Legend Press are delighted to announce a special anniversary collection of Legend Press titles. The Legend Collection will be published on 20th April 2015 and will feature some of our most iconic debut novels, including A for Angelica, The Well-Tempered Clavier, The Generation Game, The Life of a Banana and The Summer We All Ran Away.
Legend Press was founded on 20th April 2005 by Tom Chalmers, then aged 25, from his flat in North London, and has gone on to become one of the UK’s leading independent publishers. The Legend Press Collection titles are being re-released with new limited edition covers and will form part of a wide-ranging celebration for the company’s anniversary.
Lauren Parsons, Commissioning Editor of Legend Press, commented:
“We are delighted to be showcasing this collection as part of our ten year celebration. These books encompass some of the best of Legend Press. We want to stand for quality, offering a platform for the most talented writers and providing the reader with books that will stay with them forever. This is something we hope to continue to do for many years to come.”
Information on the titles in the Legend Press Collection:
A for Angelica by Iain Broome: is set in a northern mining town. The novel deftly draws us into the secretive life of troubled Gordon Kingdom. Gordon struggles with the fate of his seriously ill wife and patiently observes the unusual goings-on of his neighbours in Cressingham Vale. The arrival of the enigmatic Angelica prompts Gordon to make difficult decisions, as well as to embark on a flurry of cake baking.
The Well-Tempered Clavier by William Coles: tells the story of a torrid, intensely emotional love affair that develops between schoolboy Kim and his 23-year-old female piano teacher, the beguiling but pained India. 25-years later, Kim looks back on the life-changing experience and sees how enemies, strict constraints and ultimately his own jealousy destroyed the haven that had been created. On finally uncovering the reason for India’s secret hurt, the novel reaches a destructive finale that still haunts Kim all these years later, as does the music that she taught him to love, Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.
The Generation Game by Sophie Duffy: Philippa Smith is in her forties and has a beautiful newborn baby girl. She also has no husband, and nowhere to turn, so she turns to the only place she knows: the beginning. Retracing her life, she confronts the daily obstacles that shaped her very existence. From the tragic events of her childhood abandonment, to the astonishing accomplishments of those close to her, Philippa learns of the sacrifices others chose to make, and the outcome of buried secrets. Philippa discovers a celebration of life, love, and the Golden era of television.
The Life of a Banana by PP Wong: Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana – yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and Hollywood actress Auntie Mei. Her only friend is Jay - a mixed raced Jamaican boy with a passion for classical music. Then Xing Li’s life takes an even harsher turn: the school bullying escalates and her uncle requests she assist him in an unthinkable favour. Her happy childhood becomes a distant memory as her new life is infiltrated with the harsh reality of being an ethnic minority. Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means to be both Chinese and British.
The Summer We All Ran Away by Cassandra Parkin: Nineteen-year-old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone. He is rescued by the oddly-assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country, whose only condition for letting him join them is that he ask them no questions. Nearly forty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. Set on his own destructive path, alcohol fuelled parties lead to deceit, debauchery and even murder.
As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to reconstruct the pieces of the past and uncover the secrets of the house’s inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events of that long-ago summer.