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- Paperback - New Directions
Muriel Spark's 'Memento Mori', first published in 1959, is among the finest novels by one of the most witty and inclusive British writers of recent times. It tells the acidly funny story of a group of elderly people who start to receive threatening phone calls telling them 'remember, you must die'.
Manchester Metropolitan University Novella Competition Winner
- Paperback - Sandstone Press
Sandstone Press publishes the winner of the the first international novella competition, a form that has give many classic works.
- Paperback - Picador
Physicist John Ringer receives a mysterious text message that triggers an investigation into the development of new mobile phone technology in a research facility outside a remote Scottish village. The world is becoming a very different place: amnesia, telepathy and inexplicable coincidences all seem to be occurring more frequently - with humorous, brain teasing results. Could quantum experiments have caused the collapse of our universe's space-time continuum? Could the multi-layered text we are reading come from another world altogether?
- Paperback - Dedalus
Mr Mee, an elderly Scotsman who spends his days roaming his vast library, has discovered a reference to the mythic Xanthic sect who believed fire to be a form of life. In his search for more details he discovers the Internet with life-changing results.
- Paperback - Austin Macauley
Famed dancer, actress and reality TV star Marie returns from LA to her hometown in Scotland to escape the fallout from the damaging revelations in her twin sister Layla's thinly-disguised novel. As she attempts to rebuild her life and career with her partner Derek, Marie's long-repressed memories and emotions come flooding to the surface, and she finds herself menaced by the world of her former husband, the only man she has ever truly loved and now her most dangerous adversary.
- Paperback - Laverock's Nest
Stephen Whyte's solemn nature and delicate sensibility alienate him from what he sees as the malaise of the crude sensibility and coarse, frivolous life of his community. His search for a means to remedy that malaise - and thereby end his isolation and take a place in the community appropriate to his higher sensibility - leads him inexorably to a course of action that risks his entire future and wellbeing.
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
- Paperback - Abacus
It is said that beauty runs skin deep, and as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi survey the havoc wreaked by Violet Sephotho in her attempts to drive her rival's Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon out of business, they are forced to conclude that beneath her groomed exterior lies a wicked person. More happily, Mma Makutsi and her husband Phuti Radiphuti are expecting a baby. However, conflict is brewing between their relatives who believe in the old ways and those who favour a more relaxed parenting style. And there is the controversial question of the child's name, too. Mma Ramotswe needs all her tact and intuition to restore harmony and see that right prevails.
Music From Home
- Paperback - Poolbeg
Maria Conti has a full and busy life in 1960's Manchester. Having lost her mother at a young age, she has a close and loving relationship with her father, Leo who owns an Italian restaurant, Leonardo's. Finding first romance with Paul Spencer seems like the icing on the cake. Secretly, however, she worries over Leo's drinking and gambling binges. Then he buys a racehorse she knows he cannot afford. Maria has no one to advise her as Leo's family are in Italy and her mother's family in Ireland rejected her when she married a foreigner. Having carefully guarded her father from female attention, Maria's attitude alters when elegant Diana Freeman comes into their lives. She hopes that Diana's presence may distance Leo from his addictions.
- Paperback - Pilrig
Set one week before the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, this novel tells the story of three main characters: a nationalist, a unionist and a swing-voter, on their alcohol-fuelled travels through the pubs of Edinburgh. The question is raised of whether these three can reach a consensus on the future of Scotland, and if they can be persuaded to unite and vote 'yes' despite their many differences.
The Most Distant Way
- Hardback - Holland House
Two young British distance runners, Kirsten and Mike, are training in Kenya's Rift Valley, an area with the greatest density of elite endurance runners on Earth. With only a week remaining of their three month stay, they each have to face up to their fears about going home whilst trying to make sense of their lives. Meanwhile the country around them is beginning to tear itself apart, as an election, which will plunge Kenya into weeks of bloodshed, approaches.