Mid-May email update

By peter on 18th May 2016

Welcome to our Mid-May (where has 2016 gone?) update full of the latest, best and most exciting books all selected by our team of incredibly experienced book experts. In addition to enjoying (we hope) our selections we would love you to help Lovereading’s sister site, Lovereading4kids, get to the next stage of the Virgin Media #VOOM 2016 competition by giving us your vote and do please share this competition link with friends and family too. Thank you v v v much.


Mid-May Pre-Publications

Where else can you read so many extracts of fabulous fiction before publication? Here. That’s where! Why not try: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan – First class and tightly woven, psychological suspense thriller. Or Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg – A chilling, compulsive debut about group mentality, superstition and betrayal – and a utopian commune gone badly wrong – it’s stunning.

Download and Go! - eBooks of the Month

As ever we have a smorgasbord of delights served up this month as our eBooks of the Month selections but we have been especially taken by Fire and Sword by Harry Sidebottom and Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must Be The Place. Fire and Sword is a powerful addition to the epic ‘Throne of the Caesars’ series with a story building layer by fascinating layer, ensuring an impressively compelling and convincing tale. This Must Be The Place crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage. Her seventh novel is an intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.

Unmissable Highlights…

These are the cathartic, beautiful and brilliant books that are not to be missed. Books like Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan – A breathtaking, emotional and thought-provoking family tale, set against the backdrops of Taiwan and the USA in the second half of the 20th Century. Sweeping and perceptive, this is human nature laid bare and sensitively told. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton. Inspired by the author’s time in Nagasaki, her first-hand experience of the legacy of the atomic bomb and by the themes of love, loss and the human experience of ageing, this is a truly wonderful novel about the intricacies of parenting, regret, forgiveness and the exquisite pain of love. Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 we think it will make a perfect book group choice. Alison Weir’s Tudor novels are detailed and hugely knowledgeable, her Tudor Queens series adds a touch of humanity to the infamous and often doomed wives of Henry VIII. Her first in this new series is of course on Henry VIII’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen. It plots her evolution from a frightened 16 year old to a spirited Queen. One of our Reader Reviewers wrote: ‘ … an enchanting, intriguing look into the life of Katherine of Aragon … I was mesmerised.’ Unrivalled by Alyson Noel #1 New York Times bestselling author is a pulse-pounding romance that has sets shelves ablaze over the pond. Now it’s here! It is the first in a new series called Beautiful Idols and is an insider view of Los Angeles and New York that throbs with mystery and suspense. Revel in the darkness that bubbles beneath the beach body perfection and slick city lives. It’s Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars! Tony Parson’s London-based detective series featuring DC Max Wolfe is an unmissable experience. We are very much enjoying the third instalment in the series called The Hanging Club, which is out this week, where vigilantes are live streaming hangings of people who have committed horrible crimes and got off lightly! Gripping, compelling and frightening are just three adjectives we would use. Read it or any one in the series – don’t worry too much about the order. Finally Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series has kept fans of the period gripped with his brilliant ability to capture the nuances of political manoeuvering beautifully, and truly breathes life into the men and women of this time. Ravenspur is the stunning conclusion to a series that is, quite simply, breathtakingly glorious from beginning to end. Find out for yourself.

Every Dad Has His Day! – Father’s Day 2016

This is not a drill! Nor is it a pair of socks, a home brewing kit that’ll never be used, a golf tee, a novelty tie or a driving glove. No. This is a definitive list of great books for dads. Make Father’s Day a lasting memory with a perfect, thoughtful and actually useful gift – a great read. Now, all he’ll need is the peace and quiet to read it in!

A Little of What You Fancy - If You Like You’ll Love

You know what you like, but where do you find new authors that are like your favourites? Simple. Here.
If you like Cathy Kelly you’ll love the gorgeous, almost dreamlike The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans. If you like Nadine Dorries you’ll love the warm hearted A Family Scandal by Kitty Neale. If you like Rosie Thomas you’ll love the captivating debut Eden Gardens by Louise Brown.

Maxim Selections for May

Crime aficionado Maxim Jakubowski knows his onions when it comes to picking the top reads in a crowded genre. This month’s picks are an irresistible selection of delights.  They span the 16th century fantasy world of Shakespeare to the outer reaches of the Galaxy, with side trips to Argentinian wineries, Icelandic bleak landscapes, Hollywood, New York, Montana, Moscow and rural ghostly America. Throw in a smattering of good old fashioned spy-romps and you’ve got a feast at the table of Maxim that all can enjoy! Top of the menu as his Book of the Month and Highly Recommended respectively: The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley – Profane and gripping and paradoxically poetic tale in the shadow of the horrors of the Vietnam War. A crime novel for the ages. And The Travelers by Chris Pavone – A dazzling conspiracy thriller. A fast-paced and complex hall of mirrors with a female antagonist of wonderful seduction and cruelty.

Self Respect! - The Very Best of independently published authors

Independent Publishing is getting more and more profile these days. In fact, imprints actively look for the best of them to add to their lists. But, people can be skeptical about the quality of self-published work. Fear not! We have done all the hard work for you and compiled a bookshelf bursting with books from authors who sat down, got their literary juices going and made it happen. So why not have a look today and perhaps you might decide you have a book in you too?

Cook Yourself Cool! – Cool Kids Cook by Jenny Chandler

The perfect book for budding Masterchefs. If you’re expecting kids’ food think again. Not a rice-krispie cake in sight in this fabulous, non-patronising book that aims to empower the growing number of youngsters interested in cooking. Cool Kids Cook has skills and facts about food from the shop to the plate, they’ll learn how to eat healthily, shop cannily and table a complete meal for the whole family. Once they are brimming with kitchen confidence there are also some more exotic dishes in there to show off with! A stylish, sophisticated book for pre-teens and beyond. Spread the word.

Bag Yourself a Prize! May Competitions

There are some simply sensational treats up for grabs this month. You may need a sturdy bag to put them in! Like our desirable, durable and geek chic canvas Lovereading book-bag! We have a few of these shoulder-hanging status symbols to give away. Usually a mere snip at £9.99, you can also bag yourself one absolutely free when you spend over £25 on books here at Lovereading! Click here for more.

Early Summer Book Festival News

Summer brings a flush of festivals the length and breadth of the UK, with the Derby Book Festival (3-11 June), the Wealden Literary Festival in Kent (18-19 June), the Borders Book Festival in Scotland (16-19 June), Chalke Valley History Festival (27 June-3 July) with 3 family tickets to be won and Althorp Literary Festival (30 June-3 July).

Finally, please can you help Lovereading4kids with a single click? As we mentioned earlier, we have recently entered our sister site Lovereading4kids into a Virgin Media Business #VOOM competition to try and get investment to grow the business further and make it even better. To get to the next stage of the competition we need the public vote and we thought (and hoped) that you would understand us best and know and value what we are trying to achieve. CLICK HERE to go to the voting site to find out more and just click the vote button and follow the instructions. Thank you v v v much.

And that is all from us this month. We’ll be in touch in June with some more recommendations to rock your summer including our must read Summer Reads. Happy Reading! P.S. Andrew Michael Hurley’s debut The Loney, published by John Murray, has won The British Book Industry Awards accolade of Book of the Year, beating off strong competition from 32 shortlisted titles including Fiction winner A Little Life, Children’s Book winner My Brother is a Superhero, and Non-Fiction winner Norwegian Wood.