The Tinder Press Edit: November
November 1, 2016
Welcome all, to the penultimate month of 2016: colder days, the grim experience of leaving work in the dark and a new edition of The Tinder Press Edit. After a jovial month in October, we thought it was time to get serious. Not only are the three novels this month incredible historical novels, capable of transporting you to a completely different place and time, they were all nominated for literary awards in their respective years. Each novel has something unique to offer, so don’t forget to collect all three and use these longer nights to read some truly eye-opening fiction – all for 99p.
THE LONG SONG Andrea Levy
Author of the multi-award winning SMALL ISLAND, people questioned how Andrea Levy would follow such a groundbreaking novel: her answer was THE LONG SONG. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, it is a multi-million-copy bestseller and a hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking and unputdownable novel.
You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within these pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed.
July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was present when slavery was declared no more. My son says I must convey how the story tells also of July’s mama Kitty, of the negroes that worked the plantation land, of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many more persons besides – far too many for me to list here. But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled upon these pages for you to peruse.
Perhaps, my son suggests, I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a novel they might care to consider. Cha, I tell my son, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just read it for themselves.
‘A marvel of luminous storytelling’ Financial Times
‘Levy brings her distinctive lightness of touch to what is otherwise unrelentingly bleak subject matter… This is a beautifully written and cleverly constructed novel’ The Times
‘THE LONG SONG is is told with irresistible cunning; it is captivating, mischievous and optimistic, generating new stories and plot lines throughout the tale’ Daily Telegraph
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THIS THING OF DARKNESS Harry Thompson
A truly epic historical novel, THIS THING OF DARKNESS garnered praise across the board upon publication, as well as being longlisted for the Man Booker. Not only the story of one of the most important voyages ever made, it is full of adventure, vivid characters and meticulously well-researched.
In 1831 Charles Darwin set off in HMS Beagle under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that would change the world.
Tory aristocrat Fitzroy was a staunch Christian who believed in the sanctity of the individual in a world created by God. Darwin, the liberal natural historian destined for the church, went on to develop a theory of evolution that would cast doubt on the truth of the Bible and the descent of man. The staunch friendship forged during their epic expeditions on land and sea turned into bitter enmity as Darwin’s theories threatened to destroy everything Fitzroy stood for . . .
‘A bestseller is born. Rangy and gripping, a novel which people will feel good about reading’ Observer
‘A brilliant historical novel. An impressive book that deserves attention’ Mail on Sunday
‘An outstandingly good novel. A page-turning action-adventure combined with subtle intellectual arguments. The meticulous research enriches this fascinating tale’ Sunday Telegraph
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FAR TO GO Alison Pick
Prepare to have your heart broken and then slowly pieced together again – FAR TO GO is the story of one family’s desperate struggle to escape Europe during the Nazi invasion and the under reported history of the Kindertransport. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.
Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are affluent, secular Jews, whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the German forces in Czechoslovakia. Desperate to avoid deportation, the Bauers flee to Prague with their six-year-old son, Pepik, and his beloved nanny, Marta. When the family try to flee without her to Paris, Marta betrays them – but it is also through Marta’s determination that Pepik can secure a place on the Kindertransport – though it would mean never seeing her or his parents ever again.
Inspired by Alison Pick’s own grandparents who fled their native Czechoslovakia for Canada during the Second World War, FAR TO GO is a deeply personal and emotionally harrowing novel.
‘A potential classic in the making’ Financial Times
‘Extraordinary’ Daily Mail
‘Somewhere between a book and a miracle’ Catherine Ryan Hyde
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