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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. The anatomist Adelia Aguilar accompanies a young Princess Joanna, daughter of Henry II, and her huge entourage on a thousand mile, corpse-filled journey across Europe to marry the King of Sicily. It’s the fourth in an excellent medieval detective series and sadly the last as the author recently died. The Lovereading view... Another fabulous historical mystery featuring Adelia Aguilar from The Mistress of the Art of Death series. Franklin always provides plenty of rich historical detail as well as believable, scandalous, roguish characters. Brilliant. Mistress of the Art of Death series:1. The Mistress of the Art of Death2. The Death Maze3. Relics of the Dead4. The Assassin's Prayer
Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 2011. Look We Have Coming to Dover!, the remarkable debut by Daljit Nagra, marked the arrival of a thrilling new voice in poetry and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection along the way. In his, his second volume, his writing shows every bit the same verve and excitement that made his first book an unmissable event. Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! takes its cue from the eighteenth-century automaton (a tiger savaging a British soldier) in a series of poems that begin at the throat of the old British Empire. In these vivid, real and sometimes surreal pieces, Daljit Nagra creates his own inimitable linguistic bhaji: where Shakespeare meets the Subcontinent in a range of forms from English sonnets to spectacular displays of 'bollyverse' or the tender love songs of the monsoon. The poems take their bearings from cornershops and classrooms, the strange, part-arcadian, part-hellish streets of 'Londonstan' and the places where the north of England collides with the Punjab: from Larkin to the ladoos in Raja t'Wonder Dog. Little escapes Nagra's tigerish gaze: race relations, family feuds, cultural inheritance, religious bigotry, the British honours system, Rudyard Kipling, the blurring of Kevin Keegan with Kabbadi. Comic, hard-hitting, passionate, satirical, Daljit Nagra has written a book that is as powerfully thought-provoking as it is delightful.
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2011. Ten years after 9/11, this dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermath. A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name - and discover he is an American Muslim. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. Their conflicted response is only a preamble to the country's. The memorial's designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad Khan. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the self-possessed and mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, she finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself - as unknowable as he is gifted. In the fight for both advantage and their ideals, all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent question of how to remember, and understand, a national tragedy.
It's 1895; nearly a decade since Mars invaded Earth, chronicled by H.G. Wells in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Wrecked Martian spaceships, back-engineered by Charles Babbage and Nikola Tesla, have carried the Queen's Own Electric Fusiliers to the red planet, and Mars is now part of the ever-expanding British Empire. This is Robert Rankin's Far-Fetched-Fictional Steampunk sequel to THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.
At first Kacey Lambert thinks it's a sad, strange coincidence. Two women with an amazing resemblance to the small-town doctor die suddenly. But detective Selena Alvarez suspects otherwise. An autopsy confirms that one of the women had traces of poison in her blood ...And Kacey has started to notice ties between the dead women's lives and her own. They were all close in age. They were born within a few miles of each other. And they all have ties with Trace O'Halleran, the single father Kacey is dating. Soon more lookalikes are dying and as the body count rises, the killer gets bolder and more brutal. All Kacey knows is that it's only a matter of time before hers is the next name on a list of those who were born to die.
December 2011 MEGA Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011. Rankin is synonymous with crime and Edinburgh and having decided to end it with his long-time protagonist – Rebus – he has successfully created a new one in the form of Edinburgh copper, Malcolm Fox. He’s very different from Rebus in many ways and that’s a good thing and coupled with that, Rankin’s ability to portray Edinburgh remains undiminished and his cleverly wrought plots really get under your skin. The first featuring Fox was The Complaints – maximum stars from us – and now Fox who is part of the unpopular Complaints & Conduct department of the police force that roots out corruption in the force and investigates suspect officers is on to his next case in which he must fight for his professional and personal life.
November 2011 Book of the Month. Very different from his previous novels but this tightly written story with a PTSD suffering ex-soldier as the narrator is a gripping and rewarding read. Don’t be fooled by the quirky introspective start, it quickly accelerates to an edge of the seat contemporary thriller. Look out for Paul Torday's new book, The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall, published in January 2012.
Family tragedy, family legacy, family secrets - Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. As his investigation deepens, Rome's dark and seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery, silence and corruption. The Nic Costa series:1. A Season for the Dead2. The Villa of Mysteries3. The Sacred Cut4. The Lizard's Bite5. The Seventh Sacrament6. The Garden of Evil7. Dante's Numbers8. The Blue Demon9. The Fallen Angel
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. September 2011 Debut of the Month. With some absolutely stunning rave reviews from established authors Solace is as tender as it is heartbreaking and a brilliant debut from an exciting new voice in Irish fiction. Solace is a work to be admired for its spare, intense lyricism, its range, and its deeply compassionate portrayal of life as it is lived now.
It's 1928. Alan Barber is in love with his best friend's girl. Clyde Tombaugh is stuck at home farming crops about as far from his dream of becoming an astronomer as is possible. But by 1930, Alan will be enthralled in his life's greatest romance, and Clyde will have made one of the most significant astronomical discoveries of the twentieth century.
Demon Trapper Riley is back for a second adventure. Seeing off the Demons one by one is a dark and difficult job but, like her father before her, it’s the job Riley has always wanted to do. Now, the tasks are even harder and the world of the Demon trackers is rife with problems. Worst of all, Riley seems to be falling for someone completely unsuitable. Jana Oliver has created a dark, dark world of the haunted in which teen issues, and especially love, are touched with an added element of danger. Click here to see the first Demon Trappers book, Forsaken.
A moving story of love, second chances and the importance of family from the Number One International Bestseller and expertly plotted as is the hallmark of all Baldacci's work.
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