By Yara Rodrigues Fowler
'I read Stubborn Archivist in a ravenous gulp. It's stunning: so articulate about what it means to live between two languages and countries, tenderly unravelling the knots of unbelonging' Olivia Laing'My goodness. Yara Rodrigues-Fowler has conjured a work of rare power, startlingly original form, and devastating beauty. This novel is a triumph'Musa Okwonga'Stubborn Archivist is an intimate and wonderfully resourceful exploration of origins. In its quest to uncover what a person is made of it digs deeply into the living body, as well as tracing back through its tangled roots. Visceral and elegant, circumspect and vivid, Yara Rodrigues Fowler has a distinctly unhampered way of telling a story; I liked Stubborn Archivist very very much' Claire-Louise Bennett'Every page oozes with caustic wit, despair and self-awareness, creating a lyrical debut that pushes the novel form like no other in recent years. A talent to watch'Nikesh ShuklaWhen your mother considers another country home, it's hard to know where you belong. When the people you live among can't pronounce your name, it's hard to know exactly who you are. And when your body no longer feels like your own, it's hard to understand your place in the world. This is a novel of growing up between cultures, of finding your space within them and of learning to live in a traumatized body. Our stubborn archivist tells her story through history, through family conversations, through the eyes of her mother, her grandmother and her aunt and slowly she begins to emerge into the world, defining her own sense of identity.
By Charlotte Nash
One single mother. Three escaped pensioners. An unforgettable road tripIn their tiny, pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son, Harry, are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry's unreliable and impulsive father, Duncan, abandoned them to expand his business in New York. So when Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory sets off, determined to bring her son home any way she can.A chance encounter with three retirees on the run leaves Mallory leading an unlikely group road trip across the United States. Zadie, Ernie and Jock each have their own reasons for making the journey and along the way the four of them will learn not only the lengths they will travel to save each other, but that it's never too late to change the path you're on . . .'I was enthralled... Nash's skilled storytelling will keep you turning pages until the very end.' Fleur MacDonald
The Sea Queen
By Linnea Hartsuyker
Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fighting battles for King Harald keeps him away from home, as he confronts treachery and navigates a political landscape that grows more dangerous the higher he rises.Ragnvald's sister Svanhild has found the freedom and adventure she craves at the side of the rebel explorer Solvi Hunthiofsson, though not without a cost. She longs for a home where her quiet son can grow strong, and a place where she can put down roots, even as Solvi's ambition draws him back to Norway's battles again and keeps her divided from her brother.As a growing rebellion unites King Harald's enemies, Ragnvald suspects that some Norse nobles are not loyal to Harald's dream of a unified Norway. He sets a plan in motion to defeat all of his enemies, and bring his sister back to his side, while Svanhild finds herself with no easy decisions, and no choices that will leave her truly free. Their actions will hold irrevocable repercussions for the fates of those they love and for Norway itself.The Sea Queen returns to the fjords and halls of Viking-Age Scandinavia, a world of violence and prophecy, where honor is challenged by shifting alliances, and vengeance is always a threat to peace.Praise for The Half-Drowned King: 'Suspenseful, intriguing, gripping' New York Journal of Books'An unusual Viking saga... creates a more nuanced and richer portrait of Viking society, with its complex web of rituals, laws and debts of honour, than the genre usually provides' Sunday Times 'Like Game of Thrones, only more unscrupulous' Wall St Journal
So Much a Part of You
By Polly Dugan
Two women who've dated the same man navigate love, destiny, loss, and choice in this powerful debut.The friends we make in our 20s and 30s change our lives in ways we could never guess, and the tender linked stories in debut author Polly Dugan's collection explore the multiple ways our relationships are intertwined. A young woman accompanies her boyfriend on a visit to the dying mother of his ex-girlfriend. As she watches them play chess together, she sees the man with whom she can grow old. Years later, when her own mother is dying, she will find herself yearning to reach out to the ex-girlfriend and take comfort in that moment from long ago.Throughout the collection, as the characters reappear, friendships are tested and family secrets are revealed. Dugan explores how each of these women transition from one stage of life to another, the ripple effects of their emotional choices poignantly rising to the surface.
By Jane Gardam
Throughout her career, prize-winning novelist Jane Gardam has been writing glorious short stories, each one hallmarked with all the originality, poignancy, wry comedy and narrative brilliance of her longer fiction. Passion and longing, metamorphosis and enchantment are Gardam's themes, and like a magician she plucks them from the quietest of corners: from Wimbledon gardens and cold churches, from London buses and industrial backstreets. A mother watching her children on the beach dreams of a long-lost lover, an abandoned army wife sees a ghost at a moorland gate, a translator adrift in Geneva is haunted by the unspeakable manifestation of her own fears, and a colonial servant wreaks a delicious revenge on her monstrous masters. Gardam's cast is wide and wonderful, saints and mystics, trollops and curmudgeons, yearning mothers and lost children, beloved figures such as Old Filth and less familiar - but equally unforgettable - characters like Signor Settimo, the sad-eyed provincial photographer marooned in Shipley or Florrie Ironside, the ferocious matron he seduces. With a mischievous ear for dialogue, a glittering eye for detail and a capacious understanding of the vagaries of the human heart, Jane Gardam's stories will captivate, sadden and delight.
Scandal In Prior's Ford
By Eve Houston
Prior's Ford's Women's Rural Institute finds itself on the verge of a civil war when Moira Melrose is defeated in her bid to become president for the third time by newcomer Alma Parr. Moira seeks revenge by trying to outdo the Parrs' extravagant Christmas outdoor decorations, and the feud escalates from there, setting neighbour against neighbour. A former villager returns to set up the village's first holiday home, causing deep resentment, and things are going from bad to worse at Tarbethill Farm when building starts on the field that Victor McNair persuaded his father Bert to hand over to him.
Steampunk: Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
By Zdenko Basic, Zdenko Basic
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol tells the time-honored tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, whose encounters with the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come lead him to examine his bitter existence. Haunting steampunk illustrations by acclaimed artist Zdenko Basic accompany the original story, transforming this Christmas classic like never before. Images of steam-powered machinery, a chilling industrial London, and ornate mechanical gears come together as Scrooge travels through his life on Christmas Eve night. Additionally, Charles Dickens' celebrated short stores, The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton" and A Christmas Tree" are included and paired with equally enchanting steampunk illustrations. Those of us who cherish each holiday with Dickens in our hearts,the man who has linked the Christmas spirit with love, forgiveness, and charity,will treasure this rare collector's edition for this Christmas and many to come.
By Ben Mezrich
When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady is murdered, it's up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. Jack's search leads him on a far-flung journey,from Brazil, India, Peru, and beyond,as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, and discovers that Jeremy may have hit upon something that's been concealed for centuries. With the help of scientist Sloane Costa, they discover a conspiracy to hide a roadmap to the Garden of Eden,and the truth behind a mythological ancient culture. With a heart-pounding pace and panoramic backdrops, Seven Wonders is an electrifying read, and will be the first in a trilogy.
By Leila Meacham
One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the 'black waxy' promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.
The Storm King
By Pete Seeger, Jeff Haynes, Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems-set to new music created by over 70 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic Music, Classical Guitar, Folk, Israeli Music, Jazz, Native American Music, and Tuvan Throat Singing-taking Pete's wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age.Each piece is unique in sound and emotion and also in how it came together. Jeff Haynes, world-renowned percussionist and producer, has worked closely with Pete to create something spectacular-weaving Pete's words to the music of artists from around the world-who would not otherwise have shared a stage with Pete but who have been deeply influenced by him.
The Sea Is My Brother (Expanded Critical Edition)
By Jack Kerouac
In the spring of 1943, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother . Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon. A clear precursor to such landmark works as On the Road , The Dharma Bums , and Visions of Cody , it is an important formative work that hints at the hallmarks of classic Kerouac: the search for spiritual meaning in a materialistic world, spontaneous travel as the true road to freedom, late nights in bars engaged in intense conversation, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness.
The Spinoza Problem
By Irvin D. Yalom
In The Spinoza Problem , Irvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical novel. A psychiatrist with a deep interest in philosophical issues, Yalom jointly tells the story of the seventeenth-century thinker Baruch Spinoza, his philosophy and subsequent excommunication from the Jewish community, and his apparent influence on the Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, whose einsatzgruppe was dispatched during the Second World War to investigate a mysterious Spinoza Problem." Seamlessly alternating between Golden Age Amsterdam and Nazi Germany, Yalom investigates the inner lives of these two enigmatic men in a tale of influence and anxiety, the origins of good and evil, and the philosophy of freedom and the tyranny of terror.
By Nicholas Sparks
Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again you must learn to trust again.When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet unassuming, Katie is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships.Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community. But even as Katie starts to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her . . .
By Kia Dupree
Since the day Nicola lost her job, she's had to make tough decisions no parent would ever want to make. Now she and her daughter Tinka don't seem to understand each other. They're drifting in two different directions. Tinka feels she can never meet her mother's standards--whether it's chores, school work, or the guys she likes. Worse, her two older brothers, Marquan and Taevon, are always in and out of trouble but are easily let off the hook. To Tinka, it just doesn't seem fair when she tries so hard to please her mother.Falling on hard times, Nicola has to move her family into a notoroius project in Washington D.C. She knows she must work extra hard to keep her children from succumbing to the streets. But with each day comes new challenges, and when Marquan faces murder charges, Nicola turns all of her focus and energy on his case. Meanwhile, Tinka's interest is piqued by a guy who is all too familiar with the streets, leading her down a path her mother dreads.
By James Miller
Mark Burrows is an 'invisible man', a British secret agent adept at moving undetected through the most hostile environments. Summoned for one last mission, he must make contact with Charlie Ashe, his fearsome former colleague and brother-in-law. Ashe has reappeared with a new name and a terrifying new agenda in the Storm Zone, a mysterious region racked by devastating hurricanes and inhabited by cults, criminal gangs and insurgent armies. The mission will force Burrows to question his loyalties and to understand that the greatest danger lies not with his target, but with the forces that seek to control the world around him.
By Helene Young, Helene Young
Surviving a missile strike on her aircraft suddenly seems like the easy part for Lauren Bennett. A year after being attacked mid flight, Lauren is sure she's overcome her guilt at losing a friend in the ensuing crash. Her brittle, glossy veneer doesn't fool Callam Granger but the naval patrol boat captain knows he's got no right to an opinion. He wasn't therewhen she needed him most and she's not going to let him forget it. On a routine surveillance assignment Lauren uncovers an operation trafficking sex slaves. Pursuing the women - and their captors - will take her deep into the Australian outback and a reluctant Callam knows this time he can't let her go alone. Is it possible for Lauren and Callam to put aside old enmities to outwit, outrun and ultimately out-fly the traffickers? Or will the frantic race to free the women simply ignite their emotions, endangering yet more lives?
Sisters And Husbands
By Connie Briscoe
It's ten years following Sisters and Lovers, and Beverly, now aged 39, is engaged to a man her family and friends agree is a great catch. Everyone is happy that Beverly will finally settle down, especially since this is her third engagement in the last five years -having backed out about two weeks before the wedding date for one reason or another. Julian, Beverly's fiancé, is the epitome of a good black man - gorgeous, loyal, trustworthy, successful, and very much in love with Beverly. Nothing could be better in the couple's lives than being in love and planning their wedding. That is, until Beverly's oldest sister's marriage falls apart, dampening the mood for what should have been the happiest time in her life. Now Beverly is forced to wonder if marriage really works, as she begins to second guess her own nuptials. Will Beverly stick it out? Or will her fears cloud her judgement once again?
Searching For Tina Turner
By Jacqueline E. Luckett
Lena Spencer appears to have it all: a rich husband, two wonderful children, and a life of luxury. Though she seems to have everything, Lena is missing one important thing...happiness. Her husband is emotionally distant, her son has developed a drug habit, and her daughter is disgusted by her mom's 'overbearing behaviour'. Lena soon learns that money can't buy happiness and her husband is no longer the man she married. After refusing further counseling, Randall offers his wife an ultimatum: 'Be grateful for all I've done for you or leave.' Lena decides to take the latter choice. Drawing strength from Tina Turner's autobiography, SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER is Lena's struggle to find herself after twenty-five years of being Randall's wife.
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
By Alexander McCall Smith
As the countdown to Mma Makutsi's wedding begins, all is not as it should be at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the weak against the strong, has reason to reflect on Rule No.3 of The Principles of Private Detection: never lie to the client. Apprentice mechanic Charlie seems to be avoiding certain important responsibilities. And as Mma Makutsi's big day approaches, her nemesis Violet Sephotho is casting her net wider: by standing for election which could spell trouble for the entire nation. But as friends and family gather under starry African night skies, it turns out that even the most perplexing of apparitions - and the most shocking of crimes - may yield to rational explanation. And, of course, to Mma Ramotswe's inimitable way with love, intuition and redbush tea.
Savour The Moment
By Nora Roberts
Childhood friends Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline have formed a very successful wedding-planning business together but, despite helping thousands of happy couples organise the biggest day of their lives, all four women are unlucky in love.Chef Laurel McBane has worked hard all her life to secure her dream - to be an award-winning baker. Now, her wedding cakes are as close as anyone can get to edible perfection - stunning creations that complement Mac's beautiful photographs and Emmaline's floral bouquets. Because Laurel has worked so hard to overcome her tough upbringing, she is wary about letting anything, or anyone, get in the way of her work. But a slowly simmering chemistry with Parker's brother Del has suddenly become too hot to ignore . . .