The Tinder Press Edit: August
August 1, 2016
We hope you’ve been taking advantage of The Tinder Press Edit over the past couple of months. It’s the chance to pick up three of our brilliant ebooks for the bargain price of 99p. In August, our theme is a magical one – so read on to discover three Tinder Press titles that will cast a spell over you this summer.
A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS Sarah Winman
The follow-up to Sarah Winman’s international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT, A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and a Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick this spring.
Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she’s taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it.
Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid.
A Year of Marvellous Ways is a glorious, life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life and the pull of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin, love and death and how we carry on when grief comes snapping at our heels.
‘In this warm, kindly novel, the sea is both magical and healing. Lovely’ The Times
‘Fanciful imagery and beautiful prose that ebbs and flows’ Independent
‘Winman excels in her sweeping prose and her unwavering theme of love in all its forms’ Stylist
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ANIMAL CRACKERS Hannah Tinti
A ‘witty, lively and inventive collection’ (Daily Telegraph) this utterly unique book of short stories centers on the animal world – in order to bring human weakness to the fore.
A zoo worker, cautiously washing down Marysue the elephant, considers the strange, grim fragments he’s heard of his co-workers’ lives. Giraffes demand better living conditions and stage a mock group suicide. A girl escapes her repressive finishing school to find freedom with the monkeys in the African jungle. Snake or dog, buffalo, cat or turkey, each animal in Hannah Tinti’s brilliant, darkly comic collection holds up a disturbing mirror to the human beings around it.
‘At times her style recalls Flannery O’Connor; the stories embedded with incidental Gothic details … considerable writing skill’ Independent on Sunday
‘Tart and unnerving with a delicious shudder of gothic’ Guardian
‘These stories resonate with one mournful grace-note after another… Tinti delivers with poise uncommon among first-time writers. Like Edgar Allan Poe and Patricia Highsmith, [she] has a brilliant feel for the uncanny’ Scotland on Sunday
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OF BEES AND MIST Erick Setiawan
A surprising, totally original roller-coaster of a novel – a magic-realism-meets-Gothic-fantasy debut that garnered rave reviews.
Up in the house that sits on the hill, a strange spell is brewing…
To Meridia, growing up with her father Gabriel, who vanishes daily in clouds of mist, and her bewitching mother Ravenna, the outside world is a refuge. So when as a young woman her true love Daniel offers her marriage, it seems an escape to a more straightforward existence.
Yet behind the welcoming façade of her new home lies a life of drudgery and a story even stranger than that she left behind. Aged retainers lurk in the background; swarms of bees appear at will, and of course, there’s her indomitable mother-in-law, Eva, hiding secrets that it will take Meridia years to unravel. Surrounded by seemingly unfathomable mysteries, can Meridia unlock the intrigues of the past, and thus protect her own family’s future?
An epic tale of two families told by an unforgettable voice. A modern fable, a gothic page-turner, but most of all, a passionate story about the power of love to conquer all that comes its way.
‘Of Bees and Mist is a beautifully crafted adult fairytale of love, loss, and loyalty that is at once witty, magical, and moving. This is a stunningly accomplished first novel’ John Connolly
‘It’s rare to read a work of fiction that is so uniquely intoxicating, it becomes necessary to put life on hold while you let it work its magical… This is a bewitching, achingly romantic fairy tale and a truly epic undertaking’ She Magazine
‘A wildly imaginative beauty also marks Setiawan out as one to watch’ Metro
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