Contemporary Fiction

BANG-UP FOR MEN – The Smell of Prison

He used to teach art to schoolkids, but now his pupils are prisoners, his classroom’s a prison. He enters naïve, struggles to survive, but an ideal begins to grow in him: to break the endless cycle of release and reimprisonment that so many of his students are locked into. But the big question is: Who is teaching whom?

Bang-up for Men is a book with many levels. It is humorous and entertaining, yet also probes the darker, more sinister sides of prison life. The many colourful characters encountered in this book bring it alive as you begin to see the world through their eyes. You are taken through sterile, shiny corridors under glaring fluorescent lights, and along the landings to your own cell where, finally, you are banged up and left on your own. Or are you?

What they said about BANG-UP...

“THIS HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE FUNNIEST AND MOST POIGNANT NARRATIVES ON PRISON LIFE EVER ... CAPTURES THE ABSURDITY AND BANALITY OF PRISON LIFE LIKE NO BOOK I’VE EVER READ. CONGRATULATIONS ON A VERY FINE PIECE OF WORK” - ERWIN JAMES, The Guardian

“THIS IS A VALUABLE NEW ADDITION TOTHE CANON OF WRITING ABOUT PRISON LIFE” - ANGELA NEUSTATTER

"THE AUTHOR SPARES THE READER NO DETAIL OF WHAT GOES ON IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF PRISONERS. THE RESULT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED...” - LORD RAMSBOTHAM OF KENSINGTON, GCB CBE, Chairman of Koestler Awards Trust and Former Chief Inspector of Prisons

“...THE BOOK I WISHED I’D BEEN ABLE TO WRITE... SENSITIVE OBSERVATIONS AND HILARIOUS COMMENTARY...” - ANGELA FINDLAY, Arts in Prison Projects, Koestler Trust Euro

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LANDSKER

A drama of divided loyalties, and a vivid exploration of the conflict between the constraints of convention and the right to freedom of the individual, this book is a good deal more than the romantic novel that it first appears to be. Set in the 1920s, against the background of the miners' strike, it follows a young Englishwoman living in West Wales through a period of intense emotional crisis, when she must face the challenge of being true to herself against all the odds.

FAY WELDON has described this book as "...a massive and thorough work: a dramatised history, intelligent, fair and perspicacious..."

LANDSKER WINS TOP AWARD! This book was 2004 winner of the RNA New Writers award.

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ROCKY SEVEN

"...the funniest book I have read in a long time ... guaranteed to take the literary world by storm...!" (South Wales Guardian)

Rollicking, brash and irreverent - a cock-eyed spoof of the life and characters of a small Welsh valleys village, which becomes the unlikely setting for a curious version of the eternal battle between good and evil. Rocky Lee James, pimply teenager whose main preoccupation is the opposite sex, must overcome the monstrous Dai Jinn, and enlists the expertise of Brian Boru, Grandmaster of an ancient martial arts - or complete nutcase? Can Rocky's higher self triumph and bring him victory in the final great fight, or will he succumb to the temptations that lie all around?

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TELEGRAM FROM THE PALACE

This exciting new thriller from the author of Diminished Responsibility is a rip-roaring adventure that spans a century of conspiracy and double-dealing, with an intricate plot that includes a hair-raising chase over land and sea. The large-print rights for this book were snapped up only six weeks after its launch, a confirmation of its quality and potential popularity.

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THE FAMILY WOUND

The previous book by this gifted Vietnamese author, South Wind Changing, was a Time Magazine Best Book of the Year and a bestseller in America, and was a memoir of his escape from torture and degradation in a Vietcong concentration camp to a new life in America. His second book, a novel, is also set in wartime Vietnam, and is the harrowing yet sensitively-told story of Mai, a young Vietnamese woman, who escapes from violence and abuse under the new regime in South Vietnam to begin a new life in the U.S. But her past follows her wherever she goes, and she carries her pain and guilt with her like a scar till she makes her final decision to accept her destiny.

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THE RUB

The strange but gripping tale of a man suddenly cut off from his former life and alone in a strange town where the logic of the everyday world is suspended and anything can happen. A story of the struggle to come to terms with oneself and to heal the pains and contradictions inherited from the past.

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THE VIRUS DOCTORS

...his iconoclastic and thought-provoking new thriller... - a man and a woman alone in an ethical crusade against the faceless and manipulative might of both the giant pharmaceuticals industry and behind-the-scenes politics...

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WORK FOR FOUR HANDS

Civil servant Alison Buxton hates her cousin, City highflyer and accomplished pianist Benedict Vern, for trying to rape her when she was eleven and he fifteen. But what really happened all those decades ago? 'Work For Four Hands' is the story of Alison's battle to keep vital memories repressed when Benedict begins to pursue her again: memories of a love far more intense than two adolescents could cope with. Benedict thinks himself mad for trying to win Alison over, but he reckons without the power of the music he used to play for her, and the psychic tricks of the dead aunt who alone knew the truth.

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