Top Ten UK books… coming in March 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 March 2015. It’s a great way for UK members to see and request what’s coming up – and also for all the US members to see what’s hot across the pond. The request links are for the UK edition, but where there is a US edition, you’ll also find a link to it.

March is traditionally the beginning of spring, and the start of British Summer Time, but the ten top titles for this month are all rather dark in tone. You’ll find some outstanding new crime, a petrifying horror tale, and several novels that examine the shadier sides of contemporary life.

After a vintage year for fiction, 2015 is shaping up to be just as exciting – but don’t forget to check out our non-fiction choice, The Forgiveness Project . It’s one of the most hard-hitting and thought-provoking things you’ll read all year.


Book of the Month, March 2015: 

The A-Z of You and Me
James Hannah
Doubleday
UK edition 
No US edition

In a year that has already seen a fantastic array of debut novels, The A-Z of You and Me has already caught the eye of many people. It’s a simple enough set up – the story of one man in bed, asked by his carer to make an A-Z list, a part of his body for each letter and to tell a little tale about it – but one that gives an unusual and affecting slant on love and loss. James Hannah has been compared to David Nicholls and Chris Cleave, but this is a novel with a unique and compelling voice, one that will make you see things anew.


 

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander
Essbaum
Picador
UK edition
No US edition

You may well have already heard about this uncompromising and deeply charged novel – and if so, you’ll be keen to find out what all the fuss is about. Anna Benz lives with her husband and three young children in, a picture-perfect suburb of Zurich. But alone and adrift, she turns to short-lived but intense sexual affairs to nullify her boredom. But one liaison leads her to an unspeakable tragedy, one from which she may never recover…

 

A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
4th Estate
UK edition
No US edition

Complex, yet emotionally rewarding, A Reunion of Ghosts is a novel unafraid of addressing the big questions in life – love, death, guilt, family – and does so in a narrative that unfolds with true grace and skill. This is the story of the three Alter sisters, childless women who meet in the last days of the last century to commit suicide. The reason for their despair is a family curse, one that they can’t escape, and one that has affected three generations.

Satin Island
Tom McCarthy
Jonathan Cape
UK edition
No US edition

Tom McCarthy has been at the vanguard of experimental fiction for over a decade, his work pushing at the boundaries of what the novel can and should be doing. His fourth novel, his first since the Man Booker Nominated C, is a thrillingly unusual and radical attempt to understand the culture in which we live, and how we live within it. At its heart is U, a consultant anthropologist working for a shady multinational corporation, tasked with discovering a theory of everything…

The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age
Marina Cantacuzino
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
UK edition 
US edition

These thought-provoking and powerful accounts from real life survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence around the world make for shocking, powerful and intense reading. However, the focus is on the impact of forgiveness, rather than resentment, retaliation and revenge. One of the most important books you’ll read all year.

 

Haterz
James Goss
Solaris
UK edition
US edition

If you’ve ever felt like lashing out at people on social media, but never had the guts, this revenge crime thriller is the book for you. Dave is an ordinary man with ordinary problems. But when he decides to take a stand against all the haters and trolls online, he soon realises he has been co-opted into a sinister world-wide plot. Endlessly entertaining, this is a crime novel for our times.

 

The Shut Eye
Belinda Bauer
Bantam Press
UK edition
No US edition

Belinda Bauer burst onto the crime scene with her first novel, Blacklands, which won the prestigious Gold Dagger Award. Since then she’s got better and better, and with The Shut Eye she’s written the book of her career so far. Anna Buck’s son Danny has disappeared without trace, but when someone claims to have the answers, can she really trust him?

 

A Whisper of Wolves
Kris Humphrey
Stripes Publishing
UK edition
US edition

The first in the Guardians of the Wild sequence, A Whisper of Wolves, has everything you could want in children’s fiction – great characters, amazing plots and healthy dose of magic and humour. When hunters from her village disappear without a trace, Alice suspects that something sinister is at work. With the help of Storm, her wolf companion, Alice fights to save her village. The Narlaw are on the attack and it’s up to the Whisperers to stop them…

 

The Raven’s Head
Karen Maitland
Headline
UK edition
No US edition

The Company of Liars was a huge and much-deserved hit, and this new novel from Karen Maitland is hotly anticipated. With a compelling mix of historical know-how and supernatural twists, The Raven’s Head tells the saga of Vincent an apprentice librarian who stumbles upon a secret powerful enough to destroy his master. With the foolish arrogance of youth, he attempts blackmail but the attempt fails and Vincent finds himself on the run and in possession of an intricately carved silver raven’s head.

 

The Damned
Andrew Pyper
Orion
UK edition
No US edition

Andrew Pyper, author of The Lost Girls, is one the very best chiller writers in the world, and this latest terrifying novel is sure to give you the odd nightmare. Ashleigh and Danny Orchard are twins, not that you’d ever tell by looking at them – Danny distant and shy, Ash beautiful and accomplished. But there’s a secret in the Orchard house: Ash is a monster, a psychopath who can feel only through bringing others pain.

 

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