2012 - Books of the Year - Atlantic Round Up
Atlantic Books roped in a great number of mentions in the Books of the Year for 2012. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens got no less than 5 mentions in The Sunday Times, The Times, The Financial Times, The Mail on Sunday in Both the UK and Eire, and The Scotsman.
Our other books also made a good showing - a special mention Diarmaid McCulloch in The Church Times who chose The WIne of Angels a fabulous tale in the Merrily Watkins series about a parish priest, who is also an exorcist... Click on covers below to find out more
During the US book tour for his memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens collapsed in his New York hotel room to excoriating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of deeply moving Vanity Fairpieces, he was being deported 'from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady.' Over the next year he underwent the brutal gamut of modern cancer treatment, enduring catastrophic levels of suffering and eventually losing the ability to speak. Read more...
The Victorian City by Judith Flanders
The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented transformation, and nowhere was this more apparent than on the streets of London. In only a few decades, London grew from a Regency town to the biggest city the world had ever seen, with more than 6.5 million people and railways, street-lighting and new buildings at every turn.
in The Victorian City, Judith Flanders explores London's outdoors in an extraordinary, revelatory portrait of everyday life on the streets. Read more...
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In her garden, ensconced in the lush vegetation of the Western Cape, Clare Wald, world-renowned author, mother, critic, takes up her pen and confronts her life. Sam Leroux has returned to South Africa to embark upon a project that will establish his reputation - he is to write Clare's biography. But how honest is she prepared to be? Was she complicit in crimes lurking in South Africa's past; is she an accomplice or a victim? Are her crimes against her family real or imagined? As Sam and Clare turn over the events of her life, she begins to seek reconciliation, absolution. But in the stories she weaves and the truth just below the surface of her shimmering prose, lie Sam's own ghosts.
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