Book of the week

01 Sep 2014 - 13:00

Longlisted for The Samuel Johnson Prize 
and The Guardian First Book Award

Praise for The Iceberg

‘The account of the hour of death itself is intimate and unflinching, magnificent. Coutts has found her way, in writing, back to her work again, building a bridge out of life into art. She chooses her words with such beautiful scrupulousness, never twisting or turning the knife of her story to exact our pity or admiration; her thought is like sensation, her descriptions of feeling are often like notes for a visual work... Her book is a homage to an exceptional man; it's also the work of an exceptional woman artist,...

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By webmistress
16 Apr 2014 - 14:17

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

 

Atlantic Books is thrilled that the wonderful Orfeo has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Huge congratulations to all the other incredible novels on the longlist, which can be viewed here.

 

In Orfeo, seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to extract music from rich patterns beyond the ear's ability to hear - has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over.

Off the page
By Lucy
01 Sep 2014 - 13:20

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014, praised by readers and reviewers and a no. 1 bestseller in Ireland, The Undertaking by Audrey Magee is one of the must-read literary novels of the year. 

Audrey Magee is a journalist from Dublin who spent ten years working on this bold and powerful novel about an ordinary German couple trying to cling on to dreams of a family whilst the world around them is oblierated by war. 

 

The Times call it 'sweeping, powerful and epic', The Independent says it has 'an emotional resonance that remains long after you've closed the book' and Sunday Times Ireland think is it 'full of heart-pounding suspense...stunning'.

It is now available in paperback and ebook from all book retailers. You can find useful material for reading groups here,  watch Audrey being interviewed by her editor here or read the opening chapter here.

 

 

 

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