General fiction

Romans en anglais, littérature générale



  • Français Home stretch

    Graham Norton

    • Coronet
    • 29 April 2021

    ''[A] compelling, bighearted, emotionally precise page-turner.'' THE SUNDAY TIMES ''Beautiful and heartbreaking.'' PANDORA SYKES ''A real page-turner, the kind of warmth and magical storytelling that puts me in mind of the late, great Maeve Binchy... a writer of real strength and talent.'' LORRAINE KELLY ''intelligent and tenderly observed'' THE TIMES ''Full of heart and humanity and I loved every single page. What a storyteller!'' ELIZABETH DAY ''a thoughtful examination of sexual identity, shame, and the impact of collective grief'' OBSERVER ''Graham Norton''s new novel has me in floods... His gift for characterisation is positively Binchy-esque! Such nuance and warmth! It''s GORGEOUS'' MARIAN KEYES ''I loved HOME STRETCH ... one of those books that stays with you so long after you''ve finished it'' NIGELLA LAWSON ''A subtle portrait of small-town Ireland; an unblinking study of shame & homophobia; a map of cultural shifts between 1980s & now; a kind, wise, perceptive novel by an author rich in these qualities.'' DAVID MITCHELL ''Beautifully written. Fasten your seatbelts, it''s going to be a bumpy read. Utterly fantastic.'' LIZ NUGENT ''Graham Norton''s examination of small-town Irish lives continues in his deeply moving third novel. He is a magnificent writer.'' JOHN BOYNE ''[Graham Norton is a] king of the page turners... A total triumph'' ANNE GRIFFIN ''What right has such a successful entertainer to write a novel as good as this?'' SUNDAY EXPRESS Shame and longing can flow through generations, but the secrets of the heart will not be buried for ever. It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony a group of young friends, including bride and groom, drive out to the beach. There is an accident. Three survive, but three are killed. The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them are felt throughout the small town. Connor is one of the survivors. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he makes a home - of sorts - for himself in New York. The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced, somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new life. But the secrets, the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind will not be silenced. And before long, Connor will have to confront his past. Graham Norton''s powerful and timely novel of emigration and return demonstrates his keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy - with devastating results.

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  • * SOON TO BE A MAJOR TV SERIES STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, PRODUCED BY REESE WITHERSPOON''S PRODUCTION COMPANY HELLO SUNSHINE, MAKERS OF BIG LITTLE LIES * ''A master storyteller. Gripping, big-hearted and twisty'' - GREER HENDRICKS ''I adored this beautifully written thriller'' - JO SPAIN IT WAS THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME: PROTECT HER Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his new wife, Hannah: protect her . Hannah knows exactly who Owen needs her to protect - his sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. And who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. As her increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, his boss is arrested for fraud and the police start questioning her, Hannah realises that her husband isn''t who he said he was. And that Bailey might hold the key to discovering Owen''s true identity, and why he disappeared. Together they set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen''s past, they soon realise that their lives will never be the same again...

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  • "The French Revolution comes alive through the eyes of six diverse and complex women, in the skilled hands of these amazing authors."--Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls A breathtaking, epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers--seven unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution--and change the world. In late eighteenth-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise--upending a world order that has long oppressed them. Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself--but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women''s march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king''s pious sister Princess Elisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head. But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution''s ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France''s blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive--unless unlikely heroine and courtesan''s daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France''s fate: the fearsome Robespierre.

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    Jason Mott

    • Trapeze
    • 10 August 2021

    Meet . . . wait, we don''t actually know his name . What we do know about him is he''s an author. He moves from airport to bookshop to chain hotel, on tour for his new bestseller HELL OF A BOOK. And, as people keep telling him, it''s a hell of a book. Some of these people may or may not be real - because the other thing to know about him is he has, let''s say, an overactive imagination... For example, only he can see The Kid: a young black boy, who may or may not be the young black boy on the news recently. The one who was shot by the police. The one who everyone is on the streets protesting about. Or he might be any of the others. He may be all of them, or none of them. That may or may not be important. He may even be our author telling us this story. And all of this may or may not be happening. Every. Single. Day.


    Bernardine Evaristo

    The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine Evaristobr>br>Bernardine Evaristo''s 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for her. After three decades as a trailblazing writer, teacher and activist, she moved from the margins to centre stage, taking her place in the spotlight at last. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history. br>br>MANIFESTO is Bernardine Evaristo''s intimate and inspirational, no-holds-barred account of how she did it, refusing to let any barriers stand in her way. She charts her creative rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to the imaginative exploration of ''untold'' stories. And drawing deeply on her own experiences, she offers a vital contribution to current conversations around social issues such as race, class, feminism, sexuality and aging. br>br>This is a unique book about staying true to yourself and to your vision. It''s about how to be unstoppable - in your craft, your work, your life. It is Bernardine Evaristo''s manifesto for never giving>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere.'' Elif Shafakbr>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain''s best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional'' Nikesh Shuklabr>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers'' Inua Ellams>

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  • From "the most captivating voice to come out of the West since Annie Proulx" ( Vogue ), the furious, hilarious, soul-rending story of one woman''s reckoning with marriage, work, sex, and motherhood.


    Zadie Smith

    • Penguin
    • 30 October 2021

    Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth , The Autograph Man , On Beauty , NW and Swing Time , as well as a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia , and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind , and editor of The Book of Other People . Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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    Danielle Steel

    From New York to London to Saint-Tropez, All That Glitters by Danielle Steel is the story of a young woman finding her place in the world and learning the hardest lesson of all - who to trust. Coco Martin, the adored only child of wealthy parents, has lived a charmed existence in their beautiful Manhattan home, and summers in a fabulous Hamptons house. Despite her privileged upbringing, Coco''s parents instilled in their daughter their own values of hard work, honesty and kindness. But as she''s just entering her twenties, Coco''s world is devastated by the sudden death of her beloved parents. Now the heir to a considerable fortune, Coco must find her way in a world that no longer makes sense to her. The estate is protected by a trustee, a close friend of her mother and father. But is he the honourable man she believes him to be? Beginning a new life in London, she falls in love with a charismatic, handsome, penniless aristocrat, who introduces her to a world of fabulous parties and extravagance. Coco''s oldest friend Sam fears that this whirlwind romance won''t last, but Coco is sure that she has finally found happiness. In the middle of London''s glamorous social scene, Coco struggles to see things as they really are . . .

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    Rebecca Solnit


    Elizabeth Strout

    • Viking
    • 16 October 2021

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Booker-longlisted, bestselling author returns to her beloved heroine Lucy Barton in a luminous novel about love, loss, and the family secrets that can erupt and bewilder us at any point in life br>br>Lucy Barton is a successful writer living in New York, navigating the second half of her life as a recent widow and parent to two adult daughters. A surprise encounter leads her to reconnect with William, her first husband - and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidante. Recalling their college years, the birth of theirbr>daughters, the painful dissolution of their marriage, and the lives they built with other people, Strout weaves a portrait, stunning in its subtlety, of a tender, complex, decades-long>br>Oh William! captures the joy and sorrow of watching children grow up and start families of their own; of discovering family secrets, late in life, that alter everything we think we know about those closest to us; and the way people live and love, against all odds. At the heart of this story is the unforgettable, indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who once again offers a profound, lasting reflection on the mystery of existence. ''This is the way of life,'' Lucy says. ''The many things we do not know until it is too late.''br>br>''A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own'' Hilary Mantelbr>br>''A terrific writer'' Zadie Smithbr>br>''She gets better with each book'' Maggie O''Farrellbr>br>''One of America''s finest writers'' Sunday Times>

  • Charlie Barnes, sixty-eight years old, reasonable man, small-business owner is facing the abyss and it''s time to reckon with how he has lived his life so far. What happened to all those great ideas that were snatched from the jaws of success? And what was with all those unsuccessful marriages? Well, who''s counting the wives when Barbara, his fifth and most permanent wife, is such a rock solid pillar of society?br>br>Maybe Jake Barnes, son of Charlie and writer of his story is counting. Now that his father seems to be on the way out, Jake begins to wonder what Charlie Barnes''s desperate dreams of success have really added up to. If his father''s life was a series of fantasies, then how is it possible for his son to tell the truth about him? And will Jake have to confront the fact that in their ambitions, and their delusions, they might not actually be so very different?br>br>Joshua Ferris''s new novel is both a profoundly tender and brutally funny portrayal of a life lost in the American dream.>


    Jim Lynch

    One unforgettable night, thirteen-year-old Miles goes to the flats near his home in search of shellfish, only to discover something startling and remarkable: a giant squid. Instantly he becomes a local celebrity and is pursued by TV crews urging him to explain the phenomenon. His psychic friend Florence predicts that even more astonishing discoveries are to come, indicators of the highest tide in fifty years. Yet Miles worries more about matters closer to home: will his passion for his ex-babysitter Angie go unrequited? Will his arguing parents divorce? Is everything, even the bay, shifting from him?

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  • ''The god of small stories . A set of polished gems from a master craftsman '' Sunday Times ''He writes about human beings and their disappointments with unfailing insight '' Observer ''Finely crafted'' Mail on Sunday ''American master'' Daily Telegraph A woman and man, parted a quarter of a century, reunite in a bar in New Orleans as the St Patrick''s Day parade goes by. A divorced suburban dad helps his daughter pick out a card for her friend who''s moving away. A group of friends in late middle age, all once promising, reunite for dinner when one of their number loses her husband, but the gathering splinters when bitter revelations about their shared past emerge. Two teenage boys sit in a drive-in, the air thick with the scent of gin and popcorn and longing.

    A visionary collection of luminous landscapes, of great moments in small lives, of the people we carry with us long after they are gone, Sorry for Your Trouble takes disappointment, ageing, grief, love and marriage and silhouettes them against the heady backdrop of Irish America in the past and present. Earthily humane and profoundly wise, the collection reconfirms its author as the master of contemporary American fiction.>