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California

By Edan Lepucki
For fans of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and The Road by Cormac McCarthy, California is a gripping story of love at the end of the world.

The sunshine state lies in darkness.

Los Angeles is in ruins, left to the angels now.

And the world Cal and Frida have always known is gone.

Cal and Frida have left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in one other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown but unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realise this community poses its own dangers. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

Breathtakingly original, fearless and inventive, pitch perfect in its portrayal of the intimacies and tiny betrayals of marriage, so utterly gripping it demands to be read in one sitting: Edan Lepucki's California is the novel you have been waiting for, the novel that perfectly captures the hopes and anxieties of contemporary America. This is a novel that resonates on every level, a novel that stays with you for a lifetime. Read it nowImaginative, inventive and beautifully written, California is both a shocking and engrossing readEdan Lepucki's electrifying debut novel California has everything you want from a great pool-side read. Gripping and provocative . . . You won't be able to put it downEdan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and is a staff writer for the influential blog The Millions. Her work has already appeared in publications including McSweeny's, LA Times Magazine and Best American Short Stories 2012.A brilliantly written novel from an exciting new American voice, Edan Lepucki will get a lot of attention on US publication.Plays skilfully on contemporary anxieties and fears over the rise of global super-viruses, climate change and the depletion of natural resources - this novel has a strongly zeitgeist feel to it.
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Salvage

By Keren David
A heart-rending but compulsively readable look at how the choices our parents make affect our lives . . . for ever

Aidan Jones was my brother. But I couldn't really remember his face. I couldn't remember talking to him or playing with him. He was just a gap, an absence, a missing person.

Before she was adopted by a loving family and raised in a leafy Home Counties town, Cass Montgomery was Cass Jones. Her memories of her birth family disappeared with her name. But when her adopted family starts to break down, a way out comes in the form of a message from her lost brother, Aidan. Having Aidan back in her life is both everything she needs and nothing she expected. Who is this boy who calls himself her brother? And why is he so haunted?

I glance at the paper. There's a big picture on the front page. A girl with dark red hair. A girl with eyes that might have been green or they might have been grey. I sit down and stare at Cass, and it is her, it is. My stolen sister.

Aidan's a survivor. He's survived an abusive stepfather and an uncaring mother. He's survived crowded foster homes and empty bedsits.He's survived to find Cass. If only he can make her understand what it means to be part of his family. . .

A compassionate examination of race, class and societal expectationThis is a terrific novel, gripping and complexThe heart-rending story of two siblings separated in early childhood. Contemporary, compulsive and a brilliant jacket, tooLife-affirming, witty and uplifting... David gets better with every bookDavid... adeptly captures the immense pressures faced both by young people from whom everything is expected and those consigned to the rubbish heap when their lives have barely begunHeart-rendingSalvage is really going to make people sit up and noticeSkilfully written, Salvage marks David as an author of empathy and truthfulness.Keren David's writing ... has heart without being sentimental, is skilfully plotted, and its emotional and moral landscapes are nuanced. ... [Salvage is a] gripping ride.David has written a sympathetic novel which describes with insight family dysfunction and the effects of being taken away from one's family.

Keren David got her first job in journalism, at eighteen, as a messenger girl. The following year she turned down a place at university to be apprenticed as a reporter. She's worked for many of the national newspapers in Scotland and London and later became a commissioning editor on the Independent's op-ed page.

After eight years in Amsterdam, Keren returned to London in 2007 and took a course of evening classes in Writing for Children at City University. Her first book, the award-winning When I Was Joe started out as a plot-planning exercise on the course. Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery, a stand-alone novel, is currently being developed into a musical. Salvage is Keren's fifth book.

Salvage examines provocative contemporary issues - class, race, adoption - in Keren's trademark approachable, identifiable wayKeren is a multi-award winning author - Salvage is sure to take her to bigger and more prestigious nominations and winsWith its blend of real life issues and heartbreaking characters, Salvage is the perfect book for fans of Before I Die, If I Stay, The Fault in Our Stars and Thirteen Reasons WhyAges 14+
Sphere

In the Interests of Safety

By Tracey Brown, Michael Hanlon
An entertaining and fascinating examination of the rules and regulations that dominate everyday life.

Does an airline pilot really need to surrender his tweezers at airport security when he's about to board an aircraft equipped with an axe on the back of the cockpit door?

Can a mobile phone really cause a major explosion at a petrol station?

And is there really a good reason why you should be prevented from swimming in a lake more than a foot deep?

These rules exist, and they exist in the name of our own protection. But in this engrossing dissection of global health, safety and security regulations, authors Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon dig a little deeper to discover the real reasons behind many of the instructions we obey without questioning their creators' motives. Their conclusions range from the startling to the staggering, and in presenting them the authors seek to empower readers to question the people and organisations who come up with them in the first place.

Michael Hanlon is a London-based science journalist and author who writes regularly for national newspapers as well as The Spectator and New Scientist. Michael is the author of five popular science books, including: The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Ten Questions Science Can't Answer Yet and Eternity: Our Next Billion Years. Michael has participated in a gorilla rescue in Congo, become thoroughly lost in central Borneo and experienced a zero-gravity astronaut training flight over the Nevada desert. He finally saw the light about climate change after a swim in a melt-water lake a mile up on the Greenlandic icecap.

Tracey Brown is the Director of Sense About Science, a charity that campaigns for better evidence in public debate and policy making in the UK, and world-wide through international collaboration. She has led award-winning national campaigns to defend sound research and to stop misleading medical claims and, through Sense About Science, is currently challenging the routine concealment of clinical trial data by medical drug development companies. Tracey has contributed to books and journals on science, policy and the public, including Better Science Communication and comments regularly in newspapers, magazines, events and broadcasts.

A subject with very broad appeal - from fans of Ben Goldacre's Bad Science (340k TCM across two formats), to Francis Wheen's How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World (140k TCM) and Quentin Letts' 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain (100k TCM).Impeccable author credentials - Tracey Brown has advised Ben Goldacre and Simon Singh on their respective libel cases so knows this area of the market very well, while Michael Hanlon was Science Editor for the Daily Mail so brings a very mass-market approach.
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Friendship

By Emily Gould
Emily Gould's dazzling novel traces, with wit and honesty, the evolution of a friendship between two New Yorkers as they confront their thirties.

Bev Tunney and Amy Schein are best friends, but now, at thirty, they have reached a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed muster in her mid-twenties: temping, living in a shared house, drowning in debt. Amy is a fiercely charismatic media darling still riding the tailwinds of early success, but reality is catching up with her. And now Bev is unexpectedly pregnant.

As Amy and Bev are dragged into genuine adulthood, they are forced to contemplate the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart. They want to help each other but can't help themselves; want to make good decisions, but fall prey to their worst impulses. An encounter with an accomplished older woman, Sally, throws their problems into sharp relief. Emily Gould's dazzling novel traces the evolution of a friendship with wry sympathy, refreshing honesty and humour.

Funny and illuminating . . . A clever, sharp novel about proper growing upA sharp study of female friendshipTruth-teller Emily Gould hurls her heart and mind into this hilarious, bittersweet taleI read Friendship with great pleasure. Emily Gould recreates with wit and insight the New York I know: a place full of fame and money that's not yours, where friends become family and lovers become ex-lovers, and the big questions about your life stay unanswered, and unanswerable, for a long timeEmily Gould is massively talented, just as good at devastating us with an emotional truth as she is at amusing us with a clever jokeFriendship's characters are brave, smart, wounded, stupid, petty and wise, like most of the people I know and love. Gould's humor and honesty gets us good and close to this world, and her wonderful particularity makes familiar things new againAnd the Heart Says Whatever comes by its anger and melancholy honestly, and it makes sense of much that is puzzling about our cultural momentEmily Gould is an author, journalist and the co-founder of a feminist publishing startup, Emily Books. She has written extensively for publications including the New York Times, London Review of Books, Guardian, The Economist, Slate and Jezebel, and since 2005 has run a popular blog at emilymagazine.com. She is the author of a collection of essays, And the Heart Says Whatever, and Friendship is her debut novel.The debut novel from a highly acclaimed young author, journalist and blogger. Gould's work has been praised by Curtis Sittenfeld, Jonathan Franzen and Chad Harbach.A witty, subtle yet accessible 'Generation Rent' coming-of-age story reminiscent of Lena Dunham's acclaimed TV series Girls or Noah Baumbach's film Frances Ha.
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The Spring of Kasper Meier

By Ben Fergusson
The launch of a brilliant new British talent, perfect for fans of Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada.

The war is over, but Berlin is a desolate sea of rubble. There is a shortage of everything: food, clothing, tobacco. The local population is scrabbling to get by. Kasper Meier is one of these Germans, and his solution is to trade on the black market to feed himself and his elderly father. He can find anything that people need, for the right price. Even other people.

When a young woman, Eva, arrives at Kasper's door seeking the whereabouts of a British pilot, he feels a reluctant sympathy for her but won't interfere in military affairs. But Eva is prepared for this. Kasper has secrets, she knows them, and she'll use them to get what she wants. As the threats against him mount, Kasper is drawn into a world of intrigue he could never have anticipated. Why is Eva so insistent that he find the pilot? Who is the shadowy Frau Beckmann and what is her hold over Eva?

Under constant surveillance, Kasper navigates the dangerous streets and secrets of a city still reeling from the horrors of war and defeat. As a net of deceit, lies and betrayal falls around him, Kasper begins to understand that the seemingly random killings of members of the occupying forces are connected to his own situation. He must work out who is behind Eva's demands, and why - while at the same time trying to save himself, his father and Eva.

The finest thing in the novel is the imaginative recreation of time and place, the bombed and ruined city over which the past hangs darkly, where no possible future can yet be envisaged . . . A decidedly accomplished first novel . . . where the keenness of observation and the rhythms of the prose call Graham Greene to mindA powerful evocation of shattered lives trying to reconnect - and a heartbreaking story of the pain of compassionA gripping mystery set in a surreal and terrifying post-war Berlin where nothing is quite what it seems. I loved itWhat I loved about this book were two things above all: firstly, a moment in time and place - devastated post-war Berlin - in which things were done that one knew nothing about, and were shocking. Secondly, he brought Kasper and Eva and the others' experience to pungent physical life with his sensual description of sight, sound, and above all smell. It was real on the page. A great achievement and a tremendous debutThe plot is tight, but it's the unflinching depiction of a desperate world in post-war Berlin, conveyed in beautiful prose, that makes this thriller so powerful

Ben Fergusson is a writer, editor and translator. Born in Southampton in 1980, he studied English Literature at Warwick University and Modern Languages at Bristol University, and has worked for ten years as an editor and publisher in the art world.

His short fiction has appeared in publications in both the UK and the US and has won and been shortlisted for a range of prizes, including the 2010 Bridport Prize. From 2009-2010 he edited the literary journal Chroma and since 2013 has been the editor of the short story magazine Oval Short Fiction. Currently based in London, his first novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier, was written during a four-year period living and working in Berlin.

The biggest fiction debut launch for L, B/Abacus in 2014, from an extremely talented and exciting new writer.Vividly evocative of post-WW2 Berlin, this is a perfect read for fans of William Boyd's Restless and Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada - tightly plotted, emotionally gripping and a brilliant sense of place and period.A brilliant read for book clubs, combining a compelling narrative drive with the retelling of history from a 'forgotten' or lost perspective - a 52 year-old gay man living in post-WW2 Berlin, whose sexuality doesn't define his experience, but informs his life and what happens to him.
Sphere

Watching You

By Michael Robotham
The chilling new psychological thriller -- a truly gripping read from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today.

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for Marnie's birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life. But it's not the story anyone was expecting . . .

Michael Robotham started his career as a journalist but then became a ghostwriter, writing many bestselling autobiographies in collaboration with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities. His thrillers have been translated into twenty-two languages and he has twice won Australia's Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel. He was shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008 and was also shortlisted for the inaugral ITV3 Thriller Awards.A pulse-stopping thriller from a remarkable author -- everyone who reads him is an instant fanAn unsettling, compulsively page-turning novel featuring brilliant clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin
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Tower Lord

By Anthony Ryan
The second novel in the bestselling Raven's Shadow series - a powerful epic fantasy from an exciting new British talent

THE REALM BURNS.



Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home.

Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance - not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the Realm has ever faced.

Yet as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies. To save the Realm, Reva must embrace a future she does not want - and Vaelin must revisit a past he'd rather leave buried.

Easily is the best heroic epic fantasy of 2014 . . . Anthony Ryan is David Gemmell's natural successor and epic fantasy's best British talentAn awesome ride . . . Anthony Ryan really puts the 'epic' in 'epic fantasy'Anthony Ryan lives in London and is a writer of fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. He previously worked in a variety of roles for the UK government, but now writes full-time.Blood Song received huge critical acclaim and was the bestselling epic fantasy debut of 2013 in the UKBlood Song was Amazon UK's SFF Book of the Year for 2013A highly commercial, character-driven fantasy novel that is grand in scope and mixes explosive action with deadly intriguePerfect for fans of David Gemmell, Brent Weeks, Peter Brett and Patrick Rothfuss
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What Milo Saw

By Virginia Macgregor

* A BIG story about a small boy who sees the world a little differently

* For fans of The Rosie Project, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Wonder, comes this spellbinding and generous-hearted tale about a small boy who just wanted his gran to come home.

A BIG story about a small boy who sees the world a little differently



Nine-year-old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing and he will eventually go blind. But for now he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don't. When Milo's beloved gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo soon realises there's something very wrong at the home. The grown-ups won't listen to him so with just Tripi, the nursing home's cook, and Hamlet, his pet pig, to help, Milo sets out on a mission to expose the nursing home and the sinister Nurse Thornhill.

Insightful, wise and surprising, What Milo Saw is a novel filled with big ideas, simple truths and an emotional message that will resonate with everyone. Milo sees the world in a very special way and it will be impossible for you not to fall in love with him, savour every moment you spend with him and then share his story with everyone you know.

A poignant and very clever read - you'll fall in love with Milo!Deals with serious themes including family life and the treatment of the elderly in society. The novel addresses these issues with sensitivity and good humour reminiscent of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeA challenging and moving story about the power of love between generationsIt is impossible to resist falling in love with young Milo . . . A spectacular story that I will remember for a long time . . . I really do recommend itVirginia Macgregor was brought up in Germany, France and England by a mother who never stopped telling stories. From the moment she was old enough to hold a pen, Virginia set about writing her own, often late into the night - or behind her Maths textbook at school. Virginia was named after two great women, Virginia Wade and Virginia Woolf, in the hope she would be a writer and a tennis star. Her early years were those of a scribbling, rain-loving child who prayed for lightning to strike her tennis coach. After studying at Oxford, Virginia started writing regularly while working as an English Teacher and Housemistress. Virginia lives in Berkshire with her husband, Hugh.A BIG story about a small boy, readers will fall instantly in love with Milo and his childlike clarityDealing with the very current themes of a child's disability, how we treat the elderly, dementia, family dynamics and Syrian refugeesWill appeal to readers of child/teenage-narrated novels with adult themes e.g. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Wonder.Pre-publication international rights buzz: rights sold in Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and the Czech Republic with more to followDebut novel from an exciting new talent

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Omens

By Kelley Armstrong
Gripping, utterly original, sensational new thriller series from international bestseller Kelley Armstrong

A life shattered in one moment.



Olivia Jones has lived a life of privilege and good fortune. But on the eve of her wedding she discovers two shocking facts. One - she was adopted. Two - her biological parents are notorious serial killers.

A young woman forced on the run.

With her life in immediate danger, Liv must face reality in the most brutal way. But then she is confronted with a tantalising hope - is it possible her parents are innocent?

And the mysterious town that gave her sanctuary. At a price.

Arriving at the remote town of Cainsville, Liv believes she has found the perfect place to hide while she fights to discover the truth. But Cainsville is no ordinary town - and Liv's arrival was no accident...

Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite writersKelley Armstrong is author of the internationally bestselling Women of the Otherworld adult series and Darkest Powers YA trilogy. She lives in Ontario with her husband and two children.We have sold over 930,000 net copies of Kelley Armstrong's booksMassive, breakthrough potential for this new series with a brilliant premiseKelley Armstrong is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller
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Flesh Wounds

By Chris Brookmyre
Some secrets are worth dying for... From the unique mind of Chris Brookmyre comes the new Jasmine Sharp thriller, a dark masterpiece of crime fiction.

One crime brought them together . . .

Private investigator Jasmine Sharp should have wanted him dead.

Yet somehow, Jasmine bonded with Glen Fallan, the man who killed her father before she was born. Now he has been arrested for the murder of a local gangster, and Jasmine must finally enter his violent domain to seek answers.



. . . a second will break them apart

Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is in fear for her life.

When she discovers a symbol daubed on the head of Fallan's alleged victim, it unearths secrets that will threaten everything Catherine holds dear.



One murder. Two women. A lifetime of lies revealed.

Since his award-winning debut novel Quite Ugly One Morning, Chris Brookmyre has established himself as one of Britain's leading crime novelists.Chris Brookmyre's sales total 1.5 million copiesBoth Where the Bodies are Buried and When the Devil Drives were Sunday Times bestsellersBrookmyre's third mainstream crime novel in the Kate Atkinson mould, but retaining Brookmyre's distinctly dark sense of humour'Chris Brookmyre takes crime fans exactly where they want to go' Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

'A genuine, page-turning storyteller'

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