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by Amy Mason
The story of two sisters confronting their fractured past and the death of their playwright mother.
by Freda Lightfoot
Set against the backdrop of revolutionary Russia, The Amber Keeper is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.
by Irene Sabatini
Set in newly independent Zimbabwe, this is a story of friendship, family, and heroism through the eyes of a 10 year old boy.
by Alexander McCall Smith
Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to the Austen classic, Emma.
by Lissa Evans
Ten-year-old Noel Bostock is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz and gets caught up in the schemes of crooked little people in this interestingly unstable dark comedy.
by Mohsin Hamid
The best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; the death of Osama Bin Laden and the writing of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
by Jo Bloom
Set in the summer of 1962, Ridley Road is an exploration into an important, interesting and crucial narrative in British history, the Jewish community and fascism.
by Joyce Carol Oates
In these eight stories, Joyce Carol Oates deftly tests the bonds between damaged individuals - a brother and sister, a teacher and student, two strangers on a subway - in the fearless prose for which she's become so celebrated.
by Eric Gamalinda
Two men, each unaware of the other, share a secret: they were sold for adoption by their American father after birth in the Philippines. In The Descartes Highlands, three alternating stories interweave the experiences of Andrew Breszky and the two sons who try to connect and piece together the puzzle of their reckless, impulsive father.
by Michel Faber
Leaving behind his beloved wife, missionary Peter Leigh boards a flight for a remote place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. Here is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart.
In an NPR piece on Murakami's The Strange Library, the reviewer writes, "the story itself, full of characters and images both awfully weird and utterly down to earth, transforms as you read it, becoming a living, nearly talismanic exercise in how to lift yourself out of the realm of the ordinary and allow the sentences to carry you into an alternate universe."
Hilary Mantel’s critics are outraged that her new story collection, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, is set to be a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime in January, but neither Mantel nor the BBC will be shying away, The Guardian reports.
The Folio Prize has announced its really long long list – 80 books long, the LA Times reports. The short list will be announced in February, and the winner declared in March.
Judy Blume is releasing her first book for adults in 15 years. In the Unlikely Event will be published in June 2015.
Australia's Prime Minister Literary Award was awarded to author Steven Carroll for his book, A World of Other People – that is, until Prime Minister Tony Abbott exercised his right to 'final decision' and awarded the prize to Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, instead, despite the judges' unanimous vote for Carroll. In the end, the two split the prize and Flanagan donated his share to charity – as reported by NPR.
They rank Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, On Immunity, Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, The Sixth Extinction, and Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David as the top non-fiction reads of 2014.
Bill Gates' end-of-the-year book list includes the five best books he read in 2014.