Recommended new novels and short stories. (browse related category Fiction )
Once Upon a River - by Diane Setterfield - £8.99
Some say the river drowned her...Some say it brought her back to life.
On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an i ... more
Ducks, Newburyport - by Lucy Ellmann - £14.99
*** SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE ***
‘... I dreamt last night about somebody complaining that he owned a “lesser Cézanne” while I was tearing heartshaped buttons off a shirt, and something about a ferret, the fact that my dre ... more
The Testaments - by Margaret Atwood - £20.00
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the t ... more
Everything Good Will Come - by Sefi Atta - £8.99
Now a classic of world literature, this beautifully written, funny and piercingly honest story of a contemporary Yoruba woman’s coming-of-age in Lagos is a heartfelt drama of family, friendship, community and divided loyalties.
It is 1971, ... more
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two - by Philip Pullman - £20.00
*** Please note - this book is not published until 3rd October 2019 ***
It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.
It ... more
The Freedom Artist - by Ben Okri - £8.99
One of 2019's most anticipated novels in The Times, Irish Times and Guardian.
"Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power"(Marlon James, ... more
Mr Godley's Phantom - by Mal Peet - £8.99
This novel is a masterpiece and something of an enigma. Part ghost story, part detective story and part something else entirely...
It's 1945 and Martin Heath, like many men at that time, is struggling to settle, to find his place again after ... more
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven - by Mitch Albom - £7.99
‘No act done for someone else is ever wasted...‘
At eight years old, Annie was saved from a tragic accident by a complete stranger and her life changed forever. Her mother, ravaged with guilt, whisked Annie away from the world she once k ... more
Chinese Fairy Tales and Legends - by Richard Wilhelm (Editor) - £12.99
Fearless heroes, feisty princesses, sly magicians, terrifying dragons, talking foxes and miniature dogs. They all feature in this enthralling compendium of Chinese fairy tales and legends, along with an array of equally colourful characters and capti ... more
Girl - by Edna O'Brien - £16.99
The new novel by the legendary Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls (dramatised on BBC Radio 4 in August 2019).
Captured, abducted and married into Boko Haram, the narrator of this story witnesses and suffers the horrors of a communit ... more
Leila - by Prayaag Akbar - £8.99
Shalini will never forget her daughter Leila's third birthday party: it was the last time she saw her alive.
Sixteen years have passed and Shalini's life is unrecognizable. Her husband gone: beaten and dragged from their home the night Leila ... more
Swan Song - by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott - £8.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE McKITTERICK PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSBORO BOOKS GLASS BELL AWARD
To the outside world, they were the icons of high society - the most glamorous and influential women of ... more
The Homeless Heart-Throb - by Crystal Jeans - £8.99
How funny! How dysfunctional. This is what it really means to be British, she thought. Everybody separate behind their walls and everybody drinking...
Dennis has been carrying a torch for Gareth Moon since school; Sez conducts a psychological ex ... more
Lanny - by Max Porter - £12.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019
Not far from London, there is a village.
This village belongs to the people who live in it and to tho ... more
China Dream - by Ma Jian - £8.99
Blending fact with fiction, China Dream is an unflinching satire of totalitarianism.
After decades of loyal service, Ma Daode, a corrupt and lecherous party official, has been appointed director of the China Dream Bureau, charged with promoting ... more
Heads of the Colored People - by Nafissa Thompson-Spires - £8.99
In this crackling debut collection Nafissa Thompson-Spires interrogates our supposedly post-racial era. To wicked and devastating effect she exposes the violence, both external and self-inflicted, that threatens black Americans, no matter their appar ... more
The Trick to Time - by Kit de Waal - £8.99
A heart-wrenching love story from the internationally bestselling author of My Name Is Leon
Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s ... more
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - by Ocean Vuong - £12.99
**THE SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original – poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storyte ... more
This Hostel Life - by Melatu Uche Okorie - £8.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
This Hostel Life tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland. From a day in the life of women queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct prov ... more
Travellers - by Helon Habila - £12.99
"Once I started reading Travellers, I couldn't stop. With power and control, it plunges the reader into a maze of lives that crisscross between Africa and Europe. Refugees and not only refugees hungering for the north, pushing their way through the b ... more
The Nickel Boys - by Colson Whitehead - £16.99
Author of The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead, brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in 1960s Florida.
Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Mart ... more
Riverflow - by Alison Layland - £8.99
Deep water. Dark secrets. Dangerous neighbours.
No longer the benign friend of summer, the Severn
was a restless dragon slithering its way past
After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want noth ... more
Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen - by Alix Kates Shulman - £8.99
The cult classic that defined a generation - first UK publication in 47 years.
Sasha Davis has everything a girl in 1950s suburbia could want: beauty, intelligence and an all-star sports captain boyfriend. All she needs to succeed is to keep ... more
Ghost Wall - by Sarah Moss - £8.99
Jessie BurtonIt is high summer in rural Northumberland. Seventeen-year-old Silvie and her parents have joined an encampment run by an archaeology professor with an interest in the region's dark history of ritual sacrifice. As Silvie finds a gli ... more
The Red Word - by Sarah Henstra - £12.99
The myths don’t have a clue what to do with women. They have nothing to say about us whatsoever. We need to build our own fucking mythology.
The battle of the sexes goes to college in this smart, thrilling debut by university English pro ... more
Crudo - by Olivia Laing - £8.99
Shortlisted for the Goldsmith's Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and the James Tait Black Award.
Dive in to a tale of love and loathing with the beach read of the summer.
Kathy is a writer. Kathy is getting married. It’s the summer of ... more
Miracle on Cherry Hill - by Sun-mi Hwang - £8.99
Celebrated bestselling author Sun-mi Hwang is back with a heartwarming new novel about renewal and friendship.
This is the story of a man named Kang Dae-su. His whole life is a miracle, rising from poverty to running a successful construction co ... more
The Overstory - by Richard Powers - £8.99
Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most 'prodigiously talented' (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.
The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables ... more
Plastic Emotions - by Shiromi Pinto - £9.99
“We architects must be idealists. We construct not just individual buildings, but whole cities. We plan cities, and in doing so, change lives.”
Plastic Emotions is inspired by the life of Minnette de Silva – a forgotten feminist icon and ... more
Ayesha at Last - by Uzma Jalaluddin - £7.99
A big-hearted, captivating, modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice, with hijabs instead of top hats and kurtas instead of corsets.
Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been overtaken by a demanding teaching job. H ... more
It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's - by Lisa Blower - £8.99
With a sharp eye and tough warmth, Lisa Blower strikes a new chord in regional and working-class fiction.
This fabulous collection of her award-winning short stories is dominated by the working-class matriarch. From the wise, witty and outsp ... more
Three Women - by Lisa Taddeo - £16.99
All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her?
All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a ha ... more
A River in the Trees - by Jacqueline O’Mahony - £8.99
One hundred years of secrets.
A sweeping novel of love, loss, family and history for readers who love Maggie O’Farrell, John Boyne and Donal Ryan.
Ireland is about to be torn apart by the War of ... more
The Friendly Ones - by Philip Hensher - £8.99
The things history will do at the bidding of love.
On a warm Sunday afternoon, Nazia and Sharif are preparing for a family barbecue. They are in the house in Sheffield that will do for the rest of their lives. In the garden next door is a re ... more
How to be Famous - by Caitlin Moran - £8.99
Life is always better backstage, isn't it?
A funny, riotous novel about a young women making it in a world where men hold all the power from the Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Build a Girl.
I’m Johanna Morrigan, and I live in L ... more
All City - by Alex DiFrancesco - £12.99
All City is more than a novel, it's a foreshadowing of a world to come.
In a near-future New York City ravaged by climate change and economic inequality, a superstorm hits, leaving behind only those who had nowhere else to go and no way to g ... more
Clock Dance - by Anne Tyler - £8.99
A bittersweet novel of family and self-discovery from the bestselling, award-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.
Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: her mother’s disappearance when she was just a child, be ... more
Lost Children Archive - by Valeria Luiselli - £16.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
The moving, powerful and urgent English-language debut from one of the brightest young stars in world literature.
Suppose you and Pa were gone, and we were lost. What would happen ... more
Girl, Balancing - by Helen Dumore - £8.99
Haunting, uplifting, beautiful: the final work from Helen Dunmore.
Helen Dunmore passed away in June 2017, leaving behind this remarkable collection of short stories. With her trademark imagination and gift for making history human, she expl ... more
Praise Song for the Butterflies - by Bernice L. McFadden - £16.99
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
A powerful, well-researched, fictional account exploring the trokosi tradition for the curious and the open-minded.
Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the p ... more
Jellyfish - by Janice Galloway - £9.99
In this powerful collection, Janice Galloway takes on David Lodge's assertion that 'literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life's the other way round'. Her multi-layered stories not only explore sex and sexuality, b ... more
The Anthology of English Folk Tales - by Various authors - £12.00
This enchanting collection of stories gathers together folk tales from across England in one special volume. Drawn from The History Press’ popular Folk Tales series, herein lies a treasure trove of tales from a wealth of talented storytellers per ... more
Warlight - by Michael Ondaatje - £8.99
**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018**
**FINALIST FOR THE 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE**
It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, ... more
The Book of Tehran: A City in Short Fiction - by Fereshteh Ahmadi (Editor) - £9.99
Featuring Atoosa Afshin-Navid, Fereshteh Ahmadi, Kourosh Asadi, Azardokht Bahrami, Hamed Habibi, Mohammad Hosseini, Amir-Hossein Khorshidfar, Payam Nasser, Goli Taraghi & Mohammad Tolouei
Foreword by Orkideh Behrouzan.
A city of ... more
How to Love a Jamaican - by Alexia Arthurs - £8.99
"In this thrilling debut collection Alexia Arthurs is all too easy to love."(Zadie Smith)
Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret – these are the tensions at the heart of Alexia Arthurs’ debut book about Jamaican im ... more
The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story - by Philip Hensher (Editor) - £9.99
A spectacular treasury of the best British short stories published in the last twenty years.
We are living in a particularly rich period for British short stories. Despite the relative lack of places in which they can be published, the chall ... more
Big Sky - by Kate Atkinson - £20.00
Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It’s a picturesque setting, b ... more
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted - by Robert Hillman - £8.99
The perfect book for anyone who's ever had their heart broken, anyone who's ever had their broken heart mended, and anyone who's ever visited a bookshop...
Tom Hope doesn’t chase rainbows. He does his best on the farm – he milks the cows ... more
The Madonna of Bolton - by Matt Cain - £8.99
An everyday story of love, life and Causing a Commotion.
Charlie Matthews’ love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Di ... more
The Silence of the Girls - by Pat Barker - £8.99
"A very good, very raw rendition of the Trojan war from the point of view of the women."(Kate Atkinson)
There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent - till now.
Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. ... more
Unsheltered - by Barbara Kingsolver - £8.99
THE NEW NOVEL FROM ORANGE PRIZE WINNER AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER BARBARA KINGSOLVER
Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against an upended world that seems to hold no mercy for her shattered life and family – or the cr ... more
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