so, there’s these ‘ordinary books’
(as Val McDermid’s sister-in-law Mary brilliantly terms literary fiction ) :
The Purple Shroud from Virago in UK and here from Penguin in the US
What Theodora did next.
“Theodora is, in Duffy’s hands, a richly paradoxical character from whom the light of life shines brightly.” Guardian.
“Even better than the first book, Duffy’s portrayal of a former actress’s extraordinary rise to power is riveting.” Library Journal.
Theodora – UK and Theodora- USA
with a lovely Publishers Weekly review in the US, and then these from the earlier UK publication :
“Sex and the City meets I, Claudius” (Paul Magrs)
“A beautifully written, empowering novel about an inspiring woman who broke all the rules.” (Julie Edgell, Mslexia)
“Byzantine brilliance” Independent on Sunday
“Noel Streatfield on crack” The Guardian
The Room of Lost Things
South London, current Britain, Loughborough Junction, white working class meets modern Asian, the 345 bus, Ruskin Park bandstand, and daffodils on Camberwell Green. Published in France (with a LOVELY cover!) as La Chambre des Vies Oubliees.
Stonewall Writer of the Year 2008, Orange Prize Longlist 2008
“A spellbinding love song to a part of London usually demonised as home to muggings, shootings and feral gangs … a book of great sensitivity and passion.” Independent on Sunday
State of Happiness
NYC/LA, love/illness, life/death, happiness/sadness
Orange Prize Longlist 2004
“Duffy is known for her sharp insights and sharper wit, and both are on display here … Brave, understated and unforgettable.” Daily Mail
Singling Out the Couples
modern fairy tale, funny/nasty fairy princess breaks up couples, because she can
James Tiptree Jr Award Shortlist 1999
“An extraordinary, glittery parable about the power and cruelty of relationships.” Fay Weldon, Mail on Sunday
Hollywood gay/secrets (and a bit crime-y), Editor called it “a Sunset Boulevard for our times”. Sometimes I love Editor.
“A book that almost turns its own pages.” Daily Express
published in the US by Bywater Books
love and affairs, suburbia and settling, how relationships are
“Both funny and compassionate … a sassy, frank and wickedly convincing page-turner.” The List
lap-dancer gives birth to 2nd messiah (plus Marian theology re concept of acquiescence)
“A sharp-edged satire about mental health and ownership of the body … a witty, funky tale of divine intervention.” The Big Issue
and there’s these crime books, the Saz Martin series :
the first Saz book, my First Book. (I didn’t start calling my books novels for quite a while, I often don’t still. obviously.)
5= The Big Gay Read (I’m particularly proud about this, as it was the only book in the top five that hadn’t been on telly!)
“Funny, sharp and sexy … an impressive debut.” Telegraph
the 2nd Saz book, Molly arrives, bad things happen (not connected)
“A pleasure and a relief to read someone who is not only first-class, but also thoroughly in tune with today’s attitudes, feelings and language.” The Times
Beneath the Blonde
3rd Saz book, bands/groupies/group dynamics (years in the same impro company!) – and a twist
“Duffy gives good story.” Time Out
Saz 4, Saz and Molly get pregnant, past secrets, gay as family
“Confirms without doubt that she’s very near the top of the new generation of modern crime writers.” The Times
Mouths of Babes
the 5th/final (? well, so far) Saz book, Saz’s past in the present
“This book shouldn’t just be seen as a great piece of crime writing; it’s a fine novel, as good as anything you’ll read this year.” Independent on Sunday
Mouths of Babes is deliciously published in the US in Bywater’s Bloody Brits imprint, you can get it direct from Bywater here
or from amazon.com here – but don’t read the review there if you don’t want it all revealed! (lovely review, way too many spoilers!)
and, co-edited with Lauren Henderson :
sexy/funny/nasty/noir-y stories and not a hero-rushing-to-the-rescue (or a serial killer butchering prostitutes) in sight. yay us.
CWA Short Story Dagger Award 2002 for Martha Grace.
“No meek and mild heroines here. They’re tough and uncompromising and take no prisoners.” Independent on Sunday