The 2015 Man Booker Prize-winning novel is a fictional account of the 1976 attempt to kill Bob Marley (here referred to as “the singer”) in Jamaica. Set over the course of three decades, A Brief History of Seven Killings is told through the eyes of 75 separate narrators, including slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and the CIA, jumping between them to weave an epic tale of murder, drugs, politics, and the history of Jamaica itself.
Based on characters featured in Rowell’s acclaimed fourth novel, Fangirl, Carry On follows Simon Snow, the world’s most powerful magician and the “worst chosen one ever chosen”, as he enters his last year at the Watford School of Magicks. If it sounds familiar it should, so expect plenty of knowing winks and affectionate nudges toward the Harry Potter series, along with all the kissing and talking you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story. Just with more monsters.
New York City, 1976. Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by Downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbour – and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve. When the blackout of 13 July 1977 plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever.
A follow-up to the Pulitzer prize-winning Gilead and the Orange prize-winning Home, Lila follows the titular character as she transitions from homelessness to romance to a life as the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, while trying to make sense of the suffering that preceded her newfound security.
A collection of stories from black and minority ethnic British authors, thematically united by unexpected endings. Featuring stories from Monica Ali, Dinesh Angelo Allirajah, Muli Amaye, Lynne E. Blackwood, Judith Bryan, Tariq Mehmood, Karen Onojaife, Leone Ross, Seni Seneviratne, Ayesha Siddiqi, and many others.
When psychiatrist David Manne is asked by a detective friend to consult on an unusual case, the patient cries conspiracy and tells David that he’s not who the police say he is. David slowly begins to believe it may be true, and when he suddenly finds himself mistaken for his patient, he decides on a risky course that seems his only way out: to change his identity, and enter even deeper into the conspiracy, if he’s to find out how to escape it.
A collection of spooky stories curated by Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, who also provides new illustrations for each tale. The collection features Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, Neil Gaiman, Rudyard Kipling, A.S. Byatt, and Ray Bradbury, along with a story of Niffenegger’s own, Secret Life, With Cats.
Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up one morning to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his newfound condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo’s ass remains robustly black…
Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days. But Ivy’s life-long gift – or curse – remains: She sees the uninvited ones – ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. As her “uninvited guests” begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but she has no inkling of the otherworldly revelations yet to unfold.
7 July 2005. Simon Weekes is travelling on the London underground. Shortly into the journey, the carriage is wrecked by a massive bomb blast. Virtually everyone is killed and almost all the survivors are severely injured. Simon is among the lucky few to have escaped relatively unharmed, and leads rescue efforts to free trapped survivors. In the days following the bombing, word of his heroics get out and he becomes an overnight celebrity, hounded for interviews and stopped in the street. The only thing is, he doesn’t want all the attention. He can’t afford it. He has too much to lose.
Born out of a short story Mitchell published on Twitter last year, this unnerving tale begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Halloween 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a “guest” is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom, and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs…
Jefferson is no novice at spinning a splendid nonfiction yarn (she won the Pulitzer Prize for her cultural criticism back in 1995) and Negroland is no exception. It is a memoir and biography of sorts: her memories of an upper-middle-class Chicago childhood and the stories of her parents (a celebrated physician and a socialite), all seen through the peculiarly American cultural prism of race, class, and sex, spanning the decades of tumultuous interior and external life.
Ada, a friend mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sets out to visit Alice but, arriving a moment too late, tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. There she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and bring her safely home, applying her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect to this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or if Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life…
“This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as ‘Is Mary Berry real?’, ‘Is it true you wear a surgical truss?’ and ‘Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?’
“Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me.”
– Sue Perkins
The “lost” horror novel of the late southern gothic writer William Gay, Little Sister Death is inspired by the famous 19th-century Bell Witch haunting, and follows the unravelling life of David Binder, a writer who moves his young family to a haunted Tennessee farmstead to try and find inspiration for his faltering work.