May 2019 : New Titles
A personal selection from a plethora of titles …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Penguin Books Ltd, £7.99, 16th May 2019, 9781405933346
“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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
An illustrated edition to mark the 40th anniversary of publication.
William Collins, £9.99, 16th May 2019, 9780008294304
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 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
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 author explores today’s South Africa, 30 years after he wrote White Boy Running.
Atlantic Books, £9.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781786490612
A memoir from the creator of “Spamalot” and Monty Python founding member.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £8.99, 2nd May 2019, 9781474610292
A history of opium, called “deeply researched and captivating” by the Economist.
Picador, £9.99, 14th May 2019, 9781447286110
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
An exploration of gay rights and the gay experience.
MIT Press, £12.00, 14th May 2019, 9780262537056
A history of psychedelic drugs, and their potential, called “mind-altering” by the Evening Standard.
Penguin Books Ltd, £9.99, 30th May 2019, 9780141985138
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
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
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
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