Written in Lerner's trademark sparkling, intelligent prose, it is an utterly original take on what it is like to live in our tangled, uncertain present, surrounded by political unrest, climate change and personal turmoil. By turns thought-provoking, wry-smile-inducing and breath-taking, it is a supernova of a novelRead more
Addlands is a sweeping tale of rural family life in the Welsh borders. An instant classic of British fiction, it is as vast and complex as a symphony, but as pure and moving as a solo voice in an empty churchRead more
Alive, Alive Oh!
In this collection of essays, the Costa Biography Award-winning writer, Diana Athill, writes vivaciously, poignantly, and with extraordinary clarity about what really matters in the end, from the remarkable vantage point of her late ninetiesRead more
All for Nothing
A brilliantly evocative, atmospheric novel about the delusion and indecision of a wealthy family in the last days of the Third Reich as the Russians advance from the eastRead more
Dept. of Speculation
Less a novel and more an arrow aimed directly at the heart, Dept. of Speculation is an account of a marriage, motherhood and the modern woman that aims to annihilate and rebuild its reader in a single sitting. Deadpan humour braids with emotionally acute observation; the overall effect is both wise and innocentRead more
Leaving the Atocha Station
Veering between the comic and the tragic, the self-contemptuous and the inspired, Leaving the Atocha Station is a dazzling introduction to one of the smartest, funniest and most audacious writers of a generationRead more
Men Explain Things to Me
Rebecca Solnit is credited with coining the term 'mansplaining' and this collection of essays cuts to the root of this contentious term and its context. Always funny, always effervescent, Solnit's feminist writing is a necessary contribution to the movement and essential reading for all gendersRead more
A deeply felt meditation on race, sex, class and American culture told through the prism of Pulitzer prize-winning author Margo Jefferson's rarefied upbringing and education among Chicago's black eliteRead more
A stylish reissue pf the bestselling contemporary classic, winner of the 2004 Samuel Johnson PrizeRead more
An epic, dazzling, staggering, transcendent work of fiction from one of the most exciting and innovative writers of today. Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize with The Luminaries and it's clear to see why; a thrilling story blends with astonishing linguistic dexterity and narrative verve. A truly brilliant bookRead more
The Sisters Brothers
Patrick deWitt’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is a romp of a Western and a clever deconstruction of the Western genre. Following two brother assassins – one rather more enthusiastic than the other – it is a wickedly funny and exciting read.Read more
Undermajordomo Minor is the raucous, poignant and spectacularly enjoyable new novel by Patrick deWittRead more
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