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Welcome to the fiction section of the Booktopia Catalogue, a selection of the best books coming this February.

This month brings us The Rosie Result, a final book in the Rosie series by Graeme Simsion! Plus we have a new genre-bending literary fantasy from award winning author Marlon James and the 48th installment in J.D. Robb’s bestselling “In Death” series.

Scroll down for many more great recommendations, or browse our Kids sections of the catalogue.

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The Rosie Result

by Graeme Simsion

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"I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…"

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back in Australia after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important challenge.

Their son, Hudson, is struggling at school: he’s socially awkward and not fitting in. Don’s spent a lifetime trying to fit in—so who better to teach Hudson the skills he needs?

The Hudson Project will require the help of friends old and new, force Don to decide how much to guide Hudson and how much to let him be himself, and raise some significant questions about his own identity.


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New In J.D. Robb's In Death Series

Connections in Death - In Death Series: Book 48

by J.D. Robb

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When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang.

As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city's dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer's lust for power turns the city's streets into a bloodbath.

'Eve Dallas - tough as nails and still sexy as hell' – Stephen King


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New From Man Booker-Winner Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

by Marlon James

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A spectacular, genre-redefining literary fantasy novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy.

Following the lost boy's scent from one ancient city to another, into dense forests and across deep rivers, Tracker starts to wonder: Who is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue - a mesmerising, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power.


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The Freakiest Short Fiction You'll Read This Year

You Know You Want This

by Kristen Roupenian

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From the author of the global sensation Cat Person comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive short story collection about sex, dating and modern life that will thrill you before it chills you.

You Know You Want This is about the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it is about the horrors that are done to them. There's a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex... until they can't have sex without him; a woman who finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and summons her heart's desire: a nameless, naked man; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes for "something mean"; and a self-proclaimed "biter" who dreams of sneaking up behind and sinking her teeth into a green-eyed, long-haired, pink-cheeked coworker.

Though the stories span a range of genres-covering territory from the mundane to the murderous and supernatural-they are all, in the end, horror stories. They are stories about sex and punishment, guilt and anger, the pleasure and terror of inflicting and experiencing pain. They fascinate and repel, revolt and arouse, scare and delight in equal measure. And, as a collection, they point a finger at the reader, daring them to feel uncomfortable... or, worse, understood, as if to say, "You want this, right? You know you want this."


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Celebrating Haruki Murakami's 70th Birthday

Birthday Girl

by Haruki Murakami

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She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on that particular Friday, she would have had the night off.

One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress’s uneventful twentieth birthday takes a strange and fateful turn when she’s asked to deliver dinner to the restaurant’s reclusive owner.

Birthday Girl, is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying short story. A taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Murakami’s 70th birthday.


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2018's Bestselling Novel

Nine Perfect Strangers

by Liane Moriarty

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"One of the few writers I'll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed..." – Jojo Moyes

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline...

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

"A wild ride, outright hilarious at times, deeply poignant at others, and delightfully clever throughout." – Sarah McDuling, Booktopian Review


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The New Jack Reacher is Here

Past Tense

by Lee Child

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The EVENT publication of the year, the most hotly anticipated thriller of 2018, follows our hero Jack Reacher on a quest into his father's past, and climaxes in the most stomach-clenching, hair-raising, blood-curling, ticking-time-bomb of an adventure yet.

Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

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2018 Man Booker Winner

Milkman

by Anna Burns

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This beautiful and painful novel by Orange Prize shortlisted Anna Burns blends shades of early Edna O'Brien with Eimear McBride's exquisite ability to capture voice.

Set in an un-named city but with an astonishing, breath-shorteningly palpable sense of time and place Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished.

"A strange, oblique style permeates this year’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel. Milkman by Anna Burns is like nothing I’ve ever read before." – Ben Hunter, Booktopian Review


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