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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Sadie Jones

Small Wars
by Sadie Jones

The Author

Sadie burst onto the literary scene in 2008 with her debut novel, The Outcast. After 15 years as a screen writer she found herself winner of the Costa First Novel Award, shortlisted for the Orange Prize and selected as one of Richard & Judy's Summer Reads. Her second novel, Small Wars, proves this was no one-hit wonder.

Daughter of an actress and a Jamaican poet , Sadie was born in London where she now lives with her family.

Praise for Sadie Jones

'A gripping account of emotional disintegration...A well-paced novel possessing both literary and moral integrity.'
Sunday Telegraph Books

'Small Wars is both an affecting love story and a meditation on honour, morality and the psychological impact of war.'

The Plot

Set on the colonial, war-torn island of Cyprus in 1956, this is the story of Hal, a young dedicated soldier on the brink of a brilliant career, and Clara his beautiful and supportive wife. As the brutality of war leaves him traumatised and his confidence and pride fade, Clara becomes increasingly fearful of the once-tender man she married. A passionate and brilliantly researched novel about the effects of war on the men who wage it and the families they leave behind.

Portrait photograph of author Alice Thompson

The Existential Detective
by Alice Thompson

The Author

Alice Thompson, the former keyboard player with post-punk eighties band, the Woodentops, was joint winner with Graham Swift of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction for her first novel, Justine. Her second novel, Pandora's Box, was shortlisted for The Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. Her other novels are Pharos and The Falconer. Alice is a past winner of a Creative Scotland Award. She lives in Edinburgh.

Praise for Alice Thompson

'Alice Thompson ... grabs hold of the detective fiction tradition, flings it in the air, lets it crash to the floor, and jumps on it till it's in smithereens. She then reconstructs it into something that doesn't yet have a name ... The Existential Detective is unsettling, unsettlingly erotic, and somehow sadly beautiful. Thompson is fast becoming one of the most original and formidable writers in the English language today.'
The Sunday Herald

The Plot

Private investigator, William Blake is asked to by an eccentric scientist to investigate the whereabouts of his amnesiac, missing wife. The case brings back torturous memories of the unsolved disappearance of his own daughter and the havoc it wrought on his marriage. Identities become confused as Will's investigation takes him to the brothels, nightclubs and amusement arcades of a Scottish seaside resort.

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