One night in May 2009, Jamie McGarry stepped on a snail. Five days later, racked with guilt, he returned to the scene of the crime and was shocked to discover a chalk outline where the body had been – and off to one side, a tiny book. It seems that the recently deceased mollusc had been a keen writer, and Jamie had chanced upon its diary. Jamie’s duty was clear: he must translate the book into English and share it with the world, that humankind might move a step closer to understanding this most mysterious of animals. Now, with The Dead Snail Diaries in your hand, you too can take that step. Just be sure to look where you’re going first.
Page count: 54 | Publication date: 21 August 2014 | Paperback ISBN: 9780957459694
In 1940, a young girl is taken from her home in Eastern Poland to Arkhangelsk, Siberia; in 1942, she boards a train. Seventy years later, that journey is reimagined by her granddaughter, Zosia Kuczyńska, in Pisanki. As Kuczyńska’s poems tell the story of her babcia, her maternal grandmother, coming to England, she confronts some of the big questions of art and history: how do you tell another person’s story without exploiting it? What’s at stake when we try make patterns out of the past, and can we ever leave those patterns behind?
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 8 June 2017 | Paperback ISBN 9781910139721
What does it mean to die in a movie scene? To exist on the peripheries? Dissolve to: L.A. takes twelve cult action films of the 1980s and 90s and gives life where it was extinguished too early. Speaking in the voices of such poignantly disposable characters as Cougar (Top Gun), GIRL (Lethal Weapon) and Donald Gennaro (Jurassic Park), James Trevelyan provides a humorous and heart-breaking exploration of morality, mortality and our sense of self.
Page count: 36 | Publication date: 17 March 2016 | Paperback ISBN: 9781910139370