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New Books March 2017

Fiction Black Bread by Emili Teixidor In the rough hill country of rural Catalonia, the Spanish Civil War is over and the villagers live under occupation by the fascist Civil Guard. With his father in jail facing possible execution as a subversive, and his mother working long hours in a factory, eleven-year-old Andreu is sent to […]

New Books February 2017

Fiction Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her […]

New Books January 2017

Fiction The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria’s Viking ruler Sigtryggr, and Mercia’s Saxon Queen Aethelflaed have agreed a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years […]

New Books December 2016

Fiction Autumn by Ali Smith Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. Autumn is a meditation on a world […]

New Books November 2016

Fiction A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his […]

New Books October 2016

FICTION The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in ‘neutral’ Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo.  Gustav’s childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows.  As time goes […]

New Books September 2016

Fiction The Shipping News by Annie Proulx Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a “head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair…features as bunched as kissed fingertips,” is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts.  An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to […]

New Books August 2016

Fiction Madonna in a Fur Coat by Ali Sabahattin A shy young man leaves his home in rural Turkey to learn a trade in 1920s Berlin. The city’s crowded streets, thriving arts scene, passionate politics and seedy cabarets provide the backdrop for a chance meeting with a woman, which will haunt him for the rest […]

New Books July 2016

Fiction For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian A young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn’t belong.  Spending his days walking the streets and his nights drinking and gambling, meeting revolutionaries, zealots, lovers and libertines, he adjusts his eyes to the darkness that falls over […]

New Books June 2016

Fiction Mãn by Kim Thúy Mãn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Mãn a husband – a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives […]