Category Archives: Contemporary Fiction

This is the kind of fiction that stands out, gets mentioned and recommended. Usually set in the recognisable present, contemporary fiction is realistic with contemporary characters, events and dialogue.

Heartstream – Tom Pollock

Tom Pollock, described as “a powerful new imagination” by The Guardian, is the author of four novels and an ambassador for Talklife—the peer support network for youth mental health where he blogs about his experiences with depression, anxiety and bulimia. Inspired by those experiences, White Rabbit, Red Wolf,  is his first thriller for young adults. A clever, tense psychological thriller, it’s a shattering tale of murder, maths and the mind. Tom’s second YA thriller, Heartstream, is a story about celebrity, intimacy and conspiracy that asks, when everything you see and feel is filtered through the internet, how can you decide who to trust? It publishes in July 2019 ( Walker ).

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The Last True Poets of the Sea – Julia Drake

Julia Drake grew up outside Philadelphia. As a teenager, she played some of Shakespeare’s best heroines in her high school theater program and their stories would stay with her forever. She received her BA in Spanish from Williams College, and her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she also taught writing to first-year students. She currently works as a book coach for aspiring writers and teaches creative writing classes for Writopia, a nonprofit that fosters love of writing in young adults. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and their rescue rabbit, Ned.

The Last True Poets of the Sea
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