The Dry by Jane Harper

Following the death of his childhood best friend, Federal police officer Aaron Falk returns from Melbourne to the small country town he grew up in. His old friend Luke apparently killed himself after murdering his wife and six year old son and in the town of Kiewarra tensions are high. The grip of a two …

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Here On Earth by Alice Hoffman

A loose, modern retelling of Wuthering Heights, Alice Hoffman brings her magic touch to another book. March Murray returns home for a funeral with her teenage daughter in tow, leaving her loving husband behind. But her old life casts a spell over her, returning her to former days, and most importantly, old loves. When she …

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Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

A warm, happy book, as cosy as the bakery it's main character runs, this book is a sequel in which Polly, who runs the Little Beach Street Bakery in Cornwall, has bought a lighthouse and lives in it with her gorgeous American boyfriend, Huckle, and a rescued puffin called Neil. Which is a great start …

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Happy Valley – Patrick White

Written when the author was just 27, this book about characters in small town Australia contains elements of stream of consciousness and experimental literature that made it famous at the time, and yet White would not allow it’s reprint in his life time. An excellent first time novel, something about the story and characters feels …

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