• Hambourg, 1946.
    Après la défaite des forces de l'Axe, le pays est en ruines et la nation brisée. Lewis Morgan, colonel de l'armée britannique est chargé de superviser les opérations de reconstruction de ce territoire dévasté et de " dénazification " de la population. Ses supérieurs réquisitionnent à son intention une belle demeure sur les bords de l'Elbe, où son épouse, Rachael, et son fils Edmund vont bientôt le rejoindre.
    Refusant de mettre les propriétaires allemands - un veuf et sa fille traumatisée - à la porte de chez eux, Lewis insiste pour que les deux familles partagent la maison. Dans cette ambiance oppressante, inimitiés et hostilités vont laisser place à un sentiment plus fort encore : la passion...


  • "Un divertissement fabuleux... Un livre irrésistiblement excentrique, à lire absolument."The Times
    "Une comédie douce-amère sur l'éducation sentimentale d'une drôlerie hors du commun." Daily Mail
    1980, États-Unis.
    Llew Jones, jeune Gallois d'une vingtaine d'années, souhaite voir les États-Unis et écrire le roman de sa vie.
    Installé depuis peu dans la demeure de sa tante dans les montagnes Catskills, il passe son temps à flâner, fumer de l'herbe et lire.
    Un beau matin, alors qu'il est plongé dans sa lecture au bord d'une rivière, un homme étrange l'aborde. Joe Bosco, vendeur de papillons aussi charismatique qu'exaspérant, lui propose de l'accompagner à travers le pays pour développer son commerce de specimens rares.
    Commence alors un voyage extraordinaire qui finit pourtant par échapper à leur contrôle, le jour où Joe disparaît. Llew se retrouve en prison et il n'a plus qu'une seule chance pour s'en sortir : convaincre tout le monde que sa version des faits est la bonne.

  • 12-21 vous offre les premiers chapitres de sa sélection de romans de la rentrée littéraire :
    - Courir sur la faille, Naomi Benaron - Dans la maison de l'autre, Rhidian Brook - Ceux de l'autre rive, Christopher Buehlman - LSD 67, Alexandre Mathis (en coédition avec les éditions Serge Safran) - Uniques, Dominique Paravel (en coédition avec les éditions Serge Safran) - Les disparus de Mapleton, Tom Perrotta Découvrez de nouvelles voix de la littérature française et étrangère.

  • The Testimony of Talieson Jones is a lyrical and acutely perceptive coming-of-age tale about faith, doubt and growing up, from Rhidian Brook, the accalimed author of The Aftermath.

    Taliesin Jones is a boy on the brink of adulthood, faced for the first time with life's biggest questions.

    Taliesin's life is falling apart: his mother has run off with her hairdresser, his father's temper is out of control and his brother has been ominously mute for weeks. Even more distressing than Taliesin's dysfunctional family are his classmates' claims that God does not exist. Deeply troubled by life's uncertainty, the boy seeks answers in the unlikely figure of Billy Evans, an old man with an exceptional - possibly even miraculous - talent.

    The Testimony of Taliesin Jones is an extraordinary novel, exploring the space between childhood and adulthood, between belief and doubt.

    'A beautiful meditation on childhood... and a panacea for a cynical age' The Times 'A rare, beautiful evocation of childhood, faith and hope. Extraordinary. I utterly believed it' Victoria Hislop, author of The Island 'Brook's debut is one of quiet miracles . . . in the marvellous way he is able to convince us of the power of faith' Sunday Times 'Poetic' Guardian Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television drama and film. The Testimony of Taliesin Jones won several prizes, including the Somerset Maugham Award. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Paris Review, New Statesman and Time Out, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor to 'Thought For The Day' on the Today programme.

  • The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook is a superbly controlled emotional thriller of passion, betrayal and conscience, set in post-War Germany.

    'Masterly ... the story develops with many a deft twist ... Brook wrings every drop of feeling out of a gripping human situation, and his vignettes of war-ravaged Hamburg are superb' Mail on Sunday, Novel of the Week 'Rhidian Brook takes a piece of history I thought I knew well and breaks it open. The Aftermath is a compelling, surprising and moving novel' Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast 'A moving, always enthralling journey ... Rhidian Brook has written a brilliant novel' Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan has requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife Rachael and only remaining son Edmund.

    But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatised daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

    The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transforming power of forgiveness.

    'Arresting, unsettling and compelling; suffused with suffering and hope' Claire Messud, author of The Emperor's Children The Aftermath is being developed as a feature film by Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free and BBC Films.

    Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television drama and film. His first novel The Testimony of Taliesin Jones won several prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Paris Review, New Statesman and Time Out, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor to 'Thought For The Day' on the Today programme.

  • Sent by the Salvation Army to bear witness to the work they were doing in response to the Aids pandemic, Rhidian Brook, his wife and two children, follow a tril of devastation through communities still shattered and being broken by the disease. He met truck stop workers in Kenya, victims of rape in Rwanda, child-headed families in Soweto, children of prostitutes in India. A remarkable journey amongst the infected and the affected through a world that, despite seeming on the brink of collapse, is bein held together, not by power, politics, guns and money, but by small acts of kindness from people living with more hope than chance of surviving AIDS and HIV.

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