See You Tomorrow
A middle-aged man over his head in debt and secrets; high school girls in love with a bad but irresistible musician; and a pregnant petty criminal and her boyfriend: three worlds collide in what has been described as ‘Renberg’s pitch-black novel from Stavanger’. Translated from the Norwegian by Seán Kinsella.
Found in a second-hand suitcase, an old Polaroid of two Danish girls standing on the England ferry intrigues the London-based journalist Nora Sand. Lisbeth and Lulu went missing 20 years ago; revisiting the mystery of their disappearance draws Nora into the hunt for a serial killer. Translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund. Off-mint.
Slow Train to Guantanamo
A Rail Odysesy through Cuba in the Last Days of the Castros
The award-winning foreign correspondent Peter Millar journeys through Cuba aboard a decaying railway system that was once the pride of Latin America. From the capital Havana, he travels with ordinary Cubans to the US naval base and detention camp at Guantanamo, sharing anecdotes, life stories and political opinions. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Serbian Dane
A successful journalist, a crack secret-service agent and Vuk, a highly skilled assassin who was raised in Denmark, but of Serbian descent: in a chilling political thriller, these three lonely people become trapped in a world of secret deals, private passions and organized crime. Translated from the Danish by Barbara J Haveland.
The third part of Kjærstad’s award-winning trilogy finds Jonas Wergeland aboard the Voyager, a boat named after a space probe, with a group of young geographers exploring the Sognefjord; but Jonas is also exploring his own past to discover the truth of his life and of his wife’s death. Translated from the Norwegian by Barbara J Haveland. Off-mint.
The Whitehall Mandarin
In Wilson’s critically acclaimed Cold War thriller, MI6 agent William Catesby is given the job of finding – then burying – a secret from the past of Lady Somers, who is the new head of the Ministry of Defence; but the search takes a dangerous turn, even confronting him with the enigma of China’s emergence as a superpower.
How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness
In this appeal for us to reject religion’s ‘chimeras’, the businessman and philanthropist Vitaly Malkin argues that the adoption of monotheistic doctrines slowed down the progress of human civilization and has failed to make people happier. Examining the big questions of evil, death, suffering and ‘the great battle against pleasure’, he encourages the reader to question what benefit religious practices offer and to live in the present rather than wait for life after death. Slightly off-mint.
An Indian Love Affair
Simon Gandolfi first visited India in the 1960s, driving a VW to Goa, where he met and fell in love with Vanessa. Forty years later, fury at the terrorist attacks on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai leads him to return, this time on a Honda 125. Gandolfi’s unique and charming travelogue interweaves the two trips, combining bittersweet memories of the past with a window on the India of today.