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Discover authors who are winners of, or have been in contention for, some of the most prestigious awards. By their very presence on this page, you can be sure that each of the books featured here is the 'crème-de-la-crème' of today's literature.
For eight-year-old Ajay Mishra and his older brother Birju, family life in Delhi in the late 1970s follows a comfortable, predictable routine: bathing on the roof, queuing for milk, playing day-long games of cricket in the street. Everything changes when their father finds a job in America - a land of carpets and elevators, swimsuits and hot water - and the Mishras, envy of their neighbourhood back home, become the latest unknowns in the vast expanse of New York. Life in America is extraordinary, and as snows and summers come and go the brothers adjust to their exciting new world of prosperity, girls and 24-hour TV. But then comes the hot, sultry day when everything falls apart: tragedy turns the Mishras' American dream into a living nightmare and young Ajay finds himself lost and virtually orphaned in a land that is not his own.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. My name be Ice Cream Fifteen Star and this be the tale of how I bring the cure to all the Nighted States, save every poory children, short for life. Is how a city die for selfish love, and rise from this same smallness. Be how the new America begin, in wars against all hope - a country with no power in a world that hate its life. So been the faith I sworn, and it ain't evils in no world nor cruelties in no red hell can change the vally heart of Ice Cream Star. In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children - by the time they reach twenty, each of them will die from a disease they call posies. When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure, led by a stranger whose intentions remain unclear. It's a quest that will lead her to love and heartbreak, to captivity and to a nation's throne, and ultimately into a war that threatens to doom everyone she loves.
In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the eighteen months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact. Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity and impotence are all examined and brought to light. Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an 'adventure of being and dying'. This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love and language.
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. April 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Quite simply breathtaking, it’s all too easy to become consumed by this beautifully written, vibrantly different and darkly rich fantasy. Spend 1935 with Delphine who is 12, as she hides in history, in war and battles, seeks out Mr Garforth the Head Gamekeeper and spends her time in hidden tunnels, woods and fields… away from Mother, Daddy and the confusion and mystery of the Society at Alderberen Hall. The author has the wonderful ability to paint a vividly full picture, it almost feels as though you’ve already seen the places he is describing and you’re welcoming them back into your minds eye. There are whispers and hints of what is to come, the writing pops and crackles in your head and heart, is this truth or is it imagination? Being unexpectedly invited into the inner thoughts of some of the characters pushes your thinking to scramble one way and then the other. As you reach the foothills of the ending, take a deep breath and look out, up and beyond; with the ability to keep you teetering on the edge of understanding, this is a stunning and beautifully moving debut novel. ~ Liz Robinson
The close-knit villages of the Dearne Valley were home to four generations of the Hollingworth family. Spanning Richard Benson's great-grandmother Winnie's ninety-two years in the valley, and drawing on years of historical research, interviews and anecdotes, The Valley lets us into generations of carousing and banter as the family's attempts to build a better and fairer world for themselves meet sometimes with triumph, sometimes with bitter defeat. Against a backdrop of underground explosions, strikes and pit closures, these are unflinching, deeply personal stories of battles between the sexes in a man's world sustained by strong women; of growing up, and the power of love and imagination to transform lives.
April 2015 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2016. Rachel has been studying wolves in Idaho but gets seduced back to England when a wealthy earl and politician approaches her to help him reintroduce the grey wolf into a fenced off area of fells in the Lake District. Rachel also reintroduces herself to her estranged mother and half-brother. This is part family drama, part wonderful description of wolves, their behaviour and their reproduction (four cubs!), set against Rachel’s pregnancy (a one-night stand), the birth of baby Charlie and the subsequent disruption to her life. The tale becomes perhaps a tad too domestic until the wolves escape. Written in the present tense against the backdrop of the Scottish referendum, this is a well-drawn tale with some fine character studies, both animal and human, and a great feel for the countryside.
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese Pow camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth. One of our Books of the Year 2014.
Havana in the 1850s is a city as dangerous as it is exotic. The murder of a humble night watchman at the British Consulate seems to worry neither the Consul nor the police. But one person cared for the old man. The enigmatic courtesan Leonarda will not rest until she understands the mystery of his death. In wintry England, George Backhouse is plucked from obscurity in the Foreign Office and given an unexpected promotion. His task: to travel to Cuba and take a stand against the illegal slave trade still flourishing there. But Havana is a tinderbox of intrigue. As the great powers of the region conspire against each other with increasing ruthlessness for control of the island, Backhouse comes to see that the most innocent of actions could spark a devastating war. To protect their interests, the powers-that-be in Whitehall are prepared to turn a blind eye to many things. Leonarda will not. But what of George Backhouse?
A superb family drama, full of secrets and betrayals, love and resentment. Two sisters return to the house of their grandmother, following her death, and while sorting out the family affairs the uncover secrets long held buried. A really absorbing read and an author to definitely keep an eye on. Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010. July 2010 Debut of the Month. Voted the public's favourite TV Book Club Summer Read 2010. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 11 July 2010. August 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. July 2010 Editor's Choice. Dear ReaderYou hold in your hands an extraordinary debut novel. The Legacy is a sweeping, multi-generational drama that moves from turn-of-the-century America to present day England. It immediately reminded me of one of my favourite novels: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.Katherine's novel is a hauntingly beautiful, deeply satisfying read, exploring themes of individual and collective identity, of loss and of atonement. Most of all, it is a novel about two women from two different generations; the truths they hide, the lies they live, the secrets they uncover and the hidden ties that bind them.I simply cannot wait to publish this absorbing ad unforgettable read. I hope you enjoy it. Sara O'KeeffeSenior Commissioning Editor, Orion Books
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Dead Lions, Herron's second Slough House spy thriller was, justly rewarded with the CWA Gold Dagger and his new novel walks in the shadow of its murky, ironic world where spies are decidely human and fallible. An ex-agent on the skids returns to the UK following the unexplained death of his son from a balcony fall under influence to uncover the truth, only to discover he is being manipulated by rogue elements in the secret service for reasons he cannot initially fathom. Every character leaps out of the page, quirks a-plenty and vivid as the inexorable investigation runs down the back alleys and no way streets of a highly familiar London until a modicum of truth merges that raises yet more painful questions. Herron's plotting is impeccable and the way he paints his world of shadows and betrayals proves a lesson in thriller writing. Much more than just a revenge tale. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. The Shore. A collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean that has been home to generations of fierce and resilient women. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it's a place they've inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years. From a brave girl's determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, to a lesson in summoning storm clouds to help end a drought, these women struggle against domestic violence, savage wilderness, and the corrosive effects of poverty and addiction to secure a sense of well-being for themselves and for those they love.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. At birth, Nouschka forms a bond with her twin that can never be broken. At six, she's the child star daughter of Quebec's most famous musician. At sixteen, she's a high-school dropout kicking up with her beloved brother. At nineteen, she's the Beauty Queen of Boulevard Saint-Laurent. At twenty, she's back in night school. And falling for an ex-convict. And it's all being filmed by a documentary crew.
Keep Tabs on the Winners
From the huge and prestigious literary awards like the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the Women's Prize for Fiction, the British Book Awards (Nibbies) and the Costa Awards, to those for specific genres like the Women's Prize for New Writers, the Hugo Awards and the Nebula Awards (Fantasy and Science Fiction) and the Crime Writers Association Dagger Awards we’ll cover the whole range.
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Philip K. Dick Award (FSF) Hawthornden Prize (Imaginative Literature) National Book Awards (USA) Hugo Awards (SF) Bram Stoker Awards (Horror) Dagger Awards (Crime Fiction) The Women's Prize for New Writers