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January

The Seven Good Years Translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston, Miriam Shlesinger, Jessica Cohen and Anthony Berris

From the author the New Yorker declared ‘a genius’, here is a supremely enjoyable, tragicomic collection of essays about raising a son, and losing a father.

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ver the last seven years Etgar Keret has had plenty of reasons to worry. His son was born in the middle of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. His father became ill. And he has been constantly tormented by nightmarish visions of Iranian ex-president Ahmadinejad, anti-Semitic remarks both real and imagined, and, perhaps most worrisome of all, a dogged telemarketer who seems likely to chase him to the grave.

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February

Etgar Keret

From these dark circumstances Keret brings forth a series of funny and tender ruminations; a lifeaffirming look at our need to find good in unlikely places and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of a capricious world. Praise for Etgar Keret:

May

‘One of the most important writers alive – enchantingly witty’ Clive James selling territories: NCR, NANZ rights: SL agent: Aitken Alexander Associates

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‘Brilliant... completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation’ Salman Rushdie ‘Funny, dark and poignant’ Jonathan Safran Foer

June

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etgar keret is a leading voice in Israeli literature and cinema, and the author of five bestselling story collections, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, the New Yorker, the Paris Review and Esquire. www.etgarkeret.com

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July

‘Extremely funny’ The Times


January

Signs For Lost Children Sarah Moss

February

A powerful novel about the dangers of the human mind and the fragility of marriage, set between Japan and England in the final decades of the 19th century.

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March

nly weeks after their unconventional wedding, an idealistic couple separate, he to build lighthouses in Japan and she to begin a medical career in a Cornish asylum for the insane. Tom and Ally’s love is founded in admiration for each other’s work, but, with half the world between them, each finds other passions.

April

An exquisite novel in two parts; from Falmouth to Tokyo, two maps of absence; from Manchester to Kyoto, two distinct but conjoined portraits of loneliness and determination. A continuation of the story of Bodies of Light, this new novel will delight Sarah Moss’s many fans. Praise for Sarah Moss: ‘A wonderfully intelligent writer’ Metro

May

‘Sarah Moss writes the kind of books that are difficult to put down’ Financial Times

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‘Hugely enjoyable’ Daily Telegraph

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‘A tremendously talented writer’ Guardian

July

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sarah moss is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and the author of three novels: Cold Earth, Night Waking, which won a Fiction Uncovered Award, and Bodies of Light. Her account of living in Iceland, Names for the Sea, was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013.


January

Wolf In White Van John Darnielle

February

A beguiling story of contingency, solitude and escape which received rave reviews, was longlisted for the National Book Award and became a New York Times bestseller. ‘Melancholy, clever, obsessive… Wonderful’ Best Debuts of 2014, Independent

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‘Impressive... A very fine novel full of darkness... wondrous’ Financial Times ‘Spare yet fervent… [it] immediately demands a second read’ Guardian john darnielle is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band The Mountain Goats.

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March

‘Eerie, poetic... Unforgettable’ Paul Murray

10:04 Ben Lerner May

From the prize-winning, internationally acclaimed author of Leaving the Atocha Station; a dazzling novel about making art, love and children during the twilight of an empire. Nominated for the Folio Prize. ‘Anyone interested in serious contemporary literature should read Ben Lerner, and 10:04 is the perfect place to start’ Jeffrey Eugenides

July

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‘Ben Lerner is stupendously, murderously talented [and] 10:04 is clever, strange, funny and original’ Joe Dunthorne fiction £7.99 July B format 198 × 129mm PB 256pp selling territories: NCR rights: SL agent: Aitken Alexander Associates 978 1 84708 893 2 (PB) 978 1 84708 892 5 (Ebook)

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‘A generous, provocative, ambitious Chinese box of a novel... a near-perfect piece of literature’ LA Times ben lerner is a poet and the author of Leaving the Atocha Station which won the Believer Book Award and was shortlisted for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award.

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June

33 Artists in 3 Acts Sarah Thornton Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art; a captivating book in three parts which seeks to answer the contentious question: ‘What is an artist?’

July

‘[Written] with verve, insight and authenticity... Skilfully nuanced’ Financial Times ‘Engaging [and] intriguing’ New Statesman ‘Thornton is the Jane Goodall of the art world’ Washington Post

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sarah thornton is the author of Seven Days in the Art  World. She has been the chief writer on contemporary art for the Economist and a contributor to the Guardian and the New Yorker.

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Unlearning with Hannah Arendt Marie Luise Knott Translated from the German by David Dollenmayer

October

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

‘It is hard to think of any other book on Arendt that gives out half as much light, not to mention joy’ Prospect

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marie luise knott is a journalist and author living in Berlin. She is the founder of the German edition of Le Monde diplomatique and was its editor-in-chief for eleven years.

November

‘[Arendt’s words] have lost none of their potency... [This book] delivers a kick out of all proportion to its size... Powerful’ Independent


June

Rowing to Eden Collected Stories

July

Amy Bloom Collected here together for the first time, all the dazzling, funny and poignant stories from one of America’s finest contemporary writers.

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my Bloom has long been regarded as a master of the short story form. Here, her brilliance shines across two decades and more than twenty-five stories. From the bereaved widow who finds unexpected comfort in ‘Sleepwalking’ to the matchmaking shrink in ‘Psychoanalysis Changed My Life’; from the teenage girl furious at her dying mother in ‘Hold Tight’ to the transgressive lovers of ‘The Gates Are Closing’; from the married friends irresistibly drawn to one another in ‘William and Clare’ to the brave and heartless girl in ‘Permafrost’ – these are stories brimming with life and grief, erotically charged and beautifully crafted.

October

© Elaine Seibert

Praise for Amy Bloom:

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‘Unrelentingly pleasurable’ Lionel Shriver, Financial Times ‘She has said everything there is to say, quite perfectly’ Sunday Telegraph

November

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‘Unforgettably good. Each of these stories is like a tiny perfect novel... Bloom is one of the greats’ Charlotte Mendelson

December

amy bloom is the author of three novels, Lucky Us, Away and Love Invents Us, and three collections of stories, Come to Me, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You and Where the God of Love Hangs Out. She has been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the University Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan University. 


June

Everything is Happening Journey into a Painting

Michael Jacobs With an introduction and coda by Ed Vulliamy July

A gripping and beguiling blend of art history, memoir and travel writing which delves into the mysteries and meanings of Las Meninas, Velázquez’s iconic masterpiece.

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ichael Jacobs was haunted by Velázquez’s enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening, Jacobs searches for the ultimate significance of the painting by following the trails of associations from each individual character in the picture, as well as his own memories of and relationship to this extraordinary work.

September

Cut short by Jacobs’s death in 2014, and completed with an introduction and coda of great sensitivity and insight by his friend and fellow lover of art, the journalist Ed Vulliamy, this visionary, meditative and often very funny book is a passionate, personal manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting.

October

Praise for The Robber of Memories: ‘A brave, original and very moving book, full of adventure and history, in which landscape and memory flow subtly together’ Robert Macfarlane

history of art / travel writing £15.99 August Demy 216 × 138 HB 160pp selling territories: ALL

‘Exhilarating... A triumph’ Daily Telegraph

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December

michael jacobs was born in Italy and studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute. He was the author of Andes and The Robber of Memories. He divided his time between London and a remote Spanish village. He died in January 2014.


June

New American Stories

July

Edited by Ben Marcus A collection of the best short fiction being written in America, selected and introduced by Ben Marcus.

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August

he short story is a barometer for the state and shape of literature. New American Stories presents the boldest, most innovative and most resonant fiction of today.

September

Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea, has curated an anthology that gives the lie of the literary land. From established masters like Don DeLillo and Lydia Davis to trailblazers such as Rebecca Curtis and Rachel B. Glaser, this collection celebrates the form’s wide diversity, and its ability to delight and deeply move us. The result is a must-read, must-own volume for all fans of American fiction. Praise for Ben Marcus:

October

‘One of the most stunningly original and profoundly unsettling writers of his generation’ Guardian rights: SL (introduction) agent: Greene and Heaton 978 178378 147 8 (HB) 978 1 78378 149 2 (ebook)

leaving the sea PB £9.99 978 1 84708 636 5

‘Marcus’s writing [is] brilliant... behind the black, amid the white, it burns’ London Review of Books ‘You’ll never see words in quite the same way again’ Financial Times ben marcus is the author of Notable American Women, The Father Costume, The Age of  Wire and String, The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review and McSweeney’s. Marcus has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, an NEA Fellowship in fiction, and three Pushcart Prizes. He is an associate professor at Columbia University.

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Yiyun Li Tao Lin Kelly Link Sam Lipsyte Maureen McHugh Donald Ray Pollock George Saunders Saïd Sayrafiezadeh Christine Schutt Zadie Smith Mathias Svalina Wells Tower Deb Olin Unferth Claire Vaye Watkins Joy Williams Charles Yu

August

Donald Antrim Jesse Ball NoViolet Bulawayo Kyle Coma-Thompson Robert Coover Lucy Corin Rebecca Curtis Lydia Davis Don DeLillo Anthony Doerr Deborah Eisenberg Mary Gaitskill Rivka Galchen Rachel B. Glaser Denis Johnson Rebecca Lee

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June

The New World July

Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz

An innovative story of love, decapitation and cryonics; a tender portrait of a marriage unlike any other.

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ane’s husband Jim has just died – or not quite. For Jim has left his body to Polaris, a shadowy cryonics organisation that promises to do away with mortality for ever. Devastated by her loss, Jane sets out to confront the cult that has taken her husband and to discover just where, exactly, his body is now. Meanwhile, awake in a strange new world, his body gone but his consciousness intact, Jim learns that the cost of eternal life is higher than he ever could have imagined. As the narratives of husband and wife intertwine and loop from after-life to pre-death, an extraordinary portrait of a marriage emerges; its losses, its secrets, its fidelities, its endurance.

‘A marvel... [an] extraordinary love story’ Karen Russell fiction £12.99 August Demy 216 × 135mm TPB 144pp (TBC) selling territories: NCR

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‘If you’re willing to enter something magical, something dazzling and heartbreaking, then Adrian is a writer for you’ Guardian ‘Every report [Adrian] makes enriches and enlarges our own sense of the world’ Marilynne Robinson

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Praise for The New World and Chris Adrian:

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chris adrian is the author of Gob’s Grief, The Children’s Hospital, The Great Night and A Better Angel. He is also a paediatric haematologist/oncologist at Columbia University.

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June

The Hotel Years Wanderings in Europe between the Wars

Joseph Roth Translated from the German and introduced by Michael Hofmann July

From the author of The Radetzky March, a new selection of writings from interwar Italy, Germany, Russia, Albania and Ukraine, by turns poignant, witty and unsettling.

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August

n the 1920s and 30s, Joseph Roth travelled extensively in Europe, leading a peripatetic life living in hotels, and writing about the towns through which he passed. Incisive, nostalgic, curious and sharply observed – and collected together here for the first time – his pieces paint a picture of a continent racked by change yet clinging to tradition. From the ‘compulsive’ exercise regime of the Albanian army to the stringent Russian border police to the idiosyncratic characters he encounters in hotels, these tender and quietly dazzling vignettes form a series of literary postcards from a bygone world.

September

Praise for Joseph Roth:

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‘Brilliant and original... Marvellous’ Sunday Times ‘You will soon want to immerse yourself completely’ Spectator

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October

‘Read all his books... and wonder at the intelligence, natural poetry and humanity of a gifted and candid master’ Irish Times

November

joseph roth (1894–1939) was an acclaimed Austrian Jewish journalist and novelist. He lived in Berlin, writing for a variety of newspapers, most importantly the Frankfurter Zeitung. He left Germany after the Nazi takeover in 1933, and died in poverty in Paris.

December

michael hofmann is a poet. He has translated the works of many writers, including Brecht, Kafka, Fallada and Roth. He teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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June

Epilogue A Memoir

July

Will Boast

A gripping and poignant literary memoir about grief, identity and family secrets – as heard on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’

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August

hen Will Boast’s father dies he is alone in the world: an American with distant English roots, orphaned and derailed by grief. Everything he thought he knew about his parents 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.

September

‘So sweet and heartbreaking I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s brilliant. It will make you cry. I have never met Will Boast, but I’m so proud of him’ Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

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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. He has been a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University and a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

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‘Riveting, soulful and courageously told... Never has a story of loss been so full of life’ Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

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June

The Impossible Exile Steven Zweig at the End of the World

George Prochnik

July

A moving and original examination of Stefan Zweig’s tragic decline from universal acclaim to obscurity and suicide in exile. ‘Poignant [and] insightful... With vast scholarship and a light touch [Prochnik] illuminates every place and time he glances at’ New Yorker ‘Fascinating’ Vogue

‘Brilliantly accomplished’ John Gray, New Statesman

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September

george prochnik is Editor-at-Large for Cabinet and the author of In Pursuit of Silence and Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology.

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August

‘Sensitive and enthralling... a joy to read... [Prochnik] supplies the poetic charge’ John Carey, Sunday Times

The Emerald Light in the Air Stories

October

Donald Antrim Hailed as one of the best short story collections of 2014 and nominated for the Folio Prize, Antrim’s stories of love, loss and sorrow are miniature masterpieces.

November

‘Funny but also [heartbreaking]... I haven’t read anything as good [in] years’ Karl Ove Knausgaard, New Statesman ‘Book of the Year’ ‘Exceptionally good’ Guardian ‘Exquisite… unforgettable’ Short Stories of the Year, Independent the hundred brothers PB £8.99 978 1 84708 653 2

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December

donald antrim is the author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a BetterWorld, The Hundred Brothers, TheVerificationist and The Afterlife. In 2013 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant.


June

Undermajordomo Minor

July

Patrick deWitt Undermajordomo Minor is by turns a love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral and an ink-black comedy of manners; from the Booker-shortlisted author of The Sisters Brothers.

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© Danny Palmerlee

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n the distant past, in a vaguely Central European location, Lucien (Lucy) is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants. Then Lucy finds employment as the undermajordomo of a remote, forebidding castle. There he meets Klara, a lofty beauty who is, unfortunately, already involved with a smouldering partisan soldier. This romance leads to many things, including but not limited to ‘true love, bitterest heartbreak, coldblooded murder, bright-white terror of the spirit and categorical social ruin’.

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‘Hilarious’ The Times ‘So good, so funny and so sad’ Irish Times

the sisters brothers PB £8.99 978 1 84708 319 7

‘Drawling, dark, laconic and heartbreaking... a work of great strangeness and verve’ Daily Telegraph

November

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Praise for The Sisters Brothers:

‘A masterclass’ Scotsman ‘I loved it’ Andrew O’Hagan

December

patrick dewitt is the author of the critically acclaimed Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

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June

The Planet Remade The Challenge of Imagining Deliberate Climate Change

Oliver Morton July

A climate-crisis book that delivers a rich, deep history of the science and politics which underpin climate change – and offers a controversial new approach to dealing with it.

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August

etting humans to stop warming the planet is proving impossibly hard; carbon-dioxide emissions climb ever faster, and with them the risk of catastrophe. At the same time there are dramatic technological alternatives that could slow or stop the warming: a stratospheric veil against the sun; a fleet of unmanned ships seeding clouds.

Praise for Eating the Sun: ‘Fascinating and important’ Ian McEwan environment £20.00 October Royal 234 × 156 HB 304 pp (TBC)

‘Informative, fascinating and thought-provoking’ Sunday Times

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November

‘Morton is compelling and eloquent... This book will, quite literally, change the way you see the world’ Sunday Telegraph

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October

© Julian Anderson

September

Here, Morton explores the science, history and plausibility of these new technologies – and why they are so passionately opposed. With sensitivity, insight and expert science, he unpicks the moral implications of our responses to a rapidly changing planet and asks whether this technology can be used to care for it.

December

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Severed A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

Frances Larson

July

Published to rave reviews, this is a serious and seriously entertaining exploration of the severed head – its history is our history. ‘Lively, original, important, astounding, well-written: first class in every way’ Sunday Times

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‘An elegant history… packed [with] fascinating facts and philosophical conundrums’ Independent on Sunday

Scorper October

Rob Magnuson Smith A tender black comedy that cuts right to the heart of a curious English town. ‘Powerfully original, funny and strange and haunting’ Tessa Hadley

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‘A charming, funny, tender pleasure’ Andrew Miller

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‘Most unusual, and most rewarding. Gradually it bleeds from the pastoral through the surreal and into the horrific, like an Evelyn Waugh novel given the Edgar Allan Poe treatment’ Kevin Brockmeier

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.

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Coastlines The Story of Our Shore

Patrick Barkham July

From one of the UK’s leading nature writers, a beguiling portrait of the British coastline from the Giant’s Causeway to Land’s End.

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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.

September

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October

‘A must-read for all Britain’s naturalists’ Chris Packham ‘Barkham has joined the nature writers’ First Division’ The Times ‘Perceptive and compassionate’ John Burnside ‘Enraptured, visionary, witty and erudite’ Sunday Telegraph

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A Ghost’s Story A Novel

July

Lorna Gibb The poignant tale of a restless spirit: a story of desire and delusion, belief and illusion.

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hroughout the 19th and 20th centuries seances and spiritualist meetings grew in popularity. One ‘ghost’, the Katie King spirit, appeared more than any other. Was Katie a profound and curious consciousness guided into this realm by the faith of true believers, or the cheap trick of parlour cheats and exploitative swindlers?

September

Journeying from the candle-lit drawing rooms of Victorian London to the imperial palaces of tsars, from the shadiest of gimmicks and tricks to the most poignant sincerity of the death-bed wish, A Ghost’s Story presents the mysterious spirit writings and autobiographical outpourings of this famous and enigmatic spirit celebrity. Praise for West’s World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West:

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lorna gibb was born in Belshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She is a university lecturer and now lives in London. She is the author of Lady Hester: Queen of the East and West’s World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West. A Ghost’s Story is her first novel.

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‘Riveting... a gripping story of a woman’s life... one’s jaw drops on every page’ Country Life

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A Good Life Mark Rowlands July

From the bestselling author of The Philosopher and the Wolf comes a triumphant and provocative story of life, death and big ideas.

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he Good Life is one man’s life told through a philosophical lens. It is a riveting examination of the ethical questions we face, and the decisions we must make, and a defence of the idea that at the beating heart of morality we find love. And it is written with the conviction that, on their own, moral rules and principles are childish things – risible and easily refuted. It is only a life in its entirety that can be morally judged.

September

Praise for Running With the Pack: ‘Rowlands is a lovely writer, funny and moving... If you’re of an optimistic bent, hopeful that life will offer up moments of wonder and delight, then Rowlands is your kind – my kind – of philosopher’ Observer

October

Praise for The Philosopher and the Wolf: ‘A seminal work of philosophy’ John Gray ‘Life-affirming, engrossing, thoughtful and moving’ TLS

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All For Nothing Walter Kempowski July

Translated from the German by Anthea Bell

A brilliantly evocative, atmospheric novel from one of Germany’s post-war literary greats, about a wealthy East Prussian family in the last days of the Third Reich, as the Russians advance from the east.

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inter, January 1945. It is cold and dark, and the German army is retreating from the Russian advance. Germans are fleeing the occupied territories in their thousands, in cars and carts and on foot. But in a rural East Prussian manor house, the wealthy von Globig family tries to seal itself off from the world. Protected by their privileged lifestyle and caught in the grip of indecision, they make no preparations to leave.

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Brilliantly evocative and atmospheric, sympathetic yet painfully honest, All for Nothing is a devastating portrait of the self-delusions, complicities and denials of the German people as the Third Reich comes to an end. ‘I love this book... All for Nothing is Kempowski’s crowning achievement: his last, and lasting, work of fiction’ Rachel Seiffert Praise for Swansong 1945:

November

‘Indispensable and above all, unforgettable’ Frederick Taylor

December

walter kempowski (1929–2007) was one of Germany’s most important post-war writers, and the author of Swansong 1945. All for Nothing, his final novel, was published in Germany in 2006 to critical acclaim and was a bestseller. It is available here in English translation for the first time.

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A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz Göran Rosenberg Translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death and John Cullen

July

A shattering literary memoir by the son of Holocaust survivors, and a darkly tender exploration of a child’s relationship with his father. ‘A towering and wondrous work... exquisitely crafted, beautifully written, humane, generous, devastating, yet somehow also hopeful’ Financial Times

‘Gripping and poetic... an unforgettable book’ Adam Kirsch gran rosenberg is one of Sweden’s best-known writers and journalists. A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz was the winner of the prestigious August Prize for Literature 2012.

previously published: November 2014 Demy 216 × 135 HB £16.99 978 1 84708 778 2 (TPB)

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September

memoir £9.99 November B format 198 × 129mm PB selling territories: NCR rights: SL agent: Liepman Agency 978 1 78378 130 0 (PB) 978 1 84708 779 9 (Ebook)

August

‘Subtle, chilling, and utterly absorbing... a masterly and moving book that brings the great Sebald to mind’ Lisa Appignanesi

History of a Suicide My Sister’s Unfinished Life October

Jill Bialosky A lyrical and compassionate memoir – an astute analysis of family, loss, love and the impact a suicide has on those who remain behind.

November

‘So articulate and stunningly close to the bone that one holds one’s breath while reading... Remarkable’ A. M. Homes ‘Candid, questing… stirring’ Lorrie Moore, New York Review of Books ‘Elegiac [and] affecting’ New Yorker

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jill bialosky is the author of the poetry collections The End of Desire, Subterranean, Intruder and The Players, and the novels House Under Snow and The Life Room.


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Edited by Sigrid Rausing

Psychoanalysis; rage; desire; possession. What is the state of being, now and then? This issue of Granta looks at the fraught and evolving culture of emotions.

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ut those who lived through those opaquely altered times felt it keenly. Just as an old division of labour was falling into ruin, so the psychological supports, which had sustained people in the long industrial exile, also fell apart. There was no one to turn to for advice or succour, because everyone was dealing with a private sense of abandonment.’ Jeremy Seabrook, ‘Love in the Graveyards of Industry’ ‘But parents’ notions got in deeper than you realized and resurfaced when you least expected, least expected to learn you were like them, so that you could feel your bleeding heart spilling across the linen tablecloth at dinner only to hear your husband say how fucking sick he was of your dignified and embittered reserve. Couldn’t you just lose it?’ Greg Jackson, ‘Epithalamium’ With Kerry Howley, Juliet Mitchell, Bella Pollen and more.

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

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‘The hunters have all failed, the three hunters and their forlorn dogs now arriving home from the mountain which thunders above their village with nothing to show for their expedition except one dead fox.’ Andrew Motion, ‘Hunters in the Snow’

August

‘No one could tell me for sure how the fire started, whether it was as banal as a dropped cigarette or whether there was any truth to the rumour that a few amateur pagans had been trying to build a ritual bonfire among the amphibians. But what we did see with our own eyes, as we wandered dazed and sooty through the surrounding woods, were the specimens, dozens of them, vertebrate and invertebrate, large and small, in postures of urgent migration, as if all the animals of the Garden of Eden had known that before long Adam and Eve would return with axes and theodolites and a deep sense of grievance.’ Ned Beauman, ‘Five Parties’

July

This issue of Granta is about the natural world and what we have done to it. Featuring Ned Beauman, Andrew Motion, Adam Nicolson, Tim Dee and others.

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June

The Strange Case of  Thomas Quick The Swedish Serial Killer and the Psychoanalyst Who Created Him

July

Dan Josefsson Translated from the Swedish by Anna Paterson

The astonishing true story of the prisoner who posed as the worst serial killer in Swedish history, and the psychoanalyst who shaped the investigation.

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n 1991 Sture Bergwall, a homosexual drug addict and failed armed robber, was committed to Sweden’s equivalent of Broadmoor. There, he was offered psychotherapy, and ‘remembered’ horrific childhood scenes of sexual abuse.  Eventually he confessed to raping, killing and even eating more than 30 victims: a serial killer, with a new name, was born.   

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© Olaf Blecker / Berlin

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In 2008, Thomas Quick’s confessions were proven to be fabricated. His motive: prescription drugs, and the affirmation of his therapist. She, in turn, was under the influence of psychoanalyst Margit Norrell, who had hoped to make psychoanalytic history with her case study of  Thomas Quick...

‘A genuine scoop... crisply and convincingly portrayed’ Dagens Nyheter

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‘The best thing I have read in this genre’ Svenska Dagbladet

November

‘A masterpiece’ Psykologtidningen

dan josefsson is an award-winning author, journalist and documentary-maker. On publication in Sweden this book won the Swedish Society of Investigative Journalists’ Award, the Johan Hansson Prize for Non-Fiction and Sweden’s most prestigious prize for journalists, the Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism, as Scoop of the Year.

© Eva Lindblad

December

In this gripping book, Dan Josefsson investigates the scandal of ‘recovered’ memory therapy, and the greatest miscarriage of justice in Swedish history.

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Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change

Caroline Lucas July

Britain’s first Green MP reveals the secret workings of parliamentary life, and offers bold suggestions for a fairer political system.

August

‘An exceptional MP and a pointer to the way politics could yet be in this country’ Jon Snow ‘Where there is Caroline Lucas, there is hope... hers is a lone voice of sense and vision in a political system that has been captured and crushed by a cold-hearted elite’ George Monbiot

September

‘One of the world’s bravest and most principled politicians’ Naomi Klein ‘These words will empower and inspire’ Owen Jones ‘An honest, absorbing and often very funny look at how British democracy really works’ Melissa Benn

October

‘Caroline Lucas was a breath of fresh air when she was elected as Britain’s first Green MP in 2010. This book is an account of her experiences in parliament. Read it’ Larry Elliott

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caroline lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, was leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012. She has been named Ethical Politician of the Year three times and won the 2014 MP of the Year award.


June

Aftershock The Untold Story of Surviving Peace

July

Matthew Green A gripping and groundbreaking book that tells the inside story of how the men and women we dispatch to fight military battles adapt to life outside the combat zone.

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ver the last decade, we have sent thousands of people to war. What happens when the soldiers come back home, having lost friends, and seen and done things that have no place in civilian life? Through first-person accounts and wide-ranging interviews with former combatants and their families, serving personnel and experts on post-traumatic stress disorder, Matthew Green tells the story of British ex-forces’ journey home from the frontline. As today’s battle-scarred troops begin to lay their weapons down, Aftershock is a hard-hitting, nuanced and compelling account of the hidden cost of conflict.

October

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The sensation of being invisibly branded triggered a volley of thoughts, starting with the certainty that he was going to die. The Private driving the truck would die too. It would all be his fault because he had broken the one unbreakable commandment drummed into him since he was packed off to military boarding school aged thirteen: never leave your weapon.

August

The barrel didn’t touch Hugh’s skin, but he felt the press of its snout all the same. It was as if somebody had taken a pair of tongs, picked up a ten-pence piece, dipped it in liquid nitrogen then pressed the coin flat against his forehead.

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ne of the men levelled a hand-gun and pointed it in Hugh’s face. Hugh automatically reached for his rifle but found himself clutching only air: he had left his weapon in the truck.

‘Fuck off back to England,’ the man with the pistol shouted. ‘We don’t need your help.’

October

Hugh edged backwards, then turned and stumbled towards the truck. ‘I was streaming tears by then. I was waiting for my face to explode,’ Hugh told me. ‘I couldn’t even breathe.’ Hugh clambered into the cab and saw his humiliation reflected in the face of the Private. His rifle was where he had left it – wedged beside his seat.

Hugh told the driver never to tell anyone what he had seen.

November

‘When he got up close and could see I actually had tears down my face, I was like: “Fuck off. Let’s go.”’

And then a loop began to play, a loop that would only get louder: you’re not all that, when it comes down to it.You’re not all that, at all. December

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33 Artists in 3 Acts 9 10:04 8

Granta 132: Summer issue 28 Granta 133: Autumn issue 29 Green, Matthew 34

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Adrian, Chris 4 Aftershock 34 All for Nothing 24 Antrim, Donald 17

History of a Suicide 25 Honourable Friends? 33 Hotel Years, The 15

Rosenberg, Göran 25 Roth, Joseph 15 Rowing to Eden 10

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Impossible Exile, The 17

Scorper 20 Seven Good  Years, The 6 Severed 20 Signs for Lost Children 7 Smith, Rob Magnuson 20 Strange Case of  Thomas Quick, The 32

Barkham, Patrick 21 Bialosky, Jill 25 Bloom, Amy 10 Boast, Will 16 Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz, A 25

J Jacobs, Michael 11 Josefsson, Dan 32 K

Planet Remade, The 19 Prochnik, George 17

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Coastlines 21

Kempowski, Walter 24 Keret, Etgar 6 Knott, Marie Luise 9

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Darnielle, John 8 deWitt, Patrick 18

Larson, Frances 20 Lerner, Ben 8 Lucas, Caroline 33

Undermajordomo Minor 18 Unlearning with Hannah Arendt 9

Emerald Light in the Air, The 17 Everything is Happening 11 Epilogue 16

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Marcus, Ben 12 Moss, Sarah 7 Morton, Oliver 19

Wolf in White Van 8

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Gibb, Lorna 22 Ghost’s Story,  A 22 Good Life,  A 23

New American Stories 12 New World, The 14

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