What to look forward to, in 2012 from Corvus
Where to start? You've all seen the catalogue, but here's some picks to look forward to in spring, and something to suit everyone's tastes.
January - Karl Marlantes' WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR
‘Karl Marlantes has written a staggeringly beautiful book on combat - what it feels like, what the consequences are and above all, what society must do to understand it. In my eyes he has become the preeminent literary voice on war of our generation. He is a natural storyteller and a deeply profound thinker who not only illuminates war for civilians, but also offers a kind of spiritual guidance to veterans themselves. As this generation of warriors comes home, they will be enormously helped by what Marlantes has written - I’m sure he will literally save lives.’ Sebastian Junger
Chris Beckett's DARK EDEN
'The world of these twilit, unhappy people is brilliantly brough to lide by Chris Beckett, a dazzlingly inventive science-fiction writer. As well as being superbly well paced and well written, the book is packed with ideas: about how societies cohere, and the place of memory, religion and ritual in social organisms. Above all, it's haunted by a sense of yearning for where human beings belong.' A.N Wilson
February - Gaile Parkin's WHEN HOOPOES GO TO HEAVEN
From the author of Baking Cakes in Kigali comes the irresistible story of Benedict Tungazara, a ten-year-old boy in Swaziland who loves beautiful birds, his mother's cakes, and making people happy. Of course, there are many things in Africa that cannot be put right by a boy who isn't yet big. But in Benedict's wonder-filled world, even in the ugliest situation he can find a certain magic. Warm, funny and brimming with life, When Hoopoes Go to Heaven paints a fresh and compelling picture of life in Swaziland.
Just some of the early spring titles to look forward to!