Santa's Little Helpers : Fiction

There's great new books for all kinds of readers this Christmas and this is the place to find them! With new novels from fiction heavyweights like Margaret Atwood, Lee Child and Jojo Moyes, as well as Australian sensations such as Charlotte Wood, Christos Tsiolkas, Fiona McIntosh and Heather Morris, this is a collection bound to excite!

Read on for the best in blockbusters, crime thrillers, literary page-turners and more!

Australian Fiction – Our Picks

Australian fiction continues to move from strength to strength. This season we're obsessed with The Nowhere Child author Christian White's chilling new thriller, The Wife and the Widow. We also have new books from Judy Nunn, Joanna Nell, Di Morrissey, Chris Hammer and a powerful reimagining of an Australian classic from the incredible Leah Purcell.

The Wife and the Widow

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives:

Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer.

But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and the Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
24/09/2019
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RRP  $32.99 $24.75

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Blockbuster Fiction – Our Picks

In her hotly awaited follow-up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris tells another heartbreaking true story based on one of the darkest chapters of human history. Plus, we have new books from Jojo Moyes, Fiona McIntosh, Stephen King, Di Morrissey, Lee Child, Wilbur Smith and more!

Cilka's Journey

The sequel to the international number one bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience.

In 1942 Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle.

Innocent and imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar. When she makes an impression on a female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she confronts death and faces terror, each day a battle for survival. And when she nurses a man called Aleksandr, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Based on what is known of Cilka’s time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, Cilka's Journey is the breathtaking sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. A powerful testament to the triumph of the human will in adversity, Cilka's Journey will make you weep, but it will also leave you with the remarkable story of one woman’s fierce determination to survive, against all odds.
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01/10/2019
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RRP  $32.99 $26.35

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Literary - Our Picks

Charlotte Wood, the award-winning author of The Natural Way of Things, is back with a bitingly funny contemporary Australian novel. The Weekend is an unforgettable story of friendship and growing old. It's joined by new books from Elliot Perlman, Zadie Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Favel Parrett, Ann Patchett and more!

The Weekend

The Weekend

 
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The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things.

People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn't true. The graveyard, the stony dirt - that's what it was like now. They knew each other better than their own siblings, but Sylvie's death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.

Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her?

They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur, Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual, and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they've remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for Christmas at Sylvie's old beach house - not for festivities, but to clean the place out before it is sold.

Without Sylvie to maintain the group's delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface - and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.

The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we're forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book, a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.
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Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15/10/2019
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RRP  $29.99 $22.50

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Crime & Thriller – Our Picks

Michael Connelly is back with a propulsive new thriller pairing up the inimitable Harry Bosch with LAPD detective Renee Ballard once again. Connelly's The Night Fire is joined by new books from Tara Moss, John le Carre, Chris Hammer, James Patterson, Martin Cruz Smith and a final collection from Peter Temple that includes the last ever appearance of Jack Irish. It's a mammoth Christmas for crime and thriller lovers!

The Night Fire

Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor, the man who trained him to be a homicide detective - new from #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, J.J. Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before - the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.

Bosch brings the murder book to Renee Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point.

The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?
Format:
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Publication Date:
21/10/2019
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RRP  $32.99 $26.35

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