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  • The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath
    Last 3 in stock
    9780571081783
    Paperback
    240
    When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath's own life and descent into mental illness, and has become a modern classic. The Bell Jar has been celebrated for its darkly funny and razor sharp portrait of 1950s society and has sold millions of copies worldwide.
  • Normal People

    Normal People

    Sally Rooney
    9780571334650
    Paperback
    288
    THE BBC ADAPTATION OF NORMAL PEOPLE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON BBC IPLAYER AND BBC 1OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLDTHE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES AND TOP FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEARWINNER OF NOVEL OF THE YEAR AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDSWINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEARLONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation – awkward but electrifying – something life-changing begins. Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can’t.'The literary phenomenon of the decade.' – GuardianSHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE PRIZE 2019LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019
  • Wow, No Thank You.

    Wow, No Thank You.

    Samantha Irby
    9780571359264
    Paperback
    336
    THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Irby might be our great bard of quarantine.' New York Times'SO funny. Samantha Irby makes staying in feel like like a luxury, and reminds you that going out is actually quite annoying. I laughed out loud so much reading this -- I honestly couldn't be more in awe of her.' Sara PascoeStaring down the barrel of her fortieth year, Samantha Irby is confronting the ways her life has changed since the days she could work a full 11 hour shift on 4 hours of sleep, change her shoes and put mascara on in the back of a moving cab and go from drinks to dinner to the club without a second thought. Recently, things are more 'Girls Gone Mild.' In Wow, No Thank You Irby discusses the actual nightmare of living in a rural idyll, weighs in on body negativity (loving yourself is a full-time job with shitty benefits) and poses the essential question: Sure sex is fun but have you ever googled a popular meme?'Samantha Irby is the king of sparkling misanthropy and tender, loving dread.' Jia Tolentino'A laugh. A fart. A snort. Or some combination thereof. Be prepared to totally lose control of the noises that come out of your body while reading the latest essay collection from humor writer Samantha Irby.' Bustle'The only writer who can make me laugh with abandon in public... Her signature irreverence is intact, of course, but it can't mask the heart she leaves bleeding on the page.' Elle'Samantha Irby is hilarious... Nothing is off limits and I love it.' Candice Carty-Williams
  • Lanny

    Lanny

    Max Porter
    9780571340293
    Paperback
    224
    From the author of Grief Is the Thing with FeathersThe Sunday Times Top Ten BestsellerLonglisted for the Booker Prize‘Startling, moving and overwhelming . . . Wonderful.’ Daily Telegraph‘A devastating, disquieting and exhilarating book.’ Psychologies‘Books this good don’t come along very often.’ Maggie O’Farrell‘Stunning and deeply affecting.’ Nathan Filer ‘A magically beguiling work, a triumph.’ Financial Times ‘A thing of total joy . . . thrums with rhythm and life.’ Observer ‘A remarkable feat of literary virtuosity.’ Sunday TimesNot far from London, there is a village. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England’s mysterious past and its confounding present. It belongs to families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here, such as the boy Lanny, and his mum and dad.But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.

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  • Flèche

    Flèche

    Mary Jean Chan
    9780571348046
    Paperback
    88
    WINNER OF THE COSTA POETRY AWARDPOETRY 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.
  • Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019

    Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019

    Claire Adam
    9780571339822
    Paperback
    272
    A TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEARWINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2019WINNER OF THE AUTHORS' CLUB FIRST NOVEL AWARDWINNER OF THE MCKITTERICK PRIZE 2020ONE OF THE BBC'S '100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD'LONGLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE AND THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FIRST BOOK AWARDWINNER OF BARNES & NOBLE'S 2019 DISCOVER NEW WRITERS PRIZE‘So hard to put down.’ Daily Mail‘Startling . . . Remarkable.’ Economist‘Right away I was utterly absorbed.’ Sarah Jessica ParkerOne father. Two sons. An impossible choice.When thirteen-year-old Paul doesn't return home one afternoon, even his twin brother, Peter, doesn't know where he is. So their father, Clyde, must set out into the dark Trinidadian bush with a torch, to search for him on foot. And when the reasons for Paul's disappearance become clear, Clyde will be faced with a terrible decision. How does a father choose between his children? How does he weigh up what each one is worth? Which one is the golden child?
  • For The Good Times

    For The Good Times

    David Keenan
    9780571340521
    Paperback
    368
    WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENCORE AWARD 2020From 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
    336
    *NEW NOVEL A THOUSAND MOONS NOW AVAILABLE*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.