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A selection of 2018’s most striking book covers.

Admit it, you’ve done it before: walked into a bookstore, a cover catches your eye, pulls you towards it, entices you to pick up the book and read the blurb. It might not be entirely what you expected, it might be an author you’ve never heard of, a genre you wouldn’t usually go for. But there you are, book in hand, investigating further.

Here are some 2018 titles that prove you can judge a book by its cover.

  • On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.

  • A big story from a small town.

  • A deliciously dark satire on modern privilege from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen (and enfant terrible of American fiction), Ottessa Moshfegh

  • In his most autobiographical novel to date, Paulo Coelho interweaves adventure, philosophy and the true stories of his own life to give readers an essential book for our time.

  • The ambitious major new novel from this internationally celebrated writer, on the scale of his bestselling 1Q84

  • A profoundly moving story of first love and memory from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending

  • A rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking – The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.

  • From the bestselling author of The Wife and The Interestings comes a warm and immersive novel about ambition, power, women, friendship and finding your place in the world

  • Unpolished Gem with a touch of Stasiland: a funny, dark and tender memoir about growing up between the lunacy of Yugoslavia’s civil war and suburban Australia.

  • What if the stranger you'd just let into your life was anything but a stranger? An unputdownable domestic thriller; 'Dark, smart, sexy, gripping' Erin Kelly

  • The long-awaited new collection of short stories from Australia’s master of the short-story genre.

  • Maurice Swift is an aspiring novelist struggling to come up with the story that will make his name, and he doesn't care where that story comes from. Even if he has to beg, borrow, steal or worse, he will make it to the top. Whatever the cost...

  • A tense novel about deception, sexual obsession and atonement, by the prize-winning author of Our Endless Numbered Days.

  • 130 brilliantly simple, brand-new recipes from the bestselling author of Plenty, Plenty More, Jerusalem and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook.

  • The magnificent new novel by the bestselling and award-winning Kate Atkinson: 'Masterpiece' - Telegraph; 'Pageturner' - Evening Standard; 'Wise, funny and paced like a thriller' - Observer

  • A dreamlike and compulsive feminist dystopia for the #metoo generation.

  • A dazzling debut about Truman Capote, the literary icon of his age, and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans.

  • Your not so fancy-pants guide to wine. The ultimate book for winos who don’t take themselves too seriously, but do seriously love their wine.

  • The greatest war story in literature, retold by our greatest living storyteller on war - in the voice of the forgotten woman who lived through it.

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