08 August 2018 UK Books

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UK Books + Archive 

August 2018 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …



The End: My Struggle Book 6

by Karl Ove Knausgaard


The epic autobiographical My Struggle series concludes with this, the sixth book. It’s a formidable 1,168 pp and reflects on the personal fallout from reaction to the earlier volumes….

Harvill Secker, £25.00, 30th August 2018, 9781846558290

Trenton Makes

by Tadzio Koelb

Abe Kunstler wants his share of the American Dream. For him, that means a factory job, a wife and a family, but this will prove tricky as his life is a lie, an invention forged in the heat of a terrible crime.

Atlantic Books, £12.99, 2nd August 2018, 9781786494061

Prague Spring

by Simon Mawer

In the summer of 1968, two hitch-hiking English students decide to visit Czechoslovakia, unaware of the Red Army massing on the borders and the looming threat of invasion. Mawer’s The Glass Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize….

Little, Brown, £18.99, 2nd August 2018, 9781408711149

The Town

by Shaun Prescott

A writer arrives in a New South Wales town to research vanishing Australian settlements and is plunged into an abyss of weirdness from which he-and the town itself-might never recover.

Faber & Faber, £12.99, 16th August 2018, 9780571345618

Grace’s Day

by William Wall

Latest from the Irish novelist is set on an island off the west coast of Ireland, where a little girl falls to her death from the watchtower. Her elder sister, Grace, was supposed to be looking after her.

Head of Zeus, £16.99, 9th August 2018, 9781788545471



Journey Through Wine: An Atlas: 56 countries, 100 maps, 8000 years of history

by Adrien Grant Smith Bianchi

Fifty-six countries, 100 maps and 8,000 years of history is the billing for this large-format, “superbly produced” cartographic history of wine which includes timelines, stats about global wine production, and flavour profiles….

Hardie Grant Books, £22.00, 1st August 2018, 9781743794746

Everything You Know About the Human Body is Wrong

by Matt Brown

Is it dangerous to swim after eating? Does sugar make kids go hyper? And is there such a thing as double-jointed? This entertaining illustrated book aims to debunk lots of myths about the human body.

Batsford Ltd, £9.99, 2nd August 2018, 9781849944311

Parenting the First Twelve Years: What the Evidence Tells Us

by Victoria L. Cooper, Heather Montgomery, Kieron Sheehy

“Concrete, research-driven advice on humanity’s oldest, hardest job” is the billing for this parenting book which draws on the expertise of the Children’s Centre at the Open University on a wide range of topics from breast feeding to schooling….

Pelican, £8.99, 30th August 2018, 9780241270509

The Craft Beer Dictionary: An A-Z of craft beer, from hop to glass

by Richard Croasdale

A-Z compendium of everything you need to know about craft beer, from history, ingredients and brewing methods, to the latest scientific techniques and tasting notes.

Mitchell Beazley, £15.00, 23rd August 2018, 9781784723880

The Life of Tea: A Journey to the World’s Finest Teas

by Michael Freeman

The bestselling photography author and a tea expert explore the terroir, taste and culture of the world’s finest teas, in this handsomely illustrated book which includes sections on botany, cultivation, processing methods and the impact tea has had-and continues to have-on culture….

Mitchell Beazley, £30.00, 28th August 2018, 9781784723927


Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present

by Christopher Harding

“Consistently surprising and brilliantly written” account of the twists and turns of Japanese culture, from its opening to the West in the 1850s to the aftermath of the tsunami of 2011. It’s a brilliant celebration, I’m told, of just how surprising Japanese culture really is, from the novels of Mishima to self-spanking machines….

Allen Lane, £25.00, 3rd September 2018, 9780241296486

Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths

by Charlotte Higgins

I adored this twisty-turny, illustrated history of labyrinths by the author of the Baillie Gifford shortlisted Under Another Sky. Beginning with the tale of Theseus, the Minotaur, and the forsaken Ariadne and her ball of red thread, and inspired by a Cretan museum guide from her childhood, Higgins weaves her way through Homer, Catullus, Virgin, Ovid, Dante, Borges, George Eliot, Velsquez, Picasso and much more as she asks what it means to be lost, to find one’s way, and to travel the winding path that is life, with all its highways, byways and dead ends. A book to lose yourself in, literally….

Jonathan Cape Ltd, £25.00, 2nd August 2018, 9781910702390

Everyone Wins When a Leader Gets Better

by Bill Hybels

One of the most respected Christian voices on leadership dispenses wisdom, stories and practical insights, coupling practical advice with spiritual content.

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, £14.99, 9th August 2018, 9781473690431

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

by Lucy Inglis

Compelling and comprehensive history of opium, and how it has both healed and harmed since civilisation began. It’s an epic journey that ranges from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan, from Sanskrit to pop, from poppy tears to smack and from morphine to today’s synthetic opiates. “The history of opium is our history, and it speaks to us of who we are.”…

Macmillan, £25.00, 23rd August 2018, 9781447285762

Nine Crises: Fifty Years of Covering the British Economy – from Devaluation to Brexit: 2018

by William Keegan

From the 1967 devaluation to the 2008 global financial crisis, the associate and economics editor of The Observer combines his memories of chancellors of the exchequer, governors of the Bank of England, influential economists and Fleet Street legends with vignettes on nine major economic crises as he tells the story of how the British economy seems to lurch from one disaster to another, but somehow survives.

Biteback Publishing, £20.00, 7th August 2018, 9781785903045 

Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

by Mark Kurlansky

The author of Cod and Salt turns his attention to the fascinating cultural, economic and culinary story of milk, and all things dairy. It’s a tale of mammalian nourishment, pasteurisation and modern food movements, and there are also recipes throughout….

Bloomsbury Academic USA, £18.99, 1st August 2018, 9781632863829

Jamie Cooks Italy

by Jamie Oliver

In which Jamie returns to Italy-a place he loves “with a passion”-in search of some “slower” recipes. He’s done an Italian cookbook before, of course, 13 years ago, since which time his recipes have evolved. Big campaign, and accompanying Channel 4 series….

Michael Joseph Ltd, £26.00, 9th August 2018, 9780718187736

The Secret Life of Language

by Simon Pulleyn

Illustrated guide to the fascinating history of human language around the world, exploring how it has been shaped by social and cultural influences, and even explaining how our anatomy affects the articulation and therefore evolution of words. Also out this month in the same series, The Secret Life of the Human Body by John Clancy (1844039784).

Cassell Illustrated, £12.99, 28th August 2018, 9781788400244

The Reluctant Billionaire: The Tragic Life of Gerald Grosvenor, Sixth Duke of Westminster

by Tom Quinn

When the sixth Duke of Westminster died in 2016, his fortune was estimated at just under 10 billion. But, as this biography reveals, he hated his wealth and spent long periods suffering from severe depression.

Biteback Publishing, £25.00, 14th August 2018, 9781785903168

Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

by Axel Ruger

Showcases and analyses Van Gogh’s collection of Japanese prints, exploring the major role they played in his creative output. Illustrated with more than 100 examples….

Thames & Hudson Ltd, £29.95, 2nd August 2018, 9780500239896

Jewelry for Gentlemen

by James Sherwood 

A “dazzling” overview of the overlooked art of male jewelry-“an increasingly popular requisite of the well-dressed man”-tracing its historical contemporary forms among royalty, celebrities and modern dandies, and revealing the craft behind contemporary pieces….

Thames & Hudson Ltd, £29.95, 30th August 2018, 9780500519851

Writing a Novel: Bring Your Ideas To Life The Faber Academy Way

by Richard Skinner

Novelist Skinner is the Faber Academy’s fiction programme director and has taught its flagship six-month “Writing a Novel” course since its inception. Here he shares the basics of writing great fiction with “charm and rigour” taking a non-prescriptive approach; the journey towards a final manuscript is as important as the finished article itself….

Faber & Faber, £9.99, 2nd August 2018, 9780571340460


Fruit of Knowledge

by Liv Stomquist

A huge bestseller in the author’s native Sweden, as well as France, and now Virago’s first-ever graphic novel, this is a funny and outrageous history of menstruation and “half the population’s genitalia” by an acclaimed cartoonist. Her biting informed commentary uses the comics medium to reveal uncomfortable truths about how far we haven’t come….

Virago Press Ltd, £14.99, 21st August 2018, 9780349010731

The Physics Behind…

by Russ Swan

Exploring the physics behind everyday life and objects, including touchscreen technology, weather, electric guitars, facial recognition, spider silk, solar panels and much more.

Cassell Illustrated, £14.99, 28th August 2018, 9781844039746

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World

by Adam Tooze

In a book which “brilliantly links up economics and politics”, economic historian Tooze shows how the recent financial crisis has insinuated itself into all our lives over the past 10 years, its implications causing havoc in all Western societies, creating both monstrously rich individuals and a collapse in public services-a combination which is now democratically unsustainable, he says….

Allen Lane, £30.00, 2nd August 2018, 9781846140365

Paperbacks : Fiction


by Fiona Melrose

Set on the day of Nelson Mandela’s death in Johannesburg, this is narrated by a chorus of voices. “Beautifully observed,” said the Mail on Sunday….

Corsair, £8.99, 2nd August 2018, 9781472152862

The Story of Kullervo

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Previously unpublished work by Tolkien, in which an orphan boy swears revenge on the dark magician who killed his father, now in paperback.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, £8.99, 20th August 2018, 9780008131388


31 Days of Wonder

by Tom Winter

Alice and Ben’s chance encounter in a London park will change them both forever….

Corsair, £8.99, 9th August 2018, 9781472118127

Paperbacks : Non-fiction

The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

by Lizzie Collingham

A look at how trade in food drove the British Empire, from cod to tea. “Joyously delicious,” said the NYT Book Review….

Vintage, £9.99, 9th August 2018, 9780099586951

The London Cage: The Secret History of Britain’s World War II Interrogation Centre

by Helen Fry

The history of Britain’s secret Second World War interrogation centre….

Yale University Press, £10.99, 28th August 2018, 9780300238655

BRIXMIS: The Last Cold War Mission

by Steve Gibson

An account of the British army’s most covert Cold War unit – BRIXMIS – and its occupation in Germany….

The History Press Ltd, £10.99, 6th August 2018, 9780750987721

Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy

by Tim Harford

The tools and ideas which have had far-reaching consequences for the world economy, by the author of The Undercover Economist.

Abacus, £9.99, 31st July 2018, 9780349142630

The Book of the Poppy

by Chris McNab

A look at how the poppy became a symbol of remembrance after the First World War.

The History Press Ltd, £9.99, 2nd August 2018, 9780750982481