Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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  • 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

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    20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

    ‘She’s no good, that girl. Much too individualistic’This is the story of Fenfang who, determined to carve out a life more independent than her provincial roots, gets a job as a film extra in Beijing. But living a modern life is not as easy as it looks in this tumultuous, messy city. Grappling with the narrow world of cinema, an outworn Communist regime, and the city’s far-from-progressive attitudes to women, charismatic Fenfang finds her true freedom in the one place she never expected.20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth is a sparkling and wry coming-of-age story about the changing identity of women in contemporary China.Meet ten of literature’s most iconic heroines, jacketed in bold portraits by female photographers from around the world.

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Murder

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    A Beginner’s Guide to Murder

    * Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2022 *

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  • A Certain Slant of Light

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    A Certain Slant of Light

    After the death of his child, a man – disconnected, lost, unable to sleep – explores the absence at the heart of life. Gathering accounts of trauma and loss from the lives of people and places, past and present: of Isadora Duncan, Ana Mendietta, W.G. Sebald and Pier Paolo Pasolini; of a car crash, a fall from a skyscraper, the photographs of a murderer, a journey to The Gate of the Kiss; he travels through a landscape of half-remembered events and lost works of art, attempting to fathom lives pieced together from borrowed and fragmentary stories of history, memory and existence; trying to recover his own life. Part fiction, part essay, part meditation on absence and grief, ‘A Certain Slant of Light’ is a profound and moving attempt to trace the connections between art, history, and life.

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  • A Day At the Beach Hut

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    A Day At the Beach Hut

    From a tin mug of crab chowder to a feast for friends and family, this is a celebration of sunshine and sea air and salt spray: a love letter to the beach hut. This uplifting collection of eight short stories, full of heart and humour, will transport you to the golden sands of Everdene for a perfect day at the beach hut, complemented by over 50 delicious recipes from Veronica Henry’s own kitchen.

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  • A Narrow Door

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    A Narrow Door

    It’s an incendiary moment for St Oswald’s school. For the first time in its history a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to female students. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the ambitions she has sown. But as the ground shifts beneath the old guards’ feet, a body is discovered, along with a Prefect’s badge from another school. But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She’ll bury the past, just like she has done before. Even if that means murder.

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  • A Narrow Door

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    A Narrow Door

    It’s an incendiary moment for St Oswald’s school. For the first time in its history a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to female students. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the ambitions she has sown. But as the ground shifts beneath the old guards’ feet, a body is discovered, along with a Prefect’s badge from another school. But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She’ll bury the past, just like she has done before. Even if that means murder.

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  • A Net for Small Fishes

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    A Net for Small Fishes

    Frances Howard has beauty and a powerful family – and is the most unhappy creature in the world. Anne Turner has wit and talent – but no stage on which to display them. Little stands between her and the abyss of destitution. When these two very different women meet in the strangest of circumstances, a powerful friendship is sparked. Frankie sweeps Anne into a world of splendour that exceeds all she imagined: a Court whose foreign king is a stranger to his own subjects; where ancient families fight for power, and where the sovereign’s favourite may rise and rise – so long as he remains in favour. With the marriage of their talents, Anne and Frankie enter this extravagant, savage hunting ground, seeking a little happiness for themselves. But as they gain notice, they also gain enemies; what began as a search for love and safety leads to desperate acts that could cost them everything.

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  • A Promise of Ankles

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    A Promise of Ankles

    At the bottom of a sharply descending street – in the topographical sense – in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, new residents have moved in to number 44 Scotland Street, joining the already well-known and much-loved denizens of that remarkable building. They appear to be a bit of a mystery, but so, too, do other things. What exactly did Sister Maria-Fiore, the aphorism-coining socialite nun, find on the No. 23 bus? Could it be the remains of a hitherto unknown Neanderthal, homo Watsoniensis? On the romantic front, long-suffering Stuart’s hopes of kindling a new relationship are dashed, thanks to chino-wearing narcissist Bruce, effortlessly exercising his powers of charm. The Promised Land beckons for Bertie who is off to Glasgow for a school exchange that takes him doon the watter.

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  • A Shock

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    A Shock

    An unsparing and slippery, but thrilling and memorable novel from the fringes of urban life by cult writer Keith Ridgway.

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  • A Slow Fire Burning

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    A Slow Fire Burning

    Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She’s seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Some even call her dangerous. Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn’t mean she’s a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace? Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill – look what’s been started.

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  • A Strange and Brilliant Light

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    A Strange and Brilliant Light

    Lal, Janetta and Rose are living in a time of flux. Technological advance has brought huge financial rewards to those with power, but large swathes of the population are losing their jobs to artificial intelligence, or auts, as they’re called. Unemployment is high, discontent is rife and rumours are swirling. Many feel robbed – not just of their livelihoods, but of their hopes for the future. Lal is languishing in her role at a coffee shop and feeling overshadowed by her quietly brilliant sister, Janetta, whose Ph.D. is focused on making auts empathetic. Even Rose, Lal’s best friend, has found a sense of purpose in charismatic up-and-coming politician Alek. When vigilantes break in to the coffee shop and destroy their new coffee-making aut, it sets in motion a chain of events that will pull the three young women in very different directions.

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  • A Strange and Brilliant Light

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    A Strange and Brilliant Light

    A riveting, thought-provoking speculative literary novel exploring the impact of the AI revolution through the eyes of three very different young women – Lal, Janetta and Rose.

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  • A Tidy Ending

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    A Tidy Ending

    From the Sunday Times bestselling author

    ‘Devastating, deceptive and darkly funny. Classic Cannon’ Sarah Winman

    ‘A compellingly crafted, darkly funny and compulsive read, full of twists – and twists on twists – that keeps you guessing until the last page? a joy and a triumph’ Rachel Joyce

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  • A Town Called Solace

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    A Town Called Solace

    Clara’s sister is missing. Angry, rebellious Rose, had a row with their mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Eight-year-old Clara, isolated by her distraught parents’ efforts to protect her from the truth, is grief-stricken and bewildered. Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, moves into the house next door, a house left to him by an old woman he can barely remember and within hours gets a visit from the police. It seems he’s suspected of a crime. At the end of her life Elizabeth Orchard is thinking about a crime too, one committed thirty years ago that had tragic consequences for two families and in particular for one small child. She desperately wants to make amends before she dies.

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  • A Traveller At the Gates of Wisdom

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    A Traveller At the Gates of Wisdom

    Some stories are universal. They play out across human history. And time is the river which will flow through them. It starts with a family, a family which will mutate. For now, it is a father, mother and two sons. One with his father’s violence in his blood. One who lives his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will change their fate. It is a beginning. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years – they will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From distant Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium to a life amongst the stars in the third. While the world will change around them, their destinies will remain the same. It must play out as foretold. It is written.

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  • Afterlives

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    Afterlives

    Restless, ambitious Ilyas was stolen from his parents by the Schutzruppe askari, the German colonial troops; after years away, he returns to his village to find his parents gone, and his sister Afiya given away. Hamza was not stolen, but was sold; he has come of age in the schutztruppe, at the right hand of an officer whose control has ensured his protection but marked him for life. Hamza does not have words for how the war ended for him. Returning to the town of his childhood, all he wants is work, however humble, and security – and the beautiful Afiya. The century is young. The Germans and the British and the French and the Belgians and whoever else have drawn their maps and signed their treaties and divided up Africa. As they seek complete dominion they are forced to extinguish revolt after revolt by the colonised.

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