Hot off the press! Check out the books we think are the best of the best this month!
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012. With her dazzling, utterly absorbing style of writing Bring Up the Bodies focuses on the downfall and destruction of the charismatic Anne Boleyn. This is the sequel to the 2009 Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall the second in what will be a Tudor trilogy. The final book will be called The Mirror & the Light, and will continue Thomas Cromwell's story until his execution in 1540. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2012. Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012. May 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of Man Booker Prize 2012 judging panel, on Bring Up the Bodies... ‘This double accolade is uniquely deserved. Hilary Mantel has rewritten the rules for historical fiction. In Bring up the Bodies, our greatest modern writer retells the origins of modern England.’' Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012.
May 2012 Food and Drink Book of the Month. With five cook books to his name, and he hasn't left University yet, Sam Stern is a cooking sensation. And with his compatriots in mind he has written his latest, Virgin to Veteran, to be a contemporary cookery masterclass designed to get today's teens, 20- and 30-somethings into the kitchen and cooking with confidence. Lovereading staff with teenage children have already bought their copy!
May 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Published to tie in with an exhibition opening on 19th May and running throughout the year. A quite fascinating progress through recent women’s fashion for glamorous evening wear. A change that we follow from the highly structured and corseted New Look to the more recent trends of deconstruction and asymmetry with folded and pleated fabric showing new materials, radical new ways of wearing clothing. As ever with V & A costume books, the colours are rich and vibrant but I would just have loved a bigger book with more detail and I would have loved to see inside some of these costumes to look at their construction. Like for Like ReadingThe Golden Age of Couture: Paris & London 1947-57, Claire WilcoxFashion History: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, Akiki Fukai
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. A terrific romantic comedy drama for all those searching for The One! Sara and Tobey couldn't be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara’s other goal is to find true love, so when Dave asks her out, she’s thrilled. But then there’s Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobey’s goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobey’s real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet!
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. Prize-winning Marcus Sedgwick's gift for powerful storytelling is at its very best in this emotionally charged, no holds barred novel. When journalist Eric Seven arrives on Blessed Island with a mission to uncover a mystery he is immediately captivated by its breathtaking beauty. And by the beauty of Merle. Why does Eric feel he's met her before? And what are the secrets the islanders are keeping from him? Eric's story leads easily into stories set at other times on this idyllic place which hides a dark and bloody heart. Unfolding the cleverly crafted and interwoven layers to their dramatic conclusion is a spell binding delight. A Piece of Passion from the publisher: "A story of devastating loss and a love that never falters. Midwinterblood is skillfully delivered, finely plotted and written with the assurance that comes from penning twelve acclaimed novels. From gothic to gruesome, from spy thriller to fairy tale, from angels to devels, Midwinterblood, both memorable and cleverly constructed, is Marcus Sedgwick’s best novel yet."
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. Matters of life and death and the role of a passionate romance in them lie at the heart of this spellbinding story of how the worlds of the dead and the living cross over and collide. Gottfried Academy is no ordinary school… It’s a place where Latin thrives and the Undead and the living make friends. Renee is a Monitor at the Academy; she can sense death even though she can’t predict it. And she has a vital role to play among the Undead. When Renee meets Dante she knows he is her soulmate. But he is an undead. Will Renee give up her life to save him?
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. This is heart-pounding dystopian fiction at its very best. Insurgent is the thrillingly dark sequel to the New York Times bestselling debut, Divergent. No teenager should miss these great reads. Will have fans of The Hunger Games, Matched and Blood Red Road gripped.
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. Meet teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she hits the bright lights, big city of New York for the very first time! Find out how Carrie transforms from country girl to super-cool fashionista in the second explosive Carrie Diaries novel from the globally bestselling author of Sex and the City. Click here for Carrie Bradshaw's Guide to New York and here for Samantha's Top 10 Tips for City Girls.
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. If you had a second chance at first love ...would you take it? It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it ...and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Sequel to If I Stay, for which film rights have been optioned by Summit - the studio that made 'Twilight'.
May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross, before they fought the Immortals, they had already lived many lives. And so Luce, desperate to unlock the curse that condemns their love, must revisit her past incarnations in order to understand her fate. But Daniel is chasing her throughout the centuries before she has a chance to rewrite history. Click here to see the rest of the series and more by Lauren Kate.
May 2012 Travel Book of the Month. A brilliant, charming, engaging look at the sometimes weird world of the bicycle and bicyclist. The people who ride them (including over water), the people who build them (the revered magicians), in fact a huge cast of colourful characters and stories. A must for any fan of pedal power.
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. I am reminded of the 20s musical number "Anything Goes" here, for in "The Chaperone" it certainly does. This is 20s New York, the girl being chaperoned is the young Louise Brooks (the silent filmstar) and the whole prohibition and explosive atmosphere of the period is superbly realised. Our heroine is orphaned Cora, the chaperone, a lovely character in a dead-end marriage, bent on finding her biological family. What she discovers both in her marriage and her old adoption home are secrets that eventually all concerned will take to their graves. Highly recommended. May 2012 Book of the Month.
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