Christmas at Hatchards: General Fiction

Inside Story

Martin Amis

£20 – signed copies available

With his own autobiography as source material, Amis takes us into an audacious tale of selfhood and writing, love and friendship. A portrait of Christopher Hitchens emerges, the events of 9/11 cast a pall, and fiction envelopes the human search for meaning.

 

 

The Autumn of the Ace

Louis de Bernieres

£17.99

An RAF fighter in the First World War, an SOE agent in the Second, Daniel’s life experience has brought emotional scars. But, in this coming-of-old-age novel, can he find new perspectives and re-build relations, especially with his son?

 

 

Trio

William Boyd

£18.99

Set in the summer of 1968, the backdrop is heavy with dramatic international and political news. In Brighton, by contrast, the sun is shining and our three main characters – a novelist, a producer and an actress – are making a film about the Swinging ‘Sixties. Each, has a secret life and, whilst ‘the show must go on’ in public, these private worlds will eventually reach boiling point.

 

When the Lights Go Out

Carys Bray

£14.99

Ever since A Song for Issy Bradley, Bray’s exceptionally brilliant writing and nuanced rendering of life’s negotiations has stood out. Here, as torrential rains, power-cuts and an unexpected arrival short-circuit their world, Emma and Chris embody a story of hope vs. fear.

 

 

Piranesi

Susanna Clarke

£14.99

Piranesi loves the House, its labyrinth of halls, its multitude of statues, its strange weather. One day, however, chalk messages begin to appear. Someone else is in the House. But who? Why? A brilliantly gothic tale from the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

 

 

The Silence

Don DeLillo

£14.99 – signed copies available

One of America’s greatest novelists, DeLillo pictures the near-future as an everyday dinner-party opens into a nightmare scenario. “Never has the art of fiction been such an immediate guide to our navigation of a bewildering world.”

 

 

The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein

£20

Ferrante’s new novel centres an adolescent girl’s searching for selfhood in the midst of fluctuating family dynamics and the bipolarity of Naples, a city of refinement and vulgarity. As brilliant and as powerful as ever.

 

 

Red Pill

Hari Kunzru

£14.99

How we are haunted by the past. In this astonishing ‘state of the world’ novel, a writer seeks sanctuary to work undisturbed. Yet the impacts of real life, of historical atrocity and contemporary cynicism, threaten to destroy everything.

 

 

Earthlings

Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

£12.99

When she was young, Natsuki imagined a spaceship coming to her rescue. Now she lives quietly, married, pretending to be normal. But that will soon all change. Again, Murata, author of Convenience Store Woman, presents an astonishingly unique tale.

 

Mayflies

Andrew O’Hagan

£14.99

James and Tully, filled with rebellious spirit, leave stifling convention behind for a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of 1980s music culture. It’s a life-changing experience. But what are the consequences thirty years on?

 

 

Jack

Marilynne Robinson

£18.99

Just after WWII, in segregated St. Louis, ne’er-do-well Jack – the Presbyterian minister’s prodigal son – falls in love with Della Miles, an African-American school teacher. A heartfelt, fraught, beautiful story in the Gilead series.

 

 

Jeeves and the Leap of Faith

Ben Schott

£18.99

Bertie’s back! Thank goodness, for His Majesty’s Government needs assistance. Sparkling in the light of Wodehouse’s comic genius, Jeeves and Wooster’s new adventure takes us from Mayfair to Cambridge amid a host of aunts, philosophers, artists, dodgy clairvoyants and criminal bookies.

 

 

Islands of Mercy

Rose Tremain

£18.99

 

1859. A cast of characters on the global stage transgresses boundaries of nations and bodies. Jane, a nurse in Bath, seeks another destiny. Sir Ralph Savage, a social outcast in Borneo, takes up philanthropy. Both seek solace in this impeccable novel.

 

To order copies of any of these books, please telephone 020 7439 9921 or email books@hatchards.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you!

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