04 April 2018 UK Books

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April 2018 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …



Gun Love

Gun Love

by Jennifer Clement


In a Florida trailer park, 14-year-old Pearl lives in the front seat of a broken-down car, and her mother Margot lives in the back. Until the arrival of one Eli Redmond, part of a Guns for God programme, who presents Margot with a gun of her own. Author Clement is the president of PEN International.

Hogarth, £14.99, 12th April 2018, 9781781090640

Ordinary People

Ordinary People

by Diana Evans


Third novel from the author of 26a, which won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers, and The Wonder, is an intimate portrait of Londoners dealing with identity, new parenthood, sex, grief, friendship and aging, set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory in 2008….

Chatto & Windus, £14.99, 15th March 2018, 9781784742157

Little Woodford

Little Woodford

by Fiona Field


A young widow and her children arrive in the sleepy market town of Little Woodford, hoping to keep their previous life a secret.

Head of Zeus, £20.00, 5th April 2018, 9781784979799

No Live Files Remain

No Live Files Remain

by Andras Forgach


Thirty years after the fall of communism in Hungary, the author uncovered a horrifying truth about his mother: she was an informant for the Kadar regime who had informed on family, friends and even her children. This novel is a mix of historical fact and a fictional reimagining of his mother’s experiences. Rights have been sold in 14 territories and the film rights have been snapped up by Film4….

Scribner UK, £14.99, 1st April 2018, 9781471160592

Big Guns

Big Guns

by Steve Israel

“A wild political satire of America’s insane gun laws,” written by a former Democratic congressman who attempted to pass gun-control laws. The c.e.o. of an international arms firm convinces a congressman to introduce the American Freedom from Fear Act, a law mandating that every American must own a gun….

Head of Zeus, £18.99, 5th April 2018, 9781788544283

The Insider

The Insider

by Matthew Richardson


A bright, young Oxford academic is offered a role within Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee. He finds himself given a private office in the Palace of Westminster, a flat in Chelsea and the chance to work on the nation’s top secrets. But then he discovers that last person to do his job died suddenly. Second espionage thriller from the author of My Name is Nobody….

Michael Joseph Ltd, £12.99, 15th April 2018, 9780718183431



by Joanna Walsh


Love and loss in the information age as the protagonist travels across Europe after the end of a love affair conducted largely online. Debut author Walsh is the fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine and was awarded the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship in Literature for the manuscript of Break.up.

Tuskar Rock, £12.99, 19th April 2018, 9781781259931


Natural Born Learners: Our Incredible Capacity to Learn and How We Can Harness It

Natural Born Learners: Our Incredible Capacity to Learn and How We Can Harness It

by Alex Beard


From the crowded corridors of a south London comprehensive, to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through to the exam factories of South Korea and the inclusive classrooms of Finland, this exploration of the future of learning argues that we must change the way we educate in order for us to access our better future selves.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £16.99, 5th April 2018, 9781474604710

All That Remains: A Life in Death

All That Remains: A Life in Death

by Professor Sue Black


Professor Dame Sue Black is one of the word’s foremost forensic anthropologists, a job which entails piecing together the life and identity of a dead person before they died. This is a dispassionate yet humane account of her day job with mortal remains, whether from ancient burial sites; the result of murder, accident or natural disaster; or, in the case of her work in Kosovo, victims of genocide. From the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to the body of an unknown man found in Scotland (whom she hopes publication will help identify), this is an enthralling book about forensic science and the many faces of death….

Doubleday, £16.99, 15th April 2018, 9780857524928

How to Rig an Election

How to Rig an Election

by Nic Cheeseman


Based on hundreds of interviews with presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, election officials and more, the election-watcher authors expose the limits of national elections as a means of promoting democracy, revealing the six strategies that dictators use to undermine the electoral process in order to guarantee victory.

Yale University Press, £18.99, 24th April 2018, 9780300204438


President Carter

President Carter: The White House Years

by Ambassador Stuart E Eizenstat


By the man who served as his chief domestic policy advisor, a “definitive” history of Jimmy Carter’s “underappreciated” US presidency which, Eizenstat claims, set up numerous successful later presidencies….

St Martin’s Press, £26.99, 9th April 2018, 9781250104557

Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In

Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In

by Henry Eliot


“Take hold of Ariadne’s thread and turn the pages”. This immersive journey into the labyrinthine world of mazes traces dozens of real and historical mazes, and their uses in literature, art and film, from Pac-Man and Picasso, to Kubrick and Kafka. Designed so the text coils around the pages, recreating the experience of walking a labyrinth….

Particular Books, £16.99, 2nd April 2018, 9781846149313

Historical Noir (Pocket Essentials (Paperback))

Historical Noir

by Barry Forshaw


This latest addition to the crime-fiction guru’s Noir series offers his perspective on historical crime fiction, from Ellis Peters’ crime-solving monk Cadfael and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, to the army of historical sleuths now operating from the mean streets of almost every conceivable historical period….

Pocket Essentials, £9.99, 26th April 2018, 9780857301352

The British Museum (The Landmark Library)

The British Museum

by James Hamilton


Concise history of the British Museum, from its founding in 1753 as the first national public museum in the world.

Head of Zeus, £18.99, 5th April 2018, 9781786691835

France: A History: from Gaul to de Gaulle

France: A Short History: from Gaul to de Gaulle

by John Julius Norwich


The renowned historian, now aged 88, with the book “he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best.” From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne, Marie Antoinette, the storming of the Bastille, Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, it’s billed as a witty account of 2,000 years of French history….

John Murray Publishers Ltd, £25.00, 5th April 2018, 9781473663831

A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

by Roland Philipps


This debut by the former John Murray publisher tells the story of the most enigmatic member of the Cambridge spy ring, Donald Maclean, a tale which involved both of Philipps’ grandfathers. Drawing on previously classified material, he unravels the contradictions of Maclean’s character, showing how this star diplomat and establishment insider turned Russian spy, driven by passionately held beliefs. Phillips shows why the story of the Cambridge spies continues to enthrall….

The Bodley Head Ltd, £20.00, 15th April 2018, 9781847923936

Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer

Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer

by Ross Raisin


The award-winning author of God’s Own Country demystifies the process of writing a novel or a short story in this accessible and jargon-free guide aimed at aspiring writers of all ages and abilities….

Laurence King Publishing, £12.99, 30th April 2018, 9781786271976

Prohibition: A Concise History

Prohibition: A Concise History

by W. J. Rorabaugh


Short and accessible history of Prohibition, which traces its origins back to the evangelical-based voluntary abstinence movement of the early 1800s, and shows how it all collapsed due to gangster violence and the need for government alcohol revenue during the Great Depression.

Oxford University Press Inc, £12.99, 1st December 2017, 9780190689933


IWM The First World War (Imperial War Museum)

IWM The First World War

by Gary Sheffield


Produced in association with the Imperial War Museum, a single-volume illustrated history of the First World War across all its geographical theatres, published to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict in 2018.

Andre Deutsch Ltd, £25.00, 5th April 2018, 9780233005324

Rolling Stone 50 Years of Covers: A History of the Most Influential Magazine in Pop Culture

Rolling Stone Covers / 50 Years

by Jann S. Wenner


From The Beatles to “Hamilton” mania, half a century of covers from 50 years of Rolling Stone….

Abrams, £30.00, 1st April 2018, 9781419729027

Paperbacks : Fiction


One-Eyed Man, The ;

The One-eyed Man

by Ron Currie


A broken-hearted man, who has lost his wife, becomes the inadvertent star of a reality television show after he intervenes in a robbery.

Penguin USA, £13.99, 3rd April 2018, 9780143110453


Often I Am Happy

Often I Am Happy

by Jens Christian Grondahl


Stunning cover for the Danish author’s story of a 70-year-old woman, Ellinor, examining her life after the death of her husband. She married him after the death of her first husband, who met his end in a skiing accident along with his lover, Ellinor’s best friend, 40 years earlier….

Picador, £8.99, 19th April 2018, 9781509842407


Evening Primrose: a heart-wrenching novel for our times

Evening Primrose: a heart-wrenching novel for our times

by Kopano Matlwa


In post-apartheid South Africa, junior doctor Masechaba witnesses the rising xenophobic tension.

First published in South Africa by Jacana as Period Pain

Sceptre, £8.99, 19th April 2018, 9781473662285


Death in Spring (Penguin European Writers)

Death in Spring

by Merce Rodoreda


A forgotten Catalan classic, in which a young boy comes of age in the mountains after the death of his father. Marquez, no less, said that Rodoreda had “bedazzled” him….

Viking, £8.99, 5th April 2018, 9780241352540


House of Names

House of Names

by Colm Toibin


A top 10 Sunday Times bestseller, in which Toibin tells the Ancient Greek story of of Agamemnon and his wife Clytemnestra, their son Orestes and daughters Iphigenia and Electra. The Telegraph called it a “masterpiece”….

Viking, £8.99, 5th April 2018, 9780241257692


The Longest Night

The Longest Night

by Laura Watkinson


Ninety-six year old Emma, who has been living in Rotterdam since the liberation of the Netherlands, finds long-forgotten memories of her time in Nazi Berlin returning to her on the eve of her death. “A masterpiece of literary craft and concision; sparse, beautiful and hugely affecting,” said the Daily Mail….

MacLehose Press, £8.99, 19th April 2018, 9780857056092

Paperbacks : Non-fiction


A Life in the Day

A Life in the Day

by Hunter Davies


The follow-up to Davies’ memoir The Co-op’s Got Bananas! sees him working for the Sunday Times, living in London during the sixties and befriending the Beatles. The autobiography also takes in his relationship with his late wife, the writer Margaret Forster, who died in February 2016….

Simon & Schuster Ltd, £8.99, 19th April 2018, 9781471161315



Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films

Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films

by Matthew Field


A history of the making of the James Bond films. The hardback sold over 11,000 copies, says THP.

The History Press Ltd, £18.99, 2nd February 2017, 9780750969772

English: A Story of Marmite, Queuing and Weather

English: A Story of Marmite, Queuing and Weather

by Ben Fogle


Fogle explores what, exactly, makes the English English, journeying through wax jackets, jellied eels and Marmite. Fun jacket.

William Collins, £8.99, 19th April 2018, 9780008222284

Mauve: How one man invented a colour that changed the world (Canons)


by Simon Garfield


A history of how the 18-year-old chemistry student William Perkin’s accidental discovery of mauve, the world’s first chemical dye, in 1856 changed the world….

Canongate Canons, £9.99, 3rd May 2018, 9781786892782

A Forger's Tale: Confessions of the Bolton Forger

A Forger’s Tale

by Shaun Greenhalgh &  Waldemar Januszczak

The memoir of the man who was imprisoned for the crime of producing artistic forgeries, fooling museums and experts with everything from Anglo-Saxon brooches to Leonardo drawings. Written in prison. “A masterpiece of masquerade…A brilliantly wily reflection on the seductions of art and corruptions of the art world,” said the Telegraph….

Allen & Unwin, £16.99, 17th June 2017, 9781760295271

Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister

Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister

by Nicholas Shakespeare


How Winston Churchill became prime minister, with MPs taking just six minutes to cast the votes which would elect him over Neville Chamberlain.

Vintage, £9.99, 5th April 2018, 9781784701000

The Smell of Fresh Rain: The Unexpected Pleasures of our Most Elusive Sense

The Smell of Fresh Rain: The Unexpected Pleasures of our Most Elusive Sense

by Barney Shaw


A look at the biology, psychology and history of smell, including a 200-entry thesaurus of common smells.

Icon Books Ltd, £8.99, 5th April 2018, 9781785783418