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25 Mar 2014

Crime Fiction Chapter Sample

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
by Joël Dicker
May 2014 | Macelhose Press | $32.95pb    *BiP price $24.95

Marcus Goldman, the toast of the New York literary scene, is at his wit’s end after being struck by writer’s block. Desperate not to lose his new-found fame, and in search of inspiration, he decides to spend a few weeks in New Hampshire at the home of Harry Quebert, world-famous author and his mentor from university. During his stay Marcus discovers that in 1975, aged 34, Harry had an affair with 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. The summer of their affair, Nola disappeared after she was seen running through the woods, covered in blood. No one has seen Nola since and no one knows what happened. Then the unthinkable happens. Thirty-three years after her disappearance, the body of Nola Kellergan is found in Harry’s garden, along with a manuscript copy of Quebert’s career-defining novel . Harry is the only suspect. Determined to prove Harry’s innocence, Marcus gets embroiled in the murder case of the century, while everywhere in America people are asking: Who Killed Nola Kellergan? Not just a book about an unsolved murder case, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair explores the price of fame and the seduction of success, the ferocity of the publishing industry and the power of the media, love in all its forms and what it means to be a truly great writer.

we are offering The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair at a special price of $24.95 
Be sure to reserve a copy because this book will sell very quickly!

YA Chapter Sample

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton
Mar 2014 | Walker Books | $19.95hb

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender begins with an extraordinary and seemingly unlikely event. Ava — in all other ways a normal, healthy baby girl — is born into the Roux family with the wings not of an angel as the crowd gathering below her hospital window believe, but of a bird. Her wings both define and confine her as Ava grows and we, suspending our disbelief, follow her family’s historically ill-fated tale of tragic loves, both won and lost. Flirting with fairytale-esque occurrences, from Ava’s mother Viviane who has a supernatural sense of smell, to her grandmother Emilienne who sees her long lost family as ghosts everywhere, Walton builds the tale to a brutal but triumphant, and cleverly played conclusion.

Occasionally a young adult novel comes along that feels fresh and new, feels upon reading, as the title of this novel suggests, both strange and very, very beautiful. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a rare gem, one that continues, months after reading, to haunt us, largely because of Walton’s exquisite, delicate use of language and mastery of magic realism. A stunning and deeply engaging novel, highly recommended for readers of 15 and beyond, and would make a perfect gift.

We at Books in Print were so impressed with the strength and quality of the writing in this wondrous debut novel that we believe it will also appeal to our adult readers.

3 Mar 2014

Australian Biography Chapter Sample

Sheila: The Australian beauty who bewitched British society
by Robert Wainwright
Feb 2014 | Allen & Unwin | $32.99pb    *BiP price $27.95

Review by Mark McGinness   (The Age - Saturday, 1 March 2014)
Review by Helen Trinca   (The Australian - Saturday, 25 January 2014)