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Ailie's Holiday Reading List

I always tell myself that I'll stop buying new books until I read the ones I already have. However, I always throw my own advice out the window during the holiday season, as it's the best time of year to immerse myself in a good book - especially when the weather is cold outside. These books have been on my list for a while now, so would love to get my hands on them this holiday season. 

    Psychoraag

    Il est minuit à Glasgow et DJ Zaf présente la dernière émission avant la fermeture définitive de Radio Chandni. Il programme des musiques romantiques de vieux films indiens, des standards des Beatles et des Stranglers, des groupes comme Kula Shaker et ADF. À mesure que la nuit avance, Zaf nous parle de ses souvenirs et de ses réflexions : le dur voyage en Ford Popular de Lahore jusqu'à l'Angleterre, la Kawasaki bleue sur laquelle il traverse l'Écosse comme un éclair, l'ex-maîtresse qui lui fait porter la faute de tout ce qui lui arrive, le billet de rupture de sa blonde fiancée, la mère qui a abandonné tout ce qui faisait sa sécurité et sa famille pour l'homme qu'elle aime, le père qui ne reconnaît pas son fils, la vision naguère exotique d'un sari se faufilant dans les rues froides de la ville, une culture définie par la banalité des étuis en plastique décorés de roses pour les mouchoirs en papier, un miroir de cuivre... Traversant générations, continents et cultures, en un tourbillon Psychoraag entraîne le lecteur dans une cosmologie ou le réel et l'onirique se confondent, où passé et présent se mêlent. Le tout dans une écriture sèche et rapide taillée dans une langue anglaise pimentée de l'écossais le plus urbain et d'ourdou, pour explorer ce que signifie au XXIe siècle être d'origine pakistanaise en Grande-Bretagne. Une expérience unique et exotique.

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    The Natural Way of Things

    The Natural Way of Things is at once lucid and illusory, a brilliantly plotted novel of ideas that reminds us of mankind's own vast contradictions—the capacity for savagery, selfishness, resilience, and redemption all contained by a single, vulnerable body. This gripping, provocative, and timely book will resonate with its readers for many years. Drugged, dressed in old-fashioned rags, and fiending for a cigarette, Yolanda wakes up in a barren room. Verla, a young woman who seems vaguely familiar, sits nearby. Down a hallway echoing loudly with the voices of mysterious men, in a stark compound deep in the Australian outback, other captive women are just coming to. Starved, sedated, the girls can't be sure of anything—except the painful episodes in their pasts that link them. Charlotte Wood depicts a world where a woman's sexuality has become a weapon turned against her. The characters, each marked by their own public scandal, are silenced and shackled by a cruel system of corporate control and misogyny. In a Kafkaesque drag of days marked only by the increasing strangeness of their predicament, the fraught, surreal, and fierce reality of inhabiting a female body becomes frighteningly vivid. But it's in the very bind of this senseless system that Yolanda and Verla discover their ability to forge a bond powerful enough to bring it down. Drawing strength from the animal instincts they're forced to rely on, the girls go from hunted to hunters, along the way becoming unforgettable and boldly original literary heroines that readers will both relate to and root for.

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    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

    'Pure, sensuous enjoyment' The TimesThe stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose of their creator: Helen Oyeyemi's ensemble cast of characters slip from the pages of their own stories only to surface in another.The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, of marshlands where the drowned dead live and a city where all the clocks have stopped; students hone their skills at puppet school, the Homely Wench Society commits a guerrilla book-swap, and lovers exchange books and roses on St Jordi's Day. It is a collection of towering imagination, marked by baroque beauty and a deep sensuousness.

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    The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

    For the 75th anniversary of her birth, a Deluxe Edition of the master of the literary supernatural s most celebrated book featuring a new introduction by Kelly Link Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, Kelly Link, and other contemporary masters of supernatural fiction. In her masterpiece, The Bloody Chamber which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves she spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, and Beauty and the Beast, giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

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    The High Mountains of Portugal

    From the author of the international publishing sensation Life of Pi comes the story of a quest for a lost relic. The journey takes us from Africa in the 1600s through Portugal at the turn of the last century to contemporary North America. Showcasing Martel's trademark delight in the fundamental stories that unite us, The High Mountains of Portugal unfolds with a dazzling lightness of touch. With its intricately woven layers of meaning and all the pleasures and surprises of a good yarn, it is also a beautiful, tender, clear-eyed and heartfelt exploration of love, suffering, faith and evolution. By turns funny, tragic and sublime, The High Mountains of Portugal reminds us that it is our ability to weave remarkable stories out of our spiritual and philosophical concerns that makes us -- and keeps us -- human.

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