Auckland Libraries: Top 10 fiction

Top 10 fiction

The top 10 fiction titles, curated by our librarians for the latest Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

Normal people

Sally Rooney

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town in rural Ireland. But they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them unfolds beautifully.

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Kate. author. Atkinson

In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited by the MI5. After the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years are in the past forever. Ten years later, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past.

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Bridge of Clay

Markus Zusak

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

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Imaginary lives of James Pōneke

Tina Makereti

Anything can happen to a young New Zealander on the savage streets of Victorian London. When James meets the man with laughing dark eyes and the woman who dresses as a man, he begins to discover who people really are beneath their many guises.

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The only story

Julian Barnes

At a tennis tournament, Paul is partnered with a Mrs Macleod. She is forty-eight, confident, ironic. Her first name is Susan; she is married with two grown-up daughters. Soon, Paul and Susan are lovers. And at the same speed, everything falls apart.

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Barbara Kingsolver

The story of two families, in two centuries, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. These characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.

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The shepherd's hut

Tim Winton

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum's dead. The old man beats him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one's ever told him to be careful what he wishes for. In one terrible moment, his life is stripped away. Now, he must survive alone.

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The ice shelf

Anne Kennedy

Before flying to Antarctica to take up an arts fellowship, Janice has a long night of remembrance, regret and realisation as she goes about the city. En route she discards section after section of her manuscript in the spirit of revitalising art.

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Michael Ondaatje

After World War II, 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. Years later, they uncover a world of dark secrets.

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The overstory

Richard Powers

Nine strangers, each in different ways, become summoned by trees, brought together in a last stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.

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