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Our high-quality Family Drama selection offers the heart-breaking and heart-warming conflicts and dramas directly from the hearth, telling the stories of these families that have been struck by tragedy, conflict and drama and their struggle to survive intact.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A 17 year old Muslim girl relates this story of her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan, her flight to Clerkenwell, London, the loss of her mother, her arranged marriage at 16 and her extraordinary ability to pour out love. She clings on to the essence of it to help keep her safe. This is a frightening tale of the dominance of the man in the Muslim society and the horrors that some women suffer. It does get a bit over indulgent in its message of love but there is a very strong reason for that which adds to the extraordinary conclusion. I will give you no plot detail for any would spoil the power of the tale.
An emotional, yet simply told relationship tale, spanning thirty years and two countries. 18 year old Hannah leaves Sweden for a gap year in London, we follow her across the years as she makes friends, falls in love, and meets all the highs and lows that life can throw at her. While Hannah is the main focus of the story, her love interests, friends, foe and family are a necessary and captivating addition. There were times when Hannah felt naive and in need of a good talking to, she isn't perfect, she makes mistakes. Helene Fermont skates across time, filling in a picture of Hannah, yet ensuring a feeling of uncluttered structure to this lengthy tale. At times there is almost a diary like feel to the story, with narrative taking up a lot of the novel, leaving the reader to fill in emotion and feelings. ‘Because of You’ is an interesting glimpse into the past, covers a variety of issues, is full of drama, and yet is an easy and captivating read. A 'Piece of Passion from the publisher... 'From the first time I had the chance to read the MS for Because of You, I knew that Helene Fermont had an exceptional gift for fiction. Her particular passion is for characterisation and it shows in the well-drawn protagonists and antagonists of her novel. Each character is fully realised and has their own motivations and psychological drives that spur them forward, for better or worse. This commitment to realism, and a fearlessness when it comes to tackling dark, morally complex issues, is virtually unheard of in the contemporary women’s fiction genre and it brings something refreshingly new to readers. Helene is Anglo-Swedish and her fiction offers a compelling, original mix of women’s lit and Scandi noir. In the publishing industry it’s common to fret over authors who don’t neatly fit certain boxes, but Helene’s writing shows such promise and has already generated such a glowing response that on this occasion it’s the right thing to break the mould.' Christian Bjärnram, CEO - Fridhem Publishing September 2016 Debut of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Shortlisted for The Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2017. Traversing continents and generations, this sublime debut explores identity, self-sacrifice and dislocation with elegance and wit. It’s 1968 and Yuki Oyama decides to stay in New York with her friend, Odile and her friend’s mother, Lillian, when her parents return to Japan. “I wouldn't belong”, she muses, plus “she didn't want to be her mother following a sad man around the world”. Despite sharing a bed with Odile, Yuki never feels close to her. Odile is wrapped up in forging a modeling career, and then heads to Italy, abandoning Yuki to Lillian and her violent boyfriend. Abandonment, loneliness, and seeking solace from loneliness are recurring themes. Some years later, when she has a home, a husband who loves her, a baby son, and the talent to be an artist, Yuki remains unsettled, and feels a desperate desire to leave. A sense of longing - and never quite belonging - is poignantly evoked as the narrative alternates between Yuki’s story through the seventies, and her son’s life in 2016, culminating in a tense, bittersweet reconciliation in Berlin, where she’s made her home. While this novel’s language treads soft, it leaves a deep imprint, and makes for a powerfully, memorable reading experience. ~ Joanne Owen
One of our Books of the Year 2016. At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London. In a bombed terrace his house remains unscathed yet possibly unstable. His two sisters are at home, one a grieving wartime widow who has also lost her baby. The other is suffering from the effect from war but we do not discover how deeply until towards the end. Gus works for an Intelligence Unit interrogating war criminals and Krista assists him until she has a baby. Gus had an English fiancée and his marriage sends emotional ripples through both his family and his ex fiancée’s. Krista has a difficult time adapting to English life and facing the obvious hostility towards Germans. Emotions run high throughout the book, personalities clash, lives change in this impressive tale. The Prologue alerts us to a dead body of a woman with child in the garden next door. We the reader, are left guessing who that woman might be until a fast-paced conclusion. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
A twisty, multiple layered thriller where the past and present clash in a maze of suspense. Best friends Francesca and Sophie tell their tales with nearly 20 years separating them. In 1997 Sophie disappeared, she was 21 with plenty to live for, in 2016 Francesca returns to the seaside town when she learns a body has been found. Claire Douglas gives the the two women a conversational, realistic voice, and as more and more layers are revealed, my feelings and thoughts about Francesca and Sophie bounced inside my mind and altered. With corkscrews of secrets and hidden thoughts being slowly released, it made me ponder just how clean and true our memories actually are. With an ending drenched in drama, ’Local Girl Missing’ is a suspense filled read. ~ Liz Robinson
A gentle, yet astute, edgy and absolutely delightful debut novel. Miriam fears her own emotions, Ralph runs away from his family and while Sadie shouts about her life all over social media, internal whispers refuse to remain buried. A profound sting of awareness comes as you contemplate the meaning of normal after peeking at the inner most thoughts and feelings of the characters. The characters feel so very real, they may on occasion frustrate, evoke sympathy or a laugh, it’s easy to feel a connection to them, to care about them. Rachel Elliott has a lovely light touch, yet she subtly prods and provokes your perception and understanding. Whispers Through a Megaphone (such a beautifully perfect title) is a quirk-filled slice of wonderful and I highly recommend it. ~ Liz Robinson Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... Debut novelist Rachel Elliott has created one of the most intriguing and loveable characters in contemporary British fiction in Miriam Delaney, a young woman who has been deeply damaged by her abusive dead mother. It would be understandable if a writer based a tormented, dark narrative around her very difficult life story. Instead, Elliott has written a whimsical, multi-layered tale that is as hilarious as it is moving and soulful.Whispers Through a Megaphone is a self-contained literary microcosm of the world we live in today, a world where we create amusing virtual personae on social media that have little connection with who we really are. Delightfully afloat on quirky humour and playful prose, Rachel Elliott portrays the inner confusion resulting from too much digital noise when all we crave and need is a bit of silence to protect our personal space. ~ Elena Lappin, Editor, ONE
A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense. Set in 1960, couple Lily and Simon become caught in an unbelievably powerful web of lies. Normal everyday life intermingles with the hidden, and secrets are set to be exposed as the story slips with subtlety along the edge of an uncertain path. Some of the characters are not necessarily likeable, others are positively loathsome, but they all feel so very real. Helen Dunmore handles the intrigue with a masterly hand, hints and suggestions slither and slide through the story, creating uneasiness and suspicion. It is the small but not insignificant things that really bring this tale to life, the descriptions and the feelings create a vibrant ring of truth. ‘Exposure’ is an evocative, thrilling tale that I recommend setting aside some quality time for, once I started reading, I simply didn't want to stop. ~ Liz Robinson August 2016 Book of the Month.
Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the series and although you really should start at the beginning, you could actually read this as a completely charming standalone novel. Should I have a favourite character, perhaps not, as all have a delicious quirk that draws me to them, however the absolutely delightful Bertie sits in a favoured spot in the back of my mind. Alexander McCall Smith has a beautifully light touch, he has the ability to open up the oddities of human behaviour without being heavy handed and harsh. It’s the small things, the little thoughts, the asides that are exquisitely described and so powerful. Amusing, eyebrow raising and full of satisfying warmth and love, this is an enchanting and joyful read. ~ Liz Robinson Click here to read an exclusive interview with Alexander McCall Smith by Mary Hogarth.
When a family tragedy means Mick is sent to the outback to live with his Granpa, it looks as if he has a lonely life ahead of him. The cattle station is a tough place for a child, where nature is brutal and the men must work hard in the heat and dust. However, after a cyclone hits, things change for Mick. Exploring the floodwaters, he finds a lost puppy covered in mud and half-drowned. Mick and his dog immediately become inseparable as they take on the adventures offered by their unusual home, and the business of growing up, together.
The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. It is about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other - and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you...
If you have been with this series from the beginning, and this is the 11th, you will be familiar with the characters who live around Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Mr McCall Smith is a natural storyteller who manages to subtly fill in the background so newcomers will soon learn about the personalities and foibles of the inhabitants and they are a fascinating collection of people. Bertie of the title is only seven but has the wisdom of Solomon and the mother from hell. The ‘Project’ of the title refers to his mother, Irene’s plan for his intense upbringing. Yoga, psychotherapy, Italian lessons are in; fun, Swiss army knives, junk food are not in! Bertie’s father, Stuart, is a kind, lovely man but completely overruled by his wife. When Stuart’s mother suspects Stuart is having an affair she is delighted, hoping he will rid himself of her truly awful daughter-in-law. As always, new characters are introduced. In this book it is Clare, a very typical, outdoor-loving, extreme-sports enthusiastic Australian. She and the narcissistic Bruce of earlier books join forces and Clare replaces the two Scandinavian au pairs of familiar Matthew and Elspeth to help with their now walking boy triplets. This is the expected delightful read and leaves one eagerly anticipating the next in the series. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Thorne Moore delves deep into the dark corners of a mind disturbed by the wicked acts of childhood that refuse to stay hidden in this edgy psychological thriller. A simple, innocent moment unlocks memories that have long been buried and the more they begin to surface the further Karen's mental health begins to deteriorate. This novel had me holding my breath in places as the darkness and shear desperation that Karen feels come leaping from the pages. Thorne captures the disjointedness of Karen’s mind perfectly and her life begins to gradually unravel as she becomes obsessed with her quest to track down old school friends and the much revered Serena Whinn. The full horror of what happened all those years ago is slowly revealed and Karen discovers that children’s games can be very dangerous indeed and the shocking after effects reverberate through this gripping, chilling novel. ~ Shelley Fallows Click here to read an exclusive Q & A with Thorne Moore.
Tragedy Begins at Home
Whether it’s Barbara Taylor Bradford’s window into the dark secrets of dynastic powerhouses, or the hard realities of Allison Pearson’s writing: the incisively humourous observations of Nick Hornby, or the light touch of Charlotte Bingham: the engrossing passion of Jojo Moyes, or the captivating worlds conjured by Jodi Picoult and Daisy Waugh, the range of fantastic stories in the Family Drama section is almost endless. Luckily our unique expert reviews and hand-picked recommendations are here to help match you with your perfect next read. Sign up to our monthly emails to stay in touch with the latest output from warm, wise Elizabeth Buchan, insightful Kate Atkinson, sensory-stimulating Joanna Harris, huge-scale Sidney Sheldon, magical Alice Hoffman and so many more in the varied family of fantastic authors of the genre.
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