Librarians’ Choice has announced the Top 10 titles for March 2017 that librarians across Australia love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the Librarians’ Choice site.
If you are a librarian in Australia, you can nominate titles for the Librarians’ Choice list via NetGalley!
It’s another exceptionally strong list this month – 2017 really is shaping up to be quite a year! Our top pick is a book that we’re passionate about here at NetGalley UK: Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13. We can’t recommend it highly enough. We’re also especially excited about the return of Hari Kunzru, an unexpected memoir from Richard Beard, and one of the hottest thrillers of the year, He Said/She Said. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
The author of Even the Dogs and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, returns with a shattering, exceptionally written novel that is destined to be one of the most celebrated works of fiction this year.
Amongst the moorland and farmsteads of a rural town in the heart of England, a teenage girl suddenly disappears. The town is soon the focus of the country’s media, search parties sweeping every inch of the vicinity, hoping to find evidence of her survival. But as the months go by, the town must return to their normal lives, changed and unchanged by the tragic loss of the visiting girl.
Jon McGregor’s portrait of a community in the aftermath of events that bind them all is tender, devastating and written in sentences that reverberate with love, desire, fear and hope. By the novel’s close, it feels like you have lived the lives of the wide cast of characters, and taken your place amongst them.
Reservoir 13 is that rare bird: a novel of exceptional verve and style that has heart, soul and a deep understanding of humanity in the face of adversity. Powerful and moving, this is a British classic.
Hari Kunzru has long been one of our most inventive and innovative writers, and this long-awaited new novel is his finest work to date. Seth and Carter are two twenty-something music obsessives. But their passion leads them down a dangerous road – an old blues song the catalyst that will force them to confront ghosts real and imagined. This is an explosive, brilliantly conceived novel of America now and then, and a book that revels in its incandescent and luminous intelligence.
He Said/She Said
Hodder & Stoughton
Already causing a storm with NetGalley members, He Said/She Said is a controversial, brilliantly paced and plotted thriller that asks what – and who – do you really trust? In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura and Kit interrupt something awful. Laura is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie – and four lives are changed irreparably. As the next eclipse draws near, Laura must confront the fallout from what she saw in the darkness…
The Day that Went Missing
Richard Beard’s family memoir will be one of the most moving, shocking and surprising books you read this year. In his trademark elegant prose, he describes the moment that changed his life: the death by drowning of his brother while on holiday. Incredibly the family return immediately to the same cottage – to complete the holiday. They soon stop speaking of the catastrophe. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory. This is the book that brings him back.
Pushkin Children's Books
This is a spectacular, dark and utterly spellbinding fantasy from one of our most exciting and talented new writers. Already acclaimed by the Bookseller as ‘an unforgettable feminist epic,’ Naondel takes us deep into the opulent palace of Ohaddin, where women have one purpose – to obey. Some were brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power. A truly visionary novel.
The Impossible Fortress
Faber & Faber
If you’ve watched Stranger Things and feel nostalgia for the films of the 1980s, this touching coming-of-age tale is the book for you. It’s 1987. Billy Marvin and his friends Alf and Clark see that Wheel of Fortune presenter Vanna White is on the cover of Playboy. They know that if they can get hold of the magazine, everything will change. As they set out on their mission to find the most wanted images in America, they’re blissfully unaware of the dangers, dramas and garbage dumpsters that lie ahead…
The Forever Court
In a NetGalley exclusive edition, read the first and second books in the award-winning Knights of the Borrowed Dark series! Denizen Hardwick doesn’t believe in magic, that is until he’s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. In The Forever Court, Denizen is getting used to his new world, battling monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops, and mastering his new magical powers. Read with caution, for once you begin, you may never trust a bookseller again.
Lost for Words
An intriguing and unusual love story of mystery, redemption and the very best books. Spiky, sardonic, and reclusive Loveday Cardew has as many secrets as she does tattoos of famous lines from books. Finding refuge in an enchanting bookstore, she thinks the past is just that. Then a performance poet walks into her life, and mysterious packages begin arriving for her. Someone is trying to send Loveday a message, and she can’t hide any longer.
Ashes to Ashes
DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is one of the best new cops on the beat, and Ashes to Ashes is his latest – and possibly most brutal – case. A lone killer with a taste for fire is on the loose, his victims chosen at random and then burned alive. But that is only the beginning. John Sagan, a torturer for hire, is also at large – and Heck must return to his hometown of Bradburn – a place he vowed never to set foot in again – to put an end to Sagan’s reign of terror.
It was the game that changed the lives of millions in the early 1990s, made millionaires of its inventors, and changed the way people perceived gaming. Magic: The Gathering combined fiendishly complex game play with addictive collectability and redefined what it meant to be a geek. This compelling story, told with gusto by Titus Chalk, is not just the tale of how a card game devised in a Seattle basement conquered the world, but also how it birthed and empowered a generation.
We’ve rounded up covers we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller!
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LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in March that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.
If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!
Additional LibraryReads titles:
The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck
(William Morrow • 9780062563668)
The Hearts of Men: A Novel by Nickolas Butler
(Ecco • 9780062469687)
Eggshells by Caitriona Lally
(Melville House • 9781612195971)
The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the March Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site.
If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!
Additional Indie Next titles:
Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books • 9780735212176)
A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow • 9780062356260)
The Hearts of Men: A Novel by Nickolas Butler (Ecco • 9780062469687)
Eggshells: A Novel by Caitriona Lally (Melville House • 9781612195971)
White Tears: A Novel by Hari Kunzru (Knopf • 9780451493699)
WHEREAS: Poems by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press • 9781555977672)
Librarians’ Choice has announced the Top 10 titles for February 2017 that librarians across Australia love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the Librarians’ Choice site.
If you are a librarian in Australia, you can nominate titles for the Librarians’ Choice list via NetGalley!
Additional Librarians’ Choice Titles:
To the Sea by Christina Dibley
(Pan Macmillan • 9781743547441)
The Capsule Wardrobe by Wendy Mak
(Black Inc books • 9781863958950)
Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Sean Duffy 6) by Adrian McKinty
(Allen & Unwin • 9781781256923)
It’s another exciting month with ten varied choices from all of March’s top titles. There are welcome returns for Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop; Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, as well as the very last instalment in the Geek Girl series. We also have some incredible new discoveries, including our book of the month, the brilliant Stay with Me, and the mind-bending Fever Dream. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Stay With Me
Already a favourite with NetGalley members, Stay with Me is a heart-breaking, compelling and engrossing tale of family, desire, marriage and the power of love.
Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.
Set amongst the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, this is an exceptional, richly emotional debut, exploring all aspects of the bonds of love.
Unlike anything you’re likely to read this year, Fever Dream is the first novel from the highly acclaimed Argentinian writer Samantha Schweblin – and it is a stunning work of the imagination. The premise is simple: a terminally ill woman tells the story of her recent life to a boy called David. It is the beginning of terrifying and deeply unsettling journey into maternal love and the strange nature of identity. Once read, never forgotten.
The Little Breton Bistro
The Little Paris Bookshop is one of the most treasured of recent novels, a huge seller with a huge heart. The Little Breton Bistro is another slice of French delight, a perfect blend of romance, gastronomy and je ne sais quoi. Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage, and after a failed suicide attempt, flees to a tiny Breton port, where she finds the perfect bistro – but will she find the perfect partner?
The Last Act of Hettie Hoffman
A cleverly structured thriller, viewed from three different perspectives, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman is a fresh and inventive take on the small town with secrets mystery. Mindy Meija’s debut follows the aftermath of the brutal murder of Hattie Hoffman, a young woman loved by all, and known by none. Local sheriff Del Goodman vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers.
The Really Quite Good British Cookbook
Edited by William Sitwell
This is the perfect premise for a cookbook: assemble the very best food writers around – Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Yotam Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver Gordon Ramsay, Delia Smith, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix and Claudia Roden to name just a few – and ask them one question: what do you cook for the people you love? Their responses are a treasure trove of lip-smacking recipes, all published in one sumptuous volume.
HarperCollins Children's Books
The last ever Geek Girl book brings the series to a dramatic close, with Harriet Manners on an epic journey to Australia. On the trip of a lifetime Down Under, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex, Nick. With early-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, is the fashion world about to turn ugly? It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go. A truly epic finale!
From one of the most singular and extraordinary voices of our time, comes a story of love, hope and war. Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and their love story begins. Before too long, they will need to leave their homeland. They will join the great outpouring of those fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world. A vital piece of storytelling from the masterly author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
John Murray Press
Tim Glencross’s first novel, Barbarians, was widely lauded as a scabrous, devilishly funny satire of the world in which we live now. In this follow up, we are once again thrown into the murky world of the super-rich elite – this time with Hoffer as our guide, an establishment man with money worries and a past full of secrets – some of which are now coming back to haunt him. Perfectly constructed and elegantly written, this is a superior thriller.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Nikki’s dreams of emancipating the women from the community she left behind as a teenager through a creative writing class look at first to be doomed. The women are barely literate, and do not seem to share her zeal for change. But as they begin to open up to one another, and share the stories of their lives, something seems to be stirring. But not everyone is happy with the results. Funny, touching and thought-provoking, this is a timely novel of crossed-cultures.
Sarah J Naughton
With so many twists and devastating implications, Tattletale is one of the most compelling and unputdownable thrillers you’ll read this year. Jody is haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. Then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility. Then Abe mysteriously ends up in hospital. Abe’s estranged sister Mags meets Jody and gradually begins to wonder whether all she says is true…