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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell will be published on September 2, 2014 by Sceptre

Synopsis:


One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking . . .

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.

Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable best.


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Normal by Warren Ellis will be published on November 4, 2014 by Farrar Straus Giroux

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A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future—by an iconic visionary writer

Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.
     There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geo-engineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks.
     For both types, if you’re good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it’s something you can’t do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the “abyss gaze” takes hold there’s only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest.
     When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis’s Normal, Dearden uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future—and the past, and the now.


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The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland will be published on August 14, 2014 by Headline

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The reign of Richard II is troubled, the poor are about to become poorer still and landowners are lining their pockets. It's a case of every man for himself, whatever his status or wealth. But in a world where nothing can be taken at face value, who can you trust?

The dour wool merchant?
His impulsive son?

The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes?
Or the raven-haired widow clutching her necklace of bloodstones?

And when people start dying unnatural deaths and the peasants decide it's time to fight back, it's all too easy to spy witchcraft at every turn.


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Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner will be published on October 28, 2014 by Angry Robot Books

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A new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.

Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.

Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.


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Theft of Life by Imogen Robertson will be published on May 22, 2014 by Headline

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London, 1785. When the body of a West Indies planter is found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's, suspicion falls on one of the victim's former slaves, who was found with his watch on the London streets. As Harriet and Crowther begin investigate, however, they find the answer is not that simple. Together, they negotiate the interests of the British government, the secrets of the plantation owners, and a network of alliances stretching across the Atlantic. And they must confront the uncomfortable truth that some people are willing to do great evil when they believe their cause to be just.

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The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F Hamilton be published on October 21, 2014 by Del Rey.


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The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter will be published on June 17, 2014 by Harper Collins

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2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives ... Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable . . .


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The Finisher by David Baldacci released

Monday, 10 March 2014
Published in Book News

The Finisher by David Baldacci was published on March 4th, 2014 by Macmillan Children's Books. 

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The only world that Vega Jane has ever known is Wormwood. This poverty-stricken, stifled village - Vega’s home - has long been a prisoner of its own superstition, the high perimeter walls keeping out unwelcome visitors … and keeping in its dwellers. No one has ever left. Until now.

When Vega’s mentor, Quentin Herms, is seen running into the wild outside the village walls, everyone assumes he will soon be dead, killed by the terrifying beasts that stalk the tangled, dark forest. No one, apart from Vega, seems to care. Rumours are whispered among the townsfolk, encouraged by the tyrants who run Wormwood. Quentin was a traitor, who chose his tragic fate as an alternative to a lifetime of imprisonment. Vega knows differently. There is something more to Quentin’s disappearance than meets the eye. What if he wasn’t running from something, but was running towards something? Why are the authorities so determined to keep what lies beyond the walls so secret?

As Vega sets out to clear her friend’s name she comes to realise that some of the people of Wormwood will do anything to keep the truth secret …

The Finisher is the electrifying first novel for younger readers from the bestselling author David Baldacci. With a feisty heroine to rival Katniss Everdeen, and set in a world richly imagined and teeming with a cast of unforgettable characters and a menagerie of terrifying beasts, this is the must-read novel for spring 2014.

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 different languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world’s favourite storytellers. David is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across America. David lives in Virginia, USA. For more information please visit www.DavidBaldacci.com.

The Finisher was published in the UK on March 4th 2014, in paperback original and priced at £7.99. It is best suited for readers aged 11+. 


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The Unquiet House by Alison Littlewood be published on April 10, 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books

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Mire House is dreary, dark, cold and infested with midges. But when Emma Dean inherits it from a distant relation, she immediately feels a sense of belonging. It isn't long before Charlie Mitchell, grandson of the original owner, appears claiming that he wants to seek out his family. But Emma suspects he's more interested in the house than his long-lost relations. And when she starts seeing ghostly figures, Emma begins to wonder: is Charlie trying to scare her away, or are there darker secrets lurking in the corners of Mire House? 


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Spira Mirabilis by Aidan Harte be published on April 3, 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books

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In the 1347th year of Our Lady the engineers of Concord defeated the fractious city-state of Rasenna using the magical science of Wave Technology. The City of Towers fought back, and for a while Concord's plans for domination were halted. But First Apprentice Torbidda regrouped, and reformed Concord to his own design. Now he is in absolute control, and plotting the final battle that will pacify Etruria... permanently. Contessa Sofia Scaligeri could rally her people once again, but she is far away in the Crusader Kingdom of Akka, trapped with her son by the tyrant Queen Catrina. Darkness is falling. The final battle must be fought and the tide must be turned, lest evil reign forever.  


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