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After Phoenix  Martine McDonagh

After Phoenix is a darkly comic tale, of grief, love, friendship and the humour and absurdity of family life.

Bristol, England. January 1974. The miners are on strike and Britain is in chaos. When 19-year-old Phoenix Jacobs is killed riding the motor bike his father, JJ, helped him buy, his family is devastated. His mother, Katherine, blames her husband for their son's death. Her mental health deteriorates and she is admitted to the local psychiatric hospital. Grief-stricken, journalist JJ takes up residence in the garden shed, refusing to return to the house until Katherine comes home, sublimating his pain by turning his attention to the forthcoming general election. Meanwhile, their 15-year-old daughter, Penny, left to her own devices, struggles to maintain her sense of humour and a semblance of normality. It's hard to imagine what can possibly reunite them.

‘Martine McDonagh writes simply, sparingly, intelligently and unsentimentally about both big and small things.’ Stephen May, Costa Prize-shortlisted author of ‘Life! Death! Prizes!’


In a Sorry State  James Joughin

Laughter in the dark in one of the poorest place on earth.

Fast and furious fun in the topsy turvy world of development experts and international high flyers. 'In a Sorry State' follows novice aid worker Faith Cullimore as she blazes a determined trail through the impoverished villages of northern Uganda. She’s only there to help, or so she keeps saying.

William Boyd crossed with Joe Orton crossed with Catch 22.

'In a Sorry State' offers a rare insight into the complex world of International Development ..... A well written and gripping tale...'.  Jo Coburn, Daily Politics show, BBC2

'Cheaper than flying and you’ll probably see more.' Jane O’Reilly

‘Lurid, disrespectful and untrue…..  A deliberate mangling of the facts.’   Ministry of Overseas Development

‘Rattles along splendidly. See you in court.’ Julian Carruthers


The Bad Doctor  Ian Williams

Cartoonist and doctor Ian Williams takes his stethoscope to Dr Iwan James, a rural GP in need of more than a little care himself. Incontinent old ladies, men with eagle tattoos, traumatised widowers, Iwan's patients cause him both empathy and dismay, further complicated by his feelings for his practice partners: unrequited longing for Dr Lois Pritchard and frustration at the antics of Dr Robert Smith, who will use any means to make Iwan look bad in his presence. Iwan's cycling trips with his friend and mentor, Arthur, provide some welcome relief for him.