Summer is here, so why not put your feet up and get stuck into some of the new books on offer this month. We have a tremendous selection for you to choose from, despite the fact most of us are working from home, all thanks to the magic of technology.
I’ll start with a couple of my favourites, just because I can… Dead Woman Walking (13996) by Sharon Bolton had me staying up well beyond lights-out time with its dramatic and heart-stopping plot, a proper tale of hot pursuit. The other is On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (14056), a contemporary classic I have been wanting to read for a while. What better time to discover this story of two brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales, never leaving the area. Those of us who long to walk the Welsh hills again can bide their time with this beautifully written tale.
Moving on to a first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton (14057) by Sara Collins won the 2019 Costa First Novel Award. In 1826, Frannie, maid to the Bensons is standing trial for their murder; the trial allows her to tell her story which begins in Jamaica and ends in London. Billed as a ‘dazzling page turner’, the book has received praise from none other than Margaret Atwood.
A book we have been keen to add to the library for a while is The Rosie Project (14055) by Graeme Simsion, the first in the series of the same name. It’s a funny, quirky romance in which a middle-aged academic devises a scientific test to find a perfect partner. Another book to get you smiling is Some Experiences of an Irish RM (13885), by Edith Somerville, which was dramatized for television in the 1980s and starred Peter Bowles as the title character. Or there’s the laugh-out-loud The Life of a Scilly Sergeant (14006) by Colin Taylor, based on his real-life experiences on the beautiful islands off the tip of Cornwall. Let’s hope the communities he polices, and other places throughout the UK which rely on tourists for their survival, can get back on their feet soon.
Fans of adventure stories will enjoy the true life story of Captain Scott’s last expedition in Death on the Ice (13843) by Robert Ryan, and the concluding part of the Wellington and Napoleon Quartet - The Fields of Death (13968) by Simon Scarrow.
Another two excellent additions to our non-fiction collection are The Highland Clearances (13894) by John Prebble and The Children’s War (13897) by Juliet Gardiner: a fascinating account of children’s experiences of the Second World War. The book, published by the Imperial War Museum and based on an exhibition of the same name, ties in nicely with the VE Day interviews of two of our volunteers who remember the celebrations at the end of the war.
My final highlight is The Mizzy (13886) by the award-winning poet Paul Farley. A truly eclectic mix of poems including some lovely observations on birdlife and encroaching middle-age.
The full list of new books for this month can be found here.