Talentueuse mais solitaire, Alice Lovett prête sa plume pour écrire les histoires des autres. Pourtant elle reste hantée par la seule histoire qui lui échappe : sa propre vie.
Une simple rumeur, lancée en ce lointain été 1999 par deux ados éméchés, a embrasé en un rien de temps toute la communauté. Que s'est-il réellement passé sur la banquette arrière de cette voiture alors qu'ils ramenaient Alice, endormie, chez elle ? Accusations, rejets, déni, faux-semblants... la réalité de chaque protagoniste vacille et reste marquée à tout jamais. Et quand le présent offre une chance de réparer le passé, comment la saisir ? Faut-il se venger ou pardonner ? Ou mieux vaut-il tout oublier ? Mais peut-on oublier ce qu'on n'a jamais vraiment su ?
Construit comme un piège machiavélique qui bouscule les certitudes du lecteur, True Story explore la fluctuante tension entre fiction et réalité et la manière dont notre société diffuse et affronte la rumeur.
Bibike, Ariyike, et leurs frères Peter et Andrew tombent dans la pauvreté du jour au lendemain. Pour ces quatre enfants de la classe moyenne aisée nigériane, ce qui hier semblait acquis devient l'enjeu d'une lutte constante. Abandonnés par leurs parents, ils se réfugient chez leur grand-mère et survivent comme ils le peuvent à Lagos, ville âpre et convulsive. Si la vie est difficile pour tous, elle est particulièrement cruelle pour les deux soeurs : être une femme au Nigeria, c'est avant tout être considérée comme une proie. Proie pour les hommes, la religion, la religion des hommes. Black Sunday fait une peinture sans fard d'une société nigériane gangrénée par la corruption et met en lumière son rapport brutal aux femmes. Une lueur d'espoir vacillante, mais bien présente, sourd pourtant au milieu des pages. Avec ce premier roman, Tola Rotimi Abraham entre de plain-pied en littérature d'une écriture tranchante, sans compromis.
Une jeune fille devient la cible de la presse à scandale après avoir été la nounou du fils d'une célébrité. Une adolescente séjourne chez son amie, dans le ranch d'une communauté hippie, et découvre la perversité des premiers jeux sexuels. Un rédacteur en chef lâché par tout son réseau de relations et par sa fiancée tente de devenir le prête-plume d'un self-made-man. Une trentenaire se fait passer pour une ado sur des sites de rencontre. Un père se demande quelle image ont aujourd'hui de lui ses enfants, venus fêter Noël en famille. Un autre, alerté d'un incident dans l'école de son fils, a rendez-vous avec le directeur de l'établissement. Un scénariste divorcé retrouve chez elle sa petite amie dont les addictions cachent un profond mal-être. Un jeune homme qui vit et travaille dans la ferme de son beau-frère se demande quel futur les attend ici, lui, sa femme et leur enfant à naître.
Autant de nouvelles que de décors balayés du regard incisif d'Emma Cline, qui éclaire au passage, d'un rai de lumière implacable, la perversité larvée en chacun de ses personnages, en même temps que leur immense vulnérabilité.
Cette satire féroce des États-Unis en proie à la folie, incroyablement drôle, raconte l'histoire d'un grand navire, la Gloire, et de son capitaine bruyant et grotesque qui le conduit au bord du désastre. La Gloire était habilement commandé depuis des années, mais lorsque son capitaine bien-aimé décide de prendre sa retraite, un nouveau chef se présente. Portant une plume jaune dans les cheveux, il est vulgaire, maladroit et inexplicablement confiant. N'ayant aucune connaissance de la navigation ou du droit maritime - ni même, comme il l'a fait remarquer à plusieurs reprises, un goût particulier pour les bateaux, il jure solennellement de prendre les choses en mains. Il commencer par licencier l'équipage et nomme ses amis aux postes importants.
Alors qu'il dirige le navire, il lui arrive parfois de tourner soudainement à gauche et à droite, pour surprendre les passagers et faire bouger les choses. Entouré de son groupe de petits voleurs et d'hommes de confiance, il fascine les passagers, écrivant ses opinions sur le tableau blanc de la cafétéria, se vantant de son anatomie exceptionnelle, dévorant des cheeseburgers et jetant par-dessus bord quiconque lui déplaît. Jusqu'au jour où apparaît à l'horizon un célèbre pirate, longtemps redouté par les passagers de la Gloire mais vénéré par le Capitaine pour son apparence incroyablement virile lorsqu'il monte torse-nu à cheval...
Un écrivain américain se rend en résidence dans une prestigieuse institution artistique de la banlieue de Berlin où il croit pouvoir se consacrer sereinement à l'écriture. Mais très vite, une angoisse sourde s'empare de lui : dans ce centre où la transparence est le maître mot, son esprit vacille, d'autant plus qu'il se met à regarder Blue Lives, une série policière ultra-violente qui l'obsède de plus en plus...
Le jour où il rencontre Anton, le créateur de Blue Lives, il découvre sur quelle idéologie elle se fonde et le but recherché par cet homme énigmatique : imprégner ses spectateurs d'une vision du monde d'extrême-droite...Ou bien le narrateur est-il simplement paranoïaque ?
Hari Kunzru a enfermé dans Red Pill tous les cauchemars de notre époque où la propagande et l'inversion des valeurs sont reines. Où la vérité, même, n'existe plus. C'est un grand roman politique par un auteur au sommet de son art.
" La fiction ne connaît nulle loi et sa liberté ne connaît aucune limite. La fiction, c'est la liberté. ».
Inside Story est une invitation de Martin Amis en personne à parcourir sa vie, mais attention, sous la forme d'un roman s'il vous plaît ! Car d'après le grand provocateur des lettres britanniques, aucun espace n'offre plus de liberté que celui de la fiction. Nous voilà partis pour une grande aventure de vie d'écrivain, de sa genèse à ses temps forts, de ses nombreuses amours à ses mentors, le tout parsemé d'observations et conseils uniques en leur genre. On découvre alors un texte empli d'esprit et de malice qui nous balade dans le temps, les cocasseries, les souvenirs et les émois.
Projet littéraire aussi colossal que loufoque, Inside Story est certes une ode à la vie de Martin Amis, mais surtout, une ode à la vie littéraire et à la liberté d'expression la plus totale. L'autofiction n'aura jamais été aussi bousculée.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 Longlisted for the (US) National Book Award for Fiction 2020 ''We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love.'' The judges of the Booker Prize ''Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty.'' Observer It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest. Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother''s sense of snobbish propriety. The miners'' children pick on him and adults condemn him as no'' right . But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place. Douglas Stuart''s Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst''s The Line of Beauty , it also recalls the work of edouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.
From the bestselling author Ken Follett, The Evening and the Morning is a historical epic that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins. A TIME OF CONFLICT It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly, bending justice according to their will - often in conflict with the king. With his grip on the country fragile and with no clear rule of law, chaos and bloodshed reign. THREE LIVES INTERTWINED Into this uncertain world three people come to the fore: a young boatbuilder, who dreams of a better future when a devastating Viking raid shatters the life that he and the woman he loves hoped for; a Norman noblewoman, who follows her beloved husband across the sea to a new land only to find her life there shockingly different; and a capable monk at Shiring Abbey, who dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a centre of learning admired throughout Europe. THE DAWN OF A NEW AGE Now, with England at the dawn of the Middle Ages, these three people will each come into dangerous conflict with a ruthless bishop, who will do anything to increase his wealth and power, in an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, death and birth, and love and hate. Thirty years ago we were introduced to Kingsbridge in The Pillars of the Earth , and now in this masterful prequel international bestseller Ken Follett will take us on a journey into a rich past, which will end where his masterpiece begins.
**The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England** br>br>In the heady summer of 1977, a naive young woman called Calista sets out from Athens to venture into the wider world. On a Greek island that has been turned into a film set, she finds herself working for the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder, about whom she knows almost nothing. But the time she spends in this glamorous, unfamiliar new life will change her for good.br>br>While Calista is thrilled with her new adventure, Wilder himself is living with the realisation that his star may be on the wane. Rebuffed by Hollywood, he has financed his new film with German money, and when Calista follows him to Munich for the shooting of further scenes, she finds herself joining him on a journey of memory into the dark heart of his family history. br>br>In a novel that is at once a tender coming-of-age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema''s most intriguing figures, Jonathan Coe turns his gaze on the nature of time and fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia. When the world is catapulting towards change, do you hold on for dear life or decide it''s time to let go?br>_______________________________________________________br>br>Praise for Jonathan Coebr>br>''Coe is a writer of uncommon decency'' Observerbr>br>''Brilliantly funny'' Economistbr>br>''Superb'' Timesbr>br>''Very, very funny'' Stylist>
It's the early 1960s, and as the Civil Rights movement begins to reach segregated Tallahassee, the young, deeply principled Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to heart: he is «as good as anyone.» He is about to enroll in the local black college, but for a black boy in the Jim Crow South, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future.
A lush debut novel , Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose . It's clear she's from this place-the land of the southern coasts, but also the emotional terrain- you can feel it in the pages . A magnificent achievement, ambitious, credible and very timely
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A BBC TWO BETWEEN THE COVERS BOOK CLUB PICK ''An uplifting, poignant novel about regret, hope and second chances'' David Nicholls ''A wonderful story'' Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2 Nora''s life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived. Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?
Quentin Tarantino''s long-awaited first work of fiction - at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal - is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film. RICK DALTON - Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick''s a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it? CLIFF BOOTH - Rick''s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he''s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder . . . SHARON TATE - She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon''s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills. CHARLES MANSON - The ex-con''s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he''s their spiritual leader, but he''d trade it all to be a rock ''n'' roll star. HOLLYWOOD 1969 - YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP BESTSELLER #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ''An utterly mesmerising novel..I absolutely loved this book'' Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize 2019 ''Epic'' Kiley Reid, O, The Oprah Magazine The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it''s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it''s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters'' story lines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing . Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person''s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.
Pre-order Stephen Fry''s bewitching retelling of the legend of Troy - a tale of love and war, passion and power - following his sensational bestsellers MYTHOS and HEROESbr>br>''Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .''br>br>The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against that great city, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years.br>br>It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and naturally, nature takes its course.br>br>It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides. The Greeks cannot defeat the Trojans - since Achilles, the Greek''s boldest warrior, is consumed with jealousy over an ally''s choice of lover, the Trojan slave Briseis, and will not fight . . .br>br>The stage is set for the oldest and greatest story ever told, where monstrous passions meet the highest ideals and the lowest cunning.br>br>In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.br>br>Troy is a myth in which we seek the truth about ourselves, which Stephen Fry brings breathtakingly to life for our modern age.br>br>PRAISE FOR MYTHOS AND HEROES:br>br>''A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased'' Timesbr>br>''A head-spinning marathon of legends'' Guardianbr>br>''An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit'' Evening Standardbr>br>''An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry'' Daily Mailbr>br>''A rollicking good read'' Independent>
THE NEW YORK TIMES #1 BESTSELLER OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK 'One of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I haven't felt this way since I first read Beloved . . .' Oprah Winfrey The unmissable debut novel by the critically acclaimed author of Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power - a richly imagined and compulsively page-turning journey to freedom Hiram Walker is born into bondage on a Virginia plantation. But he is also born gifted with a mysterious power that he won't discover until he is almost a man, when he risks everything for a chance to escape. One fateful decision will carry him away from his makeshift plantation family - his adoptive mother, Thena, a woman of few words and many secrets, and his beloved, angry Sophia - and into the covert heart of the underground war on slavery. Hidden amidst the corrupt grandeur of white plantation society, exiled as guerrilla cells in the wilderness, buried in the coffin of the deep South and agitating for utopian ideals in the North, there exists a widespread network of secret agents working to liberate the enslaved. Hiram joins their ranks and learns fast but in his heart he yearns to return to his own still-enslaved family, to topple the plantation that was his first home. But to do so, he must first master his unique power and reclaim the story of his greatest loss. Propulsive, transcendent and blazing with truth, The Water Dancer is a story of oppression and resistance, separation and homecoming. Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines the covert war of an enslaved people in response to a generations-long human atrocity - a war for the right to life, to kin, to freedom. 'I was enthralled, I was devastated. I felt hope, I felt gratitude, I felt joy... [Ta-Nehisi Coates] is a magnificent writer' Oprah Winfrey
I love you . . . but what if I can''t love your life? Ava is sick of online dating. She''s always trusted her own instincts over an algorithm, anyway, and she wants a break from it all. So when she signs up to a semi-silent, anonymous writing retreat in glorious Italy, love is the last thing on her mind. Until she meets a handsome stranger. . . All she knows is that he''s funny, he''s kind and - she soon learns - he''s great in bed. He''s equally smitten, and after a whirlwind, intoxicating affair, they pledge their love without even knowing each other''s real names. But when they return home, reality hits. They''re both driven mad by each other''s weird quirks and annoying habits, from his eccentric, naked-sauna-loving family to her terribly behaved, shirt-shredding dog. As disaster follows disaster, it seems that while they love each other, they just can''t love each other''s lives. Can they overcome their differences to find one life, together?
Quentin Tarantino''s long-awaited first work of fiction - at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal - is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film RICK DALTON - Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick''s a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it? CLIFF BOOTH - Rick''s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he''s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder.... SHARON TATE - She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon''s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills. CHARLES MANSON - The ex-con''s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he''s their spiritual leader, but he''d trade it all to be a rock ''n'' roll star. HOLLYWOOD 1969 - YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE
She was ''The Angel of the Baths'', the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for. Yet she would do more. She was certain of that. In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined. Meanwhile, on the wild island of Borneo, an eccentric British ''rajah'', Sir Ralph Savage, overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions, sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility, by man''s innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itself. Jane''s quest for an altered life and Sir Ralph''s endeavours become locked together as the story journeys across the globe - from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy-dress boutiques of Paris. Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses, and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world.
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, ''one of our greatest living authors'' New York Magazine Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has.
In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls. On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone.
Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House. But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?
Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.
The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.
***** ''What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being . Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box'' DAVID MITCHELL ''It subverts expectations throughout . Utterly otherworldly'' Guardian ''Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling'' MADELINE MILLER ''Brilliantly singular'' Sunday Times ''A gorgeous, spellbinding mystery . This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered'' ERIN MORGENSTERN ''Head-spinning . Fully imagined and richly evoked'' Telegraph