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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011. Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year Award 2011. Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2011. A story of innocence and experience, hope and harsh reality, Pigeon English is a spellbinding portrayal of a boy balancing on the edge of manhood and of the forces around him that try to shape the way he falls. It's also deeply funny, moving, idiosyncratic and unforgettable and introduces a major new literary talent. The Guardian First Book Award longlist 2011The Possessed by Elif BatumanSideral by Rachael BoastThe Book of Lies by Mary HorlockChavs by Owen JonesPigeon English by Stephen KelmanThe Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha MukherjeeDown the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo VillalobosThe Collaborator by Mirza WaheedThe Submission by Amy Waldman
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. An unusual dual time story of two very different young men, one a modern procurer of oddities for gangsters, the other a Jewish boxer in the 1940s. Murder, mystery, mayhem and gay sex abound, oh, and some pretty nasty beetles. It is one of those books you have got to read to believe, wacky, controversial, original and very clever. Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. The Lovereading view... Combining love, lust, murder and lots of beetles in a thrilling novel, Ned Beauman has created a page-turning debut full of wild ideas. It is a novel that engages the mind while satisfying those that crave the thrill of a chase. There are riots and sex. There is love and murder. There is Darwinism and Fascism, nightclubs, invented languages and the dangerous bravado of youth. And there are lots of beetles. It is clever. It is distinctive. It is entertaining. We hope you are too.
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. If you have read books set in India, then you must add 'Saraswati Park' to your canon. If you haven't made that step feeling, perhaps, that India is a different world, far removed from your own experience and comprehension, then this is a great place to start your journey. After only two or three pages you will be transported into human thoughts and feelings that are common to your own and easy on the imagination. In fact, you will love this book. 'His shirt was crisp; it hung at a polite distance from his body'. A tremendous first novel from an exciting young author recently chosen as one of the Telegraph's '20 under 40' best UK writers. Sheer delight.
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2010. A dual time story this is a weird tale of a collector of Nazi memorabilia being sucked into a plot with its roots pre WWII. Murder, mystery, mayhem and gay sex abound, oh and some pretty nasty beetles. It is one of those books you have got to read to believe. Wacky, controversial, original and very clever.
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010.The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. Click here to find out more. A coming of age novel where a young boy is searching for his friend who has gone missing. The story is written in a Cumbrian dialect which once mastered adds great atmosphere to a wonderful novel.
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010.The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. Click here to find out more. March 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Fabulous historical page-turner Before The Earthquake, from debut novelist Maria Allen, sees 15-year-old Concetta piecing together her past after an earthquake devastates her rural Italian village and leaves her with no memory.
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010.The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott. Click here to find out more. With such beautiful writing and a wonderful cast of characters you are easily able to suspend disbelief in this magical, wonderful story.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2009. Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "This beautiful book captured our imagination, exquisitely blending reality and fantasy."
March 2008 Debut of the Month. Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2008. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2008.Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "This gripping, unputdownable thriller is an exciting new addition to the genre." This is a brilliant first novel from an exceptional writer. Set in Stalinist Russia, it is a tight and gripping tale of an MGB officer who starts to question his superiors and sees through the doctrine of Communist propaganda. Not only is it a compelling murder mystery it is also the story of a man’s journey from childhood to manhood, with surprising twists and turns. The narrative evokes the grimness of a Russian winter in all its bleakness - Doctor Zhivago it is not. The final 100 pages kept me up until the small hours.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "This gripping coming-of-age story dealing with cross-cultural issues in modern Britain is moving, surprising and utterly enjoyable." Please note that an extract from this book will be available to download soon.
Jess, the eight year old daughter of a Nigerian mother and an English father, feels ostracised but is blessed with a vivid imagination. On holiday in Nigeria she meets a girl of her own age, a kindred spirit, perhaps an imaginary friend or her dead twin. I’m not telling you, suffice to say the relationship takes some interesting twists in a challenging read.Comparison: Zadie Smith, Diana Evans, Donna Daley-Clarke.Similar this month: None but try John Bennett. Head to our 'Black Lit Matters' list to find more must-read novels by black writers. To view a reading guide for this title click here
Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. Wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, 26a is an extraordinary first novel. Part fairytale, part nightmare, it moves from the mundane to the magical, the particular to the universal with exceptional flair and imagination. A coming-of-age novel with a difference. Head to our 'Black Lit Matters' list to find more must-read novels by black writers.