New Books - Fiction

Here is my haul for August - fiction, this month:

Smut by Alan Bennett - I do adore Alan Bennett, and find his books a real treat.

Buddha V. 3 by Osamu Tezuka - Actually, I haven't read the first two of this famous series of graphic novels based on the Buddha's life. But somehow I was led to pick this one up.

Small Indiscretions by Felicity Castagna - Felicity is a fellow postgrad student at the University of Western Sydney's Writing & Society research group, and has just released this book, a collection of short stories set in Asia. Sounds exactly my cup of tea. And I know that at least one story is about a drag queen, so it's even more promising.

Rudyard Kipling Omnibus - When I was a child my grandfather would always give me an omnibus edition of some kind, and so I have always loved them. I particularly remember having omnibus editions of Steele Rudd, Edgar Allan Poe and O. Henry, all of which I adored. I couldn't resist this collection of Kipling's most beloved stories. I haven't read The Jungle Book since I was 10 years old. Is it just me or is Kipling's star on the ascendent once more?

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst - Nothing to say, really - he is the master. I have loved every one of his books, and think him almost perfect in every way. Apparently this one's in with a good chance of winning the Booker.


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