The Tinder Press Edit: October
October 1, 2016
2016 probably won’t be topping anyone’s ‘Best Year Ever’ lists anytime soon – so in October, we thought we might give you some light relief, in the form of three brilliant and most importantly hilarious ebooks for a bargain 99p. Read them and weep (with open, unencumbered laughter).
SEASON TO TASTE Natalie Young
Truly unique, truly shocking and truly funny to boot, Natalie Young’s debut novel is a lesson in black humour. Comes with a side-order of knock-out reviews…
Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving…
Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes.
No one has seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days. That’s because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she’s going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob’s shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it’s not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through?
Dark, funny and achingly human, Season to Taste is a deliciously subversive treat. In the shape of Lizzie Prain, Natalie Young has created one of the most remarkable heroines in recent fiction.
‘A stomach-turning and terrific novel…a brilliant and literal dissection of a marriage’ The Times
‘Engrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of being human…compulsively readable’ Observer
‘One of the most talked-about books of the year…filled with black humour’ Daily Mail
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THEN SHE FOUND ME Elinor Lipman
The peerless Elinor Lipman is adored by fans the world over, from Maggie O’Farrell to Nigella Lawson. THEN SHE FOUND ME, one of her most beloved novels, was made into a film starring Helen Hunt and Colin Firth.
Given up for adoption thirty-six years ago, April Epner, now a quiet-living, sensible-jumper-wearing Latin teacher, has never had the slightest desire to be reunited with her biological mother. But, as it turns out, she doesn’t have a choice.
When Bernice Graverman, the brash, glamorous host of a mildly successful daytime TV talk show, flounces into her life claiming to be her mother, April is horrified: can she and this woman really share the same genes? Worse still, Bernice seems determined to take up her maternal role where she left off. Her first task: to tackle April’s non-existent love life.
‘Just occasionally you come across a writer whose sentences are so perfect, you want to swill them around in your mouth as you read, just to savor their deliciousness. Elinor Lipman is just such a writer’ Nigella Lawson
‘Lipman dishes up her tart, witty tales without sugary sentiment… If you’ve not yet encountered Elinor Lipman, then you’re in for a treat’ Daily Mail
‘The confidence of Elinor Lipman’s writing, her humour and her brilliant ear for dialogue put this novel in a different league’ Telegraph
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TOWELHEAD Alicia Erian
A dark, deliciously grown-up take on Judy Blume – the story of a young girl’s challenging coming-of-age that is funnier than it ought to be. A darkly comic novel that feels more relevant than ever.
Jasira, a teenaged Arab-American girl, is sent away by her mother to live with her father, after the mother’s boyfriend begins paying her too much attention. But Jasira’s father is unable to show her the affection she craves, or to handle her feelings about her rapidly changing body. America is about to go to war in Kuwait, and Jasira becomes ever more isolated at school, and begins to look for love in all the wrong places. Mr Vuoso, a neighbour and army reservist who catches her looking at his copy of Playboy while she is babysitting his son, is quick to take advantage of her vulnerability. Things look very bad for Jasira until a pregnant neighbour, Melina, offers her a lifeline, and in the novel’s hilarious, and heartbreaking climax, manages to bring father and daughter, finally, a little closer to one another.
‘An arch, coyly sexy book that’s as nervy as its title… Erian gives this gutsy book its full share of unthinkable questions’ New York Times
‘Sexy, sad and subtly written… a ferociously funny, tartly individual voice’ Scotland on Sunday
‘At once innocent and knowing, childlike and sinister’ Independent
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