The Darling Books of May - Cast Your Eye on This Summary of Books We've Loved This Month

"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" but they can't blow away the stacks of new books that were released this month. This month has delivered addictive ficiton, page-turning non-ficton, delightful debuts, evocative eBooks and much, much more. Keep reading for a summary for all the books that are "more lovely and more temperate" than any british summer day. 

Fiction Books of the Month

Beautiful, vivid and captivating are just some of the words used to descibe the books in our May Books of the Month section. Keep reading for a snippet of our Expert's review, or click here to browse the Book of the Month section.

Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone - Super-suspenseful, addictively twisty, and 100% unpredictable, this exhilarating revenge thriller sees an American couple’s pasts slice to the core of international politics.

Kalmann by Joachim B. Schmidt - This affectionately comical yet beautiful and unique Icelandic mystery ensures the reader sits on the edge of a precipice before understanding strikes.

All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay - This remarkably vivid, dynamic and beautifully thought-provoking tale reaches into great and small actions and consequences.

The House with the Golden Door by Elodie HarperLove, lust, loyalty, treachery, power, revenge and redress — this enthralling story of a freed Pompeii prostitute is an explosive triumph.

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason - On the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022, never has a book title more perfectly summed up the highs and lows of life.

What Eden Did Next by Sheila O'Flanagan - A joyous tale about love, friendship and healing that will leave you glowing like a warm summer’s day on the Irish coast.

True Biz by Sara Novic - From seismic coming-of-age shifts in students, to the middle age crises of a headmistress, this incisive story set in a school for the deaf is a luminous ode to Deaf culture and political awakening.

Who's Lying Now? by Susan Lewis - Someone is missing. Someone is lying. Who knows the truth? Suspicion, doubt, passion and fear take centre-stage in this captivatingly tense crime drama.

Non-Fiction Books of the Month

These non-ficiton Book of the Month titles are hand picked for readers looking to find out something more about the world we live in, rather than heading off into the realm of fiction. Click here to find out more about our non-fiction selection.

Traitor King by Andrew Lownie - Meticulously researched, juicily detailed, and delivered with all the page-turning pace of a thriller, this is a consummately revelatory read.

England on Fire by Stephen Ellcock - Fascinating, vibrant, and overwhelmingly powerful, this is a unique look at England in its magical and rebellious glory.

Queen Elizabeth II: An Oral History by Deborah Hart Strober, Gerald Strober - Packed with opinion, facts and personal accounts from those who were there, this unique oral history is a must-read for fans of The Crown

The Nutmeg Trail by Eleanor Ford - A handsome history-and-recipe-rich voyage around the ancient spice route.

See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur - Part memoir, part manifesto, Valarie Kaur’s debut is a call for compassion in troubled times

Debuts of the Month

Although this may be the first we've heard of these authors, we're sure it won't be the last. A varied selection of debuts sit in this section for you to enjoy. Why not click to peruse our Debuts of the Month category for even more recommendaitons?

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas - Desire, power-play, narcissism and manipulation — this darkly witty debut is an addictive, provocative bombshell of a book.

A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin - Delightfully charming, witty, and spirited, this historical debut contains a leading lady chasing a fortune.

Ellie Pillai is Brown by Christine Pillainayagam - This funny, heartfelt, true-to-life, coming-of-age page-turner fizzes with emotional energy and the power of music

eBooks of the Month

With long weekends and holidays everywhere you look, eBooks are a great way of bringing a whole library of books with you wherever you go - even if it's just to the bottom of the garden. Keep reading to find out more about this month's eBooks and click to explore our full list of eBook suggestions. 

I Belong Here by Anita Sethi - A beautiful, important, and inspiring exploration of our natural world and the author’s sense of belonging within her own country.

A Ration Book Victory by Jean Fullerton - An evocative and vivid multi-generational family saga set in World War Two, focusing on the Brogan’s in the East End of London.

The Shot by Sarah Sultoon - A fast-paced thriller that puts you inside the international newsroom, bringing to life the people behind the headlines

Liz's Picks of the Month

Without fail, Liz Robinson manages to find some shining book recommendation each month. This month's suggestions include books that are in turns powerful, delightful, vivid, fascinating and absorbing. Keep reading for a brief summary of her thoughts, or click here to explore Liz Robinson's catalogue of recommendations. 

All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay - This remarkably vivid, dynamic and beautifully thought-provoking tale reaches into great and small actions and consequences.

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby - This powerful, eloquent thriller takes you into the painful world of two fathers who regret past choices while seeking vengeance for the murder of their sons.

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez - Inspired by true events this heartbreaking, eloquent, deeply compelling novel explores the case of children in the USA being sterilised without their consent.

A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie IrwinDelightfully charming, witty, and spirited, this historical debut contains a leading lady chasing a fortune.

I Belong Here by Anita SethiA beautiful, important, and inspiring exploration of our natural world and the author’s sense of belonging within her own country.

The Hidden Child by Louise Fein - This intimate and absorbing relationship story of epilepsy forcing a family in the late 1920’s to reconsider their core values, is a fiercely emotional and provocative read.

England on Fire by Stephen Ellcock - Fascinating, vibrant, and overwhelmingly powerful, this is a unique look at England in its magical and rebellious glory.

Star Books

Our 2022 Star Books selection is growing, with another handful of brilliant books to add to the teetering pile. Coming with the highest recommendation from us, click here to see which books really need to be added to your must-read pile.

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