Posted on 24th May 2012

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Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke

It’s been noted that an inherent menace of recreational cannabis use (referred to in this book solely as ‘smoke’) is—far less than with drugs of a higher grading—exactly our negligence of it having menacing qualities at all. What paradoxically makes it so threatening is its very ubiquity in society, our general flippancy towards its distribution and intake. Coupled with this is a disregard for the…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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When Nights Were Cold

‘A delightful adventure full of feisty women, mountaineering, all kinds of escape and Edwardian derring-do, this is narrated by a classic unreliable narrator who looks back on friendships gone catastrophically wrong among the peaks of the Alps. Jones’s fourth novel deserves to put her on the literary map.’ Katy Guest, Literary Editor, Independent on Sunday…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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This is Life

‘Using his trademark dark humour Dan Rhodes draws his protagonist Aurélie Renard, and the reader, deep into the heart of the most romantic city in the world, Paris. Rhodes explores art, politics and modern life, with hilarious and enlightening results.’ Jasper Sutcliffe, Head of Buying, Foyles Group 2012 Judging Panel Synopsis: In Paris, art student…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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The Light of Amsterdam

‘From the problems between fathers and sons to the perils of going to see Dylan in his dotage, this is a deep and richly pleasurable reading experience.  Park depicts the frustrations and excitements of everyday life with equal clarity.’ Matt Thorne, writer and Head of Creative Writing at Brunel University 2012 Judging Panel Synopsis: It…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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Hit and Run

‘The whole panel were impressed with the non-stop energy of Hit and Run. Just when you think his protagonist has no further left to fall, he makes another crazy decision that amps up the suspense to an even greater level.’ Matt Thorne, writer and Head of Creative Writing at Brunel University 2012 Judging Panel Synopsis:…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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Crushed Mexican Spiders

‘Small-minded readers might object that this is not a novel but two exquisitely packaged short stories. But the stories themselves – sardonic and beautifully chiselled – radiate wonderfully.’ John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at UCL Chair, 2012 Judging Panel Synopsis: The book has two front covers: read one way you’re…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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Lucky Bunny

‘With sleight of hand, a little rouge and a mind as sharp as a razor, Queenie Dove does battle with all the Depression, the war and her father have to throw at her. Dawson writes with a pace and humour that is infectious and her cast of characters will stay with you long after finishing…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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My Former Heart

‘A family saga spanning the second half of the twentieth century, this gentle story of women’s lives in Egypt, Lebanon and the London Blitz is at once tender, comic and wise. Following on from the success of her short stories, My Former Heart marks out Connolly as a novelist to watch.’ Katy Guest, Literary Editor,…

Posted on 22nd May 2012

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Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke

‘The tease of a title gradually resolves itself as the delightful comedy of drug-running in rural England plays out. The cartel meets Ambridge.’ John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at UCL Chair, 2012 Judging Panel Synopsis: When young Elliot gets a labourer’s job at Mr Evans’s after being sacked from a…

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