Series: Future SexA New Kind of Free LovePaperbackEmily Witt9780571331987$27.99SOCIAL SCIENCE Feb 28, 2017
Emily Witt is single and in her thirties. She has slept with most of her male friends. Most of her male friends have slept with most of her female friends. Sexual promiscuity is the norm. But up until a few years ago, she still envisioned her sexual experience achieving a sense of finality, ’like a monorail gliding to a stop at Epcot Center’. Like many people, she imagined herself disembarking, finding herself face-to-face with another human being, ’and there we would remain in our permanent station in life: the future’. But, as we all know, th... + Read More
Series: Stars, Cars and Crystal MethThe Adventures of a Personal Assistant Who Really Could Have Used One HimselfPaperbackJack Sutherland9780571331871$18.99BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Apr 25, 2017
Jack Sutherland has, you might say, led a charmed life in the face of seeming damnation. After a childhood spent in London, his family moved to California and by his twenties Jack was PA and bodyguard to the Hollywood stars – most notably Michael Stipe, RuPaul and Mickey Rourke. His work took him around the world and led to bizarre encounters and requests, but also lured him into a smorgasbord of addictions. Eventually Jack was saved by his father, John Sutherland, one of the literary world’s most esteemed figures, and the co-author of this boo... + Read More
Series: Golden YearsPaperbackAli Eskandarian9780571321070$18.99FICTION Mar 28, 2017
In Brooklyn, New York, during November 2013, Ali Eskandarian was murdered alongside two members of his band the Yellow Dogs. In the months leading up to this terrible event, Ali had been in correspondence with a publisher, about a semi-autobiographical novel he had written. Golden Years is that book, and tells the story of a group of young Iranian musicians in Brooklyn who are hungry and poor, high and hopping from bed to bed. A fictional document from a life cut tragically short, Golden Years is the story of youth, hope and beat psychosis.
Yuki is visiting her sister in the UK, but is also secretly retracing their mother’s footsteps from a holiday ten years before. Something terrible happened not long after her mother’s visit and Yuki wants to find out the cause. With the help of a local girl, Denny, she sets out to unearth and explain her family’s secrets…
Series: Welcome to LagosPaperbackChibundu Onuzo9780571268948$27.99FICTION Feb 28, 2017
When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life. Their arrival in the city coincides with the eruption of a political scandal. The education minister, Chief Sandayo, has disappeared and is suspected of stealing millions of dollars from government funds. After an unexpected encounter with the Chief, Chike and his companions must make a choice. Ahmed Bakare, editor ... + Read More
Series: The IntrusionsPaperbackStav Sherez9780571297252$27.99FICTION Mar 28, 2017
’A Silence of the Lambs for the internet age.’ Ian Rankin ’Utterly riveting and truly terrifying.’ Laura Wilson, Guardian When a distressed young woman arrives at their station claiming her friend has been abducted, and that the man threatened to come back and ‘claim her next’, Detectives Carrigan and Miller are thrust into a terrifying new world of stalking and obsession. Taking them from a Bayswater hostel, where backpackers and foreign students share dorms and failing dreams, to the emerging threat of online intimidation, hacking, an... + Read More
Series: The Yellow DiamondA Crime of the Super-RichPaperbackAndrew Martin9780571288212$16.99FICTION Jan 24, 2017
Detective Superintendent George Quinn - Mayfair resident and dandy with a razor-sharp brain - has set up a new police unit, dedicated to investigating the super-rich. When he is shot in mysterious circumstances, DI Blake Reynolds is charged with taking over. But Reynolds hadn’t bargained for Quinn’s personal assistant - the flinty Victoria Clifford - who knows more than she’s prepared to reveal…The trail left by Quinn leads to a jewellery theft, a murderous conspiracy among some of the most glamorous (and richest) Russians in London - and the b... + Read More
Series: Kolymsky HeightsPaperbackLionel Davidson9780571324217$18.99FICTION Feb 28, 2017
’The best thriller I’ve ever read.’ Philip Pullman With an introduction by Philip Pullman Kolymsky Heights. A frozen Siberian hell lost in endless night. The perfect location for an underground Russian research station. It’s a place so secret it doesn’t officially exist; once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate, he sends a plea across the wilderness to the West in order to summon the one man alive who can achieve the impossible… ’Sensationally good. ... + Read More
Series: The Rose of TibetPaperbackLionel Davidson9780571326822$18.99FICTION Apr 11, 2017
From the bestselling author of Kolymsky Heights ’I devoured it.’ Anthony Horowitz With an introduction by Anthony Horowitz A filmmaker is reported dead near Mount Everest. His brother, Charles Houston, is convinced he’s alive and is determined to find him. It’s a dangerous expedition. He travels from India to the forbidden land of Tibet. In the Yamdring monastery, he discovers an emerald treasure guarded by a woman with a deadly secret. But the Chinese army is coming… ’I hadn’t realised how much I had missed the genuine adventure story un... + Read More
Winner of the Waverton Good Read Award 2017 Shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017 Longlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2017 Imagine if your whole life changed in the blink of an eye… Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops into a war zone when he is gravely injured by an exploding IED. This devastating moment and the transformative months that follow are narrated here by forty-five objects, telling one unforgettable story.
Series: Into the BlackThe Inside Story of Metallica, 1991-2014PaperbackPaul Brannigan9780571295784$21.99MUSIC Feb 14, 2017
From the record-breaking success of 1991’s ‘Black Album’ to the band’s reinvention with the Load/Reload albums; from bassist Jason Newsted’s shock departure to the group’s subsequent meltdown as laid bare in the documentary Some Kind of Monster; from the Lulu album with Lou Reed to their hugely expensive feature film Through the Never, the second half of the Metallica story has been as eventful and controversial as it has triumphant.
Series: The Cure At TroyPaperbackSeamus Heaney9780571327652$22.99PERFORMING ARTS Feb 27, 2018
The Cure at Troy, by Seamus Heaney, is a verse adaptation of Sophocles’ play Philoctetes.Seamus Heaney’s version of Sophocles’ “Philoctetes” is responsive to the Greek playwright’s understanding of the relations between public and private morality. It dramatizes the conflict between personal integrity and political expediency and explores ways in which the victims of injustice can become as devoted to the contemplation of their wounded as the perpetrators are to the justification of their system. This play is the 1990 production of the Field Da... + Read More
Series: MilkPaperbackRoss Dunsmore9780571334223$21.99DRAMA Feb 28, 2017
You know, love is milk, that’s what it is. Three couples struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to catastrophe or redemption. An emotive and heartfelt play about what sustains us, what makes us sick and what we just can’t get enough of, Milk by Ross Dunsmore premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2016.
Series: The Rule of the LandWalking Ireland's BorderPaperbackGarrett Carr9780571313358$29.99TRAVEL Mar 28, 2017
A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK In the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland has gained greater significance: it is set to become the frontier with the European Union. Over the past year, Garrett Carr has travelled this border, on foot and by canoe, to uncover a landscape with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Across this thinly populated line, travelling down hidden pathways and among ancient monuments, Carr encounters a variety of characters who live on the frontier. He reveals the turbulent history of thi... + Read More
Series: A Very Expensive PoisonThe Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the WestPaperbackLuke Harding9781783350940$18.99POLITICAL SCIENCE Mar 31, 2017
1st November 2006: Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty-two days later he dies, killed from the inside by Polonium - a rare, lethal and highly radioactive substance. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia. This is the inside story of the life and death of Litvinenko and of Russia’s new cold war with the west. Harding traces the journey of the nuclear poison across London, from hotel room to nightclub, assassin to victim. It’s a deadly trail that leads back to Vladimir Putin, and to a regime expo... + Read More
Series: Faith HealerPaperbackBrian Friel9780571333882$21.99PERFORMING ARTS Feb 21, 2017
One of the masterpieces of Ireland’s greatest living playwright, Faith Healer weaves together the stories of a travelling healer, his wife and his manager. From their different versions of the healer’s performances and a terrible event at the centre of the drama, Friel creates a powerful and haunting work of art.
Since its first appearance in 1931 Herbert Read’s introduction to the understanding of art has established itself as a classic of its kind. It provides a basis for the appreciation of paintings, sculpture and art-objects of all periods by defining the elements that went into their making. A compact survey of the world’s art, from primitive cave-drawings to Jackson Pollock, The Meaning of Art explains the persistence of certain principles and aspirations throughout the history of art, and summarizes the essence of such movements as Gothi... + Read More
Series: This Is Memorial DeviceAn Hallucinated Oral History of the Post-Punk Music Scene in Airdrie, Coatbridge and environs 1978#1986PaperbackDavid Keenan9780571330836$31.99FICTION Mar 28, 2017
ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE MONTHLRB BOOK OF THE WEEKCAUGHT BY THE RIVER BOOK OF THE MONTH ’Beautifully believable and appallingly sad…One of the most acute, affecting and aphoristic novels of recent years…A hallucinatory and haunting vision.’ (The Guardian) This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock. It follows a c... + Read More
Series: ParadimePaperbackAlan Glynn9780571316236$16.99FICTION Mar 28, 2017
After a stint as a private contractor in Afghanistan, Danny Lynch is back in New York. But nothing’s easy. Work is hard to find and his girlfriend owes more than $30,000 in student loans. Danny is also haunted by something he witnessed at the base - a fact that could ultimately destroy him. Then he spots Teddy Trager, tech visionary and billionaire. These two men couldn’t be more different - except for one thing: in appearance, they’re identical. Danny becomes obsessed with Trager, and before long this member of the ninety-nine per cent is pas... + Read More
T. S. Eliot’s career as a successful stage dramatist gathers pace throughout the fascinating letters of this volume. Following his early experimentation with the dark comedy Sweeney Agonistes (1932), Eliot is invited to write the words of an ambitious scenario sketched out by the producer-director E. Martin Browne (who was to direct all of Eliot’s plays) for a grand pageant called The Rock (1934). The ensuing applause leads to a commission from the Bishop of Chichester to write a play for the Canterbury Festival, resulting in the quasi-liturgi... + Read More
A brand new look at the folk music tradition in England, a hugely readable social history of the phenomenon.In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music—but one of the great musical discoveries of the early twentieth century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music which was easily good enough to stand comparison with those of other parts of Britain and overseas. Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger, and a number of other enthusiasts gathered a huge harvest of songs and tunes which we... + Read More
Series: Field WorkPaperbackSeamus Heaney9780571331185$21.99POETRY Mar 28, 2017
Seamus Heaney was ’the greatest poet of our age’ (Guardian). From his remarkable debut in 1966, he pioneered the poetry of our times across five decades of cultural and political change, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Field Work, his fifth volume, from 1979, is a collection of poems that were among the finest he would ever write. Inspired by the four years that Heaney and his family spent in rural County Wicklow after leaving the violence of Belfast, Field Work is one of the poet’s most celebrated volumes. The collectio... + Read More
The powerful new collection from award-winning poet, Emily Berry. Emily Berry’s Dear Boy was described as a ‘blazing debut’, winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2013. Stranger, Baby, its follow-up, is marked by the same sense of fantasy and play, estrangement and edgy humour for which she has become known. But these poems delve deeper again, in their off-kilter and often painful encounter with childhood loss. This is a book of mourning, recrimination, exhilaration and ‘oceanic feeling’: ’A meditation on a want that can never... + Read More
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE 2017 The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start. Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world—This Nation’s Saving Grace, The Wonderful and Frightening World Of…—Brix spent ten years in the band before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E Smith. But Brix’s story is much more than rock ’n’ ro... + Read More
’To me, home cooking means having fun with great ingredients without having to spend a fortune. It means spending some time, but not all the time, cooking nourishing flavoursome food. This book includes all my kitchen essentials and they are delicious and totally do-able.’ This inspiring guide for the home cook is about enjoying good food any day of the week. Thomasina Miers, founder of Wahaca and Guardian weekend cook has collected her most-loved recipes; recipes that she has fed her friends and family at her always busy kitchen table, recipe... + Read More
Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize England is in a state of environmental and economic crisis. Under the repressive regime of The Authority, citizens have been herded into urban centres, and all women of child-bearing age fitted with contraceptive devices. A woman known as ‘Sister’ leaves her oppressive marriage to join an isolated group of women in a remote northern farm at Carhullan, where she intends to become a rebel fighter. But can she follow their notion of freedom and what it means to fight for it?
Series: Golden HillPaperbackFrancis Spufford9780571225200$18.99FICTION Jan 10, 2017
New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition—he has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble…
A Booker-longlisted novel of art, absence, loss and passion, from Britain’s most exciting contemporary writer. Moving between Italy and England, the lives of four people intertwine across half a century: a dying painter considers the sacrifices and losses that have made him an enigma; a blind girl tries to make sense of a world she can no longer see; a landscape artist finds himself trapped in dangerous terrain, and a young woman embarks on a dangerous affair of darkness and sexual abandon.
Nearing the end of his career, an impulsive Sir Edward Elgar decides to travel by ship to Brazil, where he encounters a woman from his past. Based on true events, Gerontius is a modern classic, and takes the great composer out of his depths in this beautiful, episodic, mysterious novel set in 1923.
After its publication in 1667, John Milton’s Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit. Now it is little read. To bring readers back to Milton’s masterpiece, John Carey has shortened it to a third of its original length. In this fascinating reinterpretation, Carey reveals new insights about Milton’s sources of inspiration, while exploring divided readings of the work’s key characters. The Essential Paradise Lost presents the epic’s greatest poetry, with linking passages that preserve its cosm... + Read More
Series: Aeneid Book VIPaperbackSeamus Heaney9780571327324$21.99POETRY Apr 25, 2017
In a momentous publication, Seamus Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, Virgil’s epic poem composed sometime between 29 and 19 BC, follows the hero, Aeneas, on his descent into the underworld. In Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O’Driscoll, Heaney acknowledged the importance of the poem to his writing, noting that ’there’s one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence, and that is Aeneas’s venture into the underworld. The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years - the golden bough... + Read More
Series: The Finest MusicAn Anthology of Early Irish LyricsPaperbackMaurice Riordan9780571298020$21.99POETRY Apr 25, 2017
In a series of timeless and modern-day renditions, Maurice Riordan brilliantly introduces us to the poems that founded Ireland’s rich literature. Memorable and accessible, these early lyrics are presented in their classic incarnations by literary giants from both sides of the Irish Sea: in examples by W. H. Auden, Flann O’Brien, Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Montague, Robert Graves and Frank O’Connor. But the anthology is much more than a survey of canonical texts; through a series of specially commissioned poems, fresh eyes are brought to bear on... + Read More
Series: AnimalAn Autobiography of a Female BodyPaperbackSara Pascoe9780571325245$18.99SOCIAL SCIENCE Apr 25, 2017
Sometimes I confuse myself. I get wildly and pointlessly jealous. I spend too much time hating my bum. And you know what I hate more than my bum? My preoccupation with my bum. I’ve had sexual experiences with boys I wasn’t really in to, but I got a post-coital crush on them. I’ve ruined the start of a relationship by immediately imagining it going into reverse. There is so much about my behaviour I want to understand. So I started researching what makes me – and us – tick. And what I read made my eyes fall out of my face. Reader, here is every... + Read More
Series: RainFour Walks in English WeatherPaperbackMelissa Harrison9780571328949$18.99TRAVEL Apr 25, 2017
A wonderful meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison. Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves differently, and over time the terrain itself is transformed. In Rain, Melissa Harrison explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of four rain showers, in four seasons, across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor. Blending these expeditions with rea... + Read More
Series: The Doll FuneralHardcoverKate Hamer9780571313853$27.99FICTION Mar 28, 2017
My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of ou... + Read More
Series: Art Sex MusicPaperbackCosey Fanni Tutti9780571328512$31.99BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Jun 13, 2017
Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades. It is the account of an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris, whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle ‘Wreckers of Civilisation’…shortly before he was arrested for i... + Read More
Series: The Disappearance of Émile ZolaLove, Literature and the Dreyfus CaseHardcoverMichael Rosen9780571312016$35.99BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Feb 28, 2017
It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter ‘J’accuse’ and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola’s footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Zola offers an ... + Read More
Series: Black WaterPaperbackLouise Doughty9780571278671$16.99FICTION Apr 25, 2017
Harper wakes every night, terrified of the sounds outside his hut halfway up a mountain in Bali. He is afraid that his past as a mercenary has caught up with him - and that his life may now been in danger. As he waits to discover his fate, he meets Rita, a woman with her own past tragedy, and begins a passionate affair. Their relationship makes Harper realise that exile comes in many forms - but can Rita and Harper save each other while they are putting each other very much at risk? Moving between Indonesia, the Netherlands and California, from... + Read More
The Importance of Music to Girls tells the story of the adventures that music leads us into - getting drunk, falling in love, cutting our hair, wanting to change the world - as well as the darker side of the adolescent years: loneliness, bullying, getting arrested. Lavinia Greenlaw remembers the music that inspired and accompanied her, and compelled her generation. From fancying Donny Osmond, to wanting to be Ian Curtis, this is a razor-sharp memoir, filtered through the medium of music.
Series: The ContractA John Q MysteryPaperbackJ.M. Gulvin9780571323814$27.99FICTION May 23, 2017
In New Orleans, Texas Ranger John Q is out of his jurisdiction, and possibly out of his depth. It seems everyone in Louisiana wants to send him home, and every time he asks questions there’s trouble: from the pharmacist to the detective running scared to the pimp who turned to him as a last resort. Before John Q knows it, he looks the only link between a series of murders. So who could be trying to set him up, and why, and who can he turn to in a city where Southern tradition and family ties rule? Infused with the rhythms of its iconic setting,... + Read More
Series: Natural SelectionA year in the gardenHardcoverDan Pearson9781783351176$42.95GARDENING Jun 27, 2017
“When it sings, a garden will have the power to transport and to lead you to a place that is magical… It is an oasis for creation, available to anyone with a little space and the compunction to get their hands dirty.” In Natural Selection, Dan Pearson draws on ten years of his Observer columns to explore the rhythms and pleasures of a year in the garden. Travelling between his city-bound plot in Peckham and twenty acres of rolling hillside in Somerset, he celebrates the beautiful skeletons of the winter garden, the joyous passage into spring,... + Read More
In this richly varied selection of Tony Harrison’s provocative prose of the last fifty years, the great poet of page, stage and screen presents a lifetime’s thinking about art and politics, creativity and mortality. In so doing, he takes us on an extraordinary journey through languages and across continents and millennia, from his Nigerian Lysistrata to the British Raj of his version of Racine’s Ph è dre, to post-Communist Europe for the film Prometheus to a one-off performance of The Kaisers of Carnuntum at the Roman amphitheatre between Vienn... + Read More
Series: DovesHardcoverLachlan Mackinnon9780571333318$31.99POETRY May 23, 2017
Doves is Lachlan Mackinnon’s most candid and affecting volume of poems to date, and follows on from Small Hours, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry in 2010. Formally dexterous and inventive, these inclusive, approachable poems welcome all-comers in their broad-minded address: refugees, reality television, detective shows, number-theory, Shakespeare’s brothers, ecology, a marriage. Wherever it turns, the poetry remains courageously sociable and moral, ever concerned with honouring lives and good deeds, and asking what can be saved fro... + Read More