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  • Your House Will Pay

    Your House Will Pay

    Steph Cha
    9780571348213
    Paperback
    320
    Two families.One desperate to remember, the other to forget.Will the truth burn them both?'A writer with something to say.' MICHAEL CONNELLY'Fresh, thoughtful, thrilling.' IAN RANKINGrace Park and Shawn Mathews share a city – Los Angeles - but seemingly little else. Coming from different generations and very different communities, their paths wouldn’t normally cross at all. As Grace battles confusion over her elder sister’s estrangement from their Korean-immigrant parents, Shawn tries to help his cousin Ray readjust to city life after years spent in prison.But something in their past links these two families. As the city around them threatens to erupt into violence, echoing the worst days of the early 1990s, the lives of Grace and Shawn are set to collide in ways which will change them all forever. Beautifully written, and marked by its aching humanity as much as its growing sense of dread, Your House Will Pay is a powerful and urgent novel for today.
  • Meaty

    Meaty

    Samantha Irby
    9780571349838
    Paperback
    272
    ONE OF STYLIST'S BEST NEW BOOKS FOR 2020‘This is an unforgettable book.' Roxane Gay Meditations on the terror of love; tips for getting your disgusting meat carcass ready for some new, hot sex; a frank self-evaluation upon the occasion of one’s 30th birthday; and, finally, the answer to the question on everyone’s minds: Would dying alone really be so terrible? Blogger and comedian Samantha Irby covers it all with wit and honesty – and serves it with a side of Instagram frittata.
  • Sex and Lies

    Sex and Lies

    Leïla Slimani
    9780571355037
    Paperback
    176
    The first work of non-fiction in English from the prize-winning and internationally bestselling author of Lullaby and Adèle, translated by Sophie Lewis. In these essays, Leila Slimani gives voice to young Moroccan women who are grappling with a conservative Arab culture that at once condemns and commodifies sex. In a country where the law punishes and outlaws all forms of sex outside marriage, as well as homosexuality and prostitution, women have only two options for their sexual identities: virgin or wife. Sex and Lies is an essential confrontation with Morocco's intimate demons and a vibrant appeal for the universal freedom to be, to love and to desire.
  • Before She Knew Him

    Before She Knew Him

    Peter Swanson
    9780571340675
    Paperback
    400
    A Sunday Times and Observer Thriller of the Month‘Deliciously good . . . Swanson’s best thriller yet.’ Observer ‘Gripping, twisty . . . I could not put it down.’ Alafair BurkeWhen Hen and Lloyd move into their new house, they’re relieved to meet another childless couple in their neighbourhood, Matthew and Mira.But when they’re invited over for dinner, Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew’s study. Could this mild-mannered schoolteacher really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen might know about? And even if she’s right, who would believe her?

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  • Flèche

    Flèche

    Mary Jean Chan
    9780571348046
    Paperback
    88
    POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATIONFlèche (the French word for ‘arrow’) is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan’s young adult years, when she competed locally and internationally for her home city, Hong Kong. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable (‘flesh’) and weaponised (‘flèche’), and evokes the difficulties of reconciling one’s need for safety alongside the desire to shed one’s protective armour in order to fully embrace the world.Central to the collection is the figure of the poet’s mother, whose fragmented memories of political turmoil in twentieth-century China are sensitively threaded through the book in an eight-part poetic sequence, combined with recollections from Chan’s childhood. As complex themes of multilingualism, queerness, psychoanalysis and cultural history emerge, so too does a richly imagined personal, maternal and national biography. The result is a series of poems that feel urgent and true, dazzling and devastating by turns.
  • Girl

    Girl

    Edna O'Brien
    9780571341160
    Paperback
    240
    The Sunday Times bestseller: Girl is the new novel by the legendary Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls (dramatised on BBC Radio 4 in August 2019).Captured, abducted and married into Boko Haram, the narrator of this story witnesses and suffers the horrors of a community of men governed by a brutal code of violence. Barely more than a girl herself, she must soon learn how to survive as a woman with a child of her own. Just as the world around her seems entirely consumed by madness, bound for hell, she is offered an escape of sorts – but only into another landscape of trials and terrors amidst the unforgiving wilds of northeastern Nigeria, through the forest and beyond; a place where her traumas are met with the blinkered judgement of a society in denial. How do we love in a world that has lost its moorings? How can we comprehend the barbarism of our enemies, and learn forgiveness for atrocities committed in the name of ideology? Edna O’Brien’s new novel pierces to the heart of these questions: and the result is her masterpiece.
  • For The Good Times

    For The Good Times

    David Keenan
    9780571340521
    Paperback
    368
    WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019From the author of This Is Memorial Device.‘A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.’ i Independent‘An exhilarating novel, burning with rage, danger and dark humour.’ Literary Review‘Remarkable . . . demented brilliance.’ Scotland on SundayBelfast, 1970s: Sammy and his three friends live in an impoverished area of the city that has become the epicentre of a country seemingly intent on cannibalising itself. They love sharp clothes, a good drink, and the songs of Perry Como, whose commitment to clean living holds up a dissonant mirror to their own attempts to rise above their circumstances. They dream of a Free State, and their methods for achieving this are uncompromising. But For the Good Times is not just a novel about the IRA. It is about the heartbreak and devastation that commitment to ‘the cause’ can bring; of violence and betrayal, breakdown and rebirth.
  • Days Without End

    Days Without End

    Sebastian Barry
    9780571340224
    Paperback
    320
    Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the YearWinner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2017Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017'Pitch perfect, the outstanding novel of the Year.' ObserverAfter signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Then when a young Indian girl crosses their path, the possibility of lasting happiness seems within reach, if only they can survive.