule Germany. Brendan Simms's new biography is the first attempt fully to get to grips with the true origins of Hitler's ideas. Th ... read more