Our July Fiction Picks

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Looking to escape into some great new fiction this month? Boy, have we got the books for you!


The Music Shop - Rachel Joyce

Frank has a gift for finding his customers the music they need to hear. When he meets Ilsa Brauchmann, a mysterious and beautiful woman with no ear for music, and engaged to another man, he falls in love. She is way above him, she will never be his, but he will take her on a journey through music. 
Twelve years later Ilsa returns to find Frank. The shop has gone; no one knows where he is. All that remains is a series of clues, each one related to music. Ilsa resolves to follow them and bring Frank back to life with music, just as he once did for her.

Our Fiction Book of the Month for July!


Beauty in Thorns - Kate Forsythe

A spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty set amongst the wild bohemian circle of Pre-Raphaelite artists and poets.

Bringing to life the dramatic true story of love, obsession and heartbreak that lies behind the Victorian era’s most famous paintings, Beauty in Thorns is the story of awakenings of all kinds.


The Last Man In Europe - Dennis Glover
Forty-three years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy - the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent challenge, a race against death.

In this illuminating novel, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of Orwell's classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved British writer, The Last Man in Europe will change the way you understand Nineteen Eighty-Four.


Australia Day - Melanie Chang
Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia.


Hinterland - Steven Lang
Tensions have been slowly building in the old farming district of Winderran whose rich landscape has attracted urban tree-changers, wealthy developers and global mining interests. Traditional loyalties and values are challenged further with the announcement of a controversial dam project.

Local medics Eugenie and Nick, and political candidate Guy, find themselves forced to choose sides as the community splinters. The personal and the political soon become intertwined in ways that will change their fates, and the future of the town.


The Sisters Chase - Sarah Healy
When Diane dies in a car accident, her eldest daughter Mary discovers the motel is worth less than the back taxes they owe. With few options, Mary's finely tuned instincts for survival kick in and takes charge of her 4 year old sister. As the sisters begin a cross-country journey in search of a better life, she will stop at nothing to protect Hannah.

But Mary wants to protect herself, too, for the secrets she promised she would never tell - but now may be forced to reveal - hold the weight of unbearable loss. Vivid and suspenseful, THE SISTERS CHASE is a whirlwind page-turner about the extreme lengths one family will go to find - and hold onto - love.


Spoonbenders - Daryl Gregory
They were the Amazing Telemachus Family, who in the mid-1970s achieved widespread fame for their magic and mind reading act. That is, until the magic decided to disappear one night, live on national television.  We encounter this long-forgotten family two decades on, when Matty, the grandson of patriarch Teddy Telemachus, discovers powers in himself, and realises his hugely deflated, heavily indebted family truly are amazing.

Spoonbenders is the legacy and legend of a dysfunctional, normal, entirely unique family across three generations of big personalities and socially inept recluses - each cursed with the potential of being something special.


Sympathy - Olivia Sudjic
At 23, Alice Hare leaves England for New York - the city of her birth, before she was adopted by a British mother and an American father. As she falls in love with the big city, she also becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, an intriguing Japanese writer living in New York whose life has strange parallels with her own.

Their 'chance' encounter and subsequent relationship expose a dark tangle of lies and sexual encounters as three families across the globe collide, and the most ancient of questions - where do we come from? - can be answered just by searching online.Sympathy is a brilliant and deeply moving take on personal accountability, blood ties, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age. It examines how we relate to each other and the world around us in an age of hyperconnectivity and algorithms.


Get Poor Slow - David Free
A young woman is dead and he was the last person to see her alive. No one is impressed by his excuses: Ray, you see, is the most hated book reviewer in Australia - a hatchet man with a belly full of bourbon and curdled dreams of literary greatness.

Now he will need all of his acid-tongued wit and even some moments of lucidity if he is to discover who murdered the beautiful publishing assistant who got so far beneath his skin. As a battered and bloodied Ray investigates more deeply, he is obliged to face the truth: he can't be entirely sure that he isn't the killer.