Prized Writers

An assortment of the latest books from notable writers, including prize winning reads.

Aué by Becky Manawatu

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Winner, Ockham NZ Book Awards Prize for Fiction 2020

A raw and powerful debut, Aué is the story of two brothers who dream of escaping poverty and abuse. They try to get out of the gang life that took their father and forced their mother into hiding and break the cycle of family violence.

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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Joint Winner, Booker Prize 2019
'Best Fiction' novel, Goodreads Choice Awards 2019

The Testaments is Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Set fifteen years after the events of the previous novel, The Testaments alternates between the perspectives of three narrators - Aunt Lydia, one of the founders of Gilead; Agnes Jemima, a young woman raised under the Gilead regime; and Daisy, a teenager who was smuggled out and now lives in Canada.

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Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

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Winner, Australian Book Industry Award Book of the Year 2019
Winner, Indie Book Award 2019

Boy Swallows Universe, set in the housing estates at the fringes of Brisbane during the 1980s, is the coming-of-age story of Eli Bell and his mute brother August, as they navigate a complicated environment of drugs, crime and domestic violence — while doing the normal teenage stuff like having reckless adventures and falling in love.

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

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Joint Winner, Booker Prize 2019
Shortlisted, Gordon Burn Prize 2019

Girl, Woman, Other follows the intertwined lives of twelve characters as they negotiate the world. Along the way the book explores the themes of feminism, politics, patriarchy, success, relationships and sexuality.

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The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

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Longlisted, Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

The final instalment in Hilary Mantel's triumphant trilogy documenting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. As the novel opens, Anne Boleyn has just lost her head. Thomas Cromwell continues to walk a fine line, navigating between the whims of an increasingly capricious King and his own ambition for his family.

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Guest House for Young Widows: among the women of ISIS by Azadeh Moaveni

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Shortlisted Rathbones Folio Prize 2020
Shortlisted Orwell Prize 2020
Longlisted Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019

An intimate account of women who left their comfortable lives behind and joined the Islamic State. In early 2014, Muslims around the world were urged to join the caliphate and thousands of men and women heeded the call. This story follows some unforgettable young women who responded, but instead of finding a land of justice and piety, they found themselves trapped within a brutal terrorist regime in a world of chaos and upheaval and violence.

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Lanny by Max Porter

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Longlisted, Booker Prize 2019
Longlisted, Wainwright Prize for nature writing 2019
Shortlisted, Gordon Burn Prize 2019

Near London, there is a village. The village belongs to the people who live in it now and those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, who has woken from his slumber and is listening to them all.

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

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Winner, Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Fiction 2019
Shortlisted, Governor General's Award for Fiction 2019
Shortlisted, Reading Women Award 2019

Based on real events, Women Talking is an astonishing novel about a group of Mennonite women who are forced to confront the narrow confinement of their lives and the hypocrisy of their community. After becoming aware of the assaults they have suffered and determined to protect their daughters, they must make a choice - stay in the only world they have ever known or dare to escape?

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