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 voice-driven 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.
BOOKS OF THE MONTH:
From one of Canada’s brightest literary voices, Carrie Snyder’s debut novel Girl Runner and her novel-in-stories The Juliet Stories are now available in paperback.
PRAISE FOR GIRL RUNNER
‘Right from the start, the voice of Aganetha Smart, a one-time Olympic runner, now aged 104 and living in a home, grabs you. And it doesn’t let go until the very last page of this original and moving story. It has something of the quirky charm of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ Daily Mail
‘a joy to read’ Independent on Sunday
‘The book hurtles through the 20th century in rich technicolor. It is not only a portrait of a life, but a portrait of an entire century’ We Love This Book
PRAISE FOR THE JULIET STORIES
‘mature and powerful… Snyder maintains an engaging blog called Obscure CanLit Mama, but if there’s any justice she’ll soon have the option of dropping that first word’ Montreal Gazette
‘well-crafted and imaginative… Snyder’s tone and style is vivid and compelling’ Globe and Mail
‘Fans of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Paul Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast will love this one’ Chatelaine
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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 ‘irresistible’.
Blackout – remembering what I drank to forget – Salon.com editor Sarah Hepola’s amazing memoir of drinking to oblivion and her recovery.