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‌‌That was a shiver, and other stories / James Kelman
James Kelman‌‌
That was a shiver, and other stories
(Edinburgh : Canongate, 2017)
A new collection of short stories by a novelist who was the 1994 Booker Prize winner for How late it was, how late. Kelman has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize a couple of times since then, and his latest novel, Dirt Road, was shortlisted for the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year 2016. The stories in the present volume are excellent, revealing profound human feeling in the ordinary and the everyday, and are a reminder of Kelman's exceptional talent as a writer.

‌‌Grace / Paul Lynch
Paul Lynch
(London : Oneworld, 2017)
The novelist Emma Donohue calls this a 'shudderingly well-written, dead-real, hallucinatory trip across Famine Ireland'. On the eve of the Great Famine Grace is sent out into the world by her mother because she is no longer safe at home. She sets off with her brother Colly through a land of immeasurable suffering and unexpected beauty, haunted all the while by what she has seen and what she has lost. The author lives in Dublin. His novel Red Sky in Morning was a finalist for France's Best Foreign Book Prize while his second novel Black Snow won the French Booksellers' Award, the Prix Libr'a Nous, for Best Foreign Novel. For a different take on the period try Hannah Kent's The Good People.

‌‌The fourth monkey / J.D. Barker
J. D. Barker
The fourth monkey
(London : HQ, 2017)
Detective Sam Porter has hunted the Four Monkey Killer or 4MK for five years now - the Four Monkey Killer is a twisted psychopath with no mercy. Porter has received box after box of grisly bits and pieces of the victims' bodies. Finally the detective learns the killer's history and the race is on to find the latest victim before it's too late.

‌‌A wartime friend / Lizzie Lane
Lizzie Lane
A wartime friend
(London : Ebury Press, 2017)
Leah escapes from a train bound for a Nazi death camp and is minded by a friendly German Shepherd dog, Rudy. Rescued by an RAF pilot, she is fostered by the pilot and his wife Meg, and forgets everything about her old life. When Meg and Leah, now known as Lily, are forced to flee to Somerset from their London home after a bombing raid the little refugee is unexpectedly reunited with Rudy, who becomes their protector. But can the heroic dog keep Meg and Lily safe? Find out in this heartwarming story of war and friendship.

‌‌The golden house / Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
The Golden House
(London : Jonathan Cape, 2017)
Rushdie is at the height of his powers in this, his latest novel. Nero Golden arrives in New York as Barack Obama is inaugurated. A wealthy property tycoon from a distant country, he and his adult children take on 'Roman' names and assume new identities as they move into a grand mansion in New York. The story of their lives in New York becomes the story of the last eight years in the States and is uncannily prescient about the way American society and politics has developed. In 2008 Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children was judged the 'Best of the Bookers' from forty years of prize-winners. 

‌‌Bea / Pascal Mercier
Pascal Mercier
(London : Atlantic Books, 2017)
First published in German in 2007, this novel imagines a daughter, grief-stricken at the death of her young mother, who goes into retreat from the world until one day she hears a snatch of Bach being played on a busker's violin. Enchanted by it, she re-engages with the world and vows to learn the instrument. She becomes a talented musician but in doing so she is drawn away from her father Martijn. How far will her father go to get back the daughter he loves? As the blurb says, this book has it all, sanity and madness, love and betrayal, self-preservation and self-destruction.

‌‌The consequence of love / Sandra Howard
Sandra Howard
The consequence of love
(London : Simon & Schuster, 2017)
Nattie is married to Hugo, with two children - they are a happy London family. But Nattie does not love with Hugo with all her heart, as her heart belongs to another, her first love who disappeared from her life before she met Hugo. Then one day, out of the blue, there is a message in her inbox 'Hello Nattie, I'm back in London, very much hoping we can meet'. What is she do? What might the consequences be for herself, her husband, her children, even her first love if she were to meet him again? The author, a leading fashion model in the 1960s, has five previous novels published and is married to Michael Howard, former leader of the British Conservative Party

‌‌Are you sleeping / Kathleen Barber
Kathleen Barber
Are you sleeping
(London :Macmillan, 2017)
Josie Buhrman has for years been trying to escape the shadow of her family - her father was murdered, her mother ran off to join a cult, her sister betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now Josie is living with her partner in New York and is building a new life for herself, but she hasn't told her partner anything about her backrground. But now it is catching up with her as an investigative journalist revisits her father's murder and Josie's life starts to unravel. As the cover of this brilliantly suspenseful novel says, the only thing more dangerous than a lie is the truth!

‌‌Forest dark / Nicole Krauss
Nicole Krauss
Forest dark
(London : Bloomsbury, 2017)
Jules Epstein has disappeared leaving nothing but an empty flat and a monogrammed briefcase. To his family it marks the culmination of a gradual disentanglement from his life as a New York lawyer. With the last of his wealth Epstein checks into the Tel Aviv Hilton. Meanwhile a novelist turns up in the same hotel, hoping that revisiting the scene of happy childhood holidays will unlock her writer's block. But she is drawn into a mystery which will change her in ways she could never have imagined. This profound and beautiful novel of change and self-realisation is Krauss's fourth. She has been hailed as one of America's most important novelists.  

‌‌The white city / Karolina Ramqvist
Karolina Ramqvist
The white city
(London : Atlantic Books, 2017),
Translated from the Swedish, this novel has been a celebrated bestseller in Sweden and the winner of the prestigious Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize. A slow-burning novel of psychological intrigue, it tells the story of Karin who has been left alone and dangerously exposed after the disappearance of her wealthy but shady husband John. All she has now is her little girl, Dream, as she struggles to rebuild her life and reclaim her identity.

‌‌‌Follow the dead / Lin Anderson
Lin Anderson
Follow the dead
(London : Macmillan, 2017)
Lin Anderson's heroine Rhona MacLeod is a complex and compelling character who just gets better with every outing. A forensic scientist based in Glasgow, this most recent book to feature her brings her to the Cairngorms where a mysterious plane has crashlanded on a frozen lake, while a climbing expedition nearby has left three young people dead and a fourth missing. Meanwhile in Glasgow, a people-smuggling ring is discovered, and there seems to be a link between the goings-on in Glasgow and the crashed plane. This is Anderson's twelfth novel to feature MacLeod, while her short story Dead Close is currently in development as a feature film. 

‌‌No dominion / Louise Welsh
Louise Welsh
No dominion
(London : John Murray, 2017)
Seven years after the Sweats wiped out most of the world's popualtion a handful of survivors on the Orkney Islands are struggling to rebuild some kind of a democratic society without any of the technological trappings we take for granted. Three strangers arrive and their presence brings to the surface some long-buried tensions among the Orkney survivors. Then some young people go missing and Stevie and Magnus set off to the mainland to find them. But the world outside Orkney is awash with danger, under the grip of self-styled autocrats and religious fanatics. Welsh's thrilling and frightening novel imagines what might happen if the scaffolding of civilisation were ever to collapse. The author is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

‌‌The marriage pact / Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond
The marriage pact
(London : Penguin, 2017)
Jake and Alice are in love and hope their love will last forever, so when they are offered a membership in an exclusive club devoted to the indissolubility of marriage they jump at it. But the Pact as it is called is more determined to save marriages in danger than even Jake and Alice can ever imagine. Because if any of their members break the rules and stray from perfect marital fidelity they are punished and the punishments are growing more severe. True there are no divorces in the Pact but there are a lot of widows...and the loving couple begin to fear for their very lives. This is Richmond's first thriller though she has written six previous novels. 

‌‌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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