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September 2014: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David MitchellOne of the year's most anticipated new books, Cloud Atlas and ghostwritten author David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks promises to be another unique storytelling adventure. Details are slight so far, but the plot centres on a teenage girl, Holly Sykes, whose life is set on a particular course after an encounter with a strange woman in the summer of 1984. The fact that the publishers are describing the story as 'kaleidoscopic' suggests that we can expect another dazzling display of narrative trickery from Mitchell, which sounds like something to look forward to. 

Check out The Bone Clocks teaser website here


October 2014: Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Northanger AbbeyIn October, as the nights draw in, we'll be discussing Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid, a modern re-imagining of the Jane Austen classic. This is the second release from the Austen Project, which pairs six bestselling contemporary authors with Jane Austen’s six complete works. Seventeen-year-old Catherine 'Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to the Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

Read a Northanger Abbey interview with Val McDermid from The List