Handheld Modern titles are by living authors, and we’re looking for modern stories that need to be heard, from diverse voices. We want the stories by people and identities who get told ‘we’ve already got one of those’. We want to help the future develop from a diversity of today’s voices, not just the fashionable ones. We’re enthused by quirk, oddness and uniqueness. We do not dwell on misery. If this rings your bell, please go to the Authors page, and tell us about your project.
After the Death of Ellen Keldberg, by Eddie Thomas Petersen
translated by Toby Bainton
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This unputdownable novel by the Danish writer Eddie Thomas Petersen is as relentless as Anne Sofie’s smile, as unstoppable as her search for answers. It’s a family saga, a thriller without gore, and a portrait of Skagen in the dark and in the snow, full of alliances and old secrets. Toby Bainton’s gripping translation does full justice to the calmness of the narration. Discover Ellen Keldberg’s story as Mikkel blunders through Skagen in winter, following the elusive Anne Sofie.
3 September 2018, ISBN 978-1-9999448-4-1, £12.99
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Handheld Press is proud to be publishing the UK edition of award-winning novelist Nicola Griffith’s stupendous new novel, published in the USA on 15 May 2018.
How do you defend yourself when you can’t trust your own body? How do you face down danger when everyone, including you, believes you are helpless and monsters are coming? You find your people, and you build a community.
Nicola Griffith’s So Lucky is fiction from the front lines, incandescent and urgent, a narrative juggernaut that rips through sentiment to expose the savagery of the experience of becoming disabled and dismissed. Yet So Lucky also blazes with authority, the understanding of the life that becomes possible when we stop believing lies, find our strengths, and learn new ways to fight.
“The narrator of Griffith’s new novel, after her award-winning Hild, is head of an Aids foundation in Georgia. Shortly after breaking up with her wife, she discovers she has multiple sclerosis: “Sufferer. Victim. Was that who I was now?” With great insight and power, Griffith chronicles one woman’s fight to maintain her independence and grit [and] the plot twists into a sophisticated thriller.” BBC Culture
22 November 2018, ISBN 978-1-912766-00-0, £12.99