March kicks off Spring with a bang, with an interesting blend of the brand new, the emerging and unsung. There are so many exciting books it’s hard to know where to start, but if you like crime, you must check out the next books from two of the most promising new mystery writers of 2017 – Daniel ‘Ragdoll’ Cole and Joseph ‘Sirens’ Knox. They are going head to head, so be sure to see which one is your favourite.
There’s also a second novel from Chloe Benjamin, whose The Immortalists is already a New York Times bestseller in her native US; while Sal and Asymmetry are debuts to watch. And finally, the superb Samantha Harvey returns with her most ambitious novel to date, The Western Wind. Don’t miss it!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Picking up a huge amount of buzz in the US, and soon to be a major television series, The Immortalists is shaping up to be one of the biggest books of 2018 – with fans including Karen Joy Fowler, Lorrie Moore, Louise O’Neill and Claire Fuller.
It’s 1969 and the four Gold children head for a grimy New York tenement to see a travelling psychic who claims to know the date anyone will die. Over the following years, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies of the fortune-teller. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them?
A tender, compelling and sweeping novel of siblings, this is one to treasure.
Daniel Cole’s Ragdoll was one of the creepiest, and most reviewed, crime thrillers listed on NetGalley in 2017 – and this follow up further displays the suspense, twists and characters that made Ragdoll such a hit. As London and New York are both hit by a wave of serial killings. DCI Emily Baxter must work with two American agents. But is all what it seems?
A powerful, deeply charged novel of sex, politics and the power of the mind, Asymmentry will be one of the most talked about debuts of the year. A woman falls in love with a much older man. A man waits at an airport to fly to Kurdistan. A celebrated writer appears on Desert Island Discs. These three events shape a narrative of bold invention and seering insight.
The Smiling Man
Few crime novels were as well received as Sirens in 2017 – and Joseph Knox’s The Smiling Man proves that DI Aidan Waits is one of the best new coppers on the beat. Waits is resigned to the night shift, away from major crimes. But then he finds a body, a man beyond recognition, his face set in a smile. And to find the man’s identity, Waits must confront his own…
Children of Blood and Bone
Macmillan Children's Books
Already feverishly awaited, Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone is billed as the fantasy novel of 2018 – and it does not disappoint. Zeile’s mother, along with other practitioners of magic, was murdered in a purge of her people. With magic within her, Zeile must live in the shadows, hiding her gift from all. But the time has come to rise up, and with that comes great danger, and great adventure.
The books we read as children shape us in a way we can never truly understand, and this pitch-perfect memoir takes us right back to the days of reading by torchlight under the covers, and losing oneself utterly in another world. From the most established classics, to personal favourites, Lucy Mangan gloriously evokes the pleasures of childhood reading, and what we can learn from it.
The Western Wind
A case could be made for Samantha Harvey as the UK’s most underrated writer. Her work is always different, always beautifully written, with a depth of understanding few can rival. The Western Wind looks like it could be the big breakout success she so readily deserves. A man dies in 15th Century Somerset. Was it an accident, murder or suicide? The village priest, John Reve, decides to find out.
Hetty's Farmhouse Bakery
Lauded by Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Trisha Ashley, Cathy Bramley is one of the best emerging contemporary romance writers in the UK right now. And this is the perfect place for new readers to begin. Thirty-two-year-old Hetty begins to think her family is taking her for granted. But things are about to change, thanks to a competition to find Cumbria’s finest food…
Chosen by the Observer as one of the debuts of 2018, Sal is a thrilling, emotionally engaging and highly moving novel of survival, protection and the bond between sisters. Sal has packed a knife, watched survival videos on YouTube and is heading to the wilds of Scotland. She’s taking her sister with her too. Her sister is ten. And that was the age Robert started on Sal…
The Wicked Deep
Simon & Schuster Children's
This brilliantly magical and mythical tale of watery fates and bloody revenge is a masterclass in fantasy writing. Centuries ago, the town of Sparrow drowned the Swan sisters for witchery. Each summer since, the sisters have returned from the depths to seek their revenge. But this year, things are different thanks to 17-year old Penny, and a stranger called Bo…