Then, however, her employer decides to publish a controversial memoir by an exiled republican, and soon Cate discovers the past is not as far away as she thought. 13 Can Anybody help Me? By sinéad Crowley (Quercus,.99) For many new parents, the internet is a source of great solidarity and help. Sinéad Crowleys assured thriller suggests however that perhaps sometimes, we might be better off not sharing our personal lives with anonymous strangers. Yvonne is a regular user of the (fictional) parenting site netmammy, who realises that a murdered young woman whose body has just been found is one of her online friends and that there may be a link between the site and the murder. But will investigating detective claire boyle who is pregnant and also a member of Netmammy discover the link? 14 Cant we talk About Something More Pleasant? By roz chast (Bloomsbury,.99) Anyone who has picked up a copy of the new Yorker will be familiar with roz chasts wonderful cartoons essay and her brilliant, honest and heartbreaking graphic memoir tackles a subject pretty much everyone has to face at some stage: what.
More than just an accurate depiction of what it is like to be in a band, it is also a touching and you beautifully drawn portrait of a group of people who essentially become a new sort of family. 11 Brilliant by roddy doyle (Macmillan,.99) Wonderfully illustrated by Chris Judge, roddy doyles rollicking new novel is the story of Gloria and rayzer, two dublin children whose uncle ben moves in with them after losing his business and home. The kids grandmother says the black dog of depression has climbed on to that poor fellas back. So gloria and rayzer set out to find and defeat this mysterious canine, with some help from a local vampire called Ernie and an army of kids whose families have also been affected by the dog. What ensues is a funny, scary and ultimately optimistic adventure. 12 The living by lean Cullinan (Atlantic,.99) lean Cullinans elegantly written debut novel is both a coming of age story and a compelling thriller. Her uncle may have been a well-known republican activist, but Cate houlihans passionate beliefs about the northern Irish situation have softened since moving from louth to college in Dublin. Now a graduate with a job at a small publishing house, shes even got an English boyfriend, matthew.
It is also a portrait of a very memorable family, illustrated with some truly extraordinary photographs (the young Garys sailor suit was quite something). 9, a god In every Stone by kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury,.99 if Irelands relationship with its men who fought in the British army in the first World War is a complex one, then so too is Indias and pakistans. In 1915, vivian Rose Spencer is a young British archaeologist who goes to peshawar, in what is now pakistan, looking for both an ancient treasure and her lost love; qayyum Gul, a young soldier, is returning to his native peshawar after losing an eye. Soon vivian forges an unexpected connection with qayyums family, but political tensions are rising in Peshawar. Kamila Shamsies powerful and gripping novel explores questions of love, loyalty and national identity. The Thrill of It All by joseph oconnor (Harvill Secker,.99). Robbie goulding is the fictional guitarist of a fictional London-Irish band called The Ships in the night. He is also the narrator of Joseph oconnors hugely enjoyable new novel, which documents the bands adventures from Robbies teens in Luton to their brief period of world domination and beyond.
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The wicker Man and Shirley jacksons chilling story, the lottery in, the wolf in Winter when Parker finds himself in a secretive small town called Prosperous. He is investigating not only the death of a girl who seems to have been killed by the mysterious organisation that runs the town, but the supposed suicide of her father, who had wanted Parker to look into her death. The good Italian by Stephen Burke (Hodder stoughton,.99). Eritrea became an Italian colony in 1890 and, by the 1930s, 70,000 Italians lived in the country. Dublin writer and film maker Stephen Burkes intriguing debut novel asks how their lives might have intersected with those of the people whose country they occupied. It is the story of harbourmaster Enzo secchi, who falls in love with his Eritrean housekeeper, aatifa. An already loaded relationship becomes even more so when Mussolinis expansion into east Africa leads to the criminalisation of relationships between Italians and Eritreans and makes it impossible for Enzo and his friends to ignore the true nature of colonial power.
7, elizabeth is Missing by Emma healey (Penguin viking,.99). Maud is in her 80s and dementia is robbing her of her memory, but she is sure of one thing her friend Elizabeth has gone missing. And yet nobody, from the police to her daughter Helen, takes her seriously. Unable to remember what exactly she has said or done, or indeed what has been said to her, maud is the ultimate unreliable narrator, but the reader is firmly on her side throughout this original, friend moving and sometimes blackly comic novel. 8, little failure by gary Shteyngart (Hamish Hamilton,.99). When the novelist Gary Shteyngart was growing up, his mother dubbed him failurchka, a self-created hybrid Russian- English word which means Little failure. The Shteyngarts had moved to the United States from the ussr in 1979, when Gary was seven, and his memoir is a wildly hilarious and genuinely moving account of a jewish boy from Leningrad finding his own identity in a country that may never quite.
Riding the very terrible 1914 tour of Italy by tim moore (Yellow Jersey,.99). In may, people on Irelands east coast watched the racers of the giro dItalia zooming by with their lightweight machines and aerodynamic outfits. However 100 years ago, the giro was a much more dangerous (and uncomfortable) proposition) in 1914 only eight of the 81 original racers completed the gruelling course. So of course tim moore decided to recreate their trip, complete with a 1914 bike and authentic period racing garb. Anyone who has read.
French revolutions, moores very funny account of how he cycled the tour de France route, will not be disappointed by this hilariously painful, and poignant, adventure. 4, the One Plus One by jojo moyes (Penguin Michael Joseph,.99). Jess Thomas is a single mother working as a cleaner and living in a run-down estate with an enormous dog, a depressed and bullied goth stepson and a young daughter who might be a mathematical genius. When Jesss daughter, tanzie, gets a chance to compete in a maths competition that could change her life, jess finds herself relying on her employer, Ed Nicholls, to take her entire family (and dog) there. But Ed has some troubles of his own. Few writers are moyess equal when it comes to writing intelligent, moving commercial fiction, and this is a very engaging novel. 5, the wolf in Winter by john Connolly (Hodder stoughton,.99). This may be private detective charlie parkers 12th outing, but John Connolly is still on top form. Theres a touch of both.
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(Again, the mattress 1970s.) given that the terrifying reality of climate change has finally been accepted, this movie's time has come. Hollywood eco-bigwigs like mark ruffalo, leonardo dicaprio, cate Blanchett, daryl Hannah, and woody "Legalize it" Harrelson could both star and finance this baby. 1, far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage,.99 we tend to write think children will resemble their parents, but Andrew Solomons utterly fascinating, beautifully written and deeply moving new book examines what happens when the apple really. Solomon spent nearly 20 years meeting families in which childrens identities dont match those of their parents, from deaf and transgender people to people living with severe disabilities and mental illnesses. Thoughtful and humane, far From The Tree, which recently won the wellcome Prize for Science Writing, isnt a short book, but its totally gripping from beginning to end. Viper Wine by hermione eyre (Jonathan Cape,.99). This dazzling firework of a debut novel is a reminder of how inventive and original historical fiction can. Set in the court of Charles i in the 1630s, it is the story of Lady venetia stanley, a celebrated beauty fiercely determined to hang on to what she believes are her fading looks even if that means consuming a dubious anti-ageing potion called Viper. It is an intriguing story, told in effortlessly sparkling prose, but what really makes the novel such a joy is the fact that Venetias alchemist husband, sir Kenelm, can somehow absorb ideas and images from the future,"ng david Bowie, dancing to joy division and.
Written in 1976, marge piercy's feminist utopia is astonishingly prescient. It follows Consuelo, a new York city welfare recipient who's been institutionalized after attacking a pimp abusing her daughter. When she's subjected to experimental brain surgery, connie develops the ability to time travel, and she visits a 2137 in which all people can biologically nurse their children; gender, race, and corporations no longer exist; human reproduction now takes place in labs; and everyone thrives. To date, this is one of the most radical sci-fis ever conceived; its rejection of biological determinism (and gendered pronouns!) biography dovetails nicely with today's transgender movement. Obviously, this film also would have to live far outside the studio system. Cue another Kickstarter campaign, with brainy, bold "Another Earth" writer Brit Marling and her longtime collaborators mike cahill and Zal Batmanglij attached to the project from the get-go. Ecotopia, no list of utopias would be complete without at least one environmentally focused addition, and Ernest Callenbach's 1975 novel is widely acknowledged to have launched the "ecotopian fiction" genre. It's set in a fictional country located in what was once the United States' pacific Northwest (where else? and its central values entail renewable energy production, decentralized government, local entertainment rather than mass media, cannabis worship, and a wide range of gender roles and sexual practices.
was written. The premise: In the future (which is now our past! most humans are so poor that they suffer from acute protein deprivation, and a giant war constantly wages in the middle east. One man who's done a ton of drugs - this was written in the psychedelic 1970s, after all - develops the ability to change reality through his dreams, and slowly a world unafflicted by classism, racism, overpopulation, poverty, sexism, and war comes into being. Imagine the trippy, doe-eyed movie that could spawn from this story (which we'd have to set in 2022, maybe). The wachowski siblings Cloud Atlas the "Matrix" movies) would do the trick nicely. Woman on the Edge of Time.
But I smell "instant cult classic" if "Herland" were ever made, especially if a bad-ass feminist director with a subversive sense of humor - rose Troche or Kathryn Bigelow, maybe - took the reins. Plato's Republic, okay, at first glance, this seems like a stretch. But imagine if this Socratic dialogue about an ideal city run by "philosopher-kings" was intercut with a 2042 version of just this sort of city - complete with a perfect system of justice and democracy. Everyone loves a historical drama. Everyone loves a sci-fi movie. It's the best sort of twofer, really. I'm thinking hot men in togas (Clooney as Socrates?) in the 300 bc segments, a glamorous world in the clouds for the future segments, and some smart, feeling philosopher type (Matt Damon?) who travels between the two. German director/writer Tom tykwer Three "Perfume would be fabulous at the helm here.
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One of the most recent bizarre trends in contemporary cinema is the rise of the dystopian sci-fi flick. Sure, the "Hunger Games" films may be the most female-empowering ya franchise of all time. But anyone who reads the news already knows the world is in trouble. Do we really need a new movie every week to remind us of how dour our future may be? Frankly, it's high time hollywood made utopian sci-fi tales, instead. We could use some positive models for a change, and we know just the books that would make great adaptations. Herland, though written in 1915, Charlotte perkins Gilman's gpa gynocentric science fiction novel feels as radical now as when it was released. About an all-female world in which women have developed the ability to reproduce without men, it follows three male visitors as they struggle to adjust to an environment in which they're not needed and in which traditional gender roles are nonexistent. Frankly, a modern adaptation of this book would blow everyone's minds - so much so that it might require crowd-funding since it's unlikely that a hollywood studio would bankroll such subversion.