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Correspondents

Tim Murphy

£9.99 £9.29

Correspondents is a hefty, multi-generational saga that begins with the first arrival of Arab settlers in northern New England in the early 20th century and concludes in the opening years of the Obama administration. But at its heart is a journalist’s perspective on the lawless, lethal streets of the Iraqi capital in the months following the American invasion in 2003. One for all those who love or even share the obsessive mindset of an unrepentant deadline-junkie!

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984

Dorian Lynskey

£9.99 £9.29

In this highly astute study, Dorian Lynskey locates the origins of the novel in the six months its author spent in the first half of 1937 fighting on the republican side in the Spanish civil war. Definitely a timely arrival for this biography with the near departure and possible impeachment of Trump - at the time Trump took office, sales of 1984 increased by 9,500 percent - it is both insightful and intelligent, I most certainly recommend for all fans of the work of Mr Orwell and the dystopian novel.

Amnesty

Aravind Adiga

£8.99 £8.36

A Sri Lankan migrant in Sydney agonises over whether to tell the police about a murder and risk deportation - praise for this author who, as an elite, Oxford-educated south Indian has migrated out of his own experience to bring us a hard edged tale of cat and mouse and murder.

Black 13

Adam Hamdy

£8.99 £8.36

For anyone addicted to the fast paced thriller - An excited agent, a growing threat, a clandestine war, it's time to burn the espionage rule book! light the fire, our yourself a scotch and dig in for a high speed, high octane, high tech roller-coaster!

Girl A

Abigail Dean

£14.99 £13.94

Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family, about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. It’s been easy enough to avoid her parents–her father never made it out of the House of Horrors he created, and her mother spent the rest of her life behind bars. But when her mother dies in prison she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the home into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her siblings–and with the childhood they shared. For all fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

A Slow Burning Fire: The Rise of the New Art Practice in Yugoslavia

Marko Ilic

£32.00 £29.76

From bestselling author of The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins returns with another white-knuckle thriller awash with unbearable suspense and jaw-dropping misdirection, as three women are brought into conflict through a brutal murder - perfect page turner!

Such a Fun Age: 'The book of the year' Independent

Kiley Reid

£8.99 £8.36

The instant Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller - Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize - When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for 'kidnapping' the white child she's actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. - NEW IN PAPERBACK - if this book were a theme park ride it would be Oblivion - it will take you on a journey, drop you over the edge from a great height and take your breath away - buckle up and enjoy the ride.

The Shape of Darkness: 'Darkly addictive, utterly compelling' Ruth Hogan

Laura Purcell

£12.99 £12.08

A struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead - and to try and identify their killers - in this beguiling new tale from Laura Purcell

We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People

Eliot Higgins

£20.00 £18.60

The story of the most innovative practitioners of open-source intelligence and online journalism in the world. “If you don't know what Bellingcat is, this is your chance to learn. We Are Bellingcat tells the story of the most innovative practitioners of open-source intelligence and online journalism in the world. They have told the true stories of the missiles that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine and the chemical weapons used by the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. They have identified the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, exposed Kremlin hit teams, and found ISIS supporters in Europe. In We Are Bellingcat their founder, Eliot Higgins describes how and why they do it” – Anne Applebaum - what more can I add except read and discover!

The Other Bennet Sister

Janice Hadlow

£8.99 £8.36

Let Mary step forward in this engaging first novel by Janice Hadlow. Bookish and gauche, Mary is the one who can be relied on to give an ill-judged performance on the pianoforte or deliver a sententious comment at exactly the wrong moment. By the end of the novel her circumstances have changed, but she has not; she’s still just as plain and awkward as she ever was, but with her sisters variously settled elsewhere, she is at least “no longer mortified by comparisons between her sisters’ beauty and her own”.

Open Water

Caleb Azumah Nelson

£12.99 £12.08

DUE OUT 2nd FEB - do not miss this tender love story set to be one of the best sellers of 2021. Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists - he a photographer, she a dancer - trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.

Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain

Sathnam Sanghera

£18.98 £17.65

I predict this book will be one of the top ten books for 2021 - it offers the perfect mix of intelligent examination and acerbic wit. Sanghere forces us to ask ourselves serious questions about the history of the empire and how its history is or is not spoken about. Lucid but never simplistic and entertaining but never frivolous - an addictive read.

Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

Anne Helen Petersen

£14.99 £13.94

Focussing on burnout, a state of emotional paralysis that left the author experienced after covering political elections and a mass shooting, Can't Even seeks to unearth the root of the millennial generation's angst - whilst some of the case studies are a little repetitive her examination of the many facets and triggers of middle-class exhaustion is sharp and offers an absorbing insight into American politics, history and the toll of the pandemic on mental health - after reading you may feel enraged or further dejected depending on your age but not to be missed.

Cleanness

Garth Greenwell

£8.99 £8.36

The follow-up to Greenwell's spellbinding debut What Belongs To You - prose of such breathtaking limpid beauty it was named Book of the Year in over 50 publications across 9 countries. His account of growing up gay with a republican father in Kentucky had his work deservedly compared to James Baldwin and Virginia Woolf. Cleanness, follows the same unnamed expat teacher in Sofia – a man for whom sex is still “fraught with shame and anxiety and fear”. Desire remains closely linked with disease, pleasure always darkly ripening into danger – even in a relatively innocent game of spin the bottle among colleagues. Spin the bottle turns out to be an apt metaphor for the book’s symmetrical structure, with the narrator at the centre of a circle of troubled characters, each taking turns to tell their story. Beauty is held within these pages.

Little Bandaged Days

Kyra Wilder

£8.99 £8.36

This debut novel about a woman’s emotional disintegration is gripping, observant, wonderfully written – and extravagantly cruel.

The Last Trial

Scott Turow

£8.99 £8.36

For all thriller fans - this perfectly executed thriller entered around the doppelgänger like relationship of two men warily circling each other does not fail to deliver!

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

£16.98 £15.79

Novelist and short story writer George Saunders has been teaching creative writing at Syracuse University in the US for the last 20 years, including a course in the 19th-century Russian short story in translation. Saunders emphatically states that there’s not much on earth as good, if you’re that way inclined, as an afternoon spent discussing sublime fiction with a class of eagerly intelligent apprentice writers, saturated in the story and greedy for insight and understanding. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for twenty years - this book reminds me of sitting by a roaring fire in a backstreet pub in Oxford, with a pint of beer listening a a best friend talk about some great joy and sampling not wanting the afternoon to end. An absolute delight.