Lots and lots of lovely new releases this month and I can’t wait to share them with you all!
CARNIVALESQUE – NEIL JORDAN
It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn’t… It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands … And at the end of one he saw the Hall of Mirrors. There were looping strings of carnival lights leading towards it and a large sign in mirrored glass reading ‘Bur Leigh’s Amazing Hall of Mirrors’ and the sign reflected the lights in all sorts of magically distorted ways. To Andy and his parents, it looks like any other carnival: Creaking ghost train, rusty rollercoaster and circus performers. But of course it isn’t. Drawn to the hall of mirrors, Andy enters and is hypnotised by the many selves staring back at him. Sometime later, one of those selves walks out rejoins his parents – leaving Andy trapped inside the glass, snatched from the tensions of his suburban home and transported to a world where the laws of gravity are meaningless and time performs acrobatic tricks. And now an identical stranger inhabits Andy’s life, unsettling his mother with a curious blankness, as mysterious events start unfolding in their Irish coastal town…
Releasing from Bloomsbury in February
New Name. New Family. Shiny. New. Me’
Annie’s mother is a serial killer.
The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past won’t let her sleep, even with a new family and name – Milly.
A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.
But Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water . . . She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.
Releasing in India in February from Michael Joseph.
‘Eclectic, entertaining … almost all British, if not human, life is here’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent ‘Mind-stretching, heart-breaking, beautifully-crafted fiction’ Claire Harman, Evening Standard ‘She would tear the house down – shatter the windows, slash the furniture, flood the baths, fire the curtains!’ Hilarious, exuberant, surreal, subtle, tender, brutal, spectacular and above all unexpected: this extraordinary selection celebrates the British short story from the 1920s to the present day. From Angela Carter to V. S. Pritchett, Elizabeth Taylor to J. G. Ballard, Ali Smith to a host of little-known works from magazines and periodicals, and including tales of air-raids, phone sex, snobbery, modern-day slavery, grief, desire, the familiar and the strange, here is the short story in all its limitless possibilities. Edited and with an introduction by Philip Hensher, the award-winning novelist, critic and journalist.
This has already released, imported copies are now available in India, and as you have possibly gleaned, it’s from Penguin India.
Fourteen-year-old Zoon Razdan is witty, intelligent and deeply perceptive. She also has a deep connection with magic. She was born into it. The house that she lives in is fantastical—life thrums through its wooden walls—and she can talk to everything in it, from the armchair and the fireplace to the books, pipes and portraits! But Zoon doesn’t know that her beloved house once contained a terrible force of darkness that was accidentally let out by one of its previous owners. And when the darkness returns, more powerful and malevolent than ever, it is up to her to take her rightful place as the Guardian of the house and subsequently, Kashmir.
Releasing February from Penguin Random House India. I hope this is a lovely little fantasy, a lot of fantasy I’ve read lately is..weird.
Four narrators, a student from a café, a private detective hired by an aggrieved husband, the heroine herself and one of her lovers, construct a portrait of Jacqueline Delanque, otherwise known as Louki. The daughter of a single mother who works in the Moulin Rouge, Louki grows up in poverty in Montmartre. Her one attempt to escape her background fails when she is rejected from the Lycée Jules-Ferry. She meanders on through life, into a cocaine habit and to frequenting the Café Condé, whose regulars begin calling her “Louki”. She drifts into marriage with a real estate agency director, but finds no satisfaction with him or his friends and so makes the simple decision not to return to him one evening. She turns instead to a young man almost as aimless and adrift as she, but who perhaps loves her all the same. Ever-present through this story is the city of Paris, almost another character in her own right. This is the Paris of ‘noman’s- lands’, of lonely journeys on the last metro, or nocturnal walks along empty boulevards; of cafés where the lost youth wander in, searching for meaning and the older generation sift through their memories of their own long-gone adolescence.
Releasing in India in February from MacLehose Press. No clue who they are but I’m very excited for this.
One man’s truth is another man’s lie.
When big-shot literary agent Peter Katz receives an unfinished manuscript entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued.
The author, Richard Flynn is writing a memoir about his time at Princeton in the late 80s, documenting his relationship with the famous Professor Joseph Wieder.
One night in 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home and the case was never solved.
Peter Katz is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of what happened that night twenty-five years ago and is convinced the full manuscript will reveal who committed the violent crime.
But other people’s recollections are dangerous weapons to play with and this might be one memory that is best kept buried.
Releasing February from Random House.
Are you brave enough to go back?
Kate Rafter is a successful war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and the memories it holds. Her sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.
But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.
At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it.
What secret has Kate stumbled upon?
Is she strong enough to uncover the truth.. and make it out alive?
Releasing in February from Penguin India
Are you going to pick up any of these?