Your cart is empty
The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver `Genius' Stylist `Phenomenal' Observer `Brilliant' The Times In her first ever story collection, Lionel Shriver illuminates one of the modern age's most enduring obsessions: property. A woman creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend; a thirty-something son refuses to leave home; a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. This landmark publication explores the idea of "property" in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. Immensely readable, it showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.
`Touching and uplifting, this is Fiona Harper at her very best.' MILLY JOHNSON From the author of The Other Us ***THE WINNER OF THE 2018 SPECULATIVE ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD*** `This book tore my heart into tiny pieces, then put it back together and made it fly.' JANE LINFOOT `A beautiful story of loss, discovery and recovery.' HEIDI SWAIN 'Heart-wrenching and compelling.' SARAH MORGAN 'Beautiful, poignant and thought-provoking.' CRESSIDA MCLAUGHLIN *** Heather Lucas lives her life through other people's memories. Heather doesn't want to remember her childhood, not when her mother's extreme hoarding cast her family life into disarray. For Heather's mother, every possession was intimately connected to a memory, so when Heather uncovers a secret about her past that could reveal why her mother never let anything go, she knows there's only one place she'll find answers - behind the locked door of her spare room, where the remains of her mother's hoard lie hidden. As Heather uncovers both objects and memories, will the truth set her free? Or will she discover she's more like her mother than she ever thought possible? A powerful, uplifting story about love, loss and the things we leave behind, perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things. *** Why readers are falling in love with The Memory Collector: `An insightful and beautifully written tale' `What a beautiful poignant story... the sort that stays with you for a long time afterwards' `Bravo, Fiona Harper! A captivating read' `Wow!! I really loved this powerful thought provoking book... a poignant must-read' `This book is simply brilliant... very uplifting and so well written' `loved this book! 5*****!'
In Carniskey, a small fishing village in Ireland, the community is divided, wracked by grief and guilt; love and resentment; despair and hope. Sean Delaney has been missing at sea for three years, and no one - least of all his grieving wife, Alison - knows what really happened to him. Having lost her husband, her financial security, and having grown distant from her daughter, Alison feels alone and estranged from the villagers. Sean's mother has not spoken since her house was burgled after his disappearance, and Alison's only friend, Kathleen, harbours secrets of her own. Isolated by their stunning, yet often cruel, surroundings, the community is forced to look inwards. But when artist and lifelong nomad William comes to town, he offers Alison a new perspective on life - and love. What she doesn't realise is that strangers have secrets of their own, and William's arrival threatens to unearth the mysteries of the past.A story of courage and humanity, we follow a community through their struggles and triumphs in love, loss and betrayal.As each of the characters strives to find their own sense of belonging, they are led to the realisation that it is only through the truth that they can truly find happiness.
`Powerful and magnetic' Guardian `Mind blowing' Roxane Gay `Explosive' Hanya Yanagihara `Funny and disturbing' Lauren Groff Stephen Florida is a wrestler at Oregsburg College. His senior year means one thing: a final chance to win the Division IV Championship in the 133 weight class. But for Stephen Florida winning isn't a goal, it's an all-consuming fixation. A literary tour de force, Stephen Florida is a character you will inhale, a mind you will inhabit in a masterful portrait of loneliness and unflinching ambition.
A life-affirming novel of love, loss and letting go - for readers of ELEANOR OLIPHANT, THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP and WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT On her forty-seventh birthday, Sydney Smith stands on a rooftop and prepares to jump... Sydney is a cartoonist and freerunner. Feet constantly twitching, always teetering on the edge of life, she's never come to terms with the event that ripped her family apart when she was ten years old. And so, on a birthday that she doesn't want to celebrate, she returns alone to St Ives to face up to her guilt and grief. It's a trip that turns out to be life-changing - and not only for herself. DO NOT FEED THE BEAR is a book about lives not yet lived, about the kindness of others and about how, when our worlds stop, we find a way to keep on moving.
WINNER OF THE BETTY TRASK AWARD WINNER OF THE SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence - street cricket, barbecues, painting windows... A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered for ever. Jon McGregor's first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama. Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things is an astonishing debut.
A masterpiece of black humour from the renown comic and acclaimed author of `At Swim-Two-Birds' - Flann O'Brien. A thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt, `The Third Policeman' is comparable only to `Alice in Wonderland' as an allegory of the absurd. Distinguished by endless comic invention and its delicate balancing of logic and fantasy, `The Third Policeman' is unique in the English language.
A striking novel of truth and soul-searching. Returning from a visit to her daughter in Iraq, Joan Scudamore finds herself unexpectedly alone and stranded in an isolated rest house by flooding of the railway tracks. Looking back over the years, Joan painfully re-examines her attitudes, relationships and actions and becomes increasingly uneasy about the person who is revealed to her... Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.
Charlotte Goodman is living the dream. Surrounded by family, friends and a stunning vineyard overlooking the ocean, it would be difficult for anyone to believe that she has a troubled past. However, haunted by the theft of a young girl, Charlotte begins to realise the enormity of something she did many years ago, and soon finds herself having to make the most harrowing decision any woman would ever have to face.
'An enchanting contribution to the popular new trend of 'up lit', like Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' Irish Times 'I found myself totally transported into William's poignant and beguiling world of lost opportunities and love' A. J. Pearce, author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Mrs Bird SHORTLISTED FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR, IRISH BOOK AWARDS _____________ Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . . Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names - they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers. When William discovers letters addressed simply to 'My Great Love' his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn't know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love? William must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart. ______________ As heard on BBC Radio 2 The Steve Wright Show . . . 'If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there' Independent 'Delightful' Sunday Times 'Deeply moving' Irish Times 'Captivates. William has what seems to be the best job in the world . . . Honest yet lyrical, Cullen's characters are drawn with sympathy. Lose yourself' The Scotsman
When thirteen-year-old Zuri begins cutting herself, psychologist Ana is called in to help. Is the troubled girl trying to relieve the tension of being black in a predominantly white private school in the early days of South Africa’s democracy? And how healthy is Zuri’s relationship with Helen, the white single mom who adopted her?
Struggling to soften Zuri’s defences during the course of the therapy, Ana must piece together the puzzles of both Helen and her daughter, including the truth of what happened to Zuri’s biological mother. But reckless, alcoholic Ana carries within her an old trauma of her own.
In Susan Newham Blake’s moving novel, two women, equally damaged by the past and its secrets, discover that healing sometimes lies in unexpected places.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER `I couldn't stop reading or caring about the juicy and dysfunctional Plumb family' AMY POEHLER `A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale...Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is a real talent' ELIZABETH GILBERT When black sheep Leo has a costly car accident, the Plumb siblings' much-anticipated inheritance is suddenly wiped out. His brother and sisters come together and form a plan to get back what is owed them - each grappling with their own financial and emotional turmoil from the fallout. As `the nest' fades further from view, they must decide whether they will build their lives anew, or fight to regain the futures they had planned . . . Ferociously astute, warm and funny, The Nest is a brilliant debut chronicling the hilarity and savagery of family life.
The brilliant new novel from the author of The Last Summer of the Water Strider Millennium Eve and six people gather on a London rooftop. Recently married, Frankie Blue watches with his wife, Veronica, as the sky above the Thames explodes into a kaleidoscope of light. His childhood companion, Colin, ineptly flirts with Roxy, an unlikely first date, while another old friend, Nodge, newly `out', hides his insecurities from his waspish boyfriend. New Labour are at their zenith. The economy booms, awash with cheap credit. The arrival of the smartphone heralds the sudden and vast expansion of social media. Mass immigration from Eastern Europe leave many unsettled while religious extremism threatens violent conflict. An estate agent in a property boom, Frankie is focused simply on getting rich. But can he survive the coming crash? And what will become of his friends - and his marriage - as they are scoured by the winds of change? When We Were Rich finds the characters introduced in Tim Lott's award-winning 1999 debut, White City Blue, struggling to make sense of a new era. Sad, shocking and often hilarious, it is an acutely observed novel of all our lives, set during what was for some a golden time - and for others a nightmare, from which we are yet to wake up. Praise for The Last Summer of the Water Strider: 'I was very moved by The Last Summer of the Water Strider, which is both exquisitely specific to time and place and universal in its examination of humanity, grief and the bizarre prisons that people build for themselves - and one another. Funny, fascinating, mysterious and provocative' Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast 'Great storytelling and superb characterisation. Very few writers can evoke quintessential Englishness in its myriad forms like Tim Lott. I loved it' Irvine Welsh 'Lott is excellent when it comes to the psychology of a grieving adolescent' Observer
An intense exploration of fear and violence, courage and redemption, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Sister.
In a rural English village in the middle of a snowstorm, the unthinkable happens: the school is under siege.
From the wounded headmaster barricaded in the library, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the terrified 8-year-old Syrian refugee, to the kids sheltering in the school theatre still rehearsing Macbeth, all must find the courage to stand up to evil and try to save the people they love . . .
Sisters Ella and Roberta O'Callaghan live in separate wings of their crumbling Irish mansion. They haven't spoken for decades, torn apart by a dark family secret from their past, and only communicate through the terse and bitter notes they leave for each other in the hallway. Debbie, an American woman, is searching for her birth mother. She has little time left, but as she sets out to discover who she really is and what happened to her mother, she is met by silence and lies at the local convent. With the bank threatening, Ella tries to save the family home by opening a cafe in the ballroom - much to Roberta's disgust. And when Debbie offers to help out in the cafe, the war between the sisters intensifies. But as Debbie finally begins to unravel the truth, she uncovers an adoption scandal that will rock both the community and the warring sisters. Powerful and poignant, The Ballroom Cafe is a moving story of love lost and found.
`Witty, funny, warm and wise' Marian Keyes Is it a break? Or is it a blip? `You've just had a holiday,' I pointed out, trying not to yawn. `Wasn't that enough of a break?' `I don't mean that kind of break.' There's nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they're crazy; Liv throws herself into work - animals are so much simpler than humans - and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he's dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?
'Her best book yet, a dazzling hymn to hope, uniting the past and the present with a chorus of voices' Observer 'A story of our times... Savour it, because there is just one instalment left' Evening Standard 'Spring weaves a story around the most pressing issues of our time... Smith tells stories in a voice you can't help but listen to' The Times From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be both, comes the next installment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times? Spring. The great connective. With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare's most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown Smith opens the door. The time we're living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story? Hope springs eternal. Praise for the Seasonal Quartet: 'Transcendental writing about art, death, political lies, and all the dimensions of love. It's a case not so much of reading between the lines as of being blinded by the light between the lines - in a good way' Deborah Levy on Autumn 'The novel of the year is obviously Autumn, which managed the miracle of making at least a kind of sense out of post-Brexit Britain' Olivia Laing, Observer on Autumn 'Ali Smith is flat-out brilliant, and she's on fire these days... Combining brainy playfulness with depth, topicality with timelessness, and complexity with accessibility while delivering an impassioned defence of human decency and art' NPR on Winter 'Rank[s] among the most original, consoling and inspiring of the artistic responses to 'this mad and bitter mess' of the present' Financial Times on Winter 'A novel of great ferocity, tenderness and generosity of spirit that you feel Dickens would have recognised... Smith is engaged in an extended process of mythologizing the present states of Britain... Luminously beautiful' Observer on Winter
______________ 'Shelf Life is whip-smart, slyly heartbreaking, and I felt the truth of it in my bones. Franchini dissects ideas of love, dating and identity in a way that feels both ruthless and humane. I loved it.' Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure Launching an intelligent, perceptive new voice in fiction, Shelf Life is the exquisite, heart-wrenching story of a woman rebuilding herself on her own terms. Ruth is thirty years old. She works as a nurse in a care home and her fiance has just broken up with her. The only thing she has left of him is their shopping list for the upcoming week. And so she uses that list to tell her story. Starting with six eggs, and working through spaghetti and strawberries, and apples and tea bags, Ruth discovers that her identity has been crafted from the people she serves; her patients, her friends, and, most of all, her partner of ten years. Without him, she needs to find out - with conditioner and single cream and a lot of sugar - who she is when she stands alone.
Talk of the Town by award-winning writer Fred Khumalo comprises short stories he wrote over many years. In this vibrant collection Khumalo explores identity and belonging through tales about African foreign nationals in South Africa, xenophobia, South Africans abroad, exiled comrades during apartheid, and past and current township life. At times hilarious and at times gut-wrenching, this is a collection that will move you.
A sweeping novel of art theft, anti-Semitism, contemporary Cuba, and crime from a renowned Cuban author. In 1939, the Saint Louis sails from Hamburg into Havana's port with hundreds of Jewish refugees seeking asylum from the Nazi regime. From the docks, nine-year-old Daniel Kaminsky watches as the passengers, including his mother, father, and sister, become embroiled in a fiasco of Cuban corruption. But the Kaminskys have a treasure that they hope will save them: a small Rembrandt portrait of Christ. Yet six days later the vessel is forced to leave the harbor with the family, bound for the horrors of Europe. The Kaminskys, along with their priceless heirloom, disappear.Nearly seven decades later, the Rembrandt reappears in an auction house in London, prompting Daniel's son to travel to Cuba to track down the story of his family's lost masterpiece. He hires the down-on-his-luck private detective Mario Conde, and together they navigate a web of deception and violence in the morally complex city of Havana.In Heretics, Leonardo Padura takes us from the tenements and beaches of Cuba to Rembrandt's gloomy studio in seventeenth-century Amsterdam, telling the story of people forced to choose between the tenets of their faith and the realities of the world, between their personal desires and the demands of their times. A grand detective story and a moving historical drama, Padura's novel is as compelling, mysterious, and enduring as the painting at its centre.
A novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship - and the astonishing power of love. `This is storytelling at its best' Sarah Winman `The perfect book club read' AJ Pearce `Dazzling... fierce, physical and almost inexpressibly tender' Guardian December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Five-year-old Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone. Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she had dreamed for herself. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep... For anyone who loved All the Light we Cannot See and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, We Must Be Brave is a luminous novel about the ways we can rescue one another, and the many different forms that courage can take.
Waar die Krokodilrivier lui-lui deur die Noordwes kronkel, net ’n klipgooi van die Wieg van die Mensdom, is die wel en wee van twee histories aparte groepe op die punt om ineen te vloei. In die dorpie Kwenang (voorheen De la Rey) is korrupsie, wanbestuur en anargie aan die orde van die dag en is die vraag op die vooraand van die burgemeestersverkiesing of daar hoegenaamd nog ’n spreekwoordelike Moses is wat die dorp uit hul politieke verknorsing sal kan lei. Aan die ander kant van die rivier, teen die klipkoppies van die Schurweberg, sit Grootraad Makedaan (gerespekteerde leierbobbejaan) en tob oor die onregverdigheid van die “groot split”: die dag toe die regoplopers hulle rug op die handeviervoeters gedraai en so die gedeelde herkoms van die primate versaak het. Is dit dan nie Bo’jaan se roeping om aan Kwenang se komende burgemeestersverkiesing deel te neem, en so ’n bedeling van heling in plek van verdeling in te lui nie? Terwyl ’n bobbejaan in die noorde tot burgemeester ingehuldig word, is ’n gesiene emeritusprofessor en primaatnavorser, ’n internasionaal-erkende Britse fotograaf en ’n lenige boereblondine van die Kaap af na die Magaliesberg onderweg as deel van die Chacma-ekspedisie: ’n Brits-befondste ondersoek na pratende lede van die spesie papio ursinus. Toeval? Of die hand van die noodlot? In Die Chacma-espedisie steek Marius Ackermann goedig die draak met Afrika-politiek en -problematiek en sal selfs die mees siniese leser vir mens en dier se bobbejaanstreke kan lag.
The early 2000s, and Martin, an expat student recently arrived in Moscow to write a doctoral thesis on the heroines of Russian literature, needs all the guidance he can get to fathom the mysterious Russian soul. Distracted from his studies by the bright lure of nightclubs, vodka, ready money and real women, his restless explorations of the city lead him to dark and unexpected places . . . 'Powerful . . . An ambitious debut' The Independent on Sunday 'A rich debut. Back to Moscow is a book to get lost in' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals 'The rare novel whose last paragraphs offer up a genuine epiphany, wholly earned and wholly unexpected. An act of magic' Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination
You may like...
A Sin Of Omission
Marguerite Poland Paperback
Neil Sonnekus Paperback (1)
The Dirty Dozen
Lynda LaPlante Paperback (1)
Dawn Garisch Paperback
Achmat Dangor Paperback
Jeffrey Archer Hardcover (2)
Ellie And The Harpmaker
Hazel Prior Paperback (1)
Heather Morris Paperback (3)
Margaret Atwood Hardcover (2)
Susan Lewis Paperback (1)