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Our book of the month is Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Man Booker Prize winning author Marlon James. Mesmerising and vividly imagined, this spectacular literary fantasy draws inspiration from African history and mythology to explore concepts of truth and power.

Read on for more exciting new books, as well as our current bestsellers and a selection of featured classics.

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Book of the Month

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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New in Non-Fiction

Birthday Girl

by Ginger Gorman

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In 2013, journalist Ginger Gorman was trolled online. She received scores of hateful tweets, including a death threat. She was terrified, but once the attack subsided, she found herself curious. Who were these trolls? How and why did they coordinate such an attack? And how does someone fight back?

Over the next five years, Gorman spoke to psychologists, trolling victims, law enforcement, academics and, most importantly, trolls themselves, embedding herself into their online communities and their psyches in ways she had never anticipated. She uncovered links between trolling, cyberhate and real-life crimes. She mapped out a cohort of men – mostly angry, young and white – who rightly or wrongly feel marginalised and disenfranchised and use the internet to express this. She encountered the frequently extreme personal costs endured by trolling targets, not to mention the very real financial and economic costs of cyberhate.

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2018 Miles Franklin Award Winner

The Life to Come

by Michelle de Kretser

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'I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail.' – Hilary Mantel

'Michelle de Kretser knows how to construct a gripping story. She writes quickly and lightly of wonderful and terrible things... A master storyteller.' – A.S. Byatt

'With supreme elegance, The Life to Come creeps up on the reader. Drunk on de Kretser's wordplay and humour, I'd crash headfirst into deeply moving moments. Arriving at the end of the book, I only really wanted to read the thing again.' – Ben Hunter, Booktopian Review

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2018 Man Booker Prize Winner


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.

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My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante

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My Brilliant Friend is a ravishing, wonderfully written novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, sometimes to their own detriment, as each discovers more about who she is and suffers or delights in the throes of their intense friendship.

There is a piercing honesty about Ferrante's prose that makes My Brilliant Friend a compulsively readable portrait of two young women, and also the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country.

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From Booktopia's Own John Purcell

The Girl on the Page

by John Purcell

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From ultimate book industry insider, John Purcell, comes a literary page-turner, a razor-sharp, fast-paced novel that cuts to the core of what it means to balance ambition and integrity. With lashings of sex, glamour, bad behaviour and wicked publishing insider references, The Girl on the Page is a muscular, juicy and provocative novel that is all about what really matters in life, and the redemptive power of great literature.

"It’s like getting on a fast-moving train or maybe a rocket, filled with people who love books as much as you do! You cannot and don’t want to get off, following every dynamic, insatiable, brilliant character right to the stunning end." – Caroline Overington

Blog: 10 Reasons to Read John Purcell’s The Girl On the Page

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