05 May 2019 UK Books

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May 2019 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …

 

Fiction

Homeland

Homeland

by Fernando Aramburu

The “epic and heartbreaking” story of best friends Miren and Bittori, who spent time growing up together in a small town in northern Spain, and who now find that their families are divided by the terrorist threat posed by ETA.

Picador, £16.99, 14th May 2019, 9781509858026

This Storm

This Storm

by James Ellroy

Second in Ellory’s LA Quartet follows Perfidia (2014). It is 1941, war has been declared in the US, Japanese internment is in full swing and LA is gripped by war fever and racial hatred.

William Heinemann Ltd, £20.00, 30th May 2019, 9780434020584

A Stranger City

A Stranger City

by Linda Grant

When a dead body is found in the Thames, a policeman, a documentary film-maker and a nurse all respond to the death of the unknown woman in their own way in a novel which explores how contemporary London can be a place of random meetings and shifting relationships.

Virago Press Ltd, £16.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780349010502

Plume

Plume

by Will Wiles

Nothing to read yet but I loved Care of Wooden Floors and this sounds intriguing: an alcoholic journalist on a glossy lifestyle magazine interviews a reclusive cult novelist, and unearths a huge story that could save his job.

Fourth Estate Ltd, £16.99, 16th May 2019, 9780008194413

Non-fiction

Mini: 60 Years

Mini: 60 Years

by Giles Chapman

Celebrating 60 years of continuous production “for the little car that has done it all”, this covers the entire history of the Mini, from Alec Issigoni’s original concept, right through to today’s BMW models, one of which I drive myself.

Motorbooks International, £24.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780760363997

 

Faber & Faber: The Untold Story of a Great Publishing House

Faber & Faber: The Untold Story

by Toby Faber

Published to mark Faber’s 90th anniversary, a vibrant and revealing history by the grandson of its founder, told primarily in correspondence between key players in its publishing story, and charting how the firm weathered the Great Depression, wartime paper shortages and financial crises to retain its independence.

Faber & Faber, £20.00, 2nd May 2019, 9780571339044

 

Sunday's Child

Sunday’s Child

by Serena Katt

Said to be an extraordinary debut graphic novel in which the author and artist tells the story of her grandfather’s childhood in Nazi Germany, where he joined the Hitler Youth at the age of 10, swearing an oath of loyalty to the Fuhrer.

Jonathan Cape Ltd, £16.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781787331020

The Rules of Security: Staying Safe in a Risky World

The Rules of Security: Staying Safe in a Risky World

by Paul Martin 

Leading security expert sets out 10 memorable rules of thumb for protective security in a toolkit that is relevant to individuals, families, business and government alike.

Oxford University Press, £18.99, 30th May 2019, 9780198823575

Breakfast: The Cookbook

Breakfast: The Cookbook

by Emily Elyse Miller

Hundreds of recipes for the most important meal of the day, collected from around the world. Each recipe comes with notes offering cultural context and culinary insight.

Phaidon Press Ltd, £35.00, 3rd May 2019, 9780714878041

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously

by Jessica Pan

“Yes Man meets The Happiness Project with a hint of Quiet” is the billing for this account of a “hilarious and painful” year of misadventures in extroverting, as Pan investigates the question: is it really true that extroverts have all the fun? She vows to take a solo holiday and talk to strangers on the Tube, and instantly regrets it.

Doubleday, £12.99, 30th May 2019, 9780857526151

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

A History of Britain in 12 Maps

by Philip Parker

I very much like the sound of this exploration of British history and identity through 12 maps from critical points in our island story over the past 2,000 years; from the Celtic period, when “Britain” was just a patchwork of tribal kingdoms, to a century ago, when the whole of Ireland, India, Australia, much of Africa, Asia and the Americas were marked as British. With Brexit edging ever closer, “this book will provide a reassuring insight into how our country’s borders have always been, and always will be, in a state of flux”.

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

Manga (British Museum)

Manga

by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere

Published in collaboration with The British Museum where it accompanies an exhibition running from May to August. The story of manga, from its historic roots to its place as a contemporary global phenomenon, and in all its aspects, from graphic novels and comics, to animation, fashion and gaming. Includes specially commissioned manga art, and interviews with prominent manga artists.

Thames & Hudson Ltd, £25.00, 23rd May 2019, 9780500480496

Everything in its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

Everything in its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

by Oliver Sacks

This final volume of essays by the late Oliver Sacks showcases his broad range of interests—from his passion for ferns, swimming and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia and Alzheimer’s. “Told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.”

Picador, £20.00, 23rd April 2019, 9781509821792

D-Day Through German Eyes: How the Wehrmacht Lost France

D-Day Through German Eyes: How the Wehrmacht Lost France

by Jonathan Trigg

Billed as a “revelation”, this illustrated account looks at D-Day from the other side, and through the words of German campaign veterans, to examine the state of the Wehrmacht at the time, and whether it could have done better under the circumstances.

Amberley Publishing, £20.00, 15th May 2019, 9781445689319

Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love

Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love

by Naomi Wolf

The author of Vagina and The Beauty Myth with the dramatic story of how the Obscene Publications Act of 1857 effectively invented the concept of modern obscenity, with grave consequences for writers and artists such as Algernon Swinburne, Walt Whitman, John Addington Symonds, Dante and Christina Rossetti, as well as reverberations down to the present day.

Virago Press Ltd, £20.00, 20th May 2019, 9780349004082

Paperbacks : Fiction 

Love is Blind

Love is Blind

by William Boyd

A young Scottish musician flees Edinburgh for Paris and begins an obsessive affair with a Russian soprano at the turn of the 20th century. “Boyd is back on a form few of his contemporaries can match,” said the Observer.

Viking, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780241295922

The Case of the Second Chance: A Ludovic Travers Mystery (The Ludovic Travers Mysteries)

The Case of the Second Chance: A Ludovic Travers Mystery

by Christopher Bush

Dean Street publishes the next 10 novels in the Ludovic Travers mystery series, originally written in the 1940s, this month.

Dean Street Press, £9.99, 6th May 2019, 9781912574971

The House on the Edge of the Cliff

 

The House on the Edge of the Cliff

by Carol Drinkwater

Epic story of enduring love and betrayal set in Paris between the 1960s and the present day.

Penguin Books Ltd, £7.99, 16th May 2019, 9781405933346

Connect

Connect

by Julian Gough

“A dazzling techno-thriller… propulsive and engrossing,” said the Guardian of Gough’s story of a biologist and single mother doing ground-breaking research which the US government wants to get its hands on, and her brilliant, socially inept son.

Picador, £8.99, 23rd April 2019, 9781509809851

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Life and Times of
Miss Jane Marple

by Anne Hart

Coinciding with the new TV series, a guide to Miss Marple’s appearances on page and screen. Hart’s Hercule Poirot companion is also reissued this month.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, £8.99, 1st May 2019, 9780008340285

Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper

Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper

by Donald Henderson

Out of print for more than 60 years, HC says this mystery about a serial killer who wants to get caught was Raymond Chandler’s favourite novel.

Collins Crime Club, £8.99, 1st May 2019, 9780008333065

The Restless Wave

The Restless Wave

by Sarah Keyrick

The discovery of an old envelope in a desk drawer sets Nell on a path to uncover a secret dating back to the Second World War. From the author of Knowing Anna.

Marylebone House, £9.99, 16th May 2019, 9781910674543

OK, Mr Field

OK, Mr Field

by Katharine Kilalea

The Sunday Times called this novel about a pianist who moves to live in a house in South Africa with which he has developed an obsession as “bewitching”.

Faber & Faber, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780571340897

Prague Spring

Prague Spring

by Simon Mawer

The Booker-shortlisted author of The Glass Room follows two students who hitch-hike across Europe in 1968, and decide to visit Czechoslovakia.

Abacus, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780349143309

Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata

I love absolutely everything about this novel, from its ingenious cover to its forthright, misfit heroine, Keiko; she’s 36 years old, has never had a boyfriend, and has worked in a convenience store for the past 18 years. Japan’s answer to Eleanor Oliphant…, says Granta, with 65,000 copies sold there. My favourite thing is that Keiko makes her own, gloriously uncoventional happy ending. “‘Exhilaratingly weird and funny… Unsettling and totally unpredictable-my copy is now heavily underlined,” said Sally Rooney in the Guardian.

Granta Books, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781846276842

Normal People

Normal People

by Sally Rooney

The Costa Novel of the Year winner, about two young Irish people growing up and trying to work out how to be in love, was “the best novel published this year” for the Times, “quite astonishing” for the Independent, and a “future classic” for the Guardian. It was also a Sunday Times number one bestseller, winner of the An Post Irish Novel of the Year ward and longlisted for the Man Booker. Whip smart and eminently readable, it is, obviously, going to be huge.

Faber & Faber, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780571334650

T Singer

T Singer

by Dag Solstad

This winner of the Norwegian Critics Prize sees a newly qualified librarian fall in love with a ceramicist, and move in with her and her daughter.

Vintage, £9.99, 30th May 2019, 9781784703066

The Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

by Meg Wolitzer

Vintage says that over 16,000 copies of the Chatto edition of Wolitzer’s story of a shy college student who meets the woman who will change her life have sold to date.

Vintage, £8.99, 7th May 2019, 9781784708306

Paperbacks : Non-fiction

Life on Earth

Life on Earth

by David Attenborough

An illustrated edition to mark the 40th anniversary of publication.

William Collins, £9.99, 16th May 2019, 9780008294304

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

by James B. Comey, Jr.

The former FBI director’s Sunday Times number one bestselling memoir, “a story of probity, honour and virtue… Comey is an Avenger,” according to that paper.

The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton's Manuscripts

The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts

by Sarah Dry 

The story of Isaac Newton’s private writings, and their cosmic contradictions, over the past 300 years.

Oxford University Press Inc, £12.99, 23rd February 2019, 9780190931582

King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea

King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea

by Blaine Harden

An investigation, drawing from formerly classified government records, into how Donald Nichols, an untrained, uneducated man, became the number-one US spymaster in South Korea.

Pan Books, £8.99, 23rd April 2019, 9781509815791

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

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

by Christopher Hope

The author explores today’s South Africa, 30 years after he wrote White Boy Running.

Atlantic Books, £9.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781786490612

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

by Eric Idle

A memoir from the creator of “Spamalot” and Monty Python founding member.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781474610292

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

by Lucy Inglis

A history of opium, called “deeply researched and captivating” by the Economist.

Picador, £9.99, 14th May 2019, 9781447286110

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, From Pointless
Bones to Broken Genes

by Nathan Lents

A tour of the physical imperfections of humanity, from backwards-facing retinas to our difficulties reproducing, from a professor of biology. “Chatty and humorous,” said the Express.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781474608350

Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World (The MIT Press)

Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World

by Frederic Martel

An exploration of gay rights and the gay experience.

MIT Press, £12.00, 14th May 2019, 9780262537056

How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

by Michael Pollan

A history of psychedelic drugs, and their potential, called “mind-altering” by the Evening Standard.

Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 30th May 2019, 9780141985138

Escape: Our journey home through war-torn Germany

Escape: Our journey home through war-torn Germany

by Barbie Probert-Wright

The story of Eva and her seven-year-old sister Barbie’s 300-mile journey on foot across Germany in 1945 to find their mother. “Incredible,” said the Sunday Express.

Arrow Books Ltd, £7.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781787463233

Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre

Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre

by Jacqueline Riding

A history of the Peterloo massacre of 1819, which left 15 people dead and more than 600 injured, hacked down by drunken yeomanry.

Head of Zeus, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781786695840

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

by Simon Winchester

A history of the engineers who developed precision machinery, shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize.

William Collins, £9.99, 2nd May 2019, 9780008241780

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow

by Lucy Worsley

A new biography from the historian and television presenter, published to mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth.

Hodder Paperback, £10.99, 16th May 2019, 9781473651418