THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER ''Bernhard Schlink speaks straight to the heart'' New York Times Olga is an orphan raised by her grandmother in a Prussian village around the turn of the 20th century. Smart and precocious, she fights against the prejudices of the time to find her place in a world that sees her as second-best. When she falls in love with Herbert, a local aristocrat obsessed with the era''s dreams of power, glory and greatness, her life is irremediably changed. Theirs is a love against all odds, entwined with the twisting paths of German history, leading us from the late 19th to the early 21st century, from Germany to Africa and the Arctic, from the Baltic Sea to the German south-west. This is the story of that love, of Olga''s devotion to a restless man - told in thought, letters and in a fateful moment of great rebellion.
Buenos Aires, 1981. Inspector Alzada's work in the Buenos Aires police force during the Dirty War exposes him to the many realities of life under a repressive military regime: desperate people, angry people and - most of all - missing people. Personally, he prefers to stay out of politics, favouring a steady job and domesticity with his wife Paula over the path taken by his hot-headed revolutionary brother, Jorge. But when Jorge is disappeared, Alzada knows he will stop at nothing to recover him. Buenos Aires, 2001 . Argentina is in the midst of yet another devastating economic crisis. Alzada is still an inspector: he's burnt out, frustrated that he hasn't been able to affect real change, and convinced of the futility of yet another doomed Argentinean attempt at democracy. This time he is determined to remain a detached bystander, to keep his head down in anticipation of a peaceful retirement with Paula and the nephew they've raised together. However, all his plans are derailed as the riots gain traction and a young woman's dead body lands in the dumpster behind the morgue on the same day a woman from one of the city's wealthiest families goes missing.
THE NEW NOVEL BY THE AUTHOR OF THE TIGER'S WIFE 'A tremendously talented writer' Ann Patchett A MAN SEARCHING FOR A HOME HE CAN'T FIND. A WOMAN BOUND TO A HOME SHE CAN'T LEAVE. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life - her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband's seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Tea Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely - and unforgettably - her own. A VANITY FAIR, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY AND LIT HUB 'MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019' PRAISE FOR THE TIGER'S WIFE 'The most thrilling discovery in years' Colum McCann 'Assured, eloquent and not easily forgotten' Independent on Sunday 'A poignant, seductive novel' Observer 'One of the most extraordinary debuts of recent memory' Vogue
September 1957. Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It's the end of the season and the town is deserted. As they tentatively discover each other, they begin to realize that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happily-ever-after fantasy.
Quentin Tarantino''s long-awaited first work of fiction - at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal - is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film. RICK DALTON - Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick''s a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it? CLIFF BOOTH - Rick''s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he''s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder . . . SHARON TATE - She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon''s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills. CHARLES MANSON - The ex-con''s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he''s their spiritual leader, but he''d trade it all to be a rock ''n'' roll star. HOLLYWOOD 1969 - YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK MAJOR TV ADAPTATION IN DEVELOPMENT BY AMY ADAMS ''Calling it The Handmaid''s Tale crossed with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid goes some way to describe this novel''s memorable world, but it is also wholly its own'' KIRKUS ''2021 is already a year that could use a little joy. Here to provide some is Outlawed . . . It''s an absolute romp and contains basically everything I want in a book: witchy nuns, heists, a marriage of convenience, and a midwife trying to build a bomb out of horse dung'' Vox '' Outlawed sets a high bar for the 12 months of publishing still to come . . . It upends the tropes of the traditionally macho and heteronormative genre while also being a rip-snortin'' good read, too'' THE WEEK (Most Anticipated Books of the Year) ''North is a riveting storyteller . . . Reader, you are in for a real treat'' JENNY ZHANG ''Fans of Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy finally get the Western they deserve'' ALEXIS COE ''A thrilling tale eerily familiar but utterly transformed ... In North''s galloping prose, it''s a fantastically cinematic adventure that turns the sexual politics of the Old West inside out'' WASHINGTON POST ''A western unlike any other, Outlawed features queer cowgirls, gender nonconforming robbers and a band of feminists that fight against the grain for autonomy, agency and the power to define their own worth'' MS. ''A grand, unforgettable tale'' ESMe WEIJUN WANG In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw. On the day of her wedding-dance, Ada feels lucky. She loves her broad-shouldered, bashful husband and her job as an apprentice midwife. But her luck will not last. It is every woman''s duty to have a child, to replace those that were lost in the Great Flu. And after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are hanged as witches, Ada''s survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows. She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang. Its leader, a charismatic preacher-turned-robber, known to all as The Kid, wants to create a safe haven for women outcast from society. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan. And Ada must decide whether she''s willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all.
THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ''Both fantastically dark and almost unbearably funny... Just read it. It''s unforgettable'' India Knight, The Sunday Times ''It is impossible to read this novel and not be moved. It is also impossible not to laugh out loud... Mason pulls off something extraordinary in this huge-hearted novel'' Clare Clark, Guardian ''Summer''s must-read novel'' Stylist ''Utterly compelling and darkly funny: the book you have to read this summer'' Evening Standard ''A raucously funny, beautifully written, emotion-bashing book'' The Times ''I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realised that I wanted to send it to everyone I know'' Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House ''A masterclass on family, damage and the bonds of love'' Jessie Burton, author of The Confession ''Patrick Melrose meets Fleabag . Brilliant'' Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. So why is everything broken? Why is Martha - on the edge of 40 - friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave? Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe - as she has long believed - there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain. Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix - or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.
A masterpiece from one of the great contemporary American writers. 'A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and heartbreaking...terrific' WASHINGTON POST Anniversary edition with a new afterword from the author. A worldwide bestseller since its publication, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, struggling writer and illegitimate son of Jenny Fields - an unlikely feminist heroine ahead of her time. Beautifully written, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP is a powerfully compelling and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. 'A diamond sleeping in the dark, chipped out at last for our enrichment and delight...As approachable as it is brilliant' COSMOPOLITAN
' The book of the summer ... Kept me rapt until the final page ' THE TIMES ' A sharp, smart, witty modern love story. I loved it ' David Nicholls, author of ONE DAY ' More than lives up to the hype ... Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers' lives ' IRISH TIMES ' Droll, shrewd and unafraid - a winning debut ' Hilary Mantel, author of WOLF HALL ' I've been pushing Exciting Times on everyone I know. Some of Dolan's pithy observations of her characters are the best I've read since Edward St Aubyn ' OBSERVER ' A frankly sensational book ' Pandora Sykes on THE HIGH LOW ' I n the tradition of Dorothy Parker, Joan Rivers and Nora Ephron ... I found myself purring with pleasure. ...This is comic writing at the highest level' Craig Brown, DAILY MAIL When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents' money, it's called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she's not sure what to call it, but it involves: - a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children; - Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room; - Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks; - money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections. Exciting times ensue.
''Darkly comic, beautifully written and full of surprises'' Daily Mail ''Really funny. David is a great writer'' Paula Hawkins, Good Housekeeping ''A riotously good novel, witty and earnest, brimming with sharply drawn characters and creeping suspense. David Thewlis is a fabulous writer'' Anna Bailey, Sunday Times bestselling author of Tall Bones ''A deliciously smart, hilarious human drama with the pace and intrigue of a gripping thriller. One of the year''s most memorable novels'' B P Walter, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Dinner Guest Celebrated director Jack Drake can''t get through his latest film (his most personal yet) without his wife Martha''s support. The only problem is, she''s dead... When Jack sees Betty Dean - actress, mother, trainwreck - playing the part of a crazed nun on stage in an indie production of The Devils , he is struck dumb by her resemblance to Martha. Desperate to find a way to complete his masterpiece, he hires her to go and stay in his house in France and resuscitate Martha in the role of ''loving spouse''. But as Betty spends her days roaming the large, sunlit rooms of Jack''s mansion - filled to the brim with odd treasures and the occasional crucifix - and her evenings playing the part of Martha over scripted video calls with Jack, she finds her method acting taking her to increasingly dark places. And as Martha comes back to life, she carries with her the truth about her suicide - and the secret she guarded until the end. A darkly funny novel set between a London film set and a villa in the south of France. A mix of Vertigo and Jonathan Coe, written by a master storyteller. PRAISE FOR DAVID THEWLIS''S FICTION ''David Thewlis has written an extraordinarily good novel, which is not only brilliant in its own right, but stands proudly beside his work as an actor, no mean boast'' Billy Connolly ''Hilarious and horror-filled'' Francesca Segal, Observer ''A fine study in character disintegration... Very funny'' David Baddiel, The Times ''Exquisitely written with a warm heart and a wry wit... Stunning'' Elle ''Queasily entertaining'' Financial Times ''A sharp ear for dialogue and a scabrously satiric prose style'' Daily Mail ''Laugh-out-loud, darkly intelligent'' Publishers Weekly ''This is far more than an actor''s vanity project: Thewlis has talent'' Kirkus
Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his 5th wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, and kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. But as the police dig deeper, just what really has happened to Nick's beautiful wife?
A classic hardboiled tale of a beautiful talent for life in smoky poolrooms Fast Eddie Felson has a reputation as a pool hustler to be feared, but his ambitions go far beyond taking small-town punks for a few bucks here and there. He has the talent to make big money, but he soon learns that it takes more than natural ability to become a real winner. He heads to Chicago to test himself against the legendary Minnesota Fats in more than forty-hours of high-stakes pool. Can he find the will to overcome his failings and fulfil his potential as the best there is?
THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER When he receives an invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, international lawyer Philippe Sands begins a journey on the trail of his family's secret history. In doing so, he uncovers an astonishing series of coincidences that lead him halfway across the world, to the origins of international law at the Nuremberg trial. Interweaving the stories of the two Nuremberg prosecutors (Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin) who invented the crimes or genocide and crimes against humanity, the Nazi governor responsible for the murder of thousands in and around Lviv (Hans Frank), and incredible acts of wartime bravery, EAST WEST STREET is an unforgettable blend of memoir and historical detective story, and a powerful meditation on the way memory, crime and guilt leave scars across generations. * * * * * 'A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision' John le Carre 'One of the most gripping and powerful books imaginable' SUNDAY TIMES Winner: Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction JQ-Wingate Literary Prize Hay Festival Medal for Prose
''This is one of the most tender, beautiful books I have ever read. Please, please order it now. I honestly don''t want you to be without it. It is exquisite'' Lucy Mangan ''Remarkable... Small Pleasures is no small pleasure'' The Times ''Chambers'' eye for undemonstrative details achieves a Larkin-esque lucidity... There is compassion and quiet humour to be found in this tale of postwar Britain'' Guardian ''Small pleasures aplenty'' Metro ''A dazzling, exquisitely written story of how happiness and even love can find us when we least expect it'' RED ''I loved this novel, which simmers with repressed emotions, and the gut punch of an ending really stayed with me'' '' Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month) ''The glorious literary equivalent of pulling the duvet over your head... If you admire Tessa Hadley or Anne Tyler (and there are shades of Barbara Pym too), then this is one for you'' Bookseller (Book of the Month) ''The 21st century heir to Jane Austen, Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Taylor'' Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule ''Will draw you in from the first page and keep you gripped until the very end'' Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things 1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and - on the brink of forty - living a limited existence with her truculent mother. When a young Swiss woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud. But the more she investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys: Gretchen herself, her husband Howard - with his dry wit and gentle disposition - and her charming daughter Margaret. But they are the subject of the story Jean is researching for the newspaper, a story that increasingly seems to be causing dark ripples across all their lives. And yet Jean cannot bring herself to discard the chance of finally having a taste of happiness. But there will be a price to pay - and it will be unbearable.
'I COULDN'T TURN THE PAGES FAST ENOUGH' Clare Mackintosh 'A SUSPENSEFUL TALE TOLD WITH GLORIOUS DRAMA AND LYRICAL FLAIR' Denise Mina, New York Times Two friends Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of books and the great outdoors. The adventure of a lifetime When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience. No phones. No fellow travellers. No way of going back. A hellish ride But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature's destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse. ' Like Mark Twain and Toni Morrison, Heller is a rare talent ' Elle ' A novel that sweeps you away ' USA Today ' A fiery tour-de-force ' Denver Post ' I dare you to put it down once you've picked it up ' Criminal Element
WINNER OF THE FRANCO-BRITISH SOCIETY BOOK PRIZE 2016 June, 1940. German troops enter Paris and hoist the swastika over the Arc de Triomphe. The dark days of Occupation begin. How would you have survived? By collaborating with the Nazis, or risking the lives of you and your loved ones to resist? The women of Paris faced this dilemma every day - whether choosing between rations and the black market, or travelling on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority for a seat. Between the extremes of defiance and collusion was a vast moral grey area which all Parisiennes had to navigate in order to survive. Anne Sebba has sought out and interviewed scores of women, and brings us their unforgettable testimonies. Her fascinating cast includes both native Parisiennes and temporary residents: American women and Nazi wives; spies, mothers, mistresses, artists, fashion designers and aristocrats. The result is an enthralling account of life during the Second World War and in the years of recovery and recrimination that followed the Liberation of Paris in 1944. It is a story of fear, deprivation and secrets - and, as ever in the French capital, glamour and determination.
At a family wedding, the four Sorenson sisters polka-dot the green lawn in their summer pastels, with varying shades of hair and varying degrees of unease. Their long-infatuated parents watch on with a combination of love and concern. Sixteen years later, the already messy lives of the sisters are thrown into turmoil by the unexpected reappearance of a teenage boy given up for adoption years earlier - and the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons' past is revealed. Weaving between past and present, The Most Fun We Ever Had portrays the delights and difficulties of family life and the endlessly complex mixture of affection and abhorrence we feel for those closest to us. A dazzlingly accomplished debut and an utterly immersive portrait of one family's becoming, it marks the arrival of a major new literary voice.
A REESE''S BOOK CLUB PICK ''If you love a mystery, then you''ll devour Northern Spy . . . I loved this thrill ride of a book'' Reese Witherspoon A producer at the Belfast bureau of the BBC, Tessa is at work one day when the news of another raid comes on the air: the IRA may have gone underground after the Good Friday agreement, but they never really went away. As the anchor requests the public''s help in locating those responsible for this latest attack - a robbery at a gas station - Tessa''s sister Marian appears on the screen, pulling a black mask over her face. The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa knows this is impossible. They were raised to oppose Republicanism, and the violence enacted in its name. They''ve attended peace vigils together. And besides, Marian is vacationing by the sea. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday. But when the truth of what has happened to Marian reveals itself, Tessa will be forced to choose: between her ideals and her family. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she fears nothing more than endangering the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn . Praise for Flynn Berry ''Breathtaking . . . Berry writes thrillingly'' New York Times ''Beautifully paced and satisfyingly ominous'' Guardian ''Mesmerizingly effective'' The Times ''A thrilling page-turner'' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train ''Berry''s clever, thrilling writing wound me in and left me heartbroken when I turned the last page and realized it was over'' Fiona Barton, author of The Widow ''What a book! A skillful and compelling exploration of families, crime, and class'' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
''The poet laureate of the literary thriller: sinister and soulful'' Michael Koryta, author of Those Who Wish Me Dead ''Peter Heller''s thrillers unfurl like campfire yarns'' New York Times ''An ever so subtly dystopian wilderness noir that speculates on the horrors of a post-pandemic society'' USA Today ''Riveting... A chilling reminder of the dangers that might lie in wait for us all'' Minneapolis Star Tribune ''A modern master of the wilderness thriller'' CrimeReads '' The Guide is a glorious getaway in every sense, a wild wilderness trip as well as a suspenseful journey to solve a chilling mystery'' BookPage The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man escaping his own grief and an elite fishing lodge in Colorado hiding a plot of shocking menace Kingfisher Lodge: a boutique resort surrounded by a mile and a half of the most pristine river water on the planet. Safe from viruses that have plagued America for years, Kingfisher offers a respite for wealthy clients - and a return to normality for fishing guide Jack, battling the demons of a recent, devastating loss. But when a human scream pierces the night, Jack soon realises that the idyllic retreat may be merely a cover for a far more sinister operation. Lucy Foley meets Liane Moriarty''s Nine Perfect Strangers , with the lyrical writing of Robert Macfarlane and an eerily plausible twist... PRAISE FOR PETER HELLER AND THE RIVER ''Glorious prose and razor-sharp tension'' Observer Thrillers of the Year ''Utter joy... A suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair'' Denise Mina, New York Times ''Urgent, visceral writing - I couldn''t turn the pages fast enough'' Clare Mackintosh ''Lyrical and action-packed by turns'' Guardian ''A master of suspense... A thrilling read with a dramatic twist at the end: you will not be able to put it down'' The Lady ''A must read'' Daily Express ''Heller packs a ton of adventure and emotion in this short novel, and I dare you to put it down once you''ve picked it up'' Criminal Element
The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that made Alice Walker a household name. Set in the deep American South between the wars, The Color Purple is the classic tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father', she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker - a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.