Elizabeth Taylor is a surgeon at a city hospital, a gifted, driven and rare woman excelling in a male-dominated culture. One day, while operating on a young woman in a critical condition, something goes gravely wrong. A Mistake is a compelling story of human fallibility, and the dangerous hung... read more
**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018**
An elegiac, dreamlike novel set in post-WW2 London about memory, family secrets and lies, from the internationally acclaimed author of The English Patient.
The past never remains in the past...
London, 1945. The capital is still re... read more
You come away from Michael Ondaatje’s novel Warlight altered. Closing the cover on the final pages feels somewhat like a betrayal or a bereavement. You do not want to leave, still curious to understand, wanting more. Warlight opens in 1945 with a London family. Rachel and Nathaniel, affectionat... read more
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
A woman on a plane listens to the stranger in the seat next to hers telling her the story of his life: his work, his marriage, and the harrowing night he has just spent burying the family dog. That woman is Faye, who is now on her way to Europe to promote... read more
The man next to me on the plane was so tall he couldn’t fit in his seat. His elbows jutted out over the armrests and his knees were jammed against the seat in front, so that the person in it glanced around in irritation every time he moved. The man twisted, trying to get himself into a comfortable... read more
A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman?s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty,... read more
|Awards:||Longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018|
In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes "interesting," the last thing she ever wanted t... read more
The reason this book has a sunset on the cover - a cover that postponed my considering reading it until I was challenged to pick a winner from this year’s Booker short list* (intolerant as I am of pictorial schmaltz) - becomes apparent in the third chapter, when the narrator’s French language ev... read more
A FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD: A transformative and necessary work--as completely unexpected as it is inspired--by the award-winning author of the bestselling novels All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness. The sun rises on a quiet June morning in 2009. Augus... read more
A group of women are meeting to make a decision that will change their lives. In Miriam Toews’s Women Talking this is no ordinary group, no ordinary situation. These women live in a remote Mennonite colony in South America, they and their children have been victims of rape and abuse, and t... read more
“I kept going, and I couldn’t go back. I had to make it work, because... because that was all I could do. I didn’t know that there were special rules, a special game, about whose art gets seen and whose art is remembered.”
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Ruth Bishops is an independent woman in her mid-30s attempting to shape a place for herself in the art world of London in the 1950s. Always interested in drawing, and encouraged by her aunt, she has attended the Slade Art School thanks to a small inheritance. Her time ther... read more
"The status beach read of the summer" Sunday Times StyleKathy is a writer. Kathy is getting married. It's the summer of 2017 and the whole world is falling apart.From a Tuscan hotel for the super-rich to a Brexit-paralysed UK, Kathy spends the first summer of her 40s trying to adjust to making a l... read more
Olivia Laing wants to be Kathy Acker but she knows that she is not Kathy Acker, even though wanting to be Kathy Acker does make you Kathy Acker to some extent. As ‘Kathy’, the protagonist in Laing’s ‘uncooked’ novel Crudo ('crudo' meaning 'raw' or 'uncooked' in Italian), relinqui... read more
'I am driving up the Curran Street on-ramp and ahead of me Milk Bottle Man is dashing up the safety railing on the Harbour Bridge. He jumps onto the superstructure and runs up to the national flag. He is jumping from foot to foot and holding two figures in each hand – t... read more
Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to b... read more
Reviewed by Pascale, one of our longstanding casual staff members and a creative writing major.
Murakami’s new novel Killing Commendatore is the Kyoto-born author at his whimsical best. Compelling and enigmatic, it follows a Japanese portrait painter and the un... read more
|Awards:||Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018|
Reviewed by Bookoccino owner, Raymond Bonner.
Unforgettable characters, from the streets of San Francisco to inside women’s prisons. As realistic as non-fiction; as well written as the most captivating fiction.
Romy Hall is at the start of two consecuti... read more
When a novel is set in a prison you might wonder how much mileage an author can get out of a small cell. Meet Rachel Kushner, author, and her protagonist Romy Hall, double-lifer plus six years. The book opens with a group of women being transported by bus from their holding prison to their... read more