From the internationally bestselling and prize-winning author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES and CIRCE , an enchanting short story that boldly reimagines the myth of Galatea.
''Mythology''s bold new voice'' i **A giftable hardback edition featuring a new foreword by Madeline Miller** In Ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece - the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen - the gift of life. Now his wife, Galatea is expected to be obedience and humility personified, but it is not long before she learns to use her beauty as a form of manipulation.
In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control, she is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost...
_________________________ Praise for CIRCE ''A thrilling tour de force of imagination'' Mail on Sunday ''A bold and subversive retelling'' New York Times ''A novel to be gobbled greedily in one sitting'' Observer ''A remarkable achievement'' Sunday Times
''One of those rarest of books: so beautiful I almost couldn''t bear it, and so moving I was reading through tears'' STACEY HALLS ''Uniquely witty, beautifully observed, intricately woven'' MIRANDA HART ''A truly glorious life-affirming book, in which love, hope and friendship trump sorrow'' DINAH JEFFERIES ''Worth every tear'' WOMAN & HOME ''Both exquisitely tender and powerfully compelling'' SARAH HAYWOOD ''Thoughtful, warm and engaging. Unlike anything I''ve read before - divine'' CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD ''Honest, heartfelt and hopeful'' MARIANNE CRONIN ''A joy to read'' ANNE YOUNGSON ''A love song to women everywhere'' ERICKA WALLER MEET EVA MARTlNEZ-GREEN, AN ONLY CHILD FULL OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HER BEGINNINGS.
Between her emotionally absent mother and her physically absent father, there is nobody to answer them. Eva is convinced that all is not as it seems. Why are there no baby pictures of her? Why do her parents avoid all questions about her early years?
When her parents'' relationship crumbles, Eva begins a journey to find these answers for herself. Her desire to discover where she belongs leads Eva on a journey spanning decades and continents - and, along the way, she meets women who challenge her idea of what a mother should be, and who will change her life forever...
''A glorious journey into loving & longing, rich with colour & warmth'' ANSTEY HARRIS ''Heartrending and heartwarming'' CELIA ANDERSON ''The most exquisitely written story of human love in all its forms'' JESSICA RYN ''A deep delight of a book that vibrates with love and longing'' HELEN PARIS ________________________________________________________ Praise for Joanna Glen''s debut novel, The Other Half of Augusta Hope :
''A therapeutic dose of high-strength emotion'' GUARDIAN ''Entertains and moves in equal measure'' DAILY MAIL ''Keep the tissues close'' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING ''An irresistible message of redemption and belonging'' RED magazine ''Heartening and hopeful'' JESS KIDD, author of Things in Jars ''Mesmerizingly beautiful'' SARAH HAYWOOD, author of The Cactus ''An extraordinary masterpiece'' ANSTEY HARRIS, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
'The hottest book of the summer - the pages simply sizzled!' Josie Silver, author of bestselling One Day in December He doesn't believe in happy endings. She's lost her faith that they exist. But could they find one together? January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she's the lead in a blockbuster movie. Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale. But January and Guss have more in common than you'd think: They're both broke. They've got crippling writer's block. And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends. The result? A bet to swap genres see who gets published first. The risk? In telling each other's stories, their worlds might be changed entirely... Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh as much as cry, for fans of The Flat Share and Our Stop . ______________________________ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING 'Reader, I swooned! Beach Read is a breath of fresh air. My heart ached for January, and Gus is to die for - a steamy, smart and perceptive romance. I was engrossed!' Josie Silver, author of bestselling One Day in December 'A touching and heartfelt book...I adored going along on Gus and January's journey, and I closed this book with a satisfied sigh' Jasmine Guillory, author of The Proposal 'Original, sparkling bright and layered with feeling...If whipcrack banter and foggy sexual tension is your catnip, you'll adore this book' Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game 'The witty, charming and swoony novel we always want...I adored it' Julia Whelan, author of My Oxford Year 'Has everything the title promises - a romping plot, family secrets, and the thrill of falling in love...I cannot wait to read what Henry writes next' Amy E. Reichert, author of The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
A COSMOPOLITAN , BBC , STYLIST, DAILY MAIL, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING and GUARDIAN BEST BOOK PICK FOR 2021! '' Astounding. Heart-breaking but hopeful, and a fresh new voice '' PANDORA SYKES ''Moving and beautifully written'' LIBBY PAGE ''A rare new talent'' THE GUARDIAN '' A book that deserves to be a huge hit '' STYLIST ''The literary equivalent of gold dust'' BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH *** Sometimes it''s easy to fall between the cracks... At 3.04 p.m. on a hot, sticky day in June, Bess finds out she''s pregnant. She could tell her social worker Henry, but he''s useless. She should tell her foster mother, Lisa, but she won''t understand. She really ought to tell Boy, but she hasn''t spoken to him in weeks. Bess knows more than anyone that love doesn''t come without conditions. But this isn''t a love story...
From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In Klara and The Sun , Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love? ''A masterpiece of great beauty, meticulous control and, as ever, clear, simple prose.'' Sunday Times ''Another masterwork, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity.'' Observer ''People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love.'' Anne Enright, Guardian
''I can''t remember ever reading anything so moving . . . It''s so beautiful.'' MARIAN KEYES They say boys don''t cry. But Finn''s seen his Da do it when he thinks no one''s looking, so that''s not true. And isn''t it OK to be sad, when bad things happen? They say boys don''t cry, but you might . . . ''Unforgettable.'' Donal Ryan ''Authentic to the bone'' Kit de Waal It will break your heart in a million different ways.'' Louise O''Neill ''Powerful and poignant.'' Ruth Hogan ''Hilarious and heartbreaking.'' Louise Nealon What readers are saying: ''Fiona Scarlett is certainly up there with the likes of Roddy Doyle . . . A beautifully written, authentic novel, that will make you both laugh and cry, I just want to recommend this book to everyone.'' ''This is a heartbreaking and very emotional novel that is exquisitely written. Fiona''s writing style helps to bring such raw emotion to the text that it was impossible to not shed a tear!'' ''I cried so much reading this book . . . A stunning read that I''ll be thinking about for a long time.'' ''There is a lot of humour to balance the heartache . . . All humanity is here, in all its shades, and that''s what stays with you long after you finish reading. A brilliant debut.''
A beautiful, arresting story about race and the relationships that shape us through life by the legendary Toni Morrison, in a stand-alone, slim Chatto hardback for the first time. In this 1983 short story - the only short story Morrison ever wrote - we meet Twyla and Roberta, who have known each other since they were eight years old and spent four months together as roommates in St. Bonaventure shelter. Inseparable then, they lose touch as they grow older, only later to find each other again at a diner, a grocery store, and again at a protest. Seemingly at opposite ends of every problem, and at each other''s throats each time they meet, the two women still cannot deny the deep bond their shared experience has forged between them. Another work of genius by this masterful writer, Recitatif keeps Twyla''s and Roberta''s races ambiguous throughout the story. Morrison herself described Recitatif , a story which will keep readers thinking and discussing for years to come, as "an experiment in the removal of all racial codes from a narrative about two characters of different races for whom racial identity is crucial." We know that one is white and one is Black, but which is which? And who is right about the race of the woman the girls tormented at the orphanage? A remarkable look into what keeps us together and what keeps us apart, and how perceptions are made tangible by reality, Recitatif is a gift to readers in uncertain times.
POLISHED TO PERFECTION, THE HOTLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT *The instant New York Times bestseller* *One of Buzzfeed''s highly anticpated Booktok reads in 2022* ''Delightful'' GUARDIAN ''Irresistible'' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ''A true 21st century heroine'' JANICE HALLETT ''A dream of a debut . . . exquisite'' NETGALLEY, Books of the Month ''Smart, riveting, and deliciously refreshing '' LISA JEWELL ''An instantly gripping and delightful whodunnit'' STYLIST I am your maid.
I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry.
But what do you know about me?
Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She''s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She''s just a maid - why should anyone take notice? But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn''t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She''s just a maid - but what can she see that others overlook?
Escapist, charming and introducing a truly original heroine, The Maid is a story about how the truth isn''t always black and white - it''s found in the dirtier, grey areas in between . . .
*RIGHTS SOLD IN 29 TERRITORIES* ''With The Maid comes an exciting and formidable new voice'' SANTA MONTEFIORE ''Gripping, deftly written, and led by a truly unforgettable protagonist in Molly. I''m recommending it to everyone I know'' EMMA STONEX ''Beautiful writing, an intriguing mystery, and a colourful cast of friends and sleuths ensure The Maid sparkles with wit and tension'' LUCY CLARKE ''Fresh, fiendish and darkly beguiling. The Maid is so thrillingly original, and clever, and joyous. I just adored every page'' CHRIS WHITAKER A New York Times bestseller for w/c 10/01/2022
A pure pleasure of a novel set in Georgian London, where the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance. There is a fine line between coincidence and fate... London, 1799. Dora Blake is an aspiring jewellery artist who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents'' famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is intrigued by her uncle''s suspicious behaviour and enlists the help of Edward Lawrence, a young man seeking acceptance into the Society of Antiquaries. Edward sees the ancient vase as key to unlocking his academic future. Dora sees it as a chance to restore her parents'' shop to its former glory, and to escape her uncle. But what Edward discovers about the vase has Dora questioning everything she has ever known about her life, her family, and the world as she knows it. As Dora uncovers the truth she starts to realise that some mysteries are buried, and some doors are locked, for a reason. Gorgeously atmospheric and deliciously page-turning, Pandora deals with themes of secrets and deception, love and fulfilment, fate and hope.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Named a Best Book of Summer by Cosmopolitan * InStyle *PopSugar * Buzzfeed * Bustle * Brit+Co * Parade No one does life and love better. InStyle Earth-shakingyou will flip for this epic love story. Cosmopolitan In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever. Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emmas second chance at happiness. That is, until Jesse is found. Hes alive, and hes been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiance, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants while trying to protect the ones she loves. But who is her one true love ? What does it mean to love truly?