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Turn your teenagers into literature lovers with Canongate and Walker’s new joint young adult imprint that aims to bring modern literary classics and crossover teen/adult reads to a new audience.From internationally bestselling books to tales of the magical and macabre, Walker Canongate will bring fantastic stories to a new generation.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006. New from Walker/Canongate: the compelling story of a twelve-year-old boy whose obsession with detecting lies threatens to tear his family apart. This review is provided by bookgroup.info:We chose this book at our last meeting and I picked it up when my bookgroup colleagues had gone intending to read a few pages before I went to sleep. I finally put it down at 3am. Such is the power of the writing in this second novel by M J Hyland. The story concerns an eleven-year-old boy, John Egan, (don’t be put off as I was initially, it’s not jumping on the Curious Incident bandwagon) who is too tall for his age and as fragile as a piece of glass. He relates a year of his life in which the family moves from the relative comfort of his granny’s house in rural Wexford, to a squalid high-rise in Dublin. This is a boy with only one real friend, and too much in the company of adults. The relationship between John, his parents and his grandmother is uneasy. John feels disconnected but doesn’t understand why. His out of work father, a “could’ve been” academic procrastinates about entering university life, forcing the family to live with his mother, a mean-spirited woman who holds financial power over the family. His mother is on the edge, concerned about her strange son and wayward husband. When they fall out the move to Dublin tips her over. John suffers terribly at this time. He’s lost his only friend, his mother is depressed and on the brink of a breakdown and his father is in and out of work, gambling and consorting with prostitutes. The shocking denouement jolts the family into realising that their son needs help and we can only hope that they find redemption. M J Hyland really gets into the head of this boy. Written in spare, flattened prose, it is a sensory tour de force.
A novel about friendship and betrayal. Weaving together two lives across the decades, it proves that no truth is as simple as it seems. It is a well written insight into the twisted mind of an unashamed murderer, as she admits in the second paragraph of this book (see the link to the Opening Extract on this page). In fact, The Book of Lies is so easy and approachable, and makes you so familiar with the writer, it feels like you are reading a personal letter from her to you. Alongside the subtly-woven, insightful narrative, throughout this book there are interesting footnotes about the island of Guernsey which add an interesting historical perspective as well as underpin the credibility of the story. It is an uncompromising debut about the trials of growing up and the dark histories we all harbour and a compelling read.
An international bestseller, this almost painfully lucid picture gives a terrifying insight into what happens when nine-year-old Michele makes a terrifying discovery in an old farmhouse on one ordinary hot, hot summer’s day when he is out playing with his friends. Michele knows that he can tell no one what he has seen but here he tells the story, which reveals how from that day on his relationship with everything around him is changed. This is the Young Adult version of the title. Click here for the original edition.
Pi’s family is moving their zoo when the boat sinks and 16-year old Pi is left afloat in a lifeboat with four animals which includes a tiger. The book starts slowly but this stunning, unique work is worth persevering with. It’s brutal, hopeful, humorous, philosophical and yet strangely believable. A tale that will remain with you for a very long time and deserves another read. This is the Young Adult version of the title. Click here for the original paperback.
Dazzling and unlikely stories disturb and delight in this hugely original collection. Fantasy, horror and just plain mischief jostle together in the ten stories which kick off with what happens when Miles digs up the wrong grave to recover the poems he wrote to his dead girl friend revealing an altogether different girl instead. Be prepared for more uncomfortable shocks in this stunning collection of stories. This is the Young Adult version of the title. Click here for the original edition.
Dripping in blood, this is a story of family secrets so terrible that they shouldn’t be uncovered...Rowan and Clara think they are ordinary teenagers. They live quietly with their ordinary Mum and Dad doing all the things that their friends do. But, the Radley parents are hiding a secret; they are abstaining vampires and, one day, their abstinence will fail. Rowan’s teenage anxieties and sense of being an outsider take on a whole new dimension in this insight story of adolescence with a difference. This is the Young Adult version of the title. Click here for the original edition. A message from the author: "This is a story about growing up, first and foremost. About how we learn to come to terms with who we are, independent of the ideas our parents had for us. About how we decide our own identities. As well as what shapes those identities - who we choose to love, and hate, admire and fear. It is about how denying ourselves can sometimes be more dangerous than succumbing to tempation. This is the story I wanted to tell. I never set out to write a vampire story, but vampires were the obvious choice. After all, as family secrets go, you can't get much bigger than finding out you are actually a full-blown creature of the night. And hopefully it fits as a metaphor for teenage life. A life full of physical changes, forbidden cravings, and feelings of being an outsider. In that sense, we've probably all been vampires at some stage."
Canongate and Walker, two of the very best independent publishing houses in the UK – one on the adult side and the other a children’s book publisher, have joined forces in an exciting co-publishing venture to introduce 're-jacketed' modern literary classics (such as The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, winner of the Booker Prize) to a new younger audience.
“Bestselling and award winning titles that will grab the attention of the next generation of readers lie at the heart of this exciting joint venture of Walker and Canongate, both highly respected independent publishers. Strikingly packaged and covering a range of popular genres, the four titles, some written for them and some written for adults, speak directly to teen readers while also propelling them towards other adult fiction.” Julia Eccleshare
Latterly, it seems the best thing that can happen to a children’s book is for it to ‘transfer’ into the adult market – vampire saga Twilight is a classic example. So, it is refreshing to see the reverse with this latest joint venture which can be seen as a response to the cry of some children’s books ‘dumbing down’ the literary content. We think it’s terrific that two such awesome publishing houses have decided to bring some great adult reads, many of them bestsellers and prizewinners already, to the teen market too, so we are featuring the first 4 books being published.
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