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fiction & crime autumn 2020


FICTION

REBECCA WATSON is Assistant Arts Editor at the Financial Times. Her work has been published in the Times Literary Supplement and Granta. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the White Review Short Story Prize.

little scratch Rebecca Watson Literature at its freshest – the virtuoso and powerfully affecting debut by a thrilling young British talent. little scratch tells the story of a day in the life of an unnamed young woman. She wakes up, goes to work. She watches the clock and checks her phone. Underneath this monotony, there’s something else going on; something under her skin. In a voice that is all at once fierce, profound and delicate, the protagonist relays what it takes to travel that single trajectory: from morning to night. Along the way – every minute – ideas about sex, violence, survival and comedy intertwine. The result is a fearless and unforgettable work of fiction. ‘Wry, funny and heartbreaking . . . little scratch beautifully captures the experience of trauma, but also the small, defiant, everyday happinesses that push through and against it.’ Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

02/07/20 HB | 978 0 571 35657 7 | 240pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 35660 7

© Nada Al Aswany

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The Republic of False Truths Alaa Al Aswany A vivid, deeply moving and passionate novel about the trauma of the Egyptian Revolution. General Alwany is a pious man who loves his family. He also tortures and kills enemies of the state. Under the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is gripped by cronyism, religious hypocrisy and the oppressive military. Now, however, the regime faces its greatest crisis. The idealistic young from different backgrounds – engineers, teachers, medical students, and among them the general’s daughter – have come together to challenge the status quo. Euphoria mounts as Mubarak is toppled and love blossoms across class divides, but then the general and his friends mount a devastating counter-attack. ‘Al Aswany is a world writer, making Egyptian concerns into human ones and beautifully illuminating our always extraordinary and sometimes sad and baffling world.’ The Times

ALAA AL ASWANY is the author of three previous novels, including The Yacoubian Building, which has sold over one million copies worldwide and was the bestselling novel in the Arab world for over five years. In 2016, he was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

23/07/20 HB | 978 0 571 34759 9 | 464pp | £14.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 34762 9 UK C/Wealth EXcan OpenEU

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DBC PIERRE is the author of Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out in Wonderland and Vernon God Little, which won the Man Booker Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, the Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Award and the James Joyce Award.

Meanwhile in Dopamine City DBC Pierre The story of a father, a daughter and a smartphone – from the Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little. It’s a big bad world out there in Dopamine City. All Lonnie Cush wants is to keep his kids safe. But Shelby-Ann – his little girl, the maddening apple of his eye – has other ideas: Shelby-Ann wants her first smartphone. So new realities are rocketing their way to 37 Palisade Row, where everything will change, every day, at mortal speed, as Lonnie finds himself in a world he’ll need to join or wither in. Unless he masterminds a vanishing act . . . The story of a hapless father’s love and loss, and a speedball, starburst satire, Meanwhile in Dopamine City is a passionate, freewheeling work of the human imagination: a riotous cry for the soul and the flesh and the heart in automatic times.

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Come Join Our Disease Sam Byers The profound new novel about resistance, radicalism and redemption – from the author of Perfidious Albion. Maya is homeless. When her site is razed by ruthless authorities, she’s detained. But then, Maya is given a lifeline, a chance to re-enter society. A tech company – angling to raise its philanthropic profile – offers her a job and a flat. There’s one caveat: Maya must document her progress on Instagram, to show that anyone can be peaceful, productive, perfect. Yet Maya realises that sickness is a kind of revolution. Why be healthy when you could be happy? With other outcasts, Maya starts a movement: billboards promoting wellness are defaced and her media feed is flooded with obscene images. Suddenly, questions arise about the forces unleashed: liberation and madness, protest and anarchy, rebellion and chaos . . . Praise for Perfidious Albion: ‘The Martin Amis’s Money of our times.’ David Baddiel ‘A mordant, needle-sharp satire.’ Jonathan Coe

HB | 978 0 571 22894 2 | 320pp | £18.99

SAM BYERS’s writing has appeared in Granta, the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. His debut novel Idiopathy was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize and was the winner of a Betty Trask Award. His second novel, Perfidious Albion, was longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and shortlisted for the Encore Prize.

06/08/20 HB | 978 0 571 36008 6 | 368pp | £16.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 36010 9

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JONATHAN PLACKETT is a creative technologist, advertising copywriter and art director who has ten years’ experience making creative websites and apps. KARRIE FRANSMAN writes and draws visual stories and comics, and is the author of two graphic novels, The House that Groaned and the award-winning Death of the Artist.

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett Imagine a world where kings prick their fingers as they sew, wolves wear heels, and princesses race to rescue sleeping princes . . . People have been telling fairy tales for hundreds of years. And for almost as long, people have been rewriting those fairy tales – to help children see themselves in the stories they hear. Karrie and Jon were reading their child these stories when they had an idea, and they decided to make one vital change. They haven’t rewritten the stories in this book. They haven’t reimagined endings, or reinvented characters. What they have done is switch all the genders. It might not sound like that much of a change, but you’ll be dazzled by the world this little swap creates – and amazed by the new characters you’re about to discover.

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The Death of Vivek Oji Akwaeke Emezi The captivating, mercurial new novel from one of contemporary fiction’s most luminous new talents. This is the tale of Vivek Oji. It begins with his end, his naked body shrouded on his mother’s doorstep, and moves backwards through time to unpick the story of his life and the mystery surrounding his death. As compulsively readable as it is tender and potent, this is a fresh, engaging novel about the innocence of youth and how it clashes with culture and expectation. The Death of Vivek Oji is the story of a Nigerian childhood quite different from those we have been told before, as Emezi’s writing speaks to the truth of realities other than those that have already been seen.

Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, AKWAEKE EMEZI is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. They are a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s ‘Five Under 35’ award for 2018. Freshwater, their debut novel, was longlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2019.

‘Emezi’s surreal prose shines . . . extraordinary.’ Ayobami Adebayo, on Freshwater

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© Jon Tonks

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ANDREW O’HAGAN is Editorat-Large of the London Review of Books. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize and was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. O’Hagan has won the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Mayflies Andrew O’Hagan A heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship. Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has news.

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Mayflies is a memorial to youth’s euphorias and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.

Reality, and Other Stories John Lanchester Very modern ghost stories from the Booker Prizenominated author of The Wall. Selfie-sticks with demonic powers. Cold calls from the dead. And that creeping suspicion, as you sit there with your flat white, that none of this is real. John Lanchester’s first book of shorter fictions, Reality, and Other Stories is a gathering of deliciously chilling entertainments, to be read as the evenings draw in and the days are haunted by all the ghastly schlock, uncanny technologies and absurd horrors of modern life.

JOHN LANCHESTER is the author of The Wall, longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2019, as well as four other novels and three works of nonfiction. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Premi Llibreter. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker.

‘An elegant and wonderfully witty writer.’ New York Times

01/10/20 HB | 978 0 571 36300 1 | 208pp | £12.99

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Mountolive

© Sophia Kennedy-Wilson

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Clea 978 0 571 35603 4

CHRISTOPHER WILSON’s novels include Gallimauf’s Gospel, Baa, Blueglass, Mischief, Fou, The Wurd, The Ballad of Lee Cotton, Nookie and, most recently, The Zoo (2017), which was shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown Award. His work has been translated into several languages, adapted for the stage, longlisted for the Booker Prize and twice shortlisted for the Whitbread Fiction Prize. He lives in North London.

Hurdy Gurdy Christopher Wilson

Justine Lawrence Durrell

A bitingly funny historical novel that follows one young monk on a journey through fourteenth-century England.

Rediscover one of the twentieth century’s greatest romances: a dark, sensuous tale of four tangled lovers in wartime Egypt, introduced by Andre- Aciman.

It is the year of our Lord 1349, and it is the season of the Plague. A novice friar Brother Diggory, now sixteen, has lived in the Monastery of the Order of St Odo at Whye since his eighth birthday. But his life is about to change. The sickness is creeping ever closer, and the monks must attend to the victims. When Brother Diggory is nominated to tend to those afflicted, he realises he is about to meet the Plague, and that it is more powerful than him. What he doesn’t know is that it will also form the beginning of a wonderful journey . . . ‘A gift for creating compelling outsiders resonates throughout Christopher Wilson’s novels.’ Observer

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Walking slowly home through the dark avenue of trees, tasting the brackish harbour wind, I remembered Justine saying harshly as she lay in bed: ‘We use each other like axes to cut down the ones we really love.’

Alexandria, Egypt. Trams, palm trees and watermelon stalls lie honey-bathed in sunlight; in darkened bedrooms, sweaty bodies unfurl. But in a world trembling on the brink of war, passion and death are inseparable. When an Anglo-Irish schoolteacher begins an affair with Justine – a glamorous married Egyptian woman – they are sucked into a whirlpool of violence that leaves nobody untouched. Lawrence Durrell’s ‘investigation of modern love’ set the world alight in 1957 – and André Aciman reveals that it burns just as brightly today. ‘One of the great works of English fiction.’ The Times

HB | 978 0 571 36194 6 | 240pp | £14.99

LAWRENCE DURRELL (1912–1990) was a novelist, poet, dramatist and travel writer. Born in India to British parents, he was schooled in England and later lived in Corfu and the south of France, while a wartime sojourn in Egypt inspired his bestselling masterpiece The Alexandria Quartet (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive and Clea).

02/07/20 PB | 978 0 571 35606 5 | 272pp | £9.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 26730 9

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BRIGID BROPHY (1929-1995) was a celebrated novelist, critic and campaigner, championing causes such as feminism, gay rights and vegetarianism. She published her award-winning debut novel in 1953, followed by multiple works of fiction and non-fiction. Openly bisexual, she began an open marriage with Michael Levey in 1954. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1983.

The Snow Ball Brigid Brophy Prepare to be seduced by this scandalous cult classic about a New Year’s Eve party to remember. ‘What things do you think about?’ [ . . .] ‘Mozart, sex and death,’ she said. London, New Year’s Eve. Snow falls on the roof of a Georgian mansion, vibrating with the festivities of an eighteenthcentury-themed costume ball within. Anna stands alone, mourning her youth – until the clock chimes midnight and a mysterious masked figure kisses her on the mouth. Thus begins a heady dance of seduction beneath the chandeliers, charged by clandestine romances swirling around them, whipping the ball into an erotic frenzy – until the night climaxes, exposing unease beneath the glitter . . . A sensation on publication in 1964, Brigid Brophy’s The Snow Ball will intoxicate a new generation of readers.

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‘Superb . . . Sheer artistic insolence.’ Iris Murdoch

PB | 978 0 571 36287 5 | 208pp | £8.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 36288 2 World English Language

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© Coley & Co

© Sean Carney

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GABRIEL BERGMOSER is a twenty-seven-year-old Melbourne-based author, who grew up in a small rural town. In 2015 he won the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, and his plays include Heroes, which was nominated for the 2017 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing, and the musical Moonlite.

The Hunted Gabriel Bergmoser

Once You Go This Far Kristen Lepionka

The shocking, relentless, read-it-in-one-night debut novel.

You know Reacher, Rebus and Grace. Now meet Roxane Weary . . .

Frank owns a service station on a little-used highway. His granddaughter, Allie, is sent to stay with him for the summer, but they don’t talk a lot.

After the death of her cop father, PI Roxane Weary did everything she could to lose herself in her work – but she’s getting tired of the hangovers, of fighting with her exgirlfriend, and of avoiding her mother. When she’s asked to investigate a suspicious death, she delves into the case with her usual stubborn determination.

Simon is a dreamer and an idealist, in thrall to the romance of the open road and desperately in search of something. Maggie is the woman who will bring them together, someone whose own personal journey will visit unimaginable terror on them all. Where does the adventure end and the nightmare begin?

KRISTEN LEPIONKA is the author of The Last Place You Look (2017), winner of the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel; What You Want to See (2018); and The Stories You Tell (2019). She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.

Pulling her far from home, and into an insular and controlling evangelical community, the case might just be bigger than Roxane can handle alone. But is it too late, or too dangerous, to call on the people she needs? ‘Kristen Lepionka is doing for the next generation what Paretsky, Muller and Grafton did for us.’ Val McDermid

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© Cristiana Morais

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STAN PARISH is the former editor-in-chief of ‘The Future of Everything’ at the Wall Street Journal and the author of the novel Down the Shore. His writing has appeared in GQ, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

Love and Theft Stan Parish

Snow John Banville

A super-stylish, high-stakes heist thriller.

A chilling mystery from the Booker Prize winner.

After pulling off an epic Las Vegas jewellery heist, Alex Cassidy returns to his small-town East Coast life. When he meets Diane Alison at a party, the chemistry between them is immediate, but neither realises that their paths have crossed before. Alex is contemplating retirement when he invites Diane to his beach house for a romantic long weekend. What ensues is a treacherous, glamorous, adrenaline-soaked romp through the moneyed landscapes of Mexico and Europe, as Alex is forced to pull off one final, spectacular job with the highest stakes imaginable.

‘The body is in the library,’ Colonel Osborne said. ‘Come this way.’

Love and Theft is a deeply suspenseful and sophisticated thriller about the illusion of control, the high price of past transgressions, and how far we’ll go to protect what we hold dear. 23/07/20 PB | 978 0 571 35637 9 | 272pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 35639 3

Following the discovery of the corpse of a highly respected parish priest at Ballyglass House – the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family – Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate. Strafford faces obstruction from all angles, but carries on determinedly in his pursuit of the murderer. However, as the snow continues to fall over this ever-expanding mystery, the people of Ballyglass are equally determined to keep their secrets.

JOHN BANVILLE was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of seventeen novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize, and the Quirke Series of crime novels under the pen name Benjamin Black. Other major prizes he has won include the Franz Kafka Prize, the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature and the Prince of Asturias Award. He lives in Dublin.

‘Banville writes a dangerous and clear-running prose and has a grim gift of seeing people’s souls.’ Don DeLillo

‘Beautifully written, and crackling with full-throttle tension, Love and Theft knocked me out. An electrifying novel. Stan Parish has the stuff. For real.’ Robert Crais

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© Ulla Montan

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NICOLA UPSON’s debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series whose main character is Josephine Tey, who – along with Agatha Christie – was one of the masters of Britain’s Golden Age of crime writing. Nicola Upson was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger in 2018 for Nine Lessons.

The Dead of Winter Nicola Upson

The Part-Time Job P. D. James

A snowy Christmas gathering on an island off the Cornish coast goes murderously wrong in this festive mystery.

A small, dark treat published in book form for the first time, in celebration of what would have been P. D. James’s one-hundredth birthday.

December 1938, and storm clouds hover once again over Europe. Writer Josephine Tey and Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose gather with friends for a Cornish Christmas, but two strange and brutal deaths on St Michael’s Mount – and the unexpected arrival of a world-famous film star, in need of sanctuary – interrupt the festivities. Cut off by the sea and a relentless blizzard, the hunt for a murderer begins.

My only regret is that I shan’t be alive to savour my retrospective triumph. But that is of small account. I savour it every day of my life. I shall have done the one thing I resolved to do when I was twelve years old – and the world will know it.

Pivoting on a real moment in history, The Dead of Winter draws on the much-loved conventions of the Golden Age locked-room mystery, whilst giving them a thrilling contemporary twist.

05/11/20 HB | 978 0 571 35324 8 | 288pp | £12.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 35639 3 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can

Follow the ‘Queen of Crime’ as she takes us into the mind of a man who has waited decades to enact his patient, ingenious revenge on a school bully. ‘She had a deft way with the horrific, creating images that seared their way into the reader’s brain.’ Val McDermid, Guardian

‘In choosing to invent an afterlife for real-life author Josephine Tey, one of the crime-writing Golden Age greats, Upson rises to the challenge . . . If Tey were alive, she would be the first to welcome a major talent.’ Daily Mail 20

P. D. JAMES – awarded an OBE in 1983 and made a life peer in 1991 – was the bestselling, internationally acclaimed author of seventeen crime novels, including the Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray series, two posthumously published collections of short stories and The Children of Men. She won numerous awards for crime writing, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the CWA Diamond Dagger.

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FICTION & CRIME PAPERBACKS

FICTION & CRIME PAPERBACKS

Girl Edna O’Brien

Sorry for the Dead Nicola Upson

Barely more than a girl herself, a young woman is captured, abducted and married into Boko Haram. Now she must learn how to survive with a child of her own, in a society blinkered by denial.

Summer, 1915: a young woman falls to her death at Charleston Farmhouse on the Sussex Downs. But was it an accident? Twenty years later, Josephine Tey is faced with the accusation that it was murder, and that she was complicit in the crime. Can she clear her name and uncover the truth, exposing the darkest secrets of that apparently idyllic summer?

‘A devastating read . . . Astonishing.’ Independent ‘Extraordinary . . . A book that demands to be read and won’t be forgotten.’ Mail on Sunday ‘Mesmerising . . . Hypnotic, lyrical and pulsating with dark energy, Girl is a masterful study of human evil.’ Sunday Times

‘A superior mystery . . . A splendid series . . . The end comes with an avalanche of shocking revelations.’ The Times Book of the Month

‘A contemporary story as raw and transfixing as the most visceral Greek tragedy . . . Soul-searing.’ Sean O’Hagan, Observer

‘Wonderful.’ Scotland on Sunday ‘Brims with intelligence and compassion . . . [a] remarkable series.’ Thriller Books Journal

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The Rapture Claire McGlasson

Your House Will Pay Steph Cha

A story of unrequited love and intrigue set within the real-life Panacea Society in 1920s surburban Bedford – a terribly English cult.

Grace and Shawn share a city, Los Angeles, but come from different generations and very different communities. Yet what is it in their past that links their families? As the city around them threatens to erupt into violence, the lives of Grace and Shawn will collide in ways that will change them all for ever.

Dilys is a devoted member of the Society. When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. But Dilys is wary of their leader’s zealotry and as her feelings for Grace blossom, the Society around her begins to crumble. ‘A poignant, quirky story of misplaced faith and unexpected love.’ Sunday Times Best Summer Reads ‘A remarkable story, remarkably told . . . I loved it.’ Jess Kidd ‘McGlasson enthralls in this powerful, page-turning novel.’ Herald

‘A marvel . . . unique and totally gripping.’ Michael Connelly ‘A touching portrait of two families bound together by a split-second decision that tore a hole through an entire city.’ Attica Locke ‘A wonderful, thoughtful and exciting debut that will stay with you.’ Nikesh Shukla

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The final two titles in Faber’s set of Gordon Burn reissues, with new introductions, publishing ahead of the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Gordon Burn Prize in November.

The North of England Home Service

Best and Edwards George Best and Duncan Edwards, united by the club they played for but divided by the tragedy of Munich, came in very different ways to embody their respective generations. Diving into the lives and careers of two of football’s brightest stars, Best and Edwards is a startlingly original look at sport and British culture.

The fictional tale of Ray Cruddas, a light entertainer effecting a semi-dignified retreat from a fading career, who returns to the unnamed northern town of his youth. ‘Extraordinary, funny, tender, poetic . . . The story that emerges is Britain’s.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Immaculately written, inspiring, sad and elegiac.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Elegiac, grave and affectionate . . . The history he presents, at times wielding Orwellian eloquence, is worth the price of the book itself.’ Independent

‘Remarkable . . . A non-fiction book with the scope of a Don DeDillo . . . Superbly evocative.’ When Saturday Comes

‘A lavish recreation of the post-war landscapes . . . Written with all the eye-catching detail that gives Burn’s non-fiction its allure.’ Guardian

‘Here is a genuinely staggering work of two heartbreaking geniuses.’ David Peace 01/10/20 PB | 978 0 571 35364 4 | 256pp | £10.99

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Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Christmas in Austin

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NON-FICTION

© Leslie Unruh

© Louise Haywood-Schiefer

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LUKE HARDING is a Guardian foreign correspondent. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief. He is the author of Collusion, A Very Expensive Poison, The Snowden Files and Mafia State, as well as the co-author of WikiLeaks and The Liar (nominated for the Orwell Prize). @LukeHarding1968

Shadow State Murder, Mayhem and How Russia Is Reshaping Our Politics Luke Harding A gripping investigation into how Russia’s spies helped elect Donald Trump, backed Brexit and threaten the very basis of Western democracy. No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive mini-bomb in London. The Kremlin has done both. More often than not its operatives come in disguise. They pose as tourists, journalists, businessmen. Shadow State is about those spies and the way Russia has used them to wage an increasingly bold war, in the UK and beyond. Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Luke Harding charts the assault on the West, including fake news, cyber intrusions and the poisoning of our politics through dirty money. This is a scary and absolutely essential read for anyone who wants to know how our world came to be so chaotic and divided.

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My Life as a Villainess Laura Lippman I had been creating villains on the page for about seven years when I finally became one. Laura Lippman’s first job in journalism was as a rookie reporter in Waco, Texas. Two decades later she left her first husband, quit the newspaper business and became a full-time novelist. Her fiction has always centred on complicated women, paying unique attention to the intricacies of their flaws, their vulnerability, and their empowerment. Now, Lippman has turned her gimlet eye on a new subject: herself. In her first collection of essays, Lippman gives us a brilliant, candid portrait of an unapologetically flawed life. Childhood, friendships, influences, becoming a mother in later life – Lippman’s inspiring life stories are at once specific and universal. ‘An unflinching chronicler of life in America right now.’ Gillian Flynn

‘Luke Harding is one of the best reporters in the world.’ Robert Saviano

LAURA LIPPMAN’s novels have won many crime fiction prizes, including the Edgar, Anthony and Agatha awards. Sunburn (2018), her second consecutive novel to win the eDunnit Award at Crimefest, was also nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and was a Waterstones Book of the Month. Her most recent novel, Lady in the Lake (2019), featured in numerous Best of the Year Lists.

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AMIT CHAUDHURI is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Friend of My Youth, as well as three books of essays, two of poems and a collection of short stories. He is a recorded performer in the Indian classical vocal tradition, a composer of experimental works, and he was previously a guitarist and songwriter in the American folk music style.

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Finding the Raga An Improvisation on Indian Music

Amit Chaudhuri A revelatory and very personal exploration of Indian classical music. By turns essay, memoir and cultural study, Finding the Raga is Amit Chaudhuri’s singular account of his discovery of, and enduring passion for, North Indian music: an ancient, evolving tradition whose principles and practices will alter the reader’s notion of what music might – and can – be. Tracing the music’s development, Finding the Raga dwells on its most distinctive and mysterious characteristics: its extraordinary approach to time, language and silence; its embrace of confoundment; and its ethos of evocation over representation. The result is a strange gift of a book, for musicians and music lovers, and for any creative mind in search of diverse and transforming inspiration. ‘Chaudhuri’s languorous, elliptical, beautiful prose is impressively impossible to put in any category at all.’ Salman Rushdie 32

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God’s Shadow The Ottoman Sultan Who Shaped the Modern World Alan Mikhail An explosive global history that redefines the historical origins of the modern world. The Ottoman Empire was a hub of flourishing intellectual fervour, geopolitical power and enlightened pluralistic rule. At the helm of its ascent was the omnipotent Sultan Selim I (1470–1520), who expanded the Empire, propelling it onto the world stage. Aware of centuries of European suppression of Islamic history, Alan Mikhail centres Selim’s Ottoman Empire and Islam as the very pivots of global history, redefining such world-changing events as Christopher Columbus’s voyages, the Protestant Reformation, the transatlantic slave trade and the dramatic Ottoman seizure of the Middle East and North Africa. Mikhail’s groundbreaking account vividly recaptures Selim’s life, radically reshaping our understanding of a world we thought we knew. ‘An astonishing and thrilling story, worthy of Game of Thrones.’ Stephen Greenblatt 33

A leading historian of his generation, ALAN MIKHAIL, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Yale University, has reforged our understanding of the past through his three previous prize-winning books on the history of the Middle East.

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KATE TEMPEST is an awardwinning, Sunday Timesbestselling author, poet and recording artist. She won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award, was nominated for a BRIT Award and has twice been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. She released her fourth studio album, The Book of Traps and Lessons, in 2019, produced by Rick Rubin.

01/10/20 HB | 978 0 571 35402 3 | 96pp | £9.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 335404 7

On Connection Kate Tempest Staggering talent Kate Tempest introduces a hopeful theory of creativity: the power of creative connection to act as the antidote to numbness. The increasingly hyper-individualistic, competitive and exploitative society that we live in has caused a global crisis at the turn of the new decade; in order to survive, numbness has pervaded us all. In this urgent and incisive pamphlet, Kate Tempest leads the reckoning against this system, placing our legacy in our own hands. Creativity holds the key: the ability to provide us with internal and external connection, to move us beyond consumption, to allow us to discover authenticity and closeness to all others, to deliver us an antidote for our numbness. This is beyond ‘art’. Creative connection is anything that brings us closer to ourselves and fellow human beings, and it has the potential to offer insights into mental health, politics and beyond. ‘Powerful and merciful.’ Ali Smith

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Conflicted How to Disagree Furiously and Still Get Along

Ian Leslie Life-altering lessons from the forefront of communication science. In our highly connected but increasingly polarised world, where potential conflicts seem to lurk behind every headline, timeline and professional interaction, it’s tempting to seek to coerce, persuade, assuage or smooth over our differences. But Ian Leslie makes a cogent and illuminating argument that in fact, if we are to avoid mediocre, unproductive groupthink, festering resentments and even outright violence, we need to get better at disagreement. Delving into the work of expert communicators – including leading therapists, interrogators and crisis negotiators – Leslie demonstrates how their techniques can help us learn to disagree better, and in doing so, make our work, friendships, marriages and family lives flourish. ‘Important and hugely enjoyable.’ Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote, on Curious 35

IAN LESLIE is a journalist and writer who counsels business leaders on communication science. He writes for the Guardian, the Financial Times and the New Statesman, and comments for the BBC. He is the author of Born Liars and Curious, and co-presents the podcast Polarised, exploring the politics of division. @mrianleslie

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SIMON HALL studied history at the University of Cambridge and has held a Fox International Fellowship at Yale. He is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds. His previous books include 1956: The World in Revolt. @simonhallwriter

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Ten Days in Harlem Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s

Simon Hall The riotously entertaining, unpredictable and pivotal ten days that launched the 1960s, and changed the world. Ever audacious, Fidel Castro arrives in New York in September 1960 for the opening of the UN General Assembly and to take on the ‘Yankee imperialists’ in their own backyard. He is mobbed by ecstatic crowds and mixes with luminaries including Malcolm X, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Nikita Khrushchev. The world is on the cusp of seismic political and social change: decolonisation, Civil Rights, Latin American solidarity and US–Soviet tensions are on the rise. Castro sees his visit as an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate matters. In this deft and stylish slice of history, Simon Hall argues that these ten days were a turning point in the Cold War and a foundational moment in the creation of what we think of as ‘the Sixties’.

You Goddess! Lessons in Being Legendary from Amazing Immortals E. Foley and B. Coates The much-loved authors of What Would Boudicca Do? channel the feminist power of mythical goddesses in this witty, inspirational gift. Why settle for mere mortal excellence when you could be living like a goddess? This book will help you acquire the timeless qualities needed to bring celestial chutzpah to your life. Featuring twenty-five goddesses from every corner of the globe, You Goddess! explores ancient deities and legends through the prism of female power. From famous divas like Athena to less familiar heroines like the Japanese dawn goddess Uzume, the Mayan ‘jaguar goddess of midwifery’ Ixchel, and the African mermaid spirit Mami Wata, these impressive deities – depicted by men throughout the centuries – reveal the roots of toxic stereotypes (the damsel in distress, the selfless mother, the tempting harlot) and bring mythical magnificence into our daily lives.

HB | 978 0 571 35306 4 | 288pp | £16.99 Ebook | 978 0 571 35309 5 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can

E. FOLEY AND B. COATES are editors based in London. They are the bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups, Advanced Homework for Grown-Ups, Shakespeare for Grown-Ups and the Homework for Grown-Ups Quiz Book. Their most recent book is What Would Boudicca Do?, illustrated by Bijou Karman. For regular inspiration follow @FoleyCoates

17/09/20 HB | 978 0 571 35996 7 | 320pp | £9.99

‘Vivid, powerful and panoramic . . . I loved it.’ Dominic Sandbrook, on 1956: The World in Revolt 36

‘What a boost this book is: if these amazing women did it, we certainly can.’ Olivia Colman, on What Would Boudicca Do? 37

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ROBERT WYATT was a founding member of the bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole and a successful solo artist. He has collaborated with artists including Bjork, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, John Cage, Brian Eno, Scritti Politti and David Gilmour. ALFIE BENGE is a visual artist, songwriter and Robert’s manager.

Side by Side Selected Lyrics Robert Wyatt and Alfie Benge The life’s work of two of British music’s most unique and timeless artists, with an introduction by Jarvis Cocker. Selected and arranged by the authors themselves, Side by Side presents for the first time ever the lyrics, poems, writings and drawings of pioneering musician Robert Wyatt and his creative partner and wife, English painter and songwriter Alfie Benge. This unique volume celebrates one of the most enduring creative partnerships of the last fifty years. ‘English music has produced some fascinating personalities, but few are as unusual as Robert Wyatt.’ Brian Eno ‘A highly idiosyncratic and intuitively melodic maverick.’ BBC Music

Sweet Dreams From Club Culture to Style Culture, the story of the New Romantics Dylan Jones The definitive history of the Blitz Kids, the Style Press and the New Romantics, from 1975 to 1985. Sweet Dreams charts a scene that grew out of the remnants of post-punk and developed quickly alongside club culture, ska, electronica and goth. One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since the sixties, the era had a huge influence on the growth of print and broadcast media. Not only did it visually define the decade, it was the catalyst for the Second British Invasion, when the US charts would be colonised by British pop music – Depeche Mode, Culture Club, Wham!, Soft Cell, Ultravox, Duran Duran, Sade, Spandau Ballet, the Eurythmics – making it one of the most powerful cultural exports since the Beatles. Sweet Dreams were made of this.

DYLAN JONES, a former editor at i-D, The Face, Arena, the Observer and the Sunday Times, is currently the Editorin-Chief of GQ. His books include the Sunday Times bestseller David Bowie: A Life and most recently, The Wichita Lineman. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to publishing.

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RUTH JANETTE RUCK wrote a trilogy of much-loved memoirs about her Welsh hill farm, Carneddi – Place of Stones (1961), Hill Farm Story (1966) and Along Came a Llama (1978) – which made it a local tourist attraction. She died in 2006 but her family still runs the same farm today – minus the llama, alas.

Along Came a Llama Ruth Ruck Ruth Ruck’s family live on a Welsh mountain farm, no strangers to cowpats on the carpet and nesting hens in the larder. When dark days strike, they embark on a farming experiment to cheer them all up – but raising a baby llama proves more of an adventure than expected . . . Things llamas like:

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Snaffling cherry brandy, Easter eggs, and the Radio Times.

Having toenails trimmed by a visiting circus.

Fluttering film-star eyelashes at surprised visitors. Curling up in ‘tea-cosy’ position by the fire. Orbiting, helicoptering and oompahing. 01/10/20

Humming along to classical music.

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Being adoptive mother to an orphaned lamb. Invitations to star on Blue Peter. Accidentally swimming. The dark.

Ever Wondered Why? The QI Elves with a foreword by Zoe Ball The perfect gift for all those big and little kids in your life who ask ‘why . . .?’ Every Wednesday the QI Elves appear on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show’s ‘Why Workshop’, where they answer the ponderings and wonderings of BBC Radio 2’s most inquisitive listeners. Ever Wondered Why? features the QI Elves’ answers to two hundred questions on topics ranging from goosebumps to gherkins and everything in-between. Generously sprinkled with extra facts from the Elves, this is essential reading for the incurably curious. Why isn’t a unicorn called a unihorn? Why are duvets counted in togs? What is a tog? Who first put the alphabet in alphabetical order? How much water would you need to put out the sun? When, and exactly why, did salted caramel ice cream become so popular? ‘Fascinating . . . The answers to the questions you never even thought to ask.’ Daily Mail, on 2024 QI Facts To Stop You in Your Tracks 41

Led by Chief Gnome JOHN LLOYD, the ‘QI Elves’ are the team of writers behind BBC Two’s smash-hit panel show QI. They have authored over twenty books, reached the semi-finals of BBC Two’s Only Connect and had over 250 million listeners of their podcast No Such Thing As A Fish.

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HERMIONE LEE’s books include biographies of Woolf, Cather, Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald (winner of the James Tait Black Award and a New York Times ‘Ten Best Books of 2014’), essays on lifewriting and an introduction to biography. She was President of Wolfson College, Oxford, from 2008 to 2017 and was awarded a CBE for services to literature in 2003.

01/10/20 HB | 978 0 571 31443 0 | 896pp | £30.00 Ebook | 978 0 571 31445 4 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can

Tom Stoppard: A Life Hermione Lee A unique portrait of our greatest living playwright by one of the leading literary biographers in the Englishspeaking world. In this gripping, vivid narrative, with unprecedented access to private archive material, Lee draws on over a hundred interviews with family, friends and stars of stage and screen, as well as long conversations with Stoppard himself. The book tracks him from his family’s escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and on to his leap to fame with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, his marriages and children, and his constant writing, rehearsing and transatlantic travel. It makes brilliant close readings of all his work, and looks at his love of England and his complex political involvements. It is shot through with Stoppard’s voice and humour and tells the revealing story of a private man, leaving us with the mystery of his ultimate unknowability. ‘A richly satisfying literary biography, from an artist in the form.’ Hilary Mantel, Guardian Books of the Year, on Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

The Nolan Variations The Movies, Marvels and Mysteries of Christopher Nolan Tom Shone The first book on which Christopher Nolan has cooperated: an instant object of desire for his passionate fans and a sought-after resource. Christopher Nolan is a superstar, the reigning blockbuster auteur who delivers unprecedented spectacle and intelligence and upends received wisdom in Hollywood time and again. With $4.5 billion in box office earnings, his films make Nolan the most successful Englishman in Hollywood since Hitchcock. Shone has known Nolan since 1999 and the men have established a real rapport and trust. Nolan has committed to a series of interviews – the first time he has offered anything approaching such a collaboration. Thanks to unprecedented access to Nolan’s personal archive the text will be fully illustrated with photographs and storyboards.

TOM SHONE was the film critic of the Sunday Times from 1994 until he moved to New York in 1999. He is the author of Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer, In the Rooms and Scorsese: A Retrospective. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. He teaches at New York University. 01/10/20 HB | 978 0 571 34798 8 | 288pp | £30.00 Ebook | 978 0 571 34800 8

‘A biographer with special powers.’ Sunday Times 42

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN is the writer and director of Memento, the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Dunkirk.

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JAN SWAFFORD is a composer and writer whose music has been played by chamber ensembles and orchestras including the Symphonies of Indianapolis and St Louis and the Dutch Radio Orchestra. His awardwinning books include biographies of Brahms and Charles Ives and the New York Times bestseller Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph. He studied at Harvard and the Yale School of Music.

The Reign of Love

Revered biographer Jan Swafford provides a fresh take and intimate look at the man and musician, rather than the myth. From his celebrated early childhood, Mozart has been caught up in myths: the superhuman prodigy, the adult who was still a child, the neglect, the pauper’s grave. None of these myths are true; at least not at face value. Wolfgang Amadè Mozart is not primarily a myth-busting book, but in the process of bringing to vivid life the man and composer absorbed in writing for his public rather than for posterity, the myths topple en route. Swafford portrays a man who had his sorrows like everybody else, but who was a high-living bon vivant, well-read and thoughtful if also at times playing the clown: in the end fundamentally a happy and happily married man who had a wide circle of friends. Undoubtedly the standard biography for years to come.

HB | 978 0 571 32324 1 | 608pp | £30.00 Ebook | 978 0 571 32326 5 UK C/Wealth EXcan OpenEU

Beneath the Night Stuart Clark A history of humanity, told through our relationship with the night sky. From Stone Age to space age, every human who has looked up at the night sky has seen the same stars in the same patterns. They reveal our entire history as well as hinting at our ultimate fate. In Beneath the Night, Stuart Clark tells the full story of this relationship. From prehistoric cave art and Ancient Egyptian zodiacs to the modern era of satellites and space exploration, Clark reveals the history of a fascination that has shaped our scientific understanding; helped us navigate the terrestrial world; provided inspiration for our poets, artists and philosophers; and given us a place to project our hopes and fears. This is the story of the universe and our place within it. ‘A delightful, informative read.’ Neil de Grasse Tyson, on The Sun Kings

‘Magisterial, warm, and engaging . . . A triumph of scholarship and musical affinity.’ Independent, on Beethoven 44

STUART CLARK is an astronomer and awardwinning science writer for the Guardian, New Scientist and many other publications. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a consultant for the European Space Agency.

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CHARLOTTE MEW was an English short-story writer and poet. The Farmer’s Bride (1916) was her only book to be published in her lifetime; on the strength of it, she was awarded a Civil List pension. JULIA COPUS’s fourth poetry collection, Girlhood, and her selection of Charlotte Mew’s poetry and prose were both published in 2019 by Faber.

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This Rare Spirit Julia Copus

A Life of Charlotte Mew

The first comprehensive biography of this highly original poet and short-story writer, following the 150th anniversary of her birth. Charlotte Mew (1869–1928) was regarded as one of the best poets of her age by her contemporaries. She has since been largely neglected, but her star is beginning to rise again. This is the first comprehensive biography, from cradle to grave. Growing up in Bloomsbury, Mew was an intriguing blend of New Woman and stalwart Victorian. Her poems speak to us strongly today, in these strangely mixed times of exposure and seclusion: they reveal the agony of an isolated being forced to keep secret the tragedies of her personal life while simultaneously being propelled by her work into the public arena. Fellow poet Julia Copus sensitively reveals how Mew transfigured that very private suffering into an art of universal resonance.

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Lost for Words Alex Bellos A joyful compendium of fascinating word and language puzzles. Lost for Words is a book of more than one hundred surprising and entertaining puzzles that celebrate the amazing diversity of the world of words and language. Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies and global variations in simple behaviours like counting, telling the time and naming children. Whether you are a crossword solver, a code-breaker or a Scrabble addict, these puzzles are guaranteed to twist your tongue and sharpen your mind.

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‘The greatest living poetess.’ Virginia Woolf

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ALEX BELLOS is brilliant on all things mathematical. His bestselling, award-winning books include Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass. They have been translated into more than twenty languages. His YouTube videos have been watched by more than twenty million people, and he writes a popular maths and puzzle blog for the Guardian. His latest book is So You Think You've Got Problems?

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From Richard Williams’s The Animator’s Survival Kit come key chapters in short form. The Animator’s Survival Kit is the indispensable tool for professional animators and students of animation. This series presents the Survival Kit’s most essential chapters in small, easy-to-carry – and easy-to-study – editions, which cover these key topics: Walks; Runs, Jumps and Skips; Flexibility and Weight; Dialogue, Directing, Acting and Animal Action. In each edition, Williams provides the building blocks to construct animated characters. His use of stick figures makes it easy to understand, learn and copy – a process that will encourage animators to invent and entertain.

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, MIKE LEIGH has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars, and Vera Drake (2004) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh Mike Leigh A new revised edition that brings the great director’s career up to date.

Runs, Jumps and Skips

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Five-time Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner, the only British director to have won the top prize at both the Cannes and Venice film festivals – Mike Leigh is unquestionably one of world cinema’s pre-eminent figures. In their commingling of bleakness and humour, Leigh’s films recreate the tragi-comic world of people whose everyday lives are far from glamorous: a world in which ‘the done thing’ usually prevails, contrary to our inner hopes, wants or needs. Above all, Leigh is an accomplished storyteller. Within the pages of the book, Leigh speaks to Amy Raphael more openly than ever before of his life and inimitable working method, revealing himself as passionate and forthright, with a dry, playful Mancunian wit.

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Walks

‘For anyone interested in theatre or film-making it’s a must.’ Spectator

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RICHARD WILLIAMS was best known as the Director of Animation for Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), for which he won two Academy Awards including a Special Achievement Award. He continued working as an independent film-maker in Bristol until his death in 2019. His last film, Prologue, was nominated for both a US Academy Award and a British Academy Award in 2016.


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This Is Not Propaganda

March of the Lemmings

Adventures in the War Against Reality

Brexit in Print and Performance 2016–2019

Peter Pomerantsev

Stewart Lee

Dark ads, psy-ops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, Trump. We’ve lost not only our sense of peace and democracy, but also our sense of what those words even mean. With a style unmatched by any previous voyager, Peter Pomerantsev journeys deep into the dark heart of the disinformation age, in a fascinating and compelling exploration.

As a Metropolitan Elitist Snowflake, Stewart Lee was disappointed by the EU Referendum result. But he knew how to weaponise his inconvenience . . .

‘Beautifully written, carefully reported and quietly frightening.’ Guardian ‘Shocking and entertaining, as well as insightful.’ Daily Telegraph 02/07/20 PB | 978 0 571 33864 1 | 288pp | £9.99

March of the Lemmings is the scathing, riotous record the Brexit era deserves. ‘The world’s greatest living stand-up comedian.’ The Times ‘A true genius of comedy.’ Grayson Perry ‘Stewart Lee is not funny and has nothing to say.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Engrossing . . . Pomerantsev has become something of a guru on our dark age of disinformation.’ Evening Standard

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So You Think You’ve Got Problems?

The Windrush Betrayal

Surprising and rewarding puzzles to sharpen your mind

Exposing the Hostile Environment

Alex Bellos Are you ready to be: Imprisoned by a sadistic logician? Challenged to raise dogs from the dead? Trapped on a burning island? In this compendium of more than 150 ingenious puzzles, you’ll need to pit your wits against probability problems, wrestle with wordplay, grapple with geometry and scrabble for survival. All will surprise, entertain and stretch your brain. ‘Lots of Ah, Aha, and Haha, which is the mark of a good puzzle.’ Rob Eastaway 02/07/20

‘Alex Bellos is a wizard.’ Tim Harford

Amelia Gentleman Amelia Gentleman’s exposé of the Windrush scandal shocked the nation and led to the resignation of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary. Here, Gentleman tells the full story for the first time. ‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of this heartbreaking book.’ James O’Brien ‘Searing . . . It’s impossible to read her account of the stepby-step betrayal without feeling ashamed that it was done in your name.’ Daily Mail ‘A timely reminder of why journalism matters and what truly great journalists can achieve . . . giving voice to the people who matter most: the victims.’ Professor David Olusoga

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What Happened?

My Last Supper

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Turn the Beat Around

Art Sex Music

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SIMON ARMITAGE is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His most recent poetry collection is Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (2019). From 2015 to 2019, he served as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, and, in 2018, he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Simon Armitage is Poet Laureate.

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Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems Simon Armitage

How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) Barbara Kingsolver

Accompanying his Laureate’s Library Tour, a collection that celebrates the place where Armitage’s life as a writer first began.

From the internationally bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna and Unsheltered comes a pragmatic and revelatory collection of poetry.

Growing up in Marsden among the hills of West Yorkshire, Simon Armitage has always associated his early poetic experiences with the night-time view from his bedroom window, those ‘private, moonstruck observations’. Magnetic Field brings together his Marsden poems in a single edition, from his first pamphlet to new work from a forthcoming collection. It offers personal insight into a preoccupation that shows no signs of fading, and his perspective on a locality he describes as ‘transcendent and transgressive’, a genuinely unique region forming a frontier territory between different worlds. Magnetic Field invites questions about the forging of identity, the precariousness of memory, and our attachment to certain places and the forces they exert.

The poems of How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) find breath and lightness in the common business of living. Barbara Kingsolver’s generous collection is divided into thematic sections that interweave to form a carefully patterned whole: a series of ‘How to’ poems that smartly balance tongue-incheek pragmatism with revelatory wisdom, a complicated yet affirmative family pilgrimage to Italy, cherished childhood memories, the perils and pleasures of being a (female) writer, elegies to lost loved ones and elegies to the planet. How to Fly will both delight Kingsolver’s devoted readership and welcome a host of new readers to her startling verse, while revealing an intimate side to her creative practice as yet unseen.

‘[Armitage’s] wit, grit and gift for mixing the demotic with the metaphorical have long made him the people’s poet.’ Guardian 56

‘Kingsolver’s power lies in her ability to expound big ideas without losing sight of life’s pulsing minutiae.’ Sunday Times 57

BARBARA KINGSOLVER’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership. In 2010 she won the Orange Prize for The Lacuna, and her 2012 novel Flight Behaviour was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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POETRY ‘The publication of Samuel Beckett’s Theatrical Notebooks [. . .] is a major event which casts fascinating light on the thought processes of a great writer.’ Katharine Worth, Review of English Studies

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SAMUEL BECKETT (1906– 1989) was born in Dublin. During his subsequent career as a playwright and novelist in both French and English he redefined the possibilities of prose fiction and writing for the theatre. Samuel Beckett won the Prix Formentor in 1961 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969.

Krapp’s Last Tape | 06/08/20 PB | 978 0 571 34872 5 | 320pp | £25.00 World English Language The Shorter Plays | 06/08/20

The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett Editors: James Knowlson (Krapp’s Last Tape), S. E. Gontarski (The Shorter Plays) The final two volumes of the series reproducing Beckett’s theatrical notebooks in colour-facsimile paperback editions. Krapp’s Last Tape and The Shorter Plays (including Play, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Footfalls, That Time and What Where) join Waiting for Godot and Endgame (published in summer 2019) to complete this four-volume series of Samuel Beckett’s theatrical notebooks appearing in affordable paperback editions. Each volume shows, by means of colour facsimile, transcription and commentary, the extensive revisions and detailed notes made by Beckett during revivals of his plays. An invaluable resource for directors, students and general admirers who want to know more about the creative process of this era-defining writer.

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TED HUGHES (1930–1998) won instant acclaim with his first book, The Hawk in the Rain (1957), and a glittering literary career culminated four decades later with the Whitbread Book of the Year award for Tales from Ovid (1997) and then again for Birthday Letters (1998). He served fourteen years as Poet Laureate and in 1998 was appointed to the Order of Merit.

Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being

Crow: From the Life and Songs of Crow This anniversary edition with a new foreword celebrates fifty years since the original publication of Crow (1970), which marked a pivotal moment in Ted Hughes’s writing career. Growing out of an invitation by Leonard Baskin to make a book with him about crows, Hughes found both a structure and a persona that gave his vision a new power and coherence. A deep engagement with history, mythology and the natural world combine to forge a work of impressive and unsettling force.

Ted Hughes seeks to unlock the secret of Shakespeare in his critical magnum opus – reissued with a foreword by Robert McCrum. This enthralling tour de force of literary criticism is nothing less than an attempt to show the Complete Works – dramatic and poetic – as a single, tightly integrated, evolving organism. Hughes supports his thesis with erudition and a painstakingly close analysis of language, plots and characters. A multitude of dazzling insights is generated in the process, and our entire understanding of Shakespeare, his art and imagination, is radically transformed. ‘[This] huge study of Shakespeare, more than ten years in the making, is an unprecedented act of critical witness.’ London Review of Books

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‘English poetry has found a new hero and nobody will be able to read or write verse now without the black shape of Crow falling across the page.’ Peter Porter

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THE POETS IN THE 2021 EDITION:

The Forward Book of Poetry 2021 Various Poets A selection of the best contemporary poetry published in the UK during 2020. The annual Forward Book of Poetry brings news from the frontlines of the contemporary poetry boom. The judges of the Forward Prizes, described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the most coveted awards in British poetry’, have chosen the best work from the year’s UK crop of new collections and literary journals. Their selection combines fresh voices with familiar names, making the book essential reading for seasoned poetry enthusiasts and new readers alike. ‘A genuine showcase of the scope and depth of poetry now.’ Jeanette Winterson ‘The Forward Prizes for Poetry have established themselves as central to the literary landscape of modern Britain.’ Andrew Marr

Faber & Faber Poetry Diary 2021 & Liberty Faber Poetry Diary 2021 The Faber poetry list, originally founded in the 1920s, was shaped by the taste of T. S. Eliot, who was its guiding light for nearly forty years. Each passing decade has seen the list grow with the addition of poets who are arguably the finest of their generation. The Faber Poetry Diary is a celebration of this remarkable Faber list. Illustrated throughout with vintage and contemporary book jackets, the diary has a sturdy cover and an elastic closure. The Liberty Faber Poetry Diary is covered with Liberty London Fabric.

Rachael Allen, Simon Armitage, William Blake, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mary Jean Chan, John Clare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wendy Cope, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Joe Dunthorne, T. S. Eliot, Oliver Goldsmith, Lavinia Greenlaw, Thomas Hardy, David Harsent, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Ishion Hutchinson, Ebenezer Jones, Ilya Kaminsky, Rudyard Kipling, Nick Laird, Philip Larkin, Charlotte Mew, Paul Muldoon, Daljit Nagra, Don Paterson, Sylvia Plath, Christopher Reid, Christina Rossetti, Richard Scott, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edward Thomas, Derek Walcott, William Wordsworth, W. B. Yeats.

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GILLIAN CLARKE lives in Ceredigion. She was National Poet of Wales (2008–16) and was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010. Her prose works include a writer’s journal, At the Source (2008), and her poetry collections include Selected Poems (Picador, 2016) and Zoology (Carcanet, 2017).

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The Gododdin Lament for the Fallen Gillian Clarke

Collected Poems of Edward Thomas Edward Thomas

A poet’s translation of one of Britain’s oldest cultural treasures, which captures its compelling ‘word-music’.

A revised and re-annotated edition marking one hundred years since first publication.

The Gododdin charts the rise and fall of 363 warriors in the battle of Catraeth, around the year ad 600. The men of the Brittonic kingdom of Gododdin rose to unite the Welsh and the Picts against the English, only to meet a devastating fate. Composed by the poet Aneirin, the poem was originally orally transmitted as a sung elegy, passed down for seven centuries before being written down by two medieval scribes. It is composed of one hundred laments to the named characters who fell, and follows a sophisticated alliterative poetics. Former National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke is the first poet to create a translation. She animates this historical epic with a modern musicality, making it live in the language of today.

When Edward Thomas died in the Great War he left behind ‘a unique body of poems’ (Philip Larkin) that came to be regarded as among the greatest of the age. His posthumous Collected Poems (1920) was acclaimed by Walter de la Mare as ‘a mirror of England’, with an ‘unassumingly profound sense of permanence’ (Dylan Thomas). This centenary edition re-presents and re-annotates the poetry in light of subsequent textual discoveries. It includes a transcription of the powerful War Diary that Edward Thomas kept in his final months in France and marks a defining volume for a writer who, in the words of his friend Robert Frost, was ‘A very fine poet. And a poet all in his own right.’

‘Y Gododdin is extremely readable, not a long narrative route march but a mosaic of elegies and eulogies to the fallen.’ Carol Rumens, Guardian

EDWARD THOMAS was born in London in 1878. He made his living as a literary journalist, writing several biographies and volumes of natural history, editing anthologies and contributing hundreds of reviews to the leading magazines of his time. He was killed at the battle of Arras in April 1917.

‘He is the father of us all.’ Ted Hughes 01/10/20 HB | 978 0 571 36283 7 | 320pp | £20.00 Ebook | 978 0 571 36285 1

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VALERIE ELIOT died in 2012. She won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land, a Facsimile & Transcripts of the Original Drafts (1971) and The Letters of T. S. Eliot, Volume 1 (1988). JOHN HAFFENDEN is Senior Research Fellow, IES, University of London. His publications include a biography of John Berryman; editions of the works of William Empson, including the Complete Poems (2000); and an award-winning twovolume biography of Empson (2005, 2006). 15/10/20 HB | 978 0 571 36281 3 | 1008pp | £60.00 Ebook | 978 0 571 36282 0 World All Languages

The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume 9: 1939–1941 T. S. Eliot edited by John Haffenden Eliot sheds his ‘usually reticent self’ to compose these entertaining and revealing letters. This volume covers the production of Eliot’s play The Family Reunion; the publication of The Idea of a Christian Society; and the joyous versifying of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. After nights of fire-watching in the London wartime blackout, he travels the country, attends meetings of The Moot, delivers talks and advises a fresh generation of writers including Cyril Connolly, Keith Douglas, Kathleen Raine and Vernon Watkins. Major correspondents include W. H. Auden, George Barker, William Empson, Geoffrey Faber, John Hayward, James Laughlin, Hope Mirrlees, Mervyn Peake, Ezra Pound, Stephen Spender, Tambimuttu, Allen Tate, Michael Tippett, and Virginia Woolf. Four Quartets, Eliot’s culminating masterpiece, is discussed in detail. ‘This immense edition of the correspondence of the greatest poet of his time . . . The indefatigable, exemplary editor [is] John Haffenden.’ David Sexton, Evening Standard 64

The Late Sun Christopher Reid A new poetry collection from the winner of the Costa Book Award offers a lifetime’s lessons in ‘light and being alive’. The Late Sun asserts a balance between memorialisation of the recently dead and celebration of the vitality of the living. Early in the collection is a set of poems about the poet’s mother, who died in great age after a life of exotic travel, and the poet’s own travels, his sense of both place and displacement, are vibrantly explored in other pieces. The city where he lives – particularly, and somewhat unusually, in a sequence titled ‘Smells of London’ – provides many of the themes, but the civic glades and sparkling vistas of the Mediterranean are just as important, and the book adds up to an affirmation of international perspectives at a time when civilised values are increasingly threatened. ‘Reid is a poet who lives on in the mind, becomes part of one’s own inner vocabulary. In every poetic generation there are not more than one or two like that.’ John Bayley, Poetry Review

CHRISTOPHER REID’s books include A Scattering (Costa Book of the Year 2009), The Song of Lunch (made into a BBC film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, and a stage show by Robert Bathurst) and Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs (2018). He is working on an edition of Seamus Heaney’s letters.

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Frolic and Detour Paul Muldoon The thirteenth collection from the Pulitzer Prize winner has all the passion and provocation we more often associate with a first collection. Its subject matter ranges from the Native American leaders Joseph Brant and Mangas Coloradas, through the Great War, the Irish Rising, hunting with eagles, the house wren, all the way to the day-to-day assault of twenty-first-century America. ‘A feat of prestidigitation.’ Irish Times ‘Frolic and Detour is a perfect title: there’s plenty of both in this new collection from Ireland’s most ingenious poet.’ Daily Telegraph Poetry Book of the Month ‘If you buy one book of poetry this year, make it this one.’ Scotland on Sunday 03/09/20 PB | 978 0 571 35450 4 | 144pp | £10.99 UK C/Wealth + EU ex Can

Letters Home Philip Larkin Edited by James Booth This edition presents the last major archive of Philip Larkin’s writing to remain unpublished: the letters to his family. These correspondences – including those to his father, Sydney, a ‘conservative anarchist’; his timid, depressive mother, Eva; and his sister, Kitty – help to explain how Larkin came to be the writer and the man he was. ‘Superbly edited . . . More than five hundred pages of new writing by our greatest modern poet.’ Sunday Times ‘We see a side of Larkin little glimpsed until now.’ Guardian ‘Essential reading for Larkin addicts.’ The Times

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The Son Florian Zeller translated by Christopher Hampton Nicolas is struggling after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping classes, lying. He believes moving in with his father’s new family may help. When he senses he isn’t wanted there, he goes back to his mother’s. But what happens when the options dry up? The Son completes a trilogy with The Mother and The Father. The play premiered at the Kiln Theatre, London, in February 2019, before transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre.

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‘Florian Zeller has been called the most exciting playwright of our times, and this take-your-breath-away effort will reinforce that view.’ The Times

Leopoldstadt Tom Stoppard

‘I’d defy anyone not to be moved by this study of the disruptive dynamics of family life.’ Guardian

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‘One of Britain’s greatest living playwrights to provide his most personal play yet.’ The Times

A schoolteacher is accused of ‘sabotage of the Fatherland’ when he reprimands a student for making a racist remark. The class petition against him. A murder follows. During the trial, the teacher decides to risk everything by telling the truth. :

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann’s extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard’s epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and – for Austrian Jews – the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story that hasn’t ended yet. Leopoldstadt was first performed at Wyndham’s Theatre, London, in January 2020.

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Leopoldstadt is TOM STOPPARD’s latest play, coming fifty-three years after his sensational debut Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and after innumerable awards for one of the most distinctive backlists in modern drama, ranging from The Real Thing and Arcadia to his Oscar-winning screenplay Shakespeare in Love.

‘The surgical precision of the writing achieves a devastating visceral impact.’ Daily Telegraph

‘An incisive, disturbing text.’ Guardian ‘The most disturbing schoolboys this side of Golding’s Lord of the Flies.’ Time Out

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‘The news that Tom Stoppard has written a new drama ranks as top-end seismic activity.’ Daily Telegraph

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The Hunt

Either Ruby Thomas

based on the film Jagten by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm adapted for the stage by David Farr

When B spills coffee down A’s shirt, an old spark is rekindled. But in a world of infinite possibilities, monogamy is tough. Straight, gay, casual, polyamorous, they find themselves irresistibly drawn both to the new and to each other. In a relationship of ever-changing boundaries, the couple question anything and everything as they attempt to navigate modern love.

In a small town in northern Denmark, the children celebrate Harvest Festival. In the forest by the water, the men of the lodge stand naked in the cold. This is their country. This is their song. In the shadows, a lonely child gives a strange man her heart. The hunt begins. The Hunt premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in June 2019. ‘A world-class adaptation . . . A parable for our times.’ Daily Telegraph 20/06/19 PB | 978 0 571 35437 5 | 96pp | £9.99 World English Language

‘A play about secrets that continually questions whether we can ever know each other.’ Observer ‘Lays bare the modern reflex to cast blame elsewhere rather than look within.’ Metro

Either premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in September 2019. ‘It is rare to see a first play that lights up the theatre in as exciting a way as Either . . . witty, challenging and wise . . . Truly excellent.’ Camden New Journal ‘A delicious mix of humour, intelligence and desire.’ Broadway World 'Funny, ingenious . . . A daring and exciting new voice.’ The Arts Desk

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‘A playful, thought-provoking debut.’ The Stage

Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand

Scenes with Girls Miriam Battye

freely adapted by Martin Crimp

Tosh and Lou. 22 scenes.

A genius with language, but convinced of his own ugliness, Cyrano secretly loves the radiant Roxane. Meanwhile, Roxane is in love with the beautiful but inarticulate Christian. Cyrano’s generous offer to act as go-between sets in motion a poignant and often hilarious love triangle, in which each character is torn between the lure of physical attraction and the seductive power of words.

Other friends have come, got boyfriends and gone. So what? Tosh and Lou have each other. They’ll never be like the other girls. They won’t sit in a narrative someone else thought up. This is love. This is enough. This is enough. Miriam Battye’s debut Scenes with girls premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in January 2020.

Martin Crimp’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac premiered at the Playhouse Theatre, London, in November 2019. ‘Cuts to the core of a classic and what it means to be alive. I defy anyone not to fall in love with it.’ Daily Telegraph 05/12/19 PB | 978 0 571 36140 3 | 144pp | £9.99 World English Language

‘Mesmerising. An unforgettable evening.’ The Times

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‘A piece of pure theatre, the most breathtakingly exciting show in London right now.’ Evening Standard

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Pavilion Emily White

One Under Winsome Pinnock

Dance. Drink. Fight. Snog.

When tube driver Cyrus experiences his first ‘one under’, the mysterious circumstances prompt him to pursue the truth of Sonny’s final hours. But in hunting for clues, Cyrus arrives at the troubling possibility that all routes lead back to him.

Music pounds, lager flows, lust grinds and fists fly. A small town in a forgotten corner of Wales, full of big personalities and every one of them out for the final Friday night disco at the Pavilion. Like the local school and the public library, it’s about to be shut down. Pavilion premiered at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, in September 2019. ‘Emily White’s assured debut depicts a community’s fight to survive.’ The Stage ‘An ambitious play for today.’ Theatre Reviews North

An evocative play about the power of guilt, the quest for atonement and the fragility of human relationships, One Under was reimagined in a Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth production for a UK tour in autumn 2019. ‘Stylish and keenly felt.’ The Times ‘A bold revival of Winsome Pinnock's play about the need for atonement.’ The Stage ‘Fast-paced, thrilling and thought-provoking.’ Beyond the Curtain

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The Tale of Little Bevan Robert Alan Evans In a Norfolk village, three people are seeking happiness. But as the harvest moon fills and the party begins, ancient forces are brought to life. A darkly comic journey through twenty-four hours in the life of a village, Robert Alan Evans’s play was created in collaboration with those living in rural communities across Norfolk and Suffolk today. The Tale of Little Bevan was premiered by Pentabus in October 2019 in a tour taking in village halls across England.

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‘A clever and perfectly paced script by Robert Alan Evans which joins the dots seamlessly to tell a number of small stories that unfold into a universal story of what it is to be human and living alongside others.’ Hereford Times

Anna Bella Eema Lisa D’Amour Precocious Annabella lives in a deserted trailer park with her eccentric mother. Desperate to ward off the new highway threatening the demolition of their home, Annabella makes a girl out of mud. The girl comes to life. The girl is Anna Bella Eema. Part ghost story, part fairy tale, part coming-of-age fantasy, Anna Bella Eema received its UK premiere at the Arcola Theatre, London, in September 2019. ‘A poetic hymn to American transcendentalism.’ Guardian ‘A stunning act of theatrical alchemy.’ San Francisco Chronicle ‘Its beauty and its depth are almost beyond language other than its own.’ Austin Chronicle 19/09/19 PB | 978 0 571 35635 5 | 80pp | £9.99

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Blood Wedding Federico Garcla Lorca

Murder in the Cathedral T. S. Eliot

Playboy Sandro Botticelli has talent, fame and good looks. He also has the ear – and wife – of Lorenzo de Medici, and Florence’s hottest apprentice, Leonardo. But while he’s working on The Birth of Venus, plague sweeps the city and Friar Savonarola stokes dissent against the liberal elite, forcing Botticelli to choose between love and survival.

in a version by Marina Carr

Murder in the Cathedral, written for the Canterbury Festival in 1935, was one of T. S. Eliot’s first dramatic achievements, and it remains one of the great plays of the century. Now, with a new cover featuring the linocut ‘Monseigneur St Thomas’ by Cyril Power, it is reissued for the anniversary marking 850 years since Thomas Becket’s dramatic murder.

A hot-blooded queering of Renaissance Italy, Botticelli in the Fire made its European premiere at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2019. ‘An absorbing, archly anachronistic play by the Canadian wunderkind.’ Daily Telegraph

‘This Botticelli burns with passion.’ Daily Mail

Written in the summer of 1932 with the Spanish Civil War looming, Federico García Lorca’s anarchic meditation on the fate of the individual versus society is a prophetic foreshadowing of the violence that would soon tear his beloved country apart and lead to his own tragic end. Marina Carr’s version of Blood Wedding premiered at the Young Vic, London, in September 2019. ‘The stylised, poetic approach exerts a magic of its own, unfaltering as moonlight, its promise realised in a final blood sacrifice.’ Financial Times

‘[Eliot’s play] still speaks to an age all too aware of the brutal arrogance of power.’ Guardian ‘A triumph of poetic genius.’ New Yorker

‘A beautiful adaptation.’ Metro ‘Here is a rootless wild lyricism, both Iberian and Hibernian, shot through with Dall dalliance and Catholic iconography.’ Observer l

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PICTURE BOOKS: THE FIRST BOOKS YOU’LL EVER READ

CHILDREN'S: AGE 1–4

Macavity | 978 0 571 30813 2 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Mr Mistoffelees | 978 0 571 32222 0 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Skimbleshanks | 978 0 571 32483 5 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

The Hug | 978 0 571 34001 9 Eoin McLaughlin | Polly Dunbar

Emergency Vehicles | 978 0 571 34947 0 Calm Down, Zebra | 978 0 571 35171 8 Simon Tyler Lou Kuenzler | Julia Woolf

Jennyanydots | 978 0 571 35280 7 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

Cat Morgan | 978 0 571 34582 3 T. S. Eliot | Arthur Robins

My Bed is an Air Balloon | 978 0 571 34771 1 Julia Copus | Alison Jay

Veg Patch Party | 978 0 571 35286 9 Clare Foges | Al Murphy

Kitchen Disco | 978 0 571 30788 3 Clare Foges | Al Murphy

Planet Awesome | 978 0 571 34544 1 Stacy McAnulty | David Litchfield

Daddy’s Sandwich | 978 0 571 31183 5 Pip Jones | Laura Hughes

Mummy’s Suitcase | 978 0 571 32753 9 Pip Jones | Laura Hughes

My Daddy is Hilarious | 978 0 571 33642 5 Gavin Puckett | Chris Jevons

Fixer the Robot | 978 0 571 33637 1 John Kelly

My Hair | 978 0 571 34687 5 Hannah Lee | Allen Fatimaharan

The Goat Cafe- | 978 0 571 32869 7 Francesca Simon | Leo Broadley

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Snow | 978 0 571 30557 5 Walter de la Mare | Carolina Rabei

Silver | 978 0 571 31470 6 Walter de la Mare | Carolina Rabei

Millions of Cats | 978 0 571 35020 9 Wanda Gag

The Story of Ferdinand 978 0 571 33596 1 Munro Leaf | Robert Lawson

Santa’s New Beard | 978 0 571 33654 8 Caroline Crowe | Jess Pauwels Once Upon a Snowstorm 978 0 571 33929 7 | Richard Johnson

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Squishy McFluff: Tea with the Queen 978 0 571 33728 6 Pip Jones | Ella Okstad

Ballerina Dreams | 978 0 571 32973 1 Michaela and Elaine DePrince Ella Okstad

Piggy Handsome 978 0 571 32754 6 Pip Jones | Adam Stower

Space Tortoise | 978 0 571 33105 5 Ross Montgomery | David Litchfield

The Great Reindeer Disaster 978 0 571 34898 5 Kate Saunders | Neal Layton

Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! 978 0 571 30250 5 Pip Jones | Ella Okstad

Lily and the Polar Bears 978 0 571 33776 7 | Jion Sheibani

Hayley the Hairy Horse 978 0 571 33780 4 Gavin Puckett | Tor Freeman

Picklewitch and Jack 978 0 571 33518 3 Claire Barker | Teemu Juhani

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Dave Pigeon | 978 0 571 32330 2 Swapna Haddow | Sheena Dempsey Sasha and the Wolfcub 978 0 571 33705 7 Ann Jungman | Gaia Bordicchia Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest 978 0 571 33215 1 Harry Heape | Rebecca Bagley


CHILDREN'S: AGE 8–12

MIDDLE GRADE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH READING

Letters from the Lighthouse 978 0 571 32758 4 | Emma Carroll

Matt Millz | 978 0 571 33249 6 Harry Hill | Steve May

Survivors | 978 0 571 33966 2 David Long | Kerry Hyndman

Secrets of a Sun King 978 0 571 32849 9 | Emma Carroll

Matt Millz Stands Up! 978 0 571 33251 9 Harry Hill | Steve May

Heroes | 978 0 571 34629 5 David Long | Kerry Hyndman

When We Were Warriors 978 0 571 35040 7 | Emma Carroll The Somerset Tsunami 978 0 571 33281 6 | Emma Carroll

Five Children on the Western Front 978 0 571 34232 7 | Kate Saunders

Fire Girl, Forest Boy 978 0 571 34943 2 | Chloe Daykin Child I | 978 0 571 33783 5 Steve Tasane

Explorers on Black Ice Ridge 978 0 571 33258 8 Alex Bell | Tomislav Tomic l

The Land of Neverendings 978 0 571 33656 2 | Kate Saunders

Explorers on Witch Mountain 978 0 571 33256 4 Alex Bell | Tomislav Tomic l

My Mum’s Growing Down 978 0 571 33506 0 Laura Dockrill | David Tazzyman

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club 978 0 571 33254 0 Alex Bell | Tomislav Tomic l

Chester Parsons is Not a Gorilla 978 0 571 33223 6 | Martyn Ford

The Children of Castle Rock 978 0 571 32356 2 | Natasha Farrant Voyage of the Sparrowhawk 978 0 571 34876 3 | Natasha Farrant

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear 978 0 571 34020 0 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt The Gift of Dark Hollow 978 0 571 32842 0 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt The Beasts of Grimheart 978 0 571 32845 1 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt Uki and the Outcasts 978 0 571 34280 8 Kieran Larwood | David Wyatt The Secret Starling 978 0 571 34630 1 Judith Eagle | Kim Geyer The Pear Affair | 978 0 571 34685 1 Judith Eagle | Kim Geyer

Max and the Millions 978 0 571 33348 6 | Ross Montgomery

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Matt Millz on Tour! 978 0 571 34567 0 Harry Hill | Steve May

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TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT: TAKING YOU SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT

Notorious Virtues 978 0 571 34215 0 | Alwyn Hamilton The Graces | 978 0 571 35291 3 Laure Eve

Highly Illogical Behaviour 978 0 571 33044 7 John Corey Whaley On Midnight Beach 978 0 571 35559 4 Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

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Wuthering Heights 978 0 571 33711 8 Emily Bronte

The Monstrous Child 978 0 571 33027 0 Francesca Simon

Pride and Prejudice 978 0 571 33701 9 Jane Austen

The Smell of Other People’s Houses 978 0 571 31495 9 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Tess of the d’Urbervilles 978 0 571 33703 3 | Thomas Hardy

Hope in a Ballet Shoe 978 0 571 31447 8 Michaela and Elaine DePrince Long Way Down | 978 0 571 33512 1 Jason Reynolds | Chris Priestley The Boy in the Black Suit 978 0 571 35612 6 | Jason Reynolds

Bone Gap | 978 0 571 33275 5 Laura Ruby

The Bell Jar | 978 0 571 22616 0 Sylvia Plath

Pet | 978 0 571 35511 2 Akwaeke Emezi

Lady Audley’s Secret 978 0 571 35825 0 Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Hero at the Fall 978 0 571 32543 6 | Alwyn Hamilton

Jane Eyre | 978 0 571 33709 5 Charlotte Bronte l

Traitor to the Throne 978 0 571 32541 2 | Alwyn Hamilton

In Paris With You | 978 0 571 33972 3 Clementine Beauvais Sam Taylor (translator) l

Rebel of the Sands 978 0 571 32525 2 | Alwyn Hamilton


CHILDREN'S CLASSICS

FABER CHILDREN’S CLASSICS: DISCOVER TIMELESS STORYTELLING

The Jungle Book | 978 0 571 33490 2 Rudyard Kipling

A Little Princess | 978 0 571 33111 6 Frances Hodgson Burnett

The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit and Other Stories 978 0 571 31464 5 Sylvia Plath | David Roberts

The Tigerboy | 978 0 571 32062 2 Ted Hughes | Joe McLaren

The Midnight Fox | 978 0 571 31033 3 Betsy Byars

Black Beauty | 978 0 571 32337 1 Anna Sewell

The Mouse and His Child 978 0 571 30755 5 | Russell Hoban

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 978 0 571 31308 2 T. S. Eliot | Nicolas Bentley

How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World 978 0 571 34885 5 | Ted Hughes

Moondial | 978 0 571 32290 9 Helen Cresswell

Peacock Pie | 978 0 571 31389 1 Walter de la Mare | Edward Ardizzone

The Iron Wolf | 978 0 571 34939 5 Ted Hughes

Marianne Dreams | 978 0 571 31327 3 The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler Catherine Storr 978 0 571 31391 4 | Gene Kemp The Land of Green Ginger Tamworth Pig Stories 978 0 571 32134 6 978 0 571 35664 5 Noel Langley | Edward Ardizzone Gene Kemp | Carolyn Dinan

The Iron Woman | 978 0 571 34858 9 Ted Hughes | Andrew Davidson

Season Songs | 978 0 571 35022 3 Ted Hughes

A Christmas Carol | 978 0 571 35586 0 Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs 978 0 571 33411 7 Charles Dickens | Liberty London Christopher Reid | Elliot Elam The Happy Prince and Other Tales 978 0 571 35584 6 Oscar Wilde | Liberty London Treasure Island | 978 0 571 33116 1 Robert Louis Stevenson The Children of Green Knowe Collection | 978 0 571 30347 2 Lucy M. Boston Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 978 0 571 25248 0 T. S. Eliot | Axel Scheffler

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 978 0 571 32126 1 T. S. Eliot | Edward Gorey

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The Iron Man | 978 0 571 34859 6 Ted Hughes | Andrew Davidson

The Secret Garden | 978 0 571 32339 5 Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Iron Man | 978 0 571 34886 2 Ted Hughes | Chris Mould

The Railway Children 978 0 571 33113 0 | E. Nesbit Five Children and It 978 0 571 31476 8 | E. Nesbit

Tales of Troy and Greece 978 0 571 33350 9 | Andrew Lang

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The Wind in the Willows 978 0 571 32341 8 | Kenneth Grahame


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