Flambard e-books

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Flambard has published a few e-books and they’re available for immediate download. Here’s a selection:

Sid Chaplin‘s novel, The Day of the Sardine, was brought back into print by us in 2004. Originally published in 1961, to great critical acclaim, the novel tells the story of Arthur Haggerston, a school-leaver from a slum-clearance area of Newcastle who must learn to navigate himself. A North East classic, called ‘an overlooked but untarnished gem‘ by the Independent. You can find the Kindle edition here.

Courttia Newland‘s novels include Snakeskin and The Scholar. The stories collected in A Book of Blues, long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award, weave different dialects and take us to locations across continents in heartfelt tales exploring intimate moments of quiet drama. In her review in the Times, Kate Saunders wrote that Courttia is ‘a writer with a gift for expressing the ordinary in an original way.’ The book is downloadable from here.

In Smoked Meat, Rowena Macdonald draws us into an expertly re-imagined Montreal where her characters experience poignant ephihanies and secret hurts. The collection was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, its linked stories an unusual and hugely effective way of creating a narrative that is continually surprising and often very funny. Gavin James Bower wrote in 3:AM that ‘these are stories of interlopers and of (North) Americana, as evocative of Douglas Coupland’s Generation X as they are James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’.’ Here it is for your Kindle.

As well as writing The Collector, The Magus and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (filmed by Karel Reisz, with Meryl Streep), John Fowles also wrote poetry. Our Selected Poems, painstakingly edited by the poet, novelist and translator Adam Thorpe, includes work from across Fowles’s lifetime, stretching back to the 1950s. The majority of the poems included here have never been published before. Adam’s Introduction is also a fascinating and revealling piece of writing. To download the collection to your Kindle, go here. Adam talks about putting the collection together in an interview here.