Four paperback novels

RRP £35.96

Lightning Antipodean Bundle

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Four of the best from Down Under

As well as publishing home-grown fiction, the Lightning imprint brings stellar writing from Australia and New Zealand to UK readers. One of the books in this brilliant-value bundle won Australia’s biggest book prize; the other three were all listed for major prizes in Australia and New Zealand.

The Antipodeans, Greg McGee’s three-generation saga about Kiwi prisoners-of-war in Italy, spent a year in the New Zealand bestseller charts and was longlisted for that country’s main literary prize.

The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke by Tina Makereti is an unforgettable work of historical fiction about a young Māori orphan who agrees to become a living exhibit in Victorian London; it was also longlisted for New Zealand’s main literary prize.

An Isolated Incident is a crime novel with a difference by Emily Maguire, in which ‘whodunnit’ is the least interesting question; it was shortlisted for Australia’s equivalent of the Booker Prize as well as its main women’s and crime-writing prizes.

Their Brilliant Careers, by Scottish-born Ryan O’Neill, is a collection of spoof biographies of supposed Australian literary giants, fitting together to form an ingenious shadow plot; it won Australia’s most lucrative literary prize.






‘Like a Venetian Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.... you won’t want to put it down’

Simon Edge on The Antipodeans

‘A historical love letter to London, a coming-of-age story, a love story… do yourself a favour, read it’

Stella Duffy on The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke

‘Superb writing and sense of place. Totally credible voices. Read her!’

Ann Cleeves on An Isolated Incident

‘It’s glorious. So funny and clever and entertaining’

Marian Keyes on Their Brilliant Careers


‘Finding out how the past has shaped and informed the present gives this enthralling book the tautness of a thriller ... Remarkable’

New Zealand Listener on The Antipodeans

‘Beautifully written, gripping, it takes you somewhere new and different, and it’s just so readable. It’s brilliant’

Antonia Honeywell, Booktime Brunch on The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke

‘Utterly engrossing... skilfully constructed narrative...Rather than creating a simple case of goodies and baddies, Maguire subtly examines the complexity of the human personality and what leads somebody to feel destructive…Hugely chilling and evocative’

Sydney Morning Herald  on An Isolated Incident

‘Blackly hilarious and structurally audacious ... it offers something strange and often wonderful, a wildly inventive and formally dazzling reworking of both the tropes and traditions of Australian literature, and by extension Australian culture more generally’

The Spectator on Their Brilliant Careers



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