Under the Frog
By Tibor Fischer
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Under the Frog follows the adventures of two young Hungarian basketball players through the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the anti-Soviet uprising of 1956. In this spirited indictment of totalitarianism, the two improbable heroes, Pataki and Gyuri, travel the length and breadth of Hungary in an epic quest for food, lodging, and female companionship.Praise for Under the Frog:'A delicate, seriocomic treasure' ?Salman Rushdie'Ferociously funny, bitterly sad, and perfectly paced' ?A.S. Byatt
By Nigel Williams
When Elizabeth Price engages private detective Roland 'Orlando' Gibbons to find out the truth about her husband's suspected affair, she unwittingly sets off a chain of correspondence that reunites four formerly close-knit couples. They all live just a few suburban streets away from each other; they are all still married; so how - and why - did they become so estranged? In a series of letters - from love notes to condolence messages (the latter one arriving some years late) - each protagonist is far more self-revealing than they would ever be in person. The result is an uproarious and poignant portrait of four marriages, and a story about how little we know those we think we know best.Nigel Williams' new novel of suburban intrigue and late-flowering lust (and love) Unfaithfully Yours heralds the return of one of the country's finest comic writers, in peak condition: all hail Nigel Williams, chronicler of England's sleepy suburbs, where all is not quite as cricket as it seems . . .
By Alice Thomas Ellis
Behaving badly made Lydia feel better. She hoped she wasn't turning into one of those maniacs who murder people in order to establish their superiority over their fellows who say Please and Thank you and conform to the basic customs of society.Recovering from a love affair gone wrong, Lydia retreats to the Welsh countryside, leaving behind her sophisticated friends, but accidentally inviting Betty, "the human equivalent of sackcloth and ashes," as her companion. There they encounter Hywel, a dour farmer, Elizabeth, his nervous wife, the aspiring priest Beuno, Hywel's brother, and randy Doctor Wyn. Meanwhile Hywel's strange sister Angharad roams the land, observing all, while Lydia is increasingly unnerved by the unexplained laughter that comes down from the hills.