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Normal People Sally Rooney

A love story? An examination of how people change? Critics agree one thing, this is the best novel about love many of them have read in a long time. Rooney's follow up novel to Conversations has surpassed all expectations from the young writer hailed as the Salinger for the Snapchat generation'


 

A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

'The best novel published this year.' Times

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.


 Guardian 

Review

Irish Times 

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Truly Unique

VN by Madeline Ashby has more to do with Japanese Anmie fantasy than Sci-Fi, it is in fact both a YA novel and a hard Sci Fi novel. At its heart it’s the story of a young girl trying to figure out her place in the world, except this is no ordinary girl. A brilliant debut that has since had follow up novels. If you’ve missed this, we think you’ll love it!  

 

“Ashby’s debut is a fantastic adventure story that carries a sly philosophical payload about power and privilege, gender and race. It is often profound, and it is never boring.”
– Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

Amy is a Von Neumann humanoid – grown in a stable family environment, with her robot mother and human father. But alone of all her kind, known as the von Neumanns, her human-protecting failsafe has stopped working. Soon she is on the run from the law, and worse – everyone’s after her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.


Fantasy Book Review 

Strange Horizons 

Io9 

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A Haunting debut

A brilliant debut from Sophie Mackintosh. Three sisters live in an isolated community, away from men. With tones from Handmaids, this is more than your usual YA dystopia. We think you’ll love this book that was nominated for the Man Booker Prize 


 

THE LITERARY DEBUT OF 2018: shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Award

'A gripping, sinister fable' - MARGARET ATWOOD, via Twitter

'An extraordinary debut novel. Otherworldly, luminous, precise... She is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world' Guardian

'Bold, inventive, haunting... With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you'll be bowled over by it' Stylist

'Visceral, hypnotic... with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while' The Pool

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them - three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

'If you're a fan of The Handmaid's Tale you'll love this one'Evening Standard

'Immensely assured, calmly devastating' Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered

'A work of cool, claustrophobic beauty' Eli Goldstone, author of Strange Heart Beating

'Eerily beautiful, strange [and] unsettling' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

'Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It transported me, savaged me, filled me with hope and fear. It felt like a book I'd been waiting to read for a long time' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

Guardian Review 

Irish Times Review

 The London Magazine 

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