Posted on 5th September 2012

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The Art of Losing

The Art of Losing is a gripping debut from Rebecca Connell, a startling novel about betrayal, grief, and the inability to let go in all its psychological and claustrophobic complexity. Haunted by the childhood loss of her mother, Lydia, twenty-three-year old Louise sets out to find the man she believes was responsible for her death.  Nicholas…

Posted on 23rd May 2012

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Rules of Civility

Impossibly glamorous, Rules of Civility takes in 1930s New York with a dry martini and a side order of sharp-tongued wit.  With vintage period detail verging on the nostalgic, it’s a stylish tale of ambitious, wisecracking gals on the make in Manhattan. In Katey Kontent you have a sparklingly smart narrator described as knowing “how to…

Posted on 28th February 2012

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Orchid Blue

A fictional account of the murder of nineteen-year-old Pearl Gamble and subsequent conviction of Robert McGladdery, the last man to be hung in Northern Ireland, Eoin McNamee’s Orchid Blue questions the idea of justice at the same time as blending a literary element into a crime theme. Detective Eddie McCrink, recently returned to his homeland from London,…