Early ReviewersCanongate Books

Canongate Books is an independent publisher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Following a management buyout in 1994, Canongate has emerged as one of the most dynamic publishing houses in Britain. Canongate continues to nurture and publish new talent from around the world, whilst retaining the essence of the Scottish Canon.
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October 2018 Batch: 2 Books Offered

Giveaway Ended: October 29 at 06:00 pm EDT

Medicine, murder and money blur the lines between class and gender in 19th century Edinburgh in the first historical crime novel by Ambrose Parry—pseudonym for anesthesiologist and medical historian Marisa Haetzman and bestselling, award-winning author Chris Brookmyre.
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"This is the story of little me, from pudgy, awkward child to pudgy, slightly less awkward adult—via school musicals, adolescent angst, stand-up, Little Britain, Doctor Who, love, loss, wigs and giant pink onesies. And, in case your attention span is as short as mine, it comes in a handy A to Z format. So B is for Baldy! (yes, people did shout this at me in the playground), G is for Gay (because I'm an actual real life gay) and I is for Idiot (I was born a dork. I probably even stubbed my toe on the way out.) It will warm your heart, make you snort out loud in public and there's even a catchy song in the middle. What I'm saying is, please read this book. It is VERY good. I know I'm biased because I wrote it but it is."
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January 2011 Batch

Giveaway Ended: January 28 at 06:00 pm EST

Could a story save your life? If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of time is true, we are all going to live forever. For Meg - locked in a hopeless relationship and creatively uninspired - this thought fills her with dread. But could there be an important connection to be made between a wild beast living on Dartmoor, a ship in a bottle, the science of time, a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe and the Cottingley fairies? And could a story offer a way through her own personal labyrinth?
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December 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: January 4 at 06:00 pm EST

Knee-deep in the mud of an ancient burial ground, a winter storm raging around him, and at least one person intent on his death: how did Murray Watson end up here? His quiet life in university libraries researching the lives of writers seems a world away, and yet it is because of the mysterious writer, Archie Lunan, dead for thirty years, that Murray now finds himself scrabbling in the dirt on the remote island of Lismore. Loaded with Welsh's trademark wit, insight and gothic charisma, this adventure novel weaves the lives of Murray and Archie together in a tale of literature, obsession and dark magic.
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November 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: November 29 at 04:00 pm EST

Welcome to the house of the mosque . . . Iran, 1950. Spring has arrived, and as the women prepare the festivities, Sadiq waits for a suitor to knock on the door. Her uncle Nosrat returns from Tehran with a glamorous woman, while on the rooftop, Shahbal longs only for a television to watch the first moon landing. But not even the beloved grandmothers can foresee what will happen in the days and months to come. The household is set to experience great love and loss as it opens its doors to faith and politics. In this uplifting bestseller, Kader Abdolah charts the triumphs and tragedies of a family on the brink of revolution.
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September 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: September 26 at 06:00 pm EDT

Set in the sweltering summer of 1938 in Portugal, a country under the Fascist shadow of Spain, PEREIRA MAINTAINS tells a tale of reluctant heroism. Dr. Peirera, an editor at a second-rate Lisbon newspaper, wants nothing to do with European politics. He's happy to translate 19th-century French stories. His closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife. All this changes when he meets Francesco Monteiro Rossi, an oddly charismatic young man. Pereira gives Rossi work, and continues to pay him, even after discovering that he is using the money to recruit for the anti-Franco International Brigade. PEREIRA MAINTAINS chronicles Pereira's ascent to consciousness, culminating in a devastating and reckless act of rebellion.
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August 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: August 27 at 06:00 pm EDT

Oliver Postgate's death in December 2008 was greeted with great sadness. For over forty years his name was synonymous with the best in children's television--Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor the Engine, The Pogles, Noggin the Nog, Pingwings. Oliver wrote and narrated the stories, while Peter Firmin illustrated the characters and made the puppets. Their classic films are still loved by viewers of all ages. In this delicious autobiography Oliver Postgate describes how he came to create his stories and characters, developing innovative techniques of animation and puppetry alongside his friend and co-producer Peter Firmin. Amazingly, almost all of Oliver's films were made in a cowshed in Kent on a budget of next to nothing. But the path to film-making was far from conventional, or even planned. Oliver Postgate was the grandson of George Lansbury, leader of the Labour Party in the 1920s, and his father was Raymond Postgate, who became famous as the founder and author of The Good Food Guide. Oliver followed in neither's footsteps. Before his first TV production, Alexander the Mouse in 1958, he had already been a war evacuee; a conscientious objector; a farm labourer; a relief worker in post-war Germany; an artist; an actor; and an inventor. The story of Oliver Postgate's extraordinary and adventurous life, and the wonderful characters who populated it, both real and imagined, is witty, charming, beautifully remembered and beautifully told.
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July 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: July 30 at 06:00 pm EDT

The son of a deranged Italian immigrant, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) was the most celebrated of English clowns. The first to use white-face make-up and wear outrageous coloured clothes, he completely transformed the role of the Clown in the pantomime with a look as iconic as Chaplin's tramp or Tommy Cooper's magician. One of the first celebrity comedians, his friends included Lord Byron and the actor Edmund Kean, and his memoirs were edited by the young Charles Dickens. But underneath the stage paint, Grimaldi struggled with depression and his life was blighted with tragedy. His first wife died in childbirth and his son would go on to drink himself to death. The outward joy and tomfoolery of his performances masked a dark and depressing personal life, and instituted the modern figure of the glum, brooding comedian. Joseph Grimaldi left an indelible mark on the English theatre and the performing arts, but his legacy is one of human struggle, battling demons and giving it his all in the face of adversity.
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June 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: June 25 at 06:00 pm EDT

Between Grandmother Mountain and the cold sea, Alaia and her family live off the land. But when one of her brothers goes hunting and never returns, the fragile balance of life is upset. Half-starved and maddened with grief, Alaia's mother follows her visions and goes in search of her lost son. The Gathering Night is a story of conflict, loss, love, adventure and devastating natural disaster. This gripping novel is set deep in our stone-age past, but resonates as a parable for our troubled planet 8,000 years on.
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May 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: May 31 at 06:00 pm EDT

When the narrator of True Things About Me meets a charismatic man at work, they quickly begin to build a life together. But what lies beneath is a relationship immersed in lust and obsession. When her lover's visits become increasingly erratic, and she takes a decision to delve into his past, their relationship begins to unravel. The story of a woman falling through the cracks of her own life, True Things About Me is a compulsive and thrilling debut dealing with the psychological complexities of obsession, lust and violence. Chilling and probing, it questions how much we might sacrifice for our desires.
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April 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: April 23 at 06:00 pm EDT

‘I was reading about the end of the universe when I got a text message from my friend Libby . . .' If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg – locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline long-gone for a book that she can't write – this thought fills her with dread. Meg is lost in a labyrinth of her own devising. But could there be an important connection between a wild beast living on Dartmoor, a ship in a bottle, the science of time, a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe and the Cottingley Fairies? Or is her life just one long chain of coincidences? Smart, entrancing and buzzing with big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, and how a story might just save your life.
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February 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: February 26 at 06:00 pm EST

All actions have consequences. This is how life goes. Patrick is a loner. An intelligent but disturbed young man struggling to find his place in the world. He ventures out on his own and as he begins to find happiness commits an act of violence that sends his life horribly and irreversibly out of control. But should a person's life be judged by a single bad act? This is How is a compelling and macabre journey into the dark side of human existence and a powerful meditation on the nature of guilt and redemption.
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January 2010 Batch

Giveaway Ended: January 29 at 06:00 pm EST

Meet the mongrel. Timoleon Vieta. A deeply loyal, undemanding and loving companion . . . with the most beautiful eyes. He's living an idyllic existence in the Italian countryside with Cockroft, a composer in exile. Until, that is, the mysterious and malevolent Bosnian comes to stay. How will the stranger affect the bond between dog and master?
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December 2009 Batch

Giveaway Ended: December 22 at 10:00 am EST

Alice is at work. Alice thinks I'm at work. I'm not at work. I'm trying to guess the password to her email account. When Will meets Alice, he can’t believe his luck. She’s smart, sexy and, much to Will’s surprise, in love with him. Alice brings meaning to his urban existence. But true love never came easy and soon devotion leads Will to something darker. The Bird Room is a candid, funny and joyous portrait of love and desire in the modern age.
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June 2009 Batch

Giveaway Ended: June 26 at 06:00 pm EDT

One boy, one boat, one tiger…After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan – and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.
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May 2009 Batch

Giveaway Ended: May 26 at 12:00 pm EDT

On the coldest night of 1975, a young man with shock-red hair tears though the snowbound streets of Warrington's toughest housing estate. He is Robbie Fitzgerald, and he is running for his life - and that of his young family. In his heart, Robbie knows the odds are stacked against them. In this unbending Northern town, he has married the beautiful brown nurse who once stitched up his wounds. Susheela is his Tamil Princess, but in the real world, the Fitzgeralds have to face up to prejudice, poverty and sheer naked hatred from their neighbours. Now Robbie has seen a way out, and he's sprinting to his date with destiny... Over thirteen years of struggle, aspiration, achievement, misunderstandings, near-misses and shattered dreams, Helen Walsh plunges us into the lives and loves of the young, doomed Fitzgerald family. She shows herself to be a brilliant chronicler of our people and our times. And in the Fitzgeralds, she has created a family who will stay in your heart, long after the final page.
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March 2009 Batch

Giveaway Ended: March 23 at 06:00 pm EDT

Helen has little idea what lies ahead when she offers her spare room to an old friend of fifteen years. Nicola has arrived in the city for treatment for cancer. Sceptical of the medical establishment, placing all her faith in an alternative health centre, Nicola is determined to find her own way to deal with her illness, regardless of the advice that Helen can offer. In the weeks that follow, Nicola's battle against her cancer will turn not only her own life upside down but also those of everyone around her. THE SPARE ROOM is a magical gem of a book that packs a huge punch, charting a friendship as it is tested by the threat of death.
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January 2009 Batch

Giveaway Ended: January 24 at 06:00 pm EST

In the tunnels beneath New York a young man is missing. With each passing minute he heads deeper underground, further from the world of light and reason and closer to the moment of his great surrender. Above ground Ali Lateef of the NYPD is assigned the case. The boy's mother Violet is reluctant to help and Emily, Lowboy's girlfriend and only confidante, appears to have vanished too Can Lateef find Lowboy before it's too late?
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December 2008 Batch

Giveaway Ended: December 31 at 06:00 pm EST

The Scottish poet Robert Burns has been idolised and eulogised. He has been sainted, painted, tarted up and toasted. He is famous as the author of 'Auld Lang Syne', and he has long since become the patron saint of the heart-sore and the hung-over. But what about the poems? Beneath the cult of Burns' Nights and patriotic yawps, there is the work itself, among the purest and most truthful created in any age. This is a Burns collection like no other: a reader's edition, made for the pleasure of reading. Novelist and Scottish essayist Andrew O'Hagan comes into company with the poet who has mattered most to him in his writing life. He selects the poems for the reader, and converses with the work, offering fragments and distilled commentary of his own. The effect is explosive, giving us Robert Burns at his very best – a political Burns, a poet who can name hypocrisy and intolerance, and point directly to the human heart.
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June 2008 Batch

Giveaway Ended: June 24 at 12:00 am EDT

Following a chance encounter with a psychic, Angus Bell sets off on an 8,000-mile Skoda-powered road trip across Eastern Europe in search of a cricket match. It's a gloriously batty adventure which brings Bell face-to-face with fingerless fielders in the Czech Republic, Serbian MI6 agents, and the realisation that England's most eccentric game is being played with passion in the strangest corners of the continent.
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May 2008 Batch

Giveaway Ended: May 19 at 12:00 am EDT

Series: Pocket Newton Compton, rororo (24627)
When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can't believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed. With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.
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April 2008 Batch

Giveaway Ended: April 8 at 12:00 am EDT

Things are never dull in the O'Connell family. Still, Fiona, squeezed between her quiet brother and her mischievous line-dancing twin sisters, thinks life in their tenement flat is far less interesting than Emily Bronte's. But tragedy is not confined to Victorian novels. And life for Fiona in this happy domestic setup is about to change forever. Following the devastating events of a single day, her family can never be the same. But perhaps, new relationships will develop--built on a solid foundation of love. Moving, funny and ultimately heart-warming, Being Emily is a wonderful novel about one young girl trying to find her place in the world amid the turmoil that only your own family can create.
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March 2008 Batch: 3 Books Offered

Giveaway Ended: March 13 at 12:00 am EDT

Series: La Campana Tocs (47)
1914. In the heart of the Congo, Garvey, a bedraggled British manservant, emerges from the jungle. He is the lone survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition in which both his masters, William and Robert Craver, have died, and all of the party's African porters have fled. Garvey carries two huge diamonds. Promptly arrested it is from his prison cell in London that Garvey recounts his horrific and thrilling ordeal. The scribe is young writer Tommy Thomson, an aspiring novelist, who has been commissioned by Garvey's lawyer to record his client's version of events. What dark forces did they meet in that ill-fated mine? How did the Craven brothers really die? What would drive men to such foul acts? And could love really blossom in the heart of such darkness? Only Tommy can unpick fact from fiction. And the course of justice, not to mention the moral values of the western world, lies in his hands. With echoes of Heart of Darkness and King Solomon's Mines, Pandora in the Congo is a fast-paced adventure story and an exploration of the transformative power of the imagination. This astounding novel also reminds you that there is always more than one version of events.
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Series: L'eclèctica (162)
Pippa Lee is the devoted wife of a brilliant man thirty years her senior, the proud mother of grown up twins, and an adored friend and neighbour. But where once she was content with this seemingly enviable world, Pippa now finds her life beginning to unravel. Amid the buzzing lawnmowers and suburban coffee mornings, she starts to wonder, how did she find herself in this place? The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a story of wild youth, unexpected encounters, affairs and betrayals, and the dangerous security of marriage. Wise, inspiring and surprising, it brilliantly captures the challenges, confusion and excitement of modern life - and all the possibility that it holds.
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Today, Sean's brother Archie gets out of jail on early release. Which would be great if Archie weren't a little loose in the head. And if Sean didn't still owe him a grand. Testing the boundaries of brotherly love, Fresh is white-knuckle ride that brings to life one unforgettable day.
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February 2008 Batch: 3 Books Offered

Giveaway Ended: February 12 at 12:00 am EST

Sweltering New York City, summer of 1841, the beautiful 'Segar Girl' Mary Rogers is brutally murdered. Popular amongst the journalistic and publishing elite, the task of finding her killer falls to High Constable Jacob Hays. At the end of a long and distinguished career Old Hays's investigation will ultimately span a decade, involving gang wars, grave robbing, and clues hidden in the poems of the hopeless romantic and minstrel of the night, Edgar Allan Poe. Superbly researched and compellingly readable, The Blackest Bird is both a richly textured and atmospheric portrait of the birth of New York, a city raging with bloodshed and duplicity, and a thrilling murder mystery.
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What do you do when you wake up and realise that your life has been an empty pursuit of the superficial and the trend-driven? That your identity and value systems are based upon a brand hierarchy of your own creation? On 17th September 2006, in Finsbury Square, East London, Neil Boorman burnt all his branded items. The ones that wouldn't burn, he destroyed with a sledgehammer. The event was the culmination of a long process of self-examination, and of the brand-dominated world in which we live, recorded in a popular and controversial blog online. As a product of a generation that has been sold to since birth Neil examines the social, historical, economic and psychological ways in which brands have gripped our society, as well as documenting his personal trials and tribulations as he tries to live a life without brands. How will he cope without a hit of his Crackberry?Will he feel naked without his Nike, Gucci, and, of course, Marlboro?How do you make our own toothpaste? This edition includes a new chapter on how to raise a child without brands.
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At the Academy Awards Ceremony of 1967, In the Heat of the Night took the Best Picture Oscar. It won out of a list of five nominees that also included Bonnie & Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and The Graduate. It marked a pivotal moment in Hollywood's history: the shift from the studio-generated epics, musicals and westerns - as represented by Doctor Dolittle - to a director-centred, self-consciously European aesthetic of style over content, as demonstrated by the anti-hero worshipping of Bonnie & Clyde and the subversive sexual politics of The Graduate. It represented the birth of the New Hollywood. In Scenes from a Revolution, Mark Harris has written the story of these five films, from the first drafts of the scripts to their impact on release. He has interviewed many of the key players at the time, including Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Arthur Penn and Mike Nichols, to fashion a superb book about Hollywood and the USA at a critical juncture in its history. At the heart of the book is the star of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night, Sidney Poitier, who struggled to appease the emergent militant wing of the civil rights movement just as he literally struck out for the black community in his seminal performance as Mister Tibbs. Lucid, masterfully constructed and persuasively argued, Scenes from a Revolution is the key text of a vital period in the development of Hollywood, and the films that came to reflect the countercultural thirst for change at the end of a decade.
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