Archives for translated fiction

New books coming soon

Ezekiel Boone The Hatching, plus two sequels, by US author Ezekiel Boone, will be published in the UK by Gollancz. The Hatching, described as a “fun as hell” thriller, is about a desperate fight against a long-dormant, ancient species that hatches from an unusual egg following a nuclear bomb drop. Comparisons have been made to Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Max Brooks’s World War Z. TV and film rights have been signed by Lionsgate on behalf of Joel Silver, who produced The Matrix and Die Hard. Boone promised the book was “fun as hell and just scary enough to make you afraid to put it down.” Due to be published in July 2016, this [above] is the US cover design. For more about Ezekiel Boone, here’s his website. Jussi Valtonen They Know Not What They Do by Finnish writer Jussi Valtonen [below] will be published in September 2016 in the UK by Oneworld. This is Valtonen’s third novel, but the first to be translated into English. The Know Not What They Do is a “sweeping literary thriller, offering a complex, multi-layered story of family conflict and the search for identity.” The story, set in Finland and the US, opens with an attack on a US neuroscience research lab by animal rights activists. One of
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New books coming soon

Jessie Burton The Muse, second novel by The Miniaturist author Jessie Burton [below], will be published in the UK in July 2016 by Picador. In the US it will be published by HarperEcco; in Canada by HarperCollins; and in Sweden by Modernista.Moving between 1930s Spain and 1960s London, The Muse tells of a young Caribbean immigrant, a bohemian artist and the mysterious painting that connects the two across the decades. For more about Jessie Burton, click here for her website. Aoife Clifford All These Perfect Strangers by Australian author Aoife Clifford [below] will be published in the UK [June 2016], Commonwealth, Australia [March 2016] and New Zealand by Simon & Schuster. Pen Sheppard’s life is blighted by scandal and tragedy until university gives her the chance to start again and leave the past behind. Except the past can never be forgotten. This is Clifford’s debut novel although she has won two Australian short story crime writing prizes: the Ned Kelly – SD Harvey Short Story Award, and the Scarlet Stiletto. She was also shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger. Anna Mazzola The debut novel by criminal justice solicitor Anna Mazzola [below], The Unseeing, will be published in the UK
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Book review: The Awakening of Miss Prim

The title gives away the storyline of this charming tale by Spanish journalist Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera [below]. Miss Prim is to be awakened. The assumption is that the catalyst for this awakening is love. But that is to over-simplify a thoughtful tale of self-knowledge, or maturing as an adult, about making the leap from intellectual maturity to emotional maturity. Prudencia Prim is a librarian who begins a new job in a private house in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, in an un-named country. Even when I had finished the book I was still unclear in which country it is set, though this does not affect the storytelling at all. Miss Prim is to catalogue the private library of a man who is never named, but is known simply as The Man in the Wingchair. San Ireneo is an unusual village, it feels as if you are taking a step back in time. “That morning she urgently needed to buy notebooks and labels. The day before, she had had a small disagreement with her employer, the fifth since her arrival at the house. He’d come into the library and declared that he didn’t want her to use a computer
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