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To Walk Alone in the Crowd

To Walk Alone in the Crowd

Author: Antonio Munoz Molina Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Winner of the 2020 Prix Medicis Etranger I want to live on foot, by hand, by pencil, at ease, responsive to whatever I meet, loose like the air that moves around my body as I walk or like a graceful swimming stroke. I want to remain astonished. Join Antonio Munoz Molina for a walk through Madrid, Paris, London and New York, where the past and the present live side by side in the literature of newspaper headlines, billboards, casual glances and overheard conversation. This is the digital metropolis, captured in notebooks, recorded on the iPhone, where Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Charles Baudelaire, Thomas de Quincey, Fernando Pessoa and Walter Benjamin step beside us, all of us writing the unfinished poem of the crowded city.

With Teeth

With Teeth

Author: Kristen Arnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

'With Teeth is a wonderfully sticky novel about motherhood, partnership, sex and love. Kristen Arnett lets her characters have the run of the place, and it's delicious fun to watch them do, say, and think things they'll regret' Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here 'A darkly funny, brutally honest story about a woman undone by motherhood . . . With Teeth digs in deep and doesn't let go. I truly loved it' Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of Mrs Everything and That Summer If she's being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son. Working from home in the close quarters of their Florida house, she lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. Uncertain in her own feelings about motherhood, she tries her best - driving, cleaning, cooking, prodding him to finish projects for school - while growing increasingly resentful of Monika, her confident but absent wife. As Samson grows from feral toddler to surly teenager, Sammie's life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behaviour, and her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son's hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the mess - and the possibility that it will never be clean again. Blending the warmth and wit of Arnett's breakout hit, Mostly Dead Things, with a candid take on queer family dynamics, With Teeth is a thought-provoking portrait of the delicate fabric of family - and the many ways it can be torn apart.

Rose Nicolson Memoir of William Fowler of Edinburgh: student, trader, makar, conduit, would-be Lover in early days of our Reform

Rose Nicolson Memoir of William Fowler of Edinburgh: student, trader, makar, conduit, would-be Lover in early days of our Reform

Author: Andrew Greig Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

'A tale I have for you.' Embra, winter of 1574. Queen Mary has fled Scotland, to raise an army from the French. Her son and heir, Jamie is held under protection in Stirling Castle. John Knox is dead. The people are unmoored and lurching under the uncertain governance of this riven land. It's a deadly time for young student Will Fowler, short of stature, low of birth but mightily ambitious, to make his name. Fowler has found himself where the scorch marks of the martyrs burned at the stake can be seen on every street, where differences in doctrine can prove fatal, where the feuds of great families pull innocents into their bloody realm. There he befriends the austere stick-wielding philosopher Tom Nicolson, son of a fishing family whose sister Rose, untutored, brilliant and exceedingly beautiful exhibits a free-thinking mind that can only bring danger upon her and her admirers. The lowly students are adept at attracting the attentions of the rich and powerful, not least Walter Scott, brave and ruthless heir to Branxholm and Buccleuch, who is set on exploiting the civil wars to further his political and dynastic ambitions. His friendship and patronage will lead Will to the to the very centre of a conspiracy that will determine who will take Scotland's crown. Rose Nicolson is a vivid, passionate and unforgettable novel of this most dramatic period of Scotland's history, told by a character whose rise mirrors the conflicts he narrates, the battles between faith and reason, love and friendship, self-interest and loyalty. It confirms Andrew Greig as one of the great contemporary writers of fiction.

The Things That Matter

The Things That Matter

Author: Andrea Michael Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Those Hamilton Sisters

Those Hamilton Sisters

Author: Averil Kenny Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

A warm, captivating and irresistible story of love, family, secrets and finding your place in the world. For readers of Lucinda Riley and Kate Morton. The Sunday train which snaked into Noah Vale that verdant, midwinter afternoon brought with it fire, sending an inferno of small-town gossip roaring up the valley . . . Beautiful, irrepressible Esther Hamilton had a reputation in the small Queensland town of Noah Vale. That was until she ran away, twenty years ago, under a cloud of shame. It's now 1955 and following their mother's death, the Hamilton sisters - Sonnet, Fable and little Novella Plum - have returned to Noah Vale to live near their aunt and uncle. Sonnet, twenty years old and legal guardian to her siblings, has never stepped foot in Noah Vale, yet has been the talk of the town for decades. Fable, at twelve-years-old, is a talented artist and lovelier than even her heartbreaking mother had been. And three year old Plum is just a little girl who's lost her mother and been taken away from the only home she's ever known. As the years pass, the three sisters settle into their new life, working in the town, going to school and swimming in the perfect waterfalls nearby. But suspicion and judgment continue to follow the Hamilton sisters wherever they go. In a small town where everyone thinks they know everything about each other, it's hard to escape the past. And when Fable falls in love with Noah Vale's golden boy, is history destined to repeat itself? 'A fresh, original and evocative coming-of-age story. Set amidst the lush Queensland landscape and the stark reality of small-town meddling, the vividly painted characters remain long after the final page.' Tea Cooper, author of The Woman in the Green Dress In Those Hamilton Sisters, Averil Kenny has created three vibrant characters who will quickly come to feel like friends, and placed them in a wonderfully evocative landscape. This novel is an intelligent, assured family saga which packs an emotional punch.' Meg Keneally, author of Fled and The Wreck

The Pavilion in the Clouds

The Pavilion in the Clouds

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

It is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky, live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old; her father Henry - owner of Pitlochry, a tea plantation - and her mother Virginia. The story centres around the Pavilion in the Clouds, set in the idyllic grounds carved out of the wilderness. But all is not as serene as it seems. Bella is suspicious of her governess, Miss White's intentions. Her suspicion sparks off her mother's imagination and after an unfortunate series of events, a confrontation is had with Miss White and a gunshot rings off around the hills. Years later, Bella, now living back in Scotland at university in St Andrews, is faced, once again with her past. Will she at last find out what happened between her Father and Miss White? And will the guilt she has lived with all these years be reconciled by a long over-due apology?

Watermelon Nights

Watermelon Nights

Author: Greg Sarris, Reginald Dyck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2021

In Watermelon Nights, Greg Sarris tells a powerful tale about the love and forgiveness that keep a modern Native American family together in Santa Rosa, California. Told from the points of view of a twenty-year-old Pomo man named Johnny Severe, his grandmother Elba, and his mother, Iris, this intergenerational saga uncovers the secrets-and traumatic events-that inform each of these characters' extraordinary powers of perception. First published in 1998, Watermelon Nights remains one of the few works of fiction to illuminate the experiences of urban Native Americans and is the only one to depict the historical conditions that shape a tribe's rural-to-urban migration. As the novel opens, Johnny is trying to organize the remaining members of his displaced California tribe. At the same time, he is struggling with his own sexuality and thinking about leaving his grandmother's home for the big city. As the novel shifts perspective, tracing the controversial history of the Pomo people, we learn how the tragic events of Elba's childhood, as well as Iris's attempts to separate herself from her cultural roots, make Johnny's dilemma all the more difficult. In the end, what binds both family and tribe together is a respect-albeit at times reluctant-for the traditions that have withstood so many challenges. This new edition of the novel features a revised preface by the author and an afterword by Reginald Dyck, who identifies broader contexts important to our understanding of the novel, including tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, and the effects of historical trauma. Gritty yet rich in emotion, Watermelon Nights stands beside the works of Louise Erdrich, Stephen Graham Jones, and Tommy Orange.

The Birds Fly East

The Birds Fly East

Author: S. J. Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

The latest unflinching and heart-racing thriller from S. J. Butler, the author of Between the Lines. perfect for fans of M. W. Craven and Robert Bryndza. Readers LOVE S. J. Butler's BETWEEN THE LINES: 'This story gets hold of you and makes you shudder. Five stars' 5* reader review 'An extraordinarily fantastic literary thriller. A huge five star read for me' 5* reader review 'Plenty of twists to keep you guessing! Just brilliant' 5* reader review 'Gritty, well written, a real page turner' 5* reader review 'Makes the reader think more deeply about the themes of identity, loss, perception and self-perception. Highly recommended' 5* reader review 'Gem of a debut' 5* reader review 'Great twists and turns . . . Can't wait to read more of S. J Butlers books!!' 5* reader review

The Lost Storyteller

The Lost Storyteller

Author: Amanda Block Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

'A powerful novel about the bond between fathers and daughters, and how stories connect us all. I loved it' Jenny Colgan THE LOST STORYTELLER is the heartwarming and evocative debut novel from a stunning new voice in fiction, Amanda Block. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Jessie Burton and Diane Setterfield. Rebecca hasn't seen her father Leo since she was six. Her family never talk about him, and she has long since pushed him firmly to the back of her mind. All she knows is that, once upon a time, he was a well-loved children's TV star. But when a journalist turns up uninvited at her office, asking questions about her once-famous father, Rebecca starts to wonder whether there is more to Leo's absence than she realised. Then, looking for answers, she unearths a book of fairy tales written by Leo and dedicated to her - but what use are children's stories to her now, all these years later? Tentatively, Rebecca tries to piece together her father's life, from the people he used to know and her own hazy memories. Yet her mind keeps returning to the magical, melancholic fairy tales, which seem to contain more truth than make-believe. Perhaps they are the key to unlocking the mystery of her father, the lost storyteller; to revealing who he was, what he went through - and even where he might be now... THE LOST STORYTELLER celebrates the power and resilience of imagination. 'Captivating, moving and profound. I loved it! A spellbinding novel about the power of the stories we tell both to ourselves and to others.' Tracey Emerson, author of She Chose Me.

Give a Little Love

Give a Little Love

Author: Jackie Clune Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

London, March 2020. Angela is reeling from the sudden death of her husband Robert. As the world hunkers down against the pandemic, she and her two children - home from university - lock down in their grief and remembrance. Except Angela has this gnawing sensation, a tightness in her chest every time she thinks of Robert. He could be harsh, critical, often belittling in front of others. But he did his best - didn't he? He looked after them, even if he did make the decisions and laugh at her small ambitions. Even if he controlled most things in Angela's so-called life. As lockdown drags on with its do-gooder neighbours and their cake-baking and competitive Clapping for Carers, Angela makes a disturbing discovery on Robert's old phone: messages from a woman who clearly had a close relationship with her late husband. Enraged but liberated by the betrayal, Angela starts to reclaim her life. Until she runs into Zana. Zana, who appears to be watching her house. Zana, with her small child in tow. Zana, and her inexplicable connection to Robert... When Angela decides to help Zana she is forced to reframe her outlook, check her privilege and confront how exactly she plans to live the rest of her life. Slowly they build a relationship based on their mutual recognition, and when Zana introduces Angela to her friends at the local homeless mother and child hostel, she discovers a different, more hopeful, kind of family bubble. Wickedly dark but full of heart, this is a story of pulling together and finding love and connection in the most surprising of places.

Test Signal

Test Signal

Author: Nathan Connolly (Dead Ink) Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

The North is at the forefront of new writing. Home to some of the most ground-breaking authors writing today, a thriving independent publishing scene and many vibrant grass-roots networks, the North is driving a revolution in new literature. This anthology is a showcase of some of the best new talent in the North. Some of them are well-known established names, others are newcomers; all of them are part of the new northern writing scene.

The Librarian of Saint-Malo

The Librarian of Saint-Malo

Author: Mario Escobar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021