The Power of Fiction

Curated stories about books and fiction.

The power of fiction is a slippery, elusive thing — what it provides is not scientific, and often ephemeral. But stories matter. Stories shape the world. And sometimes we don’t necessarily realize how it’s shaping the world — or how it’s shaping us as the writer and those who read what we put out there.

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel.

The Man Booker International Prize has announced its shortlist of six books in contention for the 2016 Prize which celebrates the finest fiction. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. The 2016 Man Booker International Shortlist A

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Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones is a novel written by Craig Silvey and published by Allen & Unwin.

Title: Jasper Jones Author: Craig Silvey Genre: Coming-of-Age Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: May 9, 2010 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 322 Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his

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The Broken Book

Book cover for The Broken Book.

Title: The Broken Book Author: Susan Johnson Genre: Fiction Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: September 1, 2006 Format: Paperback Pages: 324 A remarkable story of one woman’s struggle to become the writer she has passionately planned to be her entire life—this fiercely beautiful novel conjures vivid and powerful emotions. Following the stunningly beautiful Katherine

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Deeper Water

Book cover for Deeper Water.

Title: Deeper Water Author: Jessie Cole Genre: Fiction Publisher: 4th Estate Release Date: August 1, 2014 Format: Kindle Pages: 266 Innocent and unworldly, Mema is still living at home with her mother on a remote, lush hinterland property. It is a small, confined, simple sort of life, and Mema is content with it. One day,

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Lion Attack!

Book cover for Lion Attack!

Title: Lion Attack!: I'm Trying to Be Honest and I Want You to Know That Author: Oliver Mol Genre: Fiction / Coming of Age Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. Release Date: October 1, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 288 From an inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers comes a funny,

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1988 by Andrew McGahan

Book Cover for 1988 by Andrew McGahan

Title: 1988 Author: Andrew McGahan Genre: Fiction Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: September 1, 2005 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 237 ‘A lighthouse. A weather station, thousands of miles away. For six months. I drank steadily. With alcohol it all made sense.’ It’s the Bicentennial year and for Gordon – failed writer and bottleshop

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All the Birds, Singing

Book Cover for All the Birds, Singing: A Novel

Title: All the Birds, Singing Author: Evie Wyld Genre: Fiction Publisher: Vintage Release Date: Reprint edition (January 6, 2015) Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 240 Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods? Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and

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Have Men Ended Their Love Affair With Books?

Photo of a man reading a book as part of the #ManReads campaign.

Whatever happened to lads’ lit? Why don’t men read books by women? And how do we change the fact that many men haven’t picked up a book since school, asks Chris Moss. Think of a man. Think of a book. What do you see? A shiny sci-fi novel? Crime, or horror perhaps? A “how to”

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Book Review: Looking Through Water

Title: Looking Through Water Author: Bob Rich Genre: Fiction Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Release Date: November 3, 2015 Format: Hardback Pages: 208 Synopsis: In Looking Through Water, William McKay finds himself reliving his past to help his troubled grandson, Kyle, deal with the present. William’s story starts on an Adirondacks lake and wends its way through

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