Top Ten UK Books… coming in April 2015

Every month, we get together to come up with a top-ten list of the UK titles we’re most looking forward to – and this month we’re focusing on books published in April 2015.

It’s an eclectic mix this month, with two SF titles – Poseidon’s Wake and The Rebirths of Tao – which I would highly recommend to those who wouldn’t ordinarily head out into space. Closer to home, Irvine Welsh takes us on a filthy, unforgettable trip with ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong unleashes his debut novel and Charlaine Harris returns with a non-Vampire tale set in the creepiest Texas town there is.

And don’t forget our book of the month, Normal. We’re predicting big break out success for this creepy and compelling crime novel.


Book of the Month, April 2015: 

NormalNormal
Graeme Cameron
Mira
UK edition 
US edition

Normal is an uncomfortable, but incredibly compelling read – and one that if you read too much about it before you start reading, will spoil the brilliance of the set-up, so no spoilers here! Our nameless narrator is a serial killer. He likes to hurt people. He isn’t the kind of person you’d want to spend time with. He isn’t normal. And yet, Graeme Cameron has decided to write this book in the killer’s own voice – a tricky, possibly risky move, but one that works incredibly well. Chilling, shocking and genuinely surprising, this is going to be a much discussed and much admired crime thriller this year.


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Top Ten UK books… coming in March 2015

Every month, we get together to come up with a top-ten list of the UK titles we’re most looking forward to – and this month we’re focusing on books published in March 2015. It’s a great way for UK members to see and request what’s coming up – and also for all the US members to see what’s hot across the pond. The request links are for the UK edition, but where there is a US edition, you’ll also find a link to it.

March is traditionally the beginning of spring, and the start of British Summer Time, but the ten top titles for this month are all rather dark in tone. You’ll find some outstanding new crime, a petrifying horror tale, and several novels that examine the shadier sides of contemporary life.

After a vintage year for fiction, 2015 is shaping up to be just as exciting – but don’t forget to check out our non-fiction choice, The Forgiveness Project . It’s one of the most hard-hitting and thought-provoking things you’ll read all year.


Book of the Month, March 2015: 

The A-Z of You and Me
James Hannah
Doubleday
UK edition 
No US edition

In a year that has already seen a fantastic array of debut novels, The A-Z of You and Me has already caught the eye of many people. It’s a simple enough set up – the story of one man in bed, asked by his carer to make an A-Z list, a part of his body for each letter and to tell a little tale about it – but one that gives an unusual and affecting slant on love and loss. James Hannah has been compared to David Nicholls and Chris Cleave, but this is a novel with a unique and compelling voice, one that will make you see things anew.


 

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander
Essbaum
Picador
UK edition
No US edition

You may well have already heard about this uncompromising and deeply charged novel – and if so, you’ll be keen to find out what all the fuss is about. Anna Benz lives with her husband and three young children in, a picture-perfect suburb of Zurich. But alone and adrift, she turns to short-lived but intense sexual affairs to nullify her boredom. But one liaison leads her to an unspeakable tragedy, one from which she may never recover…

 

A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
4th Estate
UK edition
No US edition

Complex, yet emotionally rewarding, A Reunion of Ghosts is a novel unafraid of addressing the big questions in life – love, death, guilt, family – and does so in a narrative that unfolds with true grace and skill. This is the story of the three Alter sisters, childless women who meet in the last days of the last century to commit suicide. The reason for their despair is a family curse, one that they can’t escape, and one that has affected three generations.

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It’s been a busy old month in the UK, as the Man Booker Longlist has just been announced (7 of which have been on NetGalley already – I hope you caught them then!) and of course the ‘announcement’ of JK Rowling’s new book and identity. But at NetGalley, we’re always looking forward, and these are the UK team’s pick of September’s new releases. There’s something for everyone – we hope you enjoy!

The Returned

The Returned, Jason Mott
9781472010803 (Harlequin)

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond…It’s a brilliant premise, and one that is wonderfully handled by Jason Mott. Both emotionally acute and chillingly      compelling, this is the kind of book you can’t help passing to the nearest person and saying: ‘Read this!’

If you are in the U.S. or Australia, please request those versions by clicking these links!

 The Bone Season

The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon
9781408836422 (Bloomsbury)

Paige Mahoney is one of those characters who gets under your skin. She is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and in the London of 2059 an enemy of the state. Captured and taken far away, she must fight for every last breath. This is an intense and imaginative novel that will linger long in the mind.

U.S. members click here.

Angel City

Angel City, Jon Steele
9780593068663 (Bantam)

Jay Harper, one of the last ‘angels’ on Planet Earth, is hunting down the half-breeds and goons who infected Paradise with evil in this cosmic thriller of love and hate. It’s the second in a trilogy – the first is available on NetGalley too here – and is absorbing, frightening and a little disturbing.

Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman 9781408841761 (Bloomsbury)

One of the UK’s best and most beloved writers returns with a book for children, full of his trademark mind-bending and bonkers imagination. It’s the kind of kid’s book we all dream of reading: riotous, silly and instantly taken to heart. Truly unmissable and genuinely funny, it’s perfect for reading aloud or for quiet reading time.

Hanns and Rudolf

Hanns and Rudolf, Thomas Harding 9780434022366 (Heinemann)

This will be one of those books that is mentioned everywhere in the end of year round-ups – and with good reason. This superlative look at two men – one, Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz; the other, Hanns Alexander, the man who arrested him after the war – and their actions makes for uncomfortable, but essential reading.

U.S. members click here

 One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter, Simon Sebag Montefiore, 9781780891088 (Century)

One of our foremost historians turns to fiction in this authentic and vivid recreation of Stalinist Moscow. At its heart is the question: if your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? It’s an idea that the author of Jerusalem: a Biography explores with subtlety and verve.

 Tampa

Tampa, Alissa Nutting 9780571303342 (Faber)

One of the most controversial books of the year, Tampa is the story of Celeste Price: school teacher, wife to rich, devoted Ford, driver of a red sportscar, and lover of 14-year old boys. Erotically charged, wildly funny and taboo-busting, this reverse Lolita is not for the faint hearted.

 The Paradise Trees

The Paradise Trees, Linda Huber 9781909593572 (Legend Press)

Informed by her work with neurological patients, Linda Huber has written a powerful and wholly convincing psychological thriller. On the return to her home town, Alicia Bryson feels that nothing has changed. And yet there is someone watching her. Watching her every move.

 Lockwood Co.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan Stroud 9781448121786 (Doubleday Children’s)

From the writer of the internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books comes an outstanding new series starring Lucy Carlyle and Anthony Lockwood – child psychic detectives. It’s a winning blend of humour, magic and scares that will delight 8-12s (and those a few years older too!)

 Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies, P.R. Ellis 9781783060689 (Troubadour)

This crime drama is a delicate blend of mystery and gender politics – featuring a transgender private detective on the hunt for a serial killer. It’s a new kind of backstory for a detective – we’re certainly not aware of another! – and Jasmine Frame is a complex and sympathetic character. Well worth a look!

  I hope you find something exciting in amongst our picks. We’ll be back next month to go through our top picks for October!

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