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Midnight Blue

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by Vlugt, Simone van der
Amsterdam 1654: a dangerous secret threatens to destroy a young widow's new life. Following the sudden death of her husband, twenty-five year old Catrin leaves her small village and takes a job as housekeeper to the successful Van Nulandt merchant family. Amsterdam is a city at the peak of its powers: science and art are flourishing in the Golden Age and Dutch ships bring back exotic riches from the Far Eas...
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The Dry

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by Harper, Jane
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
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The Quiet American

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by Graham Greene
The Quiet American is Graham Greene’s fictional account of the violence and intrigue of mid twentieth century Vietnam. Pyle, a young idealistic American has been sent to promote democracy through a mysterious ‘Third Force’, but his naïve optimism starts to cause bloodshed. Fowler, a friend of Pyle, but a Brit and a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to just stand aside and watch without interv...
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Disgrace

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by JM Coetzee
Disgrace by J M Coetzee takes as its complex central character 52-year-old English professor David Lurie, whose preoccupation with Romantic poetry - and romancing his students - threatens to turn him into “a moral dinosaur.”
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The Wonder

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by Donoghue, Emma
An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.
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Danube

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by Claudio Magris
In this fascinating journey Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopaedic and whose curiosity limitless, guides his reader from the source of the Danube in the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea.
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Death by Water

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by Oe, Kenzaburo
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 his father drowned in a storm-swollen river; but how to write about a man he never really knew? When his estranged sister unexpectedly calls, she offers Choko a ...
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Conclave

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by Harris, Robert
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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Leaving the Atocha Station

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by Lerner, Ben
Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his attitude towards art. Fuelled by strong coffee and self-prescribed tranquillizers, Adam's 'research' soon becomes a meditation on the possibility of authenticity, as he finds himself increasingly troubled by the uncrossable distance between himself an...
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A Horse Walks into a Bar

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by Grossman, David
The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovaleh G, a veteran stand-up...
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Out Stealing Horses

by Per Petterson
Per Pettersen's Out Stealing Horses is a beautiful novel, with its beguiling prose communicating loss and melancholy that even translation cannot tarnish. In 1948, when he is fifteen, Trond spends a summer in the country with his father. The events - the accidental death of a child, his best friend's feelings of guilt and eventual disappearance, his father's decision to leave the family for another woman - ...
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The God of Small Things

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by Arundhati Roy
Winner of the *1997 Booker Prize*, Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things” is set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, telling the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wrec...
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Norwegian Wood

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by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood stands with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle as one of Haruki Muarakami’s best and most popular works. As usual, it deals with the world around us with a sense of melancholy, charm, loss- all weaved through with his irrepressible wit, managing to make the more whimsical aspects of his work seems normal.
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The Last King of Scotland

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by Giles Foden
Giles Foden’s first novel The Last King of Scotland is told from the point of view of Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor, who comes to Uganda when he accepts a position with the Ministry of Health. His arrival in Kampala, the capital city, coincides with Idi Amin’s coup overthrowing President Obote. After a few days he moves out to the bush to begin his assignment but is then called back when Amin i...
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The Sound of Things Falling

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by Vasquez, Juan Gabriel
No sooner does he get to know Ricardo Laverde in a seedy billiard hall in Bogota than Antonio Yammara realises that the ex-pilot has a secret. Antonio's fascination with his new friend's life grows until the day Ricardo receives a mysterious, unmarked cassette. Shortly afterwards, he is shot dead on a street corner. Yammara's investigation into what happened leads back to the early 1960s, marijuana smugglin...
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A Woman in Berlin

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by Anonymous
A Woman in Berlin is a harrowing and moving account of Berlin in the final days of war: it is the diary of an anonymous woman attempting to navigate the chaos and horrors of the 8-week period from April 1945 when Berlin fell to Russian troops.
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Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow

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by Peter Hoeg
Peter Hoeg's Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow is a novel that has been translated into countless different languages and has been made into a film starring Juliette Binoche. Yet despite the film’s release, the text remains the best, most engaging of all forms for Hoeg’s thriller.
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Lost Horizon

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by Hilton, James
Flying out of India, a light aircraft is hijacked and flown into the high Tibetan Himalayas. The few passengers on board anxiously await their fate, among them Conway, a talented British consul. But on landing they are unexpectedly conducted to a remote valley, a legendary paradise of peace and beauty, known as Shangri-La. Have they been kidnapped? Can they leave? And do they even want to? From the author o...
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The Russia House

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by John Le Carre
Barley Blair is not a Service man: he is a small-time publisher, a self-destructive soul whose only loves are whisky and jazz. But it was Barley who, one drunken night at a dacha in Peredelkino during the Moscow Book Fair, was befriended by a high-ranking Soviet scientist who could be the greatest asset to the West since perestroika began, and made a promise. Nearly a year later, his drunken promise returns...
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A Little Life

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by Yanagihara, Hanya
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter ...
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