CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN * 'We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song and when one came back, she wasn't the one we were trying to recall to begin with.' * Tikka Molloy was eleven and one-sixth years old during the long hot summer of 1992, growing up in an isolated suburb in Australia surrounded by encroaching bushland. That summer, the hottest on record, was when the Van Apfel sisters - Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth - mysteriously disappeared during the school's Showstopper concert, held at the outdoor amphitheatre by the river. Did they run away? Were they taken? While the search for the sisters unites the small community, the mystery of their disappearance has never been solved. Now, years later, Tikka has returned home and is beginning to make sense of that strange moment in time. The summer that shaped her. The girls that she never forgot. * #TheVanApfelGirlsareGone by debut author Felicity McLean will be published on 6th June and proofs are now in!
PUBLISHED TODAY * #TheTruthAboutFat by Anthony Warner * #NoTurningBack by Rania Abouzeid * #RedSnow by @willrdean 📚
BREAK ALL THE RULES * They had no time for what society said they could and could not do. They would see the world bend before they did. From the mesmerising psychic Victoria Woodhull, who shattered tradition by running for the White House in 1872, to Coco Chanel, designer of an empire, these women became the change they wanted to see in society. * Published on 7th February. Cover design: @hayleywarnham
'MOVING' - BARACK OBAMA * Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together. * A masterpiece of storytelling, #AnAmericanMarriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control. * Published in paperback on 7th March. Cover design: @jamillaokubo
MEMOIR * For readers of Room and Educated, an astonishing memoir of one woman rising above an unimaginable childhood. * Maude still remembers the sound of the gate being locked behind her. She was three years old when they moved into the secluded manor and in the coming years, she would only be allowed out a handful of times. Her parents belonged to a fanatical Masonic order. She followed a strict schedule of study, hard labour and endless drills designed to ‘eliminate weakness', such as holding an electric fence without flinching and sitting still in a rat-infested cellar. But despite their chilling psychological control, her parents could not control her inner life. Befriending animals on the lonely estate and characters in the books she read, Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbade. * #OnlyGirlintheWorld by Maude Julien is published in paperback on 24th January.
BALLSY, KICKASS * Mona is twenty-three, emotionally adrift and cleaning houses to get by. While handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a man she calls Mr Disgusting, who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. In search of healing, she decamps to New Mexico for a fresh start, but always lurking just beneath the surface are the ghosts of her past, and the crushing legacy of a chaotic, destructive childhood. It seems running further away from her problems could just leave more inventive ways for them to find her.' * #PretendImDead by Jen Beagin is published in paperback on 7th February. Cover design: @lookbird
New year, new books we've published! Today we welcome to the world: ▫️ #LastInstructions @hezronir ▫️ #TheAviator by Eugene Vodolazkin ▫️#TheParentations @kate_mayfield ▫️#Hormonal by Martie Haselton ▫️#Rabia: From Narrative to Myth by Rkia Elaroui Cornell
WHAT DOES YOUR DOG REALLY THINK ABOUT YOU? * Gregory Berns became the first neuroscientist to persuade dogs to lie in an MRI machine wide awake. Now we know more about our best friends than ever before - what sets them apart as individuals, and how deeply they understand the words we speak to them. Berns' discoveries have profound implications for how we communicate with and treat these beloved animals. But he didn't stop there. Berns also delves into the inner lives of sea lions, bats, dolphins, and even the extinct tasmanian tiger. His revolutionary explorations are essential reading for animal lovers of all stripes. #WhatItsLiketoBeaDog is published in paperback on 7th February. Cover design: @hayleywarnham
HOW A FORBIDDEN RELIGION SWEPT THE WORLD * How did Christianity become the dominant religion in the West? In the early first century, a small group of peasants from the backwaters of the Roman Empire proclaimed that an executed enemy of the state was God's messiah. Less than four hundred years later Christianity had become the official religion of Rome with some thirty million followers. Through meticulous research, Bart Ehrman, an expert on Christian history, texts and traditions, explores the way we think about one of the most important cultural transformations the world has ever seen, one that has shaped the art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics and economics of modern Western civilisation. * Published in paperback on 7th February. Cover design: @hayleywarnham
TWO GIRLS GROWING UP IN WAR-TORN BAGHDAD * 1991. The Gulf War is raging. Two girls, hiding in an air raid shelter, tell stories to keep the fear and the darkness at bay, and a deep friendship is born. But as the bombs continue to fall and friends begin to flee the country, the girls must face the fact that their lives will never be the same again. * This poignant debut novel reveals just what it's like to grow up in a city that is slowly disappearing in front of your eyes, and how in the toughest times, children can build up the greatest resilience. * Published in paperback on 7th February. Translated from the Arabic by Luke Leafgren. Cover: @hayleywarnham
THE RISE AND DECLINE OF US GLOBAL POWER * For a decade America's share of the global economy has been in decline. Its diplomatic alliances are under immense strain, and any claim of moral leadership has been abandoned. American is still a colossus, possessing half the world's manufacturing capacity, nearly half its military forces, and a formidable system of global surveillance and covert operations. But even at is peak it may have been sowing the seeds of its own destruction. Is it realistic to rely on the global order established after World War II, or are we witnessing the changing of the guard, with China emerging as the world's economic and military powerhouse? America clings to its superpower status, but for how much longer? #IntheShadowsoftheAmericanCentury is published in paperback on 7th February. Cover design: @hayleywarnham
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM * Five years ago, @iamderay quit his job as a school teacher, moved to Ferguson, Missouri, and spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist, helping to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into being. Even when the police made it illegal to stand still, they refused to back down. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays down the intellectual, pragmatic, and political framework for a new liberation movement. * Honest, courageous, and imaginative, #OntheOtherSideofFreedom is a work brimming with hope. Drawing on his own experiences - of growing up without his mother, with a father in recovery, of having a house burn down and a bully chase him home from school, of pacifying a traffic cop at gunpoint, of determined activism on the streets and in the White House - Mckesson asks us to imagine the best of what is possible. Honouring the voices of a new generation of activists, On the Other Side of Freedom is a visionary's call to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in. Proofs now in of this April 2019 publication. Proof design: Ben Summers