Monthly Archives: May 2017

Books for June

Here are some June publications all ready to pile up by the deckchair in the garden.

Jun Barton Fiona Barton The Child

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for 3 strangers, it’s impossible to ignore. For one, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another, it’s the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be uncovered, And for a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. Kate Waters, from Barton’s thriller debut The Widow, returns for another investigation.

June Craig  Amanda Craig The Lie of the Land

What happens when the metropolitan dream goes sour? Quentin and Lottie Bredin are about to find out when, unable to afford to divorce and having lost their jobs in the recession, they must downsize and move to a house in a remote part of Devon.   Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing – but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side.

June Billingham  Mark Billingham Love like Blood

As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner is brutally murdered. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world. Thorne and Tanner were introduced in To Die of Shame.

June Barnett  Laura Barnett Greatest Hits

Cass Wheeler – a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music world three decades later has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans – is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose 16 from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song. It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day – both ordinary and extraordinary – each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work. Barnett’s debut book The Versions of Us was a huge hit.

June Green  Jane Green The Sunshine Sisters

It was never easy, being one of Ronni Sunshine’s daughters. Publicly, she is the glamorous, successful, dramatic Hollywood actress. Privately, she is self-absorbed, angry, and a disinterested, narcissistic mother. Now in her 70’s, Ronni has had strange symptoms for a while, but has refused to believe her diagnosis: she has ALS, a degenerative motor neuron disease. There is no cure. Ronni’s three adult daughters – Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy – are largely estranged, both from her, and from each other. All are going through crises of their own. But Ronni is adamant that they must come home, and help her take her own life.

June Roy  Arundhati Roy The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety- in search of meaning, and of love. Twenty years after her Booker-prize winning The God of Small Things, here is Arundhati Roy’s second novel.

June Raisin  Rebecca Raisin The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower

Anouk LaRue used to be a romantic, but since she had her heart well and truly broken her love life has dissolved into nothing more than daydreams of the perfect man. Retreating to her extraordinary Little Antique Shop has always been a way to escape, because who could feel alone in a shop bursting with memories and beautiful objects. Another visit to Paris from the author of The Little Bookshop on the Seine.

June Courcy  Anne De Courcy Husband Hunters

Towards the end of the 19th century and for the first few years of the 20th, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The incomers were a group of young women who, 50 years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world – the New World, to be precise. From 1874, the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known ‘Dollar Princess’, married Randolph Churchill, to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Sparkling social history from the author of The Fishing Fleet.

June Gobi  Dion Leonard Finding Gobi

In 2016, Dion Leonard unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 150 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The loveable pup proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, managing to keep pace with him for over 100km. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget that changed their lives forever.  A heart-warming tale that will have you reaching for the tissues!

 

 

 

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Books to watch out for in May

Here are a few of the many books being unpacked in our libraries this month. If you don’t see what you want on the shelves, you can request books at the your library or online through our catalogue.

These two fascinating non-fiction books will be going on my reading list.

AMay Austen Lucy Worsley Jane Austen at Home

This telling of the story of Jane’s life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison.

AMay Gray Annie Gray The Greedy Queen

This is both a biography of Britain’s most iconic monarch, and a look at the changing nature of cooking and eating in the Victorian era. From her early years living on milk and bread under the Kensington system, to her constant indigestion and belligerent over-eating as an elderly woman, her diet will be examined, likes and dislikes charted, and the opinions of those around her considered.

Literary event of the month is surely the publication of a new novel by the author of Nora Webster and Brooklyn. Here he turns to Greek tragedy.

AMay Toibin Colm Toibin House of Names

On the day of his daughter’s wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family – mother, brother, sister – on a path of intimate violence.

We featured Laline Paull’s debut novel The Bees as a Readers Group book. Now it’s time for that difficult second novel.

AMay Paul Laline Paull

It’s the day after tomorrow and the Arctic sea ice has melted. While global business carves up the new frontier, cruise ships race each other to ever-rarer wildlife sightings. The passengers of the Vanir have come seeking a polar bear. What they find is even more astonishing: a dead body. An electrifying story of friendship, power and betrayal

The second novel in the Six Tudor Queens series. Can Alison Weir offer a new take on Anne Boleyn?

AMay Weir Alison Weir Anne Boleyn. A Royal Obsession

An unforgettable portrait of the ambitious woman whose fate we know all too well, but whose true motivations may surprise you. Fresh from the cultivated hothouse of Renaissance France, Anne draws attention at the English court. A nobleman, a poet and a king vie for her love. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks.

Stories linked to My Name is Lucy Barton but this can be read as a standalone book if you haven’t read it.

AMay Strout Elizabeth Strout Anything is possible

Years ago, Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer, spent time in hospital, with her mother at the foot of her bed to keep her company. Avoiding the distance between them, they spoke at length about people from their home town, the rural, dusty town of Amgash, Illinois. Writing these stories, Lucy imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers. And the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn’t it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way – even fleetingly – that we have been important to someone?

While you wait for Paula Hawkins new book Into the Water, here are two alternative psychological thrillers to try.

AMay Kent Christobel Kent The Day She Disappeared

Have you ever had that sense that you’re being watched? And you turn, suddenly, but it’s just a curtain, blowing in the wind? Or the dress hanging in the doorway? Nat knows something’s wrong. Her best friend, Beth, would never have upped and left without saying goodbye to her. But no one believes that Beth was taken – she is a fly-by-night, a party girl who can’t be trusted. No one’s listening to Nat. But someone is definitely watching her.

AMay Kendall Claire Kendall The Second Sister

Ten years ago, Ella’s sister Miranda vanished without trace. Now thirty, the same age as Miranda when she disappeared, Ella has grown to look dangerously like the missing woman. Ella becomes convinced that the man who took Miranda is watching her family. To Ella, this is an opportunity as much as a prospect of fear. It makes her more determined than ever to find out what happened to the beautiful and mysterious Miranda. Because who better than a sister to see what the police overlooked and to understand the missing woman?

The Hogarth Shakespeare series continues with Tracy Chevalier’s take on Othello.

AMay Chevalier Tracy Chevalier New Boy

Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day – so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

And out in paperback this month:

AMay Ivey Eowyn Ivey To the Bright Edge of the World

Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska’s hitherto impassable Wolverine River, with only a small group of men. Forrester leaves behind his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have. Adventurous in spirit, Sophie does not relish the prospect of a year in a military barracks while her husband carves a path through the wilderness. What she does not anticipate is that their year apart will demand every ounce of courage and fortitude of her that it does of her husband.

AMay Essex Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent

London 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Retreating to the countryside with her son, she encounters rumours of the ‘Essex Serpent‘, a creature of folklore said to have returned to roam the marshes. Setting out on its trail, she collides with local minister William Ransome, who thinks the cure for hysteria lies in faith, while Cora is convinced that science offers the answers. Despite disagreeing on everything, he and Cora find themselves drawn together, changing each other’s lives in unexpected ways.

 

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