Winner of the Betty Trask Award Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize On a street in a town in the north of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence - street cricket, barbecues, painting windows.... A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered forever. Jon McGregor´s first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama. Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things is an astonishing debut. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Bates, Melody Grove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002748/bk_hcuk_002748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After having some breathing room from his last case, which brought him up against Islamic operatives in San Francisco in The Black Stone, Cyrus Skeen and his wife take a short vacation on a luxury bus, the Pickwick Stage. But the bus is held up by gangsters. Skeen goes into action and foils the hijacking. But his heroism engenders even more problems and perils. Set in San Francisco in March 1930, Skeen moves around in a familiar milieu dampened by the Depression and the growth of Hooverville shanty towns of foreclosed and impoverished men in the shadow of the city´s wealthier neighborhoods. ´´Reality,´´ Skeen tells his wife, ´´has called in its markers´´ of inflation and fatal government management of the economy. Dilys, his wife, is beginning a new painting, and Skeen´s first political article has been accepted in a prominent cultural magazine. At the end of The Chameleon, Skeen had told his wife that ´´Something wicked this way comes.´´ In The Pickwick Affair, he runs head on into a gangsters working for a government agency dedicated to ´´detoxifying´´ Americans and instilling fear into them - with a dollop of corruption which always accompanies the imposition of tyranny. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Allard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025012/bk_acx0_025012_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.