Sir Salman Rushdie has received many awards for his writing, including the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
This extraordinary novel gives the reader the heart-to-heart testimony of one of our finest writers - a wonder of literary invention and a boisterous modern classic His most intimate and epic work to date, Inside Story is the unseen portrait of Martin Amis'' extraordinary life, as a man and a writer. This novel had its birth in a death - that of the author''s closest friend, Christopher Hitchens. We also encounter the vibrant characters who have helped define Martin Amis, from his father Kingsley, to his hero Saul Bellow, from Philip Larkin to Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Jane Howard, and to the person who captivated his twenties, the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps. What begins as a thrilling tale of romantic entanglements, family and friendship, evolves into a tender, witty exploration of the hardest questions: how to live, how to grieve, and how to die? In his search for answers, Amis surveys the great horrors of the twentieth century, and the still unfolding impact of the 9/11 attacks on the twenty-first - and what all this has taught him about how to be a writer. The result is one of Amis'' greatest achievements: a love letter to life that is at once exuberant, meditative, heartbreaking and ebullient, to be savoured and cherished for many years to come.
The week after I finished the last page of Jimmy Corrigan I immediately started a new long story based on characters who had originated as parodies, but whom now I wanted to humanize... amidst a setting of memories of my Omaha childhood and Nebraska upbringing.' (Chris Ware, Monograph) Now twenty years later, Ware is publishing Rusty Brown in book form. Brown is shown as a young Nebraskan boy and as a man approaching middle age, who has a lifelong obsession with collecting action figures and similar pop cultural detritus, particularly Supergirl. Rusty Brown's only friend throughout his life is Chalky White. White is also a collector of G.I. Joe and other action figures, but gives up collecting as he grows up, gets married, and starts a family, unlike his friend Rusty, who remains locked in a permanent manchild state, always looking for elements of his lost childhood. A recurring theme in the series is Rusty's greedy, egocentric, and bold behaviour opposed to Chalky's kind, timid, and often naive nature. Rusty is often utilizing tricks to swindle Chalky of his action figures, while Chalky, being highly gullible, is never able to see through Rusty's true nature.
Focusing on Cantor's dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground - and on the everyday realities he faces - this title leads us through various emotions such a pestilence can breed: the fear, the panic, the anger, the bewilderment, the suffering, and the pain.
Dragman tells the story of August Crimp, a man who has superpowers when he puts on women's clothes. August loves wearing a dress but is deeply ashamed of his compulsion and terrified of rejection should it ever come out. So he tells no one. Not even his wife. But then one day a little girl falls from the rooftop cafe at the Art Museum and August has no choice but to fly and save her - an event witnessed by hundreds of people.
And August Crimp's life is never the same again.
Dragman is Steven Appleby's first long-form graphic thriller. Inspired by the superhero comics he read as a child and informed by his own secret life as a transvestite, Steven Appleby has created a multi-layered, tightly plotted, cleverly structured novel with a compulsive forward drive in which August battles greed, evil and his own self-doubt in a fight to save himself, his marriage - and the human soul. A real page turner, Dragman brims with humanity, subtlety and wit - plus plenty of Steven Appleby's oblique and absurdly imaginative musings on 'what is life really all about?' Fans of Steven Appleby's unmistakable drawing style, as seen in his many books and in comic strips such as Captain Star (NME, Observer), Small Birds Singing (The Times), and Loomus (Guardian), will not be disappointed.
It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. This book tells the story of the young man's education in life's terrifying chances and bizarre obstructions.
Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour's lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it.
Tamara Drewe, son nez refait, ses jambes sans fin et ses airs de princesse sexuelle.
La chroniqueuse trash revient semer panique et confusion à Ewedown, le village à la Gainsborough où une population rurale rêvant de la ville cohabite avec une colonie d'exilés bobos acharnés à faire revivre une campagne fantasmée.
Ben, Andy et Nicholas, le triangle de mâles en chasse se reforme autour de la belle amazone, sous l'oeil toujours concupiscent de Glen, l'universitaire obèse en panne d'inspiration, et celui, douloureusement humain, de Beth, la bonne fée de Stonefield, retraite pour écrivains surmenés.
Casey et Jody, les adolescentes locales, abreuvées de presse people, hypnotisées par la foire aux vanités londonienne, sont là aussi. Le tout prend force et vie sous la caméra du maître du cinéma britannique Stephen Frears. L'homme qui nous fit découvrir Hanif Kureishi, relire les Liaisons Dangereuses, regarder the Queen d'un autre oeil, se risque à l'adaptation d'un graphic novel.
2012. Jack Barlow retrouve à son domicile Patience, sa petite amie enceinte, assassinée.
2029. Toujours hanté par le meurtre de Patience, Jack Barlow entend parler d'un homme qui aurait inventé une machine à remonter le temps.
À la page suivante, Jack se retrouve propulsé en 2006, observant Patience pendant ses rendez-vous galants avec différents hommes. Et si l'un d'eux était le meurtrier ?
En conjuguant au sein d'un même récit les pistes explorées auparavant dans Comme un gant de velours et Ghost World, Daniel Clowes aboutit quinze ans de recherche et nous offre le livre de la maturité. Mêlant observation pointue des sentiments et ambiances à la limite du fantastique, il dresse un époustouflant portrait de l'adolescence en quête d'identité et signe son chef-d'oeuvre. Publié dans son pays par un éditeur de littérature au même titre que les ouvrages d'écrivains contemporains, ce livre a été salué par la critique comme la preuve ( enfin ! ) que la bande dessinée était une écriture à part entière.
Avec Wilson, Clowes revisite sa thématique fétiche, à savoir la médiocrité humaine, la portant à un nouveau degré d'excellence.
Clowes nous offre une tranche de pessimisme brillamment découpée et magnifiquement dessinée. À l'heure où les bons sentiments sont légions, il fait bon de lire ce chef-d'oeuvre remarquable de misanthropie.
**FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER SAPIENS** Yuval Noah Harari returns in August 2018 with a new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century . In bringing his focus to the here and now, Harari will help us to grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend, encouraging us to focus our minds on the essential questions we should be asking ourselves today. Employing his trademark entertaining and lucid style, Harari will examine some of the world''s most urgent issues, including terrorism, fake news and immigration, as well as turning to more individual concerns, from resilience and humility to meditation.
Daniel Clowes est né à Chicago où, un jour de 1924, deux étudiants assassinèrent par ennui leur jeune voisin, et le souvenir de Leopold et Loeb hante les pages de Ice haven. Cet album raconte comment la disparition d'un petit garçon bouleverse la routine d'une bourgade du Midwest, repliée sur ellemême, et met à jour la solitude et la frustration de ses habitants. L'auteur de David Boring marche ici sur les traces d'Edward Hopper ou de Charles Schultz et cartographie la terrible mélancolie du quotidien. Derrière l'ironie transparaît une empathie profonde pour les prisonniers de Ice Haven, qui ne cessent de se heurter aux barreaux de leur cage en cherchant aveuglément une issue à leurs rêves.
BEFORE TRAINSPOTTING CAME SKAGBOYS The Number One Bestseller Mark Renton has it all: he's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a bright future. But there's no room for him in the 1980s and when his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control. The way out is heroin. It's no better for his friends - Spud Murphy is laid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence finds himself sucked into a life of petty crime, violence and the world of the psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Exhilarating and moving, Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young addicts in a decade which changed Britain forever.