Focusing on Teddy Todd, brother of Ursula Todd from Atkinson's previous
novel Life After Life, A God In Ruins explores the effects of
the 20th century on one man. A WWII pilot and war hero, Teddy will have
to face war and loss, but also - far more unexpectedly - the changing world of
Mary Davidson's father George runs a whaling crew in New South Wales, Australia,
at the turn of the 20th century. When a new boatman, John Beck, joins
the crew, Mary finds herself falling in love with him - but the course of
true love never does run smooth. Rush Oh! is hilarious,
joyful, poignant, and utterly unforgettable.
Growing up as a black girl in 1950s Texas, opportunities are limited - so
when Ruby Bell gets the chance, she lights out for New York. Decades later,
she returns, and her childhood friend Ephram Jennings must choose between
loyalty to his sister and the possibility of love with beautiful,
mercurial, universally hated Ruby.
The Secret Chord - Geraldine Brooks
Author Geraldine Brooks isn't a stranger to religious history - her previous
novel, People of the Book, focused on the fate of the Sarajevo
Haggadah, a priceless copy of a Jewish holy book. In The Secret
Chord she turns her observations on David: King of Israel, composer of
the Psalms, best friend to Natan, murderous and charismatic by turns.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the
spaceship Wayfarer, mostly for a bunk to call her own and a
not-too-demanding itinerary. When the crew are offered a job tunneling
through space, they jump at the chance: it'll be lucrative, albeit
dangerous. But every crew has its secrets, and in the confines of space,
secrets will out.
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding - Jackie Copleton
Amaterasu Takahashi has spent most of her life trying to forget what
happened the day that Nagasaki was bombed: she lost her daughter and her
baby grandson, never finding their bodies. But when a scarred man turns up
at her retirement home claiming to be her grandson, everything she thought
she knew about that day - and what happened afterwards - is called into
Whispers Through a Megaphone - Rachel Elliott
Miriam has spent the past three years in her house, cowed by the memory of
her abusive mother and unable to speak above a whisper. Ralph has just
discovered that his wife doesn't love him, though everyone who followed her
on Twitter seems to have known all about it already. When they meet in a
local wood, the friendship that springs up may just be the saving of them
The Green Road - Anne Enright
Rosaleen Madigan's children have long since scattered from the family
house in Ireland. They're now pursuing careers all over the globe, with
greater or lesser success. When Rosaleen announces she's selling the house,
they all come together for one last Christmas: to say goodbye, to come to
terms with their past, and to face the future.
The Book of Memory - Petina Gappah
Memory, an albino Zimbabwean woman, narrates her story from inside
prison. She has been convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The man
she killed was Lloyd Hendricks, a man who purchased her from her birth
parents when she was nine years old. As the clock ticks, Memory begins to
doubt herself, and her recollections. Who was her adopted father? And
what really happened between them?
Gorsky - Vesna Goldsworthy
A 21st century retelling of The Great
Gatsby, Gorsky is the story of a Russian oligarch who
follows his love, Natalia, to London, only to find her married to an
Englishman. Determined to prove his worth, Gorsky sets about creating a
magnificent library in his mansion, a commission which gives the shabby
bookseller he employs access to a world he never dreamed of.
The Anatomist's Dream - Clio Gray
Germany, circa 1840. Philbert is born with a taupe - an inflammation of the
skull that marks him out as a freak. Abandoned by his parents, he and his
pet pig are picked up by Maulwerf's Fair of Wonders, where he befriends a
whole gallery of characters including the Fish Man, the Fattest Woman in
the World, and the Dancing Dwarf. When he is examined by the famous Dr Ullendorf, however, Philbert is catapulted into a journey with much higher
At Hawthorn Time - Melissa Harrison
Four people in one rural village: Howard and Kitty, seeking bucolic
delights after a London career, realize their marriage is crumbling.
Jamie, 19, loves cars and can't wait to get out of the country.
Jack, a farm worker and itinerant, is on the run from a bail hostel. All
of them seek remedy in the countryside; all of them will discover that
such remedy is hard to find.
Pleasantville - Attica Locke
The Houston, Texas mayoral election of 1996: Axel Hathorne, former chief of
police could become Houston's first African-American mayor. But then a girl
from his campaign is found murdered, and Axel's nephew is charged with the
crime. Defense lawyer Jay Porter (whom longtime readers of Locke will know
from her novel Black Water Rising) must try his first murder case -
one that will reveal how deep corruption runs in Houston.
The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney
Maureen never meant to kill the man, but now she has - and her actions will
affect five of Cork's most peripheral members of society. There's Jimmy,
her terrifying gangster son; there's Ryan, a 15-year-old drug dealer,
and his dad Tony, obsessed with their next door neighbour. There's Georgie,
a prostitute whose pretense of religiousness isn't as innocent as it seems.
And then there's Maureen herself: exiled from Cork for forty years and
about to discover how deeply interconnected everyone is in that city.
The Portable Veblen - Elizabeth McKenzie
Veblen and Paul are engaged to be married. Veblen is whimsical and a little
weird; Paul is a neuroscientist studying brain trauma. Their story includes
grey squirrels, a shady Department of Defence contract, a hypochondriacal
mother, and a pharmaceutical heiress named Cloris Hutmacher. Playful,
bizarre, and unlike anything you'll read this year.
Girl At War - Sara
Ana Jurić is a carefree 10-year-old living in Zagreb in 1991:
daughter to two loving parents, sister to little Rahela. But civil war
breaks out, and everything that Ana thought was stable begins to crumble.
Ten years later, a college student in New York, Ana must face her past and
return to Croatia to lay her ghosts to rest.
The House at the Edge of the World - Julia
John Venton falls to his death from a cliff while drunk. His family react
in a multitude of ways: his children throw themselves into adult life, his
wife embraces widowhood as a release from a marriage that had made her
terribly unhappy. Only his father remains in the family house in Devon,
obsessively painting a map that holds the key to a terrible secret.
The Improbability of Love - Hannah
Recovering from a devastating break-up, Annie McDee stumbles across a little
painting in a dusty secondhand shop, and buys it on impulse. What she
doesn't realise is that the painting is a lost masterpiece by Antoine
Watteau, a French painter of the Enlightenment. Plunged into the world of
art - about which she knows nothing - Annie must navigate the many people
who want to get their hands on the lost Watteau, as well as the vagaries of
her own heart.
My Name Is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout
Lucy Barton, in hospital for five days, receives a surprise visit from
her mother. The two haven't spoken to each other in years. Her mother's visit will awaken memories
from her childhood that she thought long buried, and force her to
confront the faults and realities of the way she lives now. Elizabeth
Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive
Kitteridge was made into a miniseries not long ago -
with My Name Is Lucy Barton, she further demonstrates her
ability to delicately deconstruct the emotional carapaces we erect around
A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
This needs no introduction. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015, it tells the story of four friends as they make their way in New York: gentle actor Willem, charismatic painter JB, successful but aimless architect Malcolm, and brilliant litigator Jude, whose childhood was filled with a trauma he cannot discuss with his friends. It was generally considered a true Marmite book - you either really love it, or really don't - but no one can deny that it's powerful, intense, and memorable.
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