Time slips, MacGuffins, danglers, boomerangs, unreliable narrators, unlikely points of view and inimitible voices – done well, the behind-the-scenes magic of fiction writing is barely visible. But make no bones about it, today’s innovators and imaginers still take cues from the masters… Before turning existing frameworks, tropes and lexicons on their heads. Pay close attention, suspend your disbelief, here are some tales from the coalface of creative storytelling.
Tabitha Bird’s stunning debut is a magical, life-affirming novel about heartbreak, healing and learning to forgive yourself.
‘A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say’ - Italo Calvino
The new novel by the number one bestselling author.
This mesmerizing Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) set to produce. It is the winner of three prestigious ABIA awards, including their 'Book of the Year', and also won the Indie Awards' 'Book of the Year'.
Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky... A bewitching and wildly inventive novel from a master stylist
THE NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER 'Here's the next THE LOVELY BONES-A rare book' Evening Standard
A playful mock 'biography' of a chameleonic historical figure, written for Virginia Woolf's intimate friend Vita Sackville-West.
A classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers – ‘a masterpiece’ The Times
Telling the story of the rise and fall of the town of Macondo and the generations of the Buendia family who found and then become trapped in it, One Hundred Years of Solitude is both tragic and comic, intimate and epic.
The magical new novel from the bestselling author of The Night Circus
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.