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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.
May 2010 Book of the Month. A kids’ social is moved from the youth centre to the local church for various reasons. The church goes up in flames and an autistic child leads most of the kids to safety. He is honoured as a hero …. then it looks as if he might have started the fire himself. This is powerful stuff that really holds tension right through. I loved it. Watch out for its sequel in August. Comparison: Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, Heather Gudenkauf.
From the opening pages you know that this is going to be a magical book. Beautifully written and intricately blending the story of a marriage with Chinese history and folklore makes this a debut not to be missed. Meekings is a published poet and this comes through in his lyrical prose. This is a really lovely book and fascinating for those with an interest in the East.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year 2010. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control – of riches and minds, and over death itself. As you step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge, you’ll feel transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.
June 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The fourth novel from Welsh author Trezza Azzopardi, The Song House combines lyricism with a compelling slowburner of a plot. When mousey Maggie takes on the job of cataloguing the music collection of local eccentric Kenneth Earl, a menacing connection from the past comes to the fore – and the story builds into an exhilarating climax.
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.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 20 May 2010. A dark and gripping story about friendships and old rivalries. The summer heat makes for an uncomfortable time both physically and mentally in this compelling tale.
May 2010 Debut of the Month. Set in a 1950’s Welsh village we follow a young, naïve Gwenni as she watches with fascination the goings on in her small village where everyone knows everyone else’s business. When there is a death in the village Gwenni turns detective with her keen eye for detail and general curiosity. A lovely novel of innocence and experience from an interesting new voice.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 3 June 2010. A collection of short stories based on the authors recollections of the village he grew up in. Charming and witty.
Longlisted 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. What begins as a light-hearted look at Alizia’s world, almost slightly mocking in tone, becomes a much deeper novel that reels you in and makes fall for her charm.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year 2010. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009. Already an internationally acclaimed bestseller The Slap is an unflinching interrogation of our lives today; of the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century, a deeply thought-provoking novel about boundaries and their limits... From a single act of violence – a slap from a man to a child that was not his own - but this one slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen. In his controversial, award-winning novel, Christos Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident as seen from eight very different perspectives. Quite brilliant. A message from John Boyne, the author of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas:`Once in a while a novel comes along that reminds me why I love to read: The Slap is such a book... Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium.'
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.
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2010.Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "A powerful story full of dynamic characters, crafted with panache and lyricism." Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year 2010. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 20 May 2010. May 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.The fifth book from the award-winning author of After You’d Gone is another delight, weaving together the stories of two women who have never met but whose destinies are linked by secrets, deception and love. Maggie’s skill is to draw the reader into her characters’ lives, while gradually revealing the relationship that binds them. A compelling portrait of motherhood. July 2010 Guest Editor Louise Candlish on Maggie O'Farrell... O’Farrell is an author I’ve come to quite late and have therefore read in the wrong order. This is her newest and most stylish; the writing is spun gold. I love the character of Lexie Sinclair: the way she approaches motherhood, the way she runs her career, the way she treats her men. It’s terribly sad, too, and made me cry.
Insightful, International, Thought-provoking
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