Rebecca Ley's debut novel, SWEET FRUIT, SOUR LAND to Sandstone Press

We are over the moon and cannot wait to share that Rebecca Ley's debut work of speculative fiction, will be published by Sandstone Press this summer. 


The publisher acquired world rights to Ley’s book from DGA's Philippa Sitters.

When a wealthy client visits Mathilde’s dressmaking shop, she finds herself drawn into the only surviving circle of luxury left in a barren London. Attending parties offers a welcome escape from life governed by ration cards and a strictly enforced child policy. Here she meets enigmatic government minister, George, and piano-playing Jaminder, with whom an intense friendship blossoms. As Mathilde tries to discover where the illicit food is coming from and where non-conforming women disappear to, George’s grip on her tightens.

Assistant publisher Kay Farrell is "thrilled" to be adding Ley’s debut to the Sandstone Press list.

"Sweet Fruit, Sour Land is a modern, beautifully written work of speculative fiction exploring questions of identity and female solidarity. It’s an exciting new direction for the Sandstone Press List", she said.

Sitters added: "I couldn’t be happier that Kay, Bob and all at Sandstone Press are publishing Rebecca’s gorgeous book. The enthusiasm they’re putting behind her debut novel is just so important and I can’t wait see it out in the world."

Caroline Bird part of Ted Hughes Award Shortlist


We're thrilled to share that Caroline Bird has been listed among the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her most recent collection, In These Days of Prohibition (Carcanet). The prize seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life. The £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen.

Of Caroline's work the judges said it was “powerful, disturbing – yet witty and very funny in places; redemptive.”

In These Days of Prohibition is Caroline Bird's fifth Carcanet collection. As always, she is a poet of dark hilarity and telling social comment. Shifting between poetic and vulgar registers, the surreal imagery of her early work is re-deployed to venture into the badlands of the human psyche. Her poems hold their subjects in an unflinching grip, addressing faces behind the veneer, asking what it is that keeps us alive. These days of prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, 'revving on a wish'.

The winner will be announced at the Ted Hughes Award & National Poetry Competition awards ceremony on 28th March 2018.

Jeet Thayil's spectacular new novel out now

We're thrilled to share that Jeet Thayil's second novel, The Book of Chocolate Saints is available to buy now, published by Faber & Faber. 

'This novel is a rich harvest; it moves with the strange and flawless certainty of a dream ... It is superbly written, and its madness is also its strength.' --- Edna O'Brien

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Francis Newton Xavier has lived a wild existence of excess in pursuit of his uncompromising aesthetic vision. His paintings and poems – which embody the flamboyant and decadent jeu d'esprit of his heroes like Baudelaire - have forged his reputation, which is to be celebrated at a new show in Delhi.

Approaching middle age in a body ravaged by hard-living, Xavier leaves Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks with his young girlfriend – and his journey home to India becomes a delirious voyage into the past. From his formative years with an infamous school of fin de siècle Bombay poets – as documented by his biographer, Diswas, in these pages – Xavier must move forward into an uncertain future of salvation or damnation.

His story results in The Book of Chocolate Saints: an epic novel of contemporary Indian life that probes the mysterious margins where art bleeds into the occult, and celebrates the artist's life itself as a final monument. It is Jeet Thayil’s spiritual, passionate, and demented masterpiece.

You can buy a copy now. 

New title from Sharon Blackie to September Publishing

We're thrilled to share that September Publishing has signed mythologist and psychologist Sharon Blackie’s fictional collection of literary reworkings of myth and fairy tales.

The publisher acquired world all language rights to Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Tales of Shape-Shifting Women from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA. It will be published as a hardback during autumn 2019, and is September’s third book with Sharon Blackie.

Publisher Hannah MacDonald praised Blackie, who she said is a "key author" for the press.

"Her beautiful prose delivers profound truths on the feminine experience, and on the importance of the mythic imagination in daily life", said MacDonald. "Above all, she is a writer rooted in a deep sense of place, urging us to connect with and listen to the land and its creatures. Her international success has grown from social media, events and through charismatic indie booksellers in the UK and US."

MacDonald added: "She defies genre pigeonholes but Foxfire, Wolfskin – a fictional collection of fantastic characters – will be a breakout book for Sharon in the high street trade, expanding the range of her writings on the relevance of myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today."

Blackie's previous books are If Women Rose Rooted and The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday.

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Tales of Shape-Shifting Women is a return to fiction for mythologist and psychologist Sharon Blackie. Each "beautifully crafted" tale is a modern reworking of essential myths and fairy tales from our native folklore.

Blackie said: "I’m delighted to be working on another project with the committed and creative women at the heart of September’s team. The stories in Foxfire, Wolfskin are about women’s remarkable ability to transform themselves in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. They’re also about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and come to terms with the wildness – and wilderness – within. Above all, their ultimate concern is with the ways we might weave the magical threads of myth and enchantment back into the tapestry of modern life."

Happy Publication Day to Kelly McCaughrain

Wishing a very happy publication day to Kelly McCaughrain, whose debut, Flying Tips for Flightless Birds is published today by Walker Books.


"Witty and clever. This novel really does sparkle." Roddy Doyle

From debut author Kelly McCaughrain comes a sweet and kooky romcom for fans of R. J. Palacio'sWonder, Sarah Crossan, and Susin Nielsen's We Are All Made of Molecules.

Twins Finch and Birdie Franconi are stars of the flying trapeze. But when Birdie suffers a terrifying accident, Finch must team up with the geeky new kid, Hector Hazzard, to form an all-boys double act and save the family circus school.

Together they learn to walk the high-wire of teen life and juggle the demands of friends, family, first love and facing up to who they are – all served up with a dash of circus-showbiz magic.

Congratulations Kelly! Get hold of a copy here.

Happy Publication Day to Sharon Blackie

Wishing a very happy publication day to Sharon Blackie, whose second non-fiction title, The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday is published today by September Publishing.


"Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie's beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life." - Clover Stroud

A book of natural wonders, practical guidance and life-changing empowerment.

'To live an enchanted life is to pick up the pieces of our bruised and battered psyches, and to offer them the nourishment they long for. It is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary. Above all, to live an enchanted life is to fall in love with the world all over again.'

The enchanted life has nothing to do with fantasy or escapism or magical thinking: it is founded on a vivid sense of belonging to a rich and many-layered world. It is creative, intuitive, imaginative. It thrives on work that has heart and meaning. It loves wild things, but returns to an enchanted home and garden. It respects the instinctive knowledge and playfulness of children, and relishes story, poetry and art.

Taking the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairy tales and folk culture, this book offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our lives and the places we live in, giving us a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world.

An inspiring, beautifully written call to re-engage with the world - giving us the tools for profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life.

Pick up a copy here.

Happy Publication Day to Sarvat Hasin

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Wishing a very happy publication day to Sarvat Hasin, whose brilliant short story collection, You Can't Go Home Again is released today by Hamish Hamilton, Penguin India.

This beautiful collection of connected stories draws a powerful portrait of young Pakistan, at home and across the world. A group of teenagers in a Karachi high school put on a production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, but before opening night, one of the students goes missing. The incident sets off a ripple effect, the young men and women grow up together and fall apart, haunted by wherever they go by the traumas of the past in these lyrical linked stories.

In Sarvat Hasin's contemporary world, young rakes and old friends move between Murree and New York; a failed soap opera star forms a poignant truce of a marriage with an unlikely man who has his own scars; churayls are a persistent spectre in the most modern of lives. Here is the real Pakistan of Mohsin Hamid and Kamila Shamsie, one generation younger-and a young storyteller to take on the legacy of Pakistan's chroniclers.

‘Haunting and lyrical, melding a dreamlike quality with the tastes, smells and sights of the cities this new generation of modern-day Pakistan inhabits and attempts to find its place within, in both the East and the West. Sarvat Hasin writes with an eye for the telling detail and a gift for pacing, often conjuring up the sense of a thriller in this series of interlocking tales, wherein surprising, engaging and sympathetic characters prove, ultimately, to be the greatest mysteries of all: to themselves and each other. You Can’t Go Home Again stuck under my skin long after the last page was turned’ - Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused and Bombay Blues

‘Skillful storytelling, lyrical prose and masterful characterization. A formidable talent’  - Prajwal Parajuly, author of Land Where I Flee

Congratulations Sarvat!

Diane Atkinson's RISE UP WOMEN! reviewed

Published last week by Bloomsbury, Diane Atkinson's Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes has received a number of brilliant reviews over the weekend, including pieces in the Times, the Guardian and the Spectator. The TLS says the book is "surely destined to become a key general text" and that it "provides an accessible, captivating, chronological account that incorporates recent developments in ancestry research as well as first-hand accounts." 

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Lucy Fisher of The Times calls the book a "definitive history of the suffragettes … Atkinson exhorts her readers to salute the suffragettes. She is right to so do. It is easy to assume that women's suffrage was inevitable, but that should not detract from the efforts and losses undertaken by the pioneers so vividly described here”. 

“A thrilling and inspiring read! For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up Women! should be a standard text in all schools. And will be a treasured handbook for today's feminists” –  Harriet Harman MP,

“Diane Atkinson's detailed and authoritative Rise Up, Women! seems to me to be pretty much a definitive history of the suffragettes ... Hurl this volume at a Westminster window, and it would break in an instant” –  Rachel Cooke, Observer

“An exclusive and captivating story of this remarkable movement” –  Sunday Express

“This is the untold story of the women's suffrage movement at last revealed in glorious 360 detail. Rise Up Women! is heartbreaking, inspiring and incredibly rewarding to read” –  Dr Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana.

“Patiently, skilfully and empathetically, Diane Atkinson gives us the fullest, most insightful history yet of the suffragette movement and the courageous women who drove it forward to eventual fruition” –  David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain.

“Rise up and buy this book! Diane Atkinson has produced an instant classic of feminist history. All the spectacular drama and intrigue of the decade long militant campaign for the women's vote is staged in this immensely readable suffragette epic” –  Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx.

Rise Up Women! is an Observer Pick of 2018 as well as a New Statesman Book of 2018. Pick up a copy here. 

Happy Publication Day to Jim Crace

We're delighted to share that Jim Crace's wonderful novel The Melody is out now, published by Picador books.

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The Melody is the first novel published since the Man Booker Shortlisted, Harvest and has already inspired some wonderful reviews:

"The Melody takes its place among his finest [novels] ... an ecological fable for modern times." - Guardian

"Seductively atmospheric ... deeply moving." - Daily Mail

"Brilliant." - Observer

Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all.

Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably. This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel too – a rallying cry to protect those we persecute.

To hear more from the book's editor, Sophie Jonathan, catch up on the Picador blog here.

Pick up a copy here. Congratulations Jim!


Happy Publication Day, Diane Atkinson

Wishing a very happy publication day to Diane Atkinson, whose book, Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes is published today by Bloomsbury. 

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Marking the centenary of female suffrage, this definitive history charts women's fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part, in a timely celebration of an extraordinary struggle

An Observer Pick of 2018
A New Statesman Book of 2018

Between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of the First World War, while the patriarchs of the Liberal and Tory parties vied for supremacy in parliament, the campaign for women's suffrage was fought with great flair and imagination in the public arena. 

Led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, the suffragettes and their actions would come to define protest movements for generations to come. From their marches on Parliament and 10 Downing Street, to the selling of their paper, Votes for Women, through to the more militant activities of the Women's Social and Political Union, whose slogan 'Deeds Not Words!' resided over bombed pillar-boxes, acts of arson and the slashing of great works of art, the women who participated in the movement endured police brutality, assault, imprisonment and force-feeding, all in the relentless pursuit of one goal: the right to vote.

A hundred years on, Diane Atkinson celebrates the lives of the women who answered the call to 'Rise Up'; a richly diverse group that spanned the divides of class and country, women of all ages who were determined to fight for what had been so long denied. Actresses to mill-workers, teachers to doctors, seamstresses to scientists, clerks, boot-makers and sweated workers, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English; a wealth of women's lives are brought together for the first time, in this meticulously researched, vividly rendered and truly defining biography of a movement.

“A definitive history of the suffragettes … Atkinson exhorts her readers to salute the suffragettes. She is right to so do. It is easy to assume that women's suffrage was inevitable, but that should not detract from the efforts and losses undertaken by the pioneers so vividly described here” –  Lucy Fisher, The Times

“A thrilling and inspiring read! For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up Women! should be a standard text in all schools. And will be a treasured handbook for today's feminists” –  Harriet Harman MP,

“This is the untold story of the women's suffrage movement at last revealed in glorious 360 detail. Rise Up Women! is heartbreaking, inspiring and incredibly rewarding to read” –  Dr Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana

Pick up a copy here. 

Congratulations Diane! 

Happy Publication Day MG Leonard

Today's a big day! The third book in MG Leonard's Beetle trilogy is published today. Battle of the Beetles sees Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final instalment from Chicken House Books. Buy it here.

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Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again …

Not only are we celebrating the launch of Battle of the Beetles, but fans of MG Leonard can now also get hold of the brilliant Make More Noise! published today by Nosy Crow.

This is an incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK’s very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women, being published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Camfed, an international charity which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting women’s education in the developing world.

Get hold of a copy, here.


Meena Kandasamy on Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist 2018

We have another reason to celebrate this week as Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife has reached the longlist of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018, a prize which is in partnership with Swansea University.

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Meena's book, When I Hit You is a dazzling and provocative novel of an abusive marriage.

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

The prize is awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under, the prize is named after the Swansea-born writer, Dylan Thomas, and celebrates his 39 years of creativity and productivity. One of the most influential, internationally-renowned writers of the mid-twentieth century, the prize invokes his memory to support the writers of today and nurture the talents of tomorrow. 

Launched in 2006, the International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University is the largest literary prize in the world for young writers.

This year’s longlist of 12 books comprises: eight novels, two short story collections, and two volumes of poetry.

Zambian born author, Kayo Chingonyi, joins authors from the UK, Ireland, America, India, and Nigeria on the longlist as they contend for the £30,000 prize.

Chaired by Professor Dai Smith CBE, Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University, and historian and writer on Welsh arts and culture, this year’s judging panel also features: poet, translator, and scholar, Professor Kurt Heinzelman; novelist and playwright, Rachel Trezise, playwright and author Paul McVeigh, and writer, publisher and festival director, Namita Gokhale.

Professor Dai Smith CBE, said: “This year’s longlist demonstrates the originality and literary excellence of work being produced by young writers from around the world. Featuring prose and poetry from new and established authors, this is an intriguing and scarily good longlist! The judges now have a very difficult job, but we can be certain that we will have an exceptionally strong shortlist of six stunningly gifted authors."

The shortlist of six books will be revealed at the end of March.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 10th May 2018 at Swansea University’s Great Hall, in the run up to International Dylan Thomas Day on 14 May. 

Congratulations Meena!

Austrian non-fiction prize 2018 goes to Frank Trentmann for EMPIRE OF THINGS/HERRSCHAFT DER DINGE


We're delighted to share that Frank Trentmann has been awarded the Austrian Science Prize 2018 for the best book in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies for Herrschaft Der Dinge (DVA), the German edition of Empire of Things (Penguin/Harper US).

The Wissenschaftspreis was launched in 2007 by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research to recognise the best of non-fiction writing. A jury of experts selected the shortlist of titles in four categories: natural science; humanities, social sciences & cultural studies; medicine & biology; and junior knowledge. The winners in each category were then chosen by readers who voted in bookshops, libraries and on the prize home page. This year, 13,000 votes were cast. Previous winners include Bill Bryson and Jerry Brotton.

The prize ceremony will be in Vienna on 13 April 2018. Congratulations Frank!

Meena Kandasamy & Preti Taneja on Jhalak Book Prize longlist

We're so excited to share that two DGA authors have been revealed to be on the longlist for the 2018 Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife (Atlantic) and Preti Taneja's We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press) have made the list of 12 titles, which covers a variety of genres. 

Sunny Singh, the prize co-founder and panel chair commented: “The last few months have been an incredible journey through beautifully crafted, intellectually challenging and emotionally rich books. The longlist demonstrates the extraordinary range of themes, ideas and forms from British writers of colour. We have whittled down our favourites to 12 books for the longlist with much difficulty and am not sure how we will ever arrive at a shortlist, far less a winner.”

Judge Vera Chok added: “An incredible thing about the Jhalak Prize is that it’s open across genres. I’ve been especially delighted to discover writers of colour beyond literary fiction and memoir, making their mark in the fields of non-fiction, children’s writing, and experimental forms.”

In 2018 the all-woman judging panel includes writer Sunny Singh, YA author Catherine Johnson, novelist Tanya Byrne, writer and performer Vera Chok and travel writer and journalist Noo Saro-Wiwa.

The shortlist will be announced on 20th of February, 2018 and the winner will be announced on 15th of March, 2018.

Congratulations to Preti and Meena!

FC Barcelona follow Nujeen's Journey

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and we hope you didn't miss FC Barcelona's extra special Christmas message, following the story of DGA's very own Nujeen. See it here.

"At FC Barcelona, we are firm believers in dreams. In dreams of overcoming adversity. In dreams that convert deep desires into reality. One such dream has inspired the FC Barcelona Christmas message for this year: Nujeen’s Dream. It is a human story of fighting, determination and overcoming adversity that we want to share, not only with the millions of Barça fans but with the entire world."

Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones in Talks to Reunite for Amazon Film ‘The Aeronauts’

We have some very exciting news to share on The Aeronauts, a film inspired by Richard Holmes' Falling Upwards; “The Theory of Everything”'s Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are in negotiations to star.

“War & Peace’s” Tom Harper is attached to direct from a script by Jack Thorne.

The screenplay is based on the true story of balloon pilot Amelia Wren (who would be played by Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) who, in 1862, embarked on an extraordinary journey to discover the secrets of the heavens. In the process, they flew higher in an open balloon than anyone had before or has since. They made breathtaking discoveries, but as they ascended to the highest points of the atmosphere, they were forced into an epic fight for survival.

Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are producing alongside Harper

Amazon Studios picked up the spec last winter after a heated bidding war. It’s currently unknown when production will commence.

Redmayne, who won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” is now the star of the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” He is filming the sequel, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which bows next November.

Jones received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” She recently starred in “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

Get hold of a copy of Richard Holmes' gripping book, Falling Upwards, here.


Happy Publication Day Norman Davies

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A very happy publication day to Norman Davies whose new work of non-fiction, Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History is out today. 

'He writes history like nobody else. He thinks like nobody else ... He sees the world as a whole, with its limitless fund of stories' Byan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? What are the historical complexities in any particular place? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us.

'Human history is a tale not just of constant change but equally of perpetual locomotion', writes Norman Davies. Throughout the ages, men and women have endlessly sought the greener side of the hill. Their migrations, collisions, conquests and interactions have given rise to the spectacular profusion of cultures, races, languages and polities that now proliferates on every continent.

This incessant restlessness inspired Davies's own. After decades of writing about European history, and like Tennyson's ageing Ulysses longing for one last adventure, he embarked upon an extended journey that took him right round the world to a score of hitherto unfamiliar countries. His aims were to test his powers of observation and to revel in the exotic, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian's travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today's world - and entirely sui generis.

Davies's circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples and weird museums, summarises the complexity of Indian castes, Austronesian languages and Pacific explorations, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples and of a missing Malaysian airliner, reflects on cultural conflict in Cornwall, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. 'Everything has its history', he writes, 'including the history of finding one's way or of getting lost.'

The personality of the author comes across strongly - wry, romantic, occasionally grumpy, but with an endless curiosity and appetite for knowledge. As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

Get hold of a copy of Norman's brilliant book via the Penguin Random House website. 

Preti Taneja's WE THAT ARE YOUNG one of The Sunday Times' Book of the Year 2017

We're thrilled to share that Preti Taneja's debut novel, We That Are (Galley Beggar Press) has been listed by The Sunday Times as one of their Fiction Books of the Year 2017. 

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Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence – only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company. On the same day, Sita, Devraj’s youngest daughter, absconds – refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita’s older sisters, are handed the Company… And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir. 

Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We that are young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption riots in 2011–2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever-present spectre of death. More than that, this is a novel about the human heart. And its breaking point.

Praise for We That Are Young

"I spent too much of this (and last) year reading anaemic updatings of Shakespeare plays: pale novels which borrowed plots and missed points and, oddly, always misunderstood the minor characters. After these, Preti Taneja’s We That Are Young came as a relief and a surprise. Her novel is big, beautiful, and most of all bold: a rewriting of King Lear, transplanted to modern day Delhi, which is both a dazzlingly original reading of the play and a full novel in its own right. A masterpiece, and by a long way my book of the year." ~ Daniel Swift, The Spectator

"Brilliant... Finely crafted... Taneja has given us that rarest of beasts, a page-turner that is also unabashedly political." ~ The Guardian

"Revelatory... Urgent and irresistible... One of the most exquisite and original novels of the year." ~The Sunday Times

"Wonderful... Looks set to hold a mirror to our times." ~The Observer

"In years to come, Preti Taneja will be known as one of the UK's most important writers." ~ Nikesh Shukla

"The writing is stunning... turns of phrase are to be savoured, imagery basked in. A literary feast - Preti Taneja deserves all the commendations." ~ Never Imitate

"In a brilliant, sharp adaptation, Preti Taneja shows her profound understanding not just of Shakespeare and India, but of human nature itself. Heartbreaking. A poetic tour de force." ~ Vishal Bhardwaj

"Sharp, cogent, and evocative... The great appeal of We that are young concerns the serving of justice: discovering who gets what, as opposed to who deserves what." ~ The New Statesman

"A remarkable picture of contemporary India... Taneja s sensuous writing brings women s predicaments to life - a chilling warning." ~ The Irish Times

"An instant classic. Stunning. Gripping. Before I run out of praise - just read it." ~ Rishi Dastidar

"The best book set in India... since A Suitable Boy. She writes gloriously." ~ Backlisted

"With We that are young, Preti Taneja has written an enthralling, brave, and very important book." ~ Maureen Freely

"A truly magnificent novel: epic in scope and fizzing with originality. Taneja's is a powerful and arresting voice. We that are young tells a piercing tale of modern India - and of modern womanhood - that is brutally honest. It lingers in the mind long after the last page."  ~Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship

"An absolutely fantastic book. The Lear background made it feel as though I was re-reading a very old and much loved novel for the second time, picking up on new and fascinating thoughts and connections, even while I forgot that Lear was there at all. We that are young is beautifully, beautifully written." ~ The Conversation

PRETI TANEJA was born in the UK to Indian parents and spent most of her childhood holidays in New Delhi. She has worked as a human rights reporter and filmmaker on Iraq, in Jordan, Rwanda, and Kosovo, and her work has been published in the Guardian and Open Democracy. A fellow at Warwick University, in 2014 Preti’s novella Kumkum Malhotra won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize. She is also the editor of Visual Verse and was selected as an AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2014.