Books to watch out for in April
The sun is out and tempting book lovers to enjoy their latest read in the garden. Here are some of the many titles we are buying for our libraries in April.
Arnaldur Idridason The Shadow District
First in a new series from the Icelandic novelist introduces Konrad, a former detective bored with retirement. When a 90-year-old man is found murdered, police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War. Konrad remembers the crime. Why would someone be interested now?
Lindsey Davis The Third Nero
The latest mystery for fans Lindsey Davis and Flavia Alba, every bit as good as her Falco series. Flavia Albia’s day-old marriage is in trouble – her new husband may be permanently disabled and they have no funds. So when Palace officials ask her to help expose a plotter in their midst she is obliged to accept.
Lisa McInerney The Blood Miracles
From the winner of last year’s Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, described as a ‘glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent’. The further misadventures of Ryan Cusack as he negotiates an unhappy girlfriend, a drug dealing boss and a shipment of ecstasy pills.
Fiona Neill Becoming Strangers
Nell Stone is at the peak of her career. Living alone, she is focused, refusing to let her personal life creep into her professional one. So when Nell receives a letter from Sadie, an old friend, she finds herself in the hardest position of all. Because what Sadie did to Nell years before is unthinkable, and unforgivable. But should the cost of Sadie’s betrayal be her life?
Claire North The End of the Day
Her debut novel, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, was a Richard and Judy piack and a big hit. In this new novel, Charlie meets everyone – but only once. Charlie gets everywhere. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life.
Claire Sandy A Not Quite Perfect Family.
From the author of What Would Mary Berry Do? Fern Carlile has a lot on her plate. It’s a good thing she loves her big, imperfectly perfect family, because she’s the one who washes their pants, de-fleas the dog and runs her own business. A hearty meal is the one thing that brings the Carliles together – but over the course of a year, the various courses also pull them apart. Will Fern’s marriage be over by the time coffee is served? Perhaps she’ll give in and have the hot new dish that looks so tempting.
Nicholas Searle A Traitor in the Family
Francis O’Neill is a terrorist, trained to kill for his cause. Bridget is his wife, expected to be loyal and stand by her husband. She has learned not to hope for much more, until the day she glimpses, for the first time, the chance of a new life. A life without violence, without secrets, and without knocks on the door in the dead of night. A life without her husband. A second novel from the author of The Good Liar.
And a few new non-fiction titles:
Ian Mortimer The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain
This volume tells you everything you’d need to know as a prospective traveller to seventeenth-century Britain.
Cherry Lewis The Enlightened Mr Parkinson
Parkinson‘s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, and yet few know anything about the man the disease is named after. In 1817 James Parkinson defined the disease so precisely that we still diagnose it today by recognising the symptoms he identified. Here, the story of this remarkable man’s contributions to the Age of the Enlightenment is told through his three passions – medicine, politics and fossils.
Alys Fowler Hidden Nature
Leaving her garden to the mercy of the slugs, award-winning writer Alys Fowler set out in an inflatable kayak to explore Birmingham’s canal network, full of little-used waterways where huge pike skulk and kingfishers dart. Her book is about noticing the wild everywhere and what it means to see beauty where you least expect it. What happens when someone who has learned to observe her external world in such detail decides to examine her internal world with the same care? Beautifully written, honest and very moving, ‘Hidden Nature‘ is also the story of Alys Fowler‘s emotional journey: above all, this book is about losing and finding, exploring familiar places and discovering unknown horizons.