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.


HiddenHidden
Emma Kavanagh
Century
UK edition
No US edition

The ‘domestic terror’ thriller has been one of the big genres over the last couple of years and in this follow up to Falling, Emma Kavanagh proves that she is one of its leading lights. A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He’s unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently. Imogen is recuperating there, waiting until she can go home. Surely the gunman can’t be after her. Or can he?

 

LoveLove Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals
Jesse Armstrong
Jonathan Cape
UK edition
No US edition

The co-creator of Peep Show – the most consistently inventive and funny television comedy of the last decade or so – turns his hands to the novel in this witty, lively and compelling story of love, war and bad drama. It’s 1994 and the former Yugoslavia is being torn apart. In England, Andrew would love to stop the war. But what he’d like to do – maybe even more than stopping the war – is sleep with Penny, who he is pretty sure might be the love of his life…

 

DecentA Decent Ride
Irvine Welsh
Jonathan Cape
UK edition
No US edition

‘Juice’ Terry Lawson rides again in this dark, dirty and repulsively funny novel from the undisputed king of cult British novels. A Decent Ride follows one of his most compelling and popular characters – Terry first appeared in 2001’s Glue – and introduces another, equally appalling yet wholly engaging character – Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey. As you’d expect, this is a hilarious, shocking but also deeply clever novel of depravity.

Last nightLast Night on Earth
Kevin Maher
Little, Brown
UK edition 
No US edition

Kevin Maher’s debut novel, The Fields, was one of the joys of 2013 – and had a real groundswell of support across the board. Last Night on Earth retains the wit and warmth of that novel, but also shows a broadening of theme and a more expansive canvas. This story of homecoming, fatherhood and bad romance is sure to be a favourite.

 

InsideInside the O’Briens
Lisa Genova
Simon & Schuster
UK edition
US edition

In a case of perfect timing, Lisa Genova’s new book is to be published not long after the international success of the film of her earlier novel, Still Alice (for which Julianne Moore won the best actress Oscar). This fine novel asks the question: What would you do if the body and brain you rely on suddenly let you down? Would it change the person you are inside? Affecting, true and tender.

 

cherryThe Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Cafe
Jenny Oliver
Carina Press
UK edition
No US edition

The first of a quartet of novels set on the idyllic Cherry Pie Island, The Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Café is a deeply indulgent romance full of beautifully drawn characters against a backdrop you won’t ever forget. Books two, three and four will follow in April, May and June. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Cathy Bramley

 

posiedonPoseidon’s Wake
Alastair Reynolds
Gollancz
UK edition
No US edition

There are few writers in the SF world – and well beyond it – who are as well received and critically acclaimed as Alastair Reynolds. This latest novel, a standalone, is a great place to discover his gift for character, plot and scientific realism. As the race to uncover the secret to faster-than-light travel hots up, a saboteur at work, with devastating implications for everyone.

 

wuThe Rebirths of Tao
Wesley Chu
Angry Robot
UK edition
No US edition

The Rebirths of Tao is the final instalment in the highly-anticipated Lives of Tao series. This is SF by way of comic books and James Bond, offering as many thrills and explosive set pieces as that would suggest. Wesley Chu is one of the most hotly tipped SF authors around, so do check out this wonderful novel.

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midnightMidnight Crossroad
Charlaine Harris
Gollancz
UK edition
No US edition

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse, comes a new, dark and unsettling novel, set in the very odd Midnight, Texas. It’s a place not of friends, but of strangers, a small, dried-up Western town, full of secrets. Just ask Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private…

 

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