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In Certain Circles, the fifth novel by Australian writer Elizabeth Harrower, was set for release in 1971 before its author abruptly and mysteriously withdrew it from publication.

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Girl Runner is centred on the life of Aganetha Smart, a onetime Olympic athlete who was famous during the glittering 1920s. Now aged 104 Aganetha lives in a nursing home, alone and unacknowledged by history.

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Alby is a mess – his mother is dead and his remaining family (including his violent sister and foul mouthed one-legged father) are just as bad as he is. The story is as erratic as its narrator – it hops between decades and juggles references just as frantically as a conversation in real time does.

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Starting Nikki Cloke’s Lay Me Down is like eavesdropping on a conversation in a bar. There are fragments of sentences, snatches of interrupted speech, allusions to people and events past and to come, which as yet mean nothing all drawing you in, gripping your imagination and making you listen harder, wanting to know more.

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All Lalla has known for the past 16 years has been danger, fear and questions. In a not-too-distant future when supplies and fuel have become ever scarcer, a bruta totalitarian government has created a state where people survive only through constant monitoring and abiding by harsh, frightening rules. 

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Daniel Handler (otherwise known as Lemony Snicket) returns to adult fiction with his latest literary outing, We Are Pirates. Like most 14-year-old girls, Gwen is searching for something more.

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Highly acclaimed author of A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth has published his most recent book of poetry, Summer Requiem. This lyrical and elegiac collection breathes warm late English summer air through its pages. The poetry contained therein is both nostalgic and graceful as well as refreshingly light hearted and amusing

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Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and Costa Prize for his debut Bee Journal, Sean Borodale’s second poetry collection for Jonathan Cape continues a sense of writing at the scene.

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"Born of a father", Anna "split his head" when she entered the world and Conrad is the centre of her universe despite their immediate separation. Alone aged 12 she finds her way to the village where she is delivered to social services.

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Alex Christofi’s first novel sees a young man thrown into the big wide world and trying to find his place – by cleaning windows. Günter Glass is seven years old when he finds out about the material that shares his name.

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This fantastic new collection from Andrew Fox is a meditation upon distance in all its forms. From the simplest scenarios Fox weaves beautifully evocative tales that capture the disconnected way we live.

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Robyn Cadwallader’s debut novel is the story of a young woman in medieval England who chooses to be enclosed as a holy woman, or an anchoress, shut into a tiny cell for a life of prayer and fasting. Sarah is just 17 and grieving for her beloved sister who died in chil

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