The Clarke Awards 2015!

Congratulations to Emily St John Mandel, winner of the 2014 Clarke Award!

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Read on for more on the Awards themselves and the other fantastic titles that were shortlisted… (and check out 2016’s on Carabas here!)

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Titles for the Clarke Awards are selected from science fiction novels first published in the UK the year previous (2014). Judges are drawn from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. This year the six finalists were: The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Orbit), The Book Of Strange New Things – Michel Faber (Canongate), Europe In Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris), Memory Of Water – Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager), The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August – Claire North (Orbit), Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel (Picador)

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Station 11

Jan 15
Emily St. John Mandel
9781447268970
PB
£7.99
Picador
Longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize 2015
The New York Times Bestseller
2014 National Book Awards Finalist
2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.
One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America.
The world will never be the same again.
Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse.
But then her newly hopeful world is threatened.
If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?
‘BEST NOVEL. The big one . . . One of the 2014 books that I did read stands above all the others: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel . . . beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac, a book that I will long remember, and return to.’ George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones
‘Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is that rare find that feels familiar and extraordinary at the same time. This is truly something special’ Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus
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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Aug 14
Claire North
9780356502588
PB
£8.99
Orbit
*** Featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2014 ***
*** Featured in the Waterstones Book Club in 2014***
*** Featured on BBC Radio 2 Book Club in 2014 ***
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
Until now.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
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Memory of Water

Feb 15
Emmi Itaranta 
9780007529940
PB
£7.99
Harper Voyager
With the lyricism of Ishiguro’s NEVER LET ME GO, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itäranta’s effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment.
Some secrets demand betrayal.
‘You’re seventeen, and of age now, and therefore old enough to understand what I’m going to tell you,’ my father said. ‘This place doesn’t exist.’
‘I’ll remember,’ I told him, but didn’t realise until later what kind of promise I had made.
When Noria Kaitio reaches her seventeenth birthday, she is entrusted with the secret of a freshwater spring hidden deep within the caves near her small rural village. Its preservation has been the responsibility of her family for generations.
Apprenticed to her father, one of the last true tea masters, when Noria takes possession of the knowledge, she become much more than the guardian of ancestral treasure; soon, she will hold the fate of everyone she loves in her hands.
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Europe in Autumn

Feb 14
Dave Hutchinson
9781781081952
PB
£7.99
Solaris
‘Europe in Autumn’ is a thriller of espionage and the future which reads like the love child of John le Carre and Franz Kafka.
Rudi is a cook in a Krakow restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he s trapped in, a new career – part spy, part people-smuggler – begins. Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation “Les Coureurs des Bois,” Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue.
With so many nations to work in, and identities to assume, Rudi is kept busy travelling across Europe. But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him. With kidnapping, double-crosses and a map that constantly re-draws, Rudi begins to realise that underneath his daily round of plot and counter plot, behind the conflicting territories, another entirely different reality might be pulling the strings…
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The Book of Strange New Things

Oct 14
Michel Carey
9781782114062
HB
£18.99
Canongate
‘I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . .’
Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible – his ‘book of strange new things’. It is a quest that will challenge Peter’s beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea.
The Book of Strange New Things is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart. This momentous novel, Faber’s first since The Crimson Petal and the White, sees him at his expectation-defying best.
AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4
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The Girl with all the Gifts

Jun 14
M.R. Carey
9780356500157
PB
£8.99
Orbit
NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.
When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.
Melanie is a very special girl.
Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.
‘Original, thrilling and powerful’ – GUARDIAN
‘Haunting, heartbreaking’ – VOGUE
‘A great read that takes hold of you and doesn’t let go’ – John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
‘Scary, tense and fast-paced . . . but with a heart-warming tenderness’ – MARIE CLAIRE
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