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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 'Smith's finest. Extraordinary, truly marvellous' Observer 'Superb' Financial Times 'Breathtaking' TLS 'Pitch-perfect' Daily Telegraph 'A tale of two girls who meet in a West London dance class... A page-turner that's also beautifully written ' Glamour 'There is still no better chronicler of the modern British family than Zadie Smith' Telegraph SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2017 A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either. Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .
**WINNER OF THE PRECIOUS LIFESTYLE MUST READ OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018** `This will creep its way under your skin and stay there long after you finish the final few gut-twisting chapters. Brilliant' Heat _____________________ Brighton Beach, 1993 Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was - and what happened to her best friend that summer. But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust... Fast-paced and thrilling, The Brighton Mermaid explores the deadly secrets of those closest to you. _____________________ `Another brilliant, suspenseful read from a master storyteller' (Candis) `With a cracking plot to boot - this brilliant read will hook you from the start' (Fabulous magazine) `This will creep its way under your skin and stay there long after you finish the final few gut-twisting chapters. Brilliant' (Heat) `Tense and emotional' (My Weekly) `Thrilling!' (Take A Break) `Koomson is the queen of the big reveal, and takes her time slowly building the tension in this truly gripping read' (The Sun) `Has all the classic elements of the big beach novel. It adds extra depths to the whodunit in terms of characterisation and emotional impact, and races to a conclusion that had me turning the pages as if they were on fire' (Viva magazine) `A hot read' (Woman magazine) `Just when you think you know what happened and you have your suspects a turn of the page will prove you wrong. This novel is fast paced and a great read' (Woman's Way) `The novel simmers with tension and an undercurrent of darkness' (Daily Express) `The Brighton Mermaid is a breathtakingly brilliant, twisty belter of a book and you need to read it!' (Miranda Dickinson, author of Somewhere Beyond The Sea) `Fast-paced, dark and simmering - can't recommend this novel enough.' (Caroline Smailes, author ofThe Drowning of Arthur Braxton)
`Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans' Daily Mail A past that won't stay buried... What if you did something so devastating, you regretted it for the rest of your life? Nineteen-year-old Maggie Lockwood spent a year in prison for her part in a fire that cost three lives. The scars carried by the surviving victims - inside and out - are still raw and Maggie's release from jail does nothing to free her from the guilt. Returning home, Maggie hides herself away, too afraid to see Keith, the boy she grew up with, played with as a child - and recently learnt is her half-brother. Keith nearly lost his life in the fire and the emotional and physical wounds he carries have changed him forever. With childhood innocence gone, Maggie and Keith must learn to come to terms with their new lives, but trying to move forward will have deadly consequences...
The Story of John Nightly is a novel about the nature of creativity - at the level of genius. It mixes real and imagined lives in the tale of a young singer-songwriter. John Nightly (b. 1948) finds his dimension in pop music, the art form of his time. His solo album becomes the third best-selling record of 1970. But success turns out to have side effects. After a dazzling career, John renounces his gift, denying music and his very being, until he is rediscovered thirty years later by a teenage saviour dude who persuades him to restore his quasi-proto-multi-media eco-mass, the Mink Bungalow Requiem. Can John Nightly be brought back to life again?
A twisty read following an affair between a young female teacher and male boarding school student that fans of Katerina Diamond and Louise Jensen will devour. She's a teacher. She knows the rules. When recent college graduate Imogene Abney takes a job as a teacher at pricey and exclusive The Vandenberg School, an institution populated by the most privileged boys in America, she is plunged into an unfamiliar world. Struggling to adjust, Imogene welcomes the friendship of student Adam Kipling. But when Adam starts taking things too far, she crosses a line that could result in disaster -losing her job, jail, and the total ruin of her reputation. Suddenly Imogene is facing her worst nightmare, even though Adam began their affair, which hardly seems fair to Imogene. Especially when Adam is telling a very different story and the authorities seem to be on his side. She's the innocent one...Isn't she?
The smash hit Sunday Times bestseller. Tuesday 8th September First day back at school. I am going to 100% nail being a school mummy this year. I can totally do this. Yes, this year is definitely going to be much better - I am absolutely not going to shout at the children, let them stuff their faces with crisps or goggle away on the iPad. And I most certainly will not slump on the sofa at the end of the day, glugging wine and muttering `FML' repeatedly. Unfortunately I have not yet actually managed to buy the bento boxes for their lunches or book jiu jitsu lessons, and I will have to learn to like green tea, as it is foul, and I have not yet mastered French plaits, but I am quietly confident that these are mere details in my grand master plan... It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like `Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?' But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who `live for their children' and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring's extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays. Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering `FML' over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she's had...
The beautiful, poignant and utterly compelling Number One bestseller from the internationally bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and Still Me One eternal optimist . . . Jess Thomas, with two jobs and two kids and never enough money, wears flip flops in the hope of spring. And when life knocks her down she does her best to bounce right back. But no one told her it's okay to ask for help. Plus one lost stranger . . . Ed Nicholls is the good guy gone bad. He had it all, then one stupid mistake cost him everything. Now he'll do anything to make it right. Equals a chance encounter . . . Ed doesn't want to save anyone and Jess doesn't want saving, but could Jess and Ed add up to something better together? Praise for The One Plus One: 'A beautifully written love story I relished' Daily Mail 'A heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud, roller coaster' Sunday Express 'An uplifting, charming, life-affirming tale that you won't want to put down' Heat 'Raw, funny, real and sad, this is storytelling at its best' Marie Claire
The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James is the spine-chilling follow-up to The House on Cold Hill. Now a smash-hit stage play. Cold Hill House has been demolished to make way for a new housing estate. Luxury-living at its best with high specification gadgets all thrown in - part-exchange available for the right buyers. The first two families move in, and as soon as they do, the unearthly residents of Cold Hill begin to make themselves known. Nobody who moves into Cold Hill reaches their fortieth birthday, and the old couple that have just arrived . . . let's just say their days are numbered.
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 The moving, powerful and urgent English-language debut from one of the brightest young stars in world literature Suppose you and Pa were gone, and we were lost. What would happen then? A family in New York packs the car and sets out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl, they head south west, to the Apacheria, the regions of the US which used to be Mexico. They drive for hours through desert and mountains. They stop at diners when they're hungry and sleep in motels when it gets dark. The little girl tells surreal knock knock jokes and makes them all laugh. The little boy educates them all and corrects them when they're wrong. The mother and the father are barely speaking to each other. Meanwhile, thousands of children are journeying north, travelling to the US border from Central America and Mexico. A grandmother or aunt has packed a backpack for them, putting in a bible, one toy, some clean underwear. They have been met by a coyote: a man who speaks to them roughly and frightens them. They cross a river on rubber tubing and walk for days, saving whatever food and water they can. Then they climb to the top of a train and travel precariously in the open container on top. Not all of them will make it to the border. In a breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive intertwines these two journeys to create a masterful novel full of echoes and reflections - a moving, powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FRENCH BOOK OF THE YEAR ___________________ 'One cannot be said to be keeping abreast of contemporary literature without reading Houellebecq's work.' Karl Ove Knausgaard, New York Times Dissatisfied and discontent, Florent-Claude Labrouste begrudgingly works as an engineer for the Ministry of Agriculture, and is in a self-imposed dysfunctional relationship with a younger woman. When he discovers her ongoing infidelity, he decides to abandon his life in Paris and return to the Normandy countryside of his youth. There he contemplates lost loves and past happiness as he struggles to embed himself in a world that no longer holds any joy for him. His only relief comes in the form of a pill - white, oval, small. Captorix is a new brand of anti-depressant, recently released for public consumption, which works by altering the brain's release of serotonin. With social unrest intensifying around him, and his own depression deepening, Florent-Claude turns to this new medication in the hope that he will find something to live for. Written by one of the most provocative and prophetic novelists of his generation, Serotonin is at once a devastating story of solitude, longing and individual suffering, and a powerful criticism of modern life.
Raised by his mother in a one-room house in the slums of
Casablanca, Youssef El Mekki has always had big dreams of living
another life in another world. Suddenly his dreams are within reach
when he discovers that his father whom he d been led to believe was
dead is very much alive. A wealthy businessman, he seems eager to
give his son a new start. Youssef leaves his mother behind to live
a life of luxury, until a reversal of fortune sends him back to the
streets and his childhood friends. Trapped once again by his class
and painfully aware of the limitations of his prospects, he becomes
easy prey for a fringe Islamic group.
Eloise, ’n aangenome kind, word onsensitief deur haar biologiese grootouers verwerp. Die 17-jarige Ane se lewe verander dramaties wanneer sy ’n nasionale modelkompetisie wen en vinnig in ’n genadelose grootmenswereld moet aanpas. In Durban oorweeg kinderlose Petra die moontlikheid van aanneming. Die leser word gekonfronteer met aanneming, aangrypend uitgebeeld vanuit verskillende perspektiewe.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A writer the world needs to be reading right now' The Independent 'An apposite and nuanced novel... Picoult writes about an emotive, controversial issue with unflinching precision.' Red 'Incredibly compelling and page turning' Dolly Alderton 'A very special novel about a very difficult subject.' Grazia 'Her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios' The Sunday Times A lone gunman takes the women and doctors at a controversial abortion clinic hostage. Nobody has ended up there by choice. As the tense negotiation for their release unfolds, hour by crucial hour, back in time through the day that brought the hostages and their captor to this moment, every certainty is questioned, every judgement thrown into sharp relief. Because matters of life and death look very different when you, or the ones you love, are staring down the barrel of a gun . . . Powerful, thought-provoking and deeply involving, Jodi Picoult's new novel is told in reverse, propelling the reader through intertwining characters and uncovering motives in this unflinching exploration of what makes a life.
Naomi Cottle is an investigator who finds missing children. But the one child she has never been able to find is her sister. The two were abducted when they were very young but only Naomi managed to escape. Now, twenty years later, there is at long last a clue that her sister might still be alive. Celia is a street child. Her life is tough and she has seen more things that any child should. But the local librarian turns a blind eye when she goes there almost every day to gaze at her favourite book, where she escapes, through her imagination, into a world of wheeling, colourful butterflies. However someone is watching Celia. Street children have been going missing and the town has been turning a blind eye. It is only when Naomi turns up, looking for her sister, that they find someone who will listen to them. And someone who might give them hope.
When Frank Woods at number seventy-nine Primrose Square comes home to a surprise birthday party thrown by his wife and adoring children, it is his guests who get the real surprise. Finding himself alone, he befriends the cantankerous Miss Hardcastle, who hasn't left her home for decades, and Emily Dunne - fresh out of rehab and desperate to make amends. As gossip spreads through Primrose Square, every relationship is tested, and nothing in this close-knit community will ever be the same again . . .
Observer: Fiction to look out for in 2019 The i Paper's 30 of the best new debut novels to read in 2019 Scottish Review of Books: 2019 in Prospect As featured on BBC Woman's Hour, Sky Sunrise and London Live Exploring themes of ownership and abandonment, Eleanor Anstruther's bsetselling debut is a fictionalised account of the true story of Enid Campbell (1892-1964), granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Argyll. Interweaving one significant day in 1964 with a decade during the interwar period, A Perfect Explanation gets to the heart of what it is to be bound by gender, heritage and tradition, to fight, to lose, to fight again. In a world of privilege, truth remains the same; there are no heroes and villains, only people misunderstood. Here, in the pages of this extraordinary book where the unspoken is conveyed with vivid simplicity, lies a story that will leave you reeling.
A gripping and heartwrenching novel of damage and survival, grief and unexpected solace, Marilyn and Me is a fascinating - and timely - insight into an extraordinary time and place How do you translate the present, when you can't let go of the past? It is the winter of 1954, and in the rubble-strewn aftermath of the Korean war Marilyn Monroe has come to Seoul to perform to the US soldiers stationed there. Incongruous in her silk dress and flawless makeup, she sings of seduction and love, dazzling battle-scarred Americans and Koreans alike. Alice, the woman chosen to be Marilyn's translator, was once Kim Ae-sun, before her name was stolen from her - along with so much else - by the war. With her prematurely grey hair, her fraying lace gloves and the memories that will engulf her if she lets them, Alice works as a typist for the US military. It is a job that has enabled her to survive, and to forget. As they travel across the country, over the four days of Marilyn's tour, the two women begin to form an unlikely friendship. But when Alice becomes embroiled in a sting operation involving the entrapment of a Communist spy she is forced to confront the past she has been trying so hard to escape.
Simon is a man of the world who lives a life of freedom and unfettered pleasure. An exiled Afrikaans writer who ekes out a meagre existence in Australia, he seeks out pleasure during his travels around the globe; from Bali to Melbourne, Tokyo to Cape Town. Memories well up every so often: of his youth in the Eastern Cape, of his father, and of his sexual education while growing up on a cattle farm. He connects the fragments of his past – remembered moments and experiences – with the help and insights of his psychologist, Dr Spiteri. It is his ageing mother who has the most tenacious grip on Simon. He revisits the land of his forefathers to visit and care for her. In turn, she pays a last fragile visit to him in Australia. His mother is adored and wise, yet unbearable for her fits of pettiness and bourgeois racism. Green as the Sky Is Blue is a bold, unflinching exploration of modern sexuality, intimacy and identity.
Hierdie verhaal is vol van avontuur, misterie en romanse. Dit is 'n lekkerleesboek wat die leser se aandag tot die einde behou. Toe 'n vreemde man onverwags op Rietkuil as plaasbestuurder begin werk, is dit die begin van 'n reeks onverklaarbare gebeure. Waar Rietkuil eens op ’n tyd die rustigheid self was, bring die nuweling op die werf ’n vlaag van misdade met hom saam en selfs harte bly in die slag. Dan sien Tant Annie een spookagtige aand die vreemde man met 'n groot, donker bondel in sy arms haastig in die donker skaduwees verdwyn. Wie is hierdie man? Wat is sy regte naam? Waar kom hy vandaan? Wat steek hy weg? Met Man uit die vreemde prikkel Kas van den Bergh die leser se nuuskierigheid met volgehoue vernuf, sodat die boek nie neergesit kan word voordat die ware identiteit van die vreemdeling bekend is en al sy geheime onthul is nie.
New from the global bestselling author of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: it's a match made in hell. Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high - and no-one plays by the rules. When Charlotte `Charlie' Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty. Under Todd it's no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice. Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess's star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?
'A truly wonderful writer.' Peter James The stunning new novel from bestselling Elizabeth Buchan. The Museum of Broken Promises is a beautiful, evocative love story and heart-breaking journey in to a long-buried past. Paris, today. The Museum of Broken Promises is a place of wonder and sadness, hope and loss. Every object in the museum has been donated - a cake tin, a wedding veil, a baby's shoe. And each represent a moment of grief or terrible betrayal. The museum is a place where people come to speak to the ghosts of the past and, sometimes, to lay them to rest. Laure, the owner and curator, has also hidden artefacts from her own painful youth amongst the objects on display. Prague, 1985. Recovering from the sudden death of her father, Laure flees to Prague. But life behind the Iron Curtain is a complex thing: drab and grey yet charged with danger. Laure cannot begin to comprehend the dark, political currents that run beneath the surface of this communist city. Until, that is, she meets a young dissident musician. Her love for him will have terrible and unforeseen consequences. It is only years later, having created the museum, that Laure can make finally face up to her past and celebrate the passionate love which has directed her life.
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