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‌‌The nothing / Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi‌‌
The nothing
(London : Faber, 2017)
The Nothing is Hanif Kureishi’s powerful new work: a tense and captivating exploration of lust, helplessness and deception.  Waldo, a feted filmmaker, is confined by old age and ill health to his London apartment. Frail and frustrated, he is cared for by his lovely younger wife, Zee. But when he suspects that Zee is beginning an affair with Eddie, ‘more than an acquaintance and less than a friend for over thirty years’, Waldo is pressed to action: determined to expose the couple, he sets himself first to prove his suspicions correct – and then to enact his revenge.  Written with characteristic black humour and with an acute eye for detail, Kureishi’s eagerly awaited novella will have his readers dazzled once again by a brilliant mind at work. Kureishi's earlier works include The Buddha of Suburbia and the screenplay for the film My Beautiful Laundrette

‌‌Written in bones / James Oswald
James Oswald
Written in bone
(London : Penguin/Michael Joseph, 2017)
When the body of a disgraced ex-policeman turned philanthropist is found in a tree in an Edinburgh park the investigation headed by Detective Inspector Tony McLean leads right back to Edinburgh's past and its underworld, crossing paths with some of its most dangerous and most vulnerable people. This is the seventh book in the Tony McLean series, which the Sunday Mirror has characterised as 'creepy, gritty and gruesome'. 

‌‌The last Tudor / Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory
The last Tudor
(London : Simon & Schuster, 2017)
The Tudors exercise their grim fascination once again in this, the final Philippa Gregory novel to deal with the dynasty. The novel is the story of Katherine and Mary Grey, cousins of Queen Elizabeth I and younger sisters of the executed Lady Jane Grey. Having a claim to the throne of England, they were not allowed to marry without the approval of Elizabeth. Unfortunately for them they both contracted clandestine marriages, incurring the queen's displeasure. Read their story here in this well-researched piece of historical fiction. 

‌‌Joyride to Jupiter / Nuala O'Connor
Nuala O'Connor
Joyride to Jupiter
(Dublin : New Island, 2017)
A 'collected short stories' volume from one of Ireland's finest authors. They've all been published before in newspapers, literary journals and anthologies but it is a joy to have them here between the covers of a single book. O'Connor was born in Dublin and now lives in East Galway. She has also published several novels, including Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid.

‌‌When I hit you, or a portrait of the writer as a young wife / Meena Kandasamy
Meena Kandasamy
When I hit you : or, a portrait of the writer as a young wife
(London : Atlantic, 2017)
The narrator of this book is a young Indian woman who falls in love with a professor and moves with him to a coastal town, expecting a life of shared artistic endeavour - she is a budding author. But she soon finds out that he has other plans - he regards himself as her master, not her equal, and sets out to break her spirit, even with violence. When I hit you is at once the chronicle of an abusive marriage and a celebration of the power of art. The author divides her time between Chennai and London and has also written the critically-acclaimed novel The Gypsy Goddess, published in 2013.

‌‌Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves / Rachel Malik
Rachel Malik
Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves
(London : Penguin/Fig Tree, 2017)
When Rene Hargreaves is billeted to Starlight Farm as a Land Girl, far from the city where she grew up, she finds farmer Elsie Boston and her country ways strange at first. Yet over the days and months Rene and Elsie come to understand and depend on each other. Soon they can no longer imagine a life apart. But a visitor from Rene's past threatens the life they have built together, a life that has always kept others at a careful distance. Soon they are involved in a war of their own that endangers everything and will finally expose them to the nation's press and the full force of the law. The author has taught English literature at Middlesex University for many years - this is her first novel and it has won accolades from such top writers and reviewers as Penelope Lively and Elizabeth Buchan.

‌‌Y is for yesterday / Sue Grafton
Sue Grafton
Y is for yesterday
(London : Mantle, 2017)
Readers of classic detective fiction will have no need of a blurb for this one - the question is, what is to be done when Grafton reaches Z in her alphabetical series featuring Kinsey Milhone, the P.I. from Santa Teresa in California. Milhone has developed in an interesting way through the series which has become darker in recent instalments. They're still great reads though - in the words of the New York Times 'clever but unpretentious'.

‌‌My husband's wives / Faith Hogan
Faith Hogan
My husband's wives
(London : Aria, 2017)
One man, three wives, too many secrets - this heart-warming story of love, loss, family and friendship was first published in e-book form in 2016. The author lives in the West of Ireland and has worked as a fashion model and in the intellectual disabilty and mental health sectors. This is her first novel.

‌‌Strangers on a train / Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith
Strangers on a train
(London : Virago, 2016)
Now part of the Virago Modern Classics series, this is Patricia Highsmith's first novel, published in 1950 and the inspiration for the classic Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. Highsmith died in 1995 and this is a welcome opportunity to catch up with one of her quirky but brilliant detective stories. It is the story of Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, the strangers on the train of the title. From the moment that Bruno decides that he should kill Guy's wife and that Guy kills Bruno's father, Guy Haines is trapped in a nightmare of shared guilt and an insidious merging of personalities.

‌‌Lunatics, lovers and poets : twelve stories after Cervantes and Shakespeare
Daniel Hahn and Margarita Valencia (editors)
Lunatics, lovers and poets : twelve stories after Cervantes and Shakespeare
(High Wycombe, England : And other Stories, 2016),
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes, six English-speaking authors and six Spanish-speaking authors have collected 12 original and previously unpublished stories as their tribute to the international influence of these two giants of world literature. An introduction by Salman Rushdie explores the legacy of the two men in contemporary fiction.

‌‌‌The Day of the Dead / Mark Roberts
Mark Roberts
Day of the dead
(London : Head of Zeus, 2017)
In this gripping and believable crime story DCI Eve Clay of Merseyside CID is hunting an ex-convict called Vindici who has filmed himself torturing and killing paedophiles in Liverpool. In spite of the widespread if sneaking admiration for his exploits Clay has to bring him to justice. She thinks she has the case solved until she is sent a photo of Vindici at a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico when he was supposed to be doing his vigilante work in Liverpool...

‌‌Phone / Will Self
Will Self
Phone
(London : Penguin/Viking, 2017)
For the four characters at the heart of Will Self's brilliantly acute novel of our times the mobile phone in their pocket may be both a blessing and a curse. For elderly Dr Zachary Busner it is a mysterious object, with its messages like - 'NO CALLER ID - but also it's his life line to his autistic grandson Ben, whose own connection with technology is, in turn, a vital one. For Jonathan De'Ath , aka 'the Butcher', MI6 agent, the phone may reveal his best kept secret of all: that Colonel Gawain Thomas, husband, father, and highly-trained tank commander - is Jonathan 's long time lover. And when technology, love and violence finally converge in the wreckage of postwar Iraq, the Colonel and the Spy's dalliance will determine the destiny of nations. Self is the author of many novels and non-fiction books, including How the Dead Live, The Butt, Umbrella and Shark. He lives in London.

‌‌Rotherweird / Andrew Caldecott
Andrew Caldecott
Rotherweird
(London : Jo Fletcher Books, 2017)
In Caldecott's historical fantasy Rotherweird is a city state cast adrift from England in the time of Elizabeth I, with one over-arching rule - Nobody is allowed to study its history because Rotherweird hides a dark secret beneath its enchanting surface. But two inquisitive outsiders arrive to disturb its equilibrium - Jonah Oblong who is to teach modern history (nothing local and nothing before 1800!) and Sir Veronal Slickstone, a billionaire who is to renovate the town's derelict manor house. The trouble is, if Rotherweird's secret is laid bare catastrophe will ensue. Andrew Caldecott is a lawyer and an occasional playwright, and a sequel is planned, to be named Wyntertide.

‌‌The burning ground / Adam O'Riordan
Adam O'Riordan
The burning ground
(London : Bloomsbury, 2017)
A collection of eight short stories set in California and the American Southwest by a young British writer who is also a poet and was the youngest poet-in- residence at The Wordsworth Trust, The Centre for British Romanticism. His poetry collection In the Flesh won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011 and he teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. This is his first short story collection.

‌‌‌‌I'll die for you, and other lost stories / F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I'd die for you and other lost stories
(
London : Scribner, 2017)
Though Fitzgerald is best known for his novels The Great Gatsby and The Beauitful and Damned - and the latter title became synonymous with his image as a chronicler of the Jazz Age - short stories were his bread and butter. The stories here were 'lost' in different ways, some physically lost, some lost in the turbulence of Fitzgerald's troubled life, some rejected by editors and publishers because they weren't sufficiently glamorous. Here they resurface with a fine introduction by Ann Margaret Daniel. There is also a new biography of Fitzgerald published this year and available in the library - Paradise Lost : a life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by David S. Brown.

 All these titles are available in Cork City Libraries. Further suggestions from your local librarian at Adult Lending, Bishopstown, Douglas, Tory-Top, Blackpool, Mayfield, and Hollyhill. For additions-to-stock lists in the Rory Gallagher Music Library check here. For selected new films click here 

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