Mel McGrath is an Essex girl, the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling family memoir Silvertown. She won the John Llewellyn-Rhys/Mil on Sunday award for Best Writer Under 35 for her first book, Motel Nirvana. She has published three Arctic mysteries featuring the Inuit detective Edie Kiglatuk under the name MJ McGrath, the first of which, The Boy in the Snow, was shortlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger. In the last year she has been one of the founders and moving lights of the website Killer Women, which has rapidly established itself as one of the key forums for crime writing in the UK. This new standalone marks a change in direction
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August 2017 Debut of the Month A provocative tale that creeps over skin and worms its way into thoughts. A knock at the door one night reveals Cat’s husband has an 11 year old daughter Cat knew nothing about, then Ruby moves in, and Cat finds her hackles and suspicions rising. Cat tells her own tale, revealing intimate snapshots of history, of thoughts, of feelings. Mel McGrath sets events in motion that encouraged my mind to flinch with uncertainty, I wondered, I doubted, I suspected. I was sucked in whole, and simply didn't want to stop reading as the story span to an all consuming end. ‘Give Me The Child’ is a stimulating, powerful, entirely captivating and deliciously entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson
SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA NON-FICTION CROWN, THE ANDRE SIMON FOOD BOOK AWARDS AND THE FORTNUM & MASON BOOK AWARDS 'Filled with hearty goodness and packed together with care, this will go down a treat' Evening Standard | 'Rich and compelling' Spectator | 'Extraordinary and very moving' Julian Fellowes | 'Beautifully written, carefully researched, wonderfully told' Danny Wallace The fascinating history of an iconic East End institution from the bestselling author of Silvertown, Melanie McGrath. G Kelly's Pie and Mash has been run by the same family in the Roman Road in Bow for nearly a hundred years; an East End institution and the still point of a turning world. Outside its windows the Roman Road has seen an extraordinary revolution - from women's liberation and industrialisation to wars and immigration - and yet at its heart it remains one of the last traditional market roads of London. Pie and Mash down the Roman Road is the biography of that shop and of the people - customers, suppliers, employees, owners - who passed through it, and continue to do so. Through vivid tales of ordinary lives the book tells the extraordinary story of the community living around the oldest trading route in Britain, and the true heart of the East End. 'Draws you right into the heart of the vibrant East End community' Rosie Hendry 'Pacey and breath-taking . . . I loved every word' Carol Rivers
An unexpected visitor. Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate. A devastating secret. But as the events behind Ruby's arrival emerge - her mother's death, her connection to Cat - Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk. Do we get the children we deserve? Cat's research tells her there's no such thing as evil. Her history tells her she's paranoid. But her instincts tell her different. And as the police fight to control a sudden spate of riots raging across the capital, Cat faces a race against time of her own... Compulsive, dark and devastating, Give Me the Child is a uniquely skilful thriller with an unforgettable twist.
Geliebt und gefurchtet zugleich - das Iditarod, das langste und gefahrlichste Schlittenhunderennen der Welt, hat in Anchorage begonnen. Die Arktis-Jagerin Edie Kiglatuk ist zur Unterstutzung ihres Exmannes Sammy dabei, der bei dem Rennen startet. Kaum angekommen, entdeckt die Inuk-Frau jedoch eine Babyleiche im Wald, erfroren, in Tucher gewickelt, mit einem umgekehrten Kreuz aus Asche bemalt. Schnell nehmen die Ermittler in Anchorage die Gemeinde der Altglaubigen ins Visier, auf deren Land Edie das tote Baby gefunden hat. Doch Edie glaubt nicht an Opfermorde. Vielmehr fuhren ihre Ermittlungen in den Umkreis der Protagonisten des Wahlkampfs um den Gouverneursposten von Alaska, der gerade erbittert gefuhrt wird. Wahrend sich Edie machtige Feinde macht, ist Sammy auf seinem Schlitten in der Wildnis allein unterwegs - jedem Anschlag hilflos ausgeliefert.
Drei vermummte Gestalten wandern durch die unwirt-liche Eislandschaft der Insel Craig: Edie Kiglatuk begleitet zwei Touristen auf eine Jagd-expedition; die Amerikaner wollen einen echten Abenteuerurlaub erleben. Die unwegsame Einsamkeit der Arktis ist der Inuk-Spurensucherin bestens vertraut. Doch einer der Manner kommt zu Tode. Ein Unfall, beschlieen die Dorfaltesten, denn ein Verbrechen wurde sich negativ auf das Tourismusgeschaft auswirken. Wenig spater ist Edie erneut gefragt: Zwei Reisende auf den Spuren des viktorianischen Forschers Sir James Fairfax engagieren sie als Fuhrerin. Sie bricht ge-mein-sam mit den Mannern und ihrem Stiefsohn Joe auf. Die Gruppe trennt sich, wenige Tage spater kehrt Joe allein zuruck: stark unterkuhlt und geistig verwirrt. Von seinem Schutzling fehlt jede Spur. Als die Ereig-nisse eine noch dramatischere Wendung nehmen, muss Edie erkennen, dass sich dahinter Umstande verbergen, die so gewaltig sind, dass sie zur Bedrohung fur alles werden, was ihr am Herzen liegt. "e;Edie Kiglatuk ist die tougheste und smarteste arktische Heldin seit Frulein Smilla."e; (Liz Jensen, Autorin von "e;Endzeit"e;)
A chilling true story of deception and survival set amidst the Inuit communities of the Canadian Arctic. In 1922 the Irish-American explorer Robert Flaherty made a film called 'Nanook of the North' which captured the world's imagination. Soon afterwards, he quit the Arctic for good, leaving behind his bastard son, Joseph, to grow up Eskimo. Thirty years later a young, inexperienced policeman, Ross Gibson, was asked by the Canadian government to draw up a list of Inuit who were to be resettled in the uninhabited polar Arctic and left to fend as best they could. Joseph Flaherty and his family were on that list. They were told they were going to an Arctic Eden of spring flowers and polar bears. But it didn't turn out that way, and this, Joseph Flaherty's story, tells how it did.
Melanie McGrath's critically acclaimed East End family memoir now in paperback. In this remarkable book, award-winning writer Melanie McGrath has given us a vivid and poignant memoir of the East End. McGrath spent years wondering about her East End roots. At the turn of the twenty-first century the places where her grandparents lived out their lives Poplar, East Ham and Silvertown - are virtually unrecognisable; her grandparents, Jenny and Len Page, long since dead and already half forgotten. Silvertown teems with stories of life in the docks and pubs and dog tracks of the old East End where Melanie McGrath's grandparents scraped a living. Here are the bustling alleys and lanes of Poplar in 1914, where eleven year old Jenny watches the men go off to fight; the Moses sweatshop on the Mile End Waste; the London docks, then the largest port in the world; and Jenny having her teeth pulled out on her seventeenth birthday. Here too is the Cosy Cafe, opened full of hope by Jenny and Len - later a home to their troubled marriage - and an East End landscape which is altered forever by the closure of the docks and the disintegration of this close knit community. The places Melanie McGrath describes have largely vanished now. This evocative and deeply moving family memoir recreates the lost East End and the struggles of those who live there.