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  • Nervous Conditions

    Nervous Conditions

    Tsitsi Dangarembga
    9780571368129
    Paperback
    304
    FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF THIS MOURNABLE BODY, ONE OF THE BBC'S 100 WOMEN FOR 2020 'UNFORGETTABLE' Alice Walker 'THIS IS THE BOOK WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR' Doris Lessing 'A UNIQUE AND VALUABLE BOOK.' Booklist 'AN ABSORBING PAGE-TURNER' Bloomsbury Review 'A MASTERPIECE' Madeleine Thien 'ARRESTING' Kwame Anthony Appiah Two decades before Zimbabwe would win independence and ended white minority rule, thirteen-year-old Tambudzai Sigauke embarks on her education. On her shoulders rest the economic hopes of her parents, siblings, and extended family, and within her burns the desire for independence. A timeless coming-of-age tale, and a powerful exploration of cultural imperialism, Nervous Conditions charts Tambu's journey to personhood in a nation that is also emerging. 'With its searing observations, devastating exploration of the state of “not being”, wicked humour and astonishing immersion into the mind of a young woman growing up and growing old before her time, the novel is a masterpiece.' Madelein Thien
  • The Rapture

    The Rapture

    Claire McGlasson
    9780571345199
    Paperback
    368
    ‘Poignant' Sunday Times‘Gripping.' Metro‘Fascinating.’ The Times‘Enrapturing.' Red MagazineMiss Dilys Barltrop is a devoted member of The Panacea Society, a cult populated almost entirely by virtuous single women.When she strikes up a friendship with Grace – a new recruit – God finally seems to be smiling upon her. But Dilys is wary of her leader’s zealotry, and fearful of those who watch her every move, hoping for a sign of the deep and terrible failings she struggles to keep hidden. Faith is supplanted by doubt, and as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real, Dilys will have to learn the true cost of absolute devotion...
  • Thinking Again

    Thinking Again

    Jan Morris
    9780571357666
    Paperback
    224
    Necrophilia is not one of my failings, but I do like graveyards and memorial stones and such...Following the publication In My Mind's Eye, her acclaimed first volume of diaries, a Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2018, Jan Morris continued to write her daily musings. From her home in the North West of Wales, the author of classics such as Venice and Trieste cast her eye over modern life in all its stupidity and glory.From her daily thousand paces to the ongoing troubles of Brexit, from her enduring love for America to the wonders of the natural world, and from the vagaries and ailments of old age to the beauty of youth, she once again displays her determined belief in embracing life and creativity - all kindness and marmalade.
  • Bessie Smith

    Bessie Smith

    Jackie Kay
    9780571362929
    Paperback
    224
    A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEKBessie Smith: singer, icon, pioneer. Scotland's National Poet Jackie Kay brings to life the tempestuous story of the greatest blues singer who ever lived. 'A gem of a book . . . beautiful.' BERNARDINE EVARISTO'A wonderful writer on a magnificent singer.' ROBERT WYATT'Kay’s book is the amplifier that Smith’s voice deserves.' SUNDAY TIMES'The most vivid evocation of Bessie Smith I have ever read.' IAN CARR, BBC MUSICBESSIE SMITH was born in Tennessee in 1894. Orphaned by the age of nine, she sang on street corners before becoming a big name in travelling shows. In 1923 she made her first recording for a new start-up called Columbia Records. It sold 780,000 copies and made her a star. Smith’s life was notoriously difficult: she drank pints of ‘bathtub gin’, got into violent fist fights, spent huge sums of money and had passionate love affairs with men and women. She once single-handedly fought off a cohort of the Ku Klux Klan.As a young black girl growing up in Glasgow, Jackie Kay found in Bessie someone with whom she could identify and who she could idolise. In this remarkable book Kay mixes biography, fiction, poetry and prose to create an enthralling account of an extraordinary life. 'Biographies don’t usually bring the subject to life again. This one did. I finished the book then started it again immediately.' PEGGY SEEGER'What a life! What gulpable storytelling! Exactly the kind of writing about music we need: personal, ardent, playfully confrontational, questioning, undogmatic. A love song to a complicated idol.'KATE MOLLESON'Pure joy: one trailblazing woman pays tribute to another. Jackie Kay finds the music in the short, dazzling, capricious life of Bessie Smith.'HELEN LEWIS

Award-winning books

  • Mayflies

    Mayflies

    Andrew O'Hagan
    9780571273683
    Paperback
    288
    Winner of the Christopher Isherwood Prize*** 'Mayflies is one of those novels to press into the hands of friends... I adored this book.' Carol Ann Duffy ***'A beautiful ode to lost youth and male friendship written by one of our sharpest observers of modern masculinity.' Douglas Stuart'A life-enhancing novel… It will stay with you and you will want to read it again.' Alan Massie, Scotsman'A joyful, warm and heart-filling tribute to the million-petalled flower of male friendship.' John Self, The TimesA heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship.Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has news.Mayflies is a memorial to youth’s euphorias and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.
  • Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

    Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

    Natasha Farrant
    9780571348763
    Paperback
    368
    WINNER – COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDTHE TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEARThe second sensational middle-grade standalone that follows an epic voyage from England to France in the aftermath of WW1, from the bestselling author of The Children of Castle Rock.In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and is now missing. Lotti’s horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away to boarding-school (when she has just so successfully managed to get expelled from her last one!). And Clara, their young teacher, is waiting for news of her missing fiancé . . .Just as they think they’ve found their feet in the new order, disaster strikes, and Lotti and Ben must get away. And so they hatch a plan – to cross the Channel on Ben’s narrowboat and find Sam. And there's something in France that Lotti is looking for, too . . . Buffeted by storms, chased by the police, Lotti, Ben, Clara and a growing number of dogs set out on an epic journey, on the search for lost loved ones and a place to call home.'One of the most compelling, joyous, tearjerking and delightful reads of the year.' The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week'Empowering, rollicking, wistful and joyful.' Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War'Magnificent odyssey . . . a rich and rewarding read . . . it deserves prizes.' New Statesman'A wonderful adventure.' Piers Torday, author of The Frozen Sea'Fast-paced and fascinating.' BookTrust‘Compelling.’ The Scotsman‘Wonderful.’ The Week Junior‘Impossible to put down.’ LoveReading4Kids‘Exciting adventure.’ Just Imagine‘Highly recommended.’ Books for Keeps
  • The Discomfort of Evening

    The Discomfort of Evening

    Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
    9780571349371
    Paperback
    288
    *WINNER OF THE BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2020**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S BEST BOOKS OF 2020**A NYT CRITICS’ TOP BOOK OF 2020*'One of the best debut novels I have ever read. Shockingly good ... A classic.' Max Porter'Haunting . . . reminded me a lot of Iain Bank. It's incredible that it's a debut.' Douglas StuartThe sensational Dutch bestseller:'Exceptional' (Financial Times)'Exhilarating' (Independent)'Luminous' (Observer)'Beautifully wild' (Guardian)'An earthy and irreverent new voice, thrillingly uninhibited' (New York Times)I asked God if he please couldn’t take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit. ‘Amen.’ Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe: the feeling of udder ointment on her skin as protection against harsh winters; the texture of green warts, like capers, on migrating toads; the sound of 'blush words' that aren't in the Bible. But when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies – unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all.A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's radical debut novel is studded with images of wild, violent beauty: a world of language unlike any other, exquisitely captured in Michele Hutchison's translation.'THE MOST TALKED ABOUT DEBUT NOVEL OF 2020 ALREADY' [Dazed & Confused]ONE OF VOGUE'S TOP FIVE DEBUTS OF 2020ONE OF THE OBSERVER'S HIGHLIGHTS OF 2020ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S TOP TEN BEST NEW BOOKS IN TRANSLATION
  • Love After Love

    Love After Love

    Ingrid Persaud
    9780571356225
    Paperback
    416
    *WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2020**LONGLISTED FOR THE OCM BOCAS PRIZE*AS SEEN ON BBC'S BETWEEN THE COVERSONE OF STYLIST'S BEST NEW BOOKS FOR 2020'A beautiful book. I adored it.' RICHARD OSMAN'Full of wit and soul.' TRACY CHEVALIER'Unforgettable' MARLON JAMES'It made me ugly cry' JESSIE BURTON'Glorious' RACHEL JOYCE'Spellbinding' ANDRÉ ACIMANMeet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love.Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household. Happy in their differences, they build a home together. Home: the place keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world – until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart. Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.