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Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2013. The winner to be announced on 24th October.

Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves...

Henrietta, the beloved only daughter of London merchant, Richard Challoner, is coming of age in a world where only sons really matter. When civil war beckons, the Challoner family face some tough decisions, and as father and sons find themselves on opposing sides, the prospects of the family looks decidedly grim and Henrietta is faced with an uncertain future - a compellingaccount of how the English civil war affected ordinary families.

a very vivid evocation of New York City in the middle of the eighteenth century and the author really brings alive what was then a small provincial town in which the origins of the modern megalopolis can be glimpsed. The novel has an intriguing premise: A young Englishman arrives with, in effect, a cheque for an amount of money big enough to shake the economy of the colony. The author teases us with the mystery of whether it is authentic, why he has it, and what he wants it for. And the…

Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian