‘AN EERILY PLAUSIBLE DYSTOPIAN MASTERPIECE’ Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN
‘AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL . . . with echoes of The Handmaid’s Tale‘ Cory Doctorow
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE PHILIP K. DICK AWARD***
From one of the most original new voices in modern fiction comes a startling vision of a world where you can get away with anything . . .
Theo Miller knows the value of human life – to the very last penny.
Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.
But when his ex-lover is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.
Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.
From the award-winning Claire North comes an electrifying and provocative new novel which will resonate with readers around the world.
Praise for 84K:
‘Another captivating novel from one of the most intriguing and genre-bending novelists’ Booklist
‘Claire North goes from strength to strength . . . A tense, moving story’ Guardian
‘Absolutely breath-taking… An early and compelling candidate for best novel of 2018’ SciFi Magazine
‘A dystopian anthem for the modern activist . . . 84K is an important book but also a cracking thriller . . . Quite simply, North’s best book so far’ Starburst
‘North is an original and even dazzling writer’ Kirkus
‘North’s talent shines out’ Sunday Times
When a man is tired of London he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford – Samuel Johnson
In fact, Dr Johnson was only half right. There is in London much more than life – there is power. It ebbs and flows with the rhythms of the city, makes runes from the alignments of ancient streets and hums with the rattle of trains and buses; it waxes and wanes with the patterns of the business day. It is a new kind of magic: urban magic.
Enter a London where magicians ride the Last Train, implore favours of The Beggar King and interpret the insane wisdom of The Bag Lady. Enter a London where beings of power soar with the pigeons and scrabble with the rats, and seek insight in the half-whispered madness of the blue electric angels. Enter the London of Matthew Swift, where rival sorcerers, hidden in plain sight, do battle for the very soul of the city . . .
Every dream you’ve ever had, and every dream yet to come, exists somewhere in the Kingdoms of the Void. Every nightmare, too. Because there has to be balance – it’s the rules. Problem is, the Lords of Nightkeep aren’t big on rules. They’re more into Conquest, Fear, and Eternal Darkness For All. It takes an extremely powerful Void wizard like Leanan Kite to keep ’em in check. But right now Kite has other worries, and Nightkeep is growing strong. Its Lords hunger for power. And they’ve turned their gaze toward Earth…
Fast-paced, vividly imagined and blistering with sassy dialogue and humour, teen-sensation Catherine Webb’s debut novel is a unique and utterly contemporary fantasy for young adult readers.
Return to the magical Kingdoms of the Void for a whodunit mystery that morphs into a battle for the lives of every soul on Earth and beyond.
Laenan Kite repelled the Lords of Nightkeep, but he could not destroy them. (Though not from any lack of effort on his part, he’d like to point out.) Now, with deadly spells igniting across Haven, and the queen’s life at risk, Kite must counter a new threat to the Realm of Dreams – and discover who’s behind it. (And if you think that’s easy, you’ve obviously never been to Haven – they start on rumour and intrigue well before breakfast). Fingers are being pointed at the whiter-than-white Lord Rylam. He’s got no lands but bags of loot, so he’d definitely be up for the kind of mayhem and murder that leads to sudden vacancies in the throne room. But Kite’s not sure it’s that simple – and you better hope his instincts are right. Because if he goes after the wrong guy … we’ll be sucked into the kind of nightmare that Nightkeep can only dream of!
Electric pacing, sizzling dialogue and sparkling humour are the corner stones of this visually stunning sequel to the wonderful MIRROR DREAMS.
‘Don’t look back. It wants you to look back.’
London’s soul has gone missing. Lost? Kidnapped? Murdered? Nobody knows – but when Sharon Li unexpectedly discovers she’s a shaman, she is immediately called upon to use her newfound powers of oneness with the City to rescue it from a slow but inevitable demise.
The problem is, while everyone expects Sharon to have all the answers – from the Midnight Mayor to Sharon’s magically-challenged self-help group – she doesn’t have a clue where to start.
But with London’s soul missing and the Gate open, there are creatures loose that won’t wait for her to catch up before they go hunting.
STRAY SOULS is the first novel in the Magicals Anonymous series, set in the same fantastical London as the Matthew Swift novels.
London, 1865. There are many mysteries in this world that are yet to be resolved. Some of them, man was not meant to know . . .
Scientist, inventor and occasional sleuth, Horatio Lyle, is a man of science – a man of reason. As such, he does not care for the Tseiqin and the strange, mystical enigma they represent. But when news reaches him of a plot to remove them – through the simple expedient of mass murder! – well . . . that presents a problem for a man of moral fortitude. A decent man. A man like Horatio Lyle . . .
Leading his young friends, Tess and Thomas, and his faithful hound, Tate, into a series of the most appalling dangers, Lyle leaps to the rescue of his mortal enemies. But when the dust clears and the menace has been confronted, there remains one rather pressing question for occasional Special Constable Horatio Lyle: who’s going to rescue him . . . ?
London, 1865, and young Theresa Hatch (Tess, to her friends) receives a nast surprise late at night. When Horatio finds a young girl on his doorstep, passed out, dying – apparently poisoned – he’s appalled. Investigations lead to Tess’s old workhouse, but a surprise visit to that sorry establishment yields more questions than answers. Only one thing is clear: something very, very bad is happening to the children in the East End.
There’s a mystery to be solved, sending Lyle, Thomas, Tate and – naturally – Tess out into the wilds of east London and a certain former thief’s old stamping grounds. What they find is terrifying: Tess’s old crowd of artful dodgers and ace pickpockets are now wandering the streets like zombies, drooling in the workhouses or plain mad in the asylum. And it isn’t just affecting Tess’ old crowd; children all over the area are turning up with their memories in tatters and their minds all but gone. The only clue is a name, half-whispered in fear: Old Greybags.
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES / PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017***
‘Funny, ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache’ Sunday Times
‘Extraordinary . . . wildly impressive” Lucy Hughes-Hallett, BBC Radio 4
‘Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful’ Kirkus
Sooner or later, death visits everyone. Before that, they meet Charlie.
Charlie meets everyone – but only once. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life.
The End of the Day is the stunning new story from Claire North, the voice behind the word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
‘Reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer’ Locus
‘Every one of the chapters is shaped with philosophical panache’ Guardian
‘Compelling . . . keeps the surprises coming until the very end’ San Francisco Chronicle
In Victorian London at the height of the industrial revolution, Horatio Lyle is a former Special Constable with a passion for science and invention. He’s also an occasional, but reluctant, sleuth. The truth is that he’d rather be in his lab tinkering with dangerous chemicals and odd machinery than running around the cobbled streets of London trying to track down stolen goods. But when Her Majesty’s Government calls, Horatio swaps his microscope for a magnifying glass, fills his pockets with things that explode and sallies forth to unravel a mystery of a singularly extraordinary nature.
Thrown together with a reformed (i.e. ‘caught’) pickpocket called Tess, and a rebellious (within reason) young gentleman called Thomas, Lyle and his faithful hound, Tate, find themselves pursuing an ancient Chinese plate, a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of polite society and a dangerous enemy who may not even be human. Solving the crime will be hard enough – surviving would be a bonus…
‘ONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE’ Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
Featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club, the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club
Winner of the John W. Campbell Award
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award
SOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIME
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before.
Nothing ever changes – until now.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
This is the extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character – a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time. Perfect for readers of How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
‘Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling’ Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
‘Beautiful and gripping’ Guardian
‘An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful’ M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
‘Terrific, smart and entertaining’ Patrick Ness
‘The writing is impeccable . . Plus Harry is a fascinating main character’ Heat
‘I don’t say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books I’ve ever read’ James Dashner, bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER
Also by Claire North
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (winner of the World Fantasy Award 2017)
The End of the Day (shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 2017)
The Serpent: Gameshouse Novella 1
The Thief: Gameshouse Novella 2
The Master: Gameshouse Novella 3
Everyone has heard of the Gameshouse. But few know all its secrets . . .
It is the place where fortunes can be made and lost though chess, backgammon – every game under the sun.
But those whom fortune favours may be invited to compete in the higher league . . . where the games played are of politics and nations, of economics and kings. It is a contest where Capture the Castle involves real castles and where hide and seek takes place on the scale of a continent.
Among those worthy of competing in the higher league, three unusually talented contestants play for the highest stakes of all . . .
From Claire North, author of word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and one of the most original new voices in modern fiction, comes the mesmerising tale of the Gameshouse, where games of chance and skill control the fate of empires.
*Originally published as three digital-only instalments: The Serpent, The Thief and The Master.*
Praise for Claire North:
‘One of the fiction highlights of the decade’ Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
‘North’s talent shines out’ Sunday Times
‘Little short of a masterpiece’ Independent
‘Poignant and intensely gripping’ Guardian
‘Terrific, smart and entertaining’ Patrick Ness
Sharon Li: apprentice shaman and community support officer for the magically inclined.
It wasn’t the career Sharon had in mind, but she’s getting used to running Magicals Anonymous and learning how to Be One With The City.
When the Midnight Mayor goes missing, leaving only a suspiciously innocent-looking umbrella behind him, Sharon finds herself promoted. Her first task: find the Midnight Mayor. The only clues she has are a city dryad’s cryptic warning and several pairs of abandoned shoes…
Suddenly, Sharon’s job feels a whole lot harder.
The third and final installment of the Gameshouse, a mesmerising tale of a mystical gambling house whose deadly games of chance and skill control the fate of empires.
The Gamehouse is an unusual institution.
Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost though games of Chess, Backgammon – every game under the sun.
But a select few, who are picked to compete in the higher league, know that some games are played for higher stakes – those of politics and empires, of economics and kings . . .
And now, the ultimate player is about to step forward.
The three installments of the Gameshouse are also available in a single edition.
It’s said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, then the Tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall. As it happens, that’s not so far from the truth . . .
One by one, the magical wards that guard the city are failing: the London Wall defiled with cryptic graffiti, the ravens found dead at the Tower, the London Stone destroyed. This is not good news. This array of supernatural defences – a mix of international tourist attractions and forgotten urban legends – formed a formidable magical shield. Protection for the City of London against . . . well, that’s the question, isn’t it? What could be so dangerous as to threaten an entire city?
Against his better judgement, resurrected sorcerer Matthew Swift is about to find out. And if he’s lucky, he might just live long enough to do something about it . . .
Matthew Swift, Midnight Mayor, is in charge. And London is having its issues.
The new drug on the market is fairy dust and it turns humans into walking drug labs. Teenage vandals are being hunted by a mystical creature. And criminals are dying by magical means.
If Swift is going to save London from a rising tide of blood, he’s going to have to learn his lessons – and fast.