Two Roads publishes 10-12 books a year – strong, page-turning stories either fiction or non-fiction.

Here’s a brief summary of the titles we have on the list to date.

 

2014

UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY from the author of LOVING FRANK , Nancy Horan, the story of the tumultuous relationship between Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny.  WHERE MEMORIES GO, the Sunday Times bestselling account of her mother’s dementia and the family’s care for her by Sally Magnusson.  The debut novel from Kirsty Wark, THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE – a multi generational story of remarkable women, set on the Scottish island of Arran. ABOVE from Isla Morley is a gripping dystopian story of a young girl’s abduction and her struggle to survive. LOVE AND TREASURE by Ayelet Waldman is an epic novel set against the backdrop of 100 years of history.  An old man dies, leaving his granddaughter to make restitution for a pendant he took at the end of WW2. REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston was a Radio 4 Book at bedtime.  When an abducted boy is returned to his family, how can they make a life together again? And, for fans old and new of  poet Wendy Cope, we have LIFE LOVE AND THE ARCHERS, a collection of  the best of Wendy’s prose.

Our Backlist

2013

ISLAND WIFE a memoir of a woman’s life on a remote Scottish island,  Z – a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald  for fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE the inspirational story of a woman diagnosed with ALS who determines to make the most of her life with family and friends and DOODLEMUM a year of family life , the popular daily blogger’s illustrated account of the typical family year  full of warmth and humour.

THE SEA ON OUR SKIN by Madeleine Tobert is a lyrical first novel of family, set on a South Sea island.  Madeleine, who is Scottish and now lives in Auckland. Stories, voices, places, lives in action.

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A CENTURY OF WISDOM: lessons from the life of Alice Herz-Sommer the world’s oldest living holocaust survivor by Caroline Stoessinger.  At 109 years old Alice is an extraordinary woman who has survived so much, yet harbours no anger and takes delight in what the world has to offer. Life is a present

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THE READING PROMISE by Alice Ozma is the story of a different parent-child bond, this time a father and a daughter.  When Alice was little she and her father decided to set themselves a task of reading for 100 consecutive nights.  They sailed through that challenge and went on to notch up 3, 218 nights without a break.  As Alice says, the book is a quilt of the stories of their lives.

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THE VET the wide wild world  by Luke Gamble: more adventures from our favourite animal doctor.    Newly married and having set up a new practice as well as an international charity, life is never dull for this 21st century vet.

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CATS & DAUGHTERS is by Helen Brown, whose international bestseller CLEO, is now being made into a film by the makers of Whale Rider. AFTER CLEO continues her family story: this time there is a  serious illness to contend with, a mother and daughter struggle and a new cat quite unlike Cleo.   Helen is a New Zealander living in Melbourne.

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DREAM NEW DREAMS by Jai Pausch is the memoir of Randy Pausch’s widow.  The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch was an international phenomenon; the courageous story of a man terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and the gift he was determined to leave his family. Jai’s moving and inspiring story documents their life from the time Randy was diagnosed to their new life after Randy’s death.  Jai lives in the States with their three young children.

 

HAPPIER AT HOME by Gretchen Rubin is a new self-help memoir from the author of The Happiness Project which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year now.  In this, Gretchen explores how to make home a happier place, or…kiss more, jump more, abandon a project, read Samuel Johnson, and my other experiments in the practice  of everyday life.

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THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO is a debut novel by Karen Engelmann.   18th century Stockholm’s Golden Age – a story of assassins, cardsharps, poisoners and secret worlds set  against a background of European revolution.

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THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB written by Will Schwalbe.  A memoir of a special book club with just two members: a mother and a son.  Who doesn’t love books about books?   If you loved The Last Lecture and Tuesdays with Morrie, you’ll be equally inspired by this memoir of a mother and son and the books that inspired them. We were so inspired we started the Two Roads End of Your Life Book Club which  discusses the books they loved.

Sara Gruen’s APE HOUSE, the new novel about a wonderful family of bonobos from the author of the phenomenal bestseller, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (now an equally phenomenal film). The  film tie-in edition of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS  hit the Sunday Times bestseller list.

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Luke Gamble is a young vet and natural story-teller from the West Country. He’s written two books-   THE VET: my wild & wonderful friends and the big wild world – honest and heart-warming stories of vet life both at home and abroad.

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FARANGI GIRL by Ashley Dartnell, a brilliantly written and moving memoir of growing up Western in Tehran and a complex yet loving relationship between a mother and a daughter.  One for fans of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and The Liars’ Club.

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A memoir of a different sort, but with another strong and individual voice,  SIGNS OF LIFE by Natalie Taylor is a heart-breaking, funny and life-affirming story of a young woman moving from wife to widow to mother.  This is an Indie movie brought to life – one we hope you’ll want to recommend to friends, saying ‘you have to read this!’

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THE PUPPY DIARIES: raising a dog named Scout,  a tale of what happens when a smart New York Times editor decides to fill her empty nest with a puppy. Think Nora Ephron meets Marley & Me…  Jill Abramson was recently appointed executive editor of the New York Times, the first woman to hold that position.

In the spirit of TWO ROADS, these are strong voices and amazing lives, taking us all over the world with stories to love and recommend.

We hope you enjoy them too.

Lisa Highton

Publisher

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