New books added in April

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We’ve added a great variety of fiction over the last month: crime, thrillers, westerns, family sagas, you name it - we have it! My pick of the month is The Comedienne (15207) by V G Lee which promises to be a hilarious novel about Joanie Littler who invents a new lover to provide material for her proposed comedy act after she moves home to look after her mother. The author embarked on a stand-up comedy career of her own after writing this first novel ten years ago.

There’s some great non-fiction too: one of our favourites is Making it: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life (15324) by the popular TV presenter and furniture restorer Jay Blades. In this moving memoir Jay describes his journey from growing up on a council estate in Hackney to his work on The Repair Shop, and reflects on strength, weakness and what it means to be a man.

People of a certain age, myself included, will remember John Cooper Clarke, dubbed the ‘punk poet’ back in the late 1970s when he performed on stage with several punk bands. I Wanna Be Yours (15322), his wry, funning and moving memoir, delivered by the man himself in his unmistakeable dry Salford drawl, covers his rock and roll career, his more recent collaborations, and a wealth of stories about his private passions and guilty pleasures, such as Coronation Street and Pam Ayres.

Maybe I Don’t Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery (15321) is an entirely different type of memoir written by David Harewood - well known for his role in Homeland, as well as for being the first black actor to play Othello at the National Theatre in 1997. This deeply personal account of his life growing up as Black and British, a psychotic breakdown in his twenties, and his recovery to become an acclaimed actor, also looks at his devastating family history and the impact of racism on the mental health of Black people.

Casting our minds back again to the last century we have the autobiography of a Welsh rugby great in Sporting Legends: Cliff Morgan (15316); Cliff was also one of the first captains on A Question of Sport, along with Henry Cooper. You can also read autobiographies of pentathlon gold medal winner Mary Peters (15314), and F1 racing driver Stirling Moss (15315) in the same series.

Let’s finish with some Cake: A Slice of History (15126) by Alysa Levine, a great social history of baking which features food memories passed down through families, we can all relate to that!

You can browse the complete list of new books here.