Spring in Queen’s Park, and it’s time to turn over a new leaf…
The Flame Alphabet
Haunting literary novel of plague & language (Full Review Here…)
Wonderful environmental fable, Prize-shortlisted (Full Review Here…)
Captivating young reader’s fantasy sequel (Full Review Here…)
The second book from family duo Meloy & Ellis, sequel to the acclaimed Wildwood, returns to a compellingly magical world only inches from our own. After rescuing her baby brother from mortal peril, Prue McKeel has returned to the comforting, familiar old world – but strange creatures are moving through the night, and strange things are happening beyond the impassable wastes. Prue must return to Wildwood, to save her old friends – and her old world.
Barbara Kingsolver returns to the themes that made her name – the lives of women, the primacy of nature, and the inevitable entropy that encompasses our world. In this masterful new novel, Appalachian farmer Dellarobia, discontented with her life, decides to seek out an affair – and instead makes a startling environmental discovery that will change her world forever, and lead her to an utterly unforeseeable and earth-shattering apotheosis. Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize).
The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus’ third novel, could be broadly described as a dystopic end-of-the-world fiction – but if that conjures up Mad Max-style images of nuclear wastelands and the like, think twice. In Marcus’ deeply affecting, lasting and frankly terrifying book, the end of the world is caused by the collapse of human interaction on a profound level, through the collapse of language. The protagonists’ young family, part of community of strange and reclusive Jews in upstate New York, begins to succumb to an insidious and poisonous illness, which is spread via words, particularly the words of children; isolation, silence, panic and death follow the ghastly symptoms. Unmissable.
A heartfelt and multi-faceted tale for younger readers, this unique and surprising novel follows the ordinarily quiet life of two young orphan girls, Lizzie and Naomi, whose world is changed forever when a mysterious boy literally drops into their lives from the top of an empty tree. By parts ghost story, fable and deeply moving history, this will surely entrance literary minds aged 9 – 12.