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A Slipping Down Life

Anne Tyler
In a small Southern town, teenager Evie Decker becomes obsessed with local rock singer Bertram Drumstrings Casey, and decides to take her life into her own hands. When she carves his name on her forehead, their two lives become unforgettably entwined.

An Evil Cradling

Brian Keenan
Brian Keenans release from captivity was the first ray of hope for those hostages held in the Middle East. He describes the plight of his fellow hostages with first-hand knowledge. The language he uses reflects his past efforts as a poet in describing the pain and claustrophobia of imprisonment.

Boyhood: A Memoir

J. M. Coetzee
A first volume of memoirs, revisiting the South Africa of half a century ago, of a boy growing up in a small country town with a father he could not respect and a mother he adored. Coetzee evokes the tensions, delights and terrors of childhood, in a world of unexplained rules he knew he must obey.


Bernard MacLaverty
For Cal, some choices are devastatingly simple... He can work in an abattoir that nauseates him or join the dole queue; he can brood on his past or plan a future with Marcella.

Cider with Rosie

Laurie Lee
Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, this memoir is about the authors childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. It also depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

Complete Poems

Elizabeth Bishop
A comprehensive edition of one of Americas greatest poets, this collection draws from her four published volumes, together with 50 uncollected works and translations of Octavio Paz, Max Jacob and others.

Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton
Tells the story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. This work talks about love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.

Death and Nightingales

Eugene McCabe
It is 1883, and all Irelands in turmoil with agrarian, political and sectarian revolt. From the opening of this pastoral of love and betrayal, events roll towards an inevitable, tragic end. Below the surface, complex tensions between religions, between men and women, good and evil are explored.