Fiction The Last Man in Europe Dennis Glover Australia Day Melanie Cheng The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Arundhati Roy PB $29.99 April, 1947. In a farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four. Forty-three years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy—the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms that the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. In this novel, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of Orwell’s classic work. PB $29.99 This debut collection of stories by Melanie Cheng features characters young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common—no matter where they come from—is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world. PB $32.99 In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral. And two people who've known each other all their lives sleep with their arms around one another as though they have only just met. Here is a cast of unforgettable characters caught up in the tide of history. The Nothing Hanif Kureishi Anything is Possible Elizabeth Strout Pulse Points Jennifer Down HB $24.99 Waldo, a fêted filmmaker, is confined by old age and ill health to his London apartment. Frail and frustrated, he is cared for by his lovely younger wife, Zee. But when he suspects that Zee is beginning an affair, Waldo is pressed to action: determined to expose the couple, he sets out first to prove his suspicions correct—and then to enact his revenge. Kureishi’s eagerly awaited novella will have his readers dazzled. HB $29.99 Years ago, Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer, spent time in hospital, with her mother at the foot of her bed to keep her company. Avoiding the distance between them, they spoke at length about people from their home town, the rural town of Amgash, Illinois. Writing these stories, Lucy imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers. And the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. PB $29.99 August The characters in Pulse Points live in small dusty towns, glittering exotic cities and slow droll suburbs; they are mourners, survivors and perpetrators. In one story, a young woman travels to the sea of trees in Japan to say goodbye. In another, a woman conducts an illicit aff air while her recovering girlfriend works the overnight motel shift in the middle of nowhere. Pulse Points is a gutting collection that showcases a writer of great talent.