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Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2011. Set in the Niger Delta, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away explores the world of twelve-year-old Blessing and her family. Part comic, part tragic, it shows that some families can survive almost anything.
Winner of the Specsavers New Writer of the Year 2013. Eight publishers were fighting over this debut novel from London-based New Yorker Klaussmann and all you need to do is read the Opening Extract to see why. Magnificently told from five perspectives, Tigers in Red Weather is a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade. May 2013 Book of the Month. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Tigers in Red Weather a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'Tigers in Red Weather is a book that takes you over...I absolutely loved this book' - Phylyppa Smithson. Scroll down to read more reviews.
August 2012 Debut of the Month. Eight publishers were fighting over this debut novel from London based New Yorker Klaussmann and all you need to do is read the Opening Extract to see why. Magnificently told from five perspectives, Tigers in Red Weather is a simmering novel of passion, betrayal and secret violence beneath a polished and fragile facade.
Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in its native Germany. We follow two fourteen year old girls longing to lose their virginity but frightened of sex. One is from a tragic Iraq childhood, the other the child of an alcoholic mother. Hidden from view they witness an honour killer resulting in colossal conflict. The guilt, betrayal, emotional agony and unexpected conclusion make for a gritty, gripping, excellent read. In an interesting stylistic choice the author has gone for almost no punctuation and has written a first-person, present tense narrative. This makes it a little hard to follow at first but does give the story an incredibly raw feel, creating a unique, powerful voice. It is not an easy read but a very rewarding one.
January 2011 Debut of the Month. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 6 Feb 2011. Love brings joy and heartache in this stunning debut novel which feels alive with the colours of India. Family drama and a love triangle make this an involving and touching story. This is an author to watch. Why I Wrote Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna... "In my homeland of Coorg it was customary to bury the umbilical cord of a newborn. Past the jungle topsoil, past tree root and shale, deep into the earth. It served as a talisman, so that no matter how far one went, no matter the passage of time, this beacon always pointed the way back home." Click here to read more...
April 2010 Debut of the Month. Love brings joy and heartache in this stunning debut novel which feels alive with the colours of India. Family drama and a love triangle make this an involving and touching story. This is an author to watch.
July 2010 Debut of the Month. A debut novel exploring the loneliness, secrets and silences that haunt even the most loving of families and how some bonds, against all odds, can never be broken.
July 2012 Debut of the Month. A novel of obsessive desire, of relationship 'issues' caused by events in childhood. It is unputdownable, well written with the stories weaving smoothly together. The central character completely loses her grip on reality - all horribly credible. It is rare, I feel, to have a female holding a male hostage, something I've not come across before. Not only is this fresh and very exciting, it also builds with terrific tension. A first-class read.
A good read. Three generations of mothers have led very different lives. This novel explores the interrelated lives of these three women and their relationships with each other in a perceptive and thoughtful way. Itâ€™s easy to read and you get involved with the three women. As granddaughter Susie discovers more about her mother and grandmother, she learns about herself too.
March 2016 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. ‘Three In A Bed’ is a fast moving, immensely enjoyable and riveting tale set during the summer of 2014 when the phone hacking scandal was front page news. Romping through the heady and fascinating world of newspapers, this work of fiction focuses on the people behind the headlines. Sam runs a Sunday newspaper and is ready to splash the details of a sordid affair all over the front page, however all is not as it seems, as the plot thickens and tension increases, danger lurks just around the corner. Every change of day is heralded by actual newspaper headlines, not just an eyebrow raising and amusing aside, they are a reminder of the power of words and what it is that sells newspapers. It feels as though Andrew Croker has intimate knowledge of this arena, he throws you right into the middle of the gobsmacking action and keeps you there. This is a thrilling and believable tale, set in what feels like a very, very real world. ~ Liz Robinson Unbound is not a traditional publishing house but is a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, you pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is published. It's really that simple. Three in a Bed is one of these ever-growing number of titles and in addition has been selected by the Lovereading editorial experts for review on Lovereading.co.uk. Why not check out Unbound now and see if there are any titles you would like to pledge your interest to - unbound.co.uk/books/three-in-a-bed. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'By the time you reach the end of Andrew Croker’s brilliant debut thriller, you wonder why there aren’t whole shelves of novels featuring tabloid journalists. Sam Plummer, the embattled editor of a post-Leveson red-top, smashes the negative stereotypes. He’s a genuine hero: resourceful, smart and full of self-deprecating humour and we can’t help but cheer him on as he rediscovers – despite the surrounding murk and sleaze – a fierce commitment to nailing the truth. Delivering a whip-smart and frequently hilarious confection of stings, spies, honey traps and Costa criminals, Croker plays a blinder, taking the news headlines and transforming them into a sophisticated and deeply satisfying page-turner.' ~ John Mitchinson, Unbound
Itâ€™s not often we at Lovereading travel into the territory of promoting a title that comes in unsolicited from a self-published author but this is one that really caught our eye. Rivenaes has real talent for dialogue and for gripping the reader throughout with a complex yet utterly riveting plot presented in effortless fashion. He's created some brilliantly drawn characters you will care about and some terrific interplay between them. It is a beautifully written, multi-faceted, multi-layered political action thriller, much like Tom Wolfeâ€™s Bonfire of the Vanities and written with a multitude of ingredients including drama, humour, love, action and suspense making it much more than a thriller. It's intriguing, fulfilling and ultimately consuming and will linger on in your psyche long after youâ€™ve finished it.
A single-parent family in jeopardy, a teenage daughter being stalked and an explosive ending in a psychological thriller with humorous undertones, occasionally making light of the serious subject matter, she is definitely a talent to watch.Comparison: Nicci French, Minette Walters, Ruth Rendell.Similar this month: Pam Lewis, Louise Anderson.
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