Celebrating our four titles nominated by The Folio Prize Academy

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The Folio Prize recognises and celebrates the best English language fiction from around the world, published in the United Kingdom in any given year regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. The announcement on Sunday of the list of 80 nominations from The Folio Prize Academy shines a light on the very best storytelling published in the UK in 2014.

We’re very proud that four of our titles have been nominated by the Academy for consideration by this year’s Folio Prize judges. Every one of these books is special, and each of them have been published to huge acclaim in 2014.

Here’s just a selection of the phenomenal reviews they have received:


Be Safe I Love You – Cara Hoffman 9780349004129(3)

‘A tense and stunning novel . . . exactly what a war novel should be: a tale of refreshing honesty about the harm war does to us all’


‘Thoughtful, subtle and tense’

Sunday Times

‘Beautifully written and heart-wrenching’

Marie Clarie

‘A finely tuned piece of fiction . . . Be Safe I Love You is a painful exploration of the devastation wrought by combat even when the person returns from war without a scratch.’

New York Times Book Review


Upstairs at the Party – Linda GrantUpstairs at the Party (2)

‘[An] excellent novel . . . Straight-talking but far from straightforward in its observations, Upstairs at the Party‘s portrait of an era is convincing, its subtle cynicism regarding the pitfalls of freedom something to mull over’

Daily Telegraph

A wonderfully and perceptively written story, which rings utterly true, and as a consequence lifts the spirits’


‘I read this deeply felt, deeply moving, novel twice. It’s very good’

John Sutherland, The Times

‘One of our best modern authors, a Liverpudlian with a huge imagination. I’ve never been able to stop reading any of her work once I’ve started’

Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday


Lila  – Marilynne Robinson9781844088805

‘Prose of great and luminous beauty . . . a book that leaves the reader feeling what can only be called exaltation’

Neel Mukherjee, Independent

‘A really beautiful book: beautiful prose, beautiful story; morally beautiful too. After reading it the world seems more dazzling, fuller of wonder and mystery than it did before, as if you were newly in love. I wish I could persuade everyone who ever buys a book to read this one’

Cressida Connolly, Spectator

‘Takes over your heart as well as your head. Once you’ve fallen under her spell, she’s not just mesmerising but indispensable’

Maggie Fergusson, Intelligent Life (The Economist)

‘Robinson has made a world so palpable and full that each book can stand alone . . . Taken together, these books will surely be known as one of the great achievements of contemporary literature’



The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters9780349004365

‘A masterpiece of social unease . . .  A virtuoso feet of storytelling’

Jane Shilling, Evening Standard

You will be hooked within a page . . . The Paying Guests is the apotheosis of her talent; at least for now. I have tried and failed to find a single negative thing to say about it. Her next will probably be even better. Until then, read it, Flaubert, Zola, and weep’

Charlotte Mendelson, Financial Times

‘A novel of ambitious reach and triumphant accomplishment’

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

‘I raced through it, breathing fast and when I had finished had to reread parts of the wonderful early chapters. I shall let a few months go by and then read it all over again with, I’m sure, undiminished pleasure’

Ruth Rendell, Guardian





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