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The Colour of Her Blood
By Jennifer Neal

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Catapult (Penguin Random House) (US)

'It wasn't long before my wet and sticky fascination with life beyond the walls of our home could be read all over my face like soot'

Gabrielle has inherited the ability to change the colour of her skin from her mother, Tallulah. They guard their power carefully within the walls of a home that's been bleached completely white. This is the doing of Gabrielle's father, Robert. He needs everything in his house to be white – including his wife and daughter.

This is a house with secrets. Robert does not know that Talullah keeps a rainbow of spices stored in baggies and sewn into the lining of her handbag. Nor does he know that when he's away, Gabrielle and Tallulah let their skin pass through a spectrum of bright, dark, rebellious colours. But when Gabrielle discovers a love for the piano, she also finds she can change her skin without her mother nearby. Gabrielle is learning of a world beyond her family's carefully-coded existence, and her mother is watching.

The Colour of Her Blood is a glittering, witty tale about privilege, music, queerness and hurricanes. It's a novel where the strange and surreal meets the kitsch of Florida as it explores the dynamic of a family traumatised by racial violence in America. At its heart, it's a story about a mother, told by her daughter. This is a novel that plays with genre and doesn't fit neatly into any one category, but could sit somewhere between Avni Doshi's Burnt Sugar and Octavia E. Butler's Kindred, and for all sorts of reasons I can see it speaking to fans of Helen Oyeyemi, Kiley Reid and HBO's Lovecraft Country.

Jennifer is an American and Australian writer, journalist, visual artist, and occasional standup comedian currently living in Berlin. She's had work published in multiple titles, including a piece on Black Speculative Fiction and Feminist Thought in Gay Magazine, and she was nominated in 2019 for a Pushcart Prize for her essay in The Willowherb Review entitled In Search of Better Skies. A recent post on her blog, Notes on White Guilt, went viral in June 2020, and she's a 2021 MacDowell Colony artist in residence.
Making Turquoise
By Claire McFall

Genre: YA Fiction

Publisher: Hot Key Books (UK), Beijing White Horse (Simplified Chinese)

Liam

Hayley, she just doesn’t get it. Doesn’t get that doors which are open for her, are closed for me. Doesn’t get that I’m following in my dad’s footsteps, Aiden’s footsteps, even if the shoes don’t fit. She tells me we can be together, that we can make it work. And I wish, I really wish, that we could. But wishing doesn’t change anything.

Hayley

When I was eleven, green was my favourite colour. That was before I realised my nose was blue. It was also the year I met Liam. Right from the off, we were best friends. Then more. Then... nothing. Because Tim and Hun, they’re oil and water: they don’t mix. Ask my dad. Ask Aiden. But blue, green, they’re just colours. And I like green.

Callum and Hayley are twins, and today is their 21st birthday. They should have been at their party, celebrating with family and friends. Instead, Hayley’s at the hospital, covered in blood and facing the police, and Callum – he’s in the morgue.

Making Turquoise takes the reader on the journey of their adolescence, starting at 11-years-old when Liam comes into their life. He’s Catholic to their Protestant, green to their blue. Callum doesn’t like him, knows he’ll be trouble, but Hayley’s found her new best friend; the boy who’ll become the love of her life, her soul mate. And she isn’t letting go.

Growing up in Larkhall, a small town in Central Scotland, isn’t easy for the three of them. Hayley and Callum’s dad hates Liam and everything he stands for, and Liam’s brother Aidan just hates everything. And everyone. The two of them are determined to keep Hayley and Liam apart, which leaves Callum playing piggy-in-the-middle. He has the impossible job of trying to keep his family together and keeping his twin happy – two things which seem to be mutually exclusive. As they get older the stakes get higher, until the night of Hayley and Callum’s 21st when a fight turns deadly and Hayley is left wondering whether Liam – the boy she loves – might have been the one to kill Callum, her brother. Her twin.
The Jigsaw Murders
By Jeremy Craddock

UNDER OPTION with TOD Productions

Genre: True Crime, Non-Fiction

Publisher: The History Press

10 Rillington Place meets Silent Witness, set in the Agatha Christie era and written with the verse and suspense of a crime thriller

In September 1935, Dr Buck Ruxton strangled his wife Isabella, whom he suspected of having an affair, in their Lancashire home while their three children slept in their beds close by. When the nanny, Mary Rogerson, disturbed him in the act, he killer her too.

To hide his crimes, he dismembered and chopped up the bodies, removing any distinguishing features, before he disposed of them in a number of bags in a ravine on the Scottish borders. When first discovered, it was unclear how many bodies the police were even dealing with. The world’s media went into a frenzy over the so-called ‘Jigsaw Murders’.

It took the genius of Professors Sydney Smith and John Glaister and their ground-breaking forensic techniques to piece together the identities of the bodies. And when the finger of suspicion finally pointed at Buck Ruxton, he acquired the services of the most famous lawyer in the land, Norman Birkett QC who, against all the odds, had successfully defended the accused of the Brighton Trunk Murder case the previous year. Would he succeed this time?

In The Jigsaw Murders, author and journalist Jeremy Craddock tells the whole story of these gruesome killings for the first time. He brings to life the main characters, from the enigmatic and charismatic Ruxton himself, to Isabella Ruxton and Mary Rogerson - until now only seen as anonymous victims of a cruel crime - to the police officers, lawyers and scientists involved in the investigation and trial in this landmark case which led to the birth of modern forensics.
Upbeat
By Paul MacAlindin

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Sandstone Press

The story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is here told by its musical director from its inception to its eventual end. The NYOI came through the most difficult and dangerous of times to produce fine music not only in Iraq but also in Britain, Germany and France. A beacon of hope and achievement the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across their own ethnic divisions, made great music in the most trying and tragic of circumstances, and became their country's best ambassadors in 5000 years.

Paul MacAlindin discovered from an early age that he loved being an artist leading artists. As a musician, dancer and all-round performer, he found his voice through conducting, a passionate journey that has led him to work with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to the Armenian Philharmonic to the Düsseldorf Symphoniker.

‘The great adventure of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq [...]serve[s] as an example of how the essential can survive catastrophe.' Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

‘Be prepared to laugh, cry and - above all – to discover music’s power to overcome seemingly irreconcilable differences and create harmony out of chaos.’ Julian Lloyd Webber

‘An amazing and deeply inspiring story.’ Book of the Month (August 2016), The Bookseller

‘Upbeat is an eloquently-written, moving and sometimes funny book.’ The National (UAE)

‘Fragile, precarious, quixotic and almost insanely heroic.’ BBC Music Magazine

‘...one of the most unlikely, and genuinely heroic, stories you’re ever likely to read.’ The Spectator

‘An inspiring and insightful guide towards understanding a land too long dominated by war and violence.’ The Express
How to be a Gentle Woman
By Lotte Jeffs

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Cassell (Octopus Books)

'Part memoir, part manual - this is the type of book every modern woman can take something from' Grazia

Learn to navigate the harshness of life with soft power. In her debut book, Lotte Jeffs weaves powerful life experience with practical advice and a psychological deep-dive into what truly constitutes an emotionally rich and meaningful existence. She speaks to everyone from agony aunts and archaeologists, to pop stars and novelists, to explore a diverse picture of what it is to truly live life well.

How to be a Gentlewoman will teach you how to slow down, lean out, recognize good relationships and let go of the bad, create a space you love, find your people and construct a happy and 'joined up' sense of yourself.

The gentle antidote to a brutal world.

Lotte Jeffs is a journalist who’s been published in the Independent, the Guardian, the Saturday Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, ES Magazine, High Life, ELLE and more. In 2016 Lotte won Writer of The Year at the Press and Publishing Association Awards and in 2017 was shortlisted for Columnist of the Year for her eponymous ELLE Magazine column Lotte’s Lexicon. Lotte has been a features writer and columnist for the past 15 years, with previous roles including Features Editor and Acting Deputy Editor of ES Magazine and Deputy Editor and Acting Editor in Chief of ELLE. Lotte is now Creative Director at global advertising agency Ogilvy and continues to write a column for the Evening Standard, in addition to writing for the national press and newspaper and magazine supplements.
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