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HALF BLOOD BLUES

By Esi Edugyan

SHORTLISTED FOR the 2011 Man Booker prize, this novel is set in German-occupied Paris, where Hieronyums Falk, a young, black, German cabaret performer, is arrested in a café and never seen again. Half a century later, one of his band mates, Sid – a witness of the arrest – goes to Berlin and inadvertently roots up the murky past, long since forgotten.

Out on February 2 through Serpents Tail Publication

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FAGGAMUFFIN
By John Gordon

CUTTY IS a man on the run from his homeland, Jamaica; not because he is an outlaw, but because he is gay. After being attacked by a murderous mob, who found him with his male lover, Cutty seeks refuge in England. Given shelter by petty crook Buju and his girlfriend Cynthia, Cutty soon falls for his landlord and new friend. Making his move on Buju while out one night committing burglary, Cutty embarks on a road full of trouble.

Out now on Team Angelica Publishing

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LAUGH TIL IT HEALS
By Christine K. Glifford

AN UPLIFTING self-help book about how laughter can help battle cancer. Featuring letters, poems and jokes from cancer sufferers, there is one message running through this book: If you can laugh at it, you can live with it. With chapter titles such as Doctor: You’ve Got Me In Stitches, Laughing With God and Finding Funny Friends, the book aims to bring laughter and comfort to those battling illness.

Out now through Anshan Books

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