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Articles tagged “extracts”

Never Alone, a psychological thriller by former police intelligence analyst Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes, author of the creepiest stalker novel ever, Into the Darkest Corner, terrifies us all over again with her new psychological thriller. Never Alone is a brilliantly suspenseful and shockingly relatable story set in a remote Yorkshire village, in which Sarah Carpenter trustingly invites an old acquantaince, Aiden Beck, into her home and life. Read the first chapter below. 

It’s Not [Just] About Cricket—An Extract from Jock Serong’s Extraordinary New Book

I loved this book. Jock Serong is a natural. He engages you with a vivid recreation of boyhood in 1970s Australian suburbia, while letting the darkness seep in page by page until you find yourself in the grip of an intense thriller.’ Malcolm Knox

Read an Extract from Man Booker Prize-Shortlisted His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

As soon as we read the book we knew we had to publish it. ‘His Bloody Project explores primary ideas about storytelling and truth-telling,’ our publisher Michael Heyward wrote, ‘about justice, sanity, reason and feeling, as if the form of the novel was being put together before your eyes. It is a puzzle of a book but you will have to experience for yourself the brooding drumbeat of its narrative. The moment I finished I wanted to begin again to discover where I had been and how Graeme Macrae Burnet managed to create his masterful tale.’

An Extract from Graeme Simsion’s The Best of Adam Sharp

Graeme Simsion, author of the heartwarming romantic comedies The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, has taken a different direction with his much-anticipated new book.

A Story of Love, Death and the Law—An Extract from Lecretia’s Choice

Lecretia Seales launched a High Court challenge to win the right to an assisted death after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. Lecretia’s Choice, written by her husband Matt Vickers, is a beautifully written love story and compulsory reading for everyone who cares about the dignity we afford terminally ill people who want to die on their own terms. Read an extract below.

Letters From a Stalker—Dear Mr M by Herman Koch

Herman Koch is a master storyteller. His two earlier novels, Summer House with Swimming Pool and The Dinner, which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, both  delve into the mysteries of the human psyche—not without a biting sense of humour and satirical examination of the way we live now. 

The Satanic Mechanic

Tannie Maria baked her way into the hearts and minds of readers last year in her debut crime caper Recipes for Love and MurderWriting the Love Advice and Recipe Column for the Klein Karoo Gazette she offers comfort and recipes to heal the broken heartThis month she returns—in love herself, but with some excess baggage she needs to work through and a new crime to solve. The Satanic Mechanic is a perfectly delightful read to cosy up with this winter. Read an extract here.

Read an Extract from War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans

This week we publish the deeply moving novel War and Turpentine. Using the diaries of his grandfather, Stefan Hertmans has written a poetic and enthralling account of an artistic life and how it was forever shaken by the great tragedy of the First World War. Publishers Weekly describes it as ‘a masterly treatise on the interconnections of life, art, memory, and heartbreaking love…Hertmans’s prose, with a deft translation from McKay, works with the same full palette as Urbain Martien’s paintings: vivid, passionate—and in the end, life-affirming.’

Helen Garner on the Illicit Thrill of Filmmaking

Our newest Text Classic is two screenplays by Helen Garner: The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends.

Read the Opening Chapter of the Unforgettable New Book The Road to Winter

There’s heaps of buzz around the release of Mark Smith’s exciting debut, The Road to Winter.

Finn is living wild after a virus wiped out his small town. He hunts and fishes and surfs, his dog Rowdy his only companion.