In Crossings, a Parisian bookbinder stumbles across a manuscript containing three stories, each as unlikely as the other. The first, ‘The Education of a Monster’, is a letter penned by the poet Charles Baudelaire to an illiterate girl. The second, ‘City of Ghosts’, is a noir romance set in Paris in 1940 as the Germans are invading. The third, ‘Tales of the Albatross’, is the strangest of the three: the autobiography of a deathless enchantress. Together, they tell the tale of two lost souls peregrinating through time. Alex Landragin’s novel is in three parts, designed to be read in two different directions, spanning a hundred and fifty years and seven lifetimes.
Wolfe Island is a richly imagined and mythic parable of home and kin that cements Lucy Treloar’s place as one of our most acclaimed novelists. In it Kitty Hawke, is the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay, and has resigned herself to annihilation… Until one night her granddaughter blows ashore in the midst of a storm, desperate, begging for sanctuary. For years, Kitty has kept herself to herself – with only the company of her wolfdog, Girl – unconcerned by the world outside, or perhaps avoiding its worst excesses. But blood cannot be turned away in times like these. And when trouble comes following her granddaughter, no one is more surprised than Kitty to find she will fight to save her as fiercely as her name suggests…
Congratulations Alex Landragin and Lucy Treloar!