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Serpent's Tail Catalogue

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Welcome to our Autumn 2018 catalogue.

Our Autumn 2018 books present us with people in bleak situations. A single act of betrayal overshadows the lives of each of the characters in Sarah Perry’s magnificent new novel Melmoth. In Josephine Wilson’s Miles Franklin Prize-winning novel Extinctions, an elderly man’s perpetual habit of letting people down finally catches up with him. Esi Edugyan’s eagerly awaited new novel Washington Black tells the story of a slave born into the harsh world of a Caribbean sugar plantation. And perhaps most extraordinary of all, Dunya Mikhail’s The Beekeeper of Sinjar, a non-fiction account of the actions of the remarkable Abdullah Shrem, whose bravery helped save the lives of many Yazidi women kidnapped by ISIS.

However harsh their characters’ prospects seem, what makes these books – and their authors – truly remarkable is their unshakeable belief in the possibility of redemption. The greatest books remind us that life is always worth fighting for, and at a time when good news is hard to come by, we hope you’ll find these as inspiring, moving and essential as we have.

Happy reading.

Hannah Westland
Publisher, Serpent’s Tail