Our Biggest Books of 2015! (Fiction)

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This year brought us many phenomenal books, some of the reviews for which you can read on the blog. Here are the books our staff and customers adored, essential additions to your summer reading list.

  1. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara: The year’s most unlikely blockbuster was this gut-wrenching tale of love and friendship, a book unlike anything we’ve ever encountered before.
  2. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr: Our bookclub’s unanimous favourite was this Pulitzer Prize winning World War II story.
  3. Brother of the More Famous Jack, Barbara Trapido: This rediscovered classic made us cackle and cry, and stakes Trapido’s claim as Jane Austen’s raunchy modern successor.
  4. Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg: A Man Booker longlisted debut novel that finds pure poetry in horror. A testament to the majesty of the mundane, it’s as deeply empathetic as the best work of Anne Tyler.
  5. Hope Farm, Peggy Frew: A gently uplifting story about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a commune, it explores mother-daughter relationships and the mark our childhoods leave on us.
  6. My Brilliant FriendElena Ferrante: The final installment in Ferrante’s Neapolitan Saga was released in English this year, making for the perfect opportunity to revisit where it began. A Tolstoyan epic of female frienship.
  7. The Promise SeedCass Moriarty: Stunning work from a local writer, this novel describes the friendship between a young boy and an old man both wearing deep scars from troubled upbringings.
  8. Salt Creek, Lucy Treloar: Brilliant historical fiction, Treloar unpicks the minutiae of Australia’s origins, dispelling many of our colonial myths in the process.
  9. The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks: A Biblical Game of Thrones, Brooks once again proves herself a writer of majestic prose with this retelling of King David’s tragic fall.
  10. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins: The most talked-about thriller of the year, Hawkins’ sensational mystery is a domestic noir worthy of Gone Girl.
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