Born OTD in 1957, English writer and lyricist, Nick Hornby. “Rob Fleming is a London record shop owner in his mid-thirties whose girlfriend, Laura, has just left him. At his record shop, called Championship Vinyl, Rob and his employees, Dick and Barry, spend their free moments discussing mix-tape aesthetics and constructing desert-island, “top-five” lists of anything that demonstrates their knowledge of music. “

Rob, recalling his five most memorable breakups, sets about getting in touch with the former girlfriends. Eventually, Rob’s re-examination of … More

As the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. Midhat Kamal navigates his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpellier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong.

`A sublime reading experience: delicate, restrained, surpassingly intelligent, uncommonly poised and truly beautiful’ – Zadie Smith Isabella Hammad delicately untangles … More

Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power & Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life & dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality.

This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a … More

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are lovesick doctors, students, ex-boyfriends, actors, bartenders, & even Kafka’s Gregor Samsa, brought together to tell stories that speak to us all. In Men Without Women Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic, marked by the same wry humor and pathos that have defined his entire body of work.

A dazzling new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings … More

“Ordinary is what most people are and I am not. I am not ordinary at all. I am a scientist. One stormy night, a group of villagers are struck by lightning. The only survivor is a baby – Mary Anning. From that moment on, a spark is lit within her. Growing up poor but proud on the windswept Dorset coast, Mary follows after her father, hunting for fossils uncovered by waves & landslips: ancient creatures, turned to stone. Ignoring other people’s taunts, Mary faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family. But tragedy and despair is never far away..

Mary must depend upon her unique courage and knowledge to fulfil her dream of becoming a scientist in a time … More

Pre-order Paul Burston’s new novel here. “Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read & unstable; she lives with her father & her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, & Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing. But things aren’t really adding up…”

..For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, … More

Pre-order copies of David Quantick’s new novel, ‘All My Colors’ here. David will be launching his new book here at PM Bookshop, Weds 17th April. From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, All My Colors is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story at the intersection of Richard Bachman, Charlie Kaufman & Franz Kafka. It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois…

Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only tolerated by his friends because he throws … More

1940. Guernsey is first bombed, then occupied, by the Germans. A year earlier, young, naive and recently married Helene, waves goodbye to her husband, who has enlisted in the British army. Protected only by her father and Nanna, Helene must carve out a life on the island for the length of the war. Forty years later, her daughter Roz begins a search for the truth about her father, and stumbles into the secret history of her mother’s life. Written with emotional acuity and passionate intensity, Island Song speaks of the moral complexities living with the enemy and the messy reality of human relationships in a tightly knit community.

As Roz discovers, truth is hard to pin down, and so are the rights and wrongs of those struggling to … More

Dicken’s novel ‘Hard Times’ begins serialisation in his magazine Household Words OTD in 1854. Unusually for Dickens, Hard Times is set, not in London, but in the imaginary mid-Victorian Northern industrial town of Coketown with its blackened factories, downtrodden workers & polluted environment.

This is the soulless domain of the strict utilitarian Thomas Gradgrind & the heartless factory owner Josiah Bounderby. However human … More

Penelope Fitzgerald’s final masterpiece. One of the ten books – novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography – that make up our Matchbook Classics’ series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. The year is 1794 and Fritz, passionate, idealistic and brilliant, is seeking his father’s permission to announce his engagement to his `heart’s heart’, his `true Philosophy’: twelve-year-old Sophie.

His astounded family and friends are amused and disturbed by his betrothal. What can he be thinking? Tracing the dramatic … More