Revenge of the Librarians

Confront the spectre of failure, the wraith of social media, and other supernatural enemies of the author

Tom Gauld returns with his wittiest and most trenchant collection of literary cartoons to date. Perfectly composed drawings are punctuated with the artist's signature brand of humour, hitting high and low. After all, Gauld is just as comfortable taking jabs at Jane Eyre and Game of Thrones.

Some particularly favoured targets include the pretentious procrastinating novelist, the commercial mercenary of the dispassionate editor, the wilful obscurantism of the vainglorious poet. Quake in the presence of the stack of bedside books as it grows taller! Gnash your teeth at the ever-moving deadline that the writer never meets! Quail before the critic's incisive dissection of the manuscript! And most importantly, seethe with envy at the paragon of creative productivity!

Revenge of the Librarians contains even more murders, drubbings and castigations than The Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, Baking For Kafka or any other collections of mordant scribblings by the inimitably excellent Gauld.



'One for Philip Pullman fans' THE TIMES

Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal. Oxford, 1836. The city of dreaming spires. It is the centre of all knowledge and progress in the world. And at its centre is Babel, the Royal Institute of Translation. The tower from which all the power of the Empire flows. Orphaned in Canton and brought to England by a mysterious guardian, Babel seemed like paradise to Robin Swift. Until it became a prison... But can a student stand against an empire? An incendiary new novel from award-winning author R.F. Kuang about the power of language, the violence of colonialism, and the sacrifices of resistance.

'A masterpiece that resonates with power and knowledge. BABEL is a stark picture of the cruelty of empire, a distillation of dark academia, and a riveting blend of fantasy and historical fiction - a monumental achievement' Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

Marriage Portrait

The breathtaking new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Hamnet, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020. **AS SELECTED FOR BBC RADIO 2 BOOKCLUB** The Marriage Portrait is a dazzling evocation of the Italian Renaissance in all its beauty and brutality. Winter, 1561. Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her here. He intends to kill her. Lucrezia is sixteen years old, and has led a sheltered life locked away inside Florence's grandest palazzo. Here, in this remote villa, she is entirely at the mercy of her increasingly erratic husband. What is Lucrezia to do with this sudden knowledge? What chance does she have against Alfonso, ruler of a province, and a trained soldier? How can she ensure her survival. The Marriage Portrait is an unforgettable reimagining of the life of a young woman whose proximity to power places her in mortal danger.

The Last White Man

From the internationally bestselling author of Exit West, a story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling changeOne morning, Anders wakes to find that his skin has turned dark, his reflection a stranger to him. At first he tells only Oona, an old friend, newly a lover. Soon, reports of similar occurrences surface across the land. Some see in the transformations the long-dreaded overturning of an established order, to be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders's father and Oona's mother, a sense of profound loss wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance to see one another, face to face, anew.

The Night Ship

1628. Embarking on a journey in search of her father, a young girl called Mayken boards the Batavia, the most impressive sea vessel of the age. During the long voyage, this curious and resourceful child must find her place in the ship's busy world, and she soon uncovers shadowy secrets above and below deck. As tensions spiral, the fate of the ship and all on board becomes increasingly uncertain. 1989. Gil, a boy mourning the death of his mother, is placed in the care of his irritable and reclusive grandfather. Their home is a shack on a tiny fishing island off the Australian coast, notable only for its reefs and wrecked boats. This is no place for a child struggling with a dark past and Gil's actions soon get him noticed by the wrong people. The Night Ship is an enthralling tale of human brutality, providence and friendship, and of two children, hundreds of years apart, whose fates are inextricably bound together.

Mi Wnes I Weld Mamoth!

Stori ddoniol am gofleidio'r annisgwyl! Croeso i'r Antarctig, ble mae criw dewr ar antur yn astudio pengwiniaid... Ond mae un anturiaethwr ifanc wedi darganfod rhywbeth gwahanol. Rhywbeth hollol wyllt, rhyfeddol o cŵl a sydd, a dweud y gwir, wedi marw. A fydd unrhyw un yn ei gredu?! Fyddet TI? Addasiad Cymraeg gan Casia Wiliam o destun Alex Willmore.


LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2022Can one person change the course of history?'Genius' Lauren GroffA sweeping, breathtakingly ambitious novel about power, wealth and truth, told by four unique, interlocking voices and set against the backdrop of turbulent 1920s New York. The legendary Wall Street tycoon whose immense wealth gives him the power to do almost anything. The second-generation Italian immigrant tasked with recording his life story. The reclusive, aristocratic wife. And the writer who observes them from afar. In a city devoted to making money and making stories like no other, where wealth means power, who gets to tell the truth? And to rise to the top of a glittering, destructive world, what - and who - do you have to sacrifice?

Dic Penderyn The Man and the Martyr

Bywgraffiad Dic Penderyn (Richard Lewis, 1808-31), a grogwyd ar gam am drywanu milwr yn ystod Gwrthryfel Merthyr yn 1831 - trosedd y cyfaddefodd gŵr arall iddi yn ddiweddarach - ac a gofir fel Merthyr Cymreig. Mae'r gyfrol yn archwilio ei fywyd a'i gefndir, hyd y medrwn wneud hynny, ei waddol yn y tymor hir a'i rôl fel y merthyr llafur cyntaf.

Cynghanedd I Blant

Llyfr lliwgar a hwyliog sy'n dysgu'r grefft hynafol o gynganeddu i feirdd bach y byd!

Mira A'r Dant

Nofel gyntaf yr awdures a'r arlunydd, Luned Aaron, wedi'i hanelu at blant oed cynradd (7-9 oed). Mae'r nofel yn dilyn hanes Mira - chwaer fawr gydwybodol a pheniog - wrth iddi ddechrau tymor newydd yn yr ysgol. Sut fydd Mira yn ymdopi ym Mlwyddyn Tri, heb gwmni Non, ei ffrind gorau? A phryd, o pryd, fydd ei dant gyntaf yn dod allan?!

Siani Pob Man

Wedi ei guddio ym mae prydferth Ceredigion rhwng Cei Newydd ac Aberaeron mae traeth bach hudolus Cei Bach. Yn nrws y bwthyn igam-ogam mae hen fenyw yn eistedd gyda phib yn ei cheg a chlocs ar ei thraed. Dyma'r enwog Siani Bob Man. Stori am gymeriad anarferol gyda darluniau gwreiddiol gwych yr artist talentog Valériane Leblond.


Dyma nofel gyntaf yr awdures doreithiog ar gyfer yr oed yma. Ar ei ben-blwydd mae Marty yn derbyn hedyn gan ei dad-cu, hedyn hudol. Nofel ddoniol, anghyffredin, sy'n ysbrydoli ac yn codi pynciau dwys. Mae Hedyn yn stori am wireddu breuddwydion. Addas ar gyfer plant 9-12 oed.

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