The UK’s Top Ten Books… Coming in June 2015
As we move towards summer, publishers are spicing up their lists with some early beach reads. Not that beach-reading has to be just for blockbusters; getting some quality time to read without interruption is perfect for all kinds of books – and this month’s selection is sure to make you wish for languorous hours by the glistening pool.
Our Book of the Month is the filthy, funny and utterly captivating I Take You, by Eliza Kennedy – sure to be a massive hit. It is backed up with some incredible YA novels, two thrillers you won’t want to miss, a blistering SF debut, and three novels that are already getting some serious attention (especially Laura Barnett’s The Versions of Us). Get requesting while dreaming of your perfect holiday reads!
Book of the Month
I Take You
Set to become a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, I Take You is a pitch perfect, hilarious and genre-defining comedy that mixes the classic with the contemporary. The set-up sounds familiar – Lily Wilder has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé, but is she ready to settle down? – however the execution is far from expected. Lily is a dream of a character, booze-soaked and self-assured, and following her will-she-won't-she journey to the altar is a hugely enjoyable romp, as well as a sly comment on sexual politics, monogamy and societal pressures on women. Serious fun.
The question “What if?” Is probably one of the most posed in all of literature. What would have happened had someone done something differently one day? How different would things really be? In The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett asks these questions based on a single meeting in 1958 between two students, Eva and Jim. There are three possible outcomes, and each one brings with it something vital, surprising and engaging. Already picked up for a television deal, this is going to be one of those huge breakout books in the vein of Life after Life and One Day.
The House of Hidden Mothers
It’s been almost twenty years since Anita and Me became an instant bestseller – and sixteen years since its equally well-received follow up, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee – but finally, Meera Syal returns to the novel. And it’s everything one could hope for – tender, often wildly funny and ultimately devastating. Shyama is forty-four and in love with a younger man. Together they want a child, and it looks like they might have found the answer in Mala, a young woman who has escaped from an oppressive marriage. But is everything as perfect as it sounds? Can both women find the happiness they crave?
All Together Now
Gill Hornby’s first novel, The Hive, was one of the most talked about and intriguing novels of recent years–and her follow up is sure to delight fans of that first book. The small town of Bridgeford is in crisis. The high street is half empty, businesses are closing and the idea of civic pride seems old-fashioned to the commuters rushing home from work. Somehow, the town seems to have lost its heart. Can a choir really help to bring the community back together? This is a novel with real heart and one that can’t fail to warm the spirit.
Simon Mawer is one of the most consistently surprising and unusual of British writers. His novel The Glass Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009, and his most recent book, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky was an international bestseller. His new novel is a superbly crafted Cold War spy story. Time and place are vividly and exactingly realised, and his tale of the double life of Marian Sutro – caught between loyalties to her war-time past, and her uncertain present – is never anything less than utterly compelling.
The Man Who Watched Women
Hjorth & Rosenfeldt
Of all the Scandi-crime imports of the last few years, The Bridge remains – with respect to The Killing – the most acute, unusual and insightful. Its creator has now turned his attention to the page, and The Man Who Watched Women is every bit as complex and addictive as his television work. This is the first outing for psychological profiler Sebastian Bergman as, against the backdrop of a Stockholm heatwave, he tries to uncover the truth about a series of murders, only to find himself implicated in their violence. Stunning.
For those who like their adventure fast-paced, exciting and with a healthy dose of wit, Dark Run is an absolute must. Captain Ichabod Drift and a varied cast of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers search the vastness of space aboard the Keiko. They only talk about the next job, and never the past. Until Drift is blackmailed into an assignment that threatens all of their lives. It’s a job so dangerous, no one can know they’re even doing it. What they call a dark run…
Award-winning Bryony Pearce returns with the first of a new YA trilogy set in a future world where fossil fuels have run out, and democracy has collapsed. Toby has been on the run for as long as he can remember, his father a wanted man. Now aboard ragtag ship called the Phoenix, he longs for peace. However, an old enemy is hot on their trail. There seems no hope, until he meets Ayla…
It's About Love
From the hugely popular author of Tape, this very special YA novel has that secret, indefinable ingredient which makes writers such as John Green such a phenomenon. This is the story of Luke and Leia, who unlike in Star Wars are not brother and sister, but are meant for each other. At least it appears so. But like in Star Wars, there are monsters everywhere – from the past in this case. And the past can be a scary place…
The Fire Children
Yulla has spent her life in the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness and forbidden to venture to the surface world. But curiosity gets the better of her and she steals above ground. There she witnesses the abduction of one of the Fire Children – those given permission to leave the caverns – and is thrown into a struggle that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. An electrifying, tense and often terrifying novel.