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Your First Book
History. A Mess.
by Sigrún Pálsdóttir
Translated from Icelandic by Lytton Smith
A young PhD student believes she has uncovered the first professional female artist in Britain. It’s a discovery that could transform her career and reputation. However, in her haste to break new ground, she has made a simple mistake which threatens everything – and she won’t acknowledge her error until it’s far too late. As she goes to ever greater lengths to protect her work from the truth, she begins to lose her grip on her thesis, her life and ultimately her sanity.
‘Pálsdóttir writes with the hand of a mystery author and the mind of a postmodernist, teasing out her protagonist’s problem while playing with literary forms, fragmenting timelines, and injecting fierce irony.’Publishers Weekly
The Love of Singular Men
by Victor Heringer, translated by James Young
Out to subscribers April 2023. Published July 2023.
Rio de Janeiro, the 1970s. Young Camilo leads a sheltered life, protected from the brutal realities of Brazil’s military dictatorship and the cruelty of the world beyond his back garden. The day his father brings home Cosme marks the end of this safe and predictable childhood. Who is this boy? Why is he here? No one explains and Cosme becomes part of the family. Camilo instinctively hates him, but hate soon turns to love as the boys explore their feelings for each other. Told by the adult Camilo, haunted by his past and living alone in his old neighbourhood, The Love of Singular Men is a coming-of-age story like no other. Combining an incisive exploration of Brazilian social issues with a tender account of first love, first grief and revenge, it sparkles with wit, energy and playful ingenuity throughout.
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