06 June 2018 UK Books

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June 2018 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …


All Our Yesterdays

by Natalia Ginzburg

Written in 1952 this is a “moving and unsentimental portrait of a generation at war” from the Italian novelist whose husband was murdered by the Nazis in 1944….

Head of Zeus, £18.99, 14th June 2018, 9781786699695


An Ocean of Minutes

by Thea Lim

In 1981 a man is dying of a deadly virus. His lover can save him by time-travelling to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. But she can only go forwards and never return.

Quercus Publishing, £14.99, 26th June 2018, 9781786487919

He Is Mine and I Have No Other

by Rebecca O’Connor

Set in small-town Ireland in the 1990s, this is billed as a dark and intense debut about the overwhelming nature of first love and devastating power of secrets. Told through the eyes of 15-year-old Lani, who falls for a boy whose mother is buried in the cemetery next to her house. Author O’Connor is a published poet, and the co-founder and publisher of The Moth, Ireland’s “newest and coolest” poetry magazine….

Canongate Books Ltd, £12.99, 7th June 2018, 9781786892591


by Michael Ondaatje

Latest from the author of The English Patient is set in 1945. London is still reeling from the Blitz and 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, seemingly abandoned by their parents, are in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth.

Jonathan Cape Ltd, £16.99, 15th May 2018, 9781787330719

House of Stone

by Novuyo Tshuma

A “visionary” telling of the modern history of Zimbabwe, from the fall of colonial Rhodesia to the rise of Robert Mugabe….

Atlantic Books, £14.99, 7th June 2018, 9781786493163

The Shepherd’s Hut

by Tim Winton


A motherless young boy goes on the run and must cross the vast saltlands of Western Australia to reach the only person who can save him. It’s a dangerous journey only a dreamer-or a fugitive-would attempt. A story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship from the twice Booker-shortlisted Australian writer….

Picador, £14.99, 28th June 2018, 978150986387


The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

by Christopher Andrew


The distinguished author of Defence of the Realm: The Authorised History of MI5 returns with this “stupendous” history of intelligence and its uses. He analyses the ways in which it has frequently changed the course of history, from the first mention of espionage in Genesis (“God sent out spies into the land of Canaan”) through Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America and Napoleonic France, right up to the sophisticated modern operations of today….

Allen Lane, £35.00, 14th June 2018, 9780713993660


Big Ideas: The Little Book of History

by DK


This latest addition to the Big Ideas series is a fun, visual look at the big events in world history, from the origins of Homo Sapiens to the release of Nelson Mandela. Also out this month: Big Ideas: The Little Book of Shakespeare (0241341162), Big Ideas: The Little Book of Psychology (0241341285) and Big Ideas: The Little Book of Philosophy (0241341179).

DK, £8.99, 7th June 2018, 9780241341209

How Psychology Works

by DK

Aims to make the workings of the brain easy to understand, and shows what happens when things go wrong. Also provides information on disorders such as anxiety and paranoia, and explanations of the different therapies used to treat them, from CBT to psychoanalysis, group therapy and art therapy.

DK, £16.99, 28th May 2018, 9780241317693

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth-Century History

by David Edgerton

This “revolutionary” and “unsentimental” economic and political history of 20th-century Britain dispenses with the traditional “inside” perspective to reveal an unfamiliar place, “subject to radical discontinuities”. The UK of 2018 is almost fantastically remote from the UK of 1918, says Professor Edgerton….

Allen Lane, £30.00, 28th June 2018, 9781846147753

World State: How a democratically-elected World Government can replace the UN and bring peace

by Nicholas Hagger

Given the current proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the fact that the UN has failed to prevent 162 wars since 1945, this calls for a new, democratic World State.

O Books, £19.99, 29th June 2018, 9781780999647

Max’s Sandwich Book: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Perfection Between Two Slices of Bread

by Max Halley

This “ultimate” gift for the sandwich lover in your life (“even if it’s you”) promises to help you ditch the dull egg-and-cress and find happiness between two slices of bread via these 1,000 recipes. Halley is the owner of Max’s Sandwich Shop, winner of the Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Cheap Eats in 2015….

BLINK Publishing, £14.99, 17th May 2018, 9781911600831

Modern Pressure Canning: Recipes and Techniques for Today’s Home Canner

by Amelia Jeanroy

Learn how to properly use a pressure canner, along with a wide variety of recipes. One of very few books on the subject.

Voyageur Press Inc, £16.99, 23rd May 2018, 9780760352106

The Spy Who Changed History: The Untold Story of How the Soviet Union Won the Race for America’s Top Secrets

by Svetlana Lokhova

The enthralling story of Soviet infiltrator Stanislav Shumovsky, who arrived in the US from Moscow in 1931, concealed in a group of 65 Soviet students enrolling in top universities; but, in Shumovsky’s case, “in search of rather more than a good education”. This book shows for the first time that Soviet penetration of the leading universities began much earlier, with one of Stalin’s most audacious intelligence operations. Lokhova has worked for years with Christopher Andrew, also a One to Watch author this month….

William Collins, £25.00, 14th June 2018, 9780008238117

The 007 Diaries: Filming Live and Let Die

by Sir Roger Moore, KBE.

Out of print for 40 years, these are the diaries Moore kept throughout the 1973 production of “Live and Let Die”, his first film as James Bond. Released in an illustrated limited edition of 300 copies….

The History Press Ltd, £14.99, 1st June 2018, 9780750987592

Hitler’s Collaborators: Choosing between bad and worse in Nazi-occupied Western Europe

by Philip Morgan 

The story of collaboration in Nazi-occupied Europe, focusing not only on fascist collaboration, but also the vast majority of ordinary everyday instances which helped further both the Nazi New Order and Nazi deportations.

Oxford University Press, £20.00, 14th June 2018, 9780199239733

Science is Beautiful: Botanical Life: Under the Microscope

by Colin Salter

From lavender oil glands and leaf stems to bark and growth rings on trees, this microscopic photography magnifies the beauty and science of plant life.

Batsford Ltd, £20.00, 21st May 2018, 9781849944816

The Publishing Game: Adventures in Books: 150 years of Hodder & Stoughton

by Edward Stourton

The author and BBC broadcaster delves into the Hodder & Stoughton archives to tell the human story of its 150 years of publishing, richly illustrated with photographs. From the day in 1868 when Matthew Henry Hodder and Thomas Wilberforce founded the company, to its stable of authors including Winston Churchill, Enid Blyton, John le Carre and Thomas Keneally, and the staff members who have worked at the company, Stourton is on the case to ensure that this is a “great piece of legacy publishing, and a page-turner”….

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, £30.00, 14th June 2018, 9781473671171

The NHS at 70: A Living History

by Ellen Welch


This history of our beloved health service from its founding in July 1948 to the present day, compares the problems and illnesses of its early years to those we face 70 years on. The author works both as an NHS GP and a cruise ship doctor.

Pen & Sword History, £12.99, 30th June 2018, 9781526717375

Paperbacks : Fiction

The Wish Child

by Catherine Chidgey

A portrayal of two children growing up in Nazi Germany during the war, and how they are drawn into the Nazi dream of a perfect nation. A number one bestseller in New Zealand. “A remarkable book with a stunningly original twist,” said the Times….

Vintage, £8.99, 5th July 2018, 9781784704339


Paperbacks : Non-fiction

Late Essays: 2006 – 2017

by J. M. Coetzee

A collection of essays on everything from Daniel Defoe to Samuel Beckett.

Vintage, £9.99, 6th September 2018, 9781784705657

The Taking of K-129: The Most Daring Covert Operation in History

by Josh Dean

This history of the top secret US mission to retreive a Russian submarine packed with nuclear explosives in 1968 “sold out within weeks of publishing”, says Amberley….

Amberley Publishing, £9.99, 15th July 2018, 9781445683843

The Great Explorers

by Robin Hanbury-Tenison

An illustrated history of exploration, told through biographical portraits of 40 men and women who discovered our world.

Thames & Hudson Ltd, £9.99, 5th July 2018, 9780500293836

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

by Nelson Mandela


Drawing from Mandela’s own unfinished memoir, this tells the story of his presidency in his own words and those of the South African writer Mandla Langa. With a foreword from his widow, Graa Machel. “Reveals why Mandela was irreplaceable . . . he was so unique and he made it look so easy,” said the Observer….

Macmillan, £9.99, 12th July 2018, 9781509809615

SIGINT: The Secret History of Signals Intelligence in the World Wars

by Peter Matthews

The history of Signals intelligence during the world wars.

The History Press Ltd, £10.99, 2nd July 2018, 9780750987714

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

by Brian Merchant

This history of the iPhone and how it transformed our lives was shortlisted for the FT Business Book of the Year award.

Corgi Books, £9.99, 12th July 2018, 9780552173742

Lonely Courage: The true story of the SOE heroines who fought to free Nazi-occupied France

by Rick Stroud

The story of the women in the Special Operations Executive set up by Churchill in 1941 to help the Resistance in France.

Simon & Schuster Ltd, £8.99, 26th July 2018, 9781471155666