FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING ''Bittersweet ... dazzling'' Guardian ''Deeply pleasurable ... the ending made me cry'' The Times ''Told with a wealth of detail and narrative intensity'' Penelope Lively Violet is 38. The First World War took everything from her. Her brother, her fiance - and her future. She is now considered a ''surplus woman''. But Violet is also fiercely independent and determined. Escaping her suffocating mother, she moves to Winchester to start a new life -a change that will require courage, resilience and acts of quiet rebellion. And when whispers of another world war surface, she must live with a secret that could change everything...
From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin The Times Best Books for Summer 2020 Allergic to group activities of any kind, all her life Serenata has run, swum, and cycled - on her lonesome. But now that she''s hit 60, all that physical activity has destroyed her knees.As she contemplates surgery with dread, her previously sedentary husband Remington, recently and ignominiously redundant, chooses this precise moment to discover exercise. Which should be good for his health, right?Yet as he joins the cult of fitness that seems increasingly to consume the whole of the Western world, her once-modest husband burgeons into an unbearable narcissist. Ignoring all his other obligations in the service of extreme sport, he engages a saucy, taunting personal trainer named Bambi, who treats his wife with contempt. When Remington announces his intention to compete in a legendarily gruelling triathlon, MettleMan, Serenata is sure he''s going to end up injured or dead - but the stubbornness of an ageing man in Lycra is not to be underestimated. The story of an obsession, of a marriage, of a betrayal: The Motion of the Body Through Space is Lionel Shriver at her hilarious, sharp-eyed, audacious best.
Joanna Glen read Spanish at the University of London, and lost her heart to Andalusia whilst studying at the Faculty of Arts in Cordoba. She went on to become a teacher of English and Spanish, and a school principal.
Joanna''s debut novel, The Other Half of Augusta Hope, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Authors'' Club Best First Novel Award. She and her husband live in Brighton.
The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver ''Genius'' Stylist ''Phenomenal'' Observer ''Brilliant'' The Times In her first ever story collection, Lionel Shriver illuminates one of the modern age''s most enduring obsessions: property. A woman creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend; a thirty-something son refuses to leave home; a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. This landmark publication explores the idea of "property" in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. Immensely readable, it showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.
From the New York Times bestselling author of SEVENEVES ''One of the great novels of our time'' Wall Street Journal ''Wonderful'' Guardian ''Staggering'' New York Times ''Captivating'' Washington Post ''Cutting-edge'' Booklist ''Mind-blowing'' Slate What if we could live forever? What if we did? In Fall or, Dodge in Hell exists a world where we hold the keys to our own mortality, where the limits of survival no longer exist, and the potential to decide our fates lies in our corruptible hands. From one of the greatest speculative writers of our time comes an epic saga of life and death, power and technology, and a future that isn''t as far away as it seems...
''Brimming from start to finish with sly humour and gothic mischief...a brilliant piece of exuberant storytelling'' SARAH WATERS ''Atmospheric, sexy, creepy, full of lesbians and wasps, disturbing and funny and totally addictive'' KATE DAVIES, author of In At The Deep End ''It''s a terrible story and one way to tell it is this: two girls in love and a fog of wasps cursed the place forever after...'' 1902, Brookhants School for Girls: students Flo and Clara are madly in love with each other, as well as completely obsessed with The Story of Mary MacLane , the scandalous debut memoir by 19 year old MacLane. A few months later they are found dead in the woods, after a horrific wasp attack, the book lying next to their intertwined bodies. Within five years the school is closed. But not before three more people die on the property, each in a troubling way. Over a hundred years later, Brookhants opens its doors once more, when a crew of young actresses arrive to film a high-profile movie about the rumoured Brookhants curse. And as past and present become grimly entangled, it''s soon impossible to tell quite where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins... For fans of Sarah Waters, Curtis Sittenfeld and Shirley Jackson, Plain Bad Heroines is by turns sharply witty and deeply unsettling: a modern gothic novel that is utterly immersive and hugely compelling. ''Buzzing with wickedness...sly, wry and dangerous to know'' Rosie Garland ''Ingenious, jaw-dropping...a queer roar and it''s terrifying and it''s a goddamned triumph'' Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World ''Wears its brilliance lightly...it''s dark, sweet, and addictive. Simply one of the best books I''ve read in the last decade'' Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman ''A hot amalgamation of gothic horror and Hollywood satire, it''s draped with depth but bursting with life'' Washington Post ''A deviously delicious cake'' O,THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
''Fizzing with life, this is hilarious, poignant and so sharp and thought-provoking I kept forgetting it was a debut... Extraordinarily excellent '' Daily Mail '' A perfect staycation read '' Guardian ''A completely addictive read that is laugh-out-loud funny .'' ***** Heat Magazine Meet Yola Palacios. Having escaped crumbling, socialist Venezuela, Yola and her family are settling into their peaceful new life in Trinidad. But when her beloved Aunt Celia dies, the family once again find their lives turned upside down. For Celia had been keeping a very big secret - the Palacios are seriously in debt to a local criminal called Ugly, and without the funds to pay him off, they must dohis bidding until the debt is cleared. So far, so ugly. In the midst of the turmoil appears Roman - Ugly''s distractingly gorgeous right-hand man. And although she knows it''s foolish, not to mention dangerous, Yola just can''t help but give in to the attraction. Could this wildly inappropriate (and very messy) romance be the perfect antidote? Told with wry humour and irresistible wit, ONE YEAR OF UGLY is devastatingly funny, blisteringly fresh story of family, first love, and finding home.
The Times Best Books for Summer 2020 THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY. AND THEN THERE''S THE TRUTH. Gabriela, a senior negotiator in the FCO''s counter-terrorism unit, runs a small and powerful team based in Whitehall. She is tenacious, hard-working and the family breadwinner. Her partner Tom - a freelance architect - looks after their two small children. When Gabriela returns from a seven-month stint in Moscow, something doesn''t seem right. Isobel is a journalist working for the local paper in Camden. Walking home from a party one night, she witnesses a horrific attack. But someone has seen her, and is making themselves known in increasingly frightening ways. As Isobel starts to investigate, she uncovers a dark network of human trafficking and exploitation. While Gabriela''s life begins to unravel, Isobel gets closer to the story. With one desperate to uncover the truth, and the other determined to hide it, the two women''s lives converge. Compulsive and compelling A Double Life is a beautifully written and deeply chilling examination of deceit.
''A glorious celebration of queer friendship and all kinds of love. Funny, outrageous, heartbreaking and so much fun.'' KATE DAVIES 1921: a boy, a girl, a moonlit midnight kiss. A terrible, repulsive kiss. Bettina and Bart have grown up as best friends, so surely they will end up together? After all, Bettina is young, rich, headstrong.... and gay. Bart is young, rich, charismatic... and also, definitely, gay. Any doubts are dispelled by, in short order: that ghastly kiss; a torrid encounter for Bettina in the school boiler-rooms; and an eye-opening Parisian visit for Bart. Society will never stand for it. What else can they do but enter into a ''lavender marriage'' and carry on indulging their true natures in secret? As the ''20s and ''30s whizz past in a haze of cigarettes, champagne and casual sex, Bart and Bettina have no idea that they are hurtling, via Hollywood and Egypt, Paris and London, towards tragedy and bloodshed...
The new novel from the bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe , Trent Dalton Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger''s daughter, turns once again to the sky for guidance. She carries a stone heart inside a duffel bag next to the map that leads to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. Run, Molly, run, says the daytime sky. Run to the vine forests. Run to northern Australia''s wild and magical monsoon lands. Run to friendship. Run to love. Run. Because the graverobber''s coming, Molly, and the night-time sky is coming with him. So run, Molly, run. All Our Shimmering Skies is a story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves. It is an odyssey of true love and grave danger, of darkness and light, of bones and blue skies; a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel abrim with warmth, wit and wonder; and a love letter to Australia and the art of looking up.
Whilst it''s impossible to capture the essence of Nigeria in one story, its writers have given readers the opportunity to experience the many different parts that make up Africa''s most populous nation.
In OF THIS OUR COUNTRY , acclaimed and award-winning Nigerian writers go a step further, and describe their Nigeria, sharing personal essays about a country that holds so much more than any one perspective could. Through the words of these writers, a living portrait of Nigeria is woven, one that is as beautiful as it is complex.
With essays from: Ayobami Adebayo Yomi Adegoke Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ike Anya Sefi Atta Bolu Babalola J K Chukwu Abi Dare Inua Ellams Caleb Femi Helon Habila Abubakar Adam Ibrahim Okey Ndibe Chigozie Obioma Irenosen Okojie Lola Shoneyin Umar Turaki Chika Unigwe Hafsa Zayyan
''The Cassandra of American letters.''-New York Times When her father dies, Kay Wilkinson can''t cry. Over ten years, Alzheimer''s had steadily eroded this erudite man. Surely one''s own father passing should never come as such a relief?
Both healthy and vital medical professionals in their early fifties, Kay and her husband Cyril have seen too many of their elderly NHS patients in similar states of decay. Determined to die with dignity, Cyril makes a modest proposal: they should agree to commit suicide together once they''ve both turned eighty.When their deal is sealed in 1991, the spouses are blithely looking forward to another three decades together.
But then they turn eighty.
By turns hilarious and touching, playful and grave, Should We Stay or Should We Go portrays twelve parallel universes, each exploring a possible future for Kay and Cyril, from a purgatorial Cuckoo''s-Nest-style retirement home to the discovery of a cure for ageing, from cryogenic preservation to the unexpected pleasures of dementia.
Weaving in a host of contemporary issues - Brexit, mass migration, the coronavirus - Lionel Shriver has pulled off a rollicking page-turner in which we never have to mourn deceased characters, because they''ll be alive and kicking in the very next chapter.
''An antiheroine able to best villainous male protagonists such as Patrick Bateman any day'' OBSERVER ''Chilling, but also laugh out loud funny. Another corker of a debut'' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ''Deliciously addictive...brilliantly executed'' i PAPER Cosmopolitan and Grazia ''s best books of 2021 Kill my family Make a claim on their fortune Get away with the above Adopt a dog Meet Grace Bernard. Daughter, sister, colleague, friend, serial killer... Grace has lost everything. And now she wants revenge. How to Kill Your Family is a fierce and addictive novel about class, family, love... and murder. ------------------------ ''I''ve struggled to recover my reading mojo since lockdown. This turned out to be the thing that sparked it back to life... Funny, sharp, dark and twisted, Grace is a character I found myself rooting for even as she committed the most vile misdeeds'' JOJO MOYES ''Funny and furious and strangely uplifting. Grace is a bitter and beguiling anti-hero with a keen eye for social analysis - even in her most grisly deeds, you never stop rooting for her'' PANDORA SYKES ''Addictive... Grace Bernard is one of the most intriguing and bewitching protagonists I''ve read in years'' EMMA GANNON ''A funny, compulsive read about family dysfuction and the media''s obsession with murder'' SUNDAY TIMES STYLE ''You''ll be gripped... Grace''s emotional detachment throughout will give you chills'' Rated 5 stars by COSMOPOLITAN ''Hilarious and dark'' ELLE ''Ironic twists and caustic commentary on everything from liberal guilt to the consumerist con that is ''selfcare'' sharpen this debut novel'' OBSERVER Brilliantly tongue-in-cheek stuff from the Vogue columnist'' IRISH INDEPENDENT ''Witty, waspish satire of a murderer with no regrets'' GRAZIA ''Original, funny, unique and such a refreshing read'' PRIMA ''A deliciously dark debut novel'' RED ''One very entertaining read'' WOMAN''S WAY Jog On was number 2 in the Sunday Times hardback chart on 20/01/19
Neal Stephenson is the author of Seveneves, Reamde, Anathem ; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle ( Quicksilver, The Confusion , and The System of the World ); Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Zodiac and the iconic Snow Crash , named one of Time magazine''s top one hundred all-time best English-language novels. He lives in Seattle, Washington.