The French Art of War
1991. A young man is mesmerised by the rolling coverage of Desert Storm. Forging sick notes to avoid work and feigning reasons to avoid his girlfriend, he gradually destroys his whole life. Then he meets Victorien Salagnon, an elderly artist and a veteran of countless wars. Together, they strike a bargain: Salagnon will teach the young man to paint and, in return, he wants his memoirs written down, a ranging, bloody life story of being a teenage résistant in Nazi-occupied France; of hunting rebels in Indochina and engaging in torture in Algeria; of the deaths that were as numberless as they were senseless; of the killing fields on which the modern world is built.
When I Hit You
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2018
A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR
A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
‘Courageous and brave and disturbing and will stay with you for a long time’ — Stylist
Caught in the hook of love, a young woman marries a dashing university professor. She moves to a rain-washed coastal town to be with him, but behind closed doors she discovers that her perfect husband is a perfect monster. As he sets about battering her into obedience and as her family pressures her to stay in the marriage, she swears to fight back – a resistance that will either kill her or set her free.
A Guardian Book of the Month
‘Echoes of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Stephen King’s The Stand…’ Guardian on South
If a virus doesn’t kill you, the South will…
The USA has been ravaged by Civil War. It’s been thirty years since the first wind-borne viruses ended the war between North and South. While the South has been devastated by disease – the North has emerged victorious, but terrified of reprisals. Both territories remain at the mercy of the vicious Northern dictator, Renard.
Two survivors, Dyce and Vida, journeyed deep into the Southern terrains in search of a cure for Renard’s chemical warfare. Now they find themselves scouring the Northern territories on a new and far deadlier pursuit; to eliminate Renard himself. Could Dyce and Vida unite a fractured America – and at what cost?
This is the story of Dyce and Vida.
This is the story of the Resistance and its last, desperate, stand.
This is the story of North.