They say you can’t judge books by their covers, but tantalising titles definitely give an edge over bookshelf neighbours. A central question, an ingenious wordplay, a double entendre, a beguiling statement – there are many tricks authors use to garner a reader’s attention. Here are some books whose titles scream for further investigation.
Our foremost storyteller returns with an audacious new novel, Machines Like Me.
Collected essays and speeches from the bestselling, Booker-winning author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
The new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul.
The New York Times bestselling debut novel from the prize-winning prodigy
The wildly inventive and powerfully moving novel, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.
An electrifying, prizewinning short story collection from the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen
Hot Little Hands contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence, and the marks desire can leave. Anya, in her fake-leather sneakers and second-hand clothes, just wants to fit in at her Melbourne school.
A mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood
A beautiful new Vintage Classics edition to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this wise, blackly funny, radically imaginative novel
The bestselling, Pulitzer prize-winning classic.
Dark, atmospheric and gripping, What Came Before is a stunning literary thriller about the risks you take when you fall in love.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
A jewel of a book: a brand new short story from the author of Atonement. My Purple Scented Novel follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed, published to celebrate Ian McEwan’s 70th birthday.
A world shattered – a life remade.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.