Summer 2008 and as the world economy goes into meltdown, Salinger Nash leaves London to see his older brother Carson in New Orleans. Carson has persuaded Salinger that they should look for their missing father, last seen in New Mexico. With a sense of foreboding, the journey begins and the brothers, whose own relationship is distant and restrained, begin to learn a great deal about themselves as they travel. Award-winning author Tim Lott's Under the Same Stars is set in the style of a classic road trip and the exploration of fraternal love is beautifully written and highly recommended!
Mary Horlock's debut novel, The Book of Lies descibes how on one specific island, your friends and enemies can quickly end up the same people. In 1985, fifteen year-old Catherine sees her best friend slip from a wild cliff path and vows never to say a word, but Catherine was the last person to see her alive. Back in 1940, Charlie is holding a secret from the adults and carries out an act of rebellion with consequences that will reach far into the future - and into Catherine's own life, all while German soldiers arrive on Guernsey. A powerful novel about friendship, love and betrayal, this stunning story weaves together two lives across the decades, and proves that no truth is as simple as it seems.
The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction and 2002's James Tait Black Memorial prize for fiction, is an ambitious and grandiose novel full of social criticism. The book examines the complex and varied lives of matriarch Enid Lambert and her husband, Alfred, and their very different children Gary, Chip and Denise. Franzen's most recent novel, the international bestselling Freedom, featured in a number of Books of the Year polls (Sunday Telegraph, Observer, New Statesman) and discusses the merits and values of contemporary marriage and love, against the backdrop of an increasingly dysfunctional America.
Featuring two fantastic novels from 2008 Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga, these incisive and ambitious stories reflect on an unseen side of India. The White Tiger that earned Adiga such acclaim, is an original and shocking account of Balram Halwai's life as a chauffeur that sees him explore the soul-destroying poverty of Indian village life and the glittering prizes of the big city. Between the Assassinations is similarly gripping, as the author brings to life a fascinating city on India?s southern coast.
Written by Barbara Kingsolver, the Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna and million-selling The Poisonwood Bible, Flight Behaviour is a novel about catastrophe and denial. On the Appalachian Mountains above her home, a young mother discovers a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming miracle, can the old certainties that people have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged? The book delves into topical issues including poverty, class and climate change as it answers this question. This brilliant hardback is a suspenseful and extraordinary tale that is epic in scope, rich in content and Kingsolver's most accessible novel so far. Essential reading for any fan of contemporary fiction.
A fantastic trio of critically-acclaimed fiction novels, the Maggie O’Farrell Collection includes wonderfully sophisticated writing from the author of the incredible bestselling novel The Hand That First Held Mine, the winner of the 2010 Costa Novel Award. With thought-provoking plots and moving explorations of love and human emotion, the Northern Irish novelist’s classy stories are written with real elegance and no shortage of well-observed characterisation. Including the Distance Between Us, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and My Lover’s Lover, this is a must-have set for fiction fans.
One of the greatest writers of our time, Ismail Kadire has won many awards, including the Man Booker International Prize for The Accident, a novel featured in this set. His breathtaking and vivid poetic writing has been highly acclaimed for a long time and this collection of books brings together three very different novels that are equally enjoyable - a classic medieval mystery, a brilliantly realised historical novel and a dreamlike tale where love, jealousy and obsession collide to devastating effect. Kadare's classic fiction would appeal to fans of Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamuk and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
A much anticipated novel from the award-winning author of Room, Emma Donoghue, The Sealed Letter is a gripping story based on blow-by-blow newspaper reports of the 1864 Codrington Divorce; one of the most acrimonious of its time. Full of sparkling characters and captivating dialogue, this thought-provoking mystery is packed with twists and the kind of fantastic prose that brought Donoghue to prominence with Room. Set in Victorian London, this gripping drama of friends, lovers and marriage will make a great gift for fiction fans.
A warm and poignant debut novel from Christie Watson, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away is a moving and at times wonderfully funny examination of the strength that can be found within family. One of the Book People’s series of recommended debut novels, this superb work of fiction is set in Lagos, Nigeria where the lives of Blessing and her brother Ezikiel are turned upside down when their father’s infidelity results in the wife he has left behind being sacked from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel. From luxury and air-conditioning to a peasant’s compound, this superbly-researched and beguiling story charts the demise and re-growth of a family wounded by heartbreak. This stunning read was named the winner of 2011's prestigious Costa First Novel Award.