Posted on 15th July 2015

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Reviews: The Incarnations by Susan Barker

“A thrilling journey through a thousand years of obsession and betrayal, this is the most extraordinary work of imagination you’ll read all year.” Adam Johnson,  Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son “An extraordinary novel. Erudite, intriguing and compulsively readable, The Incarnations takes the reader on an intimate and mesmerizing journey through Chinese history. Susan…

Posted on 14th July 2015

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Celebrating the winners of the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

Each week, over the next eight, we will be celebrating one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. Susan Barker who won this year with her novel, The Incarnations is kicking off the eight-week promotion. “The Incarnations is a brutal and yet beautiful novel of love, life and death, betrayal, revenge and obsession set…

Posted on 8th July 2015

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Carys Davies wins the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Huge congratulations to 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner, Carys Davies and her publisher Salt, who have won the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for The Redemption of Galen Pike! “Though short in size, this collection punches well above its weight. The stories are clear, concise and full of depth. The sense of place, grasp of…

Posted on 8th July 2015

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Short of time? Adventures With Words share their favourite short stories

The Adventures With Words duo have put together a video on their favourite short stories you must read this summer. Enjoy!     Rob Chilver and Kate Neilan are Colchester-based bloggers and podcasters at AdventuresWithWords.com. They blog and talk mainly about books, but also love comics, film, TV, theatre and music. Rob is a bookseller and…

Posted on 24th June 2015

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Future Classics – Books Published Ahead Of Their Time

Recently we have seen the rise of a number of books that have been rediscovered and gone on to become bestsellers.  Stoner is probably the most well known example, going from respected obscurity into high street charts when Ian McEwan mentioned it in a radio interview. But what of other books that have shared a similar…

Posted on 23rd June 2015

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Judges 2015

Judges 2015 The eight titles for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 were selected by a judging panel chaired by India Knight. The 2015 judging panel included Matt Bates, fiction buyer at WH Smith Travel, Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of The Word Factory and Simon Savidge, blogger and journalist. About the Judges: India…

Posted on 23rd June 2015

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The Incarnations

“This is a brutal and yet beautiful novel of love, life and death, betrayal, revenge and obsession set in contemporary Beijing that takes the reader on an extraordinary journey through thousands of years of Chinese history. A feast for all the senses.” Matt Bates, fiction buyer at WH Smith Travel Synopsis: Beijing, 2008, the Olympics…

Posted on 23rd June 2015

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Mother Island

“Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood secrets combining in a prime example of suburban noir.” Simon Savidge, blogger and journalist Synopsis: A taut, powerful novel about a nanny who abducts the young child she looks after How does it feel…

Posted on 23rd June 2015

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Mobile Library

“When you step away from The Mobile Library it will be with a grin on your face. Whitehouse’s brave, monstrous, loving exploration of family is masterful storytelling.” Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of The Word Factory Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for…

Posted on 23rd June 2015

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A Man Lies Dreaming

“With this novel Lavie Tidhar mixes hardboiled noir, dystopia and magical realism to create a dark and thought provoking novel, sure to compel the reader whilst making them face the darker sides of humanity. It is a book about war, power, politics and religion whilst being a page turning thriller which gives a new and…

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