BOOKS WE LOVE

This is a selection of books one, many or all of us at VIVA have read and absolutely love. We change this list often as we will read a new book and simply have to have it on our list.


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Reading Level:very good
Awards:Winner of Specsavers National Book Awards: Crime/Thriller Book of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2014.

Critics are calling I AM PILGRIM: "Unputdownable." --Booklist "The best book of 2014." --Suspense Magazine "The next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." --The New York Post A breakneck race against time...and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all ... read more

I Am Pilgrim

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Jaxie dreads going home. His mum?s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one?s ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. In one terrible moment his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he c... read more

The Shepherd's Hut

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Daughter of the Territory is the amazing life story of Jacqueline Hammar. Born in Darwin in 1929, Jacqueline's childhood was spent in a succession of bush towns before she was sent to school in Darwin. With the outbreak of World War II, she moved to Brisbane to finish h... read more

Daughter of the Territory

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Series:Penguin Celebrations
Awards:Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.  

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The Secret History

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Reading Level:General Adult
Awards:Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Victorian Premier's Prize for Fiction 2017 and Queensland Literary Awards: University of Queensland Fiction Book Award 2016.

Outside, the rain continues unceasing; silver sheets sluicing down, the trees and shrubs soaking and bedraggled, the earth sodden, puddles overflowing, torrents coursing onwards, as the darkness slowly softens with the dawn.
Ester is a family therapist with an app... read more

Between a Wolf and a Dog

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 "Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique."--The Guardian
In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French n... read more

Milkman

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Reading Level:very good
Awards:Longlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction

Reviewed by Bookoccino's newest member of staff, Bibi. Eleanor lives a highly regulated life, struggles with social cues, has no mouth “filter” and relaxes on the weekend eating pizza and consuming two bottles of vodka, feeling she’s complete... read more

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Awards:SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

"Ingenious... Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I've read in a novel this century." --The New York Times
 
WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
 
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a... read more

Home Fire

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'Extraordinary...smart, sophisticated, suspenseful - and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it Star of the North.'LEE CHILD'Tense and compelling.? James Swallow, Sunday Timesbestselling author of NOMADNorth Korea and the USA are on the brink of warA young Ameri... read more

Star of the North

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Awards:Winner Pulitzer Prize 2017 Winner of National Book Awards: Fiction 2016. Shortlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2017. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize  2017

#1 New York Times BestsellerWinner of the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the National Book AwardWinner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionLonglisted for the Man Booker Prize
 
One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washing... read more

The Underground Railroad

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Awards:2018 Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year Winner of the 2018 Costa Novel Award  

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE   A wondrous and wise coming-of-age love story from the celebrated author of Conversations with Friends   At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football te... read more

Normal People

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Reading Level:very good
Awards:Longlisted for The 2018 Stella Prize Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards - Fiction 2018 (Australia) Indie Book Awards - Winner Fiction 2018 (Australia) Shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2018

Abandoned by her mother and seldom visited by her unpredictable, violent father, 10-year-old Justine is raised by her grandfather, Pop - a man tormented by visions of war. Through years of poverty and neglect, Justine finds solace in the staggering natural beauty of the nearby Murray R... read more

The Choke