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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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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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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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"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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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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