FROM FLYNN BERRY, AUTHOR OF REESE WITHERSPOON’S BOOK CLUB PICK NORTHERN SPY
How do you find your sister’s killer when no one will help you?
When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the Oxfordshire countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.
Stunned and adrift, Nora is haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, and as her fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognisable as the sister her investigation uncovers.
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL
‘Thrilling’ New York Times
‘Berry transfixes the reader’ Guardian
‘A literary take on the psychological thriller’ Elle
‘Exquisitely taut and intense’ Washington Post
‘The book’s triumph is Nora’s voice’ The Sunday Times
‘One of the most disturbing yet compelling psychological thrillers you’ll read’ Irish Independent
MORE PRAISE FOR FLYNN BERRY
‘Breathtaking . . . Berry writes thrillingly’ New York Times
‘Beautifully paced and satisfyingly ominous’ Guardian
‘Mesmerizingly effective’ The Times
‘A thrilling page-turner’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
‘Berry’s clever, thrilling writing wound me in and left me heartbroken when I turned the last page and realized it was over’ Fiona Barton, author of The Widow
‘What a book! A skillful and compelling exploration of families, crime, and class’ Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
An epic tale for fans of Jane Smiley, Annie Proulx and John Steinbeck.
‘This stunning first novel is powerful, tragic and utterly gripping’ The Times
‘Epic in scope, beautifully pitched and unsentimental in execution. Brilliant’ Marie Claire
‘This tautly controlled epic should keep those in search of some holiday literary escapism hooked’ Metro
Spring, 1938. Teodor returns home after nearly two years spent in prison for the crime of trying to feed his children. Now, he and his family are determined not only to survive, but to build a better life for themselves.
But it is not just the unrelenting landscape that Teodor must fight against. His sister’s husband has an unforgivable plan that threatens to take everything away from them.
Nearly all is lost when a brother is pitted against a sister, and a mother against her child, with dramatic and heartbreaking consequences.
THE TIMES ‘100 BEST SUMMER READS’
‘Magnificent’ Sunday Times
‘Gripping… the twists and intrigue keep coming’ Observer
‘As ever, Furst vividly evokes a sense of time and place’ Mail on Sunday (Must-Read Books of the Year)
Occupied Paris, 1942.
In the dark, treacherous city, the German occupying forces are everywhere-and so are French resistance fighters, working secretly to defeat Hitler.
Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist Paul Ricard. It looks like a blueprint of a part for a military weapon – one that might have important information for the Allied forces – and Ricard realizes he must try to get it into the hands of members of the resistance network.
As he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into anti-German efforts, Ricard travels deep into enemy territory and along the escape routes of underground resistance safe houses, spying on Nazi maneuvers. And when he meets the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy, they begin to work together to get crucial information out of France and into the hands of the Allied forces in London.
ALAN FURST – The master of the historical spy novel
‘Alan Furst is in a class of his own’ William Boyd
‘Furst is an addiction’ The Times
‘If you are a John le Carre’ fan, this is definitely for you’ James Patterson
‘Furst’s ability to recreate the terrors of espionage is matchless’ Robert Harris
‘America’s preeminent spy novelist’ New York Times
‘Furst never stops astounding me’ Tom Hanks
‘How I envy anybody who has not yet discovered Furst’s writing’ Telegraph
Commissioned by the BBC, and described by Dylan Thomas as ‘a play for voices’, UNDER MILK WOOD takes the form of an emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional Welsh seaside village of Llareggub.
We learn of the inhabitants’ dreams and desires, their loves and regrets. The play introduces us to characters such as Captain Cat who dreams of his drowned former seafellows and Nogood Boyo who dreams of nothing at all. It is a unique and touching depiction of a village that has ‘fallen head over bells in love’. The First Voice narration reveals the ordinary world of daily happenings and events, while the Second Voice conveys the intimate, innermost thoughts of the fascinating folk of Llareggub.
There have been myriad productions of UNDER MILK WOOD over the years and Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Tom Jones have all starred in radio, stage or film adaptations.
Dylan Thomas’s classic radio play reprinted to celebrate the centenary of his birth. A true masterpiece that has never been out of print.
In BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL DÉJÀ VU, Bobby Clarke arrives at a hotel on the Mediterranean shore. A former MP, unseated by the expenses scandal, he is spending time abroad to recover from a major illness. The other purpose of his stay is to write his memoirs in order to demonstrate that he was unfairly treated, having valiantly served his country for 30 years. He settles into his new surroundings but it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems. For a start Bobby seems to have no memory of the immediate past. Each time he sits down to continue his memoirs he finds only a blank page. Every morning as he comes downstairs the same scene replays itself in front of him: a young woman and her son pass him on the stairs. And what has become of his wife?
In THEO, John Elliott is the recently appointed vicar of St Joseph’s – a dilapidated church with a congregation of 16 and a leaky roof. Having entered the Church more by default than through any great calling, he struggles to inject some life into his ailing parish. His wife Christine longs for them to escape the endless rounds of coffee mornings and cake sales. Then Theo, a child at her school, starts to exhibit strange marks on his hands and feet that vanish almost as soon as they have appeared. What has produced these marks – is it physical violence or something stranger? And what really did happen to the previous vicar of St Joseph’s…
WINNER OF THE 1970 BOOKER PRIZE
‘And so at the Majestic everything returned to the way it had been before. The gleaming tiles became dulled. Sofas as sleek as prize cattle lost their glow.’
1919, the Majestic Hotel in Kinalough, Ireland. Haunted war veteran Major Brendan Archer arrives to marry Angela Spencer, daughter of the house. But his fiancée is strangely altered, and her family’s fortunes have suffered a spectacular decline.
The hotel’s hundreds of rooms are disintegrating; its few remaining guests thrive on rumours and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. And outside the order of the British Empire totters, as the violence of ‘the troubles’ mounts.
‘A work of genius’ Guardian
Toby and Salome are a young, modern couple living in New York, but their backgrounds are world apart. He is a middle-class all-American boy from a family of academics; she is a Croatian refugee raised in New Orleans.
When Salome unexpectedly becomes pregnant, they decide to spend their lives together and hastily marry. But finding a way to reconcile their families and pasts proves a difficult task. Toby’s mother’s deep-seated mistrust of Salome causes tension, leaving her unable to accept her new daughter-in-law. But Salome’ s past, full of dangerous secrets, is more horrifying than any of them could imagine – and the violence that destroyed her homeland is far from over…
‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND MEETS THE SHINING’ Kirkus
‘A FINE ADDITION TO THE CREEPY HOTEL THRILLER GENRE’ Independent
‘SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO STAY A WHILE IN GOOD NIGHT, IDAHO, THEN – UNLIKE THE ADDISONS – YOU WON’T REGRET IT’ Guardian
The Addisons – Julia and Tonio, ten-year-old Dewey, and Uncle Robbie – are driving home after collecting Robbie from yet another trip to rehab. When a terrifying blizzard strikes outside the town of Good Night, Idaho, they seek refuge at the Travelers Rest, a formerly opulent but now crumbling hotel.
With nowhere else to go, they decide to stay the night. But once inside, the family becomes separated and the hotel begins to work its eerie magic. As Julia and Tonio drift through the maze of the hotel’s spectral interiors, Dewey ventures outside. Meanwhile, a desperate Robbie quickly succumbs to his old vices. As they desperately try to reach each other, they relive the same day over and over again.
The mother, Julia, holds the key to their release – but can she save her family from the fate of becoming Souvenirs – those citizens trapped forever in Good Night-or, worse, from disappearing entirely?
Four women set off on journeys that will bring their lives into startling alignment, in ways that will transform them for ever.
Dana is a beautiful young bodyguard who has the expertise to disarm a bomb but cannot commit to marrying the man she loves. Jessica is a reclusive movie star and the mother of two young daughters whose fame has left her a near hostage in her own home. Vivian is a 17-year-old who has lost her way and will do anything to protect her twin babies. And Lynn is a recovering alcoholic living in isolation on a ranch, shielding herself from the mistakes of her past and a husband and daughter from whom she has long been estranged.
How their fates collide – and how that collision offers each of them a chance at redemption and renewal – is the subject of MacKenzie Bezos’s stunning novel.
Eleanor Flood knows she’s a mess. But today will be different. Today she will shower and put on real clothes. She will attend her yoga class after dropping her son, Timby, off at school. She’ll see an old friend for lunch. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action – life happens.
For today is the day Timby has decided to pretend to be ill to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day surgeon Joe has chosen to tell his receptionist – but not Eleanor – that he’s on vacation. And just when it seems that things can’t go more awry, a former colleague produces a relic from the past – a graphic memoir with pages telling of family secrets long buried and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks.
‘The most exquisite kind of literature… I’ve put it on a special shelf in my library that I reserve for books that demand to be revisited every now and then. ‘
OLGA TOKARCZUK, author of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
‘Could not be more timely… It’s funny and absurd, but it’s also frightening, because even as Gospodinov plays with the idea as fiction, the reader begins to recognise something rather closer to home… A writer of great warmth as well as skill‘
‘In equal measure playful and profound, Time Shelter renders the philosophical mesmerizing, and the everyday extraordinary. I loved it’
CLAIRE MESSUD, author of The Woman Upstairs
‘A genrebusting novel of ideas… Gospodinov’s vision of tomorrow is the nightmare from which Europe knows it must awake. And accident, in combination with the book’s own merits, may just have created a classic’
‘Gospodinov is one of Europe’s most fascinating and irreplaceable novelists, and this his most expansive, soulful and mind-bending book’
DAVE EGGERS, author of The Circle
‘Touching and intelligent’
NEW YORK TIMES
‘A powerful and brilliant novel: clear-sighted, foreboding, enigmatic’
SANDRO VERONESI, author of The Hummingbird
‘An immensely enjoyable book which achieves depth with an affable narrative voice’
In Time Shelter, an enigmatic flâneur named Gaustine opens a ‘clinic for the past’ that offers a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers: each floor reproduces a decade in minute detail, transporting patients back in time.
As Gaustine’s assistant, the unnamed narrator is tasked with collecting the flotsam and jetsam of the past, from 1960s furniture and 1940s shirt buttons to scents and even afternoon light. But as the rooms become more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic as a ‘time shelter’, hoping to escape from the horrors of our present – a development that results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the present.
Intricately crafted, and eloquently translated by Angela Rodel, Time Shelter cements Georgi Gospodinov’s reputation as one of the indispensable writers of our times, a major voice in international literature.
Georgi Gospodinov is one of Europe’s most acclaimed writers. Originally from Bulgaria, his novels have won his country’s most prestigious literary prize twice and have been shortlisted for more than a dozen international prizes – including the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Translation, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the Premio Strega Europeo, the Bruecke Berlin Preis, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Literaturpreis. He has won the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the 2019 Angelus Literature Central Europe Prize and the 2021 Premio Strega Europeo, among others.
A sweeping saga of a forbidden love that lasts for generations
‘A MUST READ’ INDEPENDENT
Devi is a young girl living with on a coffee plantation in Coorg, India, at the end of the 19th century. Her best friend is Devanna, a boy whose mother has died in tragic circumstances. Over the years, Devi and Devanna become inseparable.
However things change when Devi meets Muthi, a young man who has killed a tiger and is feted as the local hero. Although she is still a child and Muthi is a man, Devi vows that one day she will marry him. It is this love that will gradually drive a wedge between her and her friend Devanna, who has been taken under the wing of a local missionary. Devi is left with heartbreaking choices that will have lastng consequences for generations to come…
‘An epic and extraordinary debut from an astonishing new talent’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘An exotic, beguiling page-turner’ WOMAN & HOME