• Claire Vaye Watkins

    Gold Fame Citrus

    Haunting and beautifully written first novel by the award-winning author of Battleborn and the widely-talked of article On Pandering, set among a cult of survivors in a dystopian American desert
    • Peter May

      Coffin Road

      THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, AS FEATURED ON SIMON MAYO'S BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB. The million-selling author of the Lewis trilogy brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides.
      • J Ryan Stradal

        Kitchens of the Great Midwest

        Joyful, quirky and heartwarming, this is the story of a girl who becomes a world-famous chef, told by those who love her, envy her and never forget her.

        About Us

        riverrun is Quercus's new literary imprint, established to showcase the best in literary fiction, upmarketing crime and top-class non-fiction. As part of Quercus, over the years riverrun have been curating a list that, in its diversity, has one feature to mark it out – the writing. We’ve found talent in many different forms, and it’s the writers themselves that make riverrun what it is. Choosing the name of the new imprint – riverrun – was more complicated than we could have imagined, but all along the solution was across the road. A river. It is, of course, the first word of one of the most famous – and probably unread – books ever written, Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. We hope our imprint will attain the first quality and our books will avoid the second. We will publish books we intend to be international, as relevant to Sydney as Sydenham – which brings me back to Joyce: in the particular is contained the universal.

        A Place of Refuge

        By Tobias Jones

        Why is it that the more advanced our society becomes, the unhappier we are?
        Seeking an answer from the only honest perspective, Tobias Jones and his wife opened up their family home and ten acre woodland to those going through crises in their lives, or suffering from depression, addiction and loneliness.
        They will encounter extraordinary people: from 'Roadkill Kev' to 'Mary Poppins'; build a chapel, raise pigs and encounter both violent antagonism and astounding generosity. At the same time, they will open themselves, their children and their ideals up to the most demanding of judgements and transformations.
        Five years on, they think they are on to something. To sit down to eat together, to work on the land, to have no tolerance for drugs but a lot of tolerance for change â?" it takes time and many mistakes, but they have found a way to help people.
        This is the story of how.

        This is no Hollywood-style tale of redemption and transformation. It is something much more honest: a warts-and-all account of what it is like to try a radically different way of living, and to not only survive, but have real triumphs . . . Thanks to Jones's sense of humour the book rarely feels "worthy", in the pejorative sense, despite the subject matter . . . Admirably erudite, charming and reflective . . . To read this book is to imagine, even if only briefly, that a different way of living might be possible.Fascinating and remarkable . . . a study of compassion in actionThis is an enjoyable book[I was] Amused and moved by this book . . . The Joneses' desire to rescue lost people is both magnificent and astonishingChosen as a summer read by Julian BagginiExtremely gripping and moving . . . Often very funny . . . Jones writes beautifully about the changing seasons . . . Each night I looked forward to reading this book. Clearly there is something in our psychological make-up that longs to be part of an 'extended household', breaking bread with strangers. Or - at least - to experience it voyeuristically through the pages of a captivating memoirThere is much beauty in the story of Windsor Hill Wood, the rural idyll that Jones and Fra create together. He manages to take us with him into it . . . Jones is a sublime writer, who has the ability to bring tears to the eyeIt's a gentle meditation on a brave venture that leaves the reader uplifted and even a little enlightenedIt is Jones's humanity and gift for characterisation that make his book so captivating . . . His account rings with universal truths . . . A Place of Refuge asks difficult questions about how often mental illness is connected with the fact that 'community', as it's currently understood, is delivered through a screenA wonderful book describing the bosky - sometimes bolshie - community he and his wife set up for allcomers: recovering alcoholics, addicts and anoxerics. It is written with the keenest eye for nature - human and leafy - and a wisdom learned the hard way (perhaps there is no other way)Share your belongings and start belonging â?" the story of Windsor Hill WoodTobias Jones is the author of four non-fiction books, Blood on the Altar, The Dark Heart of Italy, Basilitica andUtopian Dreams; and the Castagnetti crime trilogy, The Salati Case, White Death and Death of a Showgirl. He has worked as a journalist in Britain for the London Review of Books, the Independent on Sunday and the Observer; and in Italy, producing two political documentary series for the Italian state broadcaster RAI 3. He lives at Windsor Hill Wood in Somerset with his wife and three children where he runs a working farm refuge.

        + Tobias Jonesâ?Ts titles have sold over 109k copies through the UK TCM
        + He has published a crime trilogy set in Italy
        + His weekly column on the Windsor Hill Wood project appeared in the Observer for nine months
        + The Dark Heart of Italy was made into a BBC documentary in 2009
        + The follow-up to his book Utopian Dreams, which explored life in other communities


        A Field Guide to Reality

        By Joanna Kavenna, Oly Ralfe

        'An extraordinary, wise, funny, adventurous and hallucinogenic book that combines fiction with gleefully warped fact. Kavenna explores the complex nature of reality and perception with vast imaginative energy and a generous spirit.' A. L. Kennedy

        Eliade Jencks knows the only reason people call at midnight is to tell you someone has died. Professor Solete was one of her few friends. Perhaps her only friend. But his friends don't think much of her - a vague, scruffy waitress, impatient with philosophical onanism at parties. Naturally, they're horrified to find out that Solete has left her his Field Guide to Reality.

        The Guide has taken on legendary proportions among the celebrated minds of Oxford. The work of a lifetime, it purportedly advances Solete's great philosophical Theory of Everything and even defines the very nature of reality. A big, important book. Only, they can't find it.

        So, baffled, grieving, and slightly annoyed, Eliade sets out on a quest for the missing manuscript, and falls down a rabbit-hole of metaphysical possibility. From a psychotropic tea party to the Priests of the Quantum Realm, she trips her way through Solete's wonderland reality and, without quite meaning to, bursts open the boundaries of her own.

        In this clever, darkly ironic and moving novel, Granta Best of Young British author Joanna Kavenna displays fearless originality and dread wit in confronting the strangeness of reality and how we contend with the disappearance of those we love.

        Beautiful original drawings by Oly Ralfe illustrate this haunting tale of bringing light to an empty room.

        A Field Guide to Reality is an extraordinary, wise, funny, adventurous and hallucinogenic book that combines fiction with gleefully warped fact. Kavenna explores the complex nature of reality and perception with vast imaginative energy and a generous spirit.A novel so utterly startling and inventive, it's almost an act of resistance. Joanna Kavenna is a true literary insurgent: bravely unconventional and ruthless in her quest to demonstrate the possibility of deep, distinctive experience.A gripping mystery story, a sprightly tour through Western philosophy, and a thoughtful investigation of the meaning of life, death and the universe. A beautifully written novelA Field Guide To Reality is not only weird but rather wonderful; extremely ambitious, inventive and written with a sure lightness of touch.A sophisticated [...] roman des idées, part Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, part Gulliver's Travels . . . Fascinating . . . An engagingly artless off-the-cuff freshness . . . I couldn't put it down. A cult following seems certain.If Lewis Carroll was parodying intellectual fashions with his curious characters, Kavenna is here leading the reader playfully through the paradoxes of the quantum universe . . . It is refreshing as well as disconcerting to read a novel that sets aside convention so resolutely, and to encounter a heroine who is so quirky, curious and clever on her quest through the quantum WonderlandA bizarre and delightful journey into the sheer strangeness of what is . . . It opts to push the boundaries of what the novel is, playfully borrowing from other forms and genres. The whole thing is visually and formally offbeat . . . peppered with odd, dark and charming illustrations by Oly Ralfe . . . A fascinating novel. Kavenna's writing tends toward the gravely lyrical . . . One of the great charms of her prose is the humour with which she leavens it. Sly remarks fall like leering winks from a widow . . . Incredibly beautifulThe 'novel of ideas' here has tended to work best by wit, by wryness and by irony . . . There is a very English kind of surrealism at play in this novel . . . This novel of Roger Bacon and baked beans, a comic metaphysical thriller, is a nebulous and sharp delightDefying genres and expectations, Joanna Kavenna opens a Pandora's Box of abstruse ideas while sending up life in ivory towers. Relentless in terms of genre - one minute campus comedy, the next elegaic wistfulness, bemused one minute and enthrallingly enlightened the next - perfectly mirrors the novel's major themeA work of cunning misdirection and trickery - a mystery in thrall to mystery's beauty . . . That it proves so entertaining is testament not only to Kavenna's skill, but also her enthusiasm. This is a novel charged with a vital and distinctly unfashionable faith in the wonder and plurality of knowledge itself . . . For all its lightness of touch, its energy and humour, this is a work concerned with darkness of a very different kind: grief. . . [for which] like the investigations into light that weave their way through this strange and charming novel, there are no easy formulae.I will happily read anything by Joanna Kavenna - she's brilliant, funny, and wildly original . . . It's a brilliant intellectual firework displayRalfe's work fills pages and muscles in on the text - it pushes words to one side, or streaks behind them, but it is never intrusive, nor gratuitous. Kavenna's book would be much less affecting, much less beautiful, without themOxford inspires dark supernatural novels with Dust . . . A Field Guide to Reality: smart, strange, coping with death through LightA conceptual tour de force and a satire of pseudo-philosophy and literary devices, from the brilliantly comic ironist and Granta Best of Young British authorJoanna Kavenna (Author)
        Joanna Kavenna is the author of The Ice Museum, Inglorious (which won the Orange Prize for New Writing), The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Spectator, London Review of Books and New York Times and she has held writing fellowships at St Antony's College Oxford and St John's College Cambridge. In 2011 she was named as one of the Telegraph's 20 Writers Under 40 and in 2013 was listed as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in Oxfordshire.

        Oly Ralfe (Illustrator)
        Oly Ralfe is an artist, film-maker and musician. He collaborated with The Mighty Boosh and has recorded four music albums as Ralfe Band, including the soundtrack to the film Bunny and The Bull. His documentary films and music videos have won several awards.

        Kavenna is one of Granta's 2013 Best of Young British WritersHer last novel Come to the Edge received high and widespread critical acclaimFor fans of Ali Smith and Will SelfWith sixty stunning original illustrations by Oly Ralfe, artist, musician and film-maker and collaborator on The Mighty Boosh

        Six Four

        By Hideo Yokoyama, Jonathan Lloyd-Davies

        *Shortlisted for the 2016 CWA International Dagger*

        SIX FOUR.

        For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

        For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as 'Six Four'. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.

        For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.

        Not only is Six Four an addictive read, it is an education about Japan, its police and its society, and simply one of the best crime novels I have ever read.A classic plot about a decent cop painstakingly uncovering corruption suddenly turns into one of the most remarkable revenge dramas in modern detective fiction.Crime fiction aficionados constantly search for the next big thing, and this remarkable epic may just fit the bill. It is like nothing you have ever read in the genre, told in a narrative voice that is truly unique.It's very different, in tone, narrative and style, from almost anything out there . . . the twist and the pay-off are worth the wait.A huge hit in Japan and it's easy to see why . . . steadily gathers menace and power until it becomes addictive.The plot would grip in any language . . . not just a police procedural but a guide book to Japan . . . There's much talk these days of binge viewing; here is a binge read.[A] well-written epic tale, which reads beautifully in Jonathan Lloyd-Davies's translation. Six Four is far more a monument to the idiosyncrasies of Japanese bureaucratic life than it is a simple detective story.Slow building, meticulous in its insistence on unfolding all the procedural elements of a Japanese crime investigation and its political ramifications, this is a novel that insidiously grows on you until you are fully captive of its narrative flow and can't put it down.Epic in ambition, it unfurls like a flower in the spring sunlight, steadily increasing its grip as it does so.In many ways Six Four is the literary equivalent of a good TV box set such as Danish TV series The Killing. It is totally fascinating, revealing as much about Japan and its people as about the mystery at its heart. Unable to put the book down, I read until 3am every night for a week, the shadows under my eyes growing darker with every hour. But I was rewarded with a shocking conclusion. Six Four is unique, remarkable and deserves to sell at least as well over here as it did in Japan.Read the Japanese crime sensation that sold over a million copies.Quercus super-lead for Spring 2016.Combines the social insight and impossible mystery of The Devotion of Suspect X with the building tension and shattering denouement of Presumed Innocent.Ranked the Number 1 Domestic Mystery of 2012 by the weekly magazine Shukan bunshun, the Number 1 Mystery Title in Japan's 2013 Konomys rankings, and personally recommended by Tokyo's leading crime editor as the foremost Japanese crime novel of the century.Continuing Quercus' track record of publishing trailblazing, award-winning international crime fiction.Early publicity and marketing activity at 2015 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate.Bespoke proof mailing prior to March 2016 hardback publication.

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        Kitchens of the Great Midwest

        By J. Ryan Stradal

        'A tremendous novel that combines powerfully moving moments with hilarious satire' Daily Mail

        'Eva Thorvald is the new Olive Kitteridge' Elisabeth Egan

        'Kitchens of the Great Midwest is terrific' Jane Smiley, Guardian

        Have you met Eva Thorvald?

        To her father, a chef, she's a pint-sized recipe tester and the love of his life. To the chilli chowdown contestants of Cook County, Illinois, she's a fire-eating demon. To the fashionable foodie goddess of supper clubs, she's a wanton threat. She's an enigma, a secret ingredient that no one can figure out. Someday, Eva will surprise everyone.

        One by one, they tell their story; together, they tell Eva's. Joyful, quirky and heartwarming, this is a novel about the family you lose, the friends you make and the chance connections that make a life.

        On the day before her eleventh birthday, she's cultivating chilli peppers in her wardrobe like a pro. Abandoned by her mother, gangly and poor, Eva arms herself with the weapons of her unknown heritage: a kick-ass palate and a passion bordering on obsession.

        Over the years, her tastes grow, and so do her ambitions. One day Eva will be the greatest chef in the world. But along the way, the people she meets will shape her - and she, them - in ways unforgettable, riotous and profound. So she - for one - knows exactly who she is by the time her mother returns.

        Special paperback edition with questions for reading groups, interview, guide to the Midwest, recipes and more!

        An oven-warm yet bittersweet collection of character studies circling the story of Eva Thorvald . . . Hilariously precise in its cultural geography . . . But in spite of its locavorous detail, the novel's plot is driven by a universal truth: that food brings people togetherThis offbeat debut features many satisfying ingredients, including triumph over adversity, recipes and a warm Midwestern backdropStradal creates something quirky, affecting and deliciousFun and originalStradal's delicious debut reveals Eva's sweet, sad, funny self in a series of funny vignettesA gorgeous feast that feeds both the senses and the soulA tender coming-of-age story with a mix of finely rendered pathos and humour . . . Ultimately, Kitchens reveals the strong interplay among food, family and our most cherished memories . . . Stradal suggests that love - or the absence of love - is the most powerful condition of allTime flew by when we sat down with Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a charming and unusual first novel . . . We were blown away by Stradal's flair for depicting messy emotions and mixed-up families, and delighted by his insightful and funny reflections on foodie culture and class dynamicsA warm and enjoyable read about life, love, food, family . . . and chilli eating contestsThis wise and witty tale of immigrant assimilation wholeheartedly embraces a passion for food . . . Laugh-out-loud funny . . . Stradal is so good at evoking the inner lives of his characters, male and female, young and old . . . Stradal has a sharp eye for the evolution of culture and for landscape; his tone is light, always a little askew . . . Midwesterners never forget what things cost, and Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific reminder of what can be wrested from suffering and struggle - not only success, but also considerable irony, a fair amount of wisdom and a decent mealThis lovely, poignant, hilarious book is the best thing I have read this year. Everything about it is original and wonderful . . . The writing is whipcrack smart and it's both powerfully moving and brilliantly satirical, especially about kitchen snobbery. Read it, read it!Despite a life pockmarked by poverty and other adversities, Eva has an equally outsize heart. A warring mass of desires, talents and imperfections, she's an attractively flawed, completely likable demigoddess . . . Kitchens of the Great Midwest is not only Eva's story but also a gastronomic portrait of a region . . . It's an impressive feat of narrative jujitsu . . . This colorful, character-driven story . . . keeps readers turning the ­pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they areEva Thorvald is the new Olive KitteridgeTeenagers and foodies (teenage foodies especially), will love this book. It's about Eva, a bullied girl who triumphs over her adversaries to become a legendary chef. This is great in itself, but there's so much more to it than that . . . The story-within-a-story action ranges all over the U.S. and is a celebration of great American food as well as the great American underdog. A tremendous novel that combines powerfully moving moments with hilarious satire, especially about kitchen snobberyJoyful, quirky and heartwarming, this is the story of a girl who becomes a world-famous chef, told by those who love her, envy her and never forget her.J. Ryan Stradal's writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Rattling Wall, McSweeney's: The Goods, and Hobart, among other places, and he edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a literary-culinary events series called Hot Dish and has worked as a TV producer, notably for Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch. He does not own a gun and a motorcycle, which makes him unique among the men in his extended family.Multi-platform campaign expected to generate half a million impressionsHas the verve and fresh delivery of Olive Kitteridge and Where d'Ya Go, Bernadette?Pitched for literary crossover and reading groups.Rights have been sold in eleven territories worldwide, including German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

        All Things Cease to Appear

        By Elizabeth Brundage

        'Ghosts, murder, a terrifying psychotic who seems normal, and beautiful writing. Loved it' Stephen King

        'What, at first, seems to be a crime novel is much more . . . Not so much a whodunnit as a whydunnit' Fanny Blake, Daily Mail

        'Can make you gasp in astonishment or break your heart with a single line' Wall St Journal

        Upstate New York, 1980s

        The farm stood at the foot of the hill. Around it, an aching emptiness of fields and wind. Within, a weight, a sense of being occupied, with more than its inhabitants.

        The Clares got it cheap. George knew why, though he didn't let on ­- he didn't want to give Catherine any excuses. He'd given her an easy excuse to get married. He wasn't prepared to give away much more.

        Catherine, at home with their young daughter, has the feeling they're not alone. She is helped by the Hale boys, young Cole and his brothers. Though they never tell her what happened to their mother in this house.

        As the seasons burn and then bite, the Clares will find their place in this small upstate community. George, the inscrutable professor; his beautiful, brittle wife. He will try to tame the hollow need inside him. She will pull strength from the friends she makes. But as their marriage splinters, so too does the border between sanity and rage; between this world, and the inexplicable beyond.

        With masterful tension and understanding of human nature, Elizabeth Brundage has crafted a novel that is at once a community's landscape spanning twenty years and an intimate portrait of a disturbed mind. This is new American fiction at its most piercing, ambitious and chilling.

        Brundage's brilliant new novel is as terrifyingly unsettling-and as beautiful-as cracking ice over a raging river. Part murder mystery, part ghost story, it's also a profound look at how past guilt informs the present, how what we yearn for is not always what we get, and how it's not only houses that can be haunted, but people as well. One of the most ambitious, original and gorgeously written novels that I've ever read-and been unable to forget.All Things Cease to Appear is a riveting ghost story, psychological thriller, and literary page turner. It's also the story of four women: Ella, Catherine, Justine, and Willis. With masterful skill and brilliant empathy, Brundage brings each of them to vivid and remarkable life. At its heart, this is a story about women's grit and courage, will and intelligence. It's a powerful and beautiful novelAt once high art and a spellbinding thriller, this is a book of many wonders, including a character as creepily sinister as any created by Patricia HighsmithA dynamic portrait of a young woman coming into her own [and] of a marriage in free fall. . . . It rises to [great] literary heights and promises a soaring mix of mysticismBrundage's searing, intricate novel epitomizes the best of the literary thriller, marrying gripping drama with impeccably crafted prose, characterizations, and imagery . . . Succeeding as murder mystery, ghost tale, family drama, and love story, her novel is both tragic and transcendentI bloody loved this. I could have taken weeks over it, lingering on the harmony and beauty of her language and the creeping delicacy of what was going on - but the plot and the people pull you in. It's an iceberg in disguise. Beneath the daisies and farmhouses, the drinks parties and local dramas something grand, tense and terrifying is shifting, between men and women, between townies and newcomers, between adults and children. And then a crack shoots through - unexpected light, the clarity of hatred, inevitability . . . A lot of people will be getting this for their birthdays this year.Superb . . . think a more literary, and feminist, Gone Girl. As the seemingly perfect marriage at its core reminds us, the most lethal deceptions are the stories we tell ourselvesA book as lyrically written, frequently shocking and immensely moving as Elizabeth Brundage's All Things Cease to Appear transcends categorization . . . Reading this book is at once wrenching and exhilarating thanks to Ms. Brundage's prose, which can make you gasp in astonishment or break your heart with a single lineGhosts, murder, a terrifying psychotic who seems normal, and beautiful writing. Loved itWhat, at first, seems to be a crime novel is much more, working on several levels. It's the painful story of a marriage that should never have happened . . . Furthermore, it's a chilling portrait of a pyschopathic killer. Not so much a whodunnit as a whydunnit, this richly imagined, sprawling novel contains scalpel-sharp dissections of the characters and their increasingly complex relationshipsHaunting . . . Brundage exposes the mind of the killer in slow and forensic detailA portrait of a dysfunctional marriage with supernatural shadowing . . . so beautifully written, so full of neat observations and telling detailsMesmerising . . . This isn't a whodunit - the mystery's easy enough to solve. Instead, it's a psychological portrait of a whole community . . . [the] novel is compelling, as coldly beautiful as it is unsettling. It's haunting, in the best possibly wayIf I could choose just one thriller from all that I have read this year to recommend as a Christmas present for a friend, it would be All Things Cease to Appear. This remarkable novel, an utterly compelling tale that is part supernatural ghost story, part acutely observed psychological thriller and part gripping family sagaBeginning with an axe murder and ending with cold justice, this novel tells the intimate story of two marriages, in all their loneliness, cruelty and final redemption. For fans of Donna Tartt, with the most nuanced portrait of a psychopath since Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr RipleyElizabeth Brundage graduated from Hampshire College, attended the NYU film school, was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and received an M.F.A. as well as a James Michener Award from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. She has taught at a variety of colleges and universities, most recently at Skidmore College as a visiting writer in residence. She lives near Albany in upstate New York.Elizabeth Brundage will be available in the UK for publicationFor fans of Donna Tartt, Jane Smiley, Anne Tyler and Kate Atkinson; and comparable to FargoThe most nuanced portrait of a psychopath since Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley

        Coffin Road

        By Peter May

        The million-selling author of the Lewis trilogy brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides.

        A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.

        A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before - a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery - a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why.

        A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance.

        Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth - and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

        Praise for Peter May:

        He is a terrific writer doing something different.

        From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.A true pleasure to read.Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth.One of the best regarded crime series of recent years.Lyrical, empathetic and moving.A wonderfully complex book.May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships.Will have the reader relishing every tendency of description and characterization.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.Powerful and authentic.The million-selling master of crime brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides.Extensive pre-order campaign.National outdoor advertising.The Hebrides-based Lewis trilogy has sold over 1 million copies across all editions.Peter May's previous two standalone thrillers, Runaway and Entry Island, were both Top 5 Sunday Times bestsellers, with the latter being awarded the 2014 ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year award.Spotlights the contemporary environmental debate concerning the disappearance of bees and the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder.In 2014, Quercus brought into print May's Enzo Files, which have since sold over 125,000 copies through the UK TCM.From April 2016, Quercus will be re-issuing Peter May's acclaimed China thrillers.

        Elephant Complex

        By John Gimlette

        A gripping account of an under-reported island' Spectator, Book of the Year
        '[A] brilliant new book about an island that has a geography from heaven and a history from hell' Daily Telegraph
        'A brilliant work of travel, history and psychological insight . . . astute and sympathetic . . . very funny' Wall Street Journal
        Everyone has wanted a piece of paradise
        John Gimlette - winner of the Dolman Prize and the Shiva Naipaul Prize for Travel Writing - is the kind of traveller you'd want by your side. Whether hacking a centuries-old path through the jungle, interrogating the surviving members of the Tamil Tigers or observing the stranger social mores of Colombo's city life, he brings his own unique insight to the page: a treasure-chest of research and a gift for wry amusement. Through him, Sri Lanka - all at once dazzling, strange, conflicted and beautiful - comes to life as never before.

        The reader in search of a thoughtful adventure is in good hands. Gimlette brings a brisk barrister-like inquisition to proceedings, allied with amiable good humour and a searching interest in the history of peoples and places . . . Intrepid to the last, Gimlette wanders among mountains and jungles, drawing his journey to a close among the wreckage of the civil war . . . Rich in humour, full of insight and humanity, Elephant Complex is a very fine tribute to this enigmatic island nationBrilliant . . . It displays his gift for graphic imagery and his eye for the absurd. But it is, perhaps, his darkest book yet . . . Along with the swimming trunks and the sunblock, I'd pack a copy of Elephant ComplexA gripping account of an under-reported islandInsightful and interesting . . . holistic observation of humanity as entalged in acryptic webbing of mortality, immortality and matter that Gimlette offers us . . . The great appeal of this book is that we travel alongside himA quest to understand the country, and not a mere description of it. This is what sets the book apart from the legion of Ceylon and Sri Lanka travelogues. . . Sri Lankans themselves will find Gimlette's renditions of places from Colombo to the desolate Wanni inspiring and evocative . . . While many travel writers on Ceylon often tended to trim and twist the country to fit it into their own neat narrative, Gimlette does not hide the incongruities and bafflements he encounteredBook of the Year: The 'elephant complex' of the title refers to ancient paths that the creatures have always followed on the island. Gimlette believes he must trace similar historical paths to get under the skin of Sri Lanka. He does so with wit and the occasional scrape with the authoritiesAn intrepid journey to the famously reclusive island unearths a paradise amid trauma and obfuscation . . . An effortless, elegant writer, Gimlette chronicles the stories of these truculent, traumatized people . . . An exuberant, eye-opening travel questAs for Mr. Gimlette, it is hard to think of a more astute and sympathetic companion for a journey around the island and into Sri Lanka's episodic bouts of madness. He is beguiled by the place and its people, for a start. He writes beautifully, all freshness and verve. And he is also very funnyTo read Elephant Complex is to get the most accurate and thorough modern history of Sri Lanka - and to read it is to understand what it is that makes it so magical, in spite of its recent ugliness.He brings the open mind, the erudition and the eye for telling detail . . . no rogue is denied a fair hearing; no hint of the absurd escapes his attention and no metaphor misfires . . . Admirable in its candour . . . Elephant Complex has a sting in its tailTravel books by writer, barrister and Londoner John Gimlette win praise for their witty, detailed adventures, drawing on local characters he meetsWitty, detailed adventures, drawing on local characters he meets . . . Gimlette hears from ex-presidents, tea-planters, terrorists and pilgrims, exploring the country from the capital, Colombo, to the ancient reservoirs that attract the island's thousands of wild elephantsA Spectator Book of the Year 2015. From Ceylon to the Tamil Tigers, the first in-depth account of Sri Lanka by an award-winning travel writer.John Gimlette is the winner of the Shiva Naipaul Prize for Travel Writing. He crossed the Soviet Union at the age of seventeen, worked in Argentina on the eve of war and has travelled to over eighty countries. He has published four previous books: At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig, Theatre of Fish, Panther Soup and Wild Coast (winner of the Dolman Travel Book Prize) which have all featured on Radio 4, and contributes articles and photographs to various newspapers and magazines. He lives in London where he practices as a barrister.Sri Lanka is of enormous fascination to the thousands of travellers it attracts each year.The only travel book of recent years to focus on Sri Lanka, it explores in detail the impact of colonialism, the tsunami and the civil war.The author's writing and photography is regularly published by the travel sections of the Times, Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, Financial Times, Condé Nast Traveller and Wanderlust.

        Asking For It

        By Louise O'Neill

        'A soul-shattering novel that will leave your emotions raw. This story will haunt me forever. Everyone should read it' Guardian

        In a small town where everyone knows everyone, Emma O'Donovan is different. She is the special one - beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way.

        Until that night . . .

        Now, she's an embarrassment. Now, she's just a slut. Now, she is nothing.

        And those pictures - those pictures that everyone has seen - mean she can never forget.

        For fans of Caitlin Moran, Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult.

        BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015. The award-winning, bestselling novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, rape and how victims are treated.

        'Riveting and essential'Brilliant, harrowingA brutal and shocking novel that strikes to the heart of the current debates around consent'Establishes Louise O'Neill as a literary tour de force'A difficult, confronting and vital readHeartbreakingly accurate . . . handled with both sensitivity and unflinching honesty. A compelling and brave story that deserves to be read by allA stunning portrait of a girl, a family and a town in troubleA brutal, unflinching look at the culture of slut-shaming and trial by social media. It broke my heart.A brave and important book about rape culture, sexism and victim-blaming in modern society.Bold, brave . . . and brutalO'Neill has a keen ear for the catty argot of teenage girls and her writing is razor sharp . . . unsparing and unsentimentalA razor-sharp look at gender issues - Glasgow HeraldRiveting . . . a timely, gripping and vital novel.A nuanced and insightful commentary on the intricacies of teenage female friendship and the internal and external pressures that young women face as they reach adulthoodBlistering, unapologetic and vitally importantThis unflinching, timely novel asks important questions about rape culture, sexism and social media abuse, tackling taboo themes with subtlety and sensitivity BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015. The award-winning, bestselling novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, rape and how victims are treated. For fans of Caitlin Moran, Marian Keyes and Jodi Picoult.BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKSELLER YA PRIZE 2016SHORTLISTED FOR THE CBI BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 Asking For It address the topical issues of consent and victim-blaming. It was the most talked-about book of the summer in Ireland in 2015 with blanket review coverage and TV appearances.Only Ever Yours won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2014, the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015 and the CBI Eilis Dillon Award 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2015, the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year 2015, and the Lancashire Book Prize 2015. Movie rights have been optioned.

        All Their Minds In Tandem

        By David Sanger

        The setting is October 1879. The stage is New Georgetown, West Virginia.

        A mysterious figure by the name of 'The Maker' has entered this small community and, almost immediately upon doing so, started entering the minds of the townsfolk.

        Townsfolk who are as curious as The Maker himself. Like Dr Umbründ, the pint-sized physician with a prodigious capacity for sin; like the three sisters in the house on the hill - one stern, one wild, one mysterious; like the tavern's semi-mythical siren, 'The Bird', who plays spellbinding music from behind a black velvet curtain, and whom no patron has ever laid eyes on; like Odell, a youth with dreams and ambitions that his craven disposition will forever prevent him from seizing; and who has spent the entirety of his erstwhile existence under the crushing heel of Clay, New Georgetown's lead cad and chief alpha male.

        As we enter these characters' lives, and lightly tread our way through their brains, their bedrooms, their backstories and beyond, we will see what it is they all hope for and hide - and learn just why The Maker has chosen to meet them.

        Twin Peaks in the 1800s - an enigmatic stranger unearths a small town's secrets.David Sanger was born in Maidstone in 1984. He has previously worked for Faber & Faber and Scholastic Children's Books. He studied acting at LAMDA before reading English at King's College London and has written for Sofilm Magazine. He has lived in Berlin and London, and is currently based in Kent.The first novel from an exciting new voice in British literary fiction.A character-driven, carefully woven novel of the same period as The Luminaries and The Sisters Brothers.For fans of stories about secretive small towns and a stranger's impact upon them, such as Twin Peaks and Needful Things.

        Minds of Winter

        By Ed O'Loughlin

        Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.

        'Ed O'Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel' Ron Rash
        'A brilliant paean to the obsessions of the polar explorers . . . stupendously good' Australian
        'Vastly entertaining' Sunday Times


        It begins with a chance encounter at the top of the world.

        Fay Morgan and Nelson Nilsson have each arrived in Inuvik, Canada - 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle - searching for answers about a family member: Nelson for his estranged older brother, Fay for her disappeared grandfather. They soon learn that these two men have an unexpected link - a hidden share in one of the greatest enduring mysteries of polar exploration.

        Minds of Winter is a remarkable feat of imagination, empathy, and research. Past and present merge to convey the polar landscape's immense mysteries, and the lives of those voyagers compelled to seek answers in its icy expanses. Ed O'Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel.A spellbinding tale of adventures and explorers, spies and outlaws, of derring-do, self-sacrifice and impossible feats of endurance . . . In the sheer brio of its storytelling, it brings to mind Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence or David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas - profound, yes, but terrific fun, too.In both concept and execution the novel is a serious piece of work at once vastly entertaining and ambitious.A compelling and hugely ambitious novel.The Franklin novel to end all Franklin novels. Never have so many different narrative threads been taken up and twined together.With each novel, O'Loughlin is expanding his interests and his imaginative grasp - the first sign of a genuinely talented writer. He is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting novelists currently at work.[A] brilliant paean to the obsessions of the polar explorers . . . stupendously good.A novel wondrous in its tone and reach . . . the final pages seem inevitable as great endings must, the whole novel wondrous in its tone and reach. The title is from Wallace Stevens poem The Snowman, where we're asked to behold the 'Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.' It takes a good writer to take that on. It takes a great one to succeed.An imaginative and involving story.The most exciting first novel I have read in many years.A simply brilliant debut by an author of great poise and power.Intensely evocative language.A graceful writer.Superb.Eloquent and thoughtful.The new novel from the Man Booker longlistee, in which a meeting between two strangers sheds light on the greatest unsolved mystery of polar exploration.The real-life mystery of the 'Arnold 294' chronometer - recorded as lost along with Sir John Franklin's 1845 Arctic voyage to find the Northwest Passage, yet which would impossibly resurface on a suburban British mantelpiece some 150 years later - baffles experts to this day.Polar exploration is a broad and ever-popular literary subject: from historical accounts including The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard and Ernest Shackleton's South, to modern classics like Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge and I May Be Some Time by Francis Spufford, to contemporary literary fiction such as Amy Sackville's The Still Point.Ed O'Loughlin was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009 for his debut novel Not Untrue and Not Unkind.

        The Firemaker

        By Peter May


        LI YAN

        A grotesquely burned corpse found in a city park is a troubling mystery for Beijing detective Li Yan. Yan, devoted to his career as a means of restoring the respect his family lost during the Cultural Revolution, needs outside help if he is to break the case.


        The unidentified cadaver in turn provides a welcome distraction for forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. Campbell, married to her work and having left America and her broken past behind, throws herself into the investigation, and before long uncovers a bizarre anomaly.


        An unlikely partnership develops between Li and Campbell as they follow the resulting lead. A fiery and volatile chemistry ignites: exposing not only their individual demons, but an even greater evil - a conspiracy that threatens their lives, as well as those of millions of others.

        Praise for Peter May:

        He is a terrific writer doing something different.

        From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer.Wonderfully compelling.A true pleasure to read.Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth.One of the best regarded crime series of recent years.Lyrical, empathetic and moving.A wonderfully complex book.May's novels are strong on place and the wounds left by old relationships.Will have the reader relishing every tendency of description and characterization.Dark, exciting and atmospheric.Powerful and authentic.The first of Peter May's China thrillers featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell, reissued in paperback.Reissued with brand new series style and with new introductions from author.The other novels in the China series: The Fourth Sacrifice (September 2016), The Killing Room (November 2016), Snakehead (April 2017), The Runner (September 2017) and Chinese Whispers (November 2017) to follow.Peter May is the only westerner to be made an honorary member of the Chinese Crime Writers' Association.In 2014, Quercus brought into print May's Enzo Files, which have since sold over 125,000 copies through the UK TCM.Quercus's combined sales for Peter May are approaching 2 million copies across all editions.

        The Birdwatcher

        By William Shaw

        'Superb description of a haunting, blighted landscape. His best book so far.' C. J. Sansom

        Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation.

        He is a murderer himself.

        But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it.

        But soon - too soon - they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William - because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.

        Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.

        Superb description of a haunting, blighted landscape. His best book so far.A brilliantly constructed thriller, told part in flashback to his traumatic past, it's utterly compulsive, written in sharp, unsentimental style, and with a wonderfully atmospheric storm-battered settingWhat a pleasure it is when one discovers a writer who combines ironclad storytelling techniques with the linguistic finesse of more literary novelists. William Shaw is surely such a writer, a man whose command of narrative grips the reader by the throat from page one, and never lets go - but also allows every word to register with exactly the right amount of resonance. And that's not to forget the idiomatic dialogue, which is another Shaw specialty . . . The Birdwatcher, it might be argued, is Shaw's most accomplished (and most visceral) book yet . . . [The] unsparing treatment of the personality of South - and the dark drives that can lead people to murder - that is at the chilling heart of this booka fine, atmospheric, emotionally compelling thrillerA gripping plot, atmospheric setting, highly believable characters and dialogue you can imagine real people saying, make this a contender for thriller of the yearAn astoundingly good crime novelPacks an emotional punch that hits all the harder because of the absence of histrionics. Crime Books of the Year The Birdwatcher: the most gripping book I've read in years. William Shaw is, quite simply, an outstanding storytellerIf you're not a fan yet, why not?Dark, intelligent crime novel about a policeman with a secret past, and an emotive exploration of violence within the familyWilliam Shaw's last novel in the Breen & Tozer series was chosen as one of the sixty best crime books of the last sixty years by the Sunday TimesDealing with the Ulster Volunteer Force, migrants in Kent and modern-day policing

        Citizen Clem

        By John Bew

        *Book of the year: The Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Spectator, Evening Standard*
        'Outstanding . . . We still live in the society that was shaped by Clement Attlee' Robert Harris, Sunday Times
        'The best book in the field of British politics' Philip Collins, The Times
        'Easily the best single-volume, cradle-to-grave life of Clement Attlee yet written' Andrew Roberts

        Clement Attlee was the Labour prime minister who presided over Britain's radical postwar government, delivering the end of the Empire in India, the foundation of the NHS and Britain's place in NATO. Called 'a sheep in sheep's clothing', his reputation has long been that of an unassuming character in the shadow of Churchill. But as John Bew's revelatory biography shows, Attlee was not only a hero of his age, but an emblem of it; and his life tells the story of how Britain changed over the twentieth century.

        Here, Bew pierces Attlee's reticence to examine the intellect and beliefs of Britain's greatest - and least appreciated - peacetime prime minister.

        Winner of The Orwell Prize for Political WritingEasily the best single-volume, cradle-to-grave life of Clement Attlee yet written. Professor Bew updates but also betters all the other biographies with this intelligent, well-researched and highly readable book. Scholarly and perceptive, it tells the story of how quiet determination and impeccable political timing wrought a peaceful revolutionIf Labour is to return to power, it is not to Tony Blair and Harold Wilson to whom it should turn for inspiration but to the ethos and example of Attlee . . . Citizen Clem promises to be one of the highlights of the autumn seasonThe brilliant young historian John Bew urges Labour to recapture something of the ethos of the Attlee periodIn this monumental biography, John Bew sets out to explore, not just the scale of the achievement, but to discover what made Attlee tick . . . A good book about a remarkable manFascinating . . . He writes with flair and considerable intellectual confidence . . . Bew believes that Labour has lost a sense of historical mission . . . This insight seems right to meThis biography makes a strong case for Attlee's greatness . . . Such contradictions deserve a discerning biographer, and in John Bew, Attlee has the man he deserves. He has written with verve and confidence a first-rate life of a man whom he correctly argues has been under-appreciated . . . What a life and what a manOutstanding . . . This excellent new life of Labour's greatest leader . . . We still live in the society that was shaped by Clement Attlee . . . Bew's achievement is not only to bring this curious and introverted man to life, but to make him oddly loveable. He steps out like a character from the pages of the social novels of H. G. Wells or George Orwell . . . To read this book in the shadow of the present Labour leadership election is a salutary experienceAn absorbing new life of Clement Attlee shows how a quiet man from the suburbs became Labour's unlikely postwar hero . . . So how did a man who was the object of so much private derision by his peers come to preside over Labour's greatest (some might say only) radical government? Bew puts the question at the core of his story. He answers it convincingly by mixing arresting narrative with a thorough study of the people and policies of the Labour movement at a time of hardship interspersed by war and fierce ideological difference . . . The book is replete with amusing vignettes . . . This book will become required reading for the present-day Labour partyMagisterial . . . A great work of personal biography, social history, political philosophy, international relations and ferrets-in-a-sack Labour Party infighting . . . Bew explores in great detail Attlee's pilgrim's progress toward socialism with a thorough critique of his literary, cultural and political reading. . . As the Labour Party retreats towards ideological self-immolation, as Britain stumbles on the world stage, and as European social democracy stands in peril, we need another Attlee more than ever. In the absence of which, we have Bew's brilliant bookRead this book to understand what Labour once was and what has been lost because of its embrace of identity politics and ultra-liberalism. Book of the YearA masterful portrait of a man who led the Labour Party for 20 years and arguably did more than any other UK politician to shape the postwar world . . . Attlee was a patriot who believed that tolerance was Britain's greatest gift to the world. Now, more than ever, it is tolerance we need. Book of the YearAttlee was a distant and austere figure by reputation, but the book sweeps that away from the start, recalling Clem the street agitator and war hero. Book of the YearThe author sets out to claim a place among the greats for his subject and succeeds . . . The lessons for modern politics are made clearly. Book of the YearBew has the detachment of a professional historian, but an understanding of politics and personalities. Book of the YearThe best book in the field of British politics. Book of the Year.Bew is particularly good on the dynamics of his close relationship with Churchill . . . Bew's revelatory biography explains that achievement. But it also brings us a 3D, flesh and blood Citizen Clem, and boy, does he make him shine!This is a big book in scope and depth and is a very good read besides. It is not just a political biography, but an explanation of the man, what made him, the roots of his patriotism, his military experience in the First World War, his love of literature . . . in a way Citizen Clem is a history of the twentieth centuryHis true political genius and unflinching moral purpose are brilliantly reappraised in John Bew's Citizen Clem . . . This book is a rare beast - political biography at its finest, yet one that is deeply movingWinner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical BiographyBoth a magnificent renewal of the art of political biography and a monument to the greatest leader the Labour party has ever had. It presents us with a man whose socialism was learned, not acquiredJohn Bew's survey of Labour's post-war hero Clement Attlee resurrects the idea of the political biography almost thought lost: encyclopaedic, analytical, massive in scope but intimate in understanding. Prize-winning biography of the prime minister who made the Party what it was in its glory days, by an author praised as 'the outstanding historian of his generation'John Bew teaches History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King's College London. He was the winner of the 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding achievement in Politics and International Studies and previously held the Henry Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. John is a contributing writer at the New Statesman and the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed Realpolitik: A History and Castlereagh. He was born in Belfast, educated at Cambridge, and lives in Wimbledon, London.Winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize, shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, winner of the Parliamentary Book Awards Prize for best political book by non-ParliamentarianCitizen Clem has sold over 13,000 copies in hardback through the TCM in the first six monthsIncludes full colour illustrations and photographs


        By James Henry


        'A fast-moving thriller with strong characters, dark humour and a terrific sense of place. I was totally absorbed' Elly Griffiths

        'James Henry's writing is vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period' Peter James

        January 1983, Colchester CID

        A new year brings new resolutions for Detective Inspector Nicholas Lowry. With one eye on his approaching fortieth birthday, he has given up his two greatest vices: smoking, and the police boxing team. As a result, the largest remaining threat to his health is now his junior colleague's reckless driving.

        If Detective Constable Daniel Kenton's orange sports convertible is symbolic of his fast track through the ranks, then his accompanying swagger, foppish hairstyle and university education only augment his uniqueness in the department. Yet regardless of this, it is not DC Kenton who is turning station heads.

        WPC Jane Gabriel is the newest police recruit in Britain's oldest recorded town. Despite a familial tie to top brass, Gabriel's striking beauty and profound youth have landed her with two obstacles: a young male colleague who gives her too much attention, and an older one who acts like she's not there.

        January 1983, Blackwater Estuary

        A new year brings a new danger to the Essex shoreline. An illicit shipment, bound for Colchester - 100 kilograms of powder that will frantically accelerate tensions in the historic town, and leave its own murderous trace.

        Lowry, Kenton and Gabriel must now develop a tolerance to one another, and show their own substance, to save Britain's oldest settlement from a new, unsettling enemy.

        A fast-moving thriller with strong characters, dark humour and a terrific sense of place. I was totally absorbed.James Henry's writing is vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period.James Henry has done it again with another taut, highly atmospheric police procedural!Perfectly structured, authentically bred from its bleak and watery setting, Blackwater gives us a new Essex reimagined as a noir landscape.It's a cracker . . . Henry is aware of the required marks for plot, pace and characterization and hits each one with devastating accuracy . . . brilliant.Brilliantly engineered police procedural.A brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough.This is great stuff.A palpable hit . . . [a] dark, but glittering pearl.The smell of the marshes permeates every page . . . This is old-style policing set in an interesting period, and it's an encouraging start to what is likely to be an engaging series.Blackwater is a masterclass in place and landscape.The new Essex-based crime series from the bestselling author of the DI Jack Frost prequelsJames Henry is the pen name for James Gurbutt, who has written three prequels to R D Wingfield's popular Frost series. He works in publishing, and enjoys windsurfing and long lunches.The first in a police procedural series featuring Lowry, Kenton and Gabriel.For fans of Peter James and Stuart MacBride.First Frost was a Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller.James Henry's Frost prequels have sold over 100,000 copies through the UK TCM.

        The Man Who Wanted to Know

        By D. A. Mishani

        Mazal Bengtson doesn't know what her husband was doing on the night of the storm. His search for a job is still hopeless - his moods even more unpredictable. But she had believed he would never leave her to sleep alone again.

        Inspector Avraham Avraham doesn't know how to begin his first murder case. The only clue is a witness who saw a policeman walk down the stairs after it happened. But no policeman was sent there that day.

        What both of them do know is something about the victim's past. They haven't yet realized - but this holds the key to understanding not just the murder, but stranger events; seemingly small, but unforgettable.

        For the things that happen in a relationship - in a long marriage, under strain - may not always be against the law. And as desperate as Avraham is to solve the unhappiness of his victims' lives, he cannot mend what he can never truly know.

        D. A. Mishani has broken ground with his Avraham series. Inspired by his lifelong study of detective literature, he has created an Inspector of flawed humanity who, uncovering the crimes behind closed doors, takes us on a journey within ourselves. Deeply moving and beautifully written, they are the first crime novels to be shortlisted for Israel's biggest literature prize and are published in eighteen countries.

        Avraham is quiet, stubbornly impressive and the novel is full of insights into love and sex*STAR PICK* Takes us into the hearts of these compassionately drawn characters. Sensitive, perceptive and quietly memorable.He writes in such a cool, one-paced style . . . Powerful insight . . . 'Those Swedish and Danish cops, they're not real,' Mishani seems to be saying. 'My steady, plodding Israelis show what police work really is.'Groundbreaking translated police thriller that channels the great detective philosophies of Sherlock Holmes and WallanderD. A. Mishani has won the prestigious Bernstein Prize and the Martin Beck Award for his previous books in the seriesD. A Mishani was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and twice-shortlisted for the Sapir Prize (Israeli Booker). He is the first crime author to have achieved this in Israel

        The Book of Aron

        By Jim Shepard

        'Powerful . . . shattering . . . a masterpiece' The Times
        'Testament of love and sacrifice . . . a masterpiece' Joshua Ferris, Guardian
        'Transcendent and timeless . . . masterpiece' Washington Post

        Aron is a nine-year-old Polish Jew, and a troublemaker. His mother despairs of him. His father beats him. He tries to be good. But in 1939, as the walls go up around the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, as lice and typhus rage, families starve and fight, it is Aron who finds a way - however dangerous, however treacherous - to survive. It isn't until he lands at the feet of Janusz Korczak - orphanage director and reluctant hero - that he learns of something greater than survival.

        **With new exclusive endmatter, featuring a biography of Korczak and questions for book clubs**

        The Book of Aron is a novel of profound and delicate simplicity - passivity, almost - but one which calmly and indelibly delivers the bluntest of impacts. In other words, it's a knock-out (though you never saw it coming)A remarkable novel destined to join the shelf of essential Holocaust literature. Although relentless in its portrayal of systematic evil, The Book of Aron is, nonetheless, a story of such startling candour about the complexity of heroism that it challenges each of us to greater courage . . . Let's set aside puffery about the best novel of the month or even the year; Shepard has created something transcendent and timeless in this slim masterpiece . . . Shepard dares to move his narrative down the asymptote of despair, and the moral heroism he describes on that path toward infinity, you will never forgetAny number of writers have published fiction about the Holocaust, but few have succeeded in producing a work as simple and yet so moving as The Book of Aron . . . Shepard chronicles with compassion and clarity what happens as the Nazi persecution grows ever worseThe horrors are described from the child's point of view; there is no reflection, no judgement. This is what the world is like. The pared prose is affecting . . . Unlike many of the books and films featuring children in the Holocaust, The Book of Aron reeks of the realBy reclaiming an insignificant voice and deploying it to observe a great man, Shepard turns hell into a testament of love and sacrifice. The Book of Aron is his best novel yet, a short and moving masterpieceIt is extraordinary how Shepard, using the voice of a poorly educated boy, can conjure up such a powerful story. Despite the inevitability of the conclusion, it is utterly shattering. The Book of Aron is a masterpieceShepard is one of America's very finest writers . . . By focusing on the trauma of one young boy, he personalises the descent into hell . . . He has not only created something shocking, haunting and truly special, but captures the essence of humanity and its opposite, compassion as well as cruelty. An unforgettable bookCompelling . . . [Aron's] voice is as intent in hope and his mind as quelled by reality . . . Here is a world to quell any reader . . . Sometimes 'old people' can be more childlike than children - a grace that Shepard presents poignantlyThe technique is a kind of under-writing - emotional bathos - the sort of annalistic approach endorsed by Berel Lang [...] when he suggested that Holocaust writing at its sincerest and most compelling takes the form of history, rather than fiction or poetry. The Book of Aron has a biblical feel: a rascal's End of Days. Its narrator is, from the outset, an unruly force of nature . . . MovingThe Book of Aron is not the first Holocaust novel to stir its readers in this way, but it carries the burden of its subject with a mordant frankness at once heartbreaking, refreshing and - hardest won of all - enchanting. Jim Shepard's novel enters a crowded canon and it stands there, head and shoulders, with the bestJim Shepard, a writer of extraordinary historical vision, psychological acuity, and searing irony, presents a profoundly moving portrait of its young narrator Aron; explores, with awe, our instinct to adapt and survive; and through the evolving consciousness of his phenomenally commanding young narrator, exposes the catastrophic impact of war and genocide on childrenBook of the Year: A masterful depiction of life in the ghetto and the demands of heroism. The conclusion, although inevitable, is devastatingHeartbreaking, shattering, charming and brilliant - there isn't one word that isn't the young boy's. Jim Shepard has written some of the best books I've read. The Book of Aron is his bestHarrowing, comic and deeply human . . . This book needs to be readA lauded 'masterpiece' that tells with compassion and humour the story of Janusz Korczak, a hero of the Polish Jewish ghettoBased on the real figure of Doctor Korczak, children's author and humanitarian, who refused multiple offers of amnesty from the Nazis and died at Treblinka concentration camp aside his orphaned children in 1942An important literary commemoration of 'The King of Children' and the Warsaw ghettoComparable to Schindler's Ark, The Book Thief, Hotel Rwanda, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Betty Jean Lifton's biography of KorczakJim Shepard is the highly acclaimed American author of Nosferatu and Project XLikely to be the book that breaks Jim Shepard - long-respected by US literary giants - out into mainstream attention, and will be positioned for prizesPublished the 70th anniversary of the end of World War TwoRights sold in ten territories, including Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and IsraelJim Shepard held events at Waterstones Piccadilly with Jim Crace, and at King's Place with Eva Hoffman and Camila Batmanghelidjh on his appearance in the UK in July 2015Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2016 for excellence in Fiction, alongside A Little Life and The Sympathizers