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Archive for February 2nd, 2018

From Peter Carey’s latest novel to Rose McGowan’s memoir: here are eight international titles to look forward to in February

Brave
Rose McGowan

“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. Brave is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.” – Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto – a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

The Woman in the Window
A.J. Finn

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened.

But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

Critical Praise

“Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing….Finn has created a noir for the new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists, beautiful writing and a narrator with whom I’d love to split a bottle of pinot. Maybe two bottles – I’ve got a lot of questions for her.” – #1 New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn

The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable. The writing is smooth and often remarkable. The way Finn plays off this totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling.” – Stephen King

“Twisted to the power of max. Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st century twist.” – Bestselling author Val McDermid

Three Things About Elsie
Joanna Cannon

“There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.”

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?

From the author of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:

1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.
2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.
3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.

This Idea Is Brilliant
Edited by John Brockman

What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?

That is the question John Brockman, publisher of the acclaimed science salon Edge.org (“The world’s smartest website” – The Guardian), presented to 205 of the world’s most influential thinkers from across the intellectual spectrum – award-winning physicists, economists, psychologists, philosophers, novelists, artists, and more.

From the origins of the universe to the order of everyday life, This Idea Is Brilliant takes readers on a tour of the bold, exciting, and underappreciated scientific concepts that will enrich every mind.

  • Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond on the lost brilliance of common sense
  • Oxford evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on how The Genetic Book of the Dead could reconstruct ecological history
  • Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on how to extend our grasp of reality beyond what we can see and touch
  • Author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo Rovelli on the interconnected fabric of information
  • Booker Prize–winning novelist Ian McEwan on the Navier-Stokes equations, which govern everything from weather prediction to aircraft design and blood flow
  • Cosmologist Lawrence M. Krauss on the hidden blessings of uncertainty
  • Psychologist Steven Pinker on the fight against entropy
  • Nobel Prize–winning economist Richard Thaler on the visionary power of the “premortem”
  • Grammy Award–winning musician Brian Eno on confirmation bias in the Internet age
  • Advertising guru Rory Sutherland on the world-changing power of sex appeal
  • Harvard physicist Lisa Randall on the power of the obvious

And many, many others…

Anatomy of a Scandal
Sarah Vaughan

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him.

‘The best courtroom drama since Apple Tree Yard … sensational.’ - Clare Mackintosh

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime.

Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming.

A scandal that will rock Westminster.

And the women caught at the  heart of it.

The Wanted
Robert Crais

The extraordinary now, can’t/won’t/don’t-put-it-down thriller by Robert Crais, author of the classic LA noir crime novels The Watcher and The Monkey’s Raincoat.

Seventeen-year-old Tyson is a normal teenaged boy – he’s socially awkward, obsessed with video games, and always hungry. But his mother is worried that her sweet, nerdy son has started to change… and she’s just found a $40,000 Rolex watch under his bed.

Suddenly very frightened that Tyson has gotten involved in something illegal, his mother gets in touch with a private investigator named Elvis Cole and asks him to do some digging. Cole uncovers a connection between Tyson and eighteen unsolved burglaries in LA’s ritziest neighbourhood. Tyson spooks and runs.

And then the bodies start turning up…

Robert Crais’ books have been published in a staggering 62 countries and are bestsellers around the world. He began his career writing for classic crime and police shows like Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and LA Law. He is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.

A Long Way From Home
Peter Carey

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.

A Long Way From Home is Peter Carey’s late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether.

Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in-between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history – and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

Lullaby
Leïla Slimani

The number-one bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt – a compulsive, riveting and bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity and motherhood.

The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.
 
 
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…

 
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