Posted on 23rd May 2014

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The Dig

The Dig is a slender but powerful book in which, by whittling away all extraneous elements, Jones carves out a story which is both raw and graceful. It seems fitting that Jones describes his book as a ‘short novel’ rather than a novella: like his characters, he prefers plain words. The Dig is a short…

Posted on 15th May 2013

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Orkney

Amy Sackville is a novelist worth waiting for. Her debut novel, The Still Point (Portobello Books, 2010) was a book that changed my life. Pressing it on everyone in the interim, I have waited impatiently for her next offering. Orkney is one of the most fascinating novels I have ever read, by one of Britian’s…

Posted on 15th May 2013

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Secrecy

 Given the interviews Rupert Thompson has given recently to promote Secrecy, he well knows he’s something of an under-celebrated novelist, a treat for the cognoscenti yet largely unknown beyond his fan base. Despite producing over a twenty-five year period a brace of perfectly formed and unsettling novels, like Dreams of Leaving, The Insult and The…

Posted on 14th May 2013

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The Heart Broke In

‘James Meek is surely the nearest thing the UK has to a John Irving. A supreme contemporary satirist as well as storyteller.’ Louise Doughty Novelist, Playwright & Critic Bec Shepherd is a scientist struggling to lead a good life Ritchie, her brother, is a TV star with skeletons in his closet Alex wants a family…

Posted on 14th May 2013

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Secrecy

‘A splendorous, dark examination of the artist’s mind…a twisted hybrid of fantastical reality, stark and terrifying, that compels you to acknowledge its existence. Daringly bold and decadent.’ Courttia Newland Author, Playwright and Literary Activist Synposis: It is Florence, 1691. The Renaissance is long gone, and the city is a dark, repressive place, where everything is forbidden and…

Posted on 14th May 2013

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Orkney

‘A truly talented writer, Sackville’s skill is in her poetic, lyrical writing…a beautiful, mystical novel of love, obsession and loss.’ Sandeep Mahal Head of the Reading Partners Scheme at The Reading Agency Synopsis: On a remote island in Orkney, a curiously-matched couple arrive on their honeymoon. He is an eminent literature professor; she was his pale,…