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The Confessions Of Frannie Langton

Author : Sara Collins
ISBN : 9780062851819
Genre : Fiction
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“A stunning debut. . . . I love this book.” -Guardian A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London—a remarkable literary debut with echoes of Alias Grace, The Underground Railroad, and The Paying Guests. All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being tried at the Old Bailey. The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore. But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life. She doesn’t know how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams’ London home—and into a passionate and forbidden relationship. Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself. The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut: a murder mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade.
Category: Fiction

The Glass Woman

Author : Caroline Lea
ISBN : 9781405934633
Genre : Fiction
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This stunning new novel is a rich and captivating tale of superstition and salvation, love and fear - for fans of The Binding, The Miniaturist and The Silent Companions. 'Crackles with tension. Moving and atmospheric, I couldn't put it down' Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions and The Corset 1686, Iceland. An isolated, windswept landscape. Rósa is newly betrothed to Jón. The villagers look on them with suspicion - they don't trust outsiders. They whisper dark threats. There is an evil here, Rósa can feel it. Alone and far from home, Rósa sees the darkness coming. She fears she will be its next victim . . . ___________ 'A fantastic, atmospheric debut' The Times 'An enthralling tale of the Icelandic witch trials' Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars 'Gripped me in a cold fist. Beautiful' Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton 'Evocative, compelling, with a brilliant twist' Daily Express 'Memorable and compelling. A novel about what haunts us - and what should' Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall 'Intensely written and atmospheric, with an unusual setting, this is a stark evocation of a community where fear of the outsider is rife and unsettling' Daily Mail SHORTLISTED FOR THE HISTORICAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION DEBUT CROWN AWARD
Category: Fiction

What S Left Of Me Is Yours

Author : Stephanie Scott
ISBN : 9781474610902
Genre : Fiction
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ONE OF THE OBSERVER'S 10 BEST DEBUT NOVELISTS OF 2020 'A brilliant debut' Louise Doughty, author of Apple Tree Yard 'You'll have the heart rate of an Olympic hurdler' Sunday Express 'I read it with my heart in my throat' Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton 'An exquisitely crafted masterpiece you'll be pressing into the hands of others' Woman & Home 'Dark, addictive and eye-opening, this is a brilliant debut' Stylist A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, What's Left of Me Is Yours follows a young woman's search for the truth about her mother's life - and her murder. In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the wakaresaseya (literally "breaker-upper"), a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Sato hires Kaitaro, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Sato has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitaro's job is to do exactly that - until he does it too well. While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitaro fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter Sumiko's life. Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, What's Left of Me Is Yours explores the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, asking where we draw the line between passion and possession.
Category: Fiction

Conjure Women

Author : Afia Atakora
ISBN : 9780008293932
Genre : Fiction
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A Stylist Best Book of 2020 You’re free to decide your future. But how do you escape the ghosts of the past? A stunning debut novel with echoes of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and Sara Collins’ The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Category: Fiction

Make Believe

Author : David Dickinson
ISBN : 9780718847999
Genre : Literary Criticism
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No story can guarantee being able to do this. Yet novelists can tell stories that make us think about what we believe about God and why. Despite repeated predictions of the death of the novel, thousands of works of fiction are published and read in Britain each year. Although Western society is less religiously observant than it was, many 21st-century novelists persist in pursuing theological, religious and spiritual themes. Make-Believe seeks to explain why. With chapters offering analyses of novels from several genres - so-called literary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and dystopia - David Dickinson discusses a wide spectrum of novelists. Authors who are avowedly atheistic and authors who have a vested interest in perpetuating biblical stories are both featured. Well-known writers such as Rushdie, McEwan, McCarthy and Martell rub shoulders with some you may be meeting for the first time. Appealing to literature students and people who simply enjoy reading, whether Christian or not, this study of God in novels invites us to open our minds and allow aspects of our culture to shape our understanding of God and to change our ways of talking about the divine.
Category: Literary Criticism


Author : Alex Preston
ISBN : 9781838850029
Genre : Fiction
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What is it to pursue a goal, to strive for an ideal, to follow a dream? These are the questions explored by The Balvenie in this unique collection compiled by award-winning novelist Alex Preston. The stories - from some of the brightest and most exciting voices writing today - tell of determination, endeavour and perseverance against the odds. They range across wildly different contexts and cultures, from the epic to the intimate, in fiction and non-fiction, illustrating and illuminating the outer limits of human character and achievement. With contributions from Max Porter, Kamila Shamsie, Daisy Johnson, Eley Williams, Michael Donkor, David Szalay, Yan Ge and many more.
Category: Fiction


Author : Jessica Moor
ISBN : 9780241986394
Genre : Fiction
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'A new young writer I believe in' Jeanette Winterson 'Made me want to shout out in anger' Val McDermid 'Gripping, devastating...breathtaking' Clare Mackintosh 'A literary thriller, KEEPER is a compelling, tense and pacy read' The Observer, 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2020 KEEPER is the addictive literary thriller that's already starting conversations, for readers who loved Lullaby and Three Women. ________________ He's been looking in the windows again. Messing with cameras. Leaving notes. Supposed to be a refuge. But death got inside. When Katie Straw's body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police decide it's an open-and-shut case. A standard-issue female suicide. But the residents of Widringham women's refuge where Katie worked don't agree. They say it's murder. Will you listen to them? An addictive literary page-turner about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace, Keeper will leave you reeling long after the final page is turned. ________________ 'Tense, beautiful and lyrical. Everyone should read this book' - Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton 'Wickedly paced and utterly chilling, making space for the interior lives of its victims and their gradually shrinking worlds, all the while exposing the failures of the systems that are supposed to protect them. As compulsive as it is heartbreaking' - Rosie Price, author of What Red Was 'Grips from the first page. Powerful, beautifully written and chillingly close to the bone, this is crime fiction with a conscience. Essential reading' - Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said 'Made me rage and weep and understand a little better. A powerful book telling stories that need to be heard' - Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours 'Reading Keeper is a visceral experience ... cleverly reminding us that for some women simply existing in a man's world is more dangerous than anything else' - Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty 'Pacy, absorbing and electric in its detail...Men should read this book, and I'd be shocked to meet a woman who doesn't find some part of herself here' - Beth Underdown, author of The Witchfinder's Sister 'Extraordinary and compelling' - Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home 'Intense and compassionate . . . it made me furious and sad, but it also made me feel seen' - Hanna Jameson, author of The Last 'A timely and thought provoking novel that explores issues of power and control with a sensitive and deft touch' - Nuala Ellwood author of Day of the Accident 'A deeply affecting and important addition to the thriller genre, Keeper explores the escalating horrors of domestic abuse with rare insight and skill. Jessica Moor is destined to become a serious voice on the crime scene' Eva Dolan, author of This Is How It Ends 'Sharp, incisive writing, and frighteningly believable characters. And what a twist . . .' - Simon Lelic, author of The House
Category: Fiction

The Lies You Told

Author : Harriet Tyce
ISBN : 9781472252814
Genre : Fiction
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The absolutely addictive new thriller from Harriet Tyce, author of Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick BLOOD ORANGE. Perfect for fans of BIG LITTLE LIES, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, and UNBELIEVABLE. When Sadie moves back to London, she's determined to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. First, she needs to get her daughter settled into a new school - one of the most exclusive in town. Next, she's going to get back the high-flying criminal barrister career she sacrificed for marriage. But the school doesn't welcome newcomers. The other mothers are fiercely competitive, and Sadie immediately finds herself on the outside. In chambers, she's given the junior brief on a scandalous, high-profile case. It's an opportunity to prove herself again, but will she let a dangerous flirtation cloud her professional judgement? And when the tide turns at the school-gate, will Sadie's desire to be accepted prevent her from seeing clearly - and recognising the threat that she's inviting into her home? PRAISE FOR BLOOD ORANGE 'Blood Orange is glittering and fierce and resolutely unsentimental, a glorious bonfire of a marriage thriller' The Irish Times 'Complex and menacing, this is a very impressive debut' Observer 'Fans of Apple Tree Yard and The Girl on the Train will love the atmosphere of clenched ambiguity Tyce sustains so well.' Guardian 'A sizzling addictive read, and its mysteries unfurl brilliantly to that often most elusive quality, a genuinely satisfying ending.' Heat
Category: Fiction

The Sentence

Author : Stephanie Scott
ISBN : 1474610870
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'A BRILLIANT DEBUT' LOUISE DOUGHTY Within the Tokyo underworld there is an industry which exists to break up marriages. It is known today as wakaresaseya - agents who, for a fee, can be hired by one spouse to seduce the other and provide grounds for divorce on favourable terms. Inspired by a real case, this is the story of Kaitaro Nakamura, a wakaresaseya agent, who is hired by a man to seduce his wife. Kaitaro falls in love with his target, Rina, and after the divorce she moves in with him, unaware of his role in the demise of her marriage. Inevitably, however, the truth resurfaces... with tragic consequences.