Posted on 6th May 2014

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Gone Again

With such a grim premise – the mysterious disappearance of Lauren, a young mother with a history of depression – Doug Johnstone’s Gone Again is an unsurprisingly tough, gritty urban thriller. The narrative focuses on Mark, Lauren’s despairing husband, and his attempts to get to the bottom of her vanishing whilst trying to…

Posted on 6th November 2012

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The PEN Atlas asks Fiction Uncovered 2012 writers to name their favourite books in translation.

PEN Atlas, which showcases the very best international writers, recently asked our eight Fiction Uncovered 2012 selected writers to choose their favourite books in translation. David Park David Park’s most recent novel is The Light of Amsterdam, a Fiction Uncovered 2012 selection. He was the winner of the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award…

Posted on 1st June 2012

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My Former Heart

My Former Heart is Cressida Connolly’s first foray into full-length fiction, though her steady narrative and poised voice betray nothing of her newness to the form. Alluringly lyrical, the novel flits between three generations of women, portraying in exquisite detail the symphony of exultations and heartbreaks that accompanies each character’s transition into womanhood. Connolly takes…

Posted on 24th May 2012

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Radio

To celebrate this year’s winners, Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM returned to the airwaves on Sunday 21 June. The annual radio station dedicated to discussing great British fiction was on 104.4fm Resonance FM on Sunday 21 June. Guests included live interviews with four of the eight winning authors – Susan Barker, Lavie Tidhar, David Whitehouse and Bethan Roberts, as well…

Posted on 24th May 2012

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Crushed Mexican Spiders

That Tibor Fischer’s latest offering, Crushed Mexican Spiders, is the product of a crowd-funded publishing platform is a testament to the public vote of confidence in the writer who, despite garnering his initial success through a traditional publishing forum, remains only too aware of the arbitrary nature of success in the book industry. “Why one book…

Posted on 24th May 2012

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Lucky Bunny

Lucky Bunny is Jill Dawson’s seventh novel, and it serves as further confirmation that she’s both one of the most talented and underrated novelists of her generation, and certainly one with a most remarkable capacity to cover a wide range of subjects, from Rupert Brooke to the Thompson-Bywaters murder case to autism in nineteenth-century France….

Posted on 24th May 2012

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When Nights Were Cold

From the pen of Susanna Jones comes this intriguing novel, When Nights Were Cold, relating the little-known history of the first female mountain climbers through the twists and turns of a psychological thriller.  Think Touching the Void in bloomers, or The Turn of the Screw does the Matterhorn, and you’ll be halfway there. Our narrator is…

Posted on 24th May 2012

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Hit and Run

Doug Johnstone’s Hit & Run begins when Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Frank Whitehouse, is run over in the early hours by a group of drug-fuelled twenty-somethings. They scramble about in a daze and end up dumping the body in long grass by the roadside, looking to save their reputations and careers. Billy,  the driver of…

Posted on 24th May 2012

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This is Life & You Deserve Nothing

Paris, as a fictional setting, is now more than a popular novelistic trope: the city’s excessively mythicized status has rendered it an all-purpose ingredient, supplying whichever quality a story might require. An atmosphere of romance, whimsy, hipness or intellectual profundity is magically heightened by a Parisian backdrop, especially when, overtly or otherwise, the author summons…

Posted on 24th May 2012

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The Light of Amsterdam

David Park’s novel The Light of Amsterdam is a paean to ordinariness and the everyday that resolutely – bravely, even – resists the temptation to make those things somehow holy or magical. There are no glorious epiphanies in store for the three characters he sends off on a December city break from Belfast to Amsterdam, no…

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