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Longlist 2015

 

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson
Scribe UK

Just Mercy is an unforgettable memoir from the founder of the Alabama Equal Justice Initiative. A powerful true story about the potential of mercy to redeem us - from one of the influential lawyers of our time. READ MORE

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

by Karen Joy Fowler
Serpent's Tail

From the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, a best-selling tale of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. READ MORE

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Skyfaring

by Mark Vanhoenacker
Chatto & Windus

Airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. READ MORE

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South Reach Triology: Annihilation

by Jeff Vandermeer
Fourth Estate

Annihilation, the first book of the Souther Reach triology is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor. Their mission: to expand the Southern Reaches' understanding of Area X. Here, they will discover what it truly means to face the unknown. In Area X they must adapt or die. READ MORE

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Divided Lives

by Lyndall Gordon
Virago

A daughter, in childhood, is called on to be a secret sharer of her mother's illness and creativity. Alike as dreamers, living their lives through books, they area mother and daughter in perfect setup until - that is, their dreams take them different ways. READ MORE

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Lila

by Marilynne Robinson
Virago

An American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder. READ MORE

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither

by Sara Baume
Tramp Press

This is a wholly different kind of love story that spans the four seasons echoed in the novel's title. Written with empathy and insight, Baumes debut captures the incremental destructiveness of loneliness, and confirms the talent so emphatically acknowledged by the Davy Brynes Award jury. READ MORE

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The Dig

by Cynan Jones
Granta

This is a searing short novel, built of the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer, unfolding in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads. Their two paths converge with tragic inevitability. READ MORE

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Her Birth

by Rebecca Goss
Carcanet

In 2007 Rebecca Goss's newborn daughter Ella was diagnosed with Severe Ebstein's Anomaly, a rare and incurable heart condition. She lived for sixteen months. Her Birth is a book-length sequence of poems beginning with Ella's birth, her short life and her death, and ending with the joys and complexities that come with the birth of another child. READ MORE

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A Man in Love

by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Translator - Don Bartlett
Harvill Secker

An electrifying honest and autobiographical love story from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard. Karl leaves his wife and everything he knows in Oslo for a fresh start in Stockholm. There he strikes up a deep and competitive friendship with Geir and pursues Linda, a beautiful poet who captivated him years ago. READ MORE

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Ismael and His Sisters

by Louise Stern
Granta

This is an extraordinary novel about the power of familial bonds, the barriers we build out of language, the dark elemental forces that threaten to overwhelm us, and above all, what it is like to be human. READ MORE

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Redeployment

by Phil Klay
Canongate

An unprecedented book about the human cost of war by former marine captain and Iraq veteran, Phil Klay. Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. READ MORE

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The Lagoon

by Armand Marie Leroi
Bloomsbury Circus

In The Lagoon, acclaimed biologist Armand Marie Leroi recovers Aristotle's science. He goes to Lesbos to see the creatures that Aristotle saw, where he saw them, and explores the Philosopher's deep ideas and inspired guesses - as well as the things that he got wildly wrong. Leroi shows how Aristotle's science is deeply intertwined with his philosophical system and how modern science even now bears the imprint of its inventor. READ MORE

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