I know, I know – summer has hardly begun! But here at Seren, we’re already excited about our forthcoming Autumn books. Top of my reading list is The World, The Lizard and Me. Which of these titles are you most excited for?
You can find all these upcoming releases on our website.
The World, The Lizard and Me
by Gil Courtemanche
Gil Courtemanche (1943-2011) found worldwide acclaim for his first novel, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali (2000), which dealt with Rwandan genocide and the AIDS crisis whilst immersing the reader in a bittersweet love story.
The World, The Lizard and Me was first published in 2009 and we are proud to bring you the first English translation of this enthralling story.
The World, The Lizard and Me follows the life of French Canadian Claude Tremblay who, since he was eleven has sought justice for the voiceless victims of war. His passion for justice has taken him to a job at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he pursues the conviction of Thomas Kabanga, a Congolese warlord charged with creating child soldiers in the civil war there.
Defeated in court due to a legal technicality, Tremblay finds himself at a moral crossroads and travels to Congo to gather more evidence. Moral boundaries blur in a culture Claude thought he understood, and a different sort of justice is formulated and executed.
The novel is informed my Courtemanche’s own experiences of reporting in Africa, and his depiction of the region is highly evocative, bringing into question the nature of evil and the effects and consequences of childhood.
by Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
Doping in sport is an incredibly current issue, raising questions of morality and responsibility.
In Dark Mermaids, Anne Lauppe-Dunbar depicts a political system that shockingly doped its youngsters to sporting superhero status, and then left them to fend for themselves.
Shortlisted for the Impress and Cinnamon First Novel Prize, this East German noir thriller is set in 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Unhappy West Berlin police officer Sophia is called on to investigate the murder of her childhood friend Kathe, after her beaten body is discovered in Sophia’s local park. As she reluctantly delves into the sordid Stasi secrets of those she grew up with, Sophia uncovers a web of horrors about her own abusive past as a child-swimming star in the former GDR. But her hunt for the truth has not gone unnoticed by those close to her, people who still have too much to hide.
Anne says of her novel: ‘I wrote Dark Mermaids as my refugee mother’s daughter: a child of the GDR who fled westwards carrying arcane knowledge of a country in which secrets and lies were endemic.’ In writing the novel Anne has extensively researched what is known of athletes doping and training in the area of East Germany she writes about.
by Mary-Ann Constantine
This mysterious, captivating tale weaves together stories of four people whose paths cross outside Cardiff Museum, which is only a stone’s throw away from us here in Bridgend.
Both fable and mystery, Star-Shot is set in a small world of parks and galleries around Cardiff’s National Museum, in a time not quite our own. As their paths cross, characters reveal stories of obsession, loss and recovery, creating a fragile network of relationships that resist the inexorable channels of silence eating into the city.
Poignant and humorous, Star-Shot is an exploration of how objects and images can focus our grief and desire; it is also a meditation on the regenerative power of garden ponds, and the cosmic significance of frogs. Beautifully illustrated with woodcut-style motifs by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, this is a subtle urban novel with a supernatural twist.
I hope you enjoyed finding out a little of what’s to come this autumn at Seren. This has only been a snippet though, so for the full list of forthcoming titles, take a look at our Coming Soon page.