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    We launched Tinder Press in 2013 and our books have garnered both critical acclaim and enthusiastic responses from the wider world. One of the things that has been most striking is the support we've received from authors, retailers, bloggers and journalists and, of course, the all-important readers.

    We start 2014 with the extraordinarily powerful THE INVENTION OF WINGS from Sue Monk Kidd, author of the international bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. From there, we launch Natalie Young's A SEASON TO TASTE, a unique take on marriage. Roopa Farooki's THE GOOD CHILDREN portrays a family itching for independence, and Helen Walsh's highly charged THE LEMON GROVE looks at what happens between a couple and two teenagers on holiday in Mallorca.

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The Invention of Wings

By Sue Monk Kidd
The No. 1 New York Times bestseller from the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

The No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd was selected as an Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick on December 10, 2013.

From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.

Sarah Grimk? is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimk? is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ...

A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.

'The fascinating story of real-life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimk?... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines''Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling''Unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery... a resonant, illuminating novel''[A] once-in-a-lifetime read... Sue Monk Kidd's ability to leave readers desperate for more is unrivalled''This year's The Help - but even better''A moving tale of slavery in the Deep South' ****'Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees was every book group's must-read novel. The Invention of Wings... promises to repeat the trick''An exploration of slavery already singled out by Oprah Winfrey for her game-changing book club''A poignant tale set in America's Deep South in the last days of slavery''A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave... A beautifully written book about the awe-inspiring resilience of America's enslaved people'Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and THE MERMAID CHAIR. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller TRAVELLING WITH POMEGRANATES, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than eight million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-six languagesTHE INVENTION OF WINGS is a stunning novel about slavery in the American South in the first half of the nineteenth century, inspired by the true story of anti-slavery campaigner Sarah Grimke. It is a triumph of storytelling that will provoke, disturb, educate and above all grip readers with its narrative powerTHE SECRET LIFE OF BEES was made into a major motion picture, which drew to Sue Monk Kidd a further significant new audienceSue's second novel, THE MERMAID CHAIR, was a number one New York Times bestseller
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The Lemon Grove

By Helen Walsh
Sun. Desire. Obsession. An explosive, intelligent novel from the prize-winning author of Brass.Each summer, Jenn and her husband Greg return to Deia, on Mallorca's dramatic west coast. This year the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her new boyfriend Nathan threatens to upset their equilibrium. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by Nathan's youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly-charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy. For Jenn, after this summer, nothing can ever be the same.A slinky, sultry, seductress of a novel...tense, poignant and honestExtraordinarily, electrifyingly goodThis honest, engaging and readable novel deftly explores aspects of ageing, authenticity and identityShould be at the top of your summer reading listSensuous and sexy, with a nail-biting sense of trepidation... UnputdownableA gripping, sexy summer readSultry, sexy, intense'This year's Beautiful Ruins'A steamy study of transgressive passionSultry and shockingHelen Walsh was born in Warrington in 1976. She is the author of three previous novels, Brass, which won the Betty Trask Award, Once Upon A Time in England, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, and Go to Sleep.Helen's previous novels are Brass (which won the 2005 Betty Trask award), Once Upon a Time in England and Go to Sleep (which won the 2009 Somerset Maugham award).Praise for Helen Walsh: 'One of the more unusual, urgent young voices writing in Britain today, and very much of today's Britain, Walsh boldly confronts contemporary life, and her latest novel is a combustible combination of raw emotion and deep compassion' Independent; 'Wonderful' The Times; 'Utterly gripping' She; 'She will knock you sideways' Guardian; 'Breathtaking' TelegraphFor fans of Zoe Heller and Joanna Briscoe, a sultry, highly-charged novel sure to spark discussions for reading groups on the topics of sex, marriage and family.Helen is a highly promotable author who has built up an edgy profile as a writer unafraid to tackle tough subjects and to speak about her hedonistic youth.
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Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

By Natalie Young
The most subversive and gloriously unexpected novel you'll ever read about the end of a marriage and its aftermath.

Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving...

Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes.

No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she's going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob's shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it's not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through?

Dark, funny and achingly human, Season to Taste is a deliciously subversive treat. In the shape of Lizzie Prain, Natalie Young has created one of the most remarkable heroines in recent fiction.

A stomach-turning and terrific novel...a brilliant and literal dissection of a marriageEngrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of being human...compulsively readableDaring, groundbreaking and originalOne of the most talked-about books of the year...filled with black humourStomach-churning and terrificAn enjoyable feast of anger - witty and poised'Season to Taste is written in a laconic, pared-down style that immediately brings to mind Camus' L'Etranger. If that seems a somewhat grand comparison, it is not, for Young's book is one of those rare beasts - a literary novel of ideas written in simple language that could be both a university set text and a supermarket bestseller'Set to be one of the most talked about - and most gruesome - books of 2014Young delivers an authentic portrait of a neglected marriage, and her light and compelling prose carries this macabre tale alongSeason to Taste is a modern-day fable about the end of love and moving on. Natalie Young has given us a shockingly, thrillingly new vantage on a timeless story of marriage's demise2014's most talked-about novel'Brilliantly disturbing... echoes of Roald Dahl's dark adult fiction... fascinating in the most gruesome way. Delicious!'Move over Fifty Shades, there's a brand new genre whipping the publishing world into a murderous frenzyNatalie Young was born in 1976. She studied English at Bristol University and published her first novel, We All Ran Into the Sunlight, in 2011 while working as the Arts and Books Editor of Prospect Magazine. For several years before that she worked on The Times and contributed regularly to the Books section and to the Saturday Review. She has lived in France, Italy and Australia. She currently lives in London with her two children.Characterised by the black humour of Roald Dahl's adult fiction and the provocative immediacy of Herman Koch's The Dinner, SEASON TO TASTE is a deliciously subversive treat - a book quite unlike anything else you'll read all year.SEASON TO TASTE is also a brilliantly timely and refreshing satire on our food-obsessed culture. Lizzie Prain is a deeply alternative domestic goddess, and the hilariously matter-of-fact tone of her advice for wives embarked on a similar quest brings real bite to the satire.Natalie Young is a highly promotable author who illuminates Lizzie's story brilliantly. We will be using her extensively for events and in publicity.
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Instructions for a Heatwave

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This stunning novel depicts a portrait of an Irish family in crisis, during the legendary heatwave of 1976 and is as richly comic as it is painfully well-observed. Join the conversation on twitter #heatwave

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Amity & Sorrow

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A story about God, sex and farming. An unforgettable journey into the horrors a true believer can inflict upon his family, and what it is like to live when the end of the world doesn't come. Join the conversation on twitter #godsexfarming

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The Hope Factory

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An international event: a remarkable first novel of modern India, weaving together a rich tapestry of social manners and mores, ambition, greed, and love, which will establish Lavanya Sankaran as one of the most gifted and original writers of fiction today.

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

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1930s America, southern high society: Part love story, part coming-of-age novel, this is the moving, raw and exquisitely vivid story of an uncommon girl navigating a treacherous road to womanhood.

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The Son

Click here for a sneak peek at Michel Rostain's incredible novel THE SON.

THE SON is a stunningly original blurring of memoir and fiction, tackling the very hardest of subjects in the most readable of ways, with wit, wisdom and vitality. This is not a book about death. It's a book about life.

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The Outline of Love

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A mesmerising novel about obsessive love.

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Snapper

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Set in rural Indiana, SNAPPER is a book about birdwatching, a woman who won't stay true, and a pick-up truck that won't start. With wry humour and real freshness, this is a birdwatcher's guide to the human heart.

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Instructions for a Heatwave

By Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell has now sold over a million books in the UK through Bookscan. She is consistently a hardback bestseller - THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE sold just over 15,000 copies in hardback alone.

The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.

It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce - back home, each wih different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.

The Riordans will stay in your mind long after you finish this book. They're funny, infuriating and impossible not to love. They feel like familyMy favourite kind of novel: big-hearted, psychologically complex and utterly grippingUnputdownableInstantly appealing...magicalMasterful...holds you on an exquisite knife-edgeAn author at the top of her gameO'Farrell's language is lissom, airborne, mostly seamless, her characters flawed, contradictory, aggravating and instantly knowable. This is a deceptively easy, effortlessly true-feeling novel; a total delightA quite wonderful novel...at once enthralling, page turning and atmosphericMaggie O`Farrell is the author of AFTER YOU`D GONE, MY LOVER`S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, and THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.From a writer who is perhaps better known for drama and psychological insight than humour comes a novel about family life and family meltdown that is as richly comic as it is painfully well observed.A novel for anyone who has ever wanted to escape their mother, or who has looked aghast at the wreckage young children have made of their perfectly planned life. Maggie O'Farrell is a writer with a unique connection to her readership, and this novel will cement and broaden her wide and passionate fanbase.Maggie's evocation of the legendary heatwave of 1976 is as colour-saturated and vivid as an album of period holiday photos. A novel rich in atmosphere and detail and in nostalgia for the summers of childhood.
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Amity & Sorrow

By Peggy Riley

Not everyone wants to be saved.

AMITY & SORROW is a story about God, sex, and farming. It's THE LOVELY BONES meets WITNESS: an unforgettable journey into the horrors a true believer can inflict upon his family, and what it is like to live when the end of the world doesn't come.

In the wake of a suspicious fire, Amaranth gathers her children and flees from the cult where her children were born and raised. Now she is on the run with no one but her barely-teenage daughters, Amity and Sorrow, neither of whom have ever seen the outside world, to help her. After four days of driving without sleep, Amaranth crashes the car, leaving the family stranded at a gas station, unsure of what to do next. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of a downtrodden farmer, a man who offers sanctuary when the women need it most.

AMITY & SORROW is the story of these remarkable women, their lives before the night they fled, and their heartbreaking, hopeful future. Over the course of a season Amaranth will test the limits of her faith, and her daughters will test the limits of her patience. While Amity blossoms in this new world, free from her father's forbidding rules and ecstatic worship, Sorrow will move heaven and earth trying to get back home... And, meanwhile, the outside world hasn't forgotten about the fire on the compound.

One of the most exciting books to be published this year[A] delicately stitched, finely patterned and poetic novel... packed with shock and hopeA startlingly original, intelligent and beautiful first novel that I found riveting from page one. I can only wait with great anticipation for what comes next from Peggy Riley'A literary page-turner''Once in a while a book comes along that can not only grip you but keep you thinking long after the last page. Enter Amity & Sorrow... a stunningly original contemporary classic [with] remarkable characterisation and intense plot. I urge you to read Riley's novel''A story about God, Sex and Farming, as two girls do a runner from a cult. It's ace''A debut that will haunt and inspire''A taut debut, this will appeal to fans of Emma Donoghue's Room''An impressive and often pretty harrowing debut novel [with] strength and power'Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright. She recently won a Highly Commended prize in the 2011 Bridport Prize and was published in their latest anthology. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio and published in Mslexia Magazine and as an app on Ether Books. Her plays have been commissioned and produced off-West End, regionally, and on tour. She has been a festival producer, a bookseller, and writer-in-residence at a young offender prison. Originally from LA, Peggy now lives in Kent.Bought in UK auction and the subject of a massive pre-empt in the USA contemporary classic in the making - with its themes of sisterhood and coming-of-age, set in the unforgettable context of an apocalyptic family cult, it has all the power of ROOM and THE LOVELY BONES with its own unique horrors
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The Son

By Michel Rostain
This is not a book about death. It's a book about life.

Selected for the Waterstones Eleven list for 2013.

We first meet Michel eleven days after the death of his son Lion. Lion was lost, suddenly, to a virulent strain of meningitis and it's left his father and entire family reeling. We join Michel on his personal journey through grief, but the twist that makes the journey truly remarkable, and tips this true story into fiction, is the fact that we see it all through Lion's eyes.

In a stunningly original blurring of memoir and fiction, THE SON tackles the very hardest of subjects in the most readable of ways. Michel Rostain resolutely ducks away from sentimentality and pathos, and tells his story instead with wit, wisdom and vitality. For this is not a book about death; it's a book about life.

An original slant on the issues of grief and survival. Unusual, painful and intelligent writingTransmut[es] humour into savage irony and back again...An honourable, humane and touching workBoth compelling and jarring...the author treads the line between poignancy and sentimentality, bitterness and joy, memoir and fiction'Moving...packed with emotion... you will cry, yes, but you will also laugh as this novel reminds us of the overwhelming capacity we have for the most powerful love'This is one of the most emotionally powerful books I've ever read. The deep sadness is layered with hope; showing how friends and family can help each other through grief. It is a roller-coaster of emotion... Highly recommendedMichel Rostain lives in Arles. Born in 1942, he works as an opera stage director, and directed the National Theatre of Quimper - Cornwall Theatre - from 1995 to 2008THE SON won the 2011 Goncourt First Novel Award, France's best-known and most prestigious literary prize. It has sold over 100,000 copies in France to date, and has been translated into 16 languagesNot only does it have a unique hook and fascinating author back-story, but it also has universal themes, real emotional resonance and that special life-affirming quality you need to create a word-of-mouth successThe extraordinary real life story behind the book, and the unique fusion of memoir and fiction makes it a true original, and one that will appeal to those who were moved by THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTEFLY
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Snapper

By Brian Kimberling

A birdwatcher's guide to the human heart - an unconventional coming of age story from an unforgettable new voice that will appeal to fans of David Vann and Annie Proulx.

With wry humour and real freshness, SNAPPER charts the disastrous love affair between career birdwatcher Nathan Lochmueller and the place that made him.

Nathan Lochmueller studies birds, for just enough money to scrape a living. He drives a glitter-festooned truck, the Gypsy Moth, and is in love with the enigmatic and free-spirited Lola. Around them swirls a remarkable cast of characters: the proprietor of Fast Eddie's burgers, the genius behind 'Thong Thursdays', a snapping turtle with a taste for thumbs and a German Shepherd who howls backing vocals. As he creeps through the undergrowth observing the birds he loves, Nathan must come to terms with the occasionally absurd turns his life has taken, and grapple with the dilemma that faces every small-town boy: should he stay, or should he go?

Superb... always engaging, sometimes beautiful and often funny'Captivating... Snapper could do for birdwatchers what Annie Proulx did for small-town newspaper reporters and cowboysFunny and adroit fictionDelightfully entertainingBrilliant... an absolute joy of a book. I predict big things for itBrimming with unusual characters and hilarious idisoyncracies... Kimberling shows much promiseFascinating and captivatingFunny and absorbing'[The] coolest of cool... a quirky and memorable debut'Lyrical, comic and packed with piercing descriptions... at the same time as being down-to-earth and humorous, Snapper is suffused with a certain melancholy, and it is Kimberling's expert balancing of all these elements that allows the novel's insights - into who we are and where we come from - to hit home'Brian Kimberling was born and raised in Indiana. In the mid-nineties he was a research assistant for a major study of Indiana songbirds. He began writing his first book on the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA in 2009, and was awarded the first annual Janklow & Nesbit Prize for the best manuscript to emerge from the course. He lives in Bath with his wife and son.SNAPPER displays the imagination and wit that characterise contemporary American fiction at its finest. Brian Kimberling is a hugely distincive and exciting new talent for Tinder Press.SNAPPER is probably the only book you will ever read that will tell you how to track down the nest of a bald eagle, fish with a crossbow, smoke banana peel and seal a leak in a car radiator with an egg. Which is to say that it should particularly resonate with a male readership. However, Nathan's difficulties in love - in particular his hapless pursuit of the enigmatic Lola - are depicted with such tenderness that SNAPPER is also sure to touch the heart of women everywhere.Brian is now living in Bath. He reads brilliantly from his work, and we will be using him extensively around publication.
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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

By Anton Disclafani
This beautiful, literary commercial novel in the vein of PREP will be an exciting, stand-out debut launch for Tinder PressPerfect for fans of The Great Gatsby, Tigers in Red Weather, and Curtis Sittenfield... 1930s America, southern high society: Part love story, part coming-of-age novel, this is the moving, raw and exquisitely vivid story of an uncommon girl navigating a treacherous road to womanhood.



Thea Atwell is fifteen years old in 1930, when, following a scandal for which she has been held responsible, she is 'exiled' from her wealthy and isolated Florida family to a debutante boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. As Thea grapples with the truth about her role in the tragic events of 1929, she finds herself enmeshed in the world of the Yonahlossee Riding Camp, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty and equestrienne prowess; where young women are indoctrinated in the importance of 'female education' yet expected to be married by twenty-one; a world so rarified as to be rendered immune (at least on the surface) to the Depression looming at the periphery, all overseen by a young headmaster who has paid a high price for abandoning his own privileged roots...
'I fell completely under the spell of Anton DiSclafani's amazing first novel and was gripped by its lush and dreamy evocations of Southern decorum, family secrets, and boarding school rituals. DiSclafani is wildly talented, and this is a sexy, suspenseful, gorgeously written book''DiSclafani's pitch-perfect details of time and place effortlessly drew me into this fantastic novel's authentic and alluring world''The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is so sexy, smart, and vividly drawn that I was surprised to remember that this novel is Anton DiSclafani's first. With such a big-hearted and atmospheric book, Ms. DiSclafani's talents should be celebrated far and wide''A fierce and tender portrait of a young woman caught amidst the converging crises of her family, her country, and her own complicated desires... It's a beautiful novel''A clever and compelling coming-of-age novel'Anton DiSclafani, 30, was raised in northern Florida, where she rode horses, competing nationally. She graduated from Emory University, and received her MFA from Washington University. She currently lives in St. Louis, where she teaches creative writing at Washington University.A smart, distinctive and fresh voice on themes of adolescence, identity, young love and family relationships: sure to spark rich discussions for book clubs
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The Hope Factory

By Lavanya Sankaran
An international event: a remarkable first novel of modern India, weaving together a rich tapestry of social manners and mores, ambition, greed, and love, which will establish Lavanya Sankaran as one of the most gifted and original writers of fiction today.

Where innocence, deceit and love collide

Anand is a Bangalore success story: successful, well-married, rich. At least, that's how he appears. But if his little factory is to grow, he needs land and money and, in the New India, neither of these is easy to find.

Kamala, Anand's family's maid, lives perilously close to the edge of disaster. She and her clever teenage son have almost nothing, and their small hopes for self-betterment depend on the contentment of Anand's wife: a woman to whom whims come easily.

But Kamala's son keeps bad company. Anand's marriage is in trouble. And the murky world where crime and wealth and politics meet is a dangerous place for good men, and those who rely on them

A vivid expos? of modern India's growing pains[A] well-crafted debut novel... Sankaran firmly establishes her talent through the nuances of her characters and a striking exploration of culture'Strong echoes of Dickens in this vibrant portrait of ambition and struggle in Bangalore''Evocative debut depicting life at both ends of Bangalore's social scale. Vivid descriptions make the city as captivating as Sankaran's protagonists''[A] masterful novel... impossible to put down. [A] compelling tale'

Praise for Lavanya Sankaran's The Red Carpet:

The Red Carpet reads like a revelation. . . . I recommend this book so highly!

An unusually elegant and nuanced portrait[An] animated debut . . . [These stories] are memorable for their subtle wit and convincing evocation of a dynamic worldLavanya Sankaran's first collection of stories, THE RED CARPET, was critically acclaimed in the UK and the US and a bestseller in India. She attended Bryn Mawr College and has worked in investment banking in New York and consulting in India. THE HOPE FACTORY is her first novel.Like The Namesake and The White Tiger, books about Indian family life and its entrenched caste system have universal reach and the potential to become bestsellers, and Lavanya Sankaran, US-educated and a resident of Bangalore, has observed much of what she describes first hand.

Praise for Lavanya Sankaran's previous novel, THE RED CARPET:

'I recommend this book so highly!' Washington Post 'THE RED CARPET [is] easily one of the most unselfconscious and engaging debuts of the year... This is a book for the reader. Any reader, anywhere' India Today 'Sankaran's tales... seem incapable of hitting a false note'US Elle '[An] animated debut collection... [These stories] are memorable for their wit and convincing evocation of a dynamic world' Publishers Weekly 'The prose is superb: it is not racy but absorbing; elegant with an economy that never skips the detail; discerning and descriptive without being overtly judgmental; mischievous, mocking, even wicked but never malicious or derisive' Tribune, India

Indian fiction is huge in the UK and globally, as shown by the success of authors such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Aravind Adiga, Manil Suri and Arandhati Roy, and THE HOPE FACTORY, long-awaited in the US and India, has immense international potential
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The Outline of Love

By Morgan Mccarthy

A mesmerising novel about obsessive love

Persephone Triebold has grown up in the strange desolation of the Scottish Highlands, raised by her anxious father and memories of her dead mother. Inexperienced in the rules of friendship, sex and love, Persephone takes the opportunity to replace uninhabited mountain ranges with city life and leaves to study for a degree in London.

Parties, new friends and the polluted splendour of the capital intoxicate Persephone at first, but fail to supply her with the grand passion she wants. It's only when she meets the literary star Leo Ford, a former singer who has become a celebrated writer, that she finds someone she can love. Though Persephone succeeds in entering Leo's circle of friends she finds him to be as elusive as he is sought after. And she becomes increasingly curious about the incident in his past of which no one ever speaks...

'Gripping and atmospheric, this is a cracking read'

Praise for Morgan McCarthy:

Gorgeously written

A pageturnerDark, addictive and a stunning debutAn accomplished debut... McCarthy's exquisite storytelling points to a promising literary career'Morgan McCarthy read English at Reading University, where she graduated with First Class honours. In 2008, she started working part-time in order to write her first novel, THE OTHER HALF OF ME.Fans of Sadie Jones, Richard Mason and Maggie O'Farrell will all love Morgan McCarthy.Morgan McCarthy is enormously talented, and we firmly believe she's one to watch. She has the most exquisite voice, and is a born writer.
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The other day I went to a bluegrass festival with no music, which is typical for Indiana. I was assured that 'Barn Damage' was taking the stage later, but the afternoon's chief attraction was the Kids' Tractor Pull, in which various five or six year olds struggled to pedal a toy tractor while the grown-ups added increasing weight to a toy trailer -- if the kids make it past three or four feet the adults are clearly not doing their job. Encouragement and understanding are not really part of the Indiana parenting repertoire. Other spectacles included several dozen very large people exiting very large vehicles and driving golf carts over short distances. I'm working on a second book set in southern Indiana, like SNAPPER, and since I haven't lived here for fifteen years it seemed a good idea to spend the summer on the ground. I've been snapping photos relating to SNAPPER and to Indiana generally, and had a surprise visit from a British photographer friend. I kept trying to tell him that Indiana is not necessarily the most backward of the United States – Iowa, Illinois, and Idaho are pretty competitive, and that's leaving off the states beginning with ‘A’. I settled on describing it as Jeremy Clarkson's spiritual homeland – it is, after all, the home of the Indy 500*. But Indiana might also be, for good or ill, the most American of the states. Twenty years ago the town I grew up in had the highest density of fast food restaurants in the world, and today it claims the nation's highest per capita obesity rate. Someone should have predicted that. Whenever a major corporation wants to know what America generally will make of a new tenderloin sandwich or pickup truck they run it past the people of southern Indiana first, because they are so representative. It's now ground zero for climate change discussions, too. Look at that drought they're having, says the New Yorker. That may be what the future looks like: amber waves of extremely short corn. There are a lot of OBAMA BIN LYIN' bumper stickers out on the road, and, of course, an imminent election. I am not very good at making predictions, but I hope some years from now, when physical exercise is altogether forgotten and every registered Democrat has been sent to the guillotine, that SNAPPER and its accompanying photos will offer some clue to what happened, and how. * My friend countered, however, that a European racetrack has nuance and refinement – a dogleg here, a berm there; Formula One is an exhibition of driverly skill. In Indianapolis they go really fast in circles. But I'm sure Mr. Clarkson approves.
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Blog: Announcing Tinder Press!

It is no ordinary day here at Headline Towers, for it is the day that we finally announced the arrival of our new imprint, Tinder Press. It's a hugely exciting endeavour for us, and we can't wait to tell you more about the fantastic books we'll be publishing – do keep an eye out for them here. And, despite the fact that we're not launching till next year, we're already chattering away: do follow us on Twitter @TinderPress, have a peek at our website: www.tinderpress.co.uk/, and, lo! we’re even on Pintrest: pinterest.com/tinderpress/ The stories are coming…

Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of six novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, and INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.

Peggy Riley

Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright. She recently won a Highly Commended prize in the 2011 Bridport Prize and was published in their latest anthology. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio and published in "New Short Stories 4", Mslexia Magazine (Third prize - Women's Short Fiction Competition 2010), and as an app on Ether Books. Her plays have been commissioned and produced off-West End, regionally, and on tour. She has been a festival producer, a bookseller, and writer-in-residence at a young offender prison. Originally from Los Angeles, Peggy now lives on the North Kent coast in Britain.

Michel Rostain

Michel Rostain lives in Arles. Born in 1942, he works as an opera stage director, and directed the National Theatre of Quimper - Cornwall Theatre - from 1995 to 2008

Lavanya Sankaran

Lavanya Sankaran is the author of THE RED CARPET, the acclaimed debut collection selected for Poets & Writers Magazine's Best First Fiction award as well as the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers award. Her work has been featured in the Atlantic Monthly and the Wall Street Journal among others, including publications in India and Europe. She studied at Bryn Mawr College and lives in Bangalore with her husband and daughter. THE HOPE FACTORY is her first novel.

Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University. In the mid-nineties he was a research assistant for a major study of Indiana songbirds, an experience central to his first book. Since then he has lived and worked (mostly as a TEFL teacher) in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey and England, where he lives now. He began writing his first book on the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA in 2009, and was awarded the first annual Janklow & Nesbit Prize for the best manuscript to emerge from the course. He lives in Bath with his wife and son.

Morgan Mccarthy

Morgan McCarthy read English at Reading University, where she graduated with First Class honours. In 2008, she started working part-time in order to write her first novel, THE OTHER HALF OF ME.

Anton Disclafani

Anton DiSclafani, 30, was raised in northern Florida, where she rode horses, competing nationally. She graduated from Emory University, and received her MFA from Washington University. She currently lives in St. Louis, where she teaches creative writing at Washington University.

Natalie Young

Natalie Young was born in 1976. She studied English at Bristol University and published her first novel, We All Ran Into the Sunlight, in 2011 while working as the Arts and Books Editor of Prospect Magazine. For several years before that she worked on The Times and contributed regularly to the Books section and to the Saturday Review. She has lived in France, Italy and Australia. She currently lives in London with her two children.