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Owen's Day

by Helen Yeomans

When 9-year-old Tom Newton is saved from icy death by a man who disappears into the night, the story captures public attention. But days pass and the mystery deepens until other news drives it from the front...


Wild Geese

by Lara Harte

Following the death of her mother at an early age, Isabella Carroll was brought up by her wealthy Dublin aunt and uncle. The latter are keen to climb the ranks of Dublin society by making a suitably 'good' marriage...


The North of England Home Service

by Gordon Burn

Spring 2001, and the countryside of the North East of England resembles Fitzgerald's 'valley of ashes': the air is choked with the stench and smoke of the pyres which are burning in an attempt to contain the...


Hurry Up and Wait

by Isabel Ashdown

In her eagerly anticipated second novel Mail on Sunday Novel Competition winner Isabel Ashdown explores the treacherous territory of adolescent friendships, and traces across the decades the repercussions of...


Vernon God Little

Man Booker Prize 2003, Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003, Whitbread Book Award for First Novel 2003

by Dbc Pierre

In the town jail of Martirio - the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas - sits fifteen-year-old Vernon Little, dressed only in New Jack trainers and underpants. He is in trouble. His friend Jesus has just...


The Porcupine

by Julian Barnes

In his latest novel, Julian Barnes, author of Talking It Over and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, trains his laser-bright prose on the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.

Stoyo Petkanov, the deposed...


Talking It Over

by Julian Barnes

In this powerfully affecting Flaubert's Parrot gives readers a brilliant take on the deceptions that make up the quivering substrata of erotic love. "An interplay of serious thought and dazzling wit. . . . It's...


A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

by Julian Barnes

This is, in short, a complete, unsettling, and frequently exhilarating vision of the world, starting with the voyage of Noah's ark and ending with a sneak preview of heaven!

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Flaubert's Parrot

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 1985

by Julian Barnes

A kind of detective story, relating a cranky amateur scholar's search for the truth about Gustave Flaubert, and the obsession of this detective whose life seems to oddly mirror those of Flaubert's characters....


Staring at the Sun

by Julian Barnes

Jean Serjeant, the heroine of Julian Barnes's wonderfully provocative novel, seems ordinary, but has an extraordinary disdain for wisdom. And as Barnes follows her from her childhood in the 1920s to her flight...


Before She Met Me

by Julian Barnes

At the start of this fiendishly comic and suspenseful novel, a mild-mannered English academic chuckles as he watches his wife commit adultery. The action takes place before she met him. But lines between film...


Metroland

by Julian Barnes

Only the author of Flaubert's Parrot could give us a novel that is at once a note-perfect rendition of the angsts and attitudes of English adolescence, a giddy comedy of sexual awakening in the 1960s, and a...


And Do Remember Me

by Marita Golden

"An engaging saga of unconditional friendship, love, and foregiveness...Golden's style is modern, refreshing and accurately captures a slice of African-American life."

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

In the exciting, yet...


The Frozen Rabbi

by Steve Stern

Award-winning novelist Steve Stern's exhilarating epic recounts the story of how a nineteenth-century rabbi from a small Polish town ends up in a basement freezer in a suburban Memphis home at the end of the...


Tales of Belkin

by Alexander Pushkin & Josh Billings

Ivan Petrovich Belkin left behind a great number of manuscripts.... Most of them, as Ivan Petrovich told me, were true stories heard from various people.

First published anonymously in 1830, Alexander Pushkin’s...


Bartleby the Scrivener

by Herman Melville

"I prefer not to," he respectfully and slowly said, and mildly disappeared.

Academics hail it as the beginning of modernism, but to readers around the world—even those daunted by Moby-DickBartleby the Scrivener ...


The Unquiet Earth: A Novel

by Denise Giardina

Dillon Freeman returns from World War II to Blackberry Creek, West Virginia, where he confronts the coal mining industry as a union organizer and falls in love with his conventional cousin, Rachel. By the author...


The Astral: A Novel

by Kate Christensen

From the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning author of The Great Man, a scintillating novel of love, loss, and literary rivalry set in rapidly changing Brooklyn.

The Astral is a huge rose-colored old pile of an apart­ment...


Break the Skin: A Novel

by Lee Martin

Laney—a skinny, awkward teenager alone in the world—thinks she’s found a kindred spirit in thirty-five-year-old Delilah. Then the police come to ask Laney questions and she finds herself reconstructing...


Hamlet: A Novel

by John Marsden

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but Hamlet can't be sure what's causing the stench. His rage at his mother's infidelities - together with his greed for the sensual Ophelia and his dead father's...