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  • A Thousand Moons

    A Thousand Moons

    Sebastian Barry
    9780571333394
    Paperback
    320
    From the Costa Book of the Year-winning author of Days Without EndEven when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live…Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole.Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand. Told in Sebastian Barry’s rare and masterly prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman’s journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love.‘Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does.’ ALI SMITH
  • Shakespeare in a Divided America

    Shakespeare in a Divided America

    James Shapiro
    9780571338894
    Paperback
    320
    A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week‘Excellent.’ New Statesman‘Outstanding.’ Irish Times‘Enthralling.’ Guardian‘Shapiro at his best.’ Daily Telegraph From the author of 1599, a fresh perspective on the history of the United States – and a timely reminder of Shakespeare’s indelible influence.Shakespeare’s position as England’s national poet is unquestionable. But as James Shapiro illuminates in this revelatory new history, Shakespeare has long held an essential place in American culture too. Why, though, would a proudly independent republic embrace England’s greatest writer? Especially when his works enact so many of America’s darkest nightmares: interracial marriage, cross-dressing, same-sex love, tyranny and assassination? Shapiro leads us to fascinating answers and startling stories.
  • 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 wonderful writer on a magnificent singer.' ROBERT WYATT'The most vivid evocation of Bessie Smith I have ever read.' IAN CARR, BBC MUSIC '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'A passionate, personal, imaginative insight into Bessie’s art.' DAILY MAIL***BESSIE 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.
  • Lady in the Lake

    Lady in the Lake

    Laura Lippman
    9780571339457
    Paperback
    384
    Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn't hard to understand why: it's 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing. Maddie Schwartz - recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun - wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that's been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can’t imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.

Award-winning books

  • Girl

    Girl

    Edna O'Brien
    9780571341184
    Paperback
    240
    ** Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2020 **Longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for FictionShortlisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political FictionShortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2020A Times, Evening Standard and Financial Times Book of the YearI was a girl once, but not any more . . .A young woman, barely more than a girl herself, must learn to survive with a child of her own, in a world which seems entirely consumed by madness. As she navigates a landscape of terrors and trials, can she find a place of safety within a society blinkered by mistrust and denial? ‘Astonishing.’ New Statesman ‘Raw and transfixing.’ Observer ‘Miraculous . . . Extraordinary.’ Mail on Sunday ‘A masterpiece.’ Irish Independent ‘Mesmerising.’ Sunday Times ‘Devastating and moving.’ Daily Telegraph
  • 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 best debut novels I have ever read. Shockingly good ... A classic.' Max PorterThe 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*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.