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Read an extract from Before the Devil Breaks You, book three in Libba Bray’s brilliant Diviners series.
“Thick evening fog clung to the forlorn banks of Ward’s Island, turning it into a ghost of itself. Across the dark calm of the East River, the...

Read an extract from Before the Devil Breaks You, book three in Libba Bray’s brilliant Diviners series. 

“Thick evening fog clung to the forlorn banks of Ward’s Island, turning it into a ghost of itself. Across the dark calm of the East River, the glorious neon whirl of Manhattan was in full jazz- age bloom— glamorous clubs, basement speakeasies, illegal booze, all of it enjoyed by live- fast- forget- tomorrow flappers and Dapper Dons eager to throw off their cares and Charleston their way into tomorrow’s hangover. On Ward’s, it was quiet and dark, just a fat fist of neglected land housing the poor, the addicts, and the mentally ill, all of the city’s great unwanted, kept well out of sight, the rivers separating the two worlds— the living and the dead…”

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Posted on Sunday, October 22nd 2017

Would you just LOOK at that cover! One for the Christmas list… Shirley-Anne McMillan’s #TheUnknowns is out this DECEMBER.
Tilly is perched at the top of Belfast’s largest crane. She likes to climb up high at night in order to feel free from a city...

Would you just LOOK at that cover! One for the Christmas list… Shirley-Anne McMillan’s #TheUnknowns is out this DECEMBER.

Tilly is perched at the top of Belfast’s largest crane. She likes to climb up high at night in order to feel free from a city which, despite the best PR, is still full of trouble and conflict. Eventually, she comes back down to discover her bike is missing and in its place is a boy named Brew. Wearing eyeliner and high-heeled boots, he offers her a drink from his flask of coffee before disappearing into the night. The next morning, Tilly’s bike is returned, but tucked into the spoke of the wheel is a card with Brew’s number on it. 

As Tilly learns to trust Brew, he leads her into a world she never knew existed - a world of parties in abandoned houses, completing missions that involve break-ins, and risking everything just to help strangers in need; the world of The Unknowns. What Tilly doesn’t anticipate is that they will also make her question everything she was brought up to believe in, and force her to make a choice that will stay with her for the rest of her life.

The Unknowns is a story about hope in a city where increasing numbers of young people are struggling to get by, a place where there is no trust in the political system, and where some people still dare to dream.

Pre-order your copy today: http://tidd.ly/934e93a7

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th 2017

A Note to the Readers of This Collection
When I was sixteen, I traded my prep school in Manhattan for an alternative boarding school in upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley to make Elijah Huck love me.
As is usually the case when one follows an...

A Note to the Readers of This Collection

When I was sixteen, I traded my prep school in Manhattan for an alternative boarding school in upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley to make Elijah Huck love me.

As is usually the case when one follows an up-and-coming feminist fashion photographer to a remote Quaker boarding school, I was in for a few surprises. These surprises were manifold, but perhaps most poignantly: Elijah broke my heart, I stuffed all my belongings into a vending machine, and I kissed a budding Marxist.

I left for Quare almost three years ago, before Elijah won his one-hundred-thousand-dollar MacDougall innovation grant and opened a gallery on Orchard Street. Before I started my freshman year at this small East Coast liberal arts college in one of those cramped dorm rooms I’m laying out these documents—the letters, journal entries, clippings, forms, and reports that comprise this collection—in chronological order on the floor… 

Click here to read an extract from the ‘funny, witty and feminist’ (Stylist Magazine) Everything Must Go!

Posted on Monday, October 16th 2017

Jeepers creepers it is Friday 13th! Safest thing to do is stay inside and read…

Jeepers creepers it is Friday 13th! Safest thing to do is stay inside and read… 

Posted on Friday, October 13th 2017

🎉 COVER REVEAL KLAXON!!
This GORGEOUS book by Keren David is out next year and we CAN’T WAIT.
Astor, Ontario. 1904.A boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the feet of 16-year-old Emmy. While others are suspicious and...
🎉 COVER REVEAL KLAXON!!

This GORGEOUS book by Keren David is out next year and we CAN’T WAIT.

Astor, Ontario. 1904.
A boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the feet of 16-year-old Emmy. While others are suspicious and afraid, Emmy is drawn to him. Is he really the monster the townsfolk say he is?

Astor, Ontario. 1994.
Megan arrives from London for her great grandmother’s 105th birthday. It should be a happy family occasion, but Megan is nursing a broken heart and carrying a secret she fears might consume her.

Spanning the twentieth century, exploring themes of belonging and forgiveness, Stranger is an epic and unforgettable love story to cherish.

Posted on Friday, October 6th 2017

Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re every girl. But they start with just three:
Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls.
Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the...

Who are the Nowhere Girls? 

They’re every girl. But they start with just three:

Grace, the preacher’s daughter who unwittingly moved into the old house of a victim whose pain adorns the walls.

Bold Rosina, whose heart has become hardened by all of the straight girls who broke it.

And misunderstood Erin, the girl who finds more solace in science and order than she does in people.

Amy Reed’s incredible novel, The Nowhere Girls, is our Book of the Month this October. Have you ordered yours yet? 

Posted on Monday, October 2nd 2017