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Books that prove language can be an immersive force.

Time travel is possible. We know because we embarked on an 18th century adventure with Jim Hawkins to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Joan Lindsay transported us to the early 1900s Victorian countryside in her book Picnic at Hanging Rock. We were thrust into a dystopian near future via Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. And we traversed the centuries with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Here are some books with incomparable, inimitable voices so authentic they’ll carry you through space and time.

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Master Of My Fate

I wake with a start. Been dreaming. Dreaming bout a light that shine bright, strong, hot, even though all round is a cool, shadowy darkness.

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Daisy Jones and The Six

Daisy Jones was born in 1951 and grew up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California.

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Wild

Aye, I admit it hadn’t been an easy afternoon for my father, what with the failure of his invention and Mother’s inclination to remind him of it.

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Master Of My Fate book club notes

This novel about one man’s journey to become his own master, from slavery in Jamaica, through to eventual freedom in colonial New South Wales, is perfect for book clubs.

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Wild book club notes

Take your book club on a journey into the criminal underbelly of 17th century London.

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The Silence of the Girls

Great Achilles. Brilliant Achilles, shining Achilles, godlike Achilles . . . How the epithets pile up.