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Turn up the heat this winter with a scorching read.

Even if a winter getaway to some exotic – and hot – location isn’t within reach this year, you can always escape to a sunny setting. Let the words warm you as your mind’s eye travels to the balmiest corners of the globe and beyond. Here are some titles that radiate heat from their very pages.

  • Bridget Jones meets Thelma and Louise in this fresh and very funny romantic comedy, as one woman finds the answers she needs (plus a little love) on a trip into the stunning Australian desert.

  • Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, a hypnotic tale of female sexuality, power and myth from the author of Swimming Home.

  • The Bodysurfers vividly evokes the beach, with the scent of the suntan oil, the sting of the sun and a lazy sensuality, all the while hinting at a deep undercurrent of suburban malaise.

  • From Kabul to a home by the Mexican sea ... A life-affirming, sea-change memoir by the author of the international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.

  • Inner-suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of communal living, drugs, music and love. In this acclaimed first novel, Helen Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways.

  • Vintage Minis bring you the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human – from birth to death and everything in between

  • The classic coming of age novel about paradise found - and lost.

  • Narrated in a fearless voice full of bold hilarity and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy.

  • From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel that will keep you guessing to the very last page . . .

  • As the tragic story unfolds, Gatsby's destructive dreams and passions are revealed, leading to disturbing consequences. A brilliant evocation of 1920s high society, The Great Gatsby peels away the layers of this glamorous world to display the coldness and cruelty at its heart.

  • Paris in the twenties: Pernod, parties and expatriate Americans, loose-living on money from home.

  • A warm story of friendship, and starting over: five women, old school friends, who leave the frozen north behind them to start a new life together on a cocoa plantation in Fiji.

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