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March 2014 is when “Road Ends” by Mary Lawson is due to be published
Mary’s first novel ”Crow Lake” was an international best seller and her second “The Other Side of the Bridge”was longlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2006.
On a perfect August morning in 1967, above a river just outside a small town in the north of Canada, a young man meets his death. And so begins the unravelling of his best friend Tom's already precarious family. In this masterful, enthralling, and tender novel Mary Lawson gently reveals the intricacies and anguish of family life, the push and pull of responsibility and individual desire, the way we can face tragedy and, in time, hope to start again.
16th January 2014 sees the publication of “Wake” by Anna Hope
This is a fascinating insight into life in this country just after the end of the First World War.
As the body of the Unknown Soldier makes its way home from the fields of Northern France, three women are dealing with loss in their own way: Hettie, who dances for sixpence a waltz at the Hammersmith Palais; Evelyn, who toils at a lowly job in the pensions office, and Ada, a housewife who is beset by visions of her dead son. One day a young man comes to Ada's dorr. With him opens a wartime mystery that will bind these women together and will both mend and tear their hearts.
In this shattering novel of intertwining lives, Anna Hope shows the beginnings of a new era, and the day the mood of the nation changed, for ever.
“The Free” by Willy Vlautin - due to be published in early February
Willy’s fourth novel should be the breakthrough for one of the best contemporary US fiction writers .
His previous novel “Lean on Pete” won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction 2010 and was Hot Press’ #1 Book of the Year.
“The Free” opens with a young,wounded Iraq veteran waking to a rare moment of clarity. He is looked after by a nurse called Pauline and visited by Freddie, the night-watchman from his group home for the disabled. The stories of these three wounded characters circle and cross each other. Evoking a world which is struggling with the legacy of a forgotten war, Vlautin captures how small acts of kindness can make such a difference between life and death, between imprisonment and freedom.