Top Ten Books from UK – April 2019

One of the strongest months we’ve had in some time showcases all the best that’s coming in April. From Fiction to Memoir, from YA to Mystery & Thrillers, you’re sure to find something outstanding. And don’t forget to leave feedback when you’ve read your approved titles!

The Parisian
Isabella Hammad
Jonathan Cape
UK Edition

Acclaimed by Zadie Smith as ‘a sublime reading experience’, and named as a 2019 Observer hottest-tipped debut, The Parisian is historical fiction at its most affecting.

As the First World War rages, a young Palestinian, Midhat Kamal, travels from the politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of a newly tumultuous Paris. It is a trip that will redefine his life in a myriad of dramatic ways.

Candice Carty-Williams
UK Edition

Queenie was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life? A ferociously funny, deeply wise and hugely relevant novel, Queenie beguiles from the very first page.

How To Fail
Elizabeth Day
Fourth Estate
UK Edition

Based on the podcast of the same name, How to Fail is a funny, warm and instantly relatable book about finding yourself through your own mistakes. It’s an off-beat guide to life you never knew you needed.

Things in Jars
Jess Kidd
UK Edition

Jess Kidd’s unique blend of gothic, mystery and literary sensibilities has made her a huge favourite with NetGalley members, and this is her best book yet. A Victorian detective story like no other…

Home Girl
Alex Wheatle
UK Editions

Alex Wheatle is one of the UK’s most important and beloved writers for young adults, and Home Girl is another superlative novel. Naomi is in care but she will not be broken by the system. A classic.

The Dollmaker
Nina Allan
UK Editions

A magical fusion of fantasy and reality, The Dollmaker is compelling, unusual and captivating. When dollmaker Andrew answers an ad in a collectors’ magazine, he can’t know just how it will change his life…

The Way Home
Mark Boyle
Oneworld Publications
UK Edition

Some talk of going back to nature, but few go to the same lengths as Mark Boyle. This entrancing memoir traces his retreat from modern life and how we can all embrace a life ungoverned by technology.

Chemical Detective
Fiona Erskine
Point Blank
UK Edition

Pitched somewhere between Killing Eve and Orphan Xcomes this chilling, explosive thriller. Framed for murder, bomb expert Dr. Jacqueline Silver escapes prison and sets off to find those who wish to silence her…

Michelle Paver
Head of Zeus
UK Edition

Michelle Paver is one the most compelling voices around, and this new standalone is a masterclass in storytelling. Maud is a lonely child, dominated by her father, but soon the forces of witchcraft appear…

The Flatshare
Beth O'Leary
UK Edition

A laugh-out-loud rom-com, The Flatshare is a delightful breath of fresh air. Tiffy and Leon share a flat, but have never met. Leon works nights, Tiffy the days. What will happen when they meet at last?


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