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Here are some new releases that have been announced over the past few weeks:Fiction:Sue Woolfe - The Oldest Song in the WorldReginald Hill - Ruling Passion Reginald Hill - A Cure for All DiseasesMichael Chabon - Telegraph Avenue (due Sept)John Banville - Ancient LightBenjamin Black (John Banville) - Vengeance Richard Ford - CanadaMario Vargas Llosa - Dream of the Celt (English translation)Toni Morrison - HomeSadie Jones - The Uninvited GuestsMichael Palin - The Truth - A NovelKim Stanley Robinson - 2312Mark Haddon - The Red HouseTom Keneally - The Daughters of Mars EssaysJonathon Franzen - Farther Away: A Collection of EssaysSiri Hustvedt - Living, Thinking, Looking Books About BooksGeordie Williamson - The Burning Library (due Oct )Romona Koval - By the Book: A Reader's Guide to Life (due Nov)BiographyGrantlee Kieza - Bert Hinkler
The Reginald Hill books must be re-releases as he died early this year and A Cure for All Diseases was risen in 2010.
I didn't know we'd lost Hill. I like his stories. Perhaps publishers don't differentiate between new and re-releases?
the Bert Hinkler book is fantastic.
It did have a good review. Glad you enjoyed it. Don't be shy, tell us more.
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory - Riveting and chilling, a personal tale of a dark time in England's history. Habits of the House by Fay Weldon. First in a 'Downtonesque' trilogy exploring the lives of an English household in 1899
A new novel by Ian McEwan, SWEET TOOTH, a spy story set during the Cold War.Book #8 in the series, Alexander McCall Smith's SUNSHINE ON SCOTLAND STREET. Fans of his might like to try Colin Cotterill for a change of country.The first of Dutch writer, Herman Koch's books to be translated into English. THE DINNER. It is receiving great reviews and sounds compelling.
I've read most of McCall Smith's Scotland street series so will look out for Sunshine ....My husband is from Edinburgh so I can relate to his books quite well!Which country does Colin Cotterill write about?
I was thinking more of the Botswana Ladies Detective series when I suggested Cotterill. He has a similar style to Smith - crime but light and humorous. (The Literature Map doesn't link them, however, I know Smith fans who also enjoy Cotterill's books so I am confident in recommending him.) His protagonist, Dr Siri is a retired coroner in Laos. Cotterill himself is also a cartoonist and he is worth googling if you are interested in his books. His webpage is a hoot.
Oh I see. I did enjoy the first two or three Ladies Detective but then found them fairly repetitive. Still, good to hear of another author, especially a male one as there are very few that I have enjoyed over the years!
There were lots of interesting books featured in the media last week, no wonder my book list just keeps on growing. There may be some here to add to yours.Paullina Simons CHILDREN OF LIBERTY. A departure from 'The Bronze Horseman' trilogy, this is set in Boston but still shows Simons' gift for mixing history with the personal.Another for fans of historical fiction is Rose Tremain's MERIVEL: A MAN OF HIS TIME. Following on from the Booker short listed Restoration, set in the court of Charles II, Merivel is now 20 years older.Although I can't imagine that Jeanette Winterson has written straight historical fiction, her new THE DAYLIGHT GATE is centred on the English witch hunts in 1612.Junot Diaz has another collection of short stories, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER. Diaz won the Pulitzer with his brilliant 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'. A 'no holds barred' modern tale of life in the Domican Republic under Trujillo. Even the footnotes are worth reading. Although I don’t recommend Oscar to the faint-hearted, Diaz's short story collections would be worth a look.TELEGRAPH AVENUE by Michael Chabon has now been released. According to the reviews, it should appeal to lovers of popular music (the story revolves around a second hand music store), those interested in the race issue in the US and everyone who loved his Pulitzer winning 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay', which is on my 'read next' shelf. (opinions welcome).Lee Child has another in the Jack Reacher series, A WANTED MAN and there is a movie in the pipeline.One of my favourite authors, Murray Bail, has a new book, THE VOYAGE. I loved 'Eucalyptus', 'The Pages' and his short story collections. Strictly for cricket fans, Sri Lankan author won the Commonwealth Prize with CHINAMAN. I've learned that 'Chinaman' is cricket terminology - something to do with bowling? [Who says BookwormLive doesn't cater for everybody?] Some recent releases which are still being talked about are:Dutch author Herman Koch's THE DINNER. The more I read about this novel, the more interested I am.Publication of Howard Jacobsen's black comedy, ZOO TIME, a story of a failed novelist in a failing industry was delayed after his Booker win with 'The Finkler Question'. He quips "a great novel ruined by the Man Booker Prize".Probably more for historical interest rather than current reading is the re-release of Patrick White's debut novel, HAPPY VALLEY, which White himself withdrew from publication. A study of small town life in the outback told with White's characteristic irony and biting sense of humour.There are also some interesting Non-Fiction new releases:Biography:Sheila Hale - TITIAN: HIS LIFESylvia Simmons - I'M YOUR MAN: THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHENMemoir:Marion Van Dyk - UNDER THE SKIN tells of the life of a 'coloured' girl growing up in South Africa under Apartheid rule.Salman Rushdie - JOSEPH ANTON on surviving a fatwah.
Sorry Cricket fans! The Sri Lankan author's name is Shehan Karunatilaka.
Will have to order the Leonard Cohen book for Colin for Christmas as he is a big fan!
It is not on sale until November 1st, but still in time for Christmas.
New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers September 30, 2012The Time Keeper - by Mitch AlbomA fable about the inventor of the world's first clock, who returns to our world after centuries of banishment; from the author of Tuesdays with Morrie.Delusion in Death - by J. D. RobbLt. Eve Dallas investigates a mass delusion at a bar her husband owns; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously. A Dance with Dragons - by George R.R. MartinAfter a colossal battle, the Seven Kingdoms face new threats; Book 5 of "A Song of Ice and Fire." The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - by M.L. StedmanAn Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife decide to keep a baby who has washed ashore. NW: A Novel - by Zadie SmithThe lives of four characters cross in northwest London; from the author of White Teeth.
I tried J D Robb once and thought they were total rubbish yet she is so popular. She also writes as Nora Roberts whose early historical novels were OK but now she seems to churn them out like a robot and they sell like the proverbial hotcakes!
Tasmanian author, CHRISTOPHER KOCH, of 'The Year of Living Dangerously' fame, has a new novel coming soon, LOST VOICES.LIZ BYRSKI champions middle-aged and older women taking charge of their lives and growing older creatively. IN THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS. I found her 'Last Chance Café' light, but meaningful.ANNE TYLER, THE BEGINNER'S GOODBYE. I love Tyler's books; they're always topical and good value. My favourite is 'Breathing Lessons' (laugh out loud) but she is best known for 'The Accidental Tourist', also a great movie.JUSTIN CRONIN has written a sequel to 'The Passage', THE TWELVE. 'The Passage' is very popular, features on Best Seller lists and has won a swag of awards, but it just didn't do anything for me. I should have listed this one on Question Time. BARCLAY LINWOOD is new to me. He writes humorous and dramatic detective fiction. His new book, TRUST YOUR EYES, has a Hitchcock flavour. Looks interesting.DAVID FOSTER, DOG ROCK 3, a playful parody of the detective story. Clever comedy.SEBASTIAN FAULKS - A POSSIBLE LIFE, loosely linked stories or novellas.Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk's SILENT HOUSE now has an English translation.JOHN CONNELLY - THE WRATH OF ANGELS. #11 in the Charlie Parker series. A dark, gothic tale blended with elements of the modern psychological thriller, horror, detective and SciFi genres. (so reads the blurb).GINGER BRIGGS - STAUNCH. Based on the true story of Andrew, abandoned at birth, legally renounced by his adoptive parents at age 10, by the age of 12 has been abused, beaten, introduced to drugs and made a ward of the state. This is Andrew's life.Non-FictionBiography:Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist. Brigitta Olubas
I was going to ask for the Sebastian Faulks for Christmas but I'm not mad about short stories. Haven't read Linwood either but have heard him recommended by people on other chat sites.
Questions of Travel - Michelle De KretserLaura Fraser grows up in Sydney, Australia, motherless, with a cold, professional father and an artistic bent. Ravi Mendes is on the other side of the world--his humble father dead, his mother struggling, he determined to make a career in computer science. Their stories alternate throughout Michelle de Kretser's ravishing new novel, culminating in unlikely fates for them both, destinies influenced by travel--voluntary in her case, enforced in his.The Round House - Louise ErdichOne of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton1959 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.The Casual Vacancy - JK RowlingWho is rushing to read Rowling's first 'adult' novel?
Fiction Isabel Allende Maya's Notebook May Jeffrey Archer Best Kept Secret Mar Kate Atkinson Life After Life Mar Margaret Atwood Maddaddam Sept (3rd in Oryx & Crake trilogy)Iain Banks Stonemouth Jan Julian Barnes Levels of Life Apr J M Coetzee The Childhood of Jesus Feb Jim Crace Harvest Feb Scott F Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby May (reissue - film tie-in)Janet Frame In the Memorial Room Apr (previously unpublished)Andrea Goldsmith The Memory Trap May Julienne van Loon Harmless Apr (van Loon won the 2004 Vogel)Stephen King Doctor Sleep Nov (sequel to The Shining)Krissy Kneen Steeplechase Apr (her 1st mainstream novel)Graeme Lay The Secret Life of Captain Cook: A Novel May John Le Carre A Delicate Truth May Lionel Shriver Big Brother May David Malouf Harland's Half Acre Feb (Malouf has re-worked this 1984 novel)Joyce Carol Oates Daddy Love Feb Nicholas Rothwell Belomor Feb Trevor Shearston The Game Aug (the bushranger, Ben Hall)Christina Stead House of All Nations Mar (reissue)Cory Taylor My Beautiful Enemy May Wilbur Smith Vicious Circle Oct Chris Womersley Cairo Sept Non-Fiction Jared Diamond The World Until Yesterday Jan (Papua New Guinea)Bob Ellis The Year it All Fell Down July -2011Biography Julietta Jameson Cliffy Apr (Cliff Young, the runner)Helen O'Neill David Jones: 175 Years May Helen Trinca Madeleine Apr (author Madeleine St John)Memoir Ralph Bulger My James Mar (father of young 1993 murder victim)Robert Drewe The Local Wildlife July Lloyd Jones untitled ? (author of Mister Pip)Ricky Ponting Ricky Ponting Nov Sarah Turnbull All Good Things May (sequel to Almost French)Dave Eggers Visitants ? (travel)
Jim Crace - HarvestOn the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village's entire way of life.In effortless and tender prose, Jim Crace details the unraveling of a pastoral idyll in the wake of economic progress. His tale is timeless and unsettling, framed by a beautifully evoked world that will linger in your memory long after you finish reading.
Jim Crace - Harvest"These are the stories that we tell ourselves and only ourselves, and they are better left unshared."Told in Jim Crace's hypnotic prose, Harvest evokes the tragedy of land pillaged and communities scattered, as England's fields are irrevocably enclosed.In her review, Gabrielle Williams writes:"Harvest is a slow-burner of a book that sneaks up and surprises you. ... Crace’s writing is so beautiful, so evocative, that I’m now gathering his entire backlist into my arms and reading through it. Expect to see this little gem appearing on all the major shortlists."
Jodi Picoult - the StorytellerSage Singer, who befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone favorite retired teacher and Little League coach and they strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - is it murder, or justice?
Michel Houllebecq - The Map and the TerritoryHaving made his name with an exhibition of photographs of Michelin roadmaps – beautiful works that won praise from every corner of the art world – Jed Martin is now emerging from a ten-year hiatus. And he has had some good news. It has nothing to do with his broken boiler, the approach of another lamentably awkward annual Christmas dinner with his father or the memory of his doomed love affair with the beautiful Olga. It is that, for his new exhibition, he has secured the involvement of none other than the French novelist Michel Houellebecq. The great writer has agreed to write the text for the exhibition guide, for which he will be paid handsomely and also have his portrait painted by Jed.The exhibition – ‘Professions’, a series of portraits of ordinary and extraordinary people at work – brings Jed new levels of global fame. Yet his boiler is still broken, his ailing father flirts with oblivion and, worse still, he is contacted by one Inspector Jasselin, who requests his assistance in solving an unspeakable, atrocious and gruesome crime.Art, money, fathers, sons, death, love and the transformation of France into a tourist paradise come together to create a daringly playful and original twist on the contemporary novel from a modern master of the form.
Nadeem AslamThe author of The Wasted Vigil and Maps for Lost Lovers gives us a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11--a story of war, of one family's losses, and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses.Jeo and Mikal, foster brothers from a small Pakistani town, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban against the Americans, but rather to help care for wounded civilians. Their good intentions, though, can't keep them out of harm's way. From the wilds of Afghanistan to the heart of the family left behind--their blind father, haunted by the death of his wife and by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood; Jeo's wife, whose increasing resolve helps keep the household running; and her superstitious mother--the narrative takes us on an extraordinary journey. In language as lyrical as it is piercing, in scenes at once beautiful and harrowing, The Blind Man's Garden unflinchingly describes a topical yet timeless world, powerfully evoking a place where the line between enemy and friend is indistinct and where the desire to return home burns brightest of all.
The release date for this book is April 2013. I enjoyed 'Maps for Lost Lovers'. Aslam's style is exquisite but takes some getting used to. At first, I thought it was OTT but perseverance pays. Have you read any of his books?
Tracy Chevalier - The Last RunawayNew York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.
Donna Tartt - The GoldfinchTwo decades after Donna Tartt soared to literary stardom with her debut The Secret History, the reclusive author is set to release her third novel this autumn.The Goldfinch is due out in the US on 22 October this year, and according to a description from its publisher on Amazon.com will tell the story of a young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, who "miraculously" survives an explosion that kills his mother. "Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends' apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld," runs the blurb. "The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art."Read more about the book and Tartt herself:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/13/donna-tartt-first-novel-11-years
Funny how some authors only produce three books in 20 years and others write prolifically. I noticed Kate Atkinson has a new one out this month - Life After Life. I've just finished one of my Xmas presents - Susan Hill's new crime novel in her DI Serrailler series. She wrote 'Woman in Black' and 17 others and children's novels and this is the 7th in the detective series with the 8th coming out in 2014.
Here is the synopsis of Atkinson's new book, Life After LifeWhat if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
I'm looking forward to reading it. Colin is currently reading her Behind the Scenes at the Museum and enjoying it as it fits in with his nostalgia of childhood in 50/60s England.
I think you will enjoy it. I know you like Atkinson and this is the book where I first discovered her and added her to my 'must read more of this author' list. Let us know what you think of it.
I have already read it and loved it. It was one of my overseas reads last year. It broyght back many of my childhood memories too.
Have you read Human Croquet?
Yes, I've read all hers now. It all began when someone recommended Behind the Scenes and I bought it to take away on holiday. Then we noticed she had written the Jackson Brodie series so we bought all those while we were away (one in the Shetlands, one in Los Angeles and one in the Caribbean - yes, showing off, I know!) and then I ordered the rest 2nd hand from amazon when we got back. Just waiting for her new one now.
Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess BoysElizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters.” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature. Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever. With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.
Olive Kitteridge is a great book. It's short stories which are linked by the characters.
Khaled Hosseini - author of "The Kite Flyer" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" has at last written a new book to be released on 21 May and called "And the Mountains Echoed". Looking forward to what hopefully will be another enthralling novel.
Thanks for that, Sylvia. I knew it was due for release soon but I didn't know the title. I really enjoyed the first two, particularly The Kite Runner. It seems this new one is much wider in scope.
Both Tim Winton and Christos Tsiolkas have a new books to be released in October.Tim Winton stalks Franklin No 5 by: Stephen Romei From: The Australian April 11, 2013 TIM Winton's bid for a record-breaking fifth Miles Franklin Literary Award will start in October with the release of his first novel in five years.Penguin announced yesterday that Winton's "groundbreaking" novel Eyrie would hit bookstores on October 14.The novel centres on Tom Keely, "a man who has lost his bearings in middle age" and lives alone in a depressing high-rise flat, "looking down on the world he's fallen out of love with".It's enough to suggest Winton continues the exploration of the darker recesses of Australian life evident in his previous novel, Breath, which won him his fourth Miles Franklin in 2009.That took Winton level with the Queensland writer Thea Astley, who died in 2004 with four Miles Franklins to her name. Winton's other wins were for Shallows (1994), Cloudstreet (1992) and Dirt Music (2002). He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice, for The Riders in 1995 and Dirt Music.Penguin publishing director Ben Ball said Eyrie "goes straight to the big questions and, like the greatest contemporary novels, expands readers' understanding of what it is like to be alive now".Winton will go head-to-head with Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap. Tsiolkas's new novel Barracuda, about an aspiring Australian Olympic swimmer, is due to publish on October 14.
Tash Aw - The Five Star BillionaireIn this stunning new novel, Tash Aw charts the overlapping lives of migrant Malaysian workers, forging lives for themselves in sprawling Shanghai. The result is a brilliant examination of the migrations that are shaping the new city experiences all over the world, and their effect on myriad individual lives.Comparison: Monica Ali, Michael Ondaatje, Khaled HosseiniYou may know his award winning The Harmony Silk Factory , a great read.
A couple of recently released title which nay be of interest:Sebastian BARRY - Temporary GentlemanMy favourite of his i "The Secret Scripture". Like Zola he populates his noves withe the same family members.Emma DONOGHUE - Frog MusidA departure from "Room", this traces a 19th century murder. I'm looking forward to it.Gregory David ROBERTS - THE MOUNTAIN SHADOWSequel to "Shantaram: which has a movie in the pipeline, due 2015
Thanks, sanmac. The first two sound like my thing. I enjoyed both The Secret Scriptures and Room. Usual problem is having so many other lying unread!