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This is it. The place for the greatest writing: stories that transcend all other ‘genres’. Literary fiction goes above and beyond any specific genre in order to deliver stories that strike at the heart of what it means to be human.
I was a baby during the war. We stayed inside for months. All my aunts took turns in feeding me. I couldn't be heard to cry. You see, there were soldiers in the streets. They would have known what a crying baby meant. So I had to be kept silent. No, not everyone came out of the war alive. One family's life, and a nation - Bangladesh - are uniquely created through conversation, sacrifice, songs, bonds, blood, bravery and jokes.
One of our Books of the Year 2013 Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013. Sally Gardner tells a story that is rich in drama and ideas as Standish Treadwell, an unlikely hero, takes on the vicious forces of the repressive motherland in a novel set in a bleak world that is redeemed only by the very human qualities of some of the survivors. Standish and his remarkable grandfather keep going, eking out a living after the disappearance of Standish’s parents. Standish struggles at school and is the victim of relentless bullying. But then he finds a friend in the newly arrived Hector. When Hector is taken, the only hope lies in Standish…Luckily, Standish has just the qualities that are needed. September 2012 Book of the Month. Winner of the Children's Costa Award 2012. Author Sally Gardner said, “Maggot Moon is the book I always wanted to write and Hot Key Books is the perfect home for it.” Sarah Odedina of publisher Hot Key Books added: “Sally is a writer of great and unique originality. In Maggot Moon she has created a brilliant, nerve-wracking and utterly gripping fable that will hold readers spellbound. Standish is a fabulous character and his purpose and adventure will resonate with readers of all ages. It is a novel that will be read, talked about and admired well into the future.” In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Maggot Moon a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This totally original story is brilliant from beginning to end and each gripping chapter urges you to keep reading.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews... .............................................................. The full CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist: • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan • A Greyhound Of A Girl by Roddy Doyle • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner • In Darkness by Nick Lake • Wonder by RJ Palacio • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick • A Boy And A Bear In A Boat by Dave Shelton • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people.
Marina Lewycka returns to the characters from A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, with a hilarious erotic twist, in this laugh-out-loud short story, A Shorter History of Tractors in Ukrainian with Handcuffs. 'Ever since she'd first read Sherlock Holmes, Laura Carter had dreamed of being a detective . . . Books were both her escape and her guilty pleasure, which eased her through the boring days and enlivened the nights when her husband was too tired for love. She devoured everything from Proust to Harry Potter, from James Joyce to EL James, she adored detective stories, but maybe her favourite author was Marina Lewycka, whose A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian had strangely echoed a case she had once worked on.'
January 2013 Book of the Month. The bittersweet coming-of-age story of Tara Jupp. Filled with warmth and wit, we follow Tara and her sister Lucy's journey from the innocence and safety of a Cornish family home to a life living out all our dreams: a pop star in 60s London, surrounded by the glitterati. Her past however continues to haunt her. Eva Rice's previous novel The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets was a Richard and Judy pick and her fans won't be disappointed with her latest. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Misintepretation of Tara Jupp a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Scroll down to read their reviews.
This witty and dark re-working of the ‘fairy story’ continues in a second adventure. On returning to fairyland September is shocked to find that fairies are having their shadows (and thus their magic) stolen by the kingdom of Fairyland-Below. She vows to travel to the kingdom below and sort things out! A whimsically modern mix of Narnia and the Wizard of Oz.
January 2013 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. This is a remarkable debut novel, vivid and evocative and perfectly capturing the troubled lives of a group of super privileged teens in the Reagan era. One reviewer in the US called it a ‘distant cousin of the Great Gatsby’ and this stylish novel will have great appeal for fans of American fiction in the vein of The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
Written by the UK Editor of Vogue, a book - about how the future is never what you think it will be - that will stay with you for ages … A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... 'It’s one thing to edit a national magazine, or even write articles and features, but quite another to launch a novel. If there is one thing editing Vogue has taught Alexandra Shulman over twenty years, it’s understanding what women want. CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS follows the lives of three young women in the 1980s who face all the trials and tribulations of every young woman who is starting adult life. It’s about the importance to those women of female friendship; of the difficulties of finding out what you want to do with your life; how women do carve out their lives – with their careers and with their relationships -- in these incredibly important years. I don’t think this is a book Alex could have written when she was that age – it needs the passage of time to understand what was going on in that exciting decade and to forge that empathy with those young women. It’s warm, funny, and touching. I do hope you enjoy it.' Juliet Annan Publishing Director, Fig Tree & Penguin.
A highly original prize-winning debut 'fairy' novel that has won the hearts of readers across the US. Once an ordinary 12 year old, nothing is ever ordinary again for September after Green Wind, a fast talking man with a very bold suggestion, knocks on her window and invites her on a trip to Fairyland. With her parents away, September has nothing to loose but little does she know what's in store! Fairyland is in chaos and September decides that she's the one who will sort it out...Luckily, there's some help at hand of an unorthodox kind in the form of a book mad dragon. Can September get Fairyland back into shape? It's certainly a very exciting if unexpected ending. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making a small number of both adults and children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Although it’s described as being for young adults - I would encourage grownups of any age to read this book...By the end I just wanted to sit on a cushion on the floor next to the author and beg her to tell me another story about September, I can’t wait for her next book.' Liz Robinson. Scroll down to read more reviews... Click here to visit a Catherynne M. Valente's website where you can find out more about this book.
Shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2010. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 June 2010. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 31 January 2010. Convent life, you’d imagine, is one you choose – a vocation. But this searing story of the nuns of Santa Caterina in 16th-century Italy reveals how enforced convent entry was common for noble women who couldn’t find husbands, or, like 16-year-old Serafina, who are sent by their family to end unsuitable relationships. Serafina’s horror at her incarceration is palpable, but as a bond develops with Zuana, the nun who treats the sisters for illness, repressed emotion and self-inflicted wounds, so does a glimmer of hope.
January 2013 Book of the Month. One of the Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club selections. Set in WW2 with star-crossed lovers, espionage and exotic locations, Jasmine Nights is a captivating and enjoyable read from the award-winning author of East of the Sun. The author really brings the characters and locations evocatively to life and it's easy to get lost in the story. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Jasmine Nights a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Scroll down to read their reviews.
Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India's 1,000 other midnight's children, all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people-a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight's Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.
January 2013 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012. The lives of a disparate group of characters based on a street in London - Pepys Road. We dart quickly between their stories, building up portraits of each and leading us through the dramas of their mostly separate lives. It's easy to read, well researched, long and full of recognisable characters, some coming over as stereotypes, not "The Great London Novel" but certainly fun.
Insightful, International, Thought-provoking
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