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2014 Literary Prizes Robert Allison

Patrick Barkham

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for

Shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and Thwaites Wainwright Prize for

The Letter Bearer

© Martin Godwin

Badgerlands

Michael Hofmann

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize and the Encore Award and longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize for

The Luminaries

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© Robert Catto

Eleanor Catton

Shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize for his translation of Joseph Roth’s

The Emperor’s Tomb

Hiromi Kawakami

Cynan Jones Winner of a Fiction Uncovered award for

Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for

The Dig

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© Alice Fiorilli

Strange Weather in Tokyo, translated

by Allison Markin Powell


Sam Lipsyte Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for

© Ceridwen Morris

The Fun Parts

Shortlisted for the Jewish QuarterlyWingate Literary Prize for The Flame Alphabet and for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for

Leaving the Sea

Hubert Mingarelli Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for

A Meal in Winter, © Francesca Mantovani

© Michael Lionstar

Ben Marcus

Amy Sackville

Anthea Nicholson

Winner of a Somerset Maugham Award for

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Orkney

Rebecca Solnit

Esther Woolfson

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Shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and Thwaites Wainwright Prize for

The Faraway Nearby

© Simon Clubb

© Jim Herrington

© Corinna Faith

Shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award for The Banner

of the Passing Clouds

translated by Sam Taylor

Field Notes from a Hidden City


Granta Books January – June 2015


January

10:04

February

Ben Lerner

From the prize-winning, internationally acclaimed author of Leaving the Atocha Station, a dazzling and utterly original novel about making art, making love, and making children during the twilight of an empire.

March

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n the past year, our narrator has enjoyed unexpected literary success, been diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, and been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child – all of this in a New York besieged by frequent super-storms and political unrest.

April

In prose that Jonathan Franzen has called ‘hilarious ... cracklingly intelligent... and original in every sentence’, Lerner’s new novel charts an exhilarating course through the contemporary landscape of sex, friendship, memory, art, and politics, and captures what is like to be alive right now. Praise for Leaving the Atocha Station:

May

‘Luminously original... like a comet from the future’ Observer

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‘Gales of laughter howl through [Atocha]... intensely and unusually brilliant’ Geoff Dyer ‘Seductively intelligent and stylish writing, mercilessly comic in the ways it strips the creative ego bare’ Independent

Born in Kansas in 1979, ben lerner has been a finalist for the National Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship. He is the author of three books of poetry and the acclaimed novel Leaving the Atocha Station.

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January

Epilogue A Memoir

Will Boast February

‘A brave, brilliant, masterfully crafted story... One of the most moving and transformative reading experiences I’ve had. I won’t ever forget it’ Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints

March

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April

hen his father dies, Will Boast is left alone in the world: an American with English roots, orphaned, and derailed by grief. But then, one day, everything he thought he knew about his family unravels when he discovers he has two half-brothers living in England. In exquisite prose Will Boast sets about piecing together a new sense of himself, attempting as he does to understand, forgive, and heal the mistakes of his father’s past.

May

‘Riveting, soulful, and courageously told... a gorgeous meditation on grief and family and also a deeply personal account of his coming-ofage under a relentless bombardment of tragedies and revelations. Never has a story of loss been so full of life’ Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements memoir £12.99 January Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 288pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL

‘Epilogue is honest, heartbreaking, gorgeously written, and hands-down the most moving book I’ve read so far this year’ Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

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July

will boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His short story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for a California Book Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices and the New York Times.


January

Nobody is Ever Missing

February

Catherine Lacey

A dazzling road-trip novel that takes the reader across New Zealand and into the dark spaces of the heart, from a powerful new writer.

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March

lyria and her husband have been married for several years when, without telling anyone where she’s going, Elyria boards a one-way flight to New Zealand. Once there she embarks on a hitchhiker’s odyssey, travelling in the cars of overly kind women and deeply strange men, becoming entangled in the lives of strangers, and sleeping in fields, forests, and public parks.

April

A portrait of a fraying marriage and a descent into the wilder realms of the soul, Nobody Is Ever Missing is a disquieting tale of love, loss, and the dangers encountered in the search for self-knowledge. ‘A wonderful debut, reminiscent of Elena Ferrante or Amy Hempel... Lacey is a serious talent’ Jonathan Lee, author of Joy

May

‘Brilliant... the most promising first novel that I’ve encountered this year’ Wall Street Journal

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‘Wise and dazzling’ Slate

catherine lacey has received writing fellowships from NYFA, Columbia University, and OMI International Arts Center. Her fiction and essays have appeared in magazines such as the New York Times, McSweeney’s Quarterly, the Believer, and Granta online. She lives in New York.

© Daymon Gardner

July

June

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January

Ismael and His Sisters Louise Stern

February

A unique and powerful debut novel set in a Maya village in Mexico, about love, community, and the barriers we build out of language to contain the fathomless depths within us.

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March

iblings Ismael, Rosie, and Cristina are deaf, as are many in their Maya village. The deaf and hearing alike communicate in sign language, forming a tightly knit community with an unsophisticated, simple lifestyle. But when Ismael gets into a fight and flees, leaving Rosie and Cristina to fend for themselves, the daily rhythms of village life are disrupted, and all that they trust in comes under threat.

April

From the acclaimed author of the short story collection Chattering, this remarkable debut novel conjures up a world set apart where sign language bridges exterior and interior worlds and gives a physical shape to experience. Above all, it is about what it is like to be human.

May

Praise for Chattering: ‘A remarkably gifted writer... [Stern] knows how to tell a story with immense pace and charm’ M. J. Hyland

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‘Utterly compelling’ Observer

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chattering PB £7.99 978 1 84708 177 3

June

‘Exactly what I want of fiction’ Tracy Chevalier, Daily Telegraph

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July

louise stern grew up in Fremont, California, the fourth generation deaf in her family. She is an artist and the author of Chattering. Her art has been exhibited in Geneva, London, Port Eliot, Cornwall, New York City, Madrid, and other places. She lives in London.


January

Scorper

February

Rob Magnuson Smith

A tender black comedy that cuts right to the heart of a curious English town.

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corper, noun: a tool used to scoop out broad areas when engraving wood or metal.

April

March

Scorper, novel: an uncanny and sinister tale of an eccentric American visitor to the small Sussex town of Ditchling. A tale of twitching curtains, severed hands, and peculiar sexual practices. A book about Eric Gill’s artistic legacy, his despicable behaviour, and enduring influence, Scorper is a strange and beautiful English comic masterpiece, with added bird bones. Praise for The Gravedigger: ‘Smith’s well-wrought prose beautifully captures the tone of an English village and the awakening of a man whose livelihood depends on death but whose fear keeps him from living’ Publishers Weekly

May

‘He is a terrific writer’ Kevin Brockmeier Associates 978 1 78378 044 0 (HB) 978 1 78378 045 7 (Ebook)

rob magnuson smith teaches creative writing at the University of Exeter and is a contributing editor to Playboy magazine. His debut novel The Gravedigger won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award. He is halfAmerican, half-English.

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January

The Letter Bearer Robert Allison

February

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction, a stunning debut novel about wrongdoing in extreme conditions, and the meaning of identity, comradeship, and survival. ‘Takes its readers into the dark heart of war... Haunting... poignant’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Finely crafted... Allison writes powerfully – often thrillingly – about conflict... Tremendous’ Financial Times

robert allison has been a theatre director, a film and music reviewer, and a copy-editor. He lives in London.

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April

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March

‘A novel which lifts the fog of war by stages to reveal not chaos but a dreadful moral clarity’ James Buchan

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Leaving the Sea Ben Marcus

May

Dark, funny, and utterly unique, this is a bold short story collection from one of the most exhilarating and innovative writers of our time. ‘Stunningly original and profoundly unsettling’ Guardian ‘Tell everyone you know to read Ben Marcus’ Financial Times

‘Thoroughly and perversely entertaining’ Scotsman

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July

ben marcus is the author of Notable American Women, The Age of Wire and String, and The Flame Alphabet. He lives in New York.

June

‘What makes these new stories compelling is the humanity at their centre... [their] bright sparks of humour... [The] final scene left me sucker-punched’ Observer


January

Lost & Found in Johannesburg

February

Mark Gevisser A story of a violent crime, a meditation on place, home, and identity, and a deeply personal account of the perils and beauty of life in South Africa.

memoir £9.99 February B format 198 × 129mm PB 368pp Selling territories: NCR, NSA Rights: SL Agent: David Godwin Associates 978 1 78378 099 0 (PB) 978 1 84708 859 8 (Ebook)

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‘Rich with South African history’ Economist ‘[Depicts a] profound sense of place’ Sunday Times mark gevisser is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent authors and journalists. He is the author of A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream.

April

March

‘[C]aptures both an extraordinary chapter of history and the essence of a turbulent, shifting society’ Michela Wrong, Spectator

Children of Paradise Fred D’Aguiar

May

From an award-winning writer, this gripping novel tells the story of a child trapped in a religious community spiralling towards disaster in Guyana, 1978. ‘An amazing novel’ Edwidge Danticat

July

June

‘Written with a poet’s delicacy’ John Sutherland, The Times

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‘A warning from history and a tale of slowly-building but inexorable tension’ Herald ‘Lyrical and haunting’ Metro ‘[I was] fully immersed’ Spectator

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Poet, novelist, and playwright fred d'aguiar is the author of six novels, including Bethany Bettany, Feeding the Ghosts, and The Longest Memory, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award.


January

History of a Suicide My Sister’s Unfinished Life

Jill Bialosky February

A New York Times bestseller, History of a Suicide is a lyrical and compassionate analysis of a family and of loss.

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March

n the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim climbed into their mother’s car, turned on the ignition, and fell asleep. Her body was found the next morning. Those are the simple facts, but the act of suicide is far from simple.

April

In this remarkable work, Bialosky re-creates the events and emotions that led to her sister’s death. Drawing on the works of doctors and psychologists as well as a range of writers from Melville and Dickinson to Sylvia Plath and Wallace Stevens, she explores human frailty and strength and opens a window on the nature of suicide. ‘So articulate and stunningly close to the bone that one holds one’s breath while reading’ A. M. Homes

May

‘A book that will teach you how to live’ Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life ‘Eloquent, harrowing, and wise’ San Francisco Chronicle

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‘Brave and beautifully crafted’ Daily Beast

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jill bialosky is a poet and the author of the novels House Under Snow and The Life Room. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, O Magazine, and the Paris Review. She is an editor at W. W. Norton & Company and lives in New York City.


January

All Days Are Night Peter Stamm

February

Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

From the Man Booker International Prize-nominated author of Seven Years, a powerful new novel about a woman who must rebuild her shattered life.

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March

illian seems to have it all – she is beautiful, successful, and securely married. But one night after an argument with her husband, their car crashes on a wet road. When Gillian wakes in the hospital, she is a widow with a ruined face who must find her way through the accident to the new freedom that might come with her loss.

April

From the master of unadorned storytelling, All Days are Night is a quietly disquieting exploration of identity, inside and out. Praise for Peter Stamm: ‘Extraordinary... [he] makes the ordinary absolutely electrifying’ Books of the Year, The Times

May

‘One of Europe’s most exciting writers... a writer to read, and read often’ New York Times

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‘Original, assured and utterly beguiling’ Daily Mail

June

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July

peter stamm was born in Scherzingen, Switzerland. His other novels include Agnes, On A Day Like This, and Unformed Landscape. He lives in Winterthur. michael hofmann has translated the works of many writers, including Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, and Hans Fallada.

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January

We’re Flying Stories

Peter Stamm Translated by from the German by Michael Hofmann

February

Acclaimed for his novels, Peter Stamm here proves himself a master of the short story with an arresting collection, shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award. ‘Extraordinary... Hard to recommend too highly’ Books of the Year, The Times

fiction

‘Original, assured and utterly beguiling’ Daily Mail For more about peter stamm and michael hofmann, please see p.14.

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March

‘Always unforgettable... the problem [is] that it’s too hard to put down’ Irish Times

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April

The French Intifada The Long War Between France and Its Arabs

Andrew Hussey

May

An absorbing, monumental account of the complex relationship between France and its ex-colonies, from the days of empire to the recent eruptions of violence in the Parisian suburbs. ‘Terrific and chilling... an important new book’ Economist ‘Fascinating and hugely readable’ Sunday Times

‘Disturbing and provocative’**** Daily Telegraph

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July

andrew hussey is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the New Statesman, and the author of Paris: The Secret History (2006). He was awarded an OBE in 2011.

history / politics

June

‘Vivid, arresting, and striking... Hussey is a talented writer’ Guardian


Jenny Offill Beloved by critics and readers alike, this beautifully written novel navigates the jagged edges of a modern marriage to tell a story that is funny, surprising, and wise. ‘[A novel of] exceptional originality, intensity and sweetness... give in and read it’ Guardian

January March

February

Dept. of Speculation

‘Funny, and moving, and true... as compact and mysterious as a neutron’ Michael Cunningham

April

‘Extremely funny and often painful... it glitters’ New Yorker ‘Slim, beautiful... glorious’ Financial Times ‘A tiny gem’ Stylist

May

‘Brilliant, risk-taking and thought-provoking… a masterpiece that is philosophical, funny and moving. This is a book that’s not easily forgotten’ Irish Times 978 1 84708 874 1 (PB) 978 1 84708 875 8 (Ebook)

‘Dense with intelligence and life… [It] reveals depth and beauty in small, mundane things’ Prospect

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‘Profoundly moving. Offill nails life to the page... [and is] also sharply witty’ Intelligent Life

© Emily Tobey

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jenny offill is the author of Last Things, which was a book of the year for the Guardian and a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction Prize.

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January

The Story of My Teeth A Novel in Six Instalments

February

Valeria Luiselli Translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney

A novel about the creative process, the value of art, and the cult of literary celebrity that follows one man with a mouth full of horrors and a life full of stories.

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March

ustavo ‘Turnpike’ Sánchez is on a mission to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. And, of course, he is the world’s best auction caller – although other people might not realize this, because he is, by nature, very discreet.

April

Witty, elegant, and exhilarating, The Story of My Teeth is a bold new novel from one of the fastest rising stars of international fiction. Praise for Valeria Luiselli:

May

‘A young Mexican writer with seemingly boundless intellect... Luminous’ Guardian ‘Her vision and language are precise, and the power of her intellect is in evidence on every page’ Daniel Alarc´on

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‘An extraordinary new literary talent’ Daily Telegraph

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valeria luiselli was born in Mexico City. Her work has been published in the New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Dazed & Confused, and has been translated into many languages. She is the author of the novel Faces in the Crowd and a collection of essays, Sidewalks.


January

Coastlines The Story of Our Shore

February

Patrick Barkham

A beguiling portrait of the British coastline published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Enterprise Neptune, the National Trust’s campaign to protect and preserve our coastal heritage.

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March

his is a story of the most beautiful 742 miles of coastline in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland: their rocks, plants, and animals, their views, walks, and history, and the people who have made their lives within sight of the waves. As Barkham tramps along coastal paths, visits beaches, and explores coves, he reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline and weaves together fascinating tales – from ancient conquests and smuggler’s routes to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays – to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores.

‘A must-read for all Britain’s naturalists’ Chris Packham

© Fiona Shaw

May

Praise for Patrick Barkham:

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‘Barkham has joined the nature writers’ First Division’ The Times

badgerlands PB £9.99 978 1 84708 505 4

‘Perceptive and compassionate’ John Burnside the butterfly isles PB £9.99 978 1 84708 315 9

‘Enraptured, visionary, witty and erudite’ Sunday Telegraph patrick barkham is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the author of The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals and Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain’s Most Enigmatic Animal.

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January

Bodies of Light Sarah Moss

February

A beautiful and nuanced historical novel about maternal failures, sibling affection, and the everyday savagery of family – from the acclaimed author of Night Waking. ‘Concise and powerful... it ends with you wanting more’ Independent on Sunday ‘A tremendously talented writer’ Guardian ‘Wise and tender’ Financial Times

night waking PB £7.99 978 1 84708 270 1

previously published: April 2014 Demy 216 × 138mm HB / Export TPB £14.99 / £12.99 978 1 84708 916 8 (HB) 978 1 84708 908 3 (Export TPB)

fiction £7.99 April B format 198 × 129mm PB 208pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Abner Stein 978 1 84708 889 5 (PB)

978 1 84708 888 8 (Ebook)

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sarah moss is the author of two earlier novels: Cold Earth and Night Waking. Her Icelandic travel memoir Names for the Sea was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize.

fiction £7.99 January B format 198 × 129mm PB 320pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: United Agents 978 1 84708 909 0 (PB) 978 1 84708 910 6 (Ebook)

March

‘I loved and admired Bodies of Light. Right from the first page, it’s fair to say I was quite mesmerised. This is such a good novel’ Margaret Forster

Young God Katherine Faw Morris May

Thirteen-year-old Nikki sets out to claim her father’s drug-dealing business in this searing page-turner from a thrilling new voice in contemporary literature. ‘A stark, seductive coming-of-age tale... raw, tense, and poetically incandescent... An adrenaline rush of a debut’ Elle

June

‘A short, sharp, kick to the guts in fictional form… Brutally poetic’ Big Issue ‘A powerful portrait of humanity in the face of everyday atrocity’ Guardian

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katherine faw morris is a native of northwest North Carolina. She studied at Columbia and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two pitbulls.

previously published: March 2014 B format 198 × 129mm HB £12.99 978 1 84708 887 1


January

Freedom Regained The Possibility of Free Will

February

Julian Baggini A smart, engaging, and thought-provoking exploration of the concept of free will, from one of Britain’s most respected and popular philosophers.

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o we have free will? It’s a question that has puzzled philosophers and theologians for centuries and feeds into numerous social, political, and personal concerns. In this compelling book, Julian Baggini explores the concept from every angle, blending philosophy, neuroscience, sociology, and cognitive science. He brings the issues raised by the possibilities – and denials – of free will to vivid life, drawing on scientific research and fascinating encounters with expert witnesses, from artists to addicts. Freedom Regained will provide a new understanding of our sense of personal freedom – and change the way the reader thinks about their own choices. Praise for Julian Baggini:

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‘Baggini is exceptional within this popular genre for his clarity of mind’ Guardian 978 1 84708 717 1 (TPB) 978 1 84708 719 5 (Ebook)

‘Taut, incisive, bullet-hard’ Sunday Times

the pig that wants to be eaten PB £8.99 978 1 84708 128 5

‘A serious thinker and a fluent writer’ Financial Times

the ego trick PB £8.99 978 1 84708 273 2

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popular philosophy £14.99 April 210 × 148mm TPB 272pp TBC Selling territories: ALL Rights: US, TN, SL Agent: David Higham Associates

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The Virtues of the Table How to Eat and Think

Julian Baggini February

From one of the most established voices in popular philosophy: an entertaining and thought-provoking look at the food on our plates and what it can teach us about being human.

March

‘Profound and highly entertaining... [it] combines the pleasures of the table with those of philosophy... This most engaging of philosophers has achieved a perfect balance’ Alexander McCall Smith ‘A great success’ Daily Telegraph

April

‘Mouth-watering... A book that stimulates mind and palate’ Irish Times ‘Baggini at his best’ Observer

May

popular philosophy £9.99 January B format 198 × 129 mm PB 320pp Selling territories: ALL

Rights: US, TN, SL Agent: David Higham Associates 978 1 84708 715 7 (PB) 978 1 84708 716 4 (Ebook)

previously published: January 2014 210 × 145mm A5 TPB £14.99 978 1 84708 714 0

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julian baggini is Founding Editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. His books include What’s It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, the bestselling The Pig that Wants to be Eaten, Do They Think You’re Stupid?, and The Ego Trick. www.julianbaggini.com


January

Living With A Wild God

A Non-Believer’s Search for the Truth about Everything

February

Barbara Ehrenreich

One of the finest thinkers of our age grapples with fundamental, deeply personal, questions of belief and scepticism.

March

‘A minor miracle: a book about moments of transcendence that many have experienced but most have privately filed away’ Daily Telegraph **** ‘Intelligent and thoughtful... A fascinating spiritual odyssey, rigorously honest and deeply moving’ Sunday Times

April

‘Compelling as well as instructive’ Independent

religion / memoir £9.99 April B format 198 × 129mm PB 272pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Curtis Brown 978 1 84708 410 1 (PB) 978 1 84708 739 3 (Ebook)

previously published: May 2014 Demy 216 × 138mm HB £16.99 / £12.99 978 1 84708 409 5 (HB) 978 1 84708 013 6 (export TPB)

smile or die PB £8.99 978 1 84708 173 5

barbara ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Smile or Die and Nickel and Dimed. She writes for Time, Harper’s, the New York Times, The Times and the Guardian.

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‘Audacious... a winning approach to autobiography’ Financial Times

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The Adventures of Thomas Browne in the 21st Century Hugh Aldersey-Williams

February

An experimental biography of Sir Thomas Browne, the 17th-century physician, philosopher, and writer.

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profound and delightful jeu d’esprit of a book, mixing biography, etymology, cultural history, and quixotic scientific experiments. Aldersey-Williams pulls the unfairly neglected yet enormously influential writer Thomas Browne out of the obscure pages of Pseudodoxia Epidemica and into the 21st century, to apply his generous curiosity and rational intelligence to the vagaries and contradictions of life today. Browne has had some impressive fans  (Sebald, Woolf, Borges, Poe, Marías) but this book will revive him, bringing his extraordinary genius to a whole new audience.

April

Praise for Periodic Tales: ‘A latter-day Montaigne... He offers [us] a vivid dramatization of his inquisitive mind in the act of thinking’ Telegraph May

‘Immensely engaging’ Sunday Times biography £20.00 / £14.99 May Royal 234 × 156mm HB / Export TPB 272pp TBC Integrated b/w images Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL

‘Great fun to read and an endless fund of unlikely and improbable anecdotes’ Financial Times

Agent: Greene and Heaton 978 1 84708 900 7 (HB) 978 1 84708 903 8 (Export TPB) 978 1 84708 901 4 (Ebook)

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hugh aldersey-williams is a writer and curator with interests ranging from science to architecture and design. His prolific career as a freelance journalist included a five-year stint at the New Statesman. He lives in Norfolk and has for many years been an unreasoning Thomas Browne obsessive.


January

Have You Been Good? A Memoir

February

Vanessa Nicolson

A reflective, powerful memoir about difficult parents, damaging loves and a life lived at passionate extremes.

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anessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. She was born to an illustrious name and an unhappy marriage. Her father, the art historian Ben Nicolson, was homosexual and his marriage to Vanessa’s Italian mother fell apart when Vanessa was very young.

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In this powerful and meditative memoir Vanessa Nicolson chronicles her fractured childhood and wild youth, including holidays at Sissinghurst Castle with her cousins, and her experience of a startlingly liberal English boarding school. Interlinked with the story of her own life is the story of her beloved daughter Rosa, who tragically died just as she was emerging into adult life.

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This book is a time-piece of the 1970s, and a profound meditation on the meaning of cultural privilege in the context of emotional deprivation. 978 1 78378 076 1 (HB) 978 1 78378 077 8 (Ebook)

vanessa nicolson was brought up in Florence and London, and graduated from Sussex University in Art History and Italian in 1979. She has worked as an art historian and curator. Her publications include The Sculpture of Maurice Lambert, which was commissioned by the Henry Moore Foundation.

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memoir £16.99 May Royal 234 × 156mm HB 304pp TBC Selling territories: ALL Rights: US, TN, SL Agent: Andrew Lownie

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This House is Not for Sale E. C. Osondu

February

A colourful, engrossing debut novel about the culture and traditions of three generations living in a house in Lagos from the Caine Prize-winning author of Voice of America.

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his House is Not For Sale centres on ‘The Family House’, owned and ruled over by the patriarchal, business-minded Grandpa – by turns benevolent and cruel – and home to his wives, children, grandchildren, and the many in his service. It tells the stories of the people who live there, of the curse placed on it, of the evil and brutality that transpire, and finally of its downfall.

April

From everyday violence and magic to the voices of gossiping neighbours, here is an utterly engrossing story of a Nigerian community, its culture, and the power of storytelling. Praise for Voice of America:

May

‘With observant wonder and subtle humour, Osondu portrays our capacity for heartbreak, resilience, love, courage, sorrow’ Mary Gaitskill

fiction £14.99 May 216 × 138mm HB 192pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: N/A Agent: Wylie

‘A vivid and fully imagined world... Wonderful’ Observer

978 1 84708 182 7 (HB) 978 1 84708 818 5 (Ebook)

voice of america PB £7.99 978 1 84708 271 8

‘Thrilling’ Financial Times June © Victor Ekpuk

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e. c. osondu was born in Nigeria. He won the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing, and he received his MFA from Syracuse University. He is the author of Voice of America. He currently teaches at Providence College in Rhode Island.


January

Underlands

A Journey Through Britain’s Lost Landscape

Ted Nield

February

Journeying across the British Isles, geologist Ted Nield explores the ways in which the rocks beneath our feet shape our lives. ‘Geology is a noble instrument of inquiry and conviction... in the hands of Ted Nield it edges its way towards art’ Jan Morris, Literary Review

natural history £9.99 May B format 198 × 129mm PB 304pp Selling territories: ALL Rights: US, SL Agent: The Science Factory 978 184708 672 3 (PB) 978 184708 673 0 (Ebook)

previously published: May 2014 Royal 234 × 156mm HB £20.00 978 1 84708 671 6

‘[B]rilliantly explores [how] much of the character and history of our country is written in rocks’ Richard Fortey incoming! PB £9.99 978 1 84708 264 0

supercontinent PB £9.99 978 1 84708 041 7

ted nield is Editor of the monthly magazine Geoscientist. He is the author of Supercontinent and Incoming!

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‘A poetic remembrance of forgotten time and lost perspectives’ Iain Finlayson, The Times

Noontide Toll Romesh Guneskera May

A deeply humane and darkly touching collection of interlinked stories set in Sri Lanka.

fiction £8.99 May B format 198 × 129mm PB 256pp Selling territories: NIND Agent: A. M. Heath Rights: SL 978 1 78378 017 4 (PB) 978 1 78378 016 7 (Ebook)

previously published: July 2014 Demy 216 × 135mm TPB £12.99 978 1 78378 015 0

‘Gunesekera [is]… one of the most delicate contemporary handlers of English prose’ Spectator ‘[From] a storyteller at the height of his powers… The book is an elegant balancing act and a pleasure to read’ Guardian

reef PB £8.99 978 1 78378 030 3

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‘Gunesekera is graced with a poet’s vision… Vivid, poignant and illuminating’ Irish Times

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romesh gunesekera grew up in Sri Lanka and now lives in London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004.


January

Indonesia Etc Exploring the Improbable Nation

Elizabeth Pisani A captivating portrait of this diverse nation. February

‘[T]here are very few good books in English to help the general reader to understand [Indonesia]... Pisani’s is probably the best… [A] beautifully written, richly entertaining account’ Economist ‘A spectacular achievement and one of the very best travel books I have read... A treasure of a volume’ Simon Winchester, Wall Street Journal

elizabeth pisani has been Indonesia correspondent for Reuters and the Economist and an epidemiologist in Indonesia’s Ministry of Health. She is the author of The Wisdom of Whores.

the wisdom of whores PB £9.99 978 1 84708 076 9

travel £9.99 May B format 198 × 129mm PB 416pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL (second only) Agent: Wylie Agency 978 1 84708 655 6 (PB) 978 1 84708 688 4 (Ebook)

978 1 78378 074 7 (Enhanced ebook)

history £12.99 May B format 198 × 129mm PB/Ebook 496pp Selling: NCR Rights: US, SL Agent: Random House Germany 978 1 84708 641 9 (PB)

978 1 84708 642 6 (Ebook)

March

‘Meticulous, colourful and often funny… Pisani is relentlessly curious and her ability to grasp the essence of the place is truly impressive. For anyone about to visit [Indonesia], her book is an essential companion’ Guardian

previously published: June 2014 Royal 234 × 156mm HB / Export TPB £18.99 / £12.99 978 1 84708 654 9 (HB) 978 1 78378 014 3 (Export TPB)

April

Swansong 1945

A Collective Diary from Hitler’s Last Birthday to VE Day

Walter Kempowski

Translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside

May

A monumental work of history which brings to life four final days of WWII through the letters, diaries, and eyewitness accounts of those who lived through them.

June

‘A bewitching, dramatic, utterly extraordinary range of voices and eyewitness testimony as Europe entered its year-zero moment. Total history can come in many different forms: this is one of them’ David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain ‘A unique and haunting insight into what it was like to live through the violent twilight of the Third Reich. Indispensable and, above all, unforgettable’ Fred Taylor, author of Dresden

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previously published: November 2014 Royal 234 × 156mm HB £25.00 978 1 84708 640 2

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In 2005 the novelist walter kempowski (1929–2007) finished compiling Das Echolot, his immense and important collage of the war years which ends with Swansong 1945.


January

I’m Jack February

Mark Blacklock

A bold and original debut novel about John Humble, the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer.

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ohn Humble, aka Wearside Jack, aka the Ripper Hoaxer, is a timewaster and criminal, sympathetic and revolting, a man hidden by a wall of words, a fiction-spinner worthy of textual analysis. Here, he leads the reader into an allusive, elusive labyrinth of interpretations, simultaneously hoodwinking and revealing.

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A riveting novel about truth, lies, prison, and shame, I’m Jack is also a profound and furious love letter to Sunderland. It is a puzzle, a hoax, a multivoice portrait, and a virtuoso assemblage of textual elements. It announces the arrival of a radically talented and innovative novelist.

Agent: United Agents 978 1 78378 084 6 (TPB) 978 1 78378 085 3 (Ebook)

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fiction £12.99 June Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 272pp TBC Selling territories: ALL Rights: US, TN, SL

mark blacklock has a doctorate in 4th Dimensionality and lives in London.

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Rising Ground A Search for the Spirit of Place

Philip Marsden

February

An evocative journey around some of Britain’s most ancient sites and ritual places, and a profound exploration of the relationship between man and the landscape. Praise for Philip Marsden: ‘Outstanding... His pitch-perfect feel for a phrase lifts [his work] far above ordinary history towards a state closer to poetry’ Sunday Times

‘Wonderful... Marsden is one of our very finest prose stylists’ New Statesman

previously published: October 2014 Royal 234 × 153mm HB £20.00 978 1 84708 628 0

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philip marsden is the author of several award-winning works of travel writing, fiction, and non-fiction, including The Levelling Sea, The SpiritWrestlers, and The Barefoot Emperor. He lives in Cornwall.

travel writing £9.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 352pp Selling territories: ALL Rights: US, SL Agent: Aitken Alexander Associates 978 1 84708 630 3 (PB) 978 1 84708 629 7 (Ebook)

March

‘Delightfully honed [and] profoundly well-researched... Splendid’ Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph

The Empathy Exams Essays

Leslie Jamison May

A powerful, stimulating essay collection centred around themes of confession, illness, violence, and sentimentality from an exhilarating new talent. ‘Jamison is so intelligent, so compassionate, and so fiercely, prodigiously brave. This is the essay at its creative, philosophical best’ Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries

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essays £8.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 240pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL (second only) Agent: Graywolf Press 978 1 84708 842 0 (PB)

978 1 84708 841 3 (Ebook) previously published: June 2014 Demy 216 × 138mm TPB £12.99 978 1 84708 839 0

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leslie jamison has worked as an innkeeper in California, a schoolteacher in Nicaragua, and an office temp in Manhattan. Her first novel, The Gin Closet, was published in 2010.

June

‘Extraordinary, exacting [and] virtuosic... It’s hard to imagine a stronger, more thoughtful voice emerging this year’ Olivia Laing, New York Times Book Review


January

Dust Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor A unique family saga and a spellbinding story of the country of Kenya.

February

‘In this dazzling novel you will find the entirety of human experience – tearshed, bloodshed, lust, love – in staggering proportions’ Taiye Selasi, New York Times

fiction £8.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 384pp Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Wylie Agency 978 1 78378 131 7 (PB) 978 1 78378 104 1 (Ebook)

previously published: June 2014 Royal 234 × 156mm HB £16.99 978 1 78378 102 7

‘Refreshing... the Kenyan landscape [is] a sun-razed, bloodied and unknowable presence that at times seems to have spirited itself into Owuor’s simultaneously earthy and other-worldly prose. Owuor is a welcome new voice’ Metro yvonne adhiambo owuor was born in Kenya. Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, she has also received an Iowa Writer’s Fellowship.

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‘A most visceral, moving novel about a family caught up in the smelt of a Kenya roiling inside the lusts and violences of its adolescence… This is the novel my 21st century has been waiting for’ Binyavanga Wainaina

Bulletproof Vest The Ballad of an Outlaw and his Daughter

Maria Venegas May

Moving between New York and Mexico, this unblinking reckoning with a difficult legacy is an unforgettable introduction to a powerful new literary talent.

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‘A ballad of America, a lovesong of Mexico, and an intertwined family history, all brilliantly realised in sharp, precise, poetic prose’ Colum McCann memoir £9.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 320pp Selling territories; NCR Rights: SL Agent: Wylie Agency 978 1 84708 347 0 (PB) 978 1 84708 776 8 (Ebook)

previously published: July 2014 Demy 216 × 138mm HB £15.99 978 1 84708 346 3

‘Maria Venegas [is] transfixing. Her voice is tough, vulnerable, humorous, insightful and always rousingly alive’ Francisco Goldman ‘Haunting… Told in sparse, Spanish-infused prose, Bulletproof Vest mythologies a family history that is compelling and impactful’ Financial Times maria venegas was born in Mexico and immigrated illegally to the US at the age of four. Bulletproof Vest was excerpted in Granta and in the Guardian.

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Lucky Us Amy Bloom February

A thrilling and resonant novel from the author of Away, about loyalty, ambition, and the pleasures and perils of family, set in 1940s America.

March

‘A remarkable accomplishment. One waits a long time for a novel of this scope and dimension... Amy Bloom is a treasure’ Michael Cunningham ‘A poignant book... Bloom is one of America’s most unique and gifted literary voices’ Colum McCann

April

‘Always brilliant’ Roddy Doyle ‘A multilayered, historical tale about different kinds of love and family. Bloom enlivens her story with understated humor as well as offbeat and unforgettable characters…this is a hard-luck coming-of-age story with heart’ Kirkus Reviews

May

‘Spare and trusting, Bloom invites readers to fill the spaces her pretty prose allows, with true and beautiful results’ Booklist ‘Full of intriguing characters and lots of surprises…readers of literary fiction and 20thcentury historical, as well as fans of wacky humor, will find it an excellent choice’ Library Journal

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previously published: September 2014 Demy 216 × 138mm TPB with flaps £12.99 978 1 84708 936 6

away PB £7.99 978 1 84708 013 4

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amy bloom is the author of three short story collections, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me, and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and two novels, Away and Love Invents Us.

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fiction £7.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 256pp Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Random House USA 978 1 84708 939 7 (PB)


Granta Magazine January – June 2015


January

Granta 130: India New Stories, Mainly True

The world’s most complicated nation is learning different ways to describe itself.The novel and the outsider’s eye no longer rule.

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powerful sense of enquiry is the hallmark of a new kind of Indian writing: important questions about the country’s past and present have found their expression in different forms of non-fiction storytelling that twenty years ago tended to be the preserve of writers from the west. Biography, memoir, narrative history, reportage, the travel account: all these forms now have their interesting and original practitioners in India. In this Granta issue they tackle questions ranging from rape in village India to scandal in Mumbai clubs. And there is room, as always, for the best of India’s fiction.

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Edited by Ian Jack

ian jack first wrote for Granta in 1987 and edited the magazine from 1995 to 2007. Previously, he covered India as a foreign correspondent and lived for a time in Delhi and Kolkata. His books include The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain and Mofussil Junction, a collection of his pieces from India. He now writes a column for the Guardian.

£12.99 January 210 × 145 mm PB/ Ebook 256pp (TBC) Colour illustrations Colour photo section

selling territories: all rights: Granta 978 1 90588 185 7 (PB) 978 1 90588 186 4 (Ebook)

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Granta 131: Spring issue Edited by Sigrid Rausing

the vulnerable instep, the ankles and shins you’ve barked, the sometimes unreliable knees, the calves you’ve shared, thighs your lover has grazed his hand along and inside, goodbye to the dark of you, the brilliant unshattering or raveling that seemed at one time the way your spirit also traveled, outward, everywhere, beginning from the heated core.’

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Louise Erdrich, ‘Domain’

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say goodbye to your body very carefully. ‘You The toenails you’ve clipped and polished,

clock at Grand Central gave me five ‘Theminutes, and cutting through the crowd,

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all those intersecting lives, I found my track, my train, a seat by the window. The car lurched, settled; the platform began to move. I watched the half-lit rooms, like stage-sets, going by in the dark – a heat pipe, a ladder, a chair.’

Mark Slouka, ‘Then’ ‘The recent editions of Granta have all done what a good literary magazine should: showcase the newest by the best authors and the best by the newest authors’ Scotland on Sunday May

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selling territories: all rights: Granta ISBN 978 1 905881 87 1 (PB) ISBN 978 1 905881 88 8 (Ebook)

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£12.99 April 210 × 145 mm PB / Ebook 256pp (TBC) Colour illustrations Colour photo section

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sigrid rausing is Publisher and Editor of Granta magazine and Publisher of Granta and Portobello Books. She is the author of Everything is Wonderful and History, Memory and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia: The End of a Collective Farm.


Portobello Books January - June 2015


January

The Vegetarian A Novel

Han Kang February

Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith

A transgressive, unsettling novel in three acts, about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul.

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eong-hye and her husband are ordinary. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions; she is an uninspiring but dutiful wife. But when Yeong-hye subverts the expectations of South Korean society by seeking a more ‘plantlike’ existence in vegetarianism, their marriage falls apart. Soon, Yeong-hye’s rebellion is manifesting itself in ever more shocking acts as she dreams of becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree. Fraught, disturbing, and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern-day South Korea, shame, desire, and our faltering attempts to understand others.

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‘Stunning and beautifully haunting... I loved this graceful, vivid book’ Jess Richards, author of Snake Ropes

978 1 84627 562 3 (TPB) 978 1 84627 563 0 (Ebook)

han kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. Her writing has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today’s Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award. She currently teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

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fiction £12.99 January Demy 216 × 135 mm TPB 160pp Selling territories: ALL Rights: US, SL Agent: Barbara J. Zitwer Agency

‘A story about metamorphosis, rage and the desire for another sort of life... translated luminously by Deborah Smith’ Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home

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January

Curvology

The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

David Bainbridge February

The first zoological account of female body shape, from our ancestral past to our surgically enhanced future.

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n Curvology, Cambridge veterinary anatomist David Bainbridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and cutting-edge psychology to women’s bodies, to explain why the human female is the only female animal to have curves and how these curves rule our lives, by influencing not only sexual selection but also social hierarchy and self-image. Lucid and engaging, Bainbridge’s unique brand of popular science draws on illuminating references from art history, contemporary media culture, and a range of firstperson interviews.

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Praise for Middle Age: ‘A very jolly book with clear scientific explanations’ Telegraph popular science £14.99 February Royal 234 × 153 mm TPB 272pp TBC Selling territories: NCR

‘A study that is full of surprises... Heartening’ Sunday Times ‘His wit enlivens every page’ New York Times

May

© Michelle Bainbridge

Offering a level-headed and fresh perspective on a contentious issue, Curvology will be a fascinating, controversial, and highly newsworthy read.

Rights: TN, SL Agent: The Science Factory 978 1 84627 550 0 (TPB) 978 1 84627 551 7 (Ebook)

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middle age PB £9.99 978 1 84627 268 4

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david bainbridge was trained in veterinary surgery and zoology at Cambridge University, where he now teaches Clinical Veterinary Anatomy. His previous books include Teenagers: A Natural History and Middle Age: A Natural History. www.davidbainbridge.org


January

Exotic England The Making of a Curious Nation

February

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Part historical treasure trove and part contemporary reflection, Exotic England is also a surprising love letter to the country from one of its most outspoken and insightful immigrants.

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ngland may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always roamed the globe and been enticed by the diversity and richness of other civilizations. Here we trace this golden thread of otherness through five centuries of English history to reveal how it has shaped the buildings, flavoured the food, powered the economy, and created a truly diverse society. Today, when England is no longer synonymous with Britain and the English ask themselves who they are,Yasmin Alibhai-Brown paints a sumptuous and illuminating portrait of who they have been and brings a fresh, invigorating perspective on what ‘Englishness’ really means.

May

Praise for The Settler’s Cookbook:

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‘Passionate, generous and articulate, AlibhaiBrown has one of the most distinctive voices in British journalism’ Independent

the settler's cookbook PB £9.99 978 1 84627 0 840

‘An unexpected joy... fascinating and touching’ Sunday Times ‘A lively picture of a community’ Guardian

yasmin alibhai-brown writes on politics, multiracial societies, faith, and human rights for the Independent and Daily Mail and appears regularly on TV and radio. She won the Orwell Prize in 2002. She is the author of No Place Like Home (1995) and The Settler’s Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food.

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history £20.00 March Royal 234 × 156 mm HB 368pp TBC Selling territories: ALL Rights: SL

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Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics

Katrine Marçal February

Translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel

Groundbreaking, lively, and thoroughly engaging, Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? exposes the great economic myth that has shaped our world and invites us to move on.

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hen Adam Smith proclaimed that his dinner arrived on the table because of the butcher’s self-interest, he brought to life ‘economic man’. Selfish and cynical, economic man’s influence has spread from the market to how we shop, work, and date. But every night Adam Smith’s mother made sure his dinner was on the table not out of self-interest but out of love.

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Tackling everything from the unpaid work of caring, cleaning, and cooking to the increasing pay-gap between men and women, Marçal charts the devastating consequences of our focus on ‘selfinterest’, from Adam Smith’s dinner table to the global financial crisis.

May

‘A fine example of easy-to-read thoughtprovoking non-fiction... entertaining, sometimes even funny, but fundamentally serious’ Swedish Book Review

economics / feminism £12.99 March Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 192pp Selling territories: NANZ

‘Highly stimulating... underpinning Marçal’s writing is a deep sense of rage. It resonates through the book and invigorates the reader’ Borås Tidning

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katrine maral is the lead editorial writer of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, where she writes articles on Swedish and international politics, economics, and feminism. This is her debut in English.


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Honourable Friends

Parliament and the Fight for Change

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© Rex Features

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Caroline Lucas

politics £14.99 March 2015 Royal 2134 × 153mm TPB / Ebook 336pp Selling Territories: ALL Rights: US, SL Agent: A. M. Heath

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Britain’s first Green MP reveals the secret workings of parliamentary life, why we are so badly governed, and what we can do about it.

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n 2010 Caroline Lucas gained access to the country’s most exclusive club – Parliament – and became a witness to its absurdities, inefficiencies, and uniquely baffling customs. As a woman, as the only Green, and as one of a handful of MPs the public still trusts, Lucas is an outsider fighting for change. Here, she describes what it is like to defend the interests of her constituents, to challenge the establishment and to balance the demands of work and family with a radical political mission.

caroline lucas is the MP for Brighton Pavilion. Leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012, she is a vice-president of the RSPCA, a CND national council member, and a vice-president of the Stop the War Coalition. She has several times been voted Ethical Politician of the Year.

Part diary, part reflection, part passionate callto-arms, this is a unique book by an exceptional politician and activist.

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Do It Like a Woman The New Pioneers

Caroline Criado-Perez February

An inspiring book exploring the private heroisms and personal triumphs of ordinary women from all walks and ways of life, and a brilliant, necessary manifesto for feminists everywhere.

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very day, all over the world, women are making a positive difference to their lives and the lives of the people in their communities. In Do It Like a Woman, Caroline Criado-Perez, a vocal activist and tenacious campaigner, uncovers these stories and investigates what they mean for the feminist movement as a whole. She gathers together the voices of beat-boxers in Malta and prostitutes in Merseyside, students in China and fighter pilots in Afghanistan, and shows how women are taking brave, practical steps to challenge injustice or inequality, and to change their world.

April

feminism £12.99 May Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 252pp TBC Selling territories: ALL

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‘A brilliant fighter... she should be very proud’ Owen Jones, author of Chavs

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caroline criado-perez is a British journalist and feminist activist whose work has appeared in The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Independent. In 2013, she won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award and was named one of the Guardian’s People of the Year. She tweets @CCriadoPerez

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A Time for Everything Karl Ove Knausgaard

February

Translated from the Norwegian by James Anderson

Knausgaard’s novel A Time for Everything was originally published by Portobello as A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven. The book is now restored to its original structure in a new edition which is faithful to the original text.

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Photo © Lyn Randle / Trevillion Images

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What if God exists? What if angels are real? What if we treated religious tracts, including the Bible, as empirical evidence of the supernatural world?

previously published as a time to every purpose under heaven : July 2009 B format 198 × 129mm PB £8.99 978 1 84627 019 2

‘A vast, intriguing novel... Brave and bizarrely beautiful’ Niall Griffiths, Telegraph ‘This theological fantasy is a heavenly delight. Quite extraordinary, and completely original’ Independent ‘Knausgaard is at his best with finely observed natural description; he is also skilful with atmosphere… Gripping’ Guardian

karl ove knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968 and made his debut with Out of  The World. This, his second novel, was nominated for the Nordic Council Prize, and was his first to be translated into English. He is the author of the six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle, an international bestseller.

© Thomas Wågström

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fiction £9.99 May B format 198 × 129mm PB Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Forlaget Oktober 978 1 84627 591 3 (PB) 978 1 84627 592 0 (Ebook)

This is a novel about God and his angels. It posits that angels are real, and that God exists. It posits, further, that heavenly beings evolve, and that even God may be subject to change. The ‘evidence’ is partly biblical and partly fictional; the result is an innovative and thought-provoking examination of religion. Written with Knausgaard’s characteristic style – level, patient, and intensely readable – it is a dazzling and innovative examination of the relationships between humans, angels, and God.

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The Saffron Road A Journey with Buddha’s Daughters

Christine Toomey February

From an award-winning journalist, here is the fascinating story of women – from the East and West, past and present – whose Buddhist path leads them to the nunnery.

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very year, thousands of women choose to become Buddhist nuns, entering a tradition of spirituality that stretches back through the centuries and now embraces the radical possibility that the next Dalai Lama could be a woman.

religion £14.99 June Royal 234 × 153mm TPB 320pp TBC Selling territories: ALL

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Combining travelogue, history, interviews, and personal reflection, The Saffron Road traces the spread of Buddhism from the remote Himalayas to the New Mexico desert. As she meets ‘kung fu’ nuns in Kathmandu and Zen nuns from Japan to the rugged moors of northeast England, Toomey reveals the daily reality of life inside a nunnery and explores the diverse spiritual paths leading these women towards nirvana.

Agent: Conville & Walsh Rights: US,TN, SL 978 1 84627 492 3 (TPB) 978 1 84627 494 7 (Ebook)

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christine toomey, a foreign correspondent and feature writer for the Sunday Times for more than 20 years, has had her journalism syndicated globally. She has twice won Amnesty International awards for Magazine Story of the Year.

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The 13th Labour of Hercules Inside the Greek Crisis

A riveting insider’s account of the social, cultural, and political forces behind Greece’s recent financial crisis, and how they are shaping the country and everyday life today.

politics / greece £9.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 288pp Selling territories: ALL Rights: US, TN, SL Agent: A. P. Watt 978 1 84627 586 9 (PB)

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Yannis Palaiologos

‘A devastating portrait of Greek society in the period since the signing of the country’s austerity plan with its foreign creditors in May 2010. Using a series of well-researched vignettes, Palaiologos clinically dissects a dysfunctional economy and shows how the crisis deepened under the appearance of reform. Yet this exceptionally well-written account eschews cynicism and retains optimism for Greece’s future’ Dani Rodrik, author of The Globalization Paradox yannis palaiologos is a features reporter for Kathimerini newspaper in Athens. He studied PPE and postgraduate philosophy at New College, Oxford.

The End of Days Jenny Erpenbeck May

Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

From one of the most daring voices in European fiction, a haunting novel that pulls apart the threads of destiny and allows us to see past and present anew. Praise for Visitation:

July

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‘Erpenbeck is one of the finest, most exciting authors alive’ Michel Faber fiction £8.99 June B format 198 × 129mm PB 192pp TBC Selling territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Random House Germany 978 1 84627 515 9 (PB)

978 1 84627 514 2 (Ebook) previously published: November 2014 B format 198 × 129mm HB £12.99 978 1 84627 513 5

‘Poetical, almost incantatory... extraordinary’ Guardian ‘A minimalist masterpiece’ Financial Times

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Marie Luise Knott Translated from the German by David Dollenmayer

A fascinating and intensely readable examination of Hannah Arendt’s life and philosophy, focusing on the controversy caused by her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.

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fter observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt formulated her controversial concept of the ‘banality of evil’ and asked the question: how can seemingly normal people carry out genocidal acts? She found her answer by focusing on the machinery of Nazi genocide and the organizational capacity of the victims: the Jewish Councils drawing up lists for deportation. The latter proved hugely controversial when the book was first published in serial form in the New Yorker. Anchoring its discussion in the themes of laughter, translation, forgiveness, and dramatization, this book explores how the iconic political theorist ‘unlearned’ trends and patterns to establish her own theoretical praxis.

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‘Knott presents an uncommonly intimate look at [Arendt’s] intellectual processes’ Booklist

978 1 78378 111 9 (HB) 978 1 78378 112 6 (Ebook)

‘Knott’s essays enable the reader to benefit from Arendt… [They show] her ways of thinking as a process to dissolve certainties and to systematically forget them’ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ‘Illuminating’ La Stampa

marie luise knott is a journalist, translator, and author living in Berlin. In 1995 she founded the German edition of Le Monde diplomatique, and has been its editor-inchief for eleven years. She has written numerous works on art and literature, as well as two important studies of Hannah Arendt.

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Unlearning with Hannah Arendt

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The Road to Middlemarch My Life with George Eliot

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Rebecca Mead A celebration of George Eliot’s life, work and greatest novel, exploring through literary biography, deep reading, and personal memoir how Middlemarch answers fundamental questions about life and love. ‘Heaven in book form… a joy to read’ Sunday Times ‘Beguiling’ Sunday Times ‘Moving and insightful’ Irish Times ‘Enchanting’ Financial Times ‘Perfectly composed... I adored it’ Elizabeth Gilbert ‘Admirable, endearing [and] evocative... A poignant testimony to the power of fiction’ Joyce Carol Oates ‘Ambitious, elegant, intense and absorbing’ Literary Review biography / memoir £9.99 October 2014 B format 198 × 129mm PB 304pp Selling territories: NCR, NANZ Rights: SL

‘From gossipy to erudite… I wish more critical books were this literary and this readable’ Scotland on Sunday

Agent: The Robbins Office 978 1 84708 516 0 (PB) 978 1 84708 746 1 (Ebook)

previously published: March 2014 210 × 148mm HB £16.99 978 1 84708 515 3

© Elisabeth Prochnik

‘A stylish meditation... elegant, thoughtful and readable, written with clarity and a gentle sympathy that seems a reflection of Eliot’s own generous wisdom’ Guardian

Born in London and educated at Oxford and New York University, rebecca mead has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1997. She lives in Brooklyn.

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The Impossible Exile George Prochnik A moving and original examination of Austrian Jewish author Stefan Zweig’s dramatic fall from world fame to a forced exile that ended in death by suicide.

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y the 1930s Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world, a literary colossus. In 1934, following Hitler’s rise to power, Zweig left Vienna, first for England, then New York, and, finally, Petrópolis, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro where his life became increasingly isolated. In 1942 he and his wife, Lotte Altmann, were found dead after a double suicide. The Impossible Exile tells the tragic story of Zweig’s extraordinary rise and fall and the struggle of the refugees in exile. It reveals how Zweig’s life and work embodied the end of a troubled era. ‘A gripping, unusually subtle, poignant, and honest study’ New York Review of Books ‘Prochnik’s words could not be more resonant, filled with unyielding insight... Superbly lyrical’ Wall Street Journal literary biography £20.00 November 2014 Royal 234 × 156 mm HB B&W photos 416pp Selling Territories: NCR Rights: SL Agent: Other Press

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‘Prochnik’s portrait could hardly be bettered’ Independent ‘A different approach to understanding Zweig has long been needed, and now at last we have it… Brilliantly accomplished and genre-bending’ John Gray, New Statesman george prochnik’s essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. He has taught English and American literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine, and is the author of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise and Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology.

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Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

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Wolf in White Van Recently Published

John Darnielle A stunning debut novel about fate, chance, and fantasy, from the lead singer of indie rock band The Mountain Goats.

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terrible event leaves Sean Phillips disfigured when he is only seventeen. In the weeks that follow he creates an adventure game called the ‘Trace Italian’, where players awake in an apocalyptic America and make their way to safety across the irradiated landscape. The years pass, and Sean lives a quiet life. But when two teenage sweethearts try to play the game in the real world their actions prove fatal, and everything changes. Confronted with the Trace’s dangers, Sean finds himself questioning the safety of the world he has conjured and its origins in his own life-changing incident many years before. ‘Eerie and poetic, John Darnielle’s unforgettable first novel is like nothing else I’ve read’ Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies ‘With delicacy, empathy and control, Darnielle has crafted an indelible novel’ Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers fiction £12.99 November 2014 Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 224pp Selling Territories: NCR, NANZ Rights: SL Agent: FSG

‘Raw, unflinching, and exquisite’ Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn ‘Beautiful, enigmatic, and sad... I utterly love it’ J. Robert Lennon, author of Familiar

© Lalitree Darnielle

john darnielle is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band The Mountain Goats; he is widely considered one of the best lyricists of his generation. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son.

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Gevisser, Mark 12 Granta 130: India 34 Granta 131: Spring Issue 35 Gunesekera, Romesh 26

13th Labour of Hercules, The 46 A Adhiambo Owuor, Yvonne 30 Adventures of Thomas Browne in the 21st Century, The 23 Aldersey-Williams, Hugh 23 Alibhai-Brown, Yasmin 40 All Days Are Night 14 Allison, Rob 11 B Bainbridge, David 39 Baggini, Julian 20, 21 Barkham, Patrick 18 Bialosky, Jill 13 Blacklock, Mark 28 Bloom, Amy 31 Boast, Will 7 Bodies of Light 19 Bulletproof Vest 30 C

Children of Paradise 12 Coastlines 18 Criado-Perez, Caroline 43 Curvology 39 D

D’Aguiar, Fred 12 Darnielle, John 51 Dept. of Speculation 16 Do It Like a Woman 43 Dust 30 E

Ehrenreich, Barbara 22 Empathy Exams, The 29 End of Days, The 46 Epilogue 7 Erpenbeck, Jenny 46 Exotic England 40 F

Faw Morris, Katherine 19 Freedom Regained 20 French Intifada, The 15

Nobody is Ever Missing 8 Noontide Toll 26 O

Offill, Jenny 16 Osondu, E. C. 25

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Have You Been Good? 24 History of a Suicide 13 Honourable Friends 42 Hussey, Andrew 15

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I’m Jack 28 Impossible Exile, The 50 Indonesia Etc. 27 Ismael and His Sisters 9

Rising Ground 29 Road to Middlemarch, The 49

J

Jamison, Leslie 29 K

Kang, Han 38 Kempowski, Walter 27 Knausgaard, Karl Ove 44 Knott, Marie-Luise 48 L

Lacey, Catherine 8 Leaving the Sea 11 Lerner, Ben 6 Letter Bearer, The 11 Living With a Wild God 22 Lost and Found in Johannesburg 12 Lucas, Caroline 42 Lucky Us 31 Luiselli, Valeria 17

Palaiologos, Yannis 46 Pisani, Elizabeth 27 Prochnik, George 50

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Saffron Road, The 45 Scorper 10 Smith, Rob Magnuson 10 Stern, Louise 9 Stamm, Peter 14 Story of My Teeth, The 17 Swansong 1945 27 T

This House is Not for Sale 25 Time for Everything, A 44 Toomey, Christine 45 U

Underlands 26 Unlearning with Hannah Arendt 48 V

Vegetarian, The 38 Venegas, Maria 30 Virtues of the Table, The 21

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Marçal, Katrine 41 Marcus, Ben 11 Marsden, Philip 29 Mead, Rebecca 49 Moss, Sarah 19

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Nicolson, Vanessa 24 Nield, Ted 26

Young God 19

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We’re Flying 15 Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? 41 Wolf in White Van 51


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