PREVIEW | International Picks: The Latest in Foreign Fiction and Non-fiction
Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, she summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will – one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live . . .
Among Lady Playford’s guests are two men she has never met – the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited . . . until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. But why does she seem so determined to provoke, in the presence of a possible killer?
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After tasting phenomenal success with Desert God, Wilbur Smith is back, this time with Pharaoh, a new book in the Ancient Egypt series. The transportive powers of Smith’s writing cannot be emphasized enough: the action is alive with bloodlust, historical detail, the characters bold with love, divided loyalties, and the prose is thrilling.
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Fans of science fiction and fantasy immensely enjoyed Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes, ‘a pulse-pounding, action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world’, and they couldn’t be happier now that the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, is about to release. With the rights for the book already bought by Paramount, this has all the makings of a major international book/movie franchise with the same massive following as The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.
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It’s possibly the most growing genre in crime-fiction at the moment, and Only Daughter offers some chilling psychological suspense.
In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared. She’d been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen—blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched—though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come. Eleven years later she is replaced. A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec. Soon the imposter is living Bec’s life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Learning her best friends’ names. Playing with her twin brothers. But Bec’s welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the imposter dodges the detective investigating her case, she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter—and soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large, and that she is in imminent danger.
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Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks—the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger—the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew ‘Sullenberger’s all-American life story is so compelling that it screams to be required reading for all young people, or anybody else who needs confirmation that courage, dignity and extraordinary competence can still be found in this land … [A] remarkable life story.’ —Washington Times
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The Guardian calls it ‘dazzling’, the Telegraph says it’s ‘furiously funny’ and the New York Times says Purity is ‘Franzen’s most fleet-footed, least self-conscious and most intimate novel yet’.
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Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day she lost everything. But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult. The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
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It’s the book that made Emelie Schepp Sweden’s top-selling crime writer in the digital charts, selling over 110,000 copies.
When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find the mysterious child-sized handprint in the childless home. That’s when the young, brilliant but emotionally cold public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation…
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Gossip, lies, scandal? Check, check, check. Readers never tire of beautiful girls behaving badly. Set in an elite ballet school, Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel where three not-so-perfect ballerinas will do anything to get to the top.
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