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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
Seven years ago, Jonas Jonasson’s exuberant debut The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared swept across Europe and quickly established itself as a mainstay of comic fiction in our shops. A similar feel for the fantastic bubbles through Jonasson’s now third book, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All, an absurdist romp through Sweden, where three highly unusual strangers embark on a lucrative new venture that may just involve a certain amount of assassination. When their key player however suddenly finds his faith in Jesus, a need for an audacious plan B only adds fuel to an already blazing fire…
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The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
The Gracekeepers charts the narrative of two young women – one a dancer with an extraordinary floating circus, the other a sea-borne grave-tender, the
The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis de Bernières
This is a hugely confident, charming and deeply moving book, befitting the singular talent who delivered Captain Corelli’s Mandolin back in the nineties. The sequence of terrible conflicts that defined the early stages of the twentieth century provides The Dust That Falls from Dreams its edge of continual, uncertain tragedy; three families – one Scottish, one American, one Anglo-French – torn apart by the horrors of war in France and Afghanistan, find equal moments of love and tenderness in a novel sensitively punctuated by a patchwork of letters, poems and diary extracts.
Noonday by Pat Barker
Number 11 by Jonathan Coe
Jonathan Coe’s heightened sense of the absurd has provided us with some of our most savage satiric novels, notably 2001’s The Rotters’ Club and his reputation-establishing What a Carve Up! from which, two decades later, Number 11 arrives as an approximate sequel. Here Coe holds a very polished mirror to a disquietly
Early One Morning by Virginia Baily
Virginia Baily’s second novel neatly sidesteps the usual tropes for war-set novels with an intimate but swiftly-paced tale where one snap decision opens up a lifetime of consequence. Early One Morning moves between a battle-torn Rome and its comparative, cosmopolitan bliss of the seventies as Chiara Ravello is haunted by memories of Daniele, a boy saved from certain death by her own selflessness. Deeply wounded by Daniele’s subsequently troubled life, a telephone call prompts her to confront the shadows of her own past.
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Originally published by Ray Russell’s specialist horror press Tartarus, Andrew Michael Hurley’s decidedly unsettling debut The Loney was one of those bookseller word-of-mouth novels that gathered momentum by the sheer merit of its writing, ultimately going on to bag the Costa First Novel Award for 2015. Deftly conjuring the rain-soaked wastes of the Lancashire coast, Catholic faith and the seemingly supernatural underpin a disturbing coming of age for a boy and his mentally disturbed brother.
Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
Accomplished Texan author Julia Heaberlin expertly applies a sense of genuine, sinking dread to Black Eyed Susans, a thriller that soared to the top of our charts on its publication in March. For decades, serial killer survivor Tessa has been rebuilding her life following her near-fatal attack and now a man stands on trial for this and the murder of several other women. An efficient defence
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