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Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia?s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….
AUTHOR: ALEX MICHAELIDES
Publisher: ORION BOOKS
Subtitle: ONLY SHE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED. ONLY I CAN MAKE HER SPEAK
Author: ALEX MICHAELIDES
Childhood best friends decide to marry in order to keep their sexuality a secret. A young heiress embarks on a secret affair, ending in devastation but not for the party who was braced for it. A glum divorcee reaches out to his American neighbour. A radicalised student’s preparations for his sister’s wedding in Lahore involve beating up the groom. An actress from a sheltered background in Karachi is forced to grow up fast on the set of her first major TV show where the real intrigue takes place off-screen.<><>From one of Pakistan’s most exciting young writers comes an exhilarating, audacious debut story collection; upending traditional notions of identity, scrutinising the relationship between power and desire, and fizzing with energy and wit.
Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
Author: MIRA SETHI
Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize By the acclaimed winner of the Women s Prize for Fiction 2018 Soul mates from birth, Karim and Raheen finish one another s sentences, speak in anagrams and lie spine to spine. They are irrevocably bound to one another and to Karachi, Pakistan. It beats in their hearts – violent, polluted, corrupt, vibrant, brave and ultimately, home. As the years go by they let a barrier of silence build between them until, finally, they are brought together during a dry summer of strikes and ethnic violence and their relationship is poised between strained friendship and fated love.
Author: KAMILA SHAMSIE
From the author of The Architects Apprentice and Honour, The Forty Rules of Love is Elif Shafak’s compelling and profound novel following Ella Rubinstein on a journey of self-discovery, examining life and love through Sufi mysticism. Discover the forty rules of love…Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children, and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ellas life – an emptiness once filled by love. So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, her world is turned upside down. She embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored…”Enlightening, enthralling. An affecting paean to faith and love.” (Metro). “Colourfully woven and beguilingly intelligent.” (Daily Telegraph). “The past and present fit together beautifully in a passionate defence of passion itself.” (The Times). Elif Shafak is the acclaimed author of nine novels including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Architects Apprentice and Honour, and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into more than forty languages and she contributes to numerous international publications, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, La Repubblica, Newsweek and Time magazine. She is also a public speaker working with The London Speaker Bureau and is a TED Global speaker. Elif Shafak has previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize, the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She is based in London with her two children and can be found on her website.
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
Author: ELIF SHAFAK