Sophie Mackintosh returns in May 2020 with her a new dystopian novel, 'Blue Ticket'

Sophie Mackintosh returns in May 2020 with her a new dystopian novel, 'Blue Ticket'

Agency by William Gibson (23 Jan)

From the acclaimed author of Neuromancer comes a story about alternative pasts and presents.  In a post-apocalyptic London many years from now, a fixer is tasked with changing history where something unpleasant is about to take place. A mash-up of futuristic sci-fi and end-of-the-world drama that dabbles with AI and everything in between.

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Pragg (6 Feb)

This is the story of four sisters Grimm – daughters born to different mothers on the same day. Reunited as children only to be separated again, they are determined to find each other once again. On the fantastical and fraught journey, they will find out their true identities and what they are capable of.

Red Dwarf by Grant Naylor (6 Feb)

Revisit the Red Dwarf’s beloved band of space zeroes – Lister, Rimmer, Kryten, Holly and the Cat – as they travel through space on the boldest (and feeblest) of adventures. This edition includes bonus material from the first draft of the original TV pilot.

  • Bad Island

  • 'Bad Island is an extraordinary, unsettling document: a silent species-history in eighty frames, a mute future archive. I can imagine it discovered in the remnants of a civilisation; a set of runes found amid the ruins. Stark in its lines and dark in its vision, Bad Island reads you more than you read it.' Robert Macfarlane

    From cult graphic designer and long-time Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood comes a starkly beautiful graphic novel about the end of the world.

    A wild seascape, a distant island, a full moon. Gradually the island grows nearer until we land on a primeval wilderness, rich in vegetation and huge, strange beasts. Time passes and things do not go well for the island. Civilization rises as towers of stone and metal and smoke, choking the undergrowth and the creatures who once moved through it. This is not a happy story and it will not have a happy ending.

    Working in his distinctive, monochromatic lino-cut style, Stanley Donwood carves out a mesmerizing, stark parable on environmentalism and the history of humankind.

    Praise for Stanley Donwood:

    'I've read lots of his stuff and it's always good and I am in no way biased' Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead

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Bad Island by Stanley Donwood (13 Feb)

From cult graphic designer and long-time Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood comes a starkly beautiful graphic novel, a parable about the end of the world, set on a distant island where the growing civilisation deeply impacts the natural beauty. Each page is brought to life in full-page spreads of Donwood’s distinctive, monochromatic lino-cut style.

The Destruction Factor by James Follett (20 Feb) 

Chaos is unleashed when a new scientifically-developed soya bean mutates into a dangerous plant, threatening to infect the world’s atmosphere and its oxygen supply. This thrilling sci-fi is recorded as a full BBC dramatisation audiobook starring Paul Copley, Rosalind Adams and TP McKenna.

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (5 Mar)

It’s widely known that Cassandra Tipp got away with murder, and the plot thickens when she disappears and leaves behind a long letter. Instead of the expected confession, it contains two different and equally disturbing stories: one of a girl lost to the woods and the other of a girl who grew up crooked in darkness. You’ll be left guessing which one is true...

Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh (7 May) 

Following her award-winning The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh returns with a chilling novel about motherhood and free will. Set in a dystopian world where a lottery ticket determines the fate of women the day of their first bleed, it’s a powerful tale that addresses female identity and patriarchal violence.

  • Blue Ticket


    'A gripping, sinister fable' - Margaret Atwood on The Water Cure

    Discover this chilling new novel about motherhood and personhood, free will and fate, human longing and animal instinct

    Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you children. A blue ticket grants you freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And, once you've taken your ticket, there is no going back.

    But what if the life you're given is the wrong one?

    Blue Ticket is a devastating enquiry into free will and the fraught space of motherhood. Bold and chilling, it pushes beneath the skin of female identity and patriarchal violence, to the point where human longing meets our animal bodies.

    Praise for The Water Cure:

    'An eerie, uncanny feminist fable' Sunday Times

    'Bold, inventive, haunting. You'll be bowled over by it' Stylist

    'An unsettling dark fantasy . . . It lingers long after the final page' Daily Telegraph

    'Visceral, hypnotic . . . with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while' The Pool

    'Darkly gratifying, primal and arresting' New Yorker

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Devolution by Max Brooks (14 May)

The bestselling author of World War Z returns with a sci-fi retelling of the Bigfoot legend, told through the recovered journals from a resident of a town ravaged by a volcanic eruption.

Feathertide by Beth Cartwright (14 May) 

From birth, Marea is different. Born covered in bird feathers, she is kept hidden throughout her childhood in a crumbling house, until her tutor reveals a magical world waiting outside. Her curiosity leads her to the City of Murmurs, a place of mermaids and mystery, and it is here she learns about her true identity.

The Keepers by John Marrs (23 July)

The Government has selected five ordinary people to become the latest weapon in cyber-terrorism, undergoing a radical medical procedure to have top-secret intelligence turned into genetic code and implanted into their heads. However, their safety is threatened when it becomes public knowledge who the ‘secret keepers’ are, as one by one, they are hunted down.

Johnn Marrs explores 'storing' intelligence in the 21st century in The Keepers.

Johnn Marrs explores 'storing' intelligence in the 21st century in The Keepers.

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