Serpent's Tail

  • Bluebird, bluebird

    Attica Locke

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    • 15 September 2017
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  • Washington black

    Esi Edugyan

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 November 2017

    BASED ON AN INFAMOUS 19TH CENTURY CRIMINAL CASE, WASHINGTON BLACK TELLS THE STORY OF A WORLD DESTROYED AND MADE WHOLE AGAIN, WHERE CERTAINTY SEEMS UNATTAINABLE, AND MEN MUST REMAIN STRANGERS EVEN TO THEMSELVES.
    When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist - whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him.

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  • Constellation

    Adrien Bosc

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 November 2016
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  • Anglais Pleasantville

    Attica Locke

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    • 15 April 2015
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  • Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn''t hate. She''d scraped together a life previous generations of trans women could only dream of; the only thing missing was a child. Then everything fell apart and three years on Reese is still in self-destruct mode, avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men. When her ex calls to ask if she wants to be a mother, Reese finds herself intrigued. After being attacked in the street, Amy de-transitioned to become Ames, changed jobs and, thinking he was infertile, started an affair with his boss Katrina. Now Katrina''s pregnant. Could the three of them form an unconventional family - and raise the baby together?

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  • Anglais WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

    Lionel Shriver

    • Serpent's tail
    • 24 February 2005

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a popular algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time of the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York.

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  • THE ESSEX SERPENT

    Sarah Perry

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 June 2016
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  • BOOTH

    Karen Joy Fowler

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 3 March 2022

    Booth tells the story of the brilliant and disastrously ill-fated Booth family. Junius is the patriarch, a celebrated Shakespearean actor who fled bigamy charges in England, both a mesmerising talent and a man of terrifying instability. As his children grow up in a remote farmstead in 1820s rural Baltimore, the country draws ever closer to the boiling point of secession and civil war. Of the six Booth siblings who survive to adulthood, each has their own dreams they must fight to realise - but it is Johnny who makes the terrible decision that will change the course of history - the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Booth is a riveting novel focused on the very things that bind, and break, a family.

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  • HEAVEN, MY HOME

    Attica Locke

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    • 12 September 2019

    When the young son of an Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang captain goes missing, Ranger Darren Matthews has no choice but to investigate the crime. Following the election of Donald Trump, a new wave of racial violence has swept the state. Dark, swampy and filled with skeletal trees, Caddo Lake is so large it crosses into Lousiana. This is deep country and the rule of law doesn't mean much to the Brotherhood, beyond what it can do for them. A further complication is that Brotherhood is squatting on the land of a former Freedmen's community, and one of the last descendants of these former slaves is actually a suspect in the possible murder of the missing boy. Instructed by his lieutenant to use the investigation to gather more evidence that might help to take down the Texas chapter of the Brotherhood, Darren is playing very dangerous game indeed.

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  • MELMOTH

    Sarah Perry

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    • 2 October 2018

    Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her. Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take. Exquisitely written, and gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.

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  • UNDER THE BLUE

    Oana Aristide

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    • 11 March 2021

    A road trip beneath clear blue skies and a blazing sun: a reclusive artist is forced to abandon his home and follow two young sisters across a post-pandemic Europe in search of a safe place. Is this the end of the world? Meanwhile two computer scientists have been educating their baby in a top-secret location. Their baby is called Talos, and he is an advanced AI program. Every week they feed him data, starting from the beginning of written history, era by era, and ask him to predict what will happen next to the human race. At the same time they''re involved in a increasingly fraught philosophical debate about why human life is sacred and why the purpose for which he was built - to predict threats to human life to help us avoid them - is a worthwhile and ethical pursuit. These two strands come together in a way that is always suspenseful, surprising and intellectually provocative: this is a page-turning novel to make you question all your assumptions.

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  • OUT OF THE SUN - ESSAYS AT THE CROSSROADS OF RACE

    Esi Edugyan

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 3 February 2022

    History is a construction. What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author''s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines the depiction of Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge the accepted narrative. In these groundbreaking, reflective and erudite essays adapted from her prestigious Massey Lecture series, Esi Edugyan illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in European and global culture and history. Edugyan combines her examples with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story in this dazzling first work of non-fiction.

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  • Anglais Black Rock

    Amanda Smyth

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    • 18 February 2009

    Celia's mother died bringing her into the world. So she lives in Black Rock, Tobago, with her cousins and her aunt Tassi's second husband Roman, a man so sly he could crawl under a snake's belly on stilts. Celia thinks he's the devil, so when he does something that proves her right, she runs away to Trinidad and a new life in service.

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  • Anglais BLACK WATER RISING

    Attica Locke

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    • 14 October 2009

    Jay Porter, a struggling personal injury attorney down on his luck, suddenly finds himself in a situation spiralling out of control. Jay knows a boat ride on the Bayou won't measure up to his wife's expectations of a birthday celebration, but it's all he can afford. Once a man of virtuous ideals, he is now just waiting for a break.

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  • THE WORD FOR WOMAN IS WILDERNESS

    Abi Andrews

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    • 15 February 2018

    Debut-Novel, 19-Jährige Erin liebt Abenteuer und Entdecken. Will männlichen Entdeckern Konkurrenz bieten und macht sich kurzerhand auf nach Alaska um ein Abenteuer zu erleben und sich und ihr Lebensziel zu finden.

    Autorin: Jg 1991, Engländerin

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  • THE WARLOW EXPERIMENT

    Alix Nathan

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    • 1 July 2018

    What kind of person keeps a man underground for seven years? And who would agree to be part of such an experiment? 'This is an extraordinary, quite brilliant book' - C. J. Sansom Herbert Powyss lives on a small estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable cultivation of exotic plants and trees. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science - something consequential enough to present to the Royal Society in London. He hits on a radical experiment in isolation: for seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the cellar of the manor house, fitted out with books, paintings and even a chamber organ. Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter. The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact; the subject will keep a diary of his daily thoughts and actions. The pay? Fifty pounds per annum, for life. Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job: John Warlow, a semi-literate labourer with a wife and six children to provide for. The experiment, a classic Enlightenment exercise gone more than a little mad, will have unforeseen consequences for all included. In this seductive tale of self-delusion and obsession, Alix Nathan has created an utterly transporting historical novel which is both elegant and unforgettably sinister.

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  • THE DISASTER TOURIST

    Yun Ko-Eun

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 May 2020

    Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working as a programming coordinator for Jungle , a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately she tries to complain, and in an attempt to bury her allegations, the company make her an attractive proposition: a free ticket for one of their most sought-after trips, to the desert island of Mui. She accepts the offer and travels to the remote island, where the major attraction is a supposedly-dramatic sinkhole. When the customers who've paid a premium for the trip begin to get frustrated, Yona realises that the company has dangerous plans to fabricate an environmental catastrophe to make the trip more interesting, but when she tries to raise the alarm, she discovers she has put her own life in danger.

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  • A BOOKSHOP IN ALGIERS

    Kaouther Adimi

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 20 May 2021

    In 1936, a young dreamer named Edmond Charlot opened a modest bookshop in Algiers. Fast-forward to 2017 and young Ryad arrives at Charlot's beloved bookshop. Once the heart of Algerian cultural life, where Camus launched his first book and the Free French printed propaganda during the war, it has been closed for decades, living on as a government lending library. Now it is to be shuttered forever. But as Ryad empties it of its books, he begins to understand that a bookshop can be much more than just a shop that sells books. A Bookshop in Algiers charts the changing fortunes of Charlot's bookshop through the political drama of Algeria's turbulent twentieth century of war, revolution and independence. It is a moving celebration of books, bookshops, and of those who dare to dream.

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  • Anglais Dirty wars

    Jérémy Scahill

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 April 2013

    In this remarkable story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill documents the new paradigm of American war: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never publicly acknowledged.

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  • Anglais The Gunman Film Tie-in

    Jean-Patrick Manchette

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    • 12 March 2015

    Deadly professional assassin Martin Terrier returns to Paris after his latest job determined to get out of the game. Ten years ago he made a promise to return to his childhood sweetheart in the south of France. But circumstances put Martin's attempted retirement on hold.

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  • THIS IS PLEASURE

    Mary Gaitskill

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    • 7 November 2019

    'The range of Gaitskill's humanity is astonishing' LA Times 'I don't know why I behaved the way I did, and I kept doing it; he kept doing it. And though I might once have easily brushed it away, suddenly I could not. Nor could I confront him. The conversation moved too quickly.' Quin and Margot have been friends for more than twenty years. Quin is an extrovert and a sensualist who thrives on flirtation and ambiguity. He is at his happiest when encouraging intimate confidences from the women he meets. Always clear with him about the boundaries of their own relationship, until now Margot has looked on his behaviour with a mixture of ambivalence and affection. But when Quin's actions are held up against a new light, and his life begins to unravel, Margot tries to work towards a deeper understanding of her friend, the damage he might have caused, and the loyalty he deserves. This is Pleasure is a masterpiece of fiction that looks unflinchingly at the difficult and necessary debates of our present moment. It rejects moral certainties while honouring the ambiguity and vulnerability at the heart of all human relationships.

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  • SEA CHANGE

    Alix Nathan

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    • 8 July 2021

    ''I''ll be back soon, my love. Tonight, I hope.'' The last time Eve saw her mother, Sarah Battle - the abolitionist proprietor of Battle''s Coffee House - she was climbing into a hot air balloon one ill-fated afternoon when Eve was just a little girl. Missing, presumed drowned, Sarah left behind many mysteries for her young daughter to puzzle over. Why did Sarah flee to America with Eve''s father? Why is Eve''s guardian Joseph so riven with guilt about the accident? And why is Nursey still convinced that Sarah isn''t dead? Regency London is an unpredictable place, enthralled by naval pageantry and gripped by wild terrors of sedition. A spoilt, lonely orphan in the house of her erratic artist guardian, Eve must grow into a young woman with no one to guide her through its perils or explain the contradictions of the adult world. One hundred miles away, in the fishing village of Sowerthorpe, the Reverend Snead preaches hellfire and damnation to his impoverished parishioners and his long-suffering wife. Snead''s morality is irreproachable, he even plays host to a beautiful, mute woman pulled out of the sea - and as her protector he keeps a very close watch indeed.

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  • GET A LIFE

    Vivienne Westwood

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    • 15 October 2016

    Vivienne Westwood began Get A Life , her online diary, in 2010 with an impassioned post about Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Since then, she has written two or three entries each month, discussing her life in fashion and her involvement with art, politics and the environment. Reading Vivienne's thoughts, in her own words, is as fascinating and provocative as you would expect from Britain's punk dame - a woman who always says exactly what she believes. And what a life! One week, you might find Vivienne up the Amazon, highlighting tribal communities' struggles to maintain the rainforest; another might see her visiting Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy, or driving up to David Cameron's house in the Cotswolds in a full-on tank. Then again, Vivienne might be hanging out with her friend Pamela Anderson, or in India for Naomi Campbell's birthday party, or watching Black Sabbath in Hyde Park with Sharon Osbourne. The beauty of Vivienne Westwood's diary is that it is so fresh and unpredictable. In book form, generously illustrated with her own selection of images, it is irresistible.

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  • BROKEN RIVER

    J. Robert Lennon

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    • 15 June 2017

    Following a string of affairs, Karl and Eleanor are giving their marriage one last shot: they're moving with their twelve-year-old daughter Irina from Brooklyn to a newly renovated, apparently charming old house near the upstate New York town of Broken River. Before their arrival, the house stood empty for over a decade. The reason is no secret. Twelve years previously, a brutal double murder took place there, a young couple killed in front of their child. The crime was never solved, and most locals consider the house cursed. The family may have left the deceptions of their city life behind them, but all three are still lying to each other, and to themselves. Before long the family's duplicity will unleash forces none of them could possibly have anticipated, putting them in mortal danger. This new novel by America's master of literary rule-breaking is part thriller, part family drama, part Gothic horror-and like all J.Robert Lennon's novels, it shows the consequences of human deceitfulness, and the dreadful force the past can exert on the present.

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