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Books in the series: Fairlight Moderns

Milton in Purgatory

Milton in Purgatory

Author: Edward Vass Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Milton Pitt leads an uneventful life, with a dull job and a secret longing for adventure. One morning, after he is hit by a speeding car, he suffers an out-of-body experience and awakens back in his bedroom. Everything is just the same - that is, except for the bloody footprints leading to the chimney... Is this his chance to lead a better life? Was it just a dream? Or is he simply dead? In this richly inventive and humorous novella, Edward Vass brings the themes of Dante's Divine Comedy 700 years into the future.

The Nail House

The Nail House

Author: Gregory Baines Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Lindon, an Australian project manager with a failed marriage behind him, is lured to China with the promise of a lucrative salary. His task: to solve the problem of a `nail house', the home of a stubborn old man who refuses to relocate, even as the bulldozers move in and the skyscrapers grow around him. But as Lindon negotiates with the old man's family, he finds sense where there is none, and love where there is war.

The Therapist

The Therapist

Author: Nial Giacomelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

In this bittersweet and hauntingly surreal tale, a couple finds the distance between them mirrored in a strange epidemic sweeping the globe. Little by little, each victim becomes transparent, their heart beating behind a visible rib cage, an intricate network of nerves left hanging in mid-air. Finally, the victims disappear entirely, never to be seen again.

Minutes from the Miracle City

Minutes from the Miracle City

Author: Omar Sabbagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Hakim, a Pakistani taxi driver whizzing through the streets. Patrick, a Ugandan security guard with aspirations of becoming a writer. Farida, a Moroccan beautician hoping for a fresh start. Saeed, a respected Emirati journalist just back from London. Taking place across the last few days of Ramadan, 'Minutes from the Miracle City' is a unique retelling of the virtuoso project that is Dubai.

Atlantic Winds

Atlantic Winds

Author: William Prendiville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

It's 1970s Canada. The small island community of Bear Lake is awash with rumours of layoffs and wildcat strikes at the mill. But for young Tom, nothing is more important than hanging out with his best friend, Cormic, except perhaps catching a glimpse of Sasha Dovonovitch, the foreman's daughter. When a tragic accident occurs at the mill, the whole community unites - but in a small town, pointed fingers and hushed gossip can only stir further trouble...

There Are Things I Know

There Are Things I Know

Author: Karen B. Golightly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2018

Eight year old Pepper sees the world a little differently from most people. One day, during a school field trip, Pepper is kidnapped by a stranger and driven to rural Arkansas. The man, who calls himself 'Uncle Dan', claims that Pepper's mother has died and they are to live together from now on - but the boy isn't convinced. Pepper always found it hard to figure out when people are lying, but he's absolutely certain his mother is alive, and he's going to find her...

Travelling in the Dark

Travelling in the Dark

Author: Emma Timpany Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2018

In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, Sarah travels back to her home town with her young son. Delays and diversions take Sarah on an emotional journey as she's forced to return to well-known places echoing with painful memories from her youth. Set in the wild, beautiful and unreliable landscape of southern New Zealand, Emma Timpany's novella is an evocative story of a woman coming to terms with her past and forging a brighter future. 'A tour de force of imagery and emotion.' - Clio Gray, author of 'The Anatomist's Dream'

Inside the Bone Box

Inside the Bone Box

Author: Anthony Ferner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2018

Nicholas Anderton is a highly respected neurosurgeon at the top of his field. But behind the successful facade all is not well. Tormented by a toxic marriage and haunted by past mistakes, Anderton has been eating to forget. His wife, meanwhile, has turned to drink. There are sniggers behind closed doors - how can a surgeon be fat? When mistakes are made and his old adversary steps in to take advantage, Anderton knows things are coming to a head...