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Mahala: Chris Barnard Imprint:

Aflame

Price:

£7.99

ISBN:

978-1-906300-04-3

Format:

Paperback

Size:

216 x 140 mm, 170 pp

Pub. date:

April 2009

Genre:

Fiction (trans.)

• A psychological thriller of existential proportions from one of South Africa’s great writers. • Barnard’s screenplay of Paljas nominated for an Oscar.

About Mahala by Chris Barnard Deep in the African bush, Delport lives alone, and in fear. For nine long years he has endured nights of mosquitoes and mysterious drumming, and days of burning sun, waiting for his past to catch up with him. His past arrives in the form of a young woman with a mask that bears an unsettling resemblance to his nemesis. A work of literary fiction, set in the wilderness of southern Africa, Mahala encapsulates the angst of a generation of white South Africans who had such power but lived with such hidden fears.

About the author: Chris Barnard was born in South Africa in 1939. His first book appeared in 1963 and he has four novels to his name. Over the past 40 years he has worked as journalist, author and scriptwriter. His screenplay of Paljas was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category.

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The Jazz Composer: Graham Collier Imprint:

Northway

Price:

£19.99

ISBN:

978-0-955788-80-2

Format:

Hardback

Size:

220 x 140 mm, 322 pp

Pub. date:

April 2009

Genre:

Music - Jazz

• “I find ‘the jazz composer’ to be an insightful, intelligent, creative and artful view to the understanding of jazz composition.” — Justin DiCioccio • “Not for the squeamish. Prepare to be provoked.” — Mike Gibbs, jazz composer

About The Jazz Composer by Graham Collier Collier takes a detailed look at the music of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Gil Evans. He argues that jazz composition happens in real time, once. His website, www.jazzcontinuum.com, publicises the book, which will be linked to a new CD issue, and various launch events are planned. The author is a well-established composer with controversial views. He includes strong criticism of some well-known jazz composers and important figures in the jazz world, so reviewers and jazz-enthusiasts will have a ball with this book. This title will also appeal to readers with a general interest in jazz. About the author: Described by The Times as “a pioneer…a true jazz original”, Graham Collier is a wellknown jazz composer. He is the author of seven previously published books on jazz, including Cleo and John: A Biography of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth (ISBN: 978-0704333208). He is formerly artistic director of the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Frontiers: Modern Poetry in Translation Imprint:

Modern Poetry in Translation

Price:

£9.95

ISBN:

978-0-955906-41-1

Format:

Paperback

Size:

201 x 140 mm, 200 pp

Pub. date: April 2009 Genre:

Poetry (trans.)

• Including: Kathryn Maris, Philippe Jaccottet, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sasha Dugdale, Georgi Gospodinov. • Contains previously untranslated poems by Bertolt Brecht.

About Frontiers by Modern Poetry in Translation Every issue of MPT crosses frontiers. Contributions come in from all over the world. Copies go out worldwide. Whatever their subjects, the translations themselves, out of many languages, cross frontiers of space and time. MPT 3/11 concentrates on that essential act, and makes connections of many kinds - of going-betweens and crossings-over. Poetry has always gone out to these boundaries, to survey them and to cross them. Some passages are customary and welcome; others are more like smuggling and transgression. Some borders are open; others are walled, barb-wired and mined...

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Sticky: Andy Croft Imprint:

Flambard

Price:

£8.00

ISBN:

978-1-906601-05-8

Format:

Paperback

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 112 pp

Pub. date:

April 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “[Full of ] wit and brio.” — the Guardian • “The unofficial poet laureate of the North.” — Northern Echo • “Staggeringly flawless verse that is never heartless in perfection.” — the North

About Sticky by Andy Croft Sticky is a book of poems about an age of imperial slaughter already sticky with blood and lies. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but depleted uranium really hurts us. Sticky is a book about the stuck and the sticky, the straight and the crooked. Armed with only a pile of spooky sticks - and a sticky file of spooks - Andy Croft sets off in search of the Land of Righteousness. He gets the wrong end of the stick in Vulgaria and finds himself in a sticky situation in Mudfog. When he meets the ghosts of Brecht, Bunyan and Baron Munchausen - by the banks of the river Styx - he realises he can’t stick it any more. About the author: Andy Croft’s seven previous books of poetry include; Just as Blue, Comrade Laughter and Ghost Writer. He has written forty-four books for teenagers, mostly about football, and has published widely on the history of the British Labour Movement. He writes a regular poetry column in the Morning Star, runs Smokestack Books, and lives in Middlesbrough. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Swimmer in the Secret Sea: William Kotzwinkle Imprint:

Five Leaves

Price:

£5.99

ISBN :

978-1-905512-50-8

Format:

Paperback

Size:

129 x 196 mm, 96 pp

Pub. date:

April 2009

Genre:

Fiction

• “A beautiful piece of work…the economy of the writing and the matter-of-fact acceptance make it immensely moving.” — Daily Telegraph • “A deeply moving book. The textures of its delicately conveyed anguish, simplicity make its grief all the more stunning.” — Publishers Weekly About Swimmer in the Sea by William Kotzwinkle This novella tells the story of Johnny and Diane Laski - a sculptor and his wife - and their attempt to bring a new life into the world during a cold winter, deep in the Maine countryside. William Kotzwinkle describes the couple’s night-time dash to the hospital; the wife’s long labour; and the ultimately unsuccessful breech birth. Unafraid of his subject, Kotzwinkle destroys any sentimental illusions about the beauty of childbirth - or the distance of birth from death. He reminds us of how closely the two are intertwined; of the frightening power of the life force; and of the unpredictability and uncanniness of death. And yet, his small book is not without hope… About the author: William Kotzwinkle is an author and screenwriter. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His most popular works to date include the novelization of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (ISBN: 9780582517554 ) and The Bear Went Over the Mountain (ISBN: 978-0552997485).

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The Blue Cat Walks the Earth: F. D. Reeve Imprint:

Smokestack

Price:

£8.95

ISBN:

978-0-956034-10-6

Format:

Paperback

Size:

197 x 127 mm, 64 pp

Pub. date:

April 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• Legendary US radical poet. • Winner of the ‘Golden Rose’ of the New England Poetry Society Award. • Includes free poetry / jazz CD. • UK events in Summer 09 including at Ledbury Poetry Festival.

About The Blue Cat Walks the Earth by Frank Reeve The Blue Cat is a courteous, well-read, outspoken, randy anarchist ready again to lay down one of his lives for what he believes. He’s a cross between Top Cat, Puss in Boots, Schrödinger’s Cat and the Cat in the Hat. He’s a trickster, a prankster, an illusionist and an illusion. The Blue Cat Walks the Earth is the third book in which Frank Reeve has let the Blue Cat out of the bag. This book comes with a CD of Frank Reeve reading these new poems, accompanied by Don Davis on sax and Joe Deleault on piano.

About the author: Frank Reeve is an award-winning US poet, novelist, short story writer, critic and translator. He taught in Moscow and Leningrad and translated for Robert Frost when he met Khrushchev in 1962. He is currently emeritus professor at Wesleyan University.

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Not for Specialists: W.D. Snodgrass Imprint:

Waywiser Press

Price:

£9.99

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904130-35-2

Size:

129 x 196 mm, 128 pp

Pub. date:

April 09

Genre:

Poetry

• Pulizer Prize-winning poet • First publication of new work in the UK since the author’s death in Jan 2009 • “A judicious selection from a significant oeuvre.” – Publishers’ Weekly • “Poem after jewelled poem... a traditionalist of the best kind.” Jay Parini, The Guardian

About Not for Specialists by W. D. Snodgrass Not for Specialists includes 35 new poems complemented by the superb work he wrote in the Pulitzer Prize winning collection, Heart’s Needle, along with poetry from seven other distinguished collections. About the author: W. D. Snodgrass was born in Pennsylvania in 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His first book of poems, Heart’s Needle, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, and he received numerous awards and honours for his poetry, translations, and criticism. Snodgrass died in January 2009.

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Love Lessons: David Belbin Imprint:

Five Leaves

Price:

£6.99

ISBN:

978-1-905512-70-6

Format:

Paperback

Size:

198 x 129 mm, 254 pp

Pub. date: May 2009 Genre:

Fiction: Young Adult

• A gripping novel about one of the last great taboos: a teacher-pupil relationship • “A bold and powerfully written tale.” - David Almond • “A brave novel…a thoughtful study of young love.” — Books for Keeps

About Love Lessons by David Belbin A fifteen year old girl has a crush on her young English teacher. During a production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Rachel and Mike begin a sexual relationship. They think they’re in love, but they’re really in trouble. The star-crossed lovers are always afraid of discovery as a school-girl fantasy turns into an X-rated nightmare. Love Lessons was the first novel for young adults, to address the sensitive issue of pupil/teacher relationships. About the author: David Belbin has written over forty novels for young adults and reluctant readers; with total sales of more than half a million copies, including The Beat series, Denial, Festival and The Last Virgin. He runs the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

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The Sleepwalkers’ Ball: Alan Bilton Imprint:

Alcemi

Price:

£9.99

ISBN:

978-0-955527-26-5

Format:

Paperback

Size:

140 x 215 mm, 256 pp

Pub. date: May 2009 Genre:

Fiction

• “A script put together by Franz Kafka, Spike Milligan and Charlie Chaplin at a drunken party to celebrate the twinning of Royston Vasey with the Gorbals. A welcome addition to Celtic Gothic.”’ — Lloyd Jones • “Stimulating…wide-ranging... thoroughly readable... superb.” —(European Journal of American Culture)

About The Sleepwalkers’ Ball by Alan Bilton Set sometime around now - and yet also any time - this is a beautifully surreal slapstick romantic comedy, wrapped around the forms of the silent film and the Gothic city ghost tour. A cross between Kafka and Mary Poppins - Clara Bow meets Charlie Chaplin by way of Gogol - The Sleepwalkers’ Ball is filmic, funny and lyrical in turns. Always moving, it follows two people - a man and a woman - and their many attempts to hook up together. “Back to the castle we go, for all tours must end at the same point they begin. What’s that sir? Our theme? Why, the indolence of man, sir, lethargy, laziness and sloth.” About the author: Alan Bilton teaches American Studies at Swansea University. His nonfiction titles are An Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction (New York/Edinburgh University Press) and the threevolume (co-authored) America in the 1920s (Helm). He is currently writing a book on silent film comedy. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Scars Beneath the Skin by A. J. Duggan Imprint:

Flambard Press

Price:

£8.99

ISBN:

978-1-906601-06-5

Format:

Paperback

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 256 pp

Pub. date:

May 09

Genre:

Fiction

• Book has already attracted strong media interest: author was a victim of Manchester bombings in 1996. • A dark modern love story, set in the aftermath of a terrorist bomb. • Author has strong online presence with 1000 fans on MySpace. • Debut novel deals with anxieties of living within a post-9/11 world.

Scars Beneath the Skin by A. J. Duggan The traumatised survivor of a terrorist bomb finds love at the point of suicide. But is it enough to save him? Scars Beneath the Skin is a dark modern love story set against the anxieties of the post - 9/11 world.

About the author: A J Duggan’s life changed on a sweltering day in Manchester, in June 1996, when the city centre was torn apart by a 3300 lb bomb. Attempting to make sense of this experience, he began to write, eventually leading to this, his first novel. He was born in Liverpool in 1963, lives in Cheshire and works in the computer industry.

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Comrades: Marco Antonio Flores Imprint:

Aflame

Price:

£8.99

ISBN:

978-1-906300-06-7

Format:

Paperback

Size:

216 x 140 mm, 234 pp

Pub. date: May 2009 Genre:

Fiction (trans.)

• “… bristling with profanity, graphic sexuality, bitter humour, and wordplay.” — Roy C. Boland • Raw and candid language shockingly reveals how a generation’s revolutionary zeal was coloured by a heady mix of sex, drugs, and political ambition. About Comrades by Marco Antonio Flores When first published in 1976, Comrades was hailed as a masterpiece - and as establishing a new genre in Latin America - for it addressed in raw and candid language the country’s conflict, and caused uproar on the Left. Comrades relates the stories of young revolutionaries - embroiled in Guatemala’s bloody civil war - and describes how their zeal was coloured by a cocktail of sex, booze and ambition. Heavily influenced by James Joyce, Marco Antonio Flores has created an intricate map of the peregrinations and emotional journeys travelled by a generation of young Guatemalans, who were caught in a maelstrom of violence they were unable to control… About the author: Marco Antonio Flores is one of Central America’s most acclaimed novelists and is also a poet, essayist and journalist. A revolutionary activist twice exiled from his country, he has lived for most of his life with the threat of violence and persecution.

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Zeus Amoeba: David Greenslade Imprint:

Two Rivers

Price:

£9.00

ISBN:

978-1-901677-63-8

Format:

Paperback

Size:

234 x 156 mm, 140 pp.

illustrated.

Pub. date:

May 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “Fantastic Stuff. I highly recommend it.” — David Bellamy • “I like these animal poems. They are fresh and entertaining, with a curious mixture of factual observation and wild invention.” — Desmond Morris About Zeus Amoeba by David Greenslade David Greenslade has been described as a ‘genuinely original voice’, a ‘radical nonconformist’, ‘avante garde’ and ‘relentlessly modern’. In this collection, he praises the astonishing variety and sheer wonder of animals. He lets the presence of fish, insects, reptiles, mammals, sponges, mythic creatures and untamed others speak as “beings whose facts become their beauty”. Eminent zoologists have praised his accuracy and his poetic invention. Zeus Amoeba lyrically displays the regal glory, generous splendour and miraculous fragility of the animal kingdom.

About the author: David Greenslade has lived for long periods in Japan, the United States and in Oman. He writes in Welsh and in English. He currently works at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

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Killing Mum: Allan Guthrie Imprint:

Five Leaves

Price:

£4.99

ISBN:

978-1-905512-69-0

Format:

Paperback

Size:

160 x 110 mm, 96 pp

Pub. date: May 2009 Genre:

Crime Fiction

• “Razor-sharp characterization and an evocative sense of place…dark and splendid.” — the Guardian • “Guthrie writes with an urgency, energy, cynical realism and mastery of casual violence that is rarely encountered in British crime writing.” — The Times • “Guthrie’s control of this dark material is sheer wizardry.” — the Scotsman About Killing Mum by Allan Guthrie Using a tanning salon as a front, Edinburgh-based Carlos Morales runs an operation that arranges contract killings. Slight snag: his hit man’s in jail and won’t be out for a while. So when an anonymous – and very generous – payment arrives on account, Carlos decides to take the job on himself. He’s a pro. It can’t be that hard. But once the ‘mark’ is revealed, Carlos is forced to re-think his plans. This is no longer business - it’s personal - because the ‘mark’ is his mother… About the author: Allan Guthrie’s previous books include: Two-Way Split: Winner of Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2007; Hard Man: Shortlisted for Spinetingler Magazine award; Kiss Her Goodbye: Shortlisted for MWA Edgar, Gumshoe and Anthony awards. Allan lives in Edinburgh where he works as a literary agent for Jenny Brown Associates. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Soothing Music for Stray Cats: Jayne Joso Imprint:

Alcemi

Price:

£9.99

ISBN:

978-0-955527-25-8

Format:

Paperback

Size:

140 x 215 mm, 256 pp

Pub. date: May 2009 Genre:

Fiction

• “Jayne Joso’s novel skillfully blends the esoteric and the everyday, the surreal and the banal, to create a strangely gripping narrative full of dark humour.” — Joe Moran • “An unexpected and moving story about the redemption of misfits and the consolation of strangers.” — Natalie Haynes About Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Joso Mark’s best friend, Jim, has just jumped from the twentieth floor. Mark has stepped out of his life to flatsit for Ron, who’s gone off to ‘find himself’ in Costa Rica. On grief’s low-battery setting, cold and underfed, Mark drifts through a familiar - yet alien – cityscape, and listens to Ron’s rubbish music collection. His guilt - at failing to save Jim - spurs him to wonder whether anyone can intervene, when it counts, in another’s life; and his irritation - at the rubbish music collection - leads him to buy better CDs for Ron and the city throws chances, to trust, at Mark. Flooded with warmth, this novel examines friendship, altruism, songwriting and Samurai philosophy. About the author: Jayne Joso has written extensively on Architecture and on Japanese arts & culture. Her first children’s book was recently published by Benesse in Japan; and her first play, China’s Smile, enjoyed a long theatre run and was later televised. Soothing Music for Stray Cats is her first novel.

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Russell Margerison: Boys at War Imprint:

Northway Books

Price:

£7.99

ISBN:

978-0-9537040-8-8

Format:

Paperback

Size:

198 x 129 mm, 212 pages

Pub. date:

2nd edition reprint,

available from 3 May 09

Genre:

Biography/military history

• Serialised in The Mail on Sunday from 3rd to 24th May 2009 • “A fascinating wartime memoir that deserves a wide readership.”— Mail on Sunday • “Amid the plain prose, he produces arresting images. His candour increases one’s admiration for him.”— Guardian About Boys at War by Russell Margerison In Boys at War Margerison writes candidly of the dangerous and strangely unreal world of a mid-upper air gunner with 625 Squadron in WW2. The author tells of the last dramatic moments caught in his blazing Lancaster, followed by weeks on the run with the Belgian Underground, and then as a POW. One of the book’s highlights is Margerison’s recounting of a long, terrifying march in January 1945, when for 18 days he joined nearly 1,500 prisoners being forced to walk through blizzards to another camp, surviving on meagre soup rations. Boys at War also tells of his poignant return to Belgium in his seventies to visit the crash site, and his tearful reunion with the Belgians who risked everything to help him survive. The author lives in Blackburn, Lancashire.

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The Wall-Menders: Kate Noakes Imprint:

Two Rivers

Price:

£8.00

ISBN:

978-1-901677- 64-5

Format:

Paperback

Size:

210 x 140 mm, 60 pp

Pub. date:

May 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “Reading her poems with the care they deserve gives an intimation of what it might feel were the world in safe hands.” — Peter Robinson • Themes of environmental damage and renewal; earthy poetry rooted in the land.

About The Wall-Menders by Kate Noakes Kate Noakes explores themes of environmental damage and renewal. She uses imagined narratives to suggest options, to us, for repairing the planet, and relearning how to live in harmony with it. This is earthy poetry - rooted in the land - that looks at skills we have forgotten, and real food. Kate’s work chimes with some important social themes, but this is poetry of subtlety, rich in its song and imagery.

About the author: Kate Noakes’ work has appeared in small press magazines in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. She was a prize-winner in the 2006 Poetry London competition and the 2007 Iota competition. She won the Cheshire Poetry Competition in 2007 and the Rhyme & Reason Poetry Competition in 2008. She teaches writing workshops for adults and children.

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Drowned: Claire Tulloch Imprint:

Five Leaves

Price:

£5.99

ISBN:

978-1-905512-71-3

Format:

Paperback

Size:

196 x 129 mm, 240 pp

Pub. date: May 2009 Genre:

Fiction: Young Adult

• A moving story of love and loss set in rural Ireland in the 1970s. • A novel of family secrets and lies for young adult readers.

About Drowned by Claire Tulloch Tony Barber finds the body of his best friend, Jimmy, in a river. At the funeral Tony meets Cora, who helps him follow clues, which indicate that Jimmy’s death was no accident. Tony suspects that Jimmy’s uncle – Tom - holds vital information about the death. But, then Tom is found dead, by Tony and Cora… When Cora leaves for England, these losses - compounded by guilt around Tom’s death - send Tony to find solace from the ‘Hermit on the Hill’, overlooking his village – Barley Cove. A terrific novel by a writer unafraid to take on big issues. About the author: Clare Tulloch is a graduate from the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. She now works in the NHS. This is her first novel, which draws on her Irish background.

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Big and Clever: Dan Tunstall Imprint:

Five Leaves

Price:

£6.99

Format:

Paperback

ISBN:

978-1-905512-68-3

Size:

196 x 129 mm, 288 pp

Pub. date:

May 2009

Genre:

Fiction: Young Adult

• “…Ten times better than the usual teenage crap. It’s about the lifestyle that wannabes like The Streets and Guy Ritchie can only dream about.” — Bali Rai

About Big and Clever by Dan Tunstall Tom’s whole life is straight out of Crap Towns. Mum died. Dad’s a waster. School is tough. Tom and Raks are at the bottom of the pecking order - and it just shouldn’t be that way - but then they befriend ‘ASBO boy’ Ryan, and go to a Letchford Town football game with him. When it kicks off outside the ground with the Castleton fans, Tom and Raks are ready and up for it - it ain’t football - but Tom is hooked and can’t wait for the next home game! Suddenly everyone at school notices Tom and Raks: they have an identity, they have power — but at what cost?

About the author: Dan Tunstall has worked as a market gardener, in marketing and in teaching. He lives in Leicester and is a season ticket holder for Leicester City FC. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Blue Bay Palace: Nathacha Appanah Imprint:

Aflame

Price:

£7.99

ISBN:

978-1-906300-07-4

Format:

Paperback

Size:

216 x 140 mm, 164 pp

Pub. date:

June 2009

Genre:

Fiction (trans.)

• “This is … despite the intensity of emotion, a story of how passion is intertwined with class and economic position.” — World Literature Today • “Blue Bay Palace resembles the Mauritian version of ‘Titanic’, or ‘West Side Story’ in the tropics: impossible loves, castes and clans, arranged marriages and passions that burst into flames…” — www.lire.fr

About Blue Bay Palace by Nathacha Appanah Blue Bay Palace is a passionate tale of unrequited love in tropically diverse Mauritius. When lonely young Maya - whose name means “illusion” - falls hopelessly in love, she also falls into the trap of thinking that she will escape her poverty - and find happiness - away from her ramshackle home. But, the object of her affections proves too weak to renounce his family and caste. When he proceeds with an arranged marriage, Maya’s love turns into hate – and murderous madness…

About the author: Nathacha Appanah was born in 1973 on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. She grew up there, and in 1999 moved to Lyon, France, where she works as a journalist and writer. She has published four novels, the first of which, Les rochers de poudre d’or, won the Prix RFO for literature in 2003.

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Penultimata: Robert Conquest Imprint:

Waywiser Press

Price:

£8.99

ISBN:

978-1-904130-36-9

Format:

Paperback

Size:

129 x 197 mm, 192 pp

Pub. date:

June 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “…A strong and individual voice, talking about things that matter.” — Thom Gunn • “In the history of modern poetry, Conquest occupies a permanent place.” — Czeslaw Milosz (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature), National Review • “In addition to imperishable works of modern history, Conquest has been one of our most distinguished poets.” – Christopher Hitchens, TLS

About Penultimata by Robert Conquest Robert Conquest stresses poetry’s relationship to the phenomenal universe — in particular to landscape, women, art, and war. His entirely individual poetic voice, gives us disturbing fictions, emotive landscapes, vivid erotica, off-beat humour, historical sufferings — and even odd demons, planets and philosophies. About the author: Robert Conquest is 92 years old. A former Oxford communist, he wrote poetry that was praised by Philip Larkin, and together with Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn and others, was a leading member of the so-called ‘Movement’. After distinguished service in WWII he became a diplomat and then a historian of international renown. Having repented of his communism, he also did a stint as Margaret Thatcher’s speechwriter. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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No Apples in Eden: John Lyons Imprint:

Smith Doorstop

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£9.95

ISBN:

978-1-902382-99-9

Format:

Paperback

Size:

215 x 140 mm, 112 pp

Pub. date:

June 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• Award winning poet also known nationally and internationally as a painter.‘In a hauntingly beautiful language, John Lyons recounts snippets of Caribbean life through poems which dance in the memory long after the book is closed.’ — Valerie Bloom

About No Apples in Eden by John Lyons An entertaining and powerful performance poet, John Lyons is also known nationally and internationally as a painter. No Apples in Eden draws on his four previous collections and includes more of his trademark vibrant new work. “Most of these poems are made from the tough materials and the tough language of folklore and custom. Say them aloud and improve your English as well as your Trinidadian.” – Roy Fisher

About the author: John Lyons received the prestigious Windrush Arts Achiever Award, and has thrice won The Peterloo Poetry Competition. He is a poet and painter; and also works as a writing tutor, for the Arvon Foundation and in schools and colleges. He lives in Ely.

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Minor Key: John Harvey Imprint:

Five Leaves

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Paperback

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£9.99

ISBN:

978-1-905512-73-7

Size:

196 x 129 mm, 112 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Crime Fiction

• “John Harvey’s roll continues; no-one in Britain is writing better crime fiction.” — The Times • One of Britain’s best selling crime writers, awarded Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. • Highly collectable, limited edition, signed hardback. About Minor Key by John Harvey Resnick, Nottingham and all that jazz… John Harvey uses his 101st book to explain his attachment to jazz, his once adopted city and the Polish detective that made his name. This book contains four Resnick short stories, a Soho based jazz story which gives the book its title and a smattering of jazz poetry. Minor Key celebrates John Harvey’s 70th birthday with a limited edition signed hardback, sure to be a collectors’ item. John Harvey’s most recent title is Cold in Hand, ISBN: 978-0099505648.

About the author: John Harvey has written a sequence of ten Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which was named by The Times as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the (last) century. He holds the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for his career achievements.

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The Legend of Liz and Joe: John Murray Imprint:

Flambard

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Paperback

Price:

£8.99

ISBN:

978-1-906601-07-2

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 224 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Fiction

• “One of the best comic writers we’ve got, the only natural heir to Flann O’Brien.” — Jonathan Coe, the Observer • “Very funny – Murray has a fine eye for life’s custard pies.” — Kate Saunders, The Times About The Legend of Liz and Joe by John Murray Joe Gladstone’s North Cumbrian gourmet guesthouse is losing a packet, not least because of the unusual requirements he makes of his would-be guests. Meanwhile, his wife Liz has embarked on her first extramarital affair at the age of seventy, and has started having spiritual visions. John Murray’s latest comic extravaganza features a wild dialect epic, as well as some diverting table talk about the ethics of eating and drinking. About the author: John Murray has published eight critically acclaimed novels and a collection of stories, Pleasure, which won the Dylan Thomas Award in 1988. Jazz Etc. (ISBN: 978-1-873226-62-9, £8.99) was long listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize and Murphy’s Favourite Channels (ISBN: 978-1-873226-68-1, £8.99) was Novel of the Week in the Daily Telegraph Praise for A Gentleman’s Relish: “A Flann O’Brienesque romp… beautifully written and laugh-out-loud funny.” — Independent on Sunday Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Home: Michael Hulse Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£12.99 (hb) £9.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-906570-25-5

ISBN (pb):

978-1-906570-24-8

Size:

138 x 216 Mm, 110 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• Multi-award winning poet. • “Long awaited new collection by award-winning ‘master craftsman’.” — Time Out • “Compelling and moving.” — Poetry Review About Home by Michael Hulse Michael Hulse’s moving new collection is a quest for the meaning of home. These are meditations on the parents and childhood God he has lost, the national legacies of England and Germany he was born into, and the discovery of home through love. The marriage of imaginative scope and emotional directness that Sean O’Brien observed in Michael Hulse’s writing has never been so compellingly displayed as in these poems. Tender, venturesome, charged with intellectual energy, Home is eloquent testimony to Hulse’s technical virtuosity, and shows a poet at the height of his powers.

About the author: Michael Hulse’s poetry has won him firsts in the National Poetry Competition and the Bridport Poetry Prize (twice), and Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors. He has translated more than sixty books from German, among them works by W. G. Sebald, Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, Goethe and Rilke. He teaches at the University of Warwick. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Night Train: Sean O’Brien & Birtley Aris

Imprint:

Flambard Press

ISBN (hardback):

978-1-906601-08-9

Format:

Hardback & Paperback

ISBN (paperback):

978-1-906601-09-6

Price:

£18.99 (hardback)

Size:

148 x 210 mm, 64 pp

£9.99 (paperback)

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry & Contemporary Art

• First new collection since O’Brien won the T. S. Eliot Prize and The Forward Prize in 2007 • “…a terrific language technician.” — the Guardian • “…the bard of urban Britain.” — The Times

About Night Train by Sean O’Brien & Birtley Aris Night Train is a collaboration between acclaimed poet Sean O’Brien and artist Birtley Aris. This beautifully produced book is presented as a poet-artist’s sketch-cum-notebook, in which the text as well as the artwork is hand drawn. This is a world of steam-trains, platforms and railway landscapes glimpsed by night, with a buried tale of love and madness. Sean O’Brien’s previous titles include: The Drowned Book (2007), Picador (ISBN: 978-0330447621) Cousin Coat: New and Selected Poems (2002), Picador (ISBN: 978-0330490979)

About the author and artist: Sean O’Brien lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His title The Drowned Book won both the 2007 Forward and T. S. Elliot Prizes. Birtley Aris lives in Northumberland. His 2007 exhibition was a retrospective at the DLI Museum and Art Gallery in Durham.

LIMITED EDITION SIGNED HARDBACK, NUMBERED 1 to 100.

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Her Leafy Eye - Lesley Saunders Imprint:

Two Rivers Press

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Paperback

Price:

£12.00

ISBN:

978-1-901677-66-9

Size:

240 x 157 mm, 48 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

“Verbally exuberant and richly textured.” — Fleur Adcock

“Her poems are vivid, edgy and accomplished.” — Helen Dunmore

Poems inspired by the wonderful Rousham Gardens (Oxon) which ‘capture the soul of this glorious space’. — Alys Fowler, BBC Gardeners World

Winner of the Manchester Poetry Prize 2008.

About Her Leafy Eye by Lesley Saunders A poet and an artist/garden designer collaborate to catch the spirit of the Rousham Gardens, Oxon. The text and computer-generated illustrations are in a shifting three-way dialogue with each other and with the culture of ‘landscape’. Familiar features such as a rill, a dovecot, espaliers and a walled garden all make an appearance – though these turn out to be simply the leaping-off point for a grand tour of the imagination.

About the author: Lesley Saunders’ poem The Uses of Greek was shortlisted for the Best Single Poem in the Forward Prize 1999. Rill, which appears in the present collection, won first prize in the Buxton Festival poetry competition 2008. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Dolls: Kayleigh Moore Imprint:

Bluechrome

Format:

Paperback

Price:

£9.99

ISBN:

978-1-906061-74-6

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 180 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Fiction

• “Dolls is a dark, edgy, and comedic throughout; a must read for those into the BDSM scene and even more so for those who are not.” — Brandon Wilkinson • “Kayleigh Moore is a thrilling new voice to be heard, so listen!” — Tiffany Murray

About Dolls by Kayleigh Moore A murder mystery with a kinky twist, Dolls is an investigation into the fetish scene that starts with the death of a submissive inside a gimp hood. Gabe is a writer who lives off exploiting humanity’s fascination with suffering and depravity. In search of the truth, Gabe and his accomplice Tilley meet the maker of the hood, a professional dominatrix, and a male to female transsexual who can be their guide overseas. Dolls will open the realities of the fetish world to the uninitiated with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour.

About the author: Kayleigh Moore started out writing stories on the back of till receipts working at a cinema and finally got around to typing them up. She lives in Cheltenham.

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The Elephant and the Polish Question: Helen Lynch Imprint:

Bluechrome

Format:

Paperback

Price:

£10.99

ISBN:

978-1-906061-67-8

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 350 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Short Stories

• “Helen Lynch writes with a profound understanding of Poland and its history, and the stories display a sharp intelligence, wry humour and, on occasion, a passionate rage! A timely collection.” — Alan Spence (author of The Pure Land) About The Elephant and the Polish Question by Helen Lynch The fall of the Berlin Wall and the overthrow of Communism in Eastern Europe form the back drop for this interlinked sequence of short stories. The Elephant and the Polish Question is an affectionate and humorous portrait of a Poland in which politics and history are played out in through the psyches of individuals. Helen Lynch convincingly portrays the food queues, irate babushkas, corrupt bureaucrats, difficult pregnancies and hazardous love affairs, as a very traditional society tries to deal with the effects of becoming a capitalist democracy.

About the author: Helen Lynch is a Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. She took up the tin whistle some years ago to entertain her baby daughter and now plays regularly with Danse McCabre all across Scotland. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Colin and the Strimmer Men: Matt Hill Imprint:

Bluechrome

Format:

Paperback

Price:

£9.99

ISBN:

978-1-906061-63-0

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 300 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Science Fiction

• “So apparently, Michael Marshall Smith and Steve Aylett have been teaching a creative writing class together in a secure hospital, and some of the work got out. There can be no other account for this book.” — Nick Royle

About Colin and the Strimmer Men by Matt Hill Welcome to Church Haven, where most of the women look like Lady Macbeth and where the only things that change are the petrol prices. But there’s something else going on too, and Colin Bridger is about to find out that the local men are meeting at the garden centre to discuss much more than where a new trellis might go. After surviving a horrific attack on the local crazy golf course where he works, Colin suddenly finds himself in a battle to rescue normality from the mysterious strimmer men: a secretive taskforce whose origin is difficult to understand and much harder to explain. When Church Haven is invaded and his mother is kidnapped, a chase into history, altered history and between parallel dimensions begins – with Colin seeking the help of some friendly allotment-tenders, a collection of purple flying transit vans and an 87%-omniscient being whose temporary body is a hoover. About the author: Matt Hill is a fiction writer living in Manchester. Colin and the Strimmer Men is his first novel. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Curved Moon: Amanda Williams Imprint:

Bluechrome

Format:

Paperback

Price:

£10.99

ISBN:

978-1-906061-69-2

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 276 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Fiction

• Winner of an award from the Royal Literary Fund. • A story of obsessive love, the terror of war and lost innocence of childhood.

About Curved Moon by Amanda Williams Set in the 1950s, Curved Moon follows George, his wife Dorothy and their twelve year old daughter, Susan, as they attempt to rebuild their lives in Malaysia. Still ruled by Britain, Malaysia is in the throes of the Emergency. The intense tropical heat and her fear of the civil unrest turn Dorothy into a recluse, while George embarks on an affair. When Susan finds her father and lover in the kampong after an attack by Chinese Communists she begins to uncover the truth about her parent’s relationship. Richly descriptive and well researched; Curved Moon is a page turner where obsessive love, the terror of war and the lost innocence of childhood are explored in depth. About the author: Amanda Williams grew up in Cambridge and Liverpool and comes from a family of writers. Her writing reflects historical and political events through which she weaves a narrative. Curved Moon won an award from the Royal Literary fund. Her poetry has been read on BBC radio and her short stories, Growing Pains and Windows That Sparkle have both won online short story competitions. She lives in Brighton. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Bows Against the Barons: Geoffrey Trease Imprint:

Five Leaves

Format:

Paperback

Price:

£5.00

ISBN:

978-1-905512-72-0

Size:

175 x 125 mm, 154 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Fiction: children’s

• Re-issue of a children’s classic, illustrated by a Kate Greenaway award winning illustrator. • “A seminal work of socialist literature for children… an inspirational read. — Allan Gibbons

An extract from Bows Against the Barons by Geoffrey Trease “He had killed one of the King’s deer! A cold sweat started out on his forehead, where his hand left a smear of blood. He stood as though petrified, wondering what to do. Everything in the forest was sacred to the King. To fell a tree was a crime, even to cut a branch… As for shooting one of the deer! Only in the forest would he be safe… Fold said it was full of outlaws, old soldiers who had no work, escaped serfs and men who had broken the law…”

About the author: Geoffrey Trease wrote more than 90 books, his first, Bows against the Barons, being published in 1934. His books were translated into 20 languages. He was Chair of the Society of Authors and a member of the Royal Society of Literature.

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At the Edge of the Night: Anise Koltz Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£12.99 (hb) £9.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-906570-03-3

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-56-2

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 94 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry (trans.)

• First UK collection from this year’s Prix de Littérature winner. • “This poetry feels utterly European…it speaks to the reader directly, jumping cultural barriers.” — Anne-Marie Glasheen, translator

About At the Edge of the Night by Anise Koltz At the Edge of Night, a selection from four recent collections by Anise Koltz, Luxembourg’s best-known poet, brings the work of this daring and audacious poet to the attention of the English-speaking literary world for the first time. Written in Koltz’s prolific seventh decade, these brief poems – with their short, unpunctuated lines, clearly separated stanzas and powerful, direct language – are both personal and universal.

About the author: Anise Koltz was born in Luxembourg in 1928. She has written poetry in German and French, and children’s books in Luxembourgish. She is also a translator and photographer. She has been awarded many prizes, the most recent of which is the Prix de Littérature Nathan Katz 2009. She is a founder member and permanent honorary president of the European Academy of Poetry. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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The Sum Total of Violations: Regina Derieva Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£13.99 (hb) £10.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-906570-10-1

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-70-8

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 170 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry (trans.)

• “Regina Derieva [is] one of the outstanding writers of the contemporary Russian diaspora.” — Tomas Venclova • “…hers is a brave and eminently readable voice.” — Poetry Review About The Sum Total of Violations by Regina Derieva Regina Derieva is one of Russia’s leading contemporary poets. Her work has received commendations from a number of prominent authors including the late Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky and the contemporary Australian poet, Les Murray. Derieva embodies the new internationalism of poetry that has erupted since the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of Eastern Europe. She represents a poetry freed of national and cultural boundaries and addressed to an audience linked by a larger vision of human possibilities. About the author: Regina Derieva was born in Odessa in 1949 and now lives in Sweden. Her work has been translated into many languages including English, French, Swedish and Arabic and her poetry has appeared in magazines in the UK, Russia and Sweden. In 2003 she was awarded the Shannon Fellowship of the International Thomas Merton Society.

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Quarantine Contagion: Brian Henry Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£10.99 (hb) £7.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-906570-13-2

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-73-9

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 80 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry and a National Book Award • Quarantine is set outside London in 1665 during the bubonic plague. • “Henry…takes his speaker’s voice to a gritty extreme.” —Publishers Weekly

About Quarantine Contagion by Brian Henry Narrated by a man dying of the plague, Quarantine is a book-length poem that explores sexuality and subjectivity. Lying in a field beside his dead wife and son, the narrator describes the events leading up to his and his family’s death. To counter-act the narrator’s hold on the story, ten passages, written in the third-person, are interspersed throughout Quarantine, providing an objective vantage point.

About the author: Brian Henry was born in 1972 in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2005 he has been Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of six books of poetry and an editor of the poetry magazine Verse.

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No Other World: Kunwar Narain Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£13.99 (hb) £10.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-906570-20-0

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-81-4

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 160 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• Arguably the most highly-regarded poet writing in Hindi today. • Winner of several Indian awards, including the Hindustani Academy Award andPrem Chand Award. • Poems inspired by India’s rich and varied history. About No Other World by Kunwar Narain No Other World is Kunwar Narain’s first full-length collection of poems to be published in English translation, and consists of poems selected from five volumes across five decades. Frequently inspired by characters, legends and actual events in India’s rich and varied history, Narain writes with wisdom and a humanity that is at once compassionate and unremittingly moral. In his son’s beautifully-modulated translations, Narain’s poems communicate themselves to the English-language reader with freshness and energy. About the author: Born in 1927, Kunwar Narain now lives in Delhi. His literary output has spread over more than half a century of Hindi literature, and is concerned with post-independence India. Narain’s poetry, short stories, literary criticism, essays, translations and varied writings on the arts have been translated internationally and received many literary awards world-wide. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Yelp! Liz Almond Imprint:

Arc Publications

Format:

Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£12.99 (hb) £9.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-904614-91-3

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-38-8

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 94 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• Winner of a writer’s award from Arts Council England. • “The ground of her work is the family, but the family as we might recognise it from Greek tragedy, writ large, its pains and relationships as vivid and terrifying as war. There is nothing domestic about this book.” – Jo Shapcott

About Yelp! by Liz Almond Liz Almond’s second collection of poems, Yelp!, is about recuperation and retreat. Almond reflects on her visits to far-flung places; from remote parts of Greece and Southern India to Andalucia, where she has a tiny house.

About the author: Liz Almond was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, grew up in South London and has lived for many years in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. She has taught Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Alsager Faculty and at the University of Huddersfield.

Previous Collection: The Shut Drawer (2002) by Arc (ISBN: 978-1-900072-93-9, £6.95). Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Planet Box: Laura Daly & Diana Syder Imprint:

Comma Poetry

Format:

Paperback

Price:

£7.95

ISBN:

978-1-905583-2-49

Size:

129 x 198 mm, 48 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry & Contemporary Art

• “A dazzling celebration of an inquiring human mind.” — New Scientist • “Here is an English poet who is amazed by the world and wants to tell you how amazed she is.” — Jim Burns on Diana Syder’s poetry

About Planet Box by Laura Daly & Diana Syder Planet Box is a collaboration that re-configures our notion of the poetry book. More than just a sequence of poems drawing us into the imaginary life of its speaker, this ‘box’ contains the life’s work of an entirely fictional character, a woman squaring up to the dark matter of her own imagination. Planet Box is the culmination of a three-year partnership between two acclaimed artists from diametrically opposing fields, brought together for as artists in residence at the Yorkshire Amateur Space Observatory.

About the authors: Laura Daly is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, London whose previous residencies include The New Forest’s ArtsWay scheme. Diana Syder is the author of four acclaimed collections of science-informed poetry. In 2000 she was the recipient a Public Awareness of Science Award (Institute of Physics).

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The Green Parakeet: Desmond Graham Imprint:

Flambard Press

Format:

Paperback

Price:

£7.50

ISBN:

978-1-906601-04-1

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 80 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “Graham has a way of finding fugitive rays of light.” — Poetry Wales • “His poems challenge us to see the world as a place of connections and connectedness.” — Daniel Thomas Moran, Poetry Salzburg Review About The Green Parakeet by Desmond Graham The Green Parakeet extends the poetic sequence begun in Desmond Graham’s previous collection, Heartwork, encapsulating a darker mood and engaging with daring contrasts of form. The first half’s elegiac sequence on an older brother finds vitality through loss, and love through difference. The second section consists of ‘Postcards from Germany’. Graham’s postcards range from dark and elusive to bright and teasing; they are of places we cannot know without imagination. Throughout, Graham’s humour and invention make this an accessible collection that is a pleasure to read.

About the author: Until recently Desmond Graham was Professor of Poetry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Flambard have published three previous collections by him: After Shakespeare (2001), Milena Poems (2004) and Heart-work (2007). Graham co-translated Two Darknesses (1994), a selection by the major Polish poet Anna Kamienska. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Everyman Street: Julian Colton Imprint:

Smokestack

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Paperback

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ISBN:

978-0-955402-88-3

Size:

197 x 127 mm, 64 pp

Pub. date:

July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• Colton is writing fellow for Dumfries and Galloway. • A front-line perspective of class, violence, love and religious intolerance.

About Everyman Street by Julian Colton Everyman Street is a book of poems which is part soap-opera, part radio-play and part tragedy. There is an Everyman Street in every town. It’s anonymous, familiar and home-sweet home for winners and losers, for the lost and the lucky, the stuck-in-a-rut and the just-passing-through, for the butcher, the baker and the trouble-maker. When Anwar opens a corner shop he sets in motion a series of tragic events which leave Everyman Street and its inhabitants changed forever.

About the author: Julian Colton lives in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. Previous publications include Something for the Weekend (2001), Two Che Guevaras (2007) and a book of ghost stories for children, The Looking Glass Years (2004). Julian is currently CREATE Writing Fellow for Dumfries and Galloway.

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Dark Room Eligies: Michael Shelper Imprint:

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197 x 127 mm, 64 pp

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July 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “A gleam of genius.” — Allen Ginsberg • The fascinating life-story of a Hollywood silent screen star.

About Dark Room Eligies by Michael Shelper Dark Room Elegies tells the story of Tina Modotti (1896-1942), the beautiful Hollywood silent-movie star who became a revolutionary photographer. Arriving in the United States from Italy when she was 16, she worked in sweat-shops and as an artist’s model before becoming an actress. In Mexico City she immersed herself in bohemian and radical life, and appeared in several paintings by Diego Rivera. Later she travelled to Europe and the USSR. She helped organize Red Aid during the Spanish Civil War. This is a book about art and politics, love and revolution, idealism and power, from Hollywood and Mexico to Moscow and the battlefields of Spain.

About the author: Michael Shepler is the author of seven books of poetry including Red Windows and Angel’s Flight. He teaches film at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California. He is poetry editor of the magazine Political Affairs. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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The Skiers: Jill Bialosky Imprint:

Arc Publications

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ISBN (hb):

978-1-904614-93-7

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978-1-904614-43-2

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 142 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “(Bialosky) combines the best aspects of confessional and lyric poetry…” — The New Yorker • “…the poet of the secret garden, the place, at once, of grace and sadness.” — Gerald Stern About The Skiers by Jill Bialosky The Skiers: New and Selected Poems is a selection from Jill Bialosky’s three collections published in the US, plus a body of new work. Drawing on her experiences of childhood and adolescence, of childbirth and death, of motherhood, love and sexuality, she creates poems that are at once moving, unflinchingly honest and marked by a consummate technical skill. She has been described by Gerald Stern as “the poet of the secret garden, the place, at once, of grace and sadness” and her poetry has a dignity, a magic and a passion that makes it utterly distinctive About the author: Jill Bialosky was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She has published two collections of poems, Subterranean (2001) and The End of Desire (1997), two novels, The Life Room (2002) and House Under Snow (2007) and co-edited the anthology Wanting A Child (1998). She has received a number of awards, including the Elliot Coleman Award in Poetry. She is currently an editor at W. W. Norton & Co. and lives in New York City. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Well Versed: Poetry from the Morning Star ed. John Rety Imprint:

Hearing Eye

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Paperback

Price:

£7.00

ISBN:

978-1-905082-42-1

Size:

148 x 210 mm, 160 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “Since its inception the poetry column in the Morning Star has raised circulation on Thursdays by 2%, such a hit has the column become.” — the Guardian • “We should all be indebted to the Morning Star’s poetry collection, which is full of fun, sadness, cynicism and anger.” — Tony Benn

About Well Versed: Poetry from The Morning Star The Morning Star, Britain’s daily paper of the left, may not seem the obvious place to discover a weekly haven of poetry, yet that’s exactly what it has become thanks to Well Versed. This anthology brings together the poems for the first time, presenting a unique mix of established poets including John HeathStubbs, Dannie Abse, Jacques Prevert, Victor Hugo, Nazim Hikmet, Alan Brownjohn, Adrian Mitchell, Mimi Khalvati, Bernard Kops and unknown talents selected by Morning Star poetry editor John Rety. Encompassing the full spectrum of human life, from the mundane to the defiant, the romantic to the political, it surprises, delights and shocks, but never fails to challenge.

Introduced by Tony Benn

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Flight and Smoke: D. M. Thomas Imprint:

Bluechrome

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Paperback

Price:

£8.99

ISBN:

978-1-906061-77-7

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 90 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• First collection of new poetry for a decade from the author of The White Hotel. Press interest expected. • “There aren’t many poets in England as good as Thomas.’ — the Guardian • “He is a first-rate poet…a clear and sensuously impressive writer.” — Gavin Ewart About Flight & Smoke by D. M. Thomas Flight & Smoke is the first collection of exclusively new poetry from D. M. Thomas in over a decade.

About the author: D.M. Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, in 1935. He was awarded a First in English at New College, Oxford. In 1979 he became a full-time writer. He has published seven collections of verse, including The Puberty Tree (1992); thirteen novels, including the modern classic The White Hotel (1981). He has won a Cholmondeley Prize for poetry, the Los Angeles Times fiction prize, and the Orwell Prize for his biography of Solzhenitsyn. “Thomas’s achievement is to give us a clear if uncomfortable picture of both the loving and the brutalising fantasies on which our hearts continue to feed.” — TLS

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Cold Spring in Winter: Valerie Rouzeau Imprint:

Arc Publications

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ISBN (hb):

978-1-904614-59-3

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-30-2

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 158 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry (trans.)

• Unique poetry translated to English, the influence of Sylvia Plath can be seen in this work. • Introduced by T.S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted poet Stephen Romer. About Cold Winter in Spring by Valerie Rouzeau Cold Spring in Winter (Pas Revoir in its original French) caused quite a stir when it was published in 1999. Here was the shock of an authentically new voice in whose urgent, stammered cadences an adult, and the little girl she used to be, join together to compose a lament for her dead father, a scrap-metal dealer. It takes a page or two to get used to this strange mixture of ‘child-speak’, youth slang, made-up words, puns and sophisticated adult expression (all perfectly conveyed in Susan Wick’s translation), but once immersed in this extraordinary sequence of poems, it is hard to put it down, so compelling, strange and moving does it prove to be. Arc Visible Poets’ series no. 25

About the author: Valérie Rouzeau was born in 1967 in Burgundy, France and now lives in a small town near Paris. She has published a dozen collections of poems and also translations of the work of Sylvia Plath, William Carlos Williams, Ted Hughes into French. About the translator: Susan Wicks, poet and novelist, is the author of five collections of poetry including Singing Underwater (1992) which won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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The Book of Belongings: Brian Johnstone Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£11.99 (hb) & £8.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-906570-15-6

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-75-3

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 142 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “A maturing, considered voice.” — Kathleen Jamie, Forward Poetry Prize winning author of The Tree House • “A syntax that flows and flexes…both precise and musical.” — Esther Morgan About The Book of Belongings by Brian Johnstone The Book of Belongings reads like an archaeology of the lost, its pages carefully uncovering and observing what has vanished, died or been abandoned. Visiting former theatres of war, remote landscapes of Scotland, France and Greece, pre-war classrooms and the nightmares of childhood, these poems are not afraid to gaze long and hard at what has been deliberately concealed, erased, or dismissed as worthless – the past with all its demons, its sad domestic litanies. Brian Johnstone writes with an enviable facility, often from unusual perspectives, eliding time and space, letting geography merge seamlessly into history and, in so doing, gives vanished histories a voice.

About the author: Brian Johnstone currently Festival Director of StAnza: Scotland’s Poetry Festival, which he co-founded in 1998. He has appeared at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Brian Johnsone’s previous two poetry collections are The Lizard Silence (1996), Homing (2004) both with The Scottish Cultural Press. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Their Mountain Mother: Edmund Prestwich Imprint:

Hearing Eye

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Paperback

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£7.00

ISBN:

978-1-905082-46-9

Size:

210 x 210 mm

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “Powerful story telling…laid throughout with rich, moving detail it achieves great pathos and mythical force.” — Ian Pople, poet • “Emily Johns has passion not just for ‘man’ but for humanity itself…” — Eve Boyer, Brighton Argos About Their Mountain Mother by Edmund Prestwich This single long poem with four plates by printmaker Emily Johns deals with Lesotho, 1820 - 1824. Invaded by starving hordes from across the mountains, the Southern Sotho chiefdoms collapse in massacre and starvation. The tiny Mokoteli clan lies directly in the path of the invaders. The Mokoteli chief Moshoeshoe is both brave and wise. But will he be able to lead his people to safety?

“Emily Johns’ powerful linocuts continue the notable tradition of political illustration epitomized by the likes of Clifford Harper and Kathe Kollwitz.” — Gareth Evans, Time Out

About the author: Edmund Prestwich spent his first fifteen years in South Africa. He lives in Manchester, where he teaches English at the Manchester Grammar School. His collection Through the Window was published by Rockingham Press in 1997.

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Natural Selection: Cecilia Szperling Imprint:

Aflame Books

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Paperback

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£8.99

ISBN:

978-1-906300-08-1

Size:

216 x 140 mm

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Fiction (trans.)

• “Natural Selection is an accomplished vision of the social savagery of big cities.” — Página/12, Buenos Aires • “It paints a picture of a sordid, uncomfortable ecosystem in … which the appearance of stability cannot mask the hysteria within.” — Latin American Review of Books About Natural Selection by Cecilia Szperling Natural Selection tells the story of a group of young people in Buenos Aires as they embark together on a journey through a drug-fuelled mire of their own making in the Argentine capital. A dizzying cross between Trainspotting and Factotum, Natural Selection has a breathlessly changing pace that gives it the speed of a road movie without brakes.

About the author: Cecilia Szperling is a writer, journalist and dramatist whose work has been extensively published in her native Argentina. Her first book of short stories, El futuro de los artistas (The Future of the Artists, 1997) gained a Fundación Antorchas award and Selección Natural, her first novel, was a finalist in the prestigious Premio Clarín 2003. She lives in Buenos Aires.

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Without Alice: D. J. Kirkby Imprint:

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Paperback

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ISBN (pb):

978-1-906061-76-0

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 180 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Fiction

• “I am a huge supporter of both Denyse and her remarkable writing talent; I think she has such a spark and an original voice.” — Caroline Smailes, author • “…harrowing, suspenseful, personal and moving. And it will leave you wanting more.” — Jamieson Wolf About About Alice by D. J. Kirkby Have you ever had a secret? One so important that it feels as if it will tear you in two? Stephen’s got one. He’s also got a successful job, a beautiful and tolerant wife, and a son whom he absolutely adores. Outwardly, his life seems perfect but it means nothing without Alice. Meet Stephen, a man who you will love to hate and learn to love.

Praise for From Zaftig to Aspie (ISBN: 978-1849239929): “…a moving, incredible story of one woman’s will to understand herself… More importantly it is the best memoir I have read in years. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. And was awed by the power of Kirkby’s words. Read From ‘Zaftig to Aspie’ and be enchanted.” — The Book Pedlar Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Ljubljana: Meta Kusar Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

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£12.99 (hb) & £9.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-904614-92-0

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-41-8

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 112 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry (trans.)

• One of Slovenia’s leading female poets. • A sensual yet spiritual book.

About Ljubljana by Meta Kusar Ljubljana is Meta Kusar’s city, where she has lived, wandered, bought and cooked her food, thought, written and loved. When she travels, it is to Ljubljana that she returns and this city, her constant home, has become her muse. Ljubljana, in its 77 untitled poems, reflects all of this. Each poem opens a door onto a different aspect of Ljubljana, and onto a different aspect of the world and life itself. It is a sensual yet spiritual book, full of all the contrasts and contradictions one might expect to find in a city, and yet full of wisdom and beauty too. Arc Visible Poets’ series no. 27

About the author: Meta Kusar, poet and essayist, was born in Ljubljana in 1952. With three collections of poetry in print, she is one of Slovenia’s most popular and successful women poets. Since 1980 she has regularly contributed to the Slovene National Radio and the RAI-Trieste with cultural and historical talks. She has also directed a musical performance of her poetry, The Throne of Poetry, which was staged in Slovenia, Washington (1991) and London (2000). Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Whispers and Breath of the Valleys: Razmik Davoyan Imprint:

Arc Publications

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Hardback & Paperback

Price:

£13.99 (hb) & £10.99 (pb)

ISBN (hb):

978-1-904614-96-8

ISBN (pb):

978-1-904614-47-0

Size:

138 x 216 mm, 160 pp

Pub. date:

August 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “…saturated with joy.” — W N. Herbert, New Generation poet • A book charged with energy from Armenia’s most prominent living poet. About Whispers and Breath of the Valleys by Razmik Davoyan Davoyan’s work reflects the experiences of an old nation, yet it is fresh and very personal at the same time. It is impossible not to feel the struggles, hopes and aspirations of his native land in his work. Whispers & Breath of the Valleys is a book charged with energy – indeed, W. N. Herbert, in his introduction, describes it as being ‘saturated with joy’. Davoyan displays ‘an equal empathy for the suffering and the exultant, finding for both a voice that implies such oppositions are finally resolved in the poem’. This is accessible, readable poetry from a world, a way of life and a culture unfamiliar to most English-language readers and, as such, it fascinates and enthralls.

About the author: Razmik Davoyan was born in 1940 in Spitak, Armenia. Over 20 volumes of his poetry have been published in Armenia, while translations of his work have appeared in Russia, the Czech Republic and the UK. In 1986 he received Armenia’s State Prize for Literature and in 1997 received Armenia’s highest non-military award from the President for his achievements and services to the country.

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Dole: Amanda Hallay Imprint:

Bluechrome

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Paperback

Price:

£10.99

ISBN:

978-1-906061-78-4

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 300 pp

Pub. date:

September 2009

Genre:

Fiction

• “This book is hysterical! I KNOW these people! Amanda Hallay rules….” — Mark Moore, Sunday Express • “…for anyone with a rudimentary memory of the 80s, Dole is a witty, fast-paced blast from England’s gritty/glamorous past…” — Mark Beaumont, NME About Dole by Amanda Hallay It’s the early 1980s, and Britain is trapped beneath the sinister double threat of Margaret Thatcher and Spandau Ballet. Unemployment is at a record high, and in the grubby, bedsit-strewn landscape of Dipfield, South London, the down-trodden denizens subsist on Giros, Pot Noodles, and dreams of stardom none of them could ever hope to achieve. Or can they? Dole is an evocative new look at Thatcher’s Britain. From bedsit-land to the West End stage, from the DHSS to Breakfast TV, from arranged Moslem marriages to a surprising intervention by Bob Geldof and Princess Di, Dole is a roller-coaster romp through ‘The Dodgy Decade’ that hilariously explores the darker sides of ‘80s England and the ‘Us and Them’ culture of Thatcherite Britain. About the author: Amanda Hallay is a writer, cultural trend analyst and university lecturer. She spent her youth on the dole in 1980s England, where she pursued a spectacularly unsuccessful career in the music business that climaxed with an ill-fated duet with Morrissey. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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Undraining Sea: Vahni Capildeo Imprint:

Eggbox Publishing

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Paperback

Price:

£12.99

ISBN:

978-0-9559399-0-7

Size:

198 x 129 mm , 112 pages

Pub. date:

September 2009

Genre:

Poetry

• “Vahni Capildeo’s profoundly intelligent poems are original in a very unusual way. They are modern, but composed without fear of traditional subjects or language. Every topic springs to life, in a way that is both disturbing and beautiful.” Bernard O’Donoghue About Undraining Sea by Vahni Capildeo “Capildeo’s poetry is sassy, sometimes scary; dark, certainly, but there’s light there, too, even sweetness, and much humour; complex, even virtuosic, though she can be simple, in her own unique way. She’s one of the best around, and I applaud her. “ David Miller, poet and editor “So much of the world has been rendered familiar by the industries of interpretation (including the literary) that it takes a genius to recover its real intransigence. It is like being brought up hard against an unmoveable rock amidst all the torrents of counterfeited poetry when you engage any poem by Capildeo. “ Rod Mengham, poet and academic

About the author: Vahni Capildeo was born in Trinidad in 1973. She currently holds a Teaching Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds and works freelance for the Oxford English Dictionary and the Caribbean Review of Books. Her poetry includes No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003); Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005); Undraining Sea is the second full collection from this vastly talented poet. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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The Return Journey: Noel Duffy Imprint:

Bluechrome

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Paperback

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£7.99

ISBN:

978-1-906061-75-3

Size:

216 x 138 mm, 90 pp

Pub. date:

September 2009

Genre:

Fiction / novella

• “This is a serious piece of work, skillfully and movingly accomplished.” — Lindsay Clarke (author of The Chymical Wedding), and winner of Whitbread award for fiction

About Return Journey by Noel Duffy Late for an important meeting, Swiss Life Insurance broker, Hermann, stops to tie his shoelace. When he stands up everything has changed. Unable to understand what has happened, Hermann knows only that he must leave his life in Switzerland behind and set off on a search for understanding, a search for identity... Moving between Zurich, Dublin, and Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Return Journey is a novella in the tradition of Hamsun and Camus, exploring the limits of the human quest for understanding, and the possibilities of redemption within a world stripped of its traditional meanings.

About the author: Noel Duffy was born in Dublin in 1971. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals in Ireland as well as in the UK, the US, Belgium and South Africa. He has won a number of awards for his poetry, including the START Chapbook Prize for his collection, The Silence After. The Return Journey is his first novel. Orders: Central Books, T: 0845 458 9911, F: 0845 458 9912, E: orders@centralbooks.com, www.centralbooks.com Direct orders, rights and publicity: Inpress, T: 0191 229 9555, E: customerservices@inpressbooks.co.uk

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