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Pushkin Press’s Mexico20 does for Mexican literature what Granta does for English literature: provides a selection of texts from young (under the age of 40) writers which pretty much constitutes a “ones to watch” style list.

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Set in 1890s San Francisco, Sister Noon follows Lizzie Hayes from banal spinsterhood to autonomous woman. When little Jenny Ijub arrives at the Ladies’ Relief Home accompanied by the mysterious Mrs Pleasant, Lizzie’s life trajectory veers seemingly out of control.

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This year has already been witness to some astonishing debuts and Colin Macintyre’s incredible The Letters of Ivor Punch is one to add to the impressive rostrum. Weaving together the narratives of various characters across time, the novel plots the history of an island and its

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Tom is left with two small children when his wife walks out. He is a tree planter in places west of the Rockies and feels compelled to fix everything mechanical. It’s like he goes round looking for things that are broken.

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A tense adventure story about survival on the streets. Twelve-year-old Bully left the home he shared with his stepdad and half-sister after his mum died. He now lives on the streets of London with his funny-looking bull terrier Jacky.

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The Green Road follows the fortunes -  and misfortunes - of the Madrigan family from 1980s Ireland to 1990s New York, to the 2000s in Canada and Africa, and back again.

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Kirsty Logan’s inventive debut novel, The Gracekeepers, imagines a circus travelling through a flooded future world.

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Yasmin would do anything to have a friend. At first there is the girl at school, Alice. Alice is pretty and popular and Yasmin has been obsessed with her for years.

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Lori Lansen’s The Mountain Story is a read as awe-inspiring, unpredictable and raw as the landscape it is set in. Angel’s Peak is a mountainous wilderness that juxtaposes natural beauty and savage danger and it is here that 18-year-old Wolf Truly heads to in order to end his life.

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With the inaugural YA prize earlier this year showcasing the amazing talent and originality currently on offer in this field, young adult fiction is clearly in a strong place and the arrival of David Owen further endorses this.

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