In one he must find what is possessing ordinary people and turning them into vicious killers, and in the second he must broker a peace between the two warring gods of the River Thames. Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emechata. Seeking an independent life for herself and her children she encounters racism and hard truths about being a new citizen. Shadow of the Hangman by Edward Marston. Peter and Paul Skillen, identical twins and fearless thief-takers, stalk all who dare to walk in the shadow of the hangman. When they catch a notorious burglar, they claim a handsome reward and infuriate the Bow Street Runners who believe they have a monopoly on policing in the capital.
The Home Secretary, Viscount Sidmouth, faces a crisis. During a massacre of American prisoners of war at Dartmoor, two escape and come to London in search of retribution.
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Small Island by Andrea Levy. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. Single in the City by Michele Gorman. Armed with little more than her enthusiasm, she charges headlong into London, baffling the locals in her pursuit of a new life, new love and sense of herself.
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. It was first published on 14 October ; the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between June and July Tom is now a world-famous artist, Alice is much-changed too — bruised from the events of the last decade. Perhaps they can lose themselves in the love story that ignited by a moonlit lake all those years ago? The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi.
When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving — albeit with some rude and raucous results. The Colour of Memory by Geoff Dyer. They while away their hours drinking cheap beer, landing jobs and quickly squandering them, smoking weed, dodging muggings, listening to Coltrane, finding and losing a facsimile of love, collecting unemployment, and discussing politics in the way of the besotted young—as if they were employed only by the lives they chose.
From brutal brothel-keeper Mrs Castaway, she ascends in society. Affections of self-involved perfume magnate William Rackham soon smells like love. Her social rise attracts preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all kinds. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.
After a chance meeting rekindles his love and jealousy two years later, Bendrix hires a private detective to follow Sarah, and slowly his love for her turns into an obsession. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. Their life — as she sees it — is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. There, at the heart of the s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child.
As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected. The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru. Chasing his fortune, he will travel from the red light district of Bombay to the green lawns of England to the unmapped African wilderness.
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He will play many different roles — a young prize in a brothel, the adopted son of Scottish missionaries, the impeccably educated young Englishman headed for Oxford — in order to find the role that will finally fit. The Innocents by Francesca Segal. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid — and everything that is missing from his world.
As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many. Jane narrates the story as we follow her through her pregnancy and her encounters with the other misfits and outsiders who reside at the boarding house. The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon.
Instead, they have to face the harsh realities of living hand to mouth, of racism, of bone-chilling weather and bleak prospects. Yet friendships flourish among these Lonely Londoners and, in time, they learn to survive. The Long Firm by Jake Arnott.
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The Mimic Men by V. Now in exile from his native country, he has taken up residence at a quaint hotel in a London suburb, where he is writing his memoirs in an attempt to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the cultural paradoxes and tainted fantasies of his colonial childhood and later life: his attempts to fit in at school, his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman. But it is the return to Isabella and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governing nation — every kind of racial fantasy taking wing — that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.
When a pint-sized clerk named Auberon Quinn is randomly selected as head of state, he decides to turn London into a medieval carnival for his own amusement.
One man, Adam Wayne, takes the new order of things seriously, organizing a Notting Hill army to fight invaders from other neighbourhoods. At first his project baffles everyone, but eventually his dedication proves infectious, with delightful results. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and lived life at full throttle, now dresses in mannish clothes and wanders the streets with a restless hunger, searching.
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Helen, clever, sweet, much-loved, harbours a painful secret. Viv, glamour girl, is stubbornly, even foolishly loyal, to her soldier lover. Duncan, an apparent innocent, has had his own demons to fight during the war. Their lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi. Henry VIII rules over a fashionable court alive with pageant and celebration, the lack of a son his only threat.
When young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, she becomes his new mistress, an unwitting pawn in the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn and Howard families. The Report by Jessica Francis Kane. From every corner of Bethnal Green, people emerge from pubs, cinemas and houses and set off for the shelter of the tube station. But at the entrance steps, something goes badly wrong, the crowd panics, and people are crushed to death. When an enquiry is called for, it falls to the local magistrate, Laurence Dunne, to find out what happened during those few, fatally confused minutes.
But as Dunne gathers testimony from the guilt-stricken warden of the shelter, the priest struggling to bring comfort to his congregation, and the grieving mother who has lost her youngest daughter, the picture grows ever murkier.
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The more questions Dunne asks, the more difficult it becomes to disentangle truth from rumour — and to decide just how much truth the damaged community can actually bear. The Road Home by Rose Tremain. After a spell of homelessness, he finds a job in the kitchen of a posh restaurant and a room in the house of an appealing Irishman who has already lost his family. Never mind that Lev must sleep in a bunk bed surrounded by plastic toys—he has found a friend and shelter.
However constricted his life in England remains, he compensates by daydreaming of home, by having an affair with a younger restaurant worker, and by trading gossip and ambitions via cell phone with his hilarious friend Rudi, who, dreaming of the wealthy West, lives largely for his battered Chevrolet. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil.
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience an unlikely job opportunity presents itself — the man, Lord Nantwich, is seeking a biographer. One of his longest novels it contains a hundred chapters , The Way We Live Now is particularly rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early s, and lashes at the pervading dishonesty of the age, commercial, political, moral, and intellectual.
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