• Fake Accounts

    • Aug 6, 2020 •

    A wry, provocative and very funny debut novel about identity, authenticity and the self in the age of the internet, fakery and illusion

    On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an anonymous Internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in Internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

    Suddenly left with no reason to stay in New York—or be anywhere in particular—our unnamed narrator flees to Berlin, embarking on her own cycles of manipulation in the deceptive spaces of her daily life, from dating apps to expat meetups, open-plan offices to bureaucratic waiting rooms. Narrated with seductive confidence and subversive wit, Fake Accounts challenges the way current conversations about the self and community, delusions and gaslighting, and fiction and reality play out in the Internet Age.

  • What If We Stopped Pretending

    • Aug 5, 2020 •

    The climate change is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.

    ‘Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you’re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth—massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you’re under thirty, you’re all but guaranteed to witness it.

    If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world’s inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.’

    This is Jonathan Franzen’s controversial New Yorker essay, published as a single volume that discusses a planet on the cusp of and what and how individuals can respond to that.

  • What If We Stopped Pretending

    • Aug 5, 2020 •

    The climate change is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.

    ‘Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you’re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth—massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you’re under thirty, you’re all but guaranteed to witness it.

    If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world’s inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.’

    This is Jonathan Franzen’s controversial New Yorker essay, published as a single volume that discusses a planet on the cusp of and what and how individuals can respond to that.

  • The Kitchen Diaries

    • Aug 2, 2020 •

    Classic cookery writing from the award-winning food writer and author of bestselling autobiography, ‘Toast’.

    ‘The food in “The Kitchen Diaries” is simply what I eat at home. The stuff I make for myself, for friends and family, for Sunday lunch and for snacks. These are meals I make when I am having mates over or when I want to surprise, seduce or show off. This is what I cook when I’m feeling energetic, lazy, hungry or late. This is the food that makes up my life, both the Monday to Friday stuff and that for weekends and special occasions.’

    ‘Much of it is what you might call fast food, but some of it is unapologetically long, slow cooking. But without exception every single recipe in this book is a doddle to cook. A walk in the park. A piece of p***.’

    ‘Fast food, slow food, big eats, little eats, quick pasta suppers, family roasts and even Christmas lunch. It is simply my stuff, what I cook and eat, every day.’

  • Fiction4theFuture: Free New Fiction

    • Jul 25, 2020 •

    A taster of some of the brightest and best new novels from the rising stars of fiction.

    From a time-bending love story to an Irish political drama, from a big American book about talent on the pitch to a hedonistic coming-of-age tale, there is something in here to suit all readers of really good novels. Championed by bestselling authors such as Hilary Mantel, Tash Aw and Patrick Gale, this collection is proudly bought to you by Fourth Estate.

  • Scott Pilgrim

    • Jul 25, 2020 •
  • Set My Heart To Five

    • Jul 22, 2020 •

    ‘You shall read this with unadulterated pleasure’ Scotland on Sunday

    ‘A beautiful, funny, heartfelt analysis of what it means to be human’ Simon Pegg

    Set in a 2054 where humans have locked themselves out of the internet and Elon Musk has incinerated the moon, Set My Heart To Five is the hilarious yet profoundly moving story of one android’s emotional awakening.

    Unhappy with his programmed job of dentistry and inspired by a love of classic movies, Jared sets out on a bold mission: to use the power of his burgeoning feelings to forever change the world for him and all his kind. Unfortunately, Jared intends to do this by writing his own movie, and things do not proceed according to plan…

    Unlike anything you have ever read before, Set My Heart To Five is a book for anybody who has feelings, loves movies, and likes to laugh and cry and sometimes do both at the same time. It comes uniquely guaranteed to make its readers weep a minimum of 29mls of tears.*

    *Book must be read in controlled laboratory conditions arranged at reader’s own expense. Other terms and conditions may apply to this offer.

    [The screenplay sections in this ebook are set in a courier font to make it easier to distinguish between the different types of content in the book. It may not be possible to change the font for these pieces of text]

  • My Dark Vanessa

    • Jul 22, 2020 •

    An instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller

    ‘A package of dynamite’ Stephen King

    ‘Powerful, compulsive, brilliant’ Marian Keyes

    ‘Takes a grip on the reader and never lets go’ Hilary Mantel

    An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher

    ALL HE DID WAS FALL IN LOVE WITH ME AND THE WORLD TURNED HIM INTO A MONSTER

    Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher.

    She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.

    Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that.

    Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.

    Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues of our age.