SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019From the Author of the Booker-shortlisted novel, The Fishermen'Obioma is truly the heir to Chinua Achebe' New York TimesA young farmer named Chinonso prevents a woman from falling to her death. Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, he and Ndali fall in love, but it is a mismatch according to her family who reject him because of his lowly status. Is it love or madness that makes Chinonso think he can change his destiny?Set across Nigeria and Cyprus, An O..
Man Booker International 2018 longlistIn a forgotten patch of French countryside, a woman is battling her demons embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but at the same time wanting to burn the entire house down. Given surprising leeway by her family for her increasingly erratic behaviour, she nevertheless feels ever more stifled and repressed. Motherhood, womanhood, the banality of love, the terrors of desire, the inexplicable ..
With DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD, Man Booker International Prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk returns with a subversive, entertaining noir novel. In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. She is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she's unconventional, believing in the stars; and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is t..
WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019OBSERVER FICTION PICKS 2019 | THE HERALD FICTION PICKS 2019 | THE IRISH TIMES FICTION PICKS 2019 | SCOTTISH REVIEW OF BOOKS FICTION PICKS 2019 | COSMOPOLITAN FICTION PICKS 2019Latticing one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedro..
An atmospheric and thrilling debut set in Yorkshire - perfect for fans of The Loney and The Essex Serpent
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
'A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable' The Economist
'A cleverly constructed rural Gothic fable . . . Elmet is a marvellous achievement' TLS
'Pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children's story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godf..
2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION
A visionary work of fiction by "A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald" (Annie Proulx)
"A magnificent writer." --Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize-winning author of Secondhand Time
"A beautifully fragmented look at man's longing for permanence.... Am..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2016
'One of China's greatest living authors and fiercest satirists' Guardian
In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling labour camp, the Author, Musician, Scholar, Theologian and Technician - and hundreds just like them - are undergoing Re-education, to restore their revolutionary zeal and credentials. In charge of this process is the Child, who delights in draconian rules, monitoring behaviour and confiscating treasured books.
**Finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize****Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2019****Winner of the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction**From the award-winning British author--a poet's noir narrative that tells the story of a D-Day veteran in postwar America: a good man, brutalized by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it, yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself.Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-tr..
A spellbinding, eerily unsettling collection of short stories from the Argentinian sensation Samanta Schweblin, author of Fever DreamMouthful of Birds is the award-winning collection by Samanta Schweblin, critically acclaimed author of Fever Dream. Unearthly and unexpected, these stories burrow their way into your psyche with the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark takes on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing and blurring the line between the real and the ..
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019 Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019Shortlisted for the The British Book Award for Crime & Thriller 2020Winner of the LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, 2019__________'A literary sensation'Guardian'A bombshell of a book... Sharp, explosive, hilarious' New York Times'Glittering and funny... A stiletto slipped between the ribs and through the left ventricle of the heart' Financial Times__________When Korede's dinner is interrupted on..
*LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019*'Masterly . . . A signal achievement . . . Remarkable.' Guardian'A 1984 for our times.' Daily ExpressKavanagh begins his time patrolling the Wall.If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has to do two years of this. 729 more nights.The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and will never have to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.But what if something did happen - if the Others came, if he had to fight for his ..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZEWINNER OF THE GILLER PRIZEFINALIST FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL AND THE ROGERS WRITERS TRUST FICTION PRIZEFROM THE MAN BOOKER AND ORANGE PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF HALF BLOOD BLUESNew York Times Top Ten Book of the Year 2018'A masterpiece' Attica Locke'High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists mark this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars ... broadens inventive possibilities for the antebellum novel' Kirkus starred review When two Engli..
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012Winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the YearShortlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction‘Simply exceptional…I envy anyone who hasn’t yet read it’ Daily Mail‘A gripping story of tumbling fury and terror’ Independent on SundayWith this historic win for Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel becomes the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes.By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with..
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.'England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and late..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
'Expect vibrant, vivid and eye-opening descriptions of Middle Eastern life propelled by a tender storyline, all in Shafak's haunting, beautiful and considered prose' Vanity Fair
'Incredibly sensuous and poetic and evocative' Pandora Sykes, The High Low
'Richly uplifting... truly beautiful writing' Nicola Sturgeon
'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore...
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017.
Paul Auster's first novel in seven years. His greatest, most provocative, most heartbreaking, most satisfying work. A sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.
'One of the great writers of our time' San Francisco Chronicle
On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simu..
'One of the funniest, most riotously inventive and enjoyable novels you’ll read this year' - Observer
Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident.
But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language – an idea so pow..
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017.
The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovaleh G, a veteran stand-up comic - charming, erratic, repellen..
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015
Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction 2016
Finalist for the National Book Awards 2015
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance.
When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring acto..
At a family wedding Mevlut catches sight of a girl with whom he falls in love. After a secret courtship of letters passed via his cousin, she agrees to elope with him, and on a dark night the two come together for the first time. As they rush to catch a train to Istanbul, Mevlut realises he has been misled. But the die is cast, and the situation will determine the rest of his days. Over the next four decades in Istanbul, Mevlut works various jobs to support his loving wife and family; work that ..
*Shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize*
'Brilliantly translated by Fiona Mackintosh and Iona Macintyre, this is a heartfelt, dreamlike paean to Argentina s past and what might have been had the pampas been left alone.' Times Literary Supplement
A riotous romp taking the reader from the frontier culture of the pampas deep into indigenous territories. It charts the adventures of China Iron, Martín Fierros abandoned wife, in her travels across the pampas in a wagon with her new-foun..
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRIX FEMINA AND THE PRIX MEDICIS
WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRES ETRANGER
CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF 2020 BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, GUARDIAN, i PAPER, FINANCIAL TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, SCOTSMAN, IRISH TIMES, BBC.COM, WATERSTONES.COM
'A wondrous book. It left me hopeful; this is its gift' Elizabeth Strout
'An empathy engine ... It is, itself, an agent of change' New York Times Book Review
'A quite extraordinary nov..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
'In a country apparently divided against itself, a writer such as Smith is more valuable than a whole parliament of politicians' Financial Times
'Undoubtedly Smith at her best. Puckish, yet elegant; angry, but comforting' The Times
'A beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities... The first post-Brexit novel' Guardian
A breathtakingly inventive new novel from the Man Booker-short..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020: A searing, compulsively readable story of mothers and daughters, memory and madness, love and betrayal
'Arresting and fiercely intelligent, disarmingly witty and frank' Sunday Times
'Precisely written, resolutely unsentimental... A compelling book, beautifully written and with startling imagery - emotionally wrenching and poignant in equal measure' The Booker Prize Judges 2020
In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her arranged marriage to join an a..
With Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, Man Booker International Prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk returns with a subversive, entertaining noir novel. In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. She is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she's unconventional, believing in the stars; and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is t..
This is a shimmering masterpiece of a book...Strout is a brilliant chronicler of the ambiguity and delicacy of the human condition. Anything is Possible is a wise, stunning novel (Observer)
The words appear on the page as if breathed there (Sunday Telegraph)
Anything is Possible is wonderfully readable because Strout really can write you into a world until you feel you are there with her, in that house, that life, that little Podunk of a place (The Times)
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2018
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION
'Extraordinary... A devastating but essential read.' Kevin Powers, bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Yellow Birds
'Gripping, darkly humorous...profound.' Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment
From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, the scavenger Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them tog..
***LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.’Inspired by Mary Shelley’s gothic classic Frankenstein, discover this audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire.As Brexit grips Britain, Ry, a young transgender doctor, is falling in love. The object of their misguided affection: the celebrated AI-specialist, Professor Victor Stein. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his Mum again, is set to make his fortune..
The International Bestseller Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012. Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2013. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. Shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
'With ravishing sensuousness, it conjures up the lush landscapes and tea estates of Malaya during the 1950s Emergency ...A haunting novel about memory' (Sunday Times Books of the Year).
In the highlands of Malaya, a woman sets out to build a memor..
JOINT WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019Teeming with life and crackling with energy - a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood'There is an astonishing uniqueness to all Bernardine Evaristo's writing, but especially in Girl, Woman, Other. How she can speak through twelve different people and give them each such distinct and vibrant voices... I loved it. So much' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie'Hilarious, heartbreaking & honest. Generat..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016. SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2016.
Plunge into this hypnotic tale of female sexuality and power - from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Swimming Home. Two women arrive in a village on the Spanish coast. Rose is suffering from a strange illness andher doctors are mystified. Her daughter Sofia has brought her here to find a cure with the infamous and controversial Dr Gomez - a man of questionable methods and motives. Intoxicated by thick he..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2020
The Witch is dead. After a group of children playing near the irrigation canals discover her decomposing corpse, the village of La Matosa is rife with rumours about how and why this murder occurred. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, Fernanda Melchor paints a moving portrait of lives governed by poverty and violence, machismo and misogyny, superstition and prejudice. Written with an infernal lyricism that is as affecting as..
From the author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
Longlisted for the Booker Prize
'Startling, moving and overwhelming . . . Wonderful.' Daily Telegraph
'A devastating, disquieting and exhilarating book.' Psychologies
'Books this good don't come along very often.' Maggie O'Farrell
'Stunning and deeply affecting.' Nathan Filer
'A magically beguiling work, a triumph.' Financial Times
'A thing of total joy . . . thrums with rhythm and life.' Observer
Shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize 2018
On April 4th 1968, Martin Luther King was murdered by a man named James Earl Ray. Before Ray's capture and sentencing to 99 years' imprisonment, he evaded the FBI for two months as he crossed the globe under various aliases. At the heart of his story is Lisbon, where he spent ten days attempting to acquire an Angolan visa.
Like a Fading Shadow traces three journeys to the city: Ray's desperate attempt to evade justice in 1968; a resea..
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
A NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017
FINALIST FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL 2017
'It would be an understatement to call this novel an extraordinary tour de force' Sunday Times
The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War
The American C..
A visionary novel about our interconnected world, about the collision of horror and humanity, from the Man Booker-shortlisted master of the spine-tingling tale
'She has a gift for fiction that is pure, original, revelatory.' El País
A New York Times Notable Book of 2020
They've infiltrated homes in Hong Kong, shops in Vancouver, the streets of Sierra Leone, town squares of Oaxaca, schools in Tel Aviv, bedrooms in Indiana.
They're not pets, nor ghosts, nor robots. They're real people, but how..
WINNER OF THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2020 LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019The moving, powerful and urgent English-language debut from one of the brightest young stars in world literatureSuppose you and Pa were gone, and we were lost. What would happen then?A family in New York packs the car and sets out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl, they head south west, to the Apacheria, the regions of the US which used to be Mexico. Th..
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020
‘Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald’ Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail
‘An act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elements of Doris Lessing in the writing – a huge emerging talent here’ Fiona Shaw
‘A towering literary achievement’ Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
Rachel and Eliza are plan..
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2019
'An ice-cold skewering of patriarchy, humanity and the darkness of the 20th century Europe' The Times
'It's like this, Saul Adler.'
'No, it's like this, Jennifer Moreau.'
In 1988, Saul Adler is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. Apparently fine, he gets up and poses for a photograph taken by his girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. He carries this photo with him to East Berlin: a fragment of the present, an anchor to the We..
Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020, an enthralling Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance from one of Japan's greatest writers.
'Beautiful... Haunting' Sunday Times
'A dreamlike story of dystopia' Jia Tolentino
Hat, ribbon, bird rose.
To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed.
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
'Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.' - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies
In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first broth..
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Narcopolis is a rich and hallucinatory novel set around a Bombay opium den, as the city transforms itself over three decades.
In Old Bombay, they say you introduce only your worst enemy to opium. But in Rashid's opium room on Shuklaji Street, the air is thick with voices and ghosts. A young woman holds a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her eyes. Men sprawl and mutter in the gloom. And now there is an underworld whisper of a new terro..
“Nothing quite like this has ever been published before,” proclaimed The Guardian about the Neapolitan novels in 2014. Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, Elena Ferrante tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two women with unmatched honesty and brilliance.
The Story of the Lost Child is the concluding volume in the dazzling saga of two women— the brilliant, bookish Elena, and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Bot..
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE
IRISH TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR, DALKEY LITERARY AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR
A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, BIG ISSUE, i, THE ATLANTIC and LITERARY HUB
'A true wonder' Max Porter
'Beautifully written' Guardian
It's late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daugh..
What makes us who we are? And why do we lead one life and not another? The year is coming to a close and Asle, an ageing painter and widower who lives alone on the southwest coast of Norway, is reminiscing about his life. His only friends are his neighbour, Åsleik, a traditional fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in the city. There, in Bjørgvin, lives another Asle, also a painter but lonely and consumed by alcohol. Asle and Asle are doppelgängers two versions of the same person, ..
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018A wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe‘The best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period’Ann PatchettAn artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life b..
Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shi..
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***
In a tour-de-force that is a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.
Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television, who falls in impossible love with the TV star Salman R. Together with his (imaginary) s..
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE
A GUARDIAN SUMMER READING CHOICE
'A new kind of campus novel . . . Taylor endows his narrative with the precision of science and the intimacy of memoir.' -- The New Yorker
'A tender, deeply-felt, perfectly-paced novel about solitude and society, sexuality and race.' -- Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn
Wallace has spent his summer in the lab breeding a strain of microscopic worms. He is four years into a biochemistry degre..
'Bursting with vitality and variety, it's a tour-de-force' Sunday Times
Micah Mortimer isn't the most polished person you'll ever meet.
His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly. He measures out his days running errands for work, maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15, every morning). He is content with the steady balance of his life.
But then the order of things starts to tilt. And when a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his..
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2011
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.
Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt ..