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Sixteen-year-old Rory’s birthday hasn’t got off to a shining start. A bag of soggy chips and nostalgic memories of an absent dad are unlikely to get anyone into the party spirit. As Rory sits by the pier at the edge of his dead-end town, he encounters a washed up, naked, utterly strange girl.

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In this frank account of her alcoholism, Blackout follows Sarah Hepola’s life as a functioning alcoholic on the road to sobriety. From pre-teen to well into her 30s Hepola’s life was a series of nights she couldn’t remember.

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Memoirs of a Dipper was inspired by Nell Leyshon’s time working with recovering addicts. It’s the story of Gary, who has been a criminal ever since his father (“the Old Man”, always) took him out one night as a child for his first burglary.

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With his debut novel Ours Are the Streets, Sunjeev Sahota was named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013, on an illustrious rostrum that included Zadie Smith, Evie Wyld and Baileys-Prize shortlisted Kamila Shamsie.

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"Get rich. Get laid. Get even" shouts the tag-line on the cover of Michelle Miller’s The Underwriting, summing up neatly the desires in play in her novel.

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This is a paradoxical kind of a novel about everything and yet nothing as it follows the final year in the life of 90-year-old Marvellous Ways and just a few of the lives she influenced along her journey.

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Dawnay Price is something of an 18th century superwoman. Disadvantaged from birth, she has a steely determination to learn and to be her own woman in a society hostile to women with ideas.

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