05 May 2018 UK Books

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May 2018 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …


The Insomnia Museum

by Laurie Canciani

After the death of her father, an inveterate hoarder, 17-year-old Anna must leave the flat they shared, which she cannot ever remember leaving before.

Head of Zeus, £14.99, 3rd May 2018, 9781788541763


by Julian Gough

In a near-future world run by computers, young hacker Colt and his mother Naomi are on the run in a Las Vegas of self-driving cars and surveillance drones, pursued by the military and Colt’s father. Naomi must decide how far she will go to protect her child….

Picador, £14.99, 3rd May 2018, 9781509809837

Whistle in the Dark

by Emma Healey

Her debut, Elizabeth is Missing, was both a gripping mystery and a moving study of dementia which won the Costa First Novel Award 2014. There is another mystery at the heart of her second novel: 15-year-old Lana goes missing during a painting holiday with her mother, but is found, seemingly unharmed apart from cuts and bruises, after four days. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, insisting that she cannot remember. The more her anxious mother probes, the more secretive Lana becomes. A delicate exploration of the fraught relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter.

Viking, £12.99, 3rd May 2018, 9780241327623

Who is Rich?

by Matthew Klam

Seventeen years after the publication of his last collection of short stories (Sam the Cat and Other Stories) comes Klam’s debut novel, about a once-famous middle-aged cartoonist whose career has faltered and who is about to rekindle a brief fling he had a year ago. A study of midlife crisis, fatherhood and family, which is also very funny….

Fourth Estate Ltd, £16.99, 23rd April 2018, 9780008282516

The Nine-Chambered Heart

by Janice Pariat

Nine characters recall their relationship with one woman. Her character is revealed through their first-person stories and memories although her own voice remains unspoken.

The Borough Press, £9.99, 17th May 2018, 9780008272548


by Martin Suter

A bestseller in Germany, this tells of a street-dweller in Vienna named Schoch who wakes up one day to find a living, breathing, tiny, glowing, pink elephant with the power to change his life.

Fourth Estate Ltd, £8.99, 21st May 2018, 9780008264314

Meet Me at the Museum

by Anne Youngson

Transworld has high hopes for this debut from a 70-year-old novelist which unfolds through the letters sent between an Englishwoman, Tina Hopgood, and the curator of a Danish museum, both “with more of their life behind them than ahead”. A story full of tenderness, compassion and hope, reckons the publisher….

Doubleday, £12.99, 17th May 2018, 978085752551


This Book Will Send You to Sleep

by Hugh Barker

At a time when so many of us are apparently struggling to get a good night’s sleep, there’s something irresistible about the idea of this, the “world’s most boring book”. Packaged in Schott’s Miscellany style, it paves the way to golden slumbers by telling you everything you never really wanted to know about the political crisis in Belgium between 2007 and 2011, the growth pattern of holly, railway gauges and the bureaucracy of the Byzantine Empire….

Ebury Press, £9.99, 10th May 2018, 9781785038310

On Editing: How to edit your novel the professional way

by Helen Bryant

Understand and apply the principles of editing and re-writing with this comprehensive and practical handbook for writers who wish to perfect their prose in preparation for publication. Corner-Bryant works at Cornerstones, a literary consultancy.

John Murray Learning, £14.99, 8th May 2018, 9781473666689

Gardening with Junk: Simple and Innovative Planting Ideas Using Recycled Pots and Containers

by Adam Caplin

Old mugs, oil cans, plastic bottles, wicker baskets: revamp, recycle and rejuvenate your old containers into stunning feature pieces for your garden.

CICO Books, £14.99, 1st May 2018, 9781782495512

Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy

by Rory Cormac 

Account of British covert action, and the secret operations of spies and Special Forces from 1945 to the present day. Draws on never-before-seen archival documents and interviews with government and intelligence insiders.

Oxford University Press, £20.00, 10th May 2018, 9780198784593

Alice Rawsthorn: Design as an Attitude

by Clement Dirie

This illustrated collection of “engaging and illuminating” essays by the design guru and social media influencer celebrates design’s potential to change our lives for the better in tumultuous times. Among the topics she explores are design’s contribution to tackling the environmental crisis, and its role in making sure that new technologies will affect us positively rather than negatively. Expect high design values too from JRP Ringier, a Swiss publisher of beautiful art books….

JRP Ringier, £16.00, 1st May 2018, 9783037645215

Sharp: The Definitive Guide to Knives, Knife Care, and Cutting Techniques, with Recipes from Great Chefs

by Josh Donald

This knife skills class in book form combines an introduction to the best knives from all over the world, with a range of techniques and recipes.

Chronicle Books, £19.99, 1st March 2018, 9781452163062

The Story of Food: An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat

by Dorlink Kindersley

From the revelation that China is the world’s biggest producer of lettuce, to the uses of garlic in Ancient Greece, this “essential reference” for any foodie takes in the history, origins, properties and cuisine of more than 200 foods from all over the world, including nuts, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy and grains. Foreword by Giles Coren, and a striking jacket….

DK, £20.00, 30th April 2018, 9780241254783

The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more, and design a career that works for you.

by Emma Gannon

In this persuasive business/lifestyle book, the podcaster-blogger-author, currently the face of a Microsoft campaign, addresses portfolio careers and the future of work in the digital age, arguing that we no longer need be defined by a single job. “Whatever your ratio, whatever your mixture, we can all channel the entrepreneurial spirit”, she says….

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, £18.99, 8th May 2018, 9781473680104

Ireland’s Green Larder: The story of food and drink in Ireland

Ireland’s Green Larder: The story of food and drink in Ireland

by Margaret Hickey

From strong tea and the ancient system of the Ceide Fields, established a thousand years before the Pyramids, to today’s thriving Irish food scene, an illustrated history of the food and drink of Ireland, rich in cultural detail….

Unbound, £20.00, 3rd May 2018, 9781783525249

Paul Simon: The Life

by Robert Hilburn

Simon has hitherto refused to co-operate with potential biographers, but has talked to Hilburn for more than 60 hours and also encouraged his family and friends to give in-depth interviews too. The result is a “revealing account of the challenges and sacrifices of artistry at the highest level”….

Simon & Schuster Ltd, £20.00, 8th May 2018, 9781471174179

The Cafe de Move-on Blues: In Search of the New South Africa

by Christopher Hope 

The renowned South African writer with an “intimate and powerful” portrait of race, politics and people in South Africa today, in which he explores what can be done to stem the flow of white people leaving the rainbow nation….

Atlantic Books, £18.99, 3rd May 2018, 9781786490599

Persian Gulf Command: A History of the Second World War in Iran and Iraq

by Ashley Jackson

Contending that Iran and Iraq were more important to the Allied forces’ war operations than has ever before been acknowledged, Jackson gives a total picture of the conflict as it happened in the two countries, in a book which is “hugely relevant to today’s ongoing struggles in the Middle East”, I’m told….

Yale University Press, £25.00, 15th May 2018, 9780300221961

Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World

by Frederic Martel 

The author visits more than 50 countries and documents the globalisation of LGBT rights. From Saudi Arabia and South Africa, to Singapore and the US, he shows how the status of gay rights has become a measure of a country’s democracy and modernity….

MIT Press, £22.95, 20th April 2018, 9780262037815

Marine Knots: How to Tie 40 Essential Knots: Waterproof Cover and Detachable Rope

by Patrick Moreau

With a waterproof cover and detachable rope with which to practise, an illustrated guide to dozens of knots essential for boating and water activities.

Harper Design International, £14.99, 19th March 2018, 9780062797759

Our Story: A Memoir of Love and Life in China

by Rao Pingru

This “graphic memoir like no other” tells the true story of a 60-year marriage in China which spanned much of the 20th century. When his wife Meitang died in 2008, Pingru-now aged 95-realised that the history of their life together would soon be lost. So he began to paint, and the result is this love letter, a work of folk art and a historical testament….

Square Peg, £25.00, 10th May 2018, 978191093175

The Curry Guy Easy: 100 fuss-free British Indian Restaurant classics to make at home

by Dan Toombs

The Curry Guy returns to share the secrets of fuss-free curries, ones that can be made in half the time but still taste as good as the takeaway, including Chicken 65, Black Dhal, Aloo Chaat, Simple Dosas, Prawn Balti, Lamb Keema Saag, and many more.

Quadrille Publishing Ltd, £12.99, 3rd May 2018, 9781787131286

The Life of Stuff: A memoir about the mess we leave behind

by Susannah Walker

“What do our possessions say about us?” Only after her mother’s death did the author, a TV producer and design expert, discover how much of a hoarder her mother had become. In this engrossing and original memoir, Walker relates how she sorted through the mountains of belongings in the wreck of the house her mother left behind in death, in an attempt to understand their troubled relationship in life….

Doubleday, £14.99, 15th May 2018, 9780857525406

Paperbacks : Fiction

To Die in Spring

by Ralf Rothmann

A German bestseller, about two friends from northern Germany who are forced to “volunteer” for the SS in 1945 as the war draws to a bloody close. “A modern classic,” said the Guardian. “The horror of war and the deep damage it does to people . . . is not always handled as well, or as powerfully, as this,” said the Sunday Times….

Picador, £8.99, 3rd May 2018, 9781509812868


Paperbacks : Non-fiction

A Little History of Economics

by Niall Kishtainy

A guide to the economic history of the world, for the uninitiated.

Yale University Press, £9.99, 15th May 2018, 9780300234527

The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations

by Thomas Morris

A history of heart surgery told through 11 landmark operations. “It is a study of human beings driven by Olympian ambition and bottomless curiosity. It is, in the end, a book about wonder. And a wonderful book,” said the Telegraph….

Vintage, £10.99, 3rd May 2018, 9781784703257

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

by Charles Spence

A look at the study of flavour perception, showing how our senses link up and revealing the importance of the “off the plate” elements of a meal, from company to place….

Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 3rd May 2018, 9780241977743