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Alby is a mess – his mother is dead and his remaining family (including his violent sister and foul mouthed one-legged father) are just as bad as he is. The story is as erratic as its narrator – it hops between decades and juggles references just as frantically as a conversation in real time does.

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This is Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" updated for a modern audience. Ted has just discovered his wife, Miranda, is having an affair with the contractor he has hired to build their dream house.

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Starting Nikki Cloke’s Lay Me Down is like eavesdropping on a conversation in a bar. There are fragments of sentences, snatches of interrupted speech, allusions to people and events past and to come, which as yet mean nothing all drawing you in, gripping your imagination and making you listen harder, wanting to know more.

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All Lalla has known for the past 16 years has been danger, fear and questions. In a not-too-distant future when supplies and fuel have become ever scarcer, a bruta totalitarian government has created a state where people survive only through constant monitoring and abiding by harsh, frightening rules. 

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Daniel Handler (otherwise known as Lemony Snicket) returns to adult fiction with his latest literary outing, We Are Pirates. Like most 14-year-old girls, Gwen is searching for something more.

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In Red Queen Victoria Aveyard has delivered a clever, slick and compelling debut. The dystopian novel will please fans of The Hunger Games but uses a supernatural twist to explore the theme of social injustice.  In Red Queen your blood status - whether you are Silver or Red - determines your social positioning.

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Highly acclaimed author of A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth has published his most recent book of poetry, Summer Requiem. This lyrical and elegiac collection breathes warm late English summer air through its pages. The poetry contained therein is both nostalgic and graceful as well as refreshingly light hearted and amusing

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For most people there are two sorts of mathematics: there is the practical arithmetic they use in their everyday lives, adding up receipts and calculating their share of bills; and there is the maths of abstract concepts and models which they tend to leave to professional mathematicians and eco

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Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and Costa Prize for his debut Bee Journal, Sean Borodale’s second poetry collection for Jonathan Cape continues a sense of writing at the scene.

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Regina Robichard is a young New York civil rights lawyer who takes on the case of a black veteran murdered on his journey back home. The person who has asked Reggie to take on the case is M P Calhoun, reclusive author of The Secret of Magic, an infamous book banned in the South which Reggie loved as a child.

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"Born of a father", Anna "split his head" when she entered the world and Conrad is the centre of her universe despite their immediate separation. Alone aged 12 she finds her way to the village where she is delivered to social services.

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In her first book, The Fish Ladder, Katharine Norbury travels to find the sources of rivers which she interweaves with the story of how she rediscovered her birth family and her health. Each chapter of this evocative memoir is named after a meaningful place,

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