Dead to Her: The most gripping crime thriller book you have to read in 2020 from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author!Hardcover – 6 Aug. 2020
From the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes‘Gloriously glamorous, and brilliantly plotted: Dead to Her is everything I love in a novel’ Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go‘An absolute rollercoaster of a ride: twist upon twist, expertly handled – I actually gasped out loud several times’ Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Guest ListSomething old…When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread. Something new…Then Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason. Something you can never, ever undo…Marcie refuses to be replaced so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it?‘A marvellously compelling read’ Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait‘Dark, hypnotic and immersive’ Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange‘So deliciously dark and twisted, and that setting was just perfection’ Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between You and Me ‘A wonderful, spooky romp…like Dallas meets Tales of the Unexpected!’ Richard Osman, author of The Thursday Murder Club‘Set in the racially charged high society of the American deep South, this is the clash of two ambitious, beautiful trophy wives, each with her own secrets’Daily Mail‘Warning: you won’t put this down…twisty, addictive’Sunday Telegraph
The ConfessionPaperback – 3 Sept. 2020
‘Dazzlingly good, utterly engrossing . . . Without doubt one of the best novels of recent years’ – Elizabeth Day, author of How To FailThe sensational Sunday Times bestseller from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse. One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie’s imposing house in search of a confession . . . From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, The Confession is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.
My Rocky Romance Diary (Kelly Ann’s Diary)Paperback – 5 Aug. 2010
Kelly Ann is all loved-up with her gorgeous soulmate, Chris, so there’s no way she’s going to let her attraction for the dark and dangerous new boy at school go any further. OK, so he rides a cool Harley Davidson motorbike, plays in a cool band and has dedicated a song to her. But she’s not going to let that rock her relationship with Chris, is she?Besides, Kelly Ann has other things to worry about. Like being dragged through the mud by a rogue Great Dane, locked out of the house by an eight year old she’s supposed to be babysitting and that YouTube video that shows her grappling with a half-naked guy in Pizza Express – 200,000 hits and counting in just twelve hours…
Maurice (Penguin Classics)Paperback – 28 July 2005
An astonishingly frank and deeply autobiographical account of homosexual relationships in an era when love between men was not only stigmatised, but also illegal, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is edited by P.N. Furbank with an introduction by David Leavitt in Penguin Classics.Maurice Hall is a young man who grows up confident in his privileged status and well aware of his role in society. Modest and generally conformist, he nevertheless finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, whom he encounters at Cambridge, and through Alec, the gamekeeper on Clive’s country estate, Maurice gradually experiences a profound emotional and sexual awakening. A tale of passion, bravery and defiance, this intensely personal novel was completed in 1914 but remained unpublished until after Forster’s death in 1970. Compellingly honest and beautifully written, it offers a powerful condemnation of the repressive attitudes of British society, and is at once a moving love story and an intimate tale of one man’s erotic and political self-discovery.In his introduction, David Leavitt explores the significance of the novel in relation to Forster’s own life and as a founding work of modern gay literature. This edition reproduces the Abinger text of the novel, and includes new notes, a chronology and further reading.E. M. Forster (1879-1970) was a noted English author and critic and a member of the Bloomsbury group. His first novel, Where Angels Fear To Tread appeared in 1905. The Longest Journey appeared in 1907, followed by A Room With A View (1908), based partly on the material from extended holidays in Italy with his mother. Howards End (1910) was a story that centred on an English country house and dealt with the clash between two families, one interested in art and literature, the other only in business. Maurice was revised several times during his life, and finally published posthumously in 1971.If you enjoyed Maurice, you might like Forster’s A Room With a View, also available in Penguin Classics.
Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov (Penguin Classics)Paperback – 6 Dec. 2012
‘She turned into a frog, into a lizard, into all kinds of other reptiles and then into a spindle’In these tales, young women go on long and difficult quests, wicked stepmothers turn children into geese and tsars ask dangerous riddles, with help or hindrance from magical dolls, cannibal witches, talking skulls, stolen wives, and brothers disguised as wise birds. Half the tales here are true oral tales, collected by folklorists during the last two centuries, while the others are reworkings of oral tales by four great Russian writers: Alexander Pushkin, Nadezhda Teffi, Pavel Bazhov and Andrey Platonov. In his introduction to these new translations, Robert Chandler writes about the primitive magic inherent in these tales and the taboos around them, while in the afterword, Sibelan Forrester discusses the witch Baba Yaga. This edition also includes an appendix, bibliography and notes. ‘This is a unique, beautifully edited book: an essential addition to the library of any Russophile’ – Spectator *Longlisted for the Rossica Translation Prize 2014*Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth ChandlerWith Sibelan Forrester, Anna Gunin and Olga Meerson
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY’S WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘A quietly profound, humane tour de force’ Guardian The beloved debut novel that will restore your faith in humanity#SmallAngryPlanetWhen Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful – exactly what Rosemary wants.Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years… if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.But Rosemary isn’t the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed. PRAISE FOR THE WAYFARERS’Never less than deeply involving’ DAILY MAIL’Explores the quieter side of sci-fi while still wowing us with daring leaps of imagination’ iBOOKS’So much fun to read’ HEAT’Chambers is simply an exceptional talent, quietly and beautifully redefining the space opera’ TOR.COM’The most fun that I’ve had with a novel in a long, long time’ iO9
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Wayward Son, the sequel to Carry On, is the stunning new YA novel by the bestselling author of Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell. With all of her signature wit and heart, this is Rainbow at her absolute best.The story is supposed to be over.Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.
Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR & FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019THE SUNDAY TIMES 1# BESTSELLER ‘The most absorbing book I read all year.’ Roxane Gay ____________________________ This is Britain as you’ve never read it.This is Britain as it has never been told.From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They’re each looking for something – a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope . . .____________________________'[Bernardine Evaristo] is one of the very best that we have’ Nikesh Shukla on Twitter’A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain’ Elle’Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity’ Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter’Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life’ Ali Smith, author of How to be both’Exceptional. You have to order it right now’ Stylist’Sparkling, inventive’ Sunday Times
Operation Shylock: A ConfessionKindle Edition
‘Subtle, funny and furious’ ObserverWhat if a lookalike stranger stole your name, hijacked your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you? Startlingly, Philip Roth meets a man in Jerusalem called Philip Roth who has been touring Israel – riding high on the author’s reputation – preaching a bizarre reverse-exodus of the Jews, encouraging them to return to their ancestral homes in Europe. Roth decides to stop him, even if that means impersonating the impersonator.Operation Shylock is at once spy story, political thriller, meditation on identity and unfathomable journey through a volatile, frightening middle-east.
Conversations after a Burial (Faber Plays)Paperback – 18 Sept. 2000
Simon Weinberg is dead. And, on a November morning, six people gather at his funeral – brothers and a sister, lovers and in-laws. Mourning allows them a special privilege and, for a few hours, they are isolated in another world under a lingering sun, in the shadow of the deceased.Written by the winner of the award-winning Art, Conversations after a Burial is a savage but richly comic play which explores that ineffable moment of mourning, when the newly deceased is still almost palpable, the moment in which one can maintain the memory of a breath, the intense pause between absence and the return to everyday existence, between loss and life.