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The Mistress Of Nothing

by Kate Pullinger

Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London. But when her debilitating tuberculosis means exile, she and her devoted lady's maid, Sally, set sail for Egypt. It is Sally who describes, with a mixture of...


Venice Is a Fish: A Cultural Guide

by Tiziano Scarpa

Built on an inverted forest, paved with a tortoiseshell of boulders, Venice is a maze of tiny alleys, bridges and squares. Tiziano Scarpa wanders through the city, recounting the customs and secrets that only...


The Prophet Murders

Hop-Çiki-Yaya #2

by Mehmet Murat Somer

Something's gone seriously wrong in Istanbul - a killer is on the loose, and transvestites are being murdered, the modus operandi becoming increasingly bizarre with each death. Our protagonist - fellow transvestite,...


Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Four

Red Riding #1

by David Peace

Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. Christmas bombs and Lord Lucan on the run, Leeds United and the...


Sila's Fortune

by Fabrice Humbert

Paris, June 1995. In a restaurant, a waiter is violently attacked by a guest. No-one moves. Neither the Russian couple, nor the wife of the aggressor, nor the two young traders come to celebrate their first...


The Girl in Berlin

by Elizabeth Wilson

Summer, 1951. Two suspected spies, Burgess and Maclean, have disappeared, and the nation is obsessed with their whereabouts.

Speculation is at fever pitch when Colin Harris, a member of the Communist Party who...


Petite Mort

by Beatrice Hitchman

Mesdames et Messieurs, presenting La Petite Mort, or, A Little Death ...

A silent film, destroyed in a fire in 1914 at the Pathé studio, before it was seen even by its director.

A lowly seamstress, who makes...


The Body Hunter

by Najat El Hachmi & Peter Bush

Isabel is a young Catalan woman from a conventional family. She makes her living cleaning - in a pizza factory at night, and in the home of a middle-aged writer during the day. But she's hiding a secret life:...


The Silent Cry

by Kenzaburo Oe & John Bester

Two brothers, Takashi and Mitsu, return from Tokyo to the village of their childhood. Selling their family home leads them to an inescapable confrontation with their family history. Their attempt to escape the...


Far South

by David Enrique Spellman

Gerardo Fischer is missing. Can you help?

Theater director Gerardo Fischer has vanished from the Argentinian artists' colony where he was rehearsing a pioneering new work.

No note. No warning. No trace.

His...


Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir

by Pauline Black

Born in 1953 to Anglo-Jewish/Nigerian parents, Pauline Black was subsequently adopted by a white, working class family in Romford. Never quite at home there, she escaped her small town background and discovered...


To Live Outside the Law: Caught by Operation Julie, Britain's Biggest Drugs Bust

by Leaf Fielding

'Listen, Leaf,' Pritchard said, 'the hash is neither here nor there. You're in a lot more trouble than possession of a bit of dope. You've got big problems, man... big problems.'

He looked at me with something...


Walking on Dry Land

by Denis Kehoe

Ana knows little about her birth mother: she knows that she gave Ana away. She has a photograph, too, found in her Father's belongings when she was a teenager. It might be her mother, but there are two women...


Stabat Mater

by Tiziano Scarpa & Shaun Whiteside

The female musicians of the Instituto della Pietà play from a gallery in the church, their faces half hidden by metal grilles. They live segregated from the world. Cecilia, is a violinist who, during anguished,...


Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital

by Lloyd Bradley

For as long as people have been migrating to London, so has their music. An essential link to home, music also has the power to shape communities in surprising ways.

Black music has been part of London's landscape...


School For Patriots

by Martin Kohan & Nick Caistor

A school assistant in Buenos Aires' most prestigious state school, Maria Teresa Cornejo's job is to keep the students in line. Suspecting that some of them are smoking in the school toilets, Maria Teresa takes...


The Walk

by Robert Walser

Ranging from one-page fantasies to novella-length studies of everyday existence, The Walk reveals the irresistible genius of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. Under-appreciated even in his own...


Happiness

by Denis Robert

He's 39, a writer, dried up and waiting for better days. She's ten years younger, an arts graduate, not doing anything much. Both married, both bored. Lust at first sight. And so they fuck each other and keep...


One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed

by Melissa P.

One very hot Italian summer, a young woman sits alone in her bedroom and writes in her diary: 'I want love. I want to feel my heart melt. I want to sink into a river of passion.' As the summer unfolds, she follows...


Tarantula

by Thierry Jonquet

Richard Lafargue is an eminent plastic surgeon haunted by dirty secrets. He has an operating theatre in the basement of his chateau and keeps his partner Eve imprisoned in her bedroom, a room he has equipped...