Welcome to Two Roads
2015 is filled with wonderful books, passionate authors – some already established, some new, all incredibly talented – and great new projects. For the reader, there is armchair travel from the Mississippi Delta to rural Ontario, from the shores of Loch Ness to Coney Island; there is time travel from 19th century New York to WW2 Scotland and the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics or the opportunity to explore some of life’s challenges in a beautifully written memoir – it’s all here in our 2015 list.
This website is where you can discover our writers and learn more about their work and what we do; each book we publish has a dedicated page (click the dropdown menu on the toolbar above) full of extra information. We’re not a large imprint, but I like to think we are mighty. We publish about 10-12 books a year, both fiction and non-fiction – all strong narrative and great stories with heart and intelligence.
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But, most importantly, we hope that whenever you come across a Two Roads title you’ll recognise our love for stories… voices… places… lives… and discover a page-turning book you love reading and want to recommend to your friends. It’s what we believe makes Two Roads truly special; we hope you enjoy what you find here.
BOOKS OF THE MONTH:
SARAH HEPOLA’S BLACKOUT
A raw, vivid and ultimately uplifting memoir of addiction and recovery from the Salon.com personal essays editor, in the spirit of Drinking: A Love Story and Wild.
‘Blackout is a touching and, at times, heart-breaking story. It will likely make you cry. But it will also make you laugh out loud… a tour de force’ Huffington Post
a dark, funny, honest-to-the-bone account of getting sober’ Buzzfeed
‘a memoir of her alcoholism but also an empathetic dissection of addiction and American drinking culture’ Atlantic
‘devoid of preachy admonitions… startlingly personal’ Elle
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LESLIE PARRY’S CHURCH OF MARVELS
A ravishing first novel set in the vibrant, tumultuous underworld of late-19th-century New York, about four young outsiders whose lives become entwined over the course of one fateful night.
‘often exquisite… Parry’s imagery is breathtaking’ Emily St. John Mandel, bestselling author of Station Eleven writing in the New York Times Sunday Book Review
‘a skillful triumph‘ Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist]
‘irresistible’ Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room
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A SELECTION OF OUR 2015 TITLES
Above ~ A stunning and harrowing novel about a sixteen-year-old girl who is abducted and locked underground by a survivalist who is convinced the end of the world is going to happen. By award-winning author Isla Morley. ~ ‘An audacious page-turner.’ Publishers Weekly ~ ‘Powerful… very intriguing and provocative.’ Kirkus reviews
Where Memories Go ~From broadcaster Sally Magnusson comes an inspiring memoir of a family’s love for a mother – and a searing manifesto for change. ~ ‘An extraordinarily moving memoir.‘ Alexander McCall Smith ~ ‘Intensely moving and inspiring.‘ Joanna Lumley SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Girl Runner – a debut novel from Canadian author Carrie Snyder. Aggie Smart is 104, a former Olympic athlete she is alone and forgotten by history until two young people take her away to confront her past.
Remember Me Like This ~ Written by Bret Anthony Johnston, Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, this is a compelling exploration of human morality, a story about a family coming back together after a missing son comes home. ~ ‘flawless storytelling… I love this book’ John Irving ~ ‘wise, moving, and troubling’ Tom Perrotta. We’re also issuing Bret’s marvellous collection of short stories, Corpus Christi
Soil – a debut novel from Mississippi bookseller, Jamie Kornegay. Think Crime and Punishment meets the Coen Brothers, with a particular Mississippi twist.
Better Than Before – mastering the habits of our everyday lives – the new book from Gretchen Rubin author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home
Life, Love & The Archers – Wendy Cope Best known for her poetry, this prose collection includes pieces from a lifetime of published and unpublished work – reflecting on subjects from childhood, daring to write poetry, and television reviewing, to giving up smoking, falling in love and weddings.
At The Water’s Edge – if you loved Water For Elephants, you will love Sara Gruen’s new novel set in Scotland at the end of the Second World War
Church of Marvels – a debut novel of marvel and mystery which starts off on Coney Island in 1895 from Leslie Parry. Described by Emma Donoghue as ‘irresistable’.
Blackout – remembering what I drank to forget – Salon.com editor Sarah Hepola’s amazing memoir of oblivion and recovery.