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A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid

A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid

A Study in Drowning opens with one of the most mystical first lines I’ve ever read, and it only gets better from ...
The Professor by Lauren Nossett

The Professor by Lauren Nossett

The Professor is a mystery novel that takes place on a college campus where the students know everything (via ...
Anna O by Matthew Blake

Anna O by Matthew Blake

This debut delves into the complex question of whether a person should be culpable for what they might do while ...
The Search Party by Hannah Richell

The Search Party by Hannah Richell

University friends, Max, Annie, Dominic, Kira and Jim have stayed friends for 20 years, each of them taking ...
It’s Probably You by Jayne Denker

It’s Probably You by Jayne Denker

Jayne Denker is the author of cute and contemporary romance novels The Rom-Com Agenda and Down on Love. She’s ...
The Housekeepers by Alex Hay

The Housekeepers by Alex Hay

An audacious heist set amidst the sumptuous glamour of an Edwardian ball. The Housekeepers follows a gang of ...
The Twat Files by Dawn French

The Twat Files by Dawn French

Everyone makes mistakes. Dawn French wants the reader to understand that she’s no different to us in that regard. ...
Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

Varoufakis, a former finance minister for Greece and now an academic and speaker on all things economics, contends ...
The Concierge by Abby Corson

The Concierge by Abby Corson

Hector Harrow is the concierge of Cavengreen Hotel, a five-star establishment in the English county of West ...
Like Fire-hearted Suns by Melanie Joosten

Like Fire-hearted Suns by Melanie Joosten

Women in 1906 England were campaigning for entry to the professions and, most importantly, votes for women. The ...
On Disinformation by Lee McIntyre

On Disinformation by Lee McIntyre

On Disinformation is a pleasure to hold simply as an object. It’s a small book, the cover only about half the ...
The Strip by Iain Ryan

The Strip by Iain Ryan

It’s the bad old days of policing in Queensland. Corruption is rife. Another murder – on top of five they’re ...
Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Isaacson’s biography of Musk is very similar to that of Steve Jobs. It's complete with stark typography and its ...
Days of Innocence and Wonder by Lucy Treloar

Days of Innocence and Wonder by Lucy Treloar

Towards the end of Days of Innocence and Wonder the narrator says, ‘I suppose we’re all looking for somewhere safe ...
Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Good Material by Dolly Alderton

Andy is 35 years old and always thought his life would look a lot different than it is. He is a comedian who ...
The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West by Sara Ackerman

The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West by Sara Ackerman

Fascinated by reading about the Dole Air Race from California to Hawaii in 1927, this author determined to make it ...
Stoic at Work by Annie Lawson

Stoic at Work by Annie Lawson

Stoic philosophy began almost two millennia ago with four personal precepts: courage, self-discipline, justice and ...
Bird Life: A novel by Anna Smaill

Bird Life: A novel by Anna Smaill

Anna Smaill’s 2015 debut novel, The Chimes, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her second, Bird Life, ...
Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior 

Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior 

This South American novel is a timeless mix of social and magical realism. It’s set relatively recently, but the ...
Tidelines by Sarah Sasson

Tidelines by Sarah Sasson

Hailed as a remarkable new literary talent, Sarah Sasson has written a debut novel rich with humanity and ...
Ravensong by T J Kline

Ravensong by T J Kline

Ravensong is the second book in T J Klune’s ‘Green Creek’ series. It picks up immediately after the events of the ...

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