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.

And yes, there is other stuff. You can go behind the scenes by reading our blog; interact directly with us on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and Pinterest; and sign up to our newsletter on the right-hand side of this page for even more news, advance reading copies, giveaways and competitions.

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.

Lisa Highton,






A darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller, Soil traces one man’s apocalypse to its epic showdown in the Mississippi mudflats.

‘Hauntingly evocative’ Guardian

‘Anyone from Coleridge to Twain to Faulkner to William Gay would have loved reading this book, and you will, too Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury

‘Moving and affecting this book will suck you in from the opening pages. It will have you wincing and pleading, hoping and laughing and is a highly accomplished debut from a distinctive new voice in American fiction’ Job Page, Pages and Pages Booksellers

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Jamie Kornegay - SOIL paperback - Two Roads Books



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 ThisWritten 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.




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