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  • The Double Tongue: Introduced by Bettany Hughes

    Faber & Faber The Double Tongue: Introduced by Bettany Hughes

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    Meet the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece in this transporting tale of the classical world by the radical Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies, introduced by Bettany Hughes.Did I believe in what I was doing? Or rather, since I was doing nothing, did I believe in what someone, something was doing to me? It begins with the half-burnt fish, miraculously restored to life, and the healing of the ill child.Young Arieka is an unloved misfit, but as rumours of her spiritual powers reach the High Priest of Apollo, her life is transformed. She is taken to Delphi to become a Pythia: a mouthpiece for the god Apollo, an oracle uttering riddling prophecies from a smoky cave to frenzied crowds.But when this role is dramatically thrust upon her, the priestess must navigate political conspiracy and the threat of the Romans to preserve her belief - and sanity.'A remarkable work ... A compelling storyteller as well as a clear-eyed philosopher of the dangerous puzzles of being human.' The Timesx'A marvellously apt surprise ... Will excite, tantalize and enthral Golding devotees.' Sunday Times'Most brilliantly and hair-raisingly evoked.' Sunday Telegraph'A wonderful central character. The story stretches out as clean and dry and clear as the beach in Lord of the Flies.' Independent

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  • You People

    Penguin Books Ltd You People

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    'A moving, authentic, humane novel which raises fundamental questions about what it means to be kind in an unkind world' Guardian____________________________________________The Pizzeria Vesuvio looks like any other Italian restaurant in London - with a few small differences. The chefs who make the pizza fiorentinas are Sri Lankan, and half the kitchen staff are illegal immigrants. At the centre is Tuli, the restaurant's charismatic proprietor and resident Robin Hood, who promises to help anyone in need. Welsh nineteen-year-old Nia, haunted by her troubled past, is running from her family. Shan, having fled the Sri Lankan civil war, is desperate to find his.But when Tuli's guidance leads them all into dangerous territory, and the extent of his mysterious operation unravels, each is faced with an impossible moral choice.In a world where the law is against you, how far would you be willing to lie for a chance to live? ____________________________________________'Intelligent and heart-piercing - an exceptional novel about the Britain we live in, even if we choose not to see it' Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire'Asks tough questions about the nature of goodness in an unfair society' Sunday Telegraph BOOK OF THE WEEK'Lively, poetically written and above all compassionate' Sunday Times'A female lead who isn't defined by a romantic story arc? Yes please. Lalwani's serious, ravishing way of writing about the secret life of Britain is just what we need' Times

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  • Everything the Light Touches

    HarperCollins Publishers Everything the Light Touches

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    ‘A novel like none other’ AMITAV GHOSH ‘A masterpiece’ AVNI DOSHI ‘Wise, funny, touching’ ROBERT MACFARLANE Four lives, uniquely linked, in a story that journeys across continents and centuries… For Shai, lost and drifting, a visit to her hometown in India’s Northeast offers the possibility of new ways of living. For Evelyn, a Cambridge student, scientific inspiration guides her to the forests of the lower Himalayas and a world she has only read about. For Johann, a German writer, travelling through Italy inspires him to develop ground-breaking ideas that will cement his place in history. And for a young Swede, an unwavering curiosity for Earth’s natural wonders takes him on an expedition that will forever alter the way we understand the world around us. A multi-layered literary saga bringing together people and places that seem, at first, far removed, Everything the Light Touches is a marvellous exploration of our ways of seeing, told through the eyes of four unexpectedly intertwined people.

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  • The Pursuit of William Abbey

    Little, Brown Book Group The Pursuit of William Abbey

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    'MESMERIC, TERRIFYING AND WONDERFUL' M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts'I was cursed in Natal, in 1884. Cursed by truth and by blood. The shadow took to me, and we have been together since.'From the bestselling and award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K comes a powerful new novel about a young man haunted by a ghost from his past, and by the dark crimes committed in the name of the British empire.'North's talent shines out' Sunday Times'An irresistible haunting thrill' Joe Hill author of Horns and Locke and Key'Remarkable . . . One of the most moving, horrifying and gut-wrenching novels of the year' NPR'A suspenseful tale of the truths that lie hidden in the human heart' Kirkus'North goes from strength to strength' Guardian'North's most ambitious novel to date' Locus'A master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination' Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked GirlsNovels by Claire North:The First Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustTouchThe Sudden Appearance of HopeThe End of the Day84KThe GameshouseThe Pursuit of William AbbeyNotes from the Burning AgeIthaca

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  • What A Mother's Love Don't Teach You: 'An outstanding debut' Cherie Jones

    Little, Brown Book Group What A Mother's Love Don't Teach You: 'An outstanding debut' Cherie Jones

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    'An outstanding debut' CHERIE JONES, author of How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House'Vivid and authentic' LEONE ROSS, author of This One Sky Day'Cacophonic, alive and heartbreaking' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE, author of The Mercies'A gripping page-turner' CAMILLE HERNÁNDEZ-RAMDWAR, author of Suite as Sugar and Other StoriesAs featured on BBC's Cultural Frontline podcast At eighteen years old, Dinah gave away her baby son to the rich couple she worked for before they left Jamaica. They never returned. She never forgot him.Eighteen years later, a young man comes from the US to Kingston. From the moment she sees him, Dinah never doubts - this is her son.What happens next will make everyone question what they know and where they belong.A powerful story of belonging, identity and inheritance, What a Mother's Love Don't Teach You brings together a blazing chorus of voices to evoke Jamaica's ghetto, dance halls, criminal underworld and corrupt politics, at the beating heart of which is a mother's unshakeable love for her son.'Delicate but gut-wrenching' JOSIE D'ARBY, broadcaster'Irresistible' CURDELLA FORBES, author of A Tall History of Sugar'Arresting' LISA ALLEN-AGOSTINI, author of The Bread the Devil Knead'Wonderful' JACOB ROSS, author of The Bone Readers'Exciting' YEWANDE OMOTOSO, author of An Unusual Grief'Thrilling' CELESTE MOHAMMED, author of Pleasantview

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  • Fire Down Below: Introduced by Kate Mosse

    Faber & Faber Fire Down Below: Introduced by Kate Mosse

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    Introduced by Kate Mosse, lose yourself in an epic naval journey in the final novel in the Booker Prize-winning historical fiction Sea Trilogy by the author of Lord of the Flies.I think there has been death in my hands.On the last stretch of its epic voyage from England to Australia, a disintegrating warship inches towards land. But there are still trials ahead, as the vessel is smashed against an ice cliff and blasted by a great storm, while the claustrophobic passengers battle erotic desires, masculine rivalry and violent power struggles - all experiencing a sea change in their natures. And when an unseen fire begins to smoulder below decks, the other side of the world has never seemed further away ...'Fantastic ... Gems tumble off the pages ... A strong sense of drama ... Much of the pleasure of reading his work is his original imagery.' Annie Proulx 'A truly noble achievement'. Patrick O'Brien'The best novel I've read this year ... The language fizzes and spits.' Daily Telegraph'Reeks and resounds with authenticity ... The epic imaginative enterprise [is] as formidable a feat as the year-long odyssey it charts.' Sunday Times'Golding writes the past as present [with] uncanny skill and tremendous intuition.' Ben OkriTo The Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy - Book Three

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  • The Devil and Miss Prym

    HarperCollins Publishers The Devil and Miss Prym

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    In this stunning novel, Coelho’s unusual protagonist sets the town a moral challenge from which they may never recover. A stranger arrives in the small mountain village. He carries with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. Burying these in the vicinity, the stranger strikes up a curious friendship with a young woman from the village – Miss Prym. His mission is to discover whether human beings are essentially good or evil. A fascinating meditation on the human soul, The Devil and Miss Prym illuminates the reality of good and evil within us all, and our uniquely human capacity to choose between them.

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  • Watch Us Dance: The vibrant new novel from the bestselling author of Lullaby

    Faber & Faber Watch Us Dance: The vibrant new novel from the bestselling author of Lullaby

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    'Engrossing' The Times'Beautifully atmospheric. . . a panoramic, classic quality' Financial TimesThe seductive, vibrant new novel from international bestselling author Leïla Slimani.Morocco, 1968. As she stands at the window, Mathilde reflects on the opportunities before her, and all she has achieved. Looking out at her elegant - not to say expensive - garden, the roses, brought in from Marrakech, have bloomed and their sweet, fresh scent pervades the air. Anything feels possible, and she is determined to celebrate it. Don't they have the right to enjoy life, after dedicating their best years to the war and then to this farm?Mathilde is blissfully unaware of what a new chapter of Moroccan history means for her family, the country and its future. Her babies are now grown up, and they are all about to learn that life can take wild and unexpected turns.Acclaim for The Country of Others:'A panoramic, ambitious tale.' The Times'Exceptional.' SALMAN RUSHDIE 'Captivating.' Elle' I loved it and didn't want it to end.' CLAIRE MESSUD'As wild and lush as a wildflower meadow.' Observer'A powerful and compelling family saga.' CHRISTINE MANGAN

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  • The Halfways

    HarperCollins Publishers The Halfways

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    ‘I loved this sweeping family drama. Moving and unforgettable’Sarah Morgan, Sunday Times bestselling author ‘A moving, atmospheric and engrossing family saga. Its characters will stay with you long after you have finished the book’ Deepa Anappara, author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line ‘This novel is an absolute beauty, and already one of my favourites . . . In The Halfways, Nilopar has quite genuinely taken my breath away’ Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky * * * TWO SISTERS. THREE CONTINENTS. FOUR DECADES. ONE DEVASTATING SECRET… Nasrin and Sabrina are two sisters, who on the face of things, live successful and enviable lives in London and New York. When their father, Shamsur suddenly dies, they rush to be with their mother at the family home and restaurant in Wales, and reluctantly step back into the stifling world of their childhood. When Shamsur’s will is read, a devastating secret is revealed that challenges all that people thought and loved about him. It also profoundly changes the lives and identities of the sisters, and creates an irreparable family rift… Moving between London, Wales, New York and Bangladesh, this is an epic family drama that spans over four decades. A story of mothers and daughters, of fathers and daughters, of sisterhood, it is a tale that explores belonging, family and what makes forgiveness and redemption possible. * * * What readers are saying about The Halfways: ‘This story is a wonderful exploration of the lives of a family lived between two very different cultures . . . One of my favourite reads this year’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The Halfways is a story that at it's very core is about family, culture and belonging . . . A layered, moving and engaging read which I wholeheartedly recommend’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Absolutely brilliant . . . I just wish I could give it more than five stars! Got me from page one and I couldn’t stop reading till I found out how it would end!’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Brown Girls

    HarperCollins Publishers Brown Girls

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    ‘Brown Girls flows like a late night FM-radio dedication to the crew, the block, and the mission. This book’s a gift’ Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout ‘An ode to girlhood’ Raven Leilani, author of Luster A fiercely poetic coming-of-age novel following a group of young women of colour in Queens, New York. Brown Girls dives deep into the lives of a group of young women of colour growing up in Queens, New York. Here, streets echo with many languages, subways rumble above dollar stores and the briny scent of the ocean wafts in from Rockaway Beach. Here, girls like Nadira, Gabby, Naz, Trish, Angelique, and many others, struggle to reconcile their immigrant backgrounds with the American culture they come of age in. Here, they become friends for life. Or so they vow. Brown Girls is a blazingly original, sweeping debut novel told by an unforgettable chorus of voices. ‘Joyous, bittersweet, hilarious … a coming of age story for us all’ Nikesh Shukla, author of Brown Baby ‘Infectious … holds worlds within its pages’ Guardian ‘Gorgeous … incredibly moving’ Independent ‘If you liked LUSTER try BROWN GIRLS’ Sunday Times Style ‘A cracker of a first novel’ Glamour ‘Transporting … not to be missed’ Stylist ‘A daring debut … fearless’ New York Times SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTRE FOR FICTION 2022 FIRST NOVEL PRIZE ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022 IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, GLAMOUR, STYLIST, INEWS, SUNDAY TIMES STYLE, LITERARY FRICTION PODCAST AND MORE.

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  • Islanders

    Little, Brown Book Group Islanders

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    'A beautiful and darkly funny book of linked stories covering two decades in the lives of a group of people on the island of Guernsey' Belfast TelegraphAnnie needs to lose her virginity, so she's waiting in a car park for Paul.Paul needs drugs for the party, but he's got to keep an eye on his sister, Josie.Josie needs a father figure. Or that's how it seems to her driving instructor, Neil.Eva needs to get away from the island. She could do without bumping into the school bully, Kat.Claire needs to drink herself into the mood for the hen do. But she's been betrayed by her childhood friend, Becky. And she can't stop thinking about what's happened to her sister, Kat...'Riotously human and authentic' NIAMH CAMPBELL'Wonderful, vivid, bittersweet' SARA BAUME'Gritty, dark and joyful' MICHELLE GALLEN'Immensely readable, full of pathos' BARNEY NORRIS'Sticky, sensory, intoxicating' SUSANNAH DICKEY

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  • Bad Fruit

    HarperCollins Publishers Bad Fruit

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    EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS SECRETS . . . ‘A beautiful, bewitching, unsettling and unputdownable dream of a book . . . .I genuinely loved this, it will stay with me for a long time’ LISA JEWELL ‘A blistering thriller’ NEW YORK TIMES ‘Impossible to put down’ CHRIS WHITAKER ____________________________________________________________ Seventeen-year-old Lily has a loving, normal family. So why does it suddenly feel like secrets are stirring? Like Mama is about to crack? As a storm of memories builds over one stifling summer, Lily must recast everything. What if her house isn’t a home – but a prison? What if her mother isn’t a protector – but a monster . . . Bold, beautifully told, and bound to keep you turning this pages, this is an unforgettable story about a family gone bad . . ._________________________________________________________________ Readers love getting a taste of BAD FRUIT: ‘Best book I have read in a long long time. Intelligently written, really well paced. I devoured this’ Reader review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A powerful, hard-hitting and exquisitely written novel’ CLARE MACKINTOSH ‘Paring-knife sharp . . . Mama is a terrifying, masterful creation’ ABIGAIL DEAN ‘I devoured this, was completely gripped. Beautiful, astounding for a debut novel’ Reader review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This is a cracker’ HARRIET TYCE ‘Disturbing, poignant and memorable all at once’ OBSERVER ‘A riveting novel exploring how family ties can both make us and break us’ RED ‘Beautifully captures your imagination from start to finish’ Reader review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Beautiful, disturbing, impossible to put down. Bad Fruit heralds a seriously impressive new talent in Ella King’ CHRIS WHITAKER ‘Masterful in its evocation of the complexity of mother-daughter relationships . . . a writer to watch’ HARPER’S BAZAAR

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  • Next in Line (William Warwick Novels)

    HarperCollins Publishers Next in Line (William Warwick Novels)

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    International bestseller Jeffrey Archer returns THE UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER FROM THE MASTER STORYTELLER ‘Only someone like Jeffrey Archer . . . could have written a compelling story like this. Every page bristles with suspense and the ending comes at you with the force of a tank round’ DAVID BALDACCI London, 1988. Royal fever sweeps the nation as Britain falls in love with the ‘people’s princess’. Which means for Scotland Yard, the focus is on the elite Royalty Protection Command, and its commanding officer. Entrusted with protecting the most famous family on earth, they quite simply have to be the best. A weak link could spell disaster. Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick and his Scotland Yard squad are sent in to investigate the team. Maverick ex-undercover operative Ross Hogan is charged with a very sensitive – and unique – responsibility. But it soon becomes clear the problems in Royalty Protection are just the beginning. A renegade organization has the security of the country – and the Crown – in its sights. The only question is which target is next in line… Over My Dead Body hit #4 in the Sunday Times bestselling charts on 4th June 2022.

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  • 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster: The heartbreaking and compelling 2023 debut novel about love, war, motherhood and survival

    Little, Brown Book Group 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster: The heartbreaking and compelling 2023 debut novel about love, war, motherhood and survival

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    'Captivating' New York Times'Dazzling' Financial Times'Heartbreaking' Monica AliSLAVE. ESCAPE-ARTIST. MURDERER. TERRORIST. SPY. LOVER. MOTHER. TRICKSTER.At the Golden Sunset retirement home, it is not unusual for residents to invent stories. So when elderly Ms Mook first begins to unspool her memories, the obituarist listening to her is sceptical. Stories of captivity, friendship, murder, adventure, assumed identities and spying. Stories that take place in WWII Indonesia; in Busan during the Korean war; in cold-war Pyongyang; in China. The stories are so colourful and various, at times so unbelievable, that they cannot surely all belong to the same woman. Can they? As playful and thought-provoking as it is compelling, as brutal and harrowing as it is achingly poignant and tender, this is a novel about love and war, deceit and betrayal, about identity, storytelling and the trickery required for survival.

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  • How Much of These Hills is Gold: ‘A tale of two sisters during the gold rush … beautifully written’ The i, Best Books of the Year

    Little, Brown Book Group How Much of These Hills is Gold: ‘A tale of two sisters during the gold rush … beautifully written’ The i, Best Books of the Year

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    LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020A BARACK OBAMA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020America. In the twilight of the Gold Rush, two siblings cross a landscape with a gun in their hands and the body of their father on their backs . . . Ba dies in the night, Ma is already gone. Lucy and Sam, twelve and eleven, are suddenly alone and on the run. With their father's body on their backs, they roam an unforgiving landscape dotted with giant buffalo bones and tiger paw prints, searching for a place to give him a proper burial.How Much of These Hills is Gold is a sweeping adventure tale, an unforgettable sibling story and a remarkable novel about a family bound and divided by its memories.'A daring and haunting epic' SUNDAY TIMES'A unique reimagining of the American West adventure' THE TIMES'A fierce, feminist Western' DAILY MAIL'Remarkable' HARPER'S BAZAAR'Reminiscent of both Cormac McCarthy and Toni Morrison' IRISH TIMES'C Pam Zhang's arresting, beautiful first novel is filled with myths of her own making as well as sorrows and joys' NEW YORK TIMESA GWYNETH PALTROW BOOK CLUB PICK

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  • The Main Cages

    HarperCollins Publishers The Main Cages

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    The acclaimed first novel by one of Flamingo’s most gifted young writers, author of ‘The Bronski House’ and ‘The Spirit Wrestlers’. Philip Marsden’s brilliant first novel is set in the 1930s, in the small Cornish fishing village of Polmayne. A newcomer to the village, Jack Sweeney, buys a boat and establishes himself as a fisherman, gradually winning the respect even of the village elders. But times are changing, and a new kind of visitor is beginning to appear in Polmayne. A bohemian colony of artists offends some sensibilities, while a hotel is opened to accommodate the summer tourists, and pleasure steamers mingle with the fishing boats in the harbour. Yet, despite the superficial changes, the old ways and the old hazards of Cornish life endure. Offshore, just below the surface of the waves, lie the Main Cages, a treacherous outcrop of rock where many ships and many lives have been lost. Firmly rooted in a particular place and time, yet recalling in its universality such books as Graham Swift’s ‘Waterland’ and E. Annie Proulx’s ‘The Shipping News’, ‘The Main Cages’ is a gripping story of love and death, and a remarkable fictional debut.

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  • What We Owe

    Little, Brown Book Group What We Owe

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    Tehran, 1978: Nahid and Masood, both eighteen, are young lovers and young revolutionaries, determined to overthrow the Shah's regime and help to bring about democracy. Their clandestine activities are dangerous, but with youth, passion and right on their side, they feel invincible. Then one night, Nahid allows her younger sister to come along to a huge demonstration. Violence breaks out. Nahid lets go of her sister's hand. Everything changes.As the revolution sours, and the loss becomes too much to bear, Nahid and Masood are forced to flee to Sweden, on borrowed money with forged passports. Tehran is no longer safe for them, and now they are expecting a baby; they need to get out before they lose everything.Thirty years later, Nahid lies in a hospital bed replaying her life, raging at her carers, at her recent cancer diagnosis, at Masood, at her - now pregnant - daughter, and at her exile among people who while purporting to understand know nothing of what she has been through. Told with startling honesty, dark wit and an irresistible momentum, What We Owe is a novel of love, guilt and dreams for a better future, vibrating with both sorrow and an unquenchable joie de vivre.

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  • Big Girl: A BBC Radio Two Book Club Pick. 'Absolutely incredible' Candice Carty-Williams

    Little, Brown Book Group Big Girl: A BBC Radio Two Book Club Pick. 'Absolutely incredible' Candice Carty-Williams

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    A BBC RADIO 2 BOOKCLUB PICKSHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTRE FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE, THE GOTHAM BOOK PRIZE AND THE LAMBDA AWARD*'Absolutely incredible. Beautiful, powerful writing. These pages will stay with me forever' CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS, author of QUEENIE*'A gift as big, beautiful and complicated as living itself' Jacqueline Woodson, author of RED AT THE BONE*'Hilariously funny and quietly devastating' Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of PATSY and HERE COMES THE SUN*'There are three books on earth that I would give anything to be able to write and reread until the suns burns us up. Big Girl is one of those books' Kiese Laymon, author of HEAVYA THING IS MIGHTY BIG WHEN TIME AND DISTANCE CANNOT SHRINK ITIt was a quote by Zora Neale Hurston. Malaya liked the words. The message was a mouthful of meaning, and it changed each time she read it. At first it had seemed ominous, but now she looked at it differently. She wondered for the first time if there could be something good about bigness, something mighty about not shrinking, after all. Growing up in rapidly gentrifying 90s Harlem, Malaya struggles to fit into a world that makes no room for her. She's funny, creative and smart, but all people see - even those who love her - is her size. At eight, she is forced to go to Weight Watchers; at twelve, her parents fear she'll be taken from them; by sixteen, a gastric bypass is discussed. On good days, Malaya braids bright colours into her hair, turns up Biggie Smalls on her Walkman, and strides through Harlem, his words galvanising her; on bad days, she doesn't leave her bed other than for furtive trips for the forbidden food that will comfort her - for a while. Big Girl is an unforgettable portrait of a queer Black girl as she learns to take up space in the world on her own terms.

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  • Second-Class Citizen

    Penguin Books Ltd Second-Class Citizen

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    'Fresh, timeless ... a lively work of art' Observer'Buchi Emecheta was the foremother of black British women's writing . . . powerful fictions written from and about our lives' Bernardine Evaristo 'Most dreams, as all dreamers know quite well, do have setbacks. Adah's dream was no exception, for hers had many'They nicknamed Adah 'the Igbo tigress' at school in Nigeria, she was so fearless. Now she has moved to London to join her husband, and is determined to succeed. But her welcome from 1960's England - and the man she married - is a cold one. Providing for her growing family, struggling to survive and negotiating everyday injustices along the way, Adah still resolves that she will never give up her dream of becoming a writer.'Bold, brave, defiant ... its exploration of blackness, the white gaze, and the development of the main character Adah's sense of self is extremely powerful' Gal-dem

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  • Just Friends: A hilarious and heart-warming friends-to-lovers romcom for summer 2022

    Transworld Publishers Ltd Just Friends: A hilarious and heart-warming friends-to-lovers romcom for summer 2022

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    'Hilarious, heart-warming and real. You will absolutely fall in love with Bea, a witty and wonderfully flawed protagonist. You have to read this book!'Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party and The Guest List.___It's easy to put someone in the friend zone. But what happens if you change your mind?Bea isn't happy. Desperate for a change, she looks to her friends for inspiration. Every single one of them is paired off, perhaps that's what she needs too.So, she starts dating again. But everywhere she goes - amid the hilarious and scarring dates - there's Peter. Good old, oddball Peter, her closest friend from university. He's always been firmly in the friend zone but something's happened lately - he seems taller, more handsome and suddenly making him smile is Bea's favourite thing.But how can Bea possibly risk their friendship? And how do you even go about taking someone out of the friend zone? What if Bea and Peter were only ever meant to be just friends...___Readers are falling in love with Just Friends:***** 'This book is funny, warm and cheeky - perfect'***** 'I fell completely in love with this book . . . so witty and keenly observed and FUN' ***** 'I snorted and laughed all the way through - but the emotional pull was also brilliant, and I found myself rooting for Bea'

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  • Uncle Paul: Waterstones Thriller of the Month

    Faber & Faber Uncle Paul: Waterstones Thriller of the Month

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    In this Waterstones Thriller of the Month, as recommended on BBC Radio 4's Open Book, one family's skeletons emerge on a 1950s seaside summer holiday in this classic mystery from 'Britain's Patricia Highsmith' and the 'grandmother of psycho-domestic noir' (Sunday Times)'Makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up .. Take it on holiday with you.' Times'Fremlin packs a punch.' Ian Rankin'Splendid ... Got me hooked.' Ruth Rendell'A slow-burning chill of a read by a master of suspense.' Janice Hallett'A dark delight. Witty, unsettling domestic noir. Imagine Barbara Pym with arsenic.' Clare ChambersThe holidays have begun. In a seaside caravan resort, Isabel and her sister Meg build sandcastles with the children, navigate deckchair politics, explore the pier's delights, gorge ice cream in the sun. But their half-sister Mildred has returned to a nearby coastal cottage where her husband - the mysterious Uncle Paul - was arrested for his first wife's attempted murder: and family skeletons emerge. Now, on his release from prison, is he returning for revenge, seeking who betrayed him? Or are all three women letting their nerves get the better of them? Though who really is Meg's new lover? And whose are those footsteps ...?'Sinister, witty and utterly compelling. A genius.' Nicola Upson

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  • I Will Greet the Sun Again: 'Exquisite, heart-breaking, incredibly beautiful' Caleb Azumah Nelson

    Penguin Books Ltd I Will Greet the Sun Again: 'Exquisite, heart-breaking, incredibly beautiful' Caleb Azumah Nelson

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    'A triumph... tender and gut-wrenching, honest and riveting. A book of astonishing accomplishment and bravery' Guardian A searing, sunlit debut about the powerful bonds that make and break one Iranian-American familyThree young brothers leave Los Angeles in the dead of night for Iran, taken by their father from their mother to a country and an ancestral home they barely recognize. They return to the Valley months later, spit back into American life and changed in inexorable ways.Under the dazzling light of the California sun, our protagonist, the youngest brother, begins to piece together a childhood shattered by his father's violence, a queer adolescence marked by a shy, secret love affair with a boy he meets on the basketball court, and his ever-changing status as a Muslim in America at the turn of the new millennium.Lyrical and open-hearted, I WILL GREET THE SUN AGAIN is an unforgettable portrait of a family being torn apart, and a boy emerging from its ashes.'Exquisite, heart-breaking, incredibly beautiful. The whole narrative thrums with a bright, warm longing' Caleb Azumah Nelson, award-winning, bestselling author of OPEN WATER and SMALL WORLDS'Life-affirming... Khabushani is a talented writer' Sunday Times'This is a novel of survival and longing and love, and in many ways a modern portrait of an artist as a young man. It is now one of my favourite books' Washington Post'A heartbreaking debut' New York Times

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  • Photos of You: the most heart-wrenching, uplifting love story of 2020

    Little, Brown Book Group Photos of You: the most heart-wrenching, uplifting love story of 2020

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    'Heart-wrenchingly romantic, this book will leave you wanting to hold your loved ones just that little bit closer' Emma Cooper, author of The First Time I Saw YouA compassionate, uplifting love story that will break your heart, but help you cherish each day. Fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucy Dillon will love Photos of You by Tammy Robinson.Only months left of your life . . . to make memories that will last foreverWhen Ava Green turns twenty-eight, she discovers this will be her last birthday. The cancer she fought three years ago is back, and this time it's going to beat her. But Ava is not going to let cancer define her last, precious months. There's one thing she's been dreaming of since she was a small girl: her wedding. She may not have a groom, and there's not a lot of time . . . but none of that is going to stop her. As friends and family rally to help Ava throw the wedding of her dreams - just without the actual vows - a mammoth organisation begins. But when photographer James Gable volunteers to help document the whole event, it becomes painfully clear that it's never too late to discover the love of your life._________________Readers love Tammy Robinson:'A deeply emotional story that will remind you that life is a gift, and it's never too late for love' KELLY RIMMER, author of Me Without You'Heart warming and heart breaking - you will need tissues!' Hello!'Robinson is a storyteller in the Jojo Moyes vein' Coast FM'Tammy Robinson is a natural storyteller' NICKY PELLEGRINO'How I wish I could give more than 5 stars! Reading this book will make you laugh and cry and feel every emotion in between' Goodreads reviewer'If you're after an emotional love story, with real feeling characters, that takes you on a journey of struggles and heartache, I highly recommend this book. Just remember to buy a box of tissues' Goodreads reviewer'Quite literally took my breath away' Goodreads reviewer'Uplifting, bittersweet and powerful' Goodreads reviewer

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  • Into the War

    Penguin Books Ltd Into the War

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    Set in Italy in the summer of 1940, this trio of stories explores the relationships between the different generations caught up in the war as well as Calvino's own experiences as a teenager. In the title story, 'Into the War', we are given an insight into what life was really like for those too young to be conscripted into Mussolini's army, while in 'The Avanguardisti in Menton', Calvino and his friends take a revealingly anti-climactic trip to the garrisoned French town of Menton, the sole Italian conquest of the early months of the conflict. The final story, 'UNPA Nights', is a touching, comic tale of friendship in a blackout, where the narrator's imagination wanders as he roams through the seedier parts of the darkened town instead of guarding the school buildings. Into the War is Calvino at his autobiographical best, combining brilliantly recollected memory with compelling wit and perfect prose.

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  • Fludd

    HarperCollins Publishers Fludd

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    From the double Man Booker prize-winning author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light , this is a dark fable of lost faith and awakening love amidst the moors. Fetherhoughton is a drab, dreary town somewhere in a magical, half-real 1950s north England, a preserve of ignorance and superstition protected against the advance of reason by its impenetrable moor-fogs. Father Angwin, the town’s cynical priest, has lost his faith, and wants nothing more than to be left alone. Sister Philomena strains against the monotony of convent life and the pettiness of her fellow nuns. The rest of the town goes about their lives in a haze, a never-ending procession of grim, grey days stretching ahead of them. Yet all of that is about to change. A strange visitor appears one stormy night, bringing with him the hint, the taste of something entirely new, something unknown. But who is Fludd? An angel come to shake the Fetherhoughtonians from their stupor, to reawaken Father Angwin’s faith, to show Philomena the nature of love? Or is he the devil himself, a shadowy wanderer of the darkest places in the human heart? Full of dry wit, compassionate characterisations and cutting insight, Fludd is a brilliant gem of a book, and one of Hilary Mantel’s most original works.

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  • Friends Don't Lie: the emotionally gripping page turner about secrets between friends

    Little, Brown Book Group Friends Don't Lie: the emotionally gripping page turner about secrets between friends

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    'Riveting, thought-provoking, and impeccably written. I loved it' Carol Mason'This twisty tale explores the dark side of friendship and is just asking to be demolished in the back garden with a chilled glass of rose' Heat Magazine 'A real page turner' BellaHow well do you know your friends?Everyone knows Melissa Silk and her two best friends: a walking poster for friendship and community. People might hate them if they weren't so infectiously likeable.But when a fatal accident causes their perfect world to shatter, Melissa can't move on. Everyone urges Melissa not to let obsession and paranoia pull their friendship group apart. But she knows that something about the accident doesn't quite add up. What if learning the truth means losing everything she cherishes?Because friends don't lie. Or do they?This is a gripping novel of friendship and heartache, perfect for fans of Susan Lewis, Amanda Prowse and Kate Hewitt.Praise for Cath Weeks:'A tense thriller that will keep you intrigued' The Sun'[Friends Don't Lie] took my breath away. This is an absolute must-read' Claire Dyer'It'll make you weep' Elle'[The writing] gnaws away at you, forcing you to question your own morals' Evening Standard'Beautifully written and refreshingly unique' Peterborough Evening Telegraph'You ride a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the book as you wonder how you would react in similar circumstances' Woman's Way

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  • After Beth

    Penguin Books Ltd After Beth

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    The compelling, heart-wrenching and uplifting story of one mother's love and loss'Life-affirming, tender and wise. Wonderful' Josie Lloyd'Filled with hope and humanity' Araminta Hall'Truly moving. I've just finished wiping away the tears' Joanna Nadin_______The hardest thing about love is saying goodbye . . .On a beautiful late-summer's morning, Cate Challoner's daughter, Beth, heads to the beach with her best friend. The girls will spend the day flirting with boys and enjoying the thrill of being young. Beth is eighteen and soon leaving home for college. Her mother is already missing her.That afternoon, the doorbell rings. Cate immediately knows something is wrong. CPR. Resuscitation. What do these words have to do with two teenagers enjoying an afternoon at the beach?Cate's daughter is her everything. Beth's presence at home is inescapable. How can a child stop existing? How can a mother survive such loss?Can a shattered world be put back together?_______ 'A vivid, often heart-wrenching exploration of grief and how we learn to carry on after the worst has happened. Get your tissues at the ready - this book is wonderful' Josie Lloyd, author of The Cancer Ladies' Running Club

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  • Shelter in Place

    Little, Brown Book Group Shelter in Place

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    'If you're after the perfect pick-me-up, take-me-away-from-the-world read, then she's your woman' The Guardian'Nora Roberts is, quite simply, a one-woman phenomenon'Heat'I love Nora Roberts'Stephen KingWhen the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That's what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she would never be the same again. More than ten years later, Simone still struggles with grief, trauma and the misplaced guilt of a survivor. She spends much of her time alone on Tranquility Island - a quiet, artistic community off the coast of Maine. But she is transforming - shaping herself the way she shapes her extraordinary and highly prized sculptures. As she heals herself, she opens up to Reed Quartermaine, who survived the shooting himself and has become a detective.But someone has been watching all the survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre. They have spent years perfecting a plan to finish what was started that day. Now that Reed and Simone have found each other, they are in more danger than they can possibly imagine - from a killer who will not, and cannot stop.

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  • A Change of Climate

    HarperCollins Publishers A Change of Climate

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    From the double Man Booker prize-winning author of ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about broken trusts and buried secrets. Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. The constant flood of ‘good souls and sad cases’, children plucked from the squalor of the East London streets for a breath of fresh countryside air, hides the growing crises in their own family, the disillusionment of their children, the fissures in their marriage. Memories of their time as missionaries in South Africa and Botswana, of the terrible African tragedies that have shaped the rest of their lives, refuse to be put to rest and threaten to destroy the fragile peace they have built for themselves and their children. This is a breathtakingly intelligent novel that asks the most difficult questions. Is there anything one can never forgive? Is tragedy ever deserved? Can you ever escape your own past? A literary family saga written with the skill and subtlety of a true master, this is Hilary Mantel at her best.

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  • Breath, Eyes, Memory

    Little, Brown Book Group Breath, Eyes, Memory

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    'A vision of female solidarity which transcends place and time' Sunday Times: Edwidge Danticat's groundbreaking debut.At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished Haitian village to New York to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child shouldever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti - to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence. In her stunning literary debut, Danticat evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti - and the enduring strength of Haiti's women - with vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage.

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    £9.89

  • The Mountain Lion (Faber Editions): 'I love this novel' Patricia Lockwood

    Faber & Faber The Mountain Lion (Faber Editions): 'I love this novel' Patricia Lockwood

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    Introduced by Hilton Als, in 'one of the best novels about adolescence in American literature' (New York Times) two siblings come of age in a mountainous wilderness ...'One of the strangest and angriest novels of the twentieth century.' Lauren Groff'An extraordinary, savage novel.' Olivia Laing'I love this novel.' Patricia LockwoodShe would not feel safe until the beautiful animal was dead.Ralph and Molly are inseparable siblings: united against the stupidity of daily routines, their prim mother and prissy older sisters, the world of adult authority. One summer, they are sent from their childhood home in suburban Los Angeles to their uncle's Colorado mountain ranch, where they write, hunt, roam. But this untamed wilderness soon becomes tainted by dark stirrings of sexual desire - and as the pressures of growing up drive an irrevocable rift between them, their innocent childhoods hurtle towards a devastating end . . .'Beautiful, and sensitive, and quickening.' Eileen Myles'A glimmer of genius.' Rumaan Alam'Breathtakingly original.' Tessa Hadley'A brilliant achievement [to] set beside Carson McCullers's masterwork The Member of the Wedding.' Joyce Carol Oates

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  • The Missing Pieces of Us

    HarperCollins Publishers The Missing Pieces of Us

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    An emotional and page-turning family saga perfect for fans of Barbara O’Neal, Amanda Prowse, and Susanne O’Leary! ‘Full of mystery and magic’ Heidi Swain There are three versions of the past – hers, his, and the truth. When Robin Vail walks back into widow Isobel O’Briain’s life decades after he abruptly left it, the dark days since her husband’s unexpected passing finally know light. Robin has fallen on hard times but Izzie and her teenage daughter Claire quickly remind him what it’s like to have family…and hope. But Robin and Izzie are no longer those twenty-something lovers, and as they grow closer once more the missing pieces of their past weigh heavy. Now, to stop history repeating, Izzie and Robin must face facts and right wrongs…no matter how painful.

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  • All That’s Left Unsaid

    HarperCollins Publishers All That’s Left Unsaid

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    Readers are GRIPPED by ALL THAT’S LEFT UNSAID: ‘The beautiful prose delivers a complex and heart-wrenching (but at times funny) story’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A stunner of a novel . . . powerful’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Beautifully constructed . . . gorgeous’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Tragic, beautifully written, a mystery inside a family saga’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This is a brilliant read . . . had me engaged from the start’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Written with a raw, aching tone, it grabs you and spits you out – wiser and sadder, yet cautiously optimistic’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Winner of the Australian Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction • Winner of the MUD Literary Prize • Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist * * * They claim they saw nothing. She knows they’re lying. ‘Just let him go.’ Those are words Ky Tran will forever regret. The words she spoke when her parents called to ask if they should let her younger brother Denny out to celebrate his high school graduation with friends. That night, Denny – optimistic, naive Denny – is brutally murdered inside a busy restaurant. Returning home for the funeral, Ky learns that the police are stumped by her brother’s case. Even though several people were present at Denny’s murder, each bystander claims to have seen nothing, and they are all staying silent. Determined to uncover the truth, Ky questions the witnesses herself. But what she learns goes beyond what happened that fateful night. The silence has always been there, threaded through the generations, and as Ky peels back the layers of the place that shaped her, she must confront more than the reasons her brother is dead. And once those truths have finally been spoken, how can any of them move on? * * * ‘Tracey Lien’s first novel is a deeply moving tale of rage, regret and resilience . . . A brilliant debut’ The Times ‘An unforgettable debut, utterly compelling from start to finish. Original. Heartbreaking. Gripping' Liane Moriarty ‘A gripping and unflinching narrative that is as heart-wrenching as it is unputdownable’ Karin Slaughter

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  • Summer Crossing

    Penguin Books Ltd Summer Crossing

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    Grady - beautiful, rich, flame-haired, defiant - is the sort of girl people stare at across a room. The daughter of an important man, who people want to be introduced to. A girl to whom people sense something is going to happen ... But her privileged society life of parties, debutantes and dresses leaves her wanting more. And excitement comes in the form of the highly unsuitable Clyde, a Brooklyn-born, Jewish parking attendant. When Grady's parents leave her alone for the first time in their New York penthouse one summer, their secret affair intensifies. As a heat wave envelops the city, Grady gets in deeper and deeper and cares less about the consequences. Soon, though, she will be forced to make decisions - choices that will forever affect her future once the long, sultry summer comes to an end.

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  • The Move

    HarperCollins Publishers The Move

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    New house. Fresh start. Same husband. Can you paint over the cracks in a marriage? ‘Felicity has the reader gripped when she explores unhealthy relationships based on insecurity and delusion. She writes with a raw realism’ Adele Parks, Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, in Platinum Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past. A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right? But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling. And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself. From the author of the bestselling The People at Number 9 comes a dark and redemptive tale of a rural dream gone wrong… Praise for The Move: ‘Felicity has the reader gripped when she explores unhealthy relationships based on insecurity and delusion. She writes with a raw realism’ Adele Parks, Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, in Platinum ‘A dark and foreboding tale of a rural dream gone wrong; of what can happen when we try to paint over the cracks’ Sunday Post ‘Dark and gripping, this tale is perfect for snuggling up with by the fire with a glass or two of wine’ Closer ‘Tense and tightly plotted’ Woman ‘I loved the author’s writing style, the complexities of the plot, and how she was able to use imagery to make the landscape seem more beautiful or ominous to the reader’ Emma’s Biblio Treasures Praise for Felicity Everett: ‘An exciting, dark novel about friendship; brutally truthful and raw’ Adele Parks ‘This was clever, relentless and utterly recognisable. I absolutely loved it!’ Katie Fforde ‘Excruciating yet unputdownable, this is domestic noir at its most gripping’ Woman & Home

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  • The House of Hunger

    Penguin Books Ltd The House of Hunger

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    'One of African literature's most fascinating and unorthodox figures' Brian Chikwava'When all else fails, don't take it in silence: scream like hell, scream like Jericho was tumbling down, serenaded by a brace of trombones, scream'Dambudzo Marechera burst onto the literary scene in 1978 with this vivid roar of a book exploring township life in pre-independence Zimbabwe. Rejecting what he saw as the narrow stereotypes of African literature, Marechera's stories portrayed a world flashing with violence and anarchic humour, as his narrator expresses his desperate alienation - from his family, from his student friends, from Zimbabwe itself.'A writer who considered fiction a "form of combat", complex, challenging - and uniquely potent' Guardian'Like overhearing a scream' Doris Lessing'A terrible beauty is born out of the urgency of his vision' Angela Carter

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  • Temporary

    Faber & Faber Temporary

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    SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE 2021'Terrifyingly entertaining.' Kelly Link'Masterful.' Washington Post''Alice in Wonderland set in the gig economy.' New York Times'What is this?' Los Angeles TimesShortlisted for the Center for Fiction's 2020 First Novel Prize18 boyfriends. 23 jobs. One ghost who occasionally pops in to give advice. Welcome to the world of the Temporary. 'There is nothing more personal than doing your job'. So goes the motto of the Temporary, as she takes job after job, in search of steadiness, belonging, and something to call her own. Aided by her bespoke agency and a cast of boyfriends - each allotted their own task (the handy boyfriend, the culinary boyfriend, the real estate boyfriend) - she is happy to fill in for any of us: for the Chairman of the Board, a ghost, a murderer, a mother. Even for you, and for me.Wild, hopeful, infinitely sad and infinitely funny, Temporary is the smartest, most humane story of what it is to work and live, here and now.

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  • Monty and Me

    HarperCollins Publishers Monty and Me

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    The perfect book for fans of Alfie the Doorstep Cat and Molly the Pet Detective Dog. This four-legged friend has a crime to solve… If you think dogs can’t understand us… think again! Monty is a perfectly rational animal (apart from his obsession with cheese). So when his beloved master is murdered, Monty decides to use his formidable nose to track the killer down. Luckily he manages to find a home with Rose, the young policewoman who’s investigating the case. But with her colleagues turning against her, and the wrong man collared, she’s going to need a little help from her four-legged friend… ‘Charming and uplifting, Monty is the new kid on the block among animal sleuths’ Peter James

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    £10.79

  • The Half Moon: The compelling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author

    Penguin Books Ltd The Half Moon: The compelling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author

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    The highly-anticipated new novel from the New York Times bestselling authorFor fans of Sorrow and Bliss and The Paper Palace___________'Best Book of 2023' in Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, People, Book Page, Literary Hub'I could not put this book down' MIRANDA COWLEY HELLER'Compelling, touching, exquisitely crafted' LIANE MORIARTY'Prepare to lose yourself in this book' SARA COLLINS___________There are two sides to every story. . .Malcolm is a bartender at the Half Moon in Upstate New York. He has always dreamed of owning a bar, and so when his boss finally retires, he seizes his chance, despite his wife's protests.Jess has devoted herself to her law career. After years of trying for a baby, she's struggling to accept the idea that motherhood might not be in her future. She finds herself slipping away from both her career and her marriage.When a blizzard hits on the same day that Malcolm learns some shocking news about Jess, and a regular at the bar goes missing, everyone is frozen in place for a single, pivotal week, forcing Malcolm and Jess to confront their uncertain future.The Half Moon carefully explores a marriage in crisis, what it takes to make a life with another person, and the true meaning of family.___________**An Indie Next Pick and Amazon Editor's Pick**'A quietly marvellous story of dreams, disappointments and second chances, but, mostly, love' CHARMAINE WILKERSON, New York Times bestselling author of BLACK CAKE'It's such a pleasure to sink into Keane's quietly luminous prose . . . she manages to find the extraordinary grace in our achingly ordinary world' NEW YORK TIMES'Her insights into matters of the heart, longing and restlessness especially, have astonishing delicacy' US VOGUE'Allows us to look around our own lives with respect and kindness, and is therefore a great gift' ANN NAPOLITANO

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    £15.29

  • Now You See Us

    HarperCollins Publishers Now You See Us

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    We are invisible: we clean your houses, we look after your children, we know your secrets… Corazon, Angel and Donita have all come to Singapore to work for a living. The thing that unites them? Their labour must remain unseen. But when a friend is accused of murdering her employer, everything changes. The accused could be any of them; they all know the stories of women who were scapegoated or even executed for crimes they didn’t commit. Each woman has secrets to keep, yet they must gather every ounce of bravery, fearlessness and complete audacity to clear the name of one of their own. After all, no-one knows the secrets of Singapore’s elite quite like the women who work in their homes… Readers LOVE Now You See Us: ‘Respectfully and masterfully written. A must read!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I am emotionally exhausted – what a wonderful book! A must read!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A wonderful read, that kept me captivated until the end’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I loved it’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A joyous book’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What a fabulous book! Balli Kaur Jaswal’s writing transported me to Singapore … I thoroughly enjoyed this’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • The Wife Who Knew Too Much

    HarperCollins Publishers The Wife Who Knew Too Much

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    He said it was forever. HE LIED. ‘Twisty’ Crime Monthly ‘Taut, unpredictable … The perfect escape’ Newsweek ‘Page-turner’ Publisher's Weekly A decadent summer thriller about marriages tainted by ambition, wealth, and desire from the Sunday Times bestselling author. She’s in too deep…. Meet the first Mrs Ford. Beautiful. Accomplished. Wealthy beyond imagination. Married to a much younger man. And now… dead. Meet the second Mrs Ford. Waitress. Small-town girl. Married to a man she never forgot, from an affair ten years before. And now, she’s wealthy beyond imagination. But who is Connor Ford? Two wives loved him, and knew him as only wives can… Who is the victim? Who is the villain? And who will be next to die? Set amongst the glittering mansions of the Hamptons, The Wife Who Knew Too Much is a decadent thriller about the lives of those who will do anything for love and money from the Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Campbell. Praise for The Wife Who Knew Too Much: ‘Gripping’ and ‘Twisty’ Crime Monthly ‘Taut, unpredictable and sensual, Campbell's writing provides the perfect escape’ Newsweek ‘This page-turner is poolside ready’ Publisher's Weekly ‘Cleverly revealed subterfuge and a genuine aura of danger and confusion make this a fast and exciting read for fans of Liv Constantine’ Booklist ‘A fantastic poolside or at-the-beach read, but just as perfect curled up in a chair inside, escaping from the summer heat, The Wife Who Knew Too Much will have your fingers busy turning page, after page, after page’ The Nerd Daily ‘Campbell has crafted a practically perfect thriller with plenty of twists and turns that still relies on the believable to drive its thrills home’ Bookreporter.com ‘I will read anything Michele Campbell writes! Her stories are shocking and suspenseful. No one is superhuman ― just human ― and that resonates with me’ Rachel Howzell Hall, bestselling author of They All Fall Down

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  • Summer In February

    Little, Brown Book Group Summer In February

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    Sir Alfred Munnings, retiring President of the Royal Academy, chooses the 1949 Annual Banquet to launch a savage attack on Modern Art. The effect of his diatribe is doubly shocking, leaving not only his distinguished audience gasping but also many people tuning in to the BBC's live radio broadcast. But as he approaches the end of his assault, the speech suddenly dissolves into incoherence when he stumbles over a name - a name he normally takes such pains to avoid - that takes him back forty years to a special time and a special place.Summer in February is a disturbing and moving re-creation of a celebrated Edwardian artistic community enjoying the last days of a golden age soon to be shattered by war. As resonant and understated as The Go-Between, it is a love story of beauty, deprivation and tragedy.

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  • Kings Of The Water

    Little, Brown Book Group Kings Of The Water

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    When Michiel Steyn returns to the family farmstead in South Africa for his mother's funeral, he has spent close to half his lifetime abroad. But even after fifteen years' absence, neither Michiel nor those he left behind have truly come to terms with his terrible flight from the farm they called Paradise.As Michiel submits himself to the rituals of mourning and remembrance in the small town and on the land where he became a man, all that has lain undisturbed for years is brought to light. A father's implacable fury and a brother's violent death, the loss of a child, the betrayal of love and the ugly memory of the dying days of apartheid all come between the prodigal and forgiveness. Michiel finds that he must confront not only his grief for his mother's passing but the painful truth of his own transgressions. Elegiac and chilling, poignant and profoundly thoughtful, Kings of the Water is at once a lament both personal and political, and a meditation on the potency of reconciliation.

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  • Cleopatra and Frankenstein

    HarperCollins Publishers Cleopatra and Frankenstein

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    For readers of Modern Lovers and Conversations with Friends, an addictive, humorous, and poignant debut novel about the shock waves caused by one couple's impulsive marriage. ‘A tender, devastating and funny exploration of love and friendship and the yearning for self-evisceration. Coco Mellors is an elegant and exciting new voice’ PANDORA SYKES, author of How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right New York is slipping from Cleo’s grasp. Sure, she’s at a different party every other night, but she barely knows anyone. Her student visa is running out, and she doesn’t even have money for cigarettes. But then she meets Frank. Twenty years older, Frank's life is full of all the success and excess that Cleo's lacks. He offers her the chance to be happy, the freedom to paint, and the opportunity to apply for a green card. She offers him a life imbued with beauty and art—and, hopefully, a reason to cut back on his drinking. He is everything she needs right now. Cleo and Frank run head-first into a romance that neither of them can quite keep up with. It reshapes their lives and the lives of those around them, whether that’s Cleo's best friend struggling to embrace his gender identity in the wake of her marriage, or Frank's financially dependent sister arranging sugar daddy dates after being cut off. Ultimately, this chance meeting between two strangers outside of a New Year’s Eve party changes everything, for better or worse. Cleopatra and Frankenstein is an astounding and painfully relatable debut novel about the spontaneous decisions that shape our entire lives and those imperfect relationships born of unexpectedly perfect evenings.

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  • Don't Look Now and Other Stories

    Penguin Books Ltd Don't Look Now and Other Stories

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    Collecting five stories of suspense, mystery and slow, creeping horror, Daphne Du Maurier's Don't Look Now and Other Stories includes an introduction by Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black, in Penguin Modern Classics.John and Laura have come to Venice to try and escape the pain of their young daughter's death. But when they encounter two old women who claim to have second sight, they find that instead of laying their ghosts to rest they become caught up in a train of increasingly strange and violent events. The four other haunting, evocative stories in this volume also explore deep fears and longings, secrets and desires: 'Not After Midnight', in which a lonely teacher investigates a mysterious American couple; 'A Border Line Case', in which a young woman confronts her father's past and his associations with the IRA; 'The Way of the Cross', in which a party of pilgrims to Jerusalem encounter strange phenomena in the Garden of Gethsemane; and 'The Breakthrough', in which a scientist claims to be able to trap the soul at the point of death ...Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) - English novelist, biographer, and playwright, who published romantic suspense novels, mostly set on the coast of Cornwall. Du Maurier is best known for and Jamaica Inn (1936), filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939, Rebecca (1938), filmed by Hitchcock in 1940, and The Birds (1952), filmed by Hitchcock in 1963. If you enjoyed Don't Look Now and Other Stories, you might like Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'Daphne du Maurier has no equal' Sunday Telegraph'Du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings'Stephen King

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  • Living the Dream: 'Bridget Jones's Diary for the millennial set'

    Little, Brown Book Group Living the Dream: 'Bridget Jones's Diary for the millennial set'

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    'Bridget Jones's Diary for the millennial set' InStyle'Cheeky, sweet and serious' Psychologies'Will strike a chord with anyone who's survived their twenties' Red'A funny quarter-life crisis tale' Glamour---------Does your side-hustle pay the rent? Yes [ ] No [ x ]Is your boss a dick? Yes [ x ] No [ ]Do you ever cry in the toilet? Yes [ x ] No [ ]---------Emma works in advertising.Clem lives with her mum.This is not where they thought they would be by the time their thirties loomed - too old to blag buses but too skint to take cabs. London budgets and bastards from the past spur Emma and Clem towards success, but it's not as easy as everyone else makes it look, right?Living the Dream is a spiky comic novel of friendship, day jobs and the search for a career with meaning.

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  • Apex Hides the Hurt

    Little, Brown Book Group Apex Hides the Hurt

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    This New York Times Notable Book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad is a brisk, comic tour de force about identity, history, and the adhesive bandage industry.The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; and the town's aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all. What they need, they realize, is a nomenclature consultant. And, it turns out, the consultant needs them. But in a culture overwhelmed by marketing, the name is everything and our hero's efforts may result in not just a new name for the town but a new and subtler truth about it as well.

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    £8.09

  • The Burning Girl

    Little, Brown Book Group The Burning Girl

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    A bracing and hypnotic portrait of the complexities of female friendship from the New York Times bestselling author of The Woman Upstairs.Julia Robinson and Cassie Burnes have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge: while Julia comes from a stable, happy, middle-class family, Cassie never knew her father, who died when she was an infant, and has an increasingly tempestuous relationship with her single mother, Bev. When Bev becomes involved with the mysterious Anders Shute, Cassie feels cruelly abandoned. Disturbed, angry and desperate for answers, she sets out on a journey that will put her own life in danger, and shatter her oldest friendship. Compact, compelling, and ferociously sad, The Burning Girl is at once a story about childhood, friendship and community, and a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about childhood and friendship. Claire Messud brilliantly mixes folklore and Bildungsroman, exploring the ways in which our made-up stories, and their consequences, become real.

    1 in stock

    £8.99

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