Extraordinary London Books Jan-Jun 2016!

Extraordinary London Books Jan-Jun 16 Just what is it about London? The number of people? A history so rich it becomes a mythos also? That it’s the capital? Well all of the above and more – including the fact they say ‘write what you know’ and there’s more than a few writing types in the Big Smoke.
Here’s our page – somewhere between highlights and exhaustive compilation – of extraordinary London: fantastical and speculative, the cultural, subcultural and political, historical and mythological, steampunk and urban fantasy, the mercurial and the liminal…
Here’s to the Big City – Enjoy!

FICTION

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CG - Jan - The Chimes reduced
THE CHIMES
Jan
Anna Smaill
9781444794502
PB
8.99
Sceptre
A Bookseller Best Debut of 2015
One to Watch 2015 Huffington Post
An Amazon Rising Star
‘The Chimes is a remarkable debut. It’s inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it.’ Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
A mind-expanding literary debut composed of memory, music and imagination.
A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain.
No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment.
No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden.
No parents – just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow. A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them.
The world around Simon sings, each movement a pulse of rhythm, each object weaving its own melody, music ringing in every drop of air.
Welcome to the world of The Chimes. Here, life is orchestrated by a vast musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories. The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony.
But slowly, inexplicably, Simon is beginning to remember. He emerges from sleep each morning with a pricking feeling, and sense there is something he urgently has to do. In the city Simon meets Lucien, who has a gift for hearing, some secrets of his own, and a theory about the danger lurking in Simon’s past.
A stunning debut composed of memory, music, love and freedom, The Chimes pulls you into a world that will captivate, enthral and inspire.
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CBJJ16 - Go - Feb - Down Station
DOWN STATION
Feb
Simon Morden
9781473211452
TPB
16.99
Gollancz
‘Enthralling and immersive, many fathoms deep . . . wonderful’ M. R. Carey on Banished (Book One)
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through…and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man dressed in a wolf’s cloak and with wolves by his side.  He speaks English and has heard of a place called London – other people have arrived here down the ages – all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one – who travels between the two worlds at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London.
And as they travel this world, meeting mythical and legendary creatures, split between North and South by a mighty river and bordered by The White City and The Crystal Palace they realise they are in a world defined by all the London’s there have ever been.
Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock and Julian May this is a grand and sweeping science fantasy built on the ideas, the legends, the memories of every London there has ever been.
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CB - To - Jan - Judged reduced
JUDGED
Jan
Liz De Jager
9781447247708
PB
£7.99
Tor
The Blackhart Legacy
2
Kit’s job description includes solving crimes – the supernatural kind…
Glow, a fae-created drug, is rapidly going viral and the suppliers have to be shut down. Teaming up with Aiden and Dante, Kit follows leads across London, tracking down dealers. They stir up trouble, making themselves a target for the gang they’re trying to stop.
In the Otherwhere, Thorn stumbles across a secret that could destroy both the human and Fae worlds. The Veil that separates our human world from the fae realms is weakening and the goddess is dying. And if she dies and the Veil fails, madness and chaos will wreak unstoppable havoc upon both lands.
Thorn turns to the only person he knows who’ll be able to help him: Kit. Torn between working the Glow case and her loyalty for the young prince, Kit is propelled headlong into a world of danger. She faces enemies from both the Otherwhere and our world. And as the stakes are raised, the consequence of failure for both Kit and Thorn, and two realms, could be devastating.
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CBJJ16 - Ti - Feb - A Gathering of Shadows reduced
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS
Feb
V. E. Schwab
9781783295425
PB
7.99
Titan Books
A Darker Shade of Magic
2
Kell is plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, he is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila. As Red London prepares for the Element Games – an extravagant international competition of magic – a certain pirate ship draws closer. But another London is coming back to life, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning. Black London has risen again – and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall.
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STEEPLE
Mar
Jon Wallace
9780575118584
MMP
8.99
Gollancz
Kenstibec is a Ficial – a genetically engineered artificial life form; tough, skilled, hard to kill. Or at least he was. He’s lost the nanotech that constantly repaired him. Life just got real. Just like it is for the few remaining humans in this blighted world – the Reals; locked in a fight over a ruined world with the Ficials they created to make Utopia.
And now Kenstibec must take a trip to the pinnicle of our failed civilisation. The Steeple is a one thousand storey tower that looms over the wreckage of London. It is worshipped, feared and haunted by attack droids and cannibals. And the location of a secret that just might save Kenstibec’s life. The only way is up.
You can read a preview of Steeple on Carabas here! You can also check out our author profile of Jon Wallace and read about the (non-London-based) sequel Rig along with other great titles on our June 2016 New Books Recommends…
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CB - Re - Mar - Jani and the Great Pursuit
JANI AND THE GREAT PURSUIT
Mar
Eric Brown
9781781083772
PB
£7.99
Solaris
Jani and her stalwart companions Lieutenant Alfie Littlebody and Anand Doshi find themselves chased from India, via Greece, to London by the British authorities, Russian spies and a Hindu priest – who all want what Jani carries, the ventha-di: the key that will open the door to other worlds. In London she attempts to rescue the imprisoned alien Mahran – the only person who might help her save the Earth from the invasion of the merciless Zhell, the self-styled Masters of the Cosmos. But will she escape London and reach Tibet before the forces of evil capture her – and before she is betrayed by someone she considers loyal to her cause?
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CB - Or - Apr - Burned
BURNED
Apr
Benedict Jacka
9780356504407
PB
8.99
Orbit
Alex Verus has a magic shop in Camden, London, and an uncanny ability to see the future.
But suddenly everyone can see his future. Because the Mage’s Council of Great Britain has named him a traitor and ordered his death in seven days’ time, and there’s no way anyone can get out of that.
Alex’s friends – Luna and the other apprentices he’s taken in – are tainted by association. They’ll also be marked for death when the ruling comes into play, and very quickly Alex becomes locked in a race against time to save them.
Perhaps he might even remember to save himself.
Check out our author profile of Benedict Jacka on Carabas here…
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CB - Apr - The Bricks that built the Houses
THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES
Apr
Kate Tempest
9781408857304
HB
16.99
Bloomsbury
Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest’s electrifying debut novel elevates the ordinary to the extraordinary in this multi-generational tale set in contemporary South London.
Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are fleeing the city in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of money. Taking us back in time – and to the heart of South-east London – The Bricks that Built the Houses explores contemporary urban life with a powerful and literary moral microscope. Wise but never cynical, driven by empathy and ethics, Kate Tempest leads us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people, exposing moments of beauty, disappointment, ambition and anger, and questioning how we live with and love one another.
Poet, rapper, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest lives in South-east London. Her epic poem, Brand New Ancients, won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013. The following year she was named by the Poetry Society as a Next Generation Poet. In the same week her debut solo album, Everybody Down, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2014. The Bricks that Built the Houses is her first novel.
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CBP - Aug - Regeneration
REGENERATION
May
Stephanie Saulter
9781782060246
PB
8.99
Jo Fletcher Books
The gillungs – genetically modified, waterbreathing humans – are thriving. They’ve pioneered new aquatic industries, and their high-efficiency quantum battery technology coupled to tidal turbines in the Thames estuary looks set to revolutionise the energy industry. But as demand grows, so does fear of what their newfound power might mean.
Then a biohazard scare at Sinkat, their London headquarters, fuels the opposition and threatens to derail the gillungs’ progress. Was it an accident born of overconfidence, or was it sabotage?
DS Sharon Varsi has her suspicions, and Gabriel sees parallels in the propaganda war he’s trying to manage: politicians and big business have stakes in this game too. And now there is a new threat: Zavcka Klist is out of prison. With powerful new followers and nothing to lose, she’s out to reclaim everything they took from her.
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CB - May - Glory Boys

GLORY BOYS
May
Jim Iron, John Steel
9781910720479
TPB
£8.99
Caffeine Nights
The modern world, 1979. As the first waves of punk splinter into scores of new directions, a Mod renewal is bursting onto the streets of London and Chris Davis and his mates are at its epicentre.
These are fast times for the new breed of modernists and the days and nights speed by in a glorious haze of pills, music, sex, gang violence and scooter fumes. There are kicks to be had but also kicks to receive as the backstreets of Breadline Britain seethe with rival subcultures. Skinheads, Teds and football hooligans are all desperate to cut these sharp, young newcomers down to size with a blood-thirsty glee. Chris finds love and a sense of belonging in the Mod scene but the spectre of the August Bank holiday pilgrimage to Southend is on the horizon and events are about to take a dark turn.
This is the time for action.
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CB - To - May - Who Killed Sherlock Holmes
WHO KILLED SHERLOCK HOLMES?
May
Paul Cornell
9781447273264
PB
8.99
Tor
Shadow Police
3
Someone has murdered the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. But who is responsible – and will the murderer strike again?
As a fictional character remembered by the people of London, Holmes’ ghost walked the city. But someone put a ceremonial dagger through his chest, with fatal consequences. What could be the motive? A small team of Metropolitan Police detectives have ‘the Sight’ and they find themselves assigned to this twisty new investigation. They pursue a criminal genius, who lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence. Yet they also have their own demons to fight.
Lisa Ross finds herself drawn to an actor who may or may not be a deity, and goes on a quest to win back her happiness. Lofthouse seeks to finally answer the question as to why she brought the team together. And while Quill battles for his sanity, Costain battles for his soul. Sefton just wants to bring his team back together – even if that takes him to the edge of death.
Check out our preview / extract of the first book in the series London Falling on Carabas here, and our profile of author Paul Cornell here!
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CPP - CS - The Annihilation Score
THE ANNIHILATION SCORE
Jun
Charles Stross
9780356505329
PB
8.99
Orbit
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER . . .
Dr Mo O’Brien is an intelligence agent at the top secret government agency known as ‘the Laundry’. When occult powers threaten the realm, they’ll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses.
But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help. Mo is appointed as official police liaison, but in between dealing with police bureaucracy, superpowered members of the public and disgruntled politicians, Mo discovers to her horror that she can no longer rely on her marriage, nor on the weapon that has been at her side for eight years of undercover work, the possessed violin known as ‘Lecter’.
If this wasn’t bad enough, a mysterious figure known as Dr Freudstein is committing heists and sending increasingly threatening messages to the police. Who is Freudstein and what is he planning?
Check out our profile of Charles Stross on Carabas here!
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CB - Go - May - Mother London
MOTHER LONDON
May
Michael Moorcock
9781473213258
MMP
9.99
Gollancz
Shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, MOTHER LONDON is a dazzling journey through the heart of a city that the author loved. Spanning generations of characters across a variety of boroughs from the Blitz to the mid-eighties, this is a book about the real London that tourists will never find, a London which is being erased by the spread of high-rise flats and shining skyscrapers.
Following a group of released mental patients across the years and streets of London, Moorcock creates a vivid impressionistic portrait of the city, from its downtrodden pubs to its green parks. All of the lead characters hear voices – but are they the murmurings of their damaged minds, or the true voice of the city?
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CB - Go - Jun - King of the City

KING OF THE CITY
Jun
Michael Moorcock
9781473213272
MMP
9.99
Gollancz
Moorcock’s second great London novel – and thematic sequel to MOTHER LONDON – returns to print in a newly revised edition.
The death of Princess Di heralded a spring clean of the soul.  And the  dirt we wanted off our coffee tables was the kind of salacious exposure  tabloid paparazzo photographer Denny Dover had made a fortune out of.   Now he’s out of work and moving to the godforsaken wastes of Skerring on  the South coast to lick his wounds.  A former rock star, this East End lad-made-good lived it up with the  best of them.
But his childhood friend, hugely wealthy magnate Sir John  Barbican-Begg (deceased, allegedly) is resurrecting events from a past  littered with dysfunction and greed, sex, rock and roll and a ton of  drugs.  Denny’s life encapsulates the fevered underground of a London  teeming with contradiction and ambivalence, subversion and rage.  Moorcock’s hugely entertaining follow-up to his masterpiece MOTHER  LONDON captured the spirit of our age as we staggered into the new  millennium.”
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CB - Go - Jun - London Bone
LONDON BONE
Jun
Michael Moorcock
9781473213296
MMP
9.99
Gollancz
Mysterious fossils found deep under London’s streets create a whole new ‘heritage’ industry – but what does selling London’s history mean for the city? In these remarkable stories Moorcock explores the parts of London most of us will never see, and creates a patchwork of tales which build up to a portrait of the whole city.
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CB - Go - Jul - The Whispering Swarm
THE WHISPERING SWARM
Jun
Michael Moorcock
9781473213333
MMP
9.99
Gollancz
With his first full novel in almost ten years (not counting his Doctor Who book), Michael Moorcock – the most influential figure in modern fantasy and science fiction – returns to the city of his birth. London has always been a central character in Moorcock’s work, from the high-literary fiction of MOTHER LONDON to the roof gardens of Jerry Cornelius.
Now return to London just after the war, a city desperately trying to get back on its feet. And one young boy, Michael Moorcock, who is about to discover a world of magic and wonder. Between his first tentative approaches to adulthood – a job on Fleet Street, the first stirrings of his interest in writing – and a chance encounter with a mysterious Carmelite Friar, we see a version of Moorcock’s life that is simultaneously a biography and a story. Mixing elements of his real life with his adventures in a parallel London peopled with highwaywomen, musketeers and magicians, this is Moorcock at his dazzling, mercurial best.
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CB - JF - Jun - The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief reduced
THE SOMNAMBULIST AND THE PSYCHIC THIEF
Jun
Lisa Tuttle
9781784299606
TPB
14.99
Jo Fletcher Books
For several years Miss Lane was companion, amanuensis, collaborator and friend to the lady known to the Psychical Societs only as Miss X – until she discovered that Miss X was actually a fraud.
Now she works with Mr Jasper Jesperson as a consulting detective, but the cases are not as plentiful as they might be and money is getting tight – until a case that reaches across the entirety of London lands in their laps.
It concerns a somnambulist, the disappearance of several mediums, and a cat stuck up a tree… the links with the cat are negligible, but there is only one team that can investigate the seemingly supernatural disappearances of the psychics and defy the nefarious purpose behind them: Jesperson and Lane, at your service.
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NON-FICTION

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CB - NF - This is London
THIS IS LONDON: LIFE AND DEATH IN THE WORLD CITY
Jan
Ben Judah
9781447272441
HB
£18.99
Pan Macmillan
This is the new London: an immigrant city. Over one-third of Londoners were born abroad, with half arriving since the millennium. This has utterly transformed the capital, for better and for worse.
Ben Judah is an acclaimed foreign correspondent, but here he turns his reporter’s gaze on home, immersing himself in the hidden world of London’s immigrants to reveal the city in the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers and witch-doctors. From the backrooms of its mosques, Tube tunnels and nightclubs to the frontlines of its streets, Judah has supped with oligarchs and spent nights sleeping rough, worked on building sites and talked business with prostitutes; he’s heard stories of heartbreaking failure, but also witnessed extraordinary acts of compassion.
This is London explodes fossilized myths and offers a fresh, exciting portrait of what it’s like to live, work, fall in love, raise children, grow old and die in London now. Simultaneously intimate and epic, here is a compulsive and deeply sympathetic book on this dizzying world city from one of our brightest new writers.
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CB - NF - Mar - Slow Burn City
SLOW BURN CITY: LONDON IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Mar
Rowan Moore
9781447270188
HB
£20
Pan Macmillan
London
London has become the global city above all others. Money from all over the world flows through it; its land and homes are tradable commodities; it is a nexus for the world’s migrant populations, rich and poor.
Versions of what is happening in London are happening elsewhere, but London has become the best place to understand the way the world’s cities are changing. Some of the transformations London has undergone were creative, others were destructive; this is not new. London has always been a city of trade, exploitation and opportunity. But London has an equal history of public interventions, including the Clean Air Act, the invention of the green belt and council housing, and the innovation of the sewers and embankments that removed the threat of cholera. In each case the response was creative and unprecedented; they were also huge in scale and often controversial. The city must change, of course, but Moore explains why it should do so with a ‘slow burn’, through the interplay of private investment, public good and legislative action.
Fiercely intelligent, thought-provoking, lucidly written and often outrageously and uncomfortably funny, Slow Burn City is packed with fascinating stories about the physical fabric of London in the twenty-first century. But by seeing this fabric as the theatre of social and cultural struggles, Moore connects the political and architectural decisions of London’s enfeebled and reactive government with the built environment that affects its inhabitants’ everyday lives. In this urgent and necessary book, Moore makes a passionate case for London to invent new ways to respond to the pressures of the present, from which other cities could learn.
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CB - NF - The Secret Lore of London
THE SECRET LORE OF LONDON
Mar
John Matthews et al
9781473620247
PB
£14.99
Hodder Books
With a foreword by Iain Sinclair. London is an ancient city, whose foundation dates back literally thousands of years into the legendary prehistory of these islands. Not surprisingly it has accumulated a large number of stories, both historic and mythical, during this period, many of which, though faithfully recorded at the time, have lain almost forgotten in dusty libraries throughout the city.
The Secret Lore of London is a guide to the legends, including a discussion of their importance as part of the oral tradition of Britain, combining Prehistoric, Celtic, Arthurian, Roman, Saxon and Norman levels – each of which has contributed to the many-layered life of the city. The first part contains a unique selection of essays (some printed here for the first time) by experts in their fields, each of whom possesses a unique interest in the legends of these islands, and who have written widely on associated themes. The second part of the book will consist of a Gazetteer of the sites mentioned which are still in existence, together with various other sites of associated interest, compiled by the Editor, the contributors, and members of the London Earth Mysteries Group.
Contributors to the book are: Nigel Pennick, John Matthews, Caroline Wise, Caitlin Matthews, Carol Clancy, R.J. Stewart, Bernard Nesfield-Cookson, Gareth Knight, Robert Stephenson, Geraldine Beskin, Chesca Potter, William Stukeley, Lewis Spence, Harold Bayley, Alan V Insole and Ross Nichols. (Abridged copy)
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CB - Apr - London Overground
LONDON OVERGROUND: A DAY’S WALK AROUND THE GINGER LINE
Apr
Iain Sinclair
9780241971499
PB
£9.99
Penguin
Iain Sinclair explores modern London through a day’s hike around the London Overground route. The completion of the full circle of London Overground provides Iain Sinclair with a new path to walk the shifting territory of the capital. With thirty-three stations and thirty-five miles to tramp – and inevitable and unforeseen detours and false steps – he embarks on a marathon circumnavigation at street level, tracking the necklace of garages, fish farms, bakeries, convenience cafes, cycle repair shops and Minder lock-ups which enclose inner London.
“He is incapable of writing a dull paragraph.” (Scotland on Sunday).
“Sinclair breathes wondrous life into monstrous man-made landscapes.” (Times Literary Supplement).
“If you are drawn to English that doesn’t just sing, but sings the blues and does scat and rocks the joint, try Sinclair. His sentences deliver a rush like no one else’s.” (Washington Post)
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CB - NF - May - Liquid City
LIQUID CITY
May
Iain Sinclair (Author), Marc Atkins (Photographer)
9781780235837
HB
£14.99
Reaktion Books
Liquid City documents the collaboration between Iain Sinclair and photographer Marc Atkins and their eccentric, manic, often moving explorations of London’s hidden streets, cemeteries, canals, parks, pubs and personalities. Consisting of striking, atmospheric photographs by Atkins, including many new additions, and with a new introduction by Sinclair, the book focuses on London’s eastern and southeastern quadrants. An array of famous and lesser-known writers, booksellers and film-makers slip in and out of Sinclair’s annotations, as do memories and remnants of the East End’s criminal mobs, as well as physical landmarks as diverse as the Thames Barrier and Karl Marx’s grave in Highgate Cemetery.
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CB - NF - Jun - London A Travel Guide through Time
LONDON: A TRAVEL GUIDE THROUGH TIME
Jun
Matthew Green
9781405919142
PB
7.99
Penguin
Step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London through the ages in this enthralling journey into the capital’s rich, teeming and occasionally hazardous past.
‘London: A Travel Guide Through Time is easily the most engaging social history of the capital since the books of Liza Picard a decade ago.’ – Londonist
Let time traveller Dr Matthew Green be your guide to six extraordinary periods in London’s history – the ages of Shakespeare, medieval city life, plague, coffee houses, the reign of Victoria and the Blitz. We’ll turn back the clock to the time of Shakespeare and visit a savage bull and bear baiting arena on the Bankside. In medieval London, we’ll circle the walls as the city lies barricaded under curfew, while spinning further forward in time we’ll inhale the ‘holy herb’ in an early tobacco house, before peering into an open plague pit. In the 18th century, we’ll navigate the streets in style with a ride on a sedan chair, and when we land in Victorian London, we’ll take a tour of freak-show booths and meet the Elephant Man.
You’ll meet pornographers and traitors, actors and apothecaries, the mad, bad and dangerous to know, all desperate to show you the thrilling and vibrant history of the world’s liveliest city.
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CG - Im - Mar - Phonogram 3
PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL
Mar
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
9781632156792
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
Phonogram
3
The creators of the award-winning THE WICKED + THE DIVINE return to their founding critical smash, PHONOGRAM with THE IMMATERIAL GIRL. In a world where music is magic, phonomancer Emily Aster sold half her personality for power. Now, after a decade of brittle perfection, the deal starts to go bad as the girl behind the screen comes looking for revenge. You’ll never look at Take On Me’s video the same ever again. Includes copious making of material.
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CG - Ti - Apr Rivers of London Body Work
RIVERS OF LONDON: BODY WORK
Apr
Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan
9781782761877
PB
TBC
Titan Comics
Rivers of London
Peter Grant, having become the first English apprentice wizard in fifty years, must immediately deal with two different but ultimately inter-related cases. In one he must find what is possessing ordinary people and turning them into vicious killers, and in the second he must broker a peace between the two warring gods of the River Thames.
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CG - Ti - Apr - Death Sentence London reduced
DEATH SENTENCE: LONDON
Apr
Martin Simmons, Monty Nero
9781782765073
PB
TBC
Titan Comics
Death Sentence
2
The G-Plus virus, which grants people superpowers but six months to live, is spreading through the world’s populace faster than ever… Can a cure for G-Plus be found before their time runs out?!
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CHILDREN’S & YA

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CB - C - These Dark Wings
THESE DARK WINGS
Feb
John Owen Theobald
9781784974312
HB
£12.99
Head of Zeus
The Ravenmaster Trilogy
1
After her mother is killed in the Blitz and her father in the Western Desert, 12-year-old Anna Cooper is sent to live with an uncle she has never met – the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London.
Amid the Tower’s old secrets and hidden ghosts, the ravens begin to disappear and Anna must brave the war-torn city to find them.
With Nazi forces massing on the other side of the channel, the fate of Britain might be at stake, for an ancient legend foretells that ‘the Kingdom will fall’ if the ravens ever leave the Tower.
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CB - C - May - Black Arts
BLACK ARTS
May
Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil
9781910200797
PB
£7.99
David Fickling Books
The Books of Pandemonium
1
London is a teeming warren of thieves and cutthroats. Young Jack fits right in. But when he picks the wrong pocket, he finds himself in a London far more dangerous than he ever imagined. A metropolis of spies and dark magic. A city that will change him. A city where devils are real.
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CB - C - May - Devil's Blood
DEVIL’S BLOOD
May
Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil
9781910200575
PB
£7.99
David Fickling Books
The Books of Pandemonium
2
Time works differently for devils …In the place that we call Hell, the Lord of Swarms is plotting his conquest. In the shambles of London’s Smithfield, Jack the Darksman sets off to steal a devil. And in a different London altogether, a wicked secret is about to be revealed. The stage is set for an adventure that will span centuries. Devils are rising once more …
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CB - C - Jun - The Crooked Sixpence
THE CROOKED SIXPENCE
Jun
Jennifer Bell
9780552572507
PB
£6.99
Young Corgi
The Uncommoners
1
When Ivy Sparrow’s grandmother Sylvie is rushed to hospital, Ivy and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what lies in store for them. Returning to Sylvie’s house, they find it has been ransacked by unknown intruders – then a mysterious feather scratches an ominous message onto the kitchen wall, and a very strange policeman is determined to apprehend them…with a toilet brush. Ivy and Seb make their escape – only to find themselves in a completely uncommon world. The forces of evil are closing in fast, and if Ivy and Seb are ever to see their parents again, they must get to the bottom of a family secret as shameful as it is incredible…before it’s too late.
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CB - C - Jun - Concentr8
CONCENTR8
Jun
William Sutcliffe
9781408866245
PB
£7.99
Bloomsbury
In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What’s good for society is good for everyone.
Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They’re not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick – the only one Blaze really trusts. They’re not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random – a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn’t even have a good phone – hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They’ve got a hostage, but don’t really know what they want, or why they’ve done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they – and we – begin to understand why…
This is a book about what how we label children. It’s about how kids get lost and failed by the system. It’s about how politicians manipulate them. Gripping and controversial reading for fans of Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness.
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