Celebrating One Year of Fresh Talent

Celebrating One Year of Fresh Talent

The Axeman’s Jazz – Ray Celestin

A stunning atmospheric crime thriller set in New Orleans, 1919 and inspired by a real life serial killer As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him …

The Storms of War – Kate Williams

With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.

My Everything – Katie Marsh

On the day Hannah is finally going to tell her husband she’s leaving him, he has a stroke …and life changes in an instant.

The Moor’s Account – Laila Lalami

Lalami gives us Estebanico as history never did: as Mustafa, the vibrant merchant from Azemmur forced into slavery and a new name, and reborn as the first black explorer of the Americas, discovering and being discovered by various tribes both hostile and compassionate.

Before I Go – Colleen Oakley

On what was supposed to be a triumphant ‘Cancerversary’ with her husband Jack to celebrate 3 yrs of good health, Daisy’s doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s unstoppable. She’s terrified of what will happen to her husband when she’s no longer there and so she resolves to find him another wife.

The Winter War – Phillip Teir

As he approaches his 60th birthday, the certainties of Max’s life begin to dissolve. His wife no longer loves him, and his grown-up daughters – one in London, one in Helsinki – have problems of their own. So when a former student turned journalist shows up and offers him a seductive lifeline, Max starts down a dangerous path.

Bird Box – Josh Malerman

Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

Unravelling Oliver

Oliverand Alice’s life together is one of enviable privilege and ease – enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story.

Ishmael’s Oranges – Hajaj Claire

It’s April 1948, and war hangs over Jaffa. One minute seven-year-old Salim is dreaming of taking his first harvest from the family’s orange tree; the next he is swept away into a life of exile and rage. Seeking a new beginning in swinging-’60s London, Salim falls in love with Jude. The only problem? Jude is Jewish.

The Book of Lost and Found – Lucy Foley

LONDON, 1986: Bequeathed an old portrait by her grandmother, Kate Darling begins to unpick the tapestry of her family’s secret history in a journey that takes her to Corsica, Paris and back to the heady days of the Roaring Twenties where it all began.

The First Bad Man – Miranda July

When Cheryl’s bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter Clee can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl’s eccentrically-ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee–the selfish, cruel blond bombshell–who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, provides her the love of a lifetime. 

A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers – Hazel Gaynor

Step into the world of Victorian London, where the wealth and poverty exist side by side. This is the story of two long-lost sisters, whose lives take different paths, and the young woman who will be transformed by their experiences.

The Bitter Trade – Piers Alexander

In 1688, Calumny Spinks is the lowliest man in an Essex backwater yet he dreams of wealth and title. As he’s pulled into illicit plots, and his lover Violet Fintry is threatened by impending war, Cal is forced to choose between his conscience and his dream of becoming Mister Calumny Spinks.

The Spring of Kasper Meier – Ben Fergusson

Under constant surveillance, Kasper navigates the dangerous streets and secrets of a city still reeling from the horrors of war. As a net of deceit and betrayal falls around him, Kasper begins to understand that the seemingly random killings of members of the occupying forces are connected to his own situation.

The Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance.

Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth

Laura and Tyler are best friends and drinking buddies. But things are set to change. Can their friendship survive? Or will growing up mean growing apart?

Her – Harriet Lane

2 women; 2 different worlds. Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent – entirely in control. When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did. But what exactly does Nina want from her? And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

Thirst – Kerry Hudson

Alena is shoplifting shoes when Dave catches her in the act and so begins an unlikely relationship between two people with little in common and everything to lose. But the past is a dark place. And both of them have secrets they’ve no idea how to live with – or leave behind. Yet still they find themselves fighting with all they’ve got for a future together. But is love enough?

Alice and the Fly – James Rice

Miss Hayes thinks my condition’s caused by some traumatic incident from my past. The truth is I can’t think of any single traumatic childhood incident to tell her. I mean, there are plenty of bad memories but none of these are what caused the phobia. I’ve always had it. It’s Them. I’m just scared of Them.

Being Someone – Adrian Harvey

Lainey gives James a reason to grow, paints a bright future, promises the happy ending he has sought so keenly. But when we discover we can live the greatest story of all, are we able to share the pages with someone else?

Shotgun Lovesongs – Nickolas Butler

Henry, Lee, Kip and Ronny grew up together in rural Wisconsin. Friends since childhood, their lives all began the same way, but have since taken different paths. Now they’re back in town for a wedding, each of them hoping to recapture their old closeness but unable to escape how much has changed.

Gone – Rebecca Muddiman

Troubled teenager Emma Thorley vanished without a trace eleven years ago. But now a body has been found…As news of the discovery travels, the past comes back to haunt all those involved, from the police to Emma’s friends and enemies. Because some secrets cannot be buried for ever…and some dangers never go away.

Bitter Fruits – Alice Clark-Platts

Murder victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country’s future elite. As DI Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession…

After Me Comes the Flood – Sarah Perry

When John Cole’s car breaks down and he becomes lost on an isolated road, he goes looking for help, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand but dilapidated house. Its residents welcome him with open arms – they all know him by name, they’ve prepared a room for him, and claim to have been waiting for him all along.