03 March 2019 UK Books

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March 2019 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …

 

Fiction

 

Make Me A City: a novel of Chicago

Make Me A City: a novel of Chicago

by Jonathan Carr

In 1800, on desolate marshy ground between Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, a man builds a house and the city of Chicago is born. A “glorious” debut novel which questions the nature of history and whose stories deserve to be told-and why, says Scribe.

Scribe Publications, £16.99, 14th March 2019, 9781911617150

The Rain Watcher

The Rain Watcher

by Tatiana de Rosnay

In Paris, the Seine bursts its banks and floods the streets and the Malegarde family, reunited for the first time in years, find their hidden fears and secrets begin to surface. De Rosnay is one of France’s most widely read novelists abroad,  with her novels translated into 35 languages.

World Editions Ltd, £11.99, 7th March 2019, 9781642860382

Our Lady of Everything

Our Lady of Everything

by Susan Finlay

First novel from the artist and poet is set in Nottingham and follows a multi-cultural cast of characters all seeking meaning in their lives. One for fans of Marina Lewycka and Nicola Barker, reckons Serpent’s Tail.

Profile Books Ltd, £12.99, 14th March 2019, 9781788161190

French Leave

French Leave

by Anna Gavalda

Four grown-up siblings get together unexpectedly and realise, joyfully, how strong their familial bonds are. “Gavalda’s books have both wit and a whimsical charm,” opines the Sunday Telegraph.

Europa Editions, £10.99, 1st March 2019, 9781609455118

Memories of the Future

Memories of the Future

by Siri Hustvedt

Hustvedt is that rarest of beasts: a deeply intellectual writer whose work is joyful and not intimidating in the slightest. This is terrific, opening in a grimy, insalubrious late 1970s New York where narrator S.H. has arrived fresh from the Midwest with ambitions of becoming a writer. Forty years later S.H. is a published novelist and, while clearing out her mother’s house, she finds her old New York notebook with drafts of a never-completed novel. With the notebook she is able to measure what she remembers against what she wrote during that fateful first year in New York.

Sceptre, £18.99, 19th March 2019, 9781473694415

White Shadow

White Shadow

by Roy Jacobsen

Sequel to The Unseen, shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017. Ingrid is alone on the Norwegian island of Barry until a survivor from a bombed warship washes up on shore. But protecting her lover from the Nazi occupiers and their Norwegian collaborators will cost her dearly.

MacLehose Press, £14.99, 21st March 2019, 9780857058119

The Snakes

The Snakes

by Sadie Jones 
It begins with Bea and Dan, recently married, renting out their tiny London flat to travel across Europe for a few months. The first port of call is Bea’s dropout brother’s hotel in Burgundy, which he seems to have the funds to run despite it being mysteriously devoid of guests. Bea has always been secretive about her background, but Dan slowly realises she is from a hugely wealthy family, courtesy of her self-made property-baron father.

What follows is completely gripping: a story of the coruscating effects of money, greed and corruption. It is a stunningly good novel and-I know it’s only March-I may not read a better one this year.

Chatto & Windus, £14.99, 7th March 2019, 9781784742553

The Ghost Factory

The Ghost Factory

by Jenny McCartney

“Powerful” debut set in Belfast and London during the Troubles. After his father’s sudden death, and an attack on his best friend and then himself, Jacky flees to London to build a new life. But the ghosts of the past are pulling him back to Belfast, crying out for retribution and justice.

Fourth Estate Ltd, £12.99, 18th March 2019, 9780008295493

The Old Drift

The Old Drift

by Namwali Serpell

First novel from the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing begins with 19th-century colonialists and traces the lives of three generations of three families as they converge in the new nation of Zambia. A “major” debut for Vintage.

Hogarth, £16.99, 21st March 2019, 9781781090497

Spring (Seasonal Quartet)

Spring

by Ali Smith

“Spring will come. The leaves on its trees will open after blossom. Before it arrives, a hundred years of empire-making. The dawn breaks cold and still but, deep in the earth, things are growing.” The third instalment in the Seasonal Quartet follows Autumn and Winter.

Hamish Hamilton Ltd, £16.99, 28th March 2019, 9780241207048

Non-fiction

Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

by Roderick Beaton

Setting out to understand the present-day Greeks on their own terms, this reveals the remarkable achievement, over the past 300 years, of building a modern nation, sometimes literally on the ruins of a vanished civilisation. Beaton is an acknowledged expert in the field, and a three-time winner of the Runciman Award for a work on Greece or Hellenism.

Allen Lane, £30.00, 7th March 2019, 9780241312841

The Vinegar Cupboard: Recipes and history of an everyday ingredient

The Vinegar Cupboard: Recipes and history of an everyday ingredient

by Angela Clutton

Winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award 2018, this “seminal” work on vinegar explores the different types and their various uses, along with recipes, infographics and flavour wheels.

Featherstone, £26.00, 7th March 2019, 9781472958112

What Bugs You? The Book of Irritations

What Bugs You?: The Book of Irritations

by David Cohen

Based on the accounts of 75 male and female subjects, a study of the topic, “much-neglected in psychology”, of what irritates us.

Psychology News Press Ltd, £12.99, 28th March 2019, 9780907633037

Leaders Who Changed History

Leaders Who Changed History

by DK

From Genghis Khan to Emmeline Pankhurst, and Winston Churchill to Barack Obama, more than 85 illustrated profiles of the world’s most inspirational and influential leaders from all walks of life, and all parts of the globe.

DK, £17.99, 5th March 2019, 9780241363171

Body: The Photography Book

Body: The Photography Book

by Nathalie Herschdorfer

Billed as the definitive survey of contemporary human-body photography, for an age when “we are obsessed with photography of the human form as never before”. Featuring over 350 photographs by more than 100 image makers, this is an “intelligently provocative” blend of art, fashion and advertising.

Thames & Hudson Ltd, £48.00, 21st March 2019, 9780500021583

Cassette Culture: The Past and Present of a Musical Icon

Cassette Culture: The Past and Present of a Musical Icon

by John Z. Komurki

Tape sales grew by 74% in the US last year-who knew?! This appreciation of the cassette tape covers themes such as recording and design, and provides a step-by-step manual to conducting recording experiments.

Benteli Verlag, £14.95, 28th March 2019, 9783716518489

Why Can't We Sleep?: Understanding our sleeping and sleepless minds

Why Can’t We Sleep?

by Darian Leader

This short, sharp and accessible analysis of how and why humans sleep weaves together cultural, social, economic and psychoanalytical influences as Leader goes in search of the truth about insomnia. Broadly speaking, insomnia is completely normal, he concludes, and can tell us fascinating things about each individual sufferer, debunking the idea that there is a human sleep crisis.

Penguin Books Ltd, £6.99, 19th February 2019, 9780241984437

Tate: Colour: A Visual History

Tate: Colour: A Visual History

by Alexandra Loske

From Isaac Newton’s investigation into optics to Olafur Eliasson’s recent experiential creations with light, this lavish book, published in collaboration with Tate, documents the fascinating story of colour, with the aid of charts, wheels, artists’ palettes, swatches and schemes, as well as seminal artists’ works.

Ilex, £30.00, 7th March 2019, 9781781573990

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent

by Owen Matthews

The “thrilling” true story of Richard Sorge—the greatest spy who ever lived, according to both John le Carre and Ian Fleming—whose actions turned the tide of the Second World War. Born in 1895 of a German father and Russian mother, he became the Soviet Union’s most formidable spy, his intelligence proving pivotal to the Soviet counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £25.00, 21st March 2019, 9781408857786

A History of Britain in 12 Maps (New History of Britain)

A History of Britain in 12 Maps

by Philip Parker

Exploration of British history and identity through 12 critical maps, from the Celtic period, when “Britain” was merely a patchwork of tribal kingdoms, to the present day. “With Brexit edging closer, this will be the perfect book from which to learn about the history of Britain’s borders”, says Michael Joseph.

Michael Joseph Ltd, £16.99, 19th March 2019, 9780241368268

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall

by Sonia Purnell

Said to be the incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, a “bolshie” woman from Ohio with a wooden leg who infiltrated occupied France for the Special Operations Executive and became the Gestapo’s most-wanted Allied spy for the crucial intelligence she was providing for the mounting French Resistance. Already optioned for film by JJ Abrams/Paramount, with Daisy Ridley attached to star, it sounds terrific.

Virago Press Ltd, £20.00, 28th March 2019, 9780349010182

Weber's Greatest Hits: 115 Recipes For Every Barbecue

Weber’s Greatest Hits: 115 Recipes For Every Barbecue

by Jamie Purviance

This “spectacular” volume contains more than 100 of Weber’s top-rated barbecue recipes, along with backyard tips and tricks, all “re-photographed, re-tested and re-imagined for today’s cook”.

Hamlyn, £19.99, 7th March 2019, 9780600635956

Dining with the Durrells: Stories and Recipes from the Cookery Archive of Mrs Louisa Durrell

Dining with the Durrells: Stories and Recipes from the Cookery Archive of Mrs Louisa Durrell

by David Shimwell

The author, a close friend of the Durrells, has delved into the family archive to uncover Mrs Durrell’s original recipes for the cakes, scones, jams, tarts, sandwiches and more which are so deliciously described in My Family and Other Animals. The book is authorised by Gerald Durrell’s widow, and includes Gerry’s favourite chicken curry, and Dixie-Durrell scones with fig and ginger jam.

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, £16.99, 31st March 2019, 9781529337532

The Way We Eat Now

The Way We Eat Now

by Bee Wilson

“It’s now becoming clear that the way that most people currently eat is not sustainable-either for the planet or for human health.” I devoured this enthralling discourse on what we eat (and why) by the award-winning food writer, which takes in everything from bland bananas and the dangers of the disappearing lunch hour, to the way we routinely favour speed and convenience over quality, taste and the sheer joy of eating.

Fourth Estate Ltd, £12.99, 21st March 2019, 9780008240769

 

Paperbacks : Fiction 

Perfidious Albion

Perfidious Albion

by Sam Byers

Post-Brexit, in a small town in England, masked men cause disruption by threatening to make internet histories public. A “spookily prescient take on Brexit Britain”, found the New Statesman.

Faber & Faber, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9780571336302

The Eight Mountains

The Eight Mountains

by Paolo Cognetti 

“Enchanting”, said the Guardian of this award-winning Italian novel about two boys who meet in the mountains every summer, and the men they grow up to be.

Vintage, £8.99, 21st March 2019, 9781784707064

Love After Love

Love After Love

by Alex Hourston

Nancy, the “beating heart” of her family, has a new role: lover. “With the grip and intensity of a thriller… beautifully written and quietly devastating,” said the Times.

Faber & Faber, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9780571316953

Happy Little Bluebirds

Happy Little Bluebirds

by Louise Levene

In 1940, translator Evelyn is uprooted from Woking to Hollywood, where she is to assist a British agent in his attempts to outwit the Los Angeles German delegation.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 21st March 2019, 9781408878798

The Executor

The Executor

by Blake Morrison

When Matt becomes the literary executor of his late friend’s estate, he makes a shocking discovery and must decide whether or not to share it. The Mail called this a “novel of multi-level brilliance”.

Vintage, £9.99, 14th March 2019, 9781784707231

The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

by Yewande Omotoso

Longlisted for the Baileys, this tells of next-door neighbours in a Cape Town suburb, one black, one white. Both are in their eighties and they are sworn enemies, until they are forced together by an unforeseen event.

Vintage, £8.99, 2nd February 2017, 9781784701376

The Seventh Cross

The Seventh Cross

by Anna Seghers

This classic German novel from 1942, never previously published in the UK, follows the escape of seven prisoners from a concentration camp. Six are caught, but the seventh continues to elude his pursuers.

Virago Press Ltd, £8.99, 12th March 2019, 9780349010410

The Long Forgotten

The Long Forgotten

by David Whitehouse

A young man begins to remember memories which aren’t his when the black box of a plane that went missing 30 years earlier is found at the bottom of the sea.

Picador, £8.99, 21st March 2019, 9781509827527

Putney

Putney

by Sofka Zinovieff

The Guardian called this exploration of the relationship between a young girl and an older man “accomplished, timely and unusually well-wrought”.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 4th June 2019, 9781408895740

Paperbacks : Non-fiction

How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

by Stig Abell

The TLS editor’s guide to Britain and its institutions, looking at how we got to where we are. Called “wry and readable” by the Guardian.

John Murray Publishers Ltd, £9.99, 7th March 2019, 9781473658424

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations

by Ronen Bergman

An investigation into Israel’s assassination policy, called “gripping” by the Sunday Times.

John Murray Publishers Ltd, £14.99, 9th July 2019, 9781473694743

Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

by Richard Brooks 

How the world’s accountants are ruining the world for their own benefit; a “devastating expose”, said the Mail on Sunday.

Atlantic Books, £9.99, 7th March 2019, 9781786490315

Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist

by Katy Derbyshire

In late November, the Telegraph predicted that the “racy diaries by ‘first modern lesbian’ Anne Lister [is] set to be a bestseller on [the] back of the BBC drama”. Lister was a Yorkshire heiress, lesbian and adventurer in Regency society, “the first woman to climb Vignemale in the treacherous Pyrenees, she journeyed as far as Azerbaijan and slept with a pistol under her pillow,” says Serpent’s Tail.

Profile Books Ltd, £8.99, 7th March 2019, 9781788160995

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

by Joshua B. Freeman

A “superb” history of the factory, according to the Guardian.

WW Norton & Co, £12.99, 19th February 2019, 9780393356625

The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role of Time in Food and Flavour

The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role of Time in Food and Flavour

by Jenny Linford

A look at the intrinsicrole of time in creating flavour in food, from fermentation to the ripening of cheese.

Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 7th March 2019, 9780141982816

Unmasked

Unmasked

by Andrew Lloyd Webber

The composer and creator of shows from “Cats” to “Phantom” takes stock of his life. “I laughed, I cried-it was better than ‘Cats’!” said Vanity Fair.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, £10.99, 18th February 2019, 9780008237615

The Art of Naming (The MIT Press)

The Art of Naming

by Michael Ohl 

A look at the scientific art of naming organisms-species are named after everything from Darth Vader to David Bowie.

MIT Press, £13.99, 12th March 2019, 9780262537032

The Birth of the RAF, 1918: The World’s First Air Force

The Birth of the RAF, 1918: The World’s First Air Force

by Richard Overy

An account of the birth of the RAF for the centenary of its founding.

Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 1st March 2019, 9780141983851

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed

by Mike Ripley

A history of British thrillers, from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, £8.99, 21st March 2019, 9780008172251

Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves

Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves

by Matthew Sweet

The story of the US military deserters who found asylum in Sweden during the Vietnam War.

Picador, £9.99, 7th March 2019, 9781447294740

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

by Ryan H. Walsh

The back-story of Van Morrison’s album “Astral Weeks”.

Prentice Hall Press, £12.99, 5th March 2019, 9780735221369

The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

by Linda Yueh

An explanation of the key thoughts of history’s great economists, and how they could help us today.

Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 28th March 2019, 9780241974476