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  • Our Top Ten Books Of 2019

    The limbo-like period between Christmas and New Year is our favourite time to get cosy with a good book. We've rounded up 10 of our favourite reads from 2019 to inspire your reading list. *This competition is now closed - congratulations to our winner, Helen Brown!*

    1. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

    A semi-magical, coming-of-age tale set in suburban Brisbane of the early 1980s - a world author Trent Dalton knows well because the story, narrated with all the honesty, humour and matter-of-factness of a 12-year-old boy, is apparently loosely the story of his own childhood.

    2. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

    The injustice of the situation in this story is so powerful (and the effect on the various relationships so brilliantly observed) that it'll  stay with you for a long time.

    3. The Lost Man by Jane Harper

    An unbearably tense thriller, Jane Harper’s masterful narrative places readers in the desolate outback while the Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

    4. Love Is Blind by William Boyd

    Set at the end of the 19th century, this immersive fiction follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician who’s about to embark on the story of his life.

    5. Educated by Tara Westover

    Educated is a universal coming-of-age tale of escape and self-education. Fierce family loyalty and the struggle for self-invention make this story completely unforgettable.

    6. The Nix by Nathan Hill

    A brilliant and heartfelt debut novel from Nathan Hill about a son, his mother who left him as a child and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to regain his own.

    7. Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    Finally free from his nightmare marriage, Toby Fleishman’s life turns upside-down…A truly gripping and sharp novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships.

    8. West by Carys Davies

    Lovingly written, West explores the courage of conviction, the life-changing power of grief and the unwavering pull of home. A short but terrific novel you won’t want to put down.

    9. Circe by Madeline Miller

    Madeline Miller has given life to an ancient world... Cire is an electrifying Greek myth about transformation, survival, revenge and women’s fight to be free. You’ll get swept away with this page-turner.

    10. This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

    The laugh-out-loud hilarious and brutally honest diaries of a junior doctor. An unmissable window into the national health system.