‘The Visitor is the work of a sure hand… and Brennan’s prose is terse and exquisitely precise throughout… Only in the work of Emily Dickinson can the same ferocious vision – of love, pain, transgression and death – and economy of expression be found.’ Guardian
The Visitor tells the haunting tale of Anastasia King, who, at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother’s house in Ireland – the very house where she grew up – after six long years away. An atmospheric story of Dublin, it is also a dissection of the unkind, ungenerous, emotionally unreachable side of the Irish temperament.
Recently rediscovered in a university archive, The Visitor was written in the mid-1940s but has never been published until now. Long championed by authors from Nuala O’Faolain and Clare Messud to John Updike, this miraculous literary discovery confirms Brennan’s status as a master of the novella and one of the best storytellers since Joyce.
‘An astonishing miniature masterpiece, except there is nothing miniature about the forces at work in a story as violent underneath as it is demure on the surface … The ferocity of her vision of femininity is hers alone. ‘ -Nuala O’Faolain
‘We need more novels as innovative and exciting as this’ Matt Thorne, New Statesman
By turns hilarious and brilliant, Coming Soon!!! is the tale of two writers: an retiring novelist setting out to write his last work and a young writer of hypertext intent on toppling his master. They race each other to write a novel about a floating opera and the heat of the rivalry, the writers navigate – and sometimes stumble over – the fault lines between print and electronic fiction, mentor and mentored, postmodernism and modernism. Coming Soon!!! is an extraordinary addition to Barth’s distinguished career, a series of books that has shaped contemporary literature.
‘Infinitely clever’ Time Out
‘Delightful’ San Francisco Chronicle‘A fitting capstone to a body of work that overtowers that of most other writers of his generation’ Washington Post
‘This is the true story of disorganised crime at its most comic – and tragic’ Independent on Sunday
Times were hard for Joey Coyle. A dockworker from a struggling neighbourhood of south Philadelphia, Joey had a drug habit he could barely support. One February afternoon in 1981, he was on his way to score when he found two curious yellow containers lying in the street. They had just fallen off the back of an armoured van and contained $1.2 million, in cash, in unmarked notes from a casino.
Bursting with suspense, Finders Keepers tellsthe remarkable story of how Coyle secretly shared the money, living for seven days against the background of growing media interest, terrified he was going to be captured and killed.
‘Bowden is a clean, crisp writer who knows how to paint a strong picture and tell a good tale’ Daily Mirror
‘The jaw-dropping true story of what happened to New Jersey boy Joey Coyle is told with pace and tenderness’ Jack‘A wonderfully written and riveting tale from the author of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo‘ What’s on in London
The New Great Game
‘Travelling with some danger to himself and marshalling the political and historical facts with authority, Kleveman [produces] a coherent study of a notoriously complex and unpredictable region, much of which is torn by terrible violence and civil wars.’ Patrick French, Sunday Times
The Caspian Region, lying south of Russia, west of China and north of Afghanistan, contains the world’s largest untapped oil and gas resources. In the years between the death of the Soviet Union and September 11, 2001, oil companies and politicians have struggled to possess and develop these resources.Using a concept immortalised by Kipling in his novel Kim, Lutz Kleveman argues that there is now a new ‘Great Game’ in the region, in which the US, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Iran – most of which are nuclear powers – are competing.. Kleveman has produced an insightful and exacting portrait of a new theatre of war, a region in which there are few rules and in which the rewards for victory are nothing less than power and prosperity in the new century.
From the reviews:
‘A timely, panoramic book examin[ing] the consequences of the presence of enormous quantities of fossil fuels in one of the world’s most inaccessible and unstable regions.’ Andy Beckett, The Guardian
‘Kleveman brim[s] with ingenuity… His reportage is first-class and his findings truly enlightening.’ Hazhir Teimourian, Literary Review
Running With Scissors
‘This is the Brady Bunch on Viagra… it is impossible not to laugh at all the jokes; to admire the sardonic, fetid tone; to wonder, slack-jawed and agog, at the sheer looniness of the vista he conjures up’ Rachel Cooke, Observer
This is the true story of a boy who wanted to grow up with the Brady Bunch, but ended up living with the Addams Family. Augusten Burroughs’s mother gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa Claus and a certifiable lunatic into the bargain. The doctor’s bizarre family, a few patients and a sinister man living in the garden shed completed the tableau. The perfect squalor of their dilapidated Victorian house, there were no rules and there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer and Valium was chomped down like sweets. And when things got a bit slow, there was always the ancient electroshock therapy machine under the stairs…
‘This true story is a match for the strangest… Running with Scissors reads like an extremely well crafted and crazed sitcom, a mix of Jerry Springer and Seinfeld… Funny, moving and extraordinary’ Christina Patterson, Independent
‘Twisted, hilarious and relentlessly bizarre… It single-handedly redefines the term “fucked up childhood”‘ Sleazenation
‘Bawdy, outrageous, often hilarious… so flippant and so insanely funny’ New York Times
‘A story so strange, it could never be fiction… deftly written, smart and funny’ GQ
‘Burroughs will be hard pressed ever to better this, his debut effort… It’s one you’ll never forget’ Alice Fisher, Time Out
‘Dave Pelzer with a whoopee cushion attached… Genuinely memorable’ Observer Top 50 Cultural Events of the Season
Small Circle of Beings
Damon Galgut’s first collection of stories transports us to 1980s South Africa where politics begins at home.
The family – that small circle of beings where love should flourish – can be an arid and alienating territory where hatred and violence may ignite. The title novella is set in a house far out of town, at the end of a dust road that rises up into the mountains. The desperate bondage of family life is revealed to a mother as she sits at her son’s bedside where he lies sick, perhaps dying. Galgut’s understated prose unpicks the emotional paradoxes of family life with a surprising, surreal twist.
In a world where some of the most intimate relationships are those between strangers, Small Circle of Beings describes how children must learn to pull away from their parents if they are to find their own way.
The Abolition Of Liberty
‘It’s fair to say that Peter Hitchens remains one of the most misrepresented figures in the British media… Hitchens is in reality one of the most thought-provoking and intelligent commentators on life in contemporary Britain‘ Neil Clark, Spectator
From identification cards to how we protect our property, public debate rages over what our basic human rights are, and how they are to be protected.In this trenchant and provocative book Peter Hitchens sets out to show that popular views of these hotly contested issues – from crime and punishment to so-called ‘soft drugs’ – are based on mistaken beliefs, massaged figures and cheap slogans. His powerful and counter-intuitive conclusions make challenging reading for those on both the Left and the Right and are essential reading for all concerned with creating a lawful and peaceful society.The Abolition of Liberty argues that because of the misdemeanours of the few, the liberty of the many is seriously jeopardized.
‘The issues Hitchens is addressing are important and his willingness to challenge shibboleths is often illuminating … he is rightly scathing about attempts to deal with crime by raising the conviction rate.’ John Willman, Financial Times
‘It is a pleasure to read a lucid polemic by a man who is so obviously more interested in the welfare of the common man than in the approbation of his peers’ Theodore Dalrymple, Sunday Telegraph‘[This book] should not be ignored… there are several pressing challenges to liberals and the left in particular.’ Jonathan Freedland, Guardian
You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the underground, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary.
But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten had twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr are dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken life – and live it sober.