Welcome to our mid-May update full of the latest, best and most exciting books all selected by our team of incredibly experienced book experts. And don’t miss Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel, the winner of the prestigious Wolfson History Prize… a perfect gift for Father’s Day perhaps?.
Your monthly peek between the sheets of books yet to hit the shelves! Books like: Greatest Hits
by Laura Barnett – A musical journey through a life lived to the full and a compelling tale about making peace with our mistakes.
For those still seeking the next great e-read, stay in touch right here with the latest digital delights with our definitive list of the best in eBooks
Scared to Death
by Kate Medina – With a whipping, corkscrewing plot and fast-paced action, ‘Scared to Death
’ just roars along, ensuring a worthwhile and entirely captivating read.
You Don’t Know Me
Imran Mahmood – A captivating courtroom drama, and a poignant personal story that explores social disadvantage and London gang culture from a unique perspective.
by Alex Hanscombe is a truly touching, considered, and frank life story of the young son of Rachel Nickell who, aged nearly 3, witnessed the brutal attack on his mother.
Liz Robinson, one of our Lovereading expert reviewers wrote. ‘I felt pain, yet I also felt admiration, and wonderment as difficult choices were made while Alex and his father were in a world of pain and confusion. ‘Letting Go’ is at times a heart-breaking read, of course it is, yet it also compellingly celebrates life, love and family.’
Maybe you Missed... Mid-May Highlights
This is where we highlight excellent titles that may have passed you by this month. Titles like:
|A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson – An Agatha Christie-style mystery with Christie herself at the centre of it. Great fun; full of red herrings, clues and twists.
||Sound: Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst – Engaging and intelligently fascinating study of the nature of listening and the science of hearing.
||The Cardinal’s Court by Cora Harrison – Captivating, transportive historical mystery and a murderous journey in the murky corridors of the past.
|The Fireman by Joe Hill – Nightmarish, super-powered, mankind survival tale jam-packed with pulsing emotion, breathless adventure and quirky characters.
||An Unlikely Agent by Jane Menczer – An enthralling Edwardian espionage thriller featuring an endearing, independent female lead and lashings of intrigue.
New York born, but resident in Rome, Jonathan Levi
writes with a nimble style and lithe perception that demands your full attention.
is a ‘brilliantly bonkers’ (our expert reviewer) magical-reality tale of one man’s search for love and A Guide for the Perplexed
is a dazzling Pandora’s Box of literary delights: a flabbergasting feat of imagination. We don’t want to give too much away; you should really find out for yourself! Suffice to say Levi is one of our major author highlights in the month. Click here
The books loved by other book lovers just like you. This month, don’t miss:
|Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson – ‘A jewel of a read’; ‘Raw, high-energy and distressing’; ‘ … gripping thriller’; ‘ … brings something unique to the world of crime writing’ (Reader Reviews).
||Crimson Lake by Candice Fox – A sharp, clever crime thriller set in Australia that is menacing, absorbing and edgily entertaining. No wonder the author is being celebrated as a new star of crime fiction.
||Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – ‘A distinctive, funny and moving voice’; ‘Heart-warming and captivating’; ‘brilliantly written, bittersweet, thought-provoking.’ (Reader Reviews).
Already an established Historical Biographer, Lucy Hughes-Hallett has now penned her first novel. The first of many we hope. Spanning centuries and multiple relationships, Peculiar Ground
is a superbly written literary tome with a family drama at its centre. It’s a book of layers and levels and unexpected places. ‘A beautifully written, captivating and quirkily clever tale … I loved, loved, LOVED this book… a magical and appealing novel.’ (Reader Reviews).
May is turning out to be the
month to be a fan of History! The Wolfson History Prize
was founded in 1972 and has become synonymous with the best History writing. The winner was Christopher de Hamel for his book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
. The judges said “Imaginatively conceived, beautifully written and illustrated… de Hamel offers serious new insights in every chapter.” Find out more
While we’re celebrating a passion for history, this is the perfect time to whet your appetite about the upcoming Chalke Valley History Festival (26 June – 2 July).
There are incredible events, speakers and activities, as well as camping, glamping, re-enactments and an airshow. Not to mention the fabulous food! Interested? Look out for our special blog and join the show! Plus you can enter our competition to win a family ticket
We’re big fans of the short form here at Lovereading. A well-crafted short story is a wonderful thing; a mini escape, perfect for the bus or train and something to talk about with friends. New this month is Alexander McCall Smith’s Chance Developments
, a poignant collection of tales inspired by a series of old photographs.
Our If You Like You’ll Love category suggests books we think you’ll love, based on the ones you’ve already enjoyed! Say goodbye to the ‘end of book blues’.
Every Dad has his day. This year, it’s Sunday 18 June! A book is a thoughtful, lasting way to say ‘I love you’. It certainly beats another pair of socks or novelty tie. Click here
to see our collection of great reads, bursting with brilliant ideas to get in Dad’s good books!
Every now and then a crossover novel comes along that is written for young adults but is too good not to be read by older ones too! The magical, head-spinning first book of the new Spellslinger
series by Sebastien de Castell is just such a book! Perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy
, it’s a fantasy novel that’ll keep you guessing on every page, filled with wit, adventure and fantastic characters. There’s more than a dollop of magic too.
Rich and compelling and bursting with tricks, it’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Find out more
Once again, crime writing sleuth Maxim Jakubowski has been lifting the lid this month on the best books for crime and thriller fans. It’s an eclectic gathering which includes everything from literary studies of the evils of the Nazi regime to supernatural dangers and twisted school children!
His top two tips for success this month are:
Book of the Month Block 46
by Johana Gustawsson – A stunning, eerie and scarily real serial murder tale, translated by Maxim himself.
Highly Recommended Mischling
by Affinity Konar – An incredible, harrowing, beautiful and unforgettable novel about the horrors and huge heart of humanity.
If you have teenage children, it can be hard watching them go through all the trials and tribulations that life can hurl at them. Nicola Morgan’s The Teenage Guide to Friends
is essential reading for teens and parents alike, tackling the all-important subjects of making and keeping friendships, as well as what to do when they break down (as they do). It’s a truly illuminating read that you will want to dip into over and over again. Get it here
P.S. Don’t forget to enter our free prize draws especially the chance to win DVD box sets of Prime Suspect 1973
P.P.S. If you are a fan of fiction that will make you laugh look no further than the shortlist for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Our top pick is the outrageously funny, fast-paced and uniquely addictive Razor Girl
by Carl Hiaasen.
And that is just about all from us this month. We hope you get to use the extra light of the evenings for some window-side reading and we’ll be back next month to help fill the gaps in your bookshelf!