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Alex Christofi’s first novel sees a young man thrown into the big wide world and trying to find his place – by cleaning windows. Günter Glass is seven years old when he finds out about the material that shares his name.

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This fantastic new collection from Andrew Fox is a meditation upon distance in all its forms. From the simplest scenarios Fox weaves beautifully evocative tales that capture the disconnected way we live.

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Robyn Cadwallader’s debut novel is the story of a young woman in medieval England who chooses to be enclosed as a holy woman, or an anchoress, shut into a tiny cell for a life of prayer and fasting. Sarah is just 17 and grieving for her beloved sister who died in chil

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Esperanza Street is a wonderfully evocative novel, richly populated with curanderos, sorcerers, psychic surgeons, street vendors, illegal gamblers, Catholic priests and villains.

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Before, During, After tells the story of a couple facing catastrophe and their efforts to recover from tragedy - both national and personal.  We begin the story with Natasha, an unfulfilled assistant, as she meets Michael, an intellectual priest having d

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Andrew O’Hagan’s latest novel juxtaposes the two very different narratives of octogenarian Anne Quirk and her 29-year-old grandson, Luke Campbell, in a book that explores the devastation of both dementia, war and the mechanisms by which we cope with painful experiences.  

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Meet Theo, a ten-year-old who lives in his father’s ageing mansion on Long Island, a house that is reputedly the inspiration behind the Gatsby estate. His mother is a drug addict and his father is mostly absent, apparently touring and recording with his band.

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Doctor Proceso lives a fraught life in Pasto, Colombia. His marriage to a beautiful but capricious wife has descended into bitterness and his two daughters ignore him.

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So much of the craft of a short story has to do with what you decide to put the frame around; which scenes do you choose to offer an insight into the lives of the characters who you are writing about? At first glance, D J Taylor’s choice of focus seems a little perple

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In her frosty new novel Weathering Lucy Wood has successfully woven her special blend of country magic, as previously seen in her folkloric collection Diving Belles, into what could so easily have been the most ordinary of tales. Ada's mother Pearl h

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The Lightning Tree is one of those romances where the love story is frustrated by the characters and their lives. Set in Newcastle in the 1980s, Ursula is the daughter of middle class anti-nuclear activists and Jerry the self-taught intellectual from the estate.

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The Offering is a haunting tale of isolation and imagination, a dangerous combination for a teenage girl. Madeline was found wandering alone, wet and dishevelled, on her fourteenth birthday.

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