Two major new literary voices on love, language and looking in from the outside.
"A marvellous novel — pacey, precise, lyrical, endearing and unpretentious."
Colum McCann on Claire Kilroy's Tenderwire
Dublin-born novelist Claire Kilroy created quite a stir with her award-winning 2003 debut All Summer. Her follow-up, Tenderwire, is a gripping transatlantic thriller of obsession and jealousy, as young Irish violinist Eva Tyne negotiates an oirish New York underworld for a priceless Stradivarius.
An utterly captivating and disorientating journey through language and through love.
Independent on Xiaolu Guo‘s A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
Screenwriter, filmmaker, critic and novelist Xiaolu Guo juggles languages and cultures as deftly as she mixes her artistic milieux. Her English-language debut novel — A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers — is an inventive and hilarious linguistic romp in the company of ‘Z’, a 23-year-old ingénue emigré transplanted from her native China to the bewildering charms of downtown Hackney.