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  • Bluebird, bluebird

    Attica Locke

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 April 2018

    Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2018 2018 Edgar Award Winner for best novel When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. Deeply conflicted about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him back. So when allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders - a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman - have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes - and save himself in the process - before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. 'In Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke had both mastered the thriller and exceeded it. Ranger Darren Mathews is tough, honor-bound, and profoundly alive in corrupt world. I loved everything about this book.' Ann Patchett 'Locke's writing is both sharp-edged and lyrical . This is thoughtful, piercing storytelling with the power to transport.' Diana Evans, Financial Times

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  • Washington black

    Esi Edugyan

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 4 April 2019

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 'A masterpiece' Attica Locke 'Strong, beautiful and beguiling' Observer 'Destined to become a future classic ... that rare book that should appeal to every kind of reader' Guardian When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven-year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of them. The eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Titch's idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger. They escape together, but then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible. Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is an extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.

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  • Constellation

    Adrien Bosc

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 November 2016
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  • AFRICAN PSYCHO

    Alain Mabanckou

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 23 March 2017

    Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 Gregoire Nakobomayo, a petty criminal, has decided to kill his girlfriend Germaine. He's planned the crime for some time, but still, the act of murder requires a bit of psychological and logistical preparation. Luckily, he has a mentor to call on, the far more accomplished serial killer Angoualima. The fact that Angoualima is dead doesn't prevent Gregoire from holding lengthy conversations with him. Little by little, Gregoire interweaves Angoualima's life and criminal exploits with his own. Continuing with the plan despite a string of botched attempts, Gregoire's final shot at offing Germaine leads to an abrupt unravelling. Lauded in France for its fresh and witty style, African Psycho 's inventive use of language surprises and relieves the reader by sending up this disturbing subject.

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  • 1983

    David Peace

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 April 2018

    Nineteen Eighty Three 's three intertwining storylines see the Quartet's central themes of corruption and the perversion of justice come to a head as BJ, the rent boy from Nineteen Seventy Four , the lawyer Big John Piggott - who's as near as you get to a hero in Peace's world - and Maurice Jobson, the senior cop whose career of corruption and brutality has set all this in motion, find themselves on a collision course that can only end in a terrible vengeance. Nineteen Eighty Three is an epic tale which concluded an extraordinary body of work confirming Peace as the most innovative and remarkable new British crime writer to have emerged for years.

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  • 1977

    David Peace

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 April 2018

    If you thought fiction couldn't get darker than David Peace's extraordinary debut, Nineteen Seventy Four , then think again. Nineteen Seventy Seven , the second instalment of the Red Riding Quartet, is one long nightmare. Its heroes - the half decent copper Bob Fraser and the burnt-out hack Jack Whitehead - would be considered villains in most people's books. Fraser and Whitehead have one thing in common though, they're both desperate men dangerously in love with Chapeltown prostitutes. And as the summer moves remorselessly towards the bonfires of Jubilee Night, the killings accelerate and it seems as if Fraser and Whitehead are the only men who suspect or care that there may be more than one killer at large. Out of the horror of true crime, David Peace has fashioned a work of terrible beauty. Like James Ellroy before him, David Peace tells us the true and fearsome secret history of our times.

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  • 1980

    David Peace

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 April 2018

    Red Riding Nineteen Eighty is set against an evolving backdrop of power, corruption and lies. The nightmare continues during the winter of 1980 when the Ripper murders his thirteenth victim and the whole of Yorkshire is terrorised. Assistant Chief Constable Hunter struggles to solve the hellish crimes and bring an end to the horror, but is drawn ever deeper into a world of bent coppers and sleaze. After his house is burned down, his wife is threatened and his colleagues turn against him, Hunter's quest becomes personal as he has nothing left to lose. Nineteen Eighty is a compelling battle between two desperate men, each determined to destroy the other. This third volume of the Red Riding Quartet displays Peace's unique voice which places him as one of the UK's finest crime writers.

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  • THE ESSEX SERPENT - FILM TIE IN Nouv.

    THE ESSEX SERPENT - FILM TIE IN

    Sarah Perry

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 May 2022
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  • LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN''S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021 As heard on BBC Radio 4''s Front Row February 2021 Book of the Month for Roxane Gay''s Book Club ''Irresistible ... Detransition, Baby is the first great trans realist novel '' Grace Lavery, Guardian ''A voraciously knowing, compulsively readable novel'' Chris Kraus ''Tremendously funny and sexy as hell'' Juliet Jacques 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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  • ADDRESS UNKNOWN

    Katherine Kressman Taylor

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 5 September 2019

    Can friendship survive in a divided world? Written on the eve of the Holocaust as a series of letters between a Jew in America and his German friend, Kressmann Taylor's classic novel is a haunting tale of a society poisoned by Nazism. First published in 1938, Address Unknown met with immediate success in English but was banned in Europe by the Nazis. Tragically prescient about what was to come, it was one of the earliest works of fiction to warn against the growing dangers of fascism and antisemitism in Europe. It became an international bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty languages. A novel of enduring impact with a memorable sting in its tail, Address Unknown stands as a powerful reminder of the dangers posed by the rhetoric of intolerance.

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  • WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

    Lionel Shriver

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 28 January 2016

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

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  • THE ESSEX SERPENT

    Sarah Perry

    • Serpent's tail
    • 15 June 2016
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  • SELECTED POEMS

    Langston Hughes

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 1 October 2020

    With a new introduction by the multi-prizewinning young poet Kayo Chingonyi. For over forty years, until his death in 1967, Langston Hughes captured in his poetry the lives of black people in the USA. This edition is Hughes's own selection of his work, and was first published in 1959. It includes all of his best known poems including 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers', 'The Weary Blues', 'Song for Billie Holiday', 'Black Maria', 'Magnolia Flowers', 'Lunch in a Jim Crow Car' and 'Montage of a Dream Deferred'. A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes is now seen as one of the great chroniclers of black American experience - and one of the great artists of the twentieth century.

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  • IN THE DREAM HOUSE - A MEMOIR

    Carmen Maria Machado

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 August 2020

    ''Ravishingly beautiful'' Observer ''Excruciatingly honest and yet vibrantly creative'' Irish Times ''Provocative and rich'' Economist ''Daring, chilling, and unlike anything else you''ve ever read'' Esquire ''An absolute must-read for 2020'' Stylist In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado''s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

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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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  • LIBERTIE

    Kaitlyn Greenidge

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 7 April 2022

    May 2021 Book of the Month for Roxane Gay''s Book Club Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Brooklyn after the Civil War, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother''s choices and is hungry for something else - is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it - for herself and for generations to come.

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  • HEAVEN, MY HOME

    Attica Locke

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 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

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 3 October 2019

    'Hugely readable and profoundly important ... Perry's masterly piece of postmodern gothic is one of the great achievements of our century' The Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE OBSERVER FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 'Beautiful, devastating, brilliant' Marian Keyes 'Astonishingly dark ... exquisitely balanced' Francis Spufford 'Packs a punch of atmosphere, creepiness, fear and melancholy' Susan Hill 'Mythic, ominous and sensitively human' Frances Hardinge 'Richly atmospheric, daring and surprising' Melissa Harrison 'Striking and brave, ... moving and terribly beautiful' Sam Guglani Oh my friend, won't you take my hand - I've been so lonely! One winter night in Prague, Helen Franklin meets her friend Karel on the street. Agitated and enthralled, he tells her he has come into possession of a mysterious old manuscript, filled with personal testimonies that take them from 17th-century England to wartime Czechoslovakia, the tropical streets of Manila, and 1920s Turkey. All of them tell of being followed by a tall, silent woman in black, bearing an unforgettable message. Helen reads its contents with intrigue, but everything in her life is about to change.

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  • UNDER THE BLUE

    Oana Aristide

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 3 March 2022

    Metro Best New Books to Read in Spring Pick Glossary Magazine Highly Anticipated Fiction Pick ''Achingly believable, unsensational, and chilling'' The Times '' Chilling, cryptic-apocalyptic, and highly thought-provoking '' Andrew Hunter Murray, Sunday Times Best-selling author of The Last Day '' Highly readable and hugely important - an apocalyptic road trip into our near future informed and shaped by the most pressing issues of our present'' Owen Sheers, author of Resistance 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 remote 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 an 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 an extraordinarily prescient and vital work of fiction - an apocalyptic road novel to frighten and thrill.

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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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  • THE BOOK OF DISQUIET - THE COMPLETET EDITION

    Fernando Pessoa

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 2 August 2018

    The Book of Disquiet is one of the great literary works of the twentieth century. Written over the course of Fernando Pessoa's life, it was first published in 1982, pieced together from the thousands of individual manuscript pages left behind by Pessoa after his death in 1935. Now this fragmentary modernist masterpiece appears in a major new edition that unites Margaret Jull Costa's celebrated translation with the most complete version of the text ever produced. It is presented here, for the first time in English, by order of original composition, and accompanied by facsimiles of the original manuscript. Narrated principally by an assistant bookkeeper named Bernardo Soares - an alias of sorts for Pessoa himself - The Book of Disquiet is 'the autobiobraphy of someone who never existed', a mosaic of dreams, of hope and despair; a hymn to the streets and cafes of 1930s Lisbon, and an extraordinary record of the inner life of one of the century's most important writers. This new edition represents the most complete vision of Pessoa's genius.

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  • THE WARLOW EXPERIMENT

    Alix Nathan

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 15 April 2020

    A Sunday Times fiction book of the year 'She is an original, with a virtuoso touch' - Hilary Mantel 'An extraordinary, quite brilliant book' - C. J. Sansom 'A powerful and unsettling novel' - Andrew Taylor The year is 1793 and Herbert Powyss is set on making his name as a scientist. Determined to study the effects of prolonged solitude on another human being, he advertises for someone willing to live in his cellar for seven years in return for a generous financial reward. The only man to apply is John Warlow, a semi-literate farm labourer with a wife and six children to support. Cut off from nature, Warlow soon begins losing his grip on sanity while, above ground, Powyss rapidly becomes obsessed with Warlow's wife, Hannah. One of 2019's most high-profile hardback publications, now out in paperback. More than eight thousand copies in print Featured on Radio Four's Book at Bedtime BBC History Magazine Best Historical Fiction of 2019

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  • TRUST EXERCISE

    Susan Choi

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    • 12 February 2020

    WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 'Will leave you shaken to your very core' Cosmopolitan NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2019 by Buzzfeed , Entertainment Weekly , New York Magazine , Electric Literature , T he Million s , PopSugar , Philadelphia Inquirer , Publisher's Weekly , Lit Hub , Bustle and Huffington Post 'An alchemical work that blends truth and art into a heady, addictive brew' Atlantic Sarah and David are in love - the obsessive, uncertain love of teenagers on the edge of adulthood. They have just started their first term at a performing arts school, where the rules are made by their magnetic drama instructor. Enclosing his students in a rarefied bubble where performance is everything, Mr Kingsley initiates them into a dangerous game that blurs the boundary between teacher and students. Two decades on we learn that what we were told about these teenagers' lives is not completely true, but not completely false either. The real story surrounding Sarah, David and their fellow students is larger and darker than we imagined, and the consequences have lasted a lifetime. Trust Exercise is an enthralling, captivating novel about how we define consent and what we lose, gain and never get over as we navigate our way into adulthood.

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  • THE PINE ISLANDS

    Marion Poschmann

    • Serpent''s tail
    • 2 April 2020

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2019 AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER When Gilbert wakes one day from a dream that his wife has cheated on him, he flees - immediately and inexplicably - for Tokyo, where he meets a fellow lost soul: Yosa, a young Japanese student clutching a copy of The Complete Manual of Suicide . Together, Gilbert and Yosa set off on a pilgrimage to see the pine islands of Matsushima, one looking for the perfect end to his life, the other for a fresh start. Playful and profound, The Pine Islands is a beautiful tale of friendship, transformation and acceptance in modern Japan.

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