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  • Give the gift of joy and hope with Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other

    BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR & FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

    THE SUNDAY TIMES 1# BESTSELLER

    'The most absorbing book I read all year.' Roxane Gay
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    This is Britain as you've never read it.
    This is Britain as it has never been told.

    From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They're each looking for something - a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope . . .
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    '[Bernardine Evaristo] is one of the very best that we have' Nikesh Shukla on Twitter

    'A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain' Elle

    'Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity' Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter

    'Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life' Ali Smith, author of How to be both

    'Exceptional. You have to order it right now' Stylist

    'Sparkling, inventive' Sunday Times

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  • 'Such a beacon of pleasure' KATE ATKINSON
    'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' IAN RANKIN
    'A gripping read' SUNDAY TIMES
    THE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMAN
    In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

    But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

    Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

    Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?
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    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

    'Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny' MARK BILLINGHAM

    'A great read, I really enjoyed it' GRAHAM NORTON

    'As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can't help cheering them on - and hoping to meet them again soon' THE TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH

    'Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' HARLAN COBEN

    'Pure escapism' THE GUARDIAN, BEST CRIME AND THRILLERS OF 2020

    'One of the most enjoyable books of the year' DAILY EXPRESS

    'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny' MARIAN KEYES

    'As gripping as it is funny' EVENING STANDARD

    'Funny, clever and achingly British' ADAM KAY

    'An exciting new talent in crime fiction' DAILY MAIL

    'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' VAL MCDERMID

    'Delight after delight from first page to last' RED MAGAZINE

    'I completely fell in love with it' SHARI LAPENA

    'This is properly brilliant. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling' STEVE CAVANAGH

    'Charming, clever debut' STYLIST

    'I laughed my arse off' BELINDA BAUER

    'A witty and poignant tale' DAILY TELEGRAPH

    'Clever, clever plot' FIONA BARTON

    'An absolutely delightful read' PRIMA MAGAZINE

    'Utterly charming' SARAH PINBOROUGH

    'Funny and original' THE SUN

    'Properly funny and totally charming... steeped in Agatha Christie joy' ARAMINTA HALL

    'This is one of the most delightful novels of the year' DAILY MIRROR

    'A bundle of joy' JANE FALLON

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  • Summer

    Ali Smith

    Discover the unforgettable finale to Ali Smith's dazzling literary tour-de-force

    In the present, Sacha knows the world's in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world's in meltdown - and the real meltdown hasn't even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they're living on borrowed time.

    This is a story about people on the brink of change. They're family, but they think they're strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they've got nothing in common have in common?

    Summer.

    'Smith's seasonal quartet of novels is a bold and brilliant experiment' Independent

    'The novel's hopeful message about the healing power of friendship ensures the quartet ends on a feel-good note' Sunday Times

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  • The incredible Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and follow-up to one of the most talked about books of the decade - the phenomenon and 80-week Sunday Times bestselling The Salt Path

    'Beautiful, a thrill to read . . . you feel the world is a better place because Raynor and Moth are in it' The Times

    'Brilliant, powerful and touching . . . will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity' Stephen Moss, author and naturalist

    'A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing' Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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    'It was the land, the earth, the deep humming background to my very being'

    In 2016, days before they were unjustly evicted from their home, Raynor Winn was told her husband Moth was dying.

    Instead of giving up they embarked on a life-changing journey: walking the 630-mile South West Coast Path, living by their wits, determination and love of nature.

    But all journeys must end and when the couple return to civilisation they find that four walls feel like a prison, cutting them off from the sea and sky that sustained them - that had saved Moth's life.

    So when the chance to rewild an old Cornish farm comes their way, they grasp it, hoping they'll not only reconnect with the natural world but also find themselves once again on its healing path . . .
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    'Confirms Raynor as a natural and extremely talented writer with an incredible way with words. This book gives us all what we wanted to know at the end of The Salt Path which is what happened next. So moving, it made me cry . . . repeatedly' Sophie Raworth, BBC

    'Winn's writing transforms her surroundings and her spirits, her joy coming across clearly in her shimmering prose' i

    'Unflinching . . . There is a luminous conviction to the prose' Observer

    'Notions of home are poignantly explored . . . wonderful' Guardian

    Praise for The Salt Path

    'An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves' Independent

    'This is what you need right now to muster hope and resilience . . . a beautiful story and a reminder that humans can endure adversity' Stylist

    'The landscape is magical: shapeshifting seas and smugglers' coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. Raynor writes exquisitely . . . it's a tale of triumph; of hope over despair, of love over everything' The Sunday Times

    'The Salt Path is a life-affirming tale of enduring love that smells of the sea and tastes of a rich life. With beautiful, immersive writing, it is a story heart-achingly and beautifully told' Jackie Morris, illustrator of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane

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  • STEP INTO ANOTHER WORLD - OF MAGIC, MAYHEM, MONSTERS AND MANIACAL GODS - IN STEPHEN FRY'S MOMENTOUS SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, MYTHOS

    'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times

    Discover Stephen Fry's magnificent retelling of the greatest myths and legends ever told . . .
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    No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses.

    In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling, we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver in fear when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.

    Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.

    Order TROY now, Stephen Fry's bewitching retelling of the most legendary story ever told . . .
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    NOW THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MYTHOS SUITE, STEPHEN FRY AND DEBBIE WISEMAN'S MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF FRY'S THRILLING RETELLINGS

    'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian

    'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard

    'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail

    'A rollicking good read' Independent

    SHORTLISTED FOR A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

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  • **The dazzling new novel from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Middle England**

    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.

    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.

    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?
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    Praise for Jonathan Coe

    'Coe is a writer of uncommon decency' Observer

    'Brilliantly funny' Economist

    'Superb' Times

    'Very, very funny' Stylist

  • THE LIFE-AFFIRMING AND MOVING SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM NUMBER-ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAWN FRENCH

    LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION AND A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

    'I absolutely loved Because of You. Fantastic, passionate, compassionate, so much wisdom, a lot of humour, very real and credible' BERNARDINE EVARISTO, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

    'Gorgeous . . . wise and full of love' MARIAN KEYES
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    Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

    As the old millennium turns into the new, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

    Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.
    Anna leaves with empty arms.

    /> Seventeen years later, the truth of that night starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

    A reckoning is coming. Lives will collide.


    And mother-love will be tested . . .

    Because Of You is Dawn French's stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.
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    'An extraordinary book - sad, heartening, gripping and reassuringly human' JO BRAND

    'The final scenes are so perfectly executed they almost broke my heart. Because of You is a story to cherish' Sunday Times

    'French manages to pick your heart up with the nib of her pen and slowly pull it apart, heart-wrenchingly, page by page . . . A true writing talent' My Weekly

    'Dawn French is a wonderful writer' Daily Mail

    'Moving . . . French's best yet' Good Housekeeping

    'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian

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  • Real Estate

    Deborah Levy

    'Three bicycles. Seven ghosts. A crumbling apartment block on the hill. Fame. Tenderness. The statue of Peter Pan. Silk. Melancholy. The banana tree. A Pandemic. A love story.'

    From one of the great thinkers and writers of our time, comes the highly anticipated final instalment in Deborah Levy's critically acclaimed 'Living Autobiography'

    'I can't think of any writer aside from Virginia Woolf who writes better about what it is to be a woman' Observer on The Cost of Living

    Following the international critical acclaim of The Cost of Living, this final volume of Deborah Levy's 'Living Autobiography' is an exhilarating, thought-provoking and boldly intimate meditation on home and the spectres that haunt it.

    'I began to wonder what myself and all unwritten and unseen women would possess in their property portfolios at the end of their lives. Literally, her physical property and possessions, and then everything else she valued, though it might not be valued by society. What might she claim, own, discard and bequeath? Or is she the real estate, owned by patriarchy? In this sense, Real Estate is a tricky business. We rent it and buy it, sell and inherit it - but we must also knock it down.'

    'Real Estate is a book to dive into. Come on in, the water's lovely.' The Daily Telegraph

    'Her reflections on domesticity, freedom and romance are so beautiful, I found myself underlining multiple sentences a page. Wry, warm and uplifting, it's a book I'll return to again and again.' Stylist

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  • Bring nature into your home with the uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.

    'This is what you need right now to muster hope and resilience . . . a beautiful story and a reminder that humans can endure adversity' Stylist

    'A beautiful book, it really lives up to the hype . . . an enjoyable, gentle yet moving read' Pandora Sykes on The High Low

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE CHRISTOPHER BLAND PRIZE & SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD & WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2018
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    Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

    Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

    The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.
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    GUARDIAN BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER

    'A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance' Guardian

    'Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I've ever read' i

    'An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves' Independent

    'The Salt Path is a life-affirming tale of enduring love that smells of the sea and tastes of a rich life. With beautiful, immersive writing, it is a story heart-achingly and beautifully told.' Jackie Morris

    'The landscape is magical: shape-shifting seas and smugglers' coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. Raynor writes exquisitely . . . It's a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything' The Sunday Times

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    The Wild Silence, Raynor's second moving and magical memoir, is out now in hardback.

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  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020

    LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021

    WINNER OF THE SUSHILA DEVI AWARD 2021

    A searing debut novel about mothers and daughters, obsession and betrayal - for fans of Jenny Offill, Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk and Diana Evans

    'Beautifully written, emotionally wrenching and poignant in equal measure' The Booker Prize Judges 2020

    'An unsettling, sinewy debut, startling in its venom and disarming in its humour from the very first sentence' Guardian

    'I would be lying if I said my mother's misery has never given me pleasure.'

    This is a tale of obsession and betrayal. This is a poisoned love story. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter.

    Tara and Antara, the woman and her angry shadow. But which one is which?

    Sharp as a blade and compulsively readable, Burnt Sugar slowly untangles the knot of memory and fiction that binds two women together, revealing the truth that lies beneath.

    'A work of extraordinary insight, courage and sophistication' Washington Post

    'Arresting and fiercely intelligent, disarmingly witty and frank' Sunday Times

    'A sly, slippery, often heartbreaking novel about the role memory plays within families' Stylist

    'Extraordinary... Come for the effortlessly stylish writing, stay for the boiling wrath' Observer

  • 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 HEROES

    '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 . . .'

    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.

    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.

    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 . . .

    The stage is set for the oldest and greatest story ever told, where monstrous passions meet the highest ideals and the lowest cunning.

    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.

    Troy is a myth in which we seek the truth about ourselves, which Stephen Fry brings breathtakingly to life for our modern age.

    PRAISE FOR MYTHOS AND HEROES:

    'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times

    'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian

    'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard

    'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail

    'A rollicking good read' Independent

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  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 2021

    'A gorgeous romance' BETH O'LEARY, The Flatshare
    'Our generation's answer to Nora Ephron' SOPHIE COUSENS, This Time Next Year
    'So warm and funny' PAIGE TOON, The Minute I Saw You
    'A pitch-perfect balance of loveable characters, hilarious wit and steamy sexual chemistry' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS, Our Stop

    TWO FRIENDS
    TEN SUMMER TRIPS
    THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE

    12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they'll never speak again.

    11 SUMMERS AGO: They're forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

    10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
    Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

    7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

    2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.

    THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

    You and Me on Vacation is a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and - most of all - lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.

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    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT EMILY HENRY

    'The hottest book of the summer - the pages simply sizzle!' JOSIE SILVER

    'Full of banter, heat, and sexual tension. A gorgeous page-turner of a novel' LAURA JANE WILLIAMS

    'Full of sexual tension and tantalizing possibility. I fell head over heels for Alex and Poppy, and loved travelling all over the world with them both' BETH O'LEARY

    'Emily Henry is my newest automatic-buy author . . . a heartfelt, funny, tender escape that you wish could last forever' JODI PICOULT

    'A compulsively readable book full of sparkling wit, dazzling prose and a romance that grabbed me by the heart and wouldn't let me go. Absolutely my favourite read of the year, and probably one of my favourite books of all time' ABBY JIMENEZ

    'Funny, and seriously sizzling' BEST

    'Original, sparkling bright and layered with feeling. If whipcrack banter and foggy sexual tension is your catnip, you'll adore this book' SALLY THORNE

    'What an absolute flipping triumph of a novel!!! I LOVED it ' EMMA COOPER

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  • 'Punchy and to the point. No beating around the bush. This brilliant book contains all the information we need to have in our back pocket in order to move forward' Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary UN Climate Change Convention

    'Amazing book' Chris Evans, Virgin Radio Breakfast Show

    'Everyone should have this book' Rick Edwards, BBC Radio 5 Live

    'A timely and important book, not only laying out the facts...but suggesting real solutions to the challenges facing us' Professor Alice Roberts, Anatomist, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham
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    How can we save our planet and survive the 21st century? How can you argue with deniers? How can we create positive change in the midst of the climate crisis?

    Professor Mark Maslin has the key facts that we need to protect our future.

    Global awareness of climate change is growing rapidly. Science has proven that our planet and species are facing a massive environmental crisis. How to Save Our Planet is a call to action, guaranteed to equip everyone with the knowledge needed to make change.

    Be under no illusion the challenges of the twenty-first century are immense. We need to deal with: climate change, environmental destruction, global poverty and ensure everyone's security.

    We have the technology.

    We have the resources.

    We have the money.

    We have the scientists, the entrepreneurs and the innovators.

    We lack the politics and policies to make your vision of a better world happen.

    So we need a plan to save our planet...

    How to Save Our Planet is your handbook of how we together can save our precious planet. From the history of our planet and species, to the potential of individuals and our power to create a better future, Maslin inspires optimism in these bleak times.

    We stand at the precipice. The future of our planet is in our hands.

    It's time to face the facts and save our planet from, and for, ourselves.
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    'A handbook of clearly established, authoritative facts and figures about the terrible toll we as humans have taken of our planet, plus ways in which we can lessen the impact. For laypeople like me, who can see what is happening but haven't always got the precise statistics to hand, it's hugely valuable' John Simpson CBE, BBC World Affairs Editor, Broadcaster, Author & Columnist

    'Saving the world is no small thing, but picking up this book's a good start' Paris Lees, Contributing Editor at British Vogue, campaigner

    'I love it. My kids love it' Chris Evans, Virgin Radio Breakfast Show

    'A no-nonsense crib sheet on the state of the world and how to help it' The I Newspaper

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  • Assembly

    Natasha Brown

    'Diamond-sharp, timely and urgent' Observer, Best Debuts of 2021

    'Subtle, elegant, scorching... The literary debut of the summer' Vogue

    'Virtuosic, exquisite, achingly unique' Guardian

    'I'm full of the hope, on reading it, that this is the kind of book that doesn't just mark the moment things change, but also makes that change possible' Ali Smith

    'Exquisite, daring, utterly captivating. A stunning new writer' Bernardine Evaristo

    Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Step out into a world of Go Home vans. Go to Oxbridge, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy a flat. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going.

    The narrator of Assembly is a Black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend's family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can't escape the question: is it time to take it all apart?

    Assembly is a story about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. And it is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

    'One of the most talked-about debuts of the year . . . You'll read it in one sitting' Sunday Times Style

    'Expertly crafted, remarkable, astonishing... A literary debut with flavours of Jordan Peele's Get Out' Bookseller, Editor's Choice

    'Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway meets Citizen by Claudia Rankine... As breathtakingly graceful as it is mercilessly true' Olivia Sudjic

    'Bold and original, with a cool intelligence, and so very truthful about the colonialist structure of British society' Diana Evans

    'This marvel of a novel manages to say all there is to say about Britain today' Sabrina Mahfouz

  • Wild, beautiful and spellbinding, this is the compelling wartime story of freedom and love on the windswept islands of Orkney

    'Powerful . . . Lea writes beautifully of island life and love, and the sacrifices that both demand' THE TIMES

    The sky is clear, star-stamped and silvered by the waxing gibbous moon.
    No planes have flown over the islands tonight; no bombs have fallen for over a year.
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    Orkney, 1940.

    Five hundred Italian prisoners-of-war arrive to fortify these remote and windswept islands.

    Resentful islanders are fearful of the enemy in their midst, but not orphaned twin sisters Dorothy and Constance. Already outcasts, they volunteer to nurse all prisoners who are injured or fall sick.

    Soon Dorothy befriends Cesare, an artist swept up by the machine of war and almost broken by the horrors he has witnessed. She is entranced by his plan to build an Italian chapel from war scrap and sea debris, and something beautiful begins to blossom.

    But Con, scarred from a betrayal in her past, is afraid for her sister; she knows that people are not always what they seem.

    Soon, trust frays between the islanders and outsiders, and between the sisters - their hearts torn by rival claims of duty and desire.

    A storm is coming . . .

    In the tradition of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Metal Heart is a hauntingly rich Second World War love story about courage, freedom and the essence of what makes us human during the darkest of times.
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    'Confirms Lea as a highly original and inventive writer' Sunday Times

    'A tense, passionate and deeply atmospheric novel . . . Caroline's beautiful transported me entirely to another time and land' Susan Fletcher

    'A beautiful, heart-breaking tale of grief, love and the bond between sisters' Louise Hare

    'Myth, legend, fear and superstition all play a part in this intensely atmospheric novel' Choice Magazine

    'Atmospheric, heart-wrenching, evocative' Gytha Lodge

    Praise for Caroline Lea:

    'Enthralling' Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars and The Foundling

    'Fantastic' The Times

    'Memorable and compelling' Sarah Moss, author of The Times Book of the Year Ghost Wall

    'Intensely written and atmospheric' Daily Mail

    'Gripped me in a cold fist. Beautiful' Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton

    'Brilliant' Daily Express

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  • 'Endlessly fascinating and full of surprises. Easily one of my books of the year' BILL BRYSON

    The myth-busting science behind our modern attitudes to exercise: what our bodies really need, why it matters, and its effects on health and wellbeing.

    In industrialized nations, our sedentary lifestyles have contributed to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diseases like diabetes. A key remedy, we are told, is exercise - voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. However, most of us struggle to stay fit, and our attitudes to exercise are plagued by misconceptions, finger-pointing and anxiety.

    But, as Daniel Lieberman shows in Exercised, the first book of its kind by a leading scientific expert, we never evolved to exercise. We are hardwired for moderate exertion throughout each day, not triathlons or treadmills. Drawing on over a decade of high-level scientific research and eye-opening insights from evolutionary biology and anthropology, Lieberman explains precisely how exercise can promote health; debunks persistent myths about sitting, speed, strength and endurance; and points the way towards more enjoyable and physically active living in the modern world.

    'Myth-busting, illuminating, brilliant - Lieberman will completely change the way you think about your body' Professor ALICE ROBERTS, presenter of Our Incredible Human Journey

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON MEDAL FOR MILITARY HISTORY 2021

    A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

    From an acclaimed military historian, the definitive account of Italy's experience of the Second World War

    While staying closely aligned with Hitler, Mussolini remained carefully neutral until the summer of 1940. Then, with the wholly unexpected and sudden collapse of the French and British armies, Mussolini declared war on the Allies in the hope of making territorial gains in southern France and Africa. This decision proved a horrifying miscalculation, dooming Italy to its own prolonged and unwinnable war, immense casualties and an Allied invasion in 1943 which ushered in a terrible new era for the country.

    John Gooch's new book is the definitive account of Italy's war experience. Beginning with the invasion of Abyssinia and ending with Mussolini's arrest, Gooch brilliantly portrays the nightmare of a country with too small an industrial sector, too incompetent a leadership and too many fronts on which to fight.

    Everywhere - whether in the USSR, the Western Desert or the Balkans - Italian troops found themselves against either better-equipped or more motivated enemies. The result was a war entirely at odds with the dreams of pre-war Italian planners - a series of desperate improvizations against Allies who could draw on global resources and against whom Italy proved helpless.

    This remarkable book rightly shows the centrality of Italy to the war, outlining the brief rise and disastrous fall of the Italian military campaign.

    'It is hard to imagine a finer account, both of the sweep of Italy's wars, and of the characters caught up in them' Caroline Moorhead, The Guardian

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  • 'The first time I opened What Artists Wear, I gasped with pleasure. Imagine it as a kind of punk cousin to John Berger's Ways of Seeing, liberally illustrated with the most astonishing images of artists, decked out in finery or rags ... It transported me to somewhere glamorous, exciting, even revolutionary' Olivia Laing, Guardian


    Most of us live our lives in our clothes without realizing their power. But in the hands of artists, garments reveal themselves. They are pure tools of expression, storytelling, resistance and creativity: canvases on which to show who we really are.

    In What Artists Wear, style luminary Charlie Porter takes us on an invigorating, eye-opening journey through the iconic outfits worn by artists, in the studio, on stage, at work, at home and at play. From Yves Klein's spotless tailoring to the kaleidoscopic costumes of Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman; from Andy Warhol's signature denim to Charlotte Prodger's casualwear, Porter's roving eye picks out the magical, revealing details in the clothes he encounters, weaving together a new way of understanding artists, and of dressing ourselves.

    Part love letter, part guide to chic, and featuring generous photographic spreads, What Artists Wear is both a manual and a manifesto, a radical, gleeful, inspiration to see the world anew-and find greater pleasure and possibility in the clothes we all wear.

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  • 'Absolutely stunning. . . Assured, bold, and electrifying' Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES & THE SIX

    'One of the buzziest debuts of the year, If I Had Your Face transports readers to glittering, futuristic Seoul... Essential reading' Vogue

    If I Had Your Face plunges us into the mesmerizing world of contemporary Seoul - a place where extreme plastic surgery is as routine as getting a haircut, where women compete for spots in secret 'room salons' to entertain wealthy businessmen after hours, where K-Pop stars are the object of all-consuming obsession, and ruthless social hierarchies dictate your every move.

    Navigating this hyper-competitive city are four young women balancing on the razor-edge of survival: Kyuri, an exquisitely beautiful woman whose hard-won status at an exclusive 'room salon' is threatened by an impulsive mistake with a client; her flatmate Miho, an orphan who wins a scholarship to a prestigious art school in New York, where her life becomes tragically enmeshed with the super-wealthy offspring of the Korean elite; Wonna, their neighbour, pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they will afford to raise in a fiercely competitive economy; and Ara, a hair stylist living down the hall, whose infatuation with a fresh-faced K-Pop star drives her to violent extremes.

    'A brilliant debut' Pandora Sykes, The High Low Podcast

    'Culturally fascinating, emotionally layered, gripping and smart' Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of RODHAM

    'Remarkable, brilliantly crafted and devastatingly exquisite' Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of CRAZY RICH ASIANS

    'A stunning debut' Sunday Times

    'Fascinating, eye-opening, compelling - like the film Parasite, If I Had Your Face is also an expose of the class system in South Korea' Independent

  • Do you find joy in the smallest achievements?

    Find your own pocket of calm in the mindful practice of folding paper cranes with this beautiful and charmingly unique guide.
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    The paper crane is an iconic and powerful symbol of hope, healing and happiness.

    According to tradition, if a person were to fold a thousand paper cranes in one year, they would be granted a single wish and a long and joyful life.

    In this beautiful and inspiring book, renowned mindfulness and meditation teacher Michael James Wong shares a personal collection of short stories and teachings, accompanied by traditional hand-painted proverbs and prayers.

    Together these bring to life gentle wisdoms and universal truths to guide a meaningful way of living.

    Shared throughout the book in twelve straightforward steps is also the powerful practice of orizuru, the art of folding paper cranes, a journey that will encourage you to slow down and create a hopeful perspective for the future.

    Senbazuru is an essential companion for mindful living.

  • THE LANDMARK MEMOIR OF A GLOBAL MUSIC ICON

    Sinead O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television.

    O'Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it.
    She has remained that way for three decades.

    Now, in Rememberings, O'Connor tells her story - the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest - and through it all, her abiding passion for music.

    Rememberings is intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and full of hard-won insights. It is a unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist.

    'Inspiring, liberating, hilarious and fascinating' Irish Times

    'Beautifully observed ... lyrical, funny and anguished' Guardian

    'Her voice on the page is as fearless, riveting and unforgettable as her voice in song. The cadence alone is hypnotic, her story essential. Rememberings is a must-read' Michael Stipe

    'So good, you'll want to read it twice' Sunday Independent

    'A soul-bearing, brutally honest account of an extraordinary life' BBC Online

    'Devastating, wise, hilarious and original' Roisin Ingle

  • One of the funniest, sharpest novels about love and growing up ever written, Nancy Mitford's classic is now a major BBC and Prime Video series directed by Emily Mortimer and starring Lily James, Andrew Scott and Dominic West

    'He was the great love of her life you know.'
    'Oh, dulling,' said my mother, sadly, 'One always thinks that. Every, every time.'

    Oh, the tedium of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny are on the lookout for the perfect lover.

    But finding Mr Right is much harder than any of the sisters had thought. Linda must suffer marriage first to a stuffy Tory MP and then to a handsome and humourless communist, before finding real love in war-torn Paris . . .

    NANCY MITFORD'S WICKEDLY FUNNY SERIES CONTINUES IN LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE AND DON'T TELL ALFRED.

    *****

    'Utter, utter bliss' Daily Mail

    'A pleasure as intense as inheriting a perfect pearl necklace, or finding a silk dress in a vintage shop that fits like a glove' Caitlin Moran, Harper's Bazaar

    'Peerless' Zoe Heller

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  • Racism is not a simple matter of good people versus bad. In White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo explained how racism is a system into which all white people are socialized. She also made a provocative claim: that white progressives cause the most daily harm to people of colour. In Nice Racism, her follow-up work, she explains how they do so.

    Drawing on her background as a sociologist and over twenty-five years working as an antiracist educator, she moves the conversation forward. Writing directly to white people as a white person, DiAngelo identifies many common racial patterns and breaks down how well-intentioned white people unknowingly perpetuate racial harm. These patterns include rushing to prove that we are 'not racist'; downplaying white advantage; romanticizing Black, Indigenous and other peoples of colour; pretending white segregation 'just happens'; expecting BIPOC people to teach us about racism; carefulness; and shame. She challenges the ideology of Individualism and explains why it is OK to generalize about white people, and demonstrates how white people who experience other oppressions still benefit from systemic racism. Writing candidly about her own missteps and struggles, she models a path forward, encouraging white readers to continually face their complicity and embrace courage, lifelong commitment and accountability.


    Nice Racism is an essential work for any white person who wants to take steps to align their values with their actual practice, and offers people of colour an 'insider's' perspective which may be helpful for navigating whiteness.

  • 'Intense, gorgeous, troubling, seductive - a novel that has to be surrendered to rather than read' Sarah Waters

    AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
    WINNER OF AN ENGLISH PEN TRANSLATES AWARD

    All Men Want to Know traces Nina Bouraoui's blissful childhood in Algeria, a wild, sun-soaked paradise, with hazy summer afternoons spent swimming, diving, and driving across the desert. Her mother is French, her father Algerian; when racial tensions begin to surface in their neighbourhood, her mother suffers an unspeakable act of violence that forces the family to flee the country.

    In Paris, eighteen-year-old Nina lives alone. It's the 1980s. Four nights a week she makes her way to The Kat, a legendary gay nightclub, where she watches women from the sidelines, afraid of her own desires, her sudden and intoxicating freedom. In her solitude, she starts to write - and finds herself writing about her mother.

    All Men Want to Know is a haunting, lyrical international bestseller about mothers and daughters, about shame and sexuality, about existing between two cultures and belonging to neither. A phenomenon in France, this is a defining portrait of womanhood from one of Europe's greatest living writers.

    'Blown away by the power and lyricism of All Men Want to Know. What a book. Read it' Niven Govinden, author of THIS BRUTAL HOUSE

    'Magnificent... a captivating autobiographical novel' Elle

    'A tour de force' Le Figaro

    'Haunting, spell-binding, luminous' Lire

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