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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.
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on Beloved... Probably the most powerful book I’ve ever read. Morrison gives us a searing indictment of slavery and racism in a beautifully written and harrowing story about a woman and her children haunted by a child ghost in the aftermath of the American civil war. This was one of those novels that made me desperate to try to write myself. A 2011 World Book Night selection. Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selection for this title is: Alice Walker.
This is an unabridged audiobook title. This is a brilliant book: disturbing, amusing, thought-provoking, playful, real, unreal. All the usual Faulks intelligence and enjoyment of language is here. Yet Engleby is different from his other books. This time, you get the feeling Faulks has let you into his own life: school, university, Notting Hill, journalism (the interviews with Jeffrey Archer and Ken Livingstone just can’t have been made up). There is a catharsis here – and, despite the disturbances in Mike Engleby’s brain, you can feel Faulks really enjoying his writing, making this book perhaps more approachable than some of his other subjects. This is an Unabridged audiobook title, which includes every word that you would otherwise find in the printed edition. Don’t forget, if the story was meant to be shorter the author would have written less! Click here to take a peek at our selection of Unabridged audiobooks. You might be interested to know the abridged audiobook version runs to only 49% of the full length.
A charming, gentle tale about the discovery of a note in a second hand novel. The note is a quote from T S Elliot’s The Wasteland and reads like a threat. On finding the note Hugh Mullion’s curiosity is sparked and so starts a sequence of events that will unravel secrets that have long been kept hidden. With likeable characters and a fast moving plot you will be swept along in Hugh’s quest to find out the meaning of the note and who it was intended for. Click here to see the new book by Christopher Bowden, The Green Door.
The third in this series of paganism, folklore and magical happenings will not disappoint fans of the first two novels. These need to be read in order so don’t skip the first two in the Stonewylde series. The Stonewylde series:- 1) Magus of Stonewylde 2) Moondance of Stonewylde 3/ Solstice at Stonewylde
Winner of the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.The obvious connection here is between the boys who murdered Jamie Bulger and it is a fascinating topic to cover. How does a child reconcile himself to things he's done in the past and the opportunity's he is now given in a world he has been kept away from for so long? It is a thought provoking book dealing with the highly emotive topic of children killing children now made in to a Channel 4 film.
A thought provoking and moving story exploring the relationships between fathers and their children. Marion Husband creates accessible characters and captivates the reader with her writing style. She keeps getting better with each successive novel.
October 2007 Book of the Month.Alice Sebold’s second novel is as moving and beautifully written as her first, The Lovely Bones. She takes some very sad and disturbing subject matter and writes about it in a way that completely captivates the reader. This is a story of mental illness and how difficult relationships can be under these circumstances, torn between love and hate, devotion and resentment. An engrossing novel, movingly told.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2006.Costa Book Awards 2006 Judges' comment: "Cloth Girl is remarkably self-assured for a first novel. It brings the gold coast of Africa and the pre-War colonial world to life; it is warm, vibrant and moving."
This is the complete and unabridged original text from J M Barrie, complete with a stunning new cover and black and white chapter heads, the perfect companion to its sequel by Geraldine McCaughrean, Peter Pan in Scarlet. Together, they are books to treasure forever.
October 2007 Debut of the Month.Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, this is a delight. Set on Africa’s Gold Coast in the 1940s during the ten years leading up to Independence, it centres on two very different women, one black, one white, and their different views, particularly about what Africa means to each. It’s warm, passionate, eventful stuff, full of the politics of the period, the cruelty of Africa, the ignorance of the colonials and the exhilaration of a fascinating period. A lovely, lovely read.Comparison: Jojo Moyes, Amitav Ghosh, Rani Manicker.
The fascinating true story of two German scientists – Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Grauss - and their quest to discover facts about the world that we take for granted today. The two eccentrics are completely different characters from completely different backgrounds with completely different working styles – but they are brought together by their common yearning for truth and knowledge. Grauss, the great mathematician, born in poverty, is reluctant to get out of bed, let alone leave home (despite the company of his own family who he despises). The aristocratic von Humboldt, the naturalist and explorer, is an emotional loner who travels the world with relentless energy and missionary zeal. Yet this book brings them together forever. If you enjoyed A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, you will enjoy completing your learning curve by reading this book.
At last a sequel to one of the most endearing classics of all time. The author chosen to undertake this literary feat is not a household name but she is, a supremely talented storyteller and a winner of virtually every book award. The quality of her writing is breath-taking and she quickly transports you into the world of Neverland that you will remember from Peter Pan, whilst at the same time introduces you to some wonderful new characters, who together with Pan, with Wendy and the lost boys undertake some joyous, magical and fantastical adventures. Parent and child will enjoy it with equal enthusiasm but if you haven’t read Peter Pan for a while then why not read that first. We’re offering free copies of Peter Pan to everyone who orders Peter Pan in Scarlet.
Insightful, International, Thought-provoking
Literary fiction is a bit of a “catch-all” phrase. Some call it “Serious Fiction” but we prefer to think of it as all of the greatest stories ever told, all in one place. This is where you will find literary classics from literary masters past and present.
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