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Outlawed

Anna North

€ 18,95
"Ada feels lucky. But her luck will not last. After a year of marriage and no pregnancy, Ada's survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows. She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang. Whose leader wants to create a safe haven for women outcast from society. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan. "

2020 International Booker Prize Winner

The discomfort of evening

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld ; Michele (commissioning Editor & Foreign Rights Manager) Hutchison

€ 12,50
*WINNER OF THE BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2020* 'One of the best debut novels I have ever read. Shockingly good ... A classic.' Max Porter The sensational Dutch bestseller: 'Exceptional' (Financial Times) 'Exhilarating' (Independent) 'Luminous' (Observer) 'Beautifully wild' (Guardian) 'An earthy and irreverent new voice, thrillingly uninhibited' (New York Times) I asked God if he please couldn't take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit. 'Amen.' Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe: the feeling of udder ointment on her skin as protection against harsh winters; the texture of green warts, like capers, on migrating toads; the sound of 'blush words' that aren't in the Bible. But when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies - unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all. A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's radical debut novel is studded with images of wild, violent beauty: a world of language unlike any other, exquisitely captured in Michele Hutchison's translation.

De avond is ongemak

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

€ 15,00
‘De avond is ongemak’ van Marieke Lucas Rijneveld is het schrijnende verhaal van een gereformeerd boerengezin dat wordt getroffen door de dood van een kind. Door de ogen van Jas, die zich ophoudt in het niemandsland tussen kindertijd en volwassenheid, zien we hoe de familieleden elk op hun eigen manier omgaan met het verlies. Vader en moeder zijn volledig verlamd door verdriet en zien niet hoe Jas en haar zusje Hanna en haar broer Obbe ondertussen langzaam ontsporen. Het is een verbluffend romandebuut dat is doortrokken van seksualiteit, geloof en de smerigheid van het bestaan. Marieke Lucas Rijneveld geldt als een van de grootste nieuwe talenten van de Nederlandse letteren. In 2015 debuteerde ze met de meermaals herdrukte dichtbundel ‘Kalfsvlies’, die werd bekroond met de C. Buddingh’-prijs voor het beste poëziedebuut.

Winner of the 2020 Booker Prize

Shuggie Bain

Douglas, Stuart

€ 17,50
1981. Glasgow. The city is dying. Poverty is on the rise. People watch the lives they had hoped for disappear from view. Agnes Bain had always expected more. She dreamed of greater things: a house with its own front door, a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect – but false – teeth). When her philandering husband leaves, she and her three children find themselves trapped in a mining town decimated by Thatcherism. As Agnes increasingly turns to alcohol for comfort, her children try their best to save her. Yet one by one they have to abandon her in order to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest. But Shuggie has problems of his own: despite all his efforts to pass as a ‘normal boy’, everyone has decided that Shuggie is ‘no right’. Agnes wants to support and protect her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her, including her beloved Shuggie. Laying bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride, Shuggie Bain is a blistering and heartbreaking debut, and an exploration of the unsinkable love that only children can have for their damaged parents.
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