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Due to requests from members, we have just added The Citadel(13035) by A J Cronin into the library. Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist...

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May

If you like a good, well written, gritty story to get your teeth into then you could do no worse than giving The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (13169) a try. This is a narrative driven story reminiscent of books like The Revenant, The Tenderness of Wolves (8003)and No Country for Old Men. The story follows Loo and her father Samuel Hawley who are constantly on the move, never settling anywhere. Samuel and Loo's stories interweave, as we find out just how Samuel came to have the 12 bullet hole scars he has. This is enjoyable contemporary fiction.

Andrea Wulf is a previous winner of the Costa Biography Award with her book The Invention of Nature (12325) about the adventures of scientist Alexander von Humboldt. Before she wrote this book though she took on the story of how botany and gardening became a national obsession.The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession (13113) is the story of John Bartram who sent back seeds and specimens throughout the 1700s from American colonies to cloth merchant Peter Collinson in London which fuelled imaginations and influenced others such as Joseph Banks and Carl Linnaeus thus inspiring a nation of gardeners.

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitzby Jeremy Dronfield (13239) was a Sunday Times Bestseller and is the story of Gustav Kleinmann and his eldest son Fritz. Living in Vienna when the Nazi’s come to power the family are targeted and then eventually Gustav and his son are seized and sent to Buchenwald in Germany. When Gustav is to be transferred to Auschwitz, Fritz refuses to be parted from his father and follows him there. This is a story about their experiences based on Gustav’s diary entries and extensive research and ultimately about the love between a father and his son. Whilst this book undoubtedly will have scenes which will be emotional and difficult to listen to, it is a story that should be read and reflected on.

The book to take a chance on this month has to be The Wall by John Lanchester (13240). It is a dystopian novel that introduces us to Kavanagh who is patrolling The Wall which he has to do for two years before he can leave his station. He spends every day enduring the cold and living in fear that something will happen though part of him thinks it would be interesting if something did. With allusions to what is happening in the current political climate this is a story that will make you think and may be one to try if you’ve never dabbled in science fiction before.

If you like your historical novels that are occasionally mixed with a bit of the supernatural then look no further than Barbara Erskine. The Darkest Hour (13179) is set both in 1940 and the present day where the stories of Lucy and Evie intertwine. Lucy in the present day is trying to uncover the mystery of a painting in her home and in doing so unleashes events from the past that some want to remain buried. Barbara Erskine is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has written fifteen novels with The Times newspaper commenting that her “…storytelling talent is undeniable”.

In Night Flight to Paris (13181) by David Gilman we are taken back to 1943 where we meet Harry Mitchell, a spy who has volunteered to return to Nazi-occupied Paris where most would avoid it. It will take all of his ingenuity to get to Paris and as he gets ever closer he is unaware that he is walking straight into a trap. This book was a Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize Finalist and described by Wilbur Smith as “A gripping ride through a memorable period of history”.

If you have never tried fiction in translation before then why not start with the small but perfectly formed French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain (13127). This is a story about middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier who has received a life-changing letter - thirty-three years too late. Lost in the Paris postal system, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Alain is overcome by nostalgia, and is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything has changed where will his quest take him? Filled with satirical humour and charm this is a story that has universal appeal.

The latest offering from Barbara Kingsolver is a story that spans across the centuries. In Unsheltered (13179) we are taken to Vineland in 2016 where Willa Knox decides to investigate the history of her home, hoping that the local historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as a Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, Thatcher Greenwood. Barbara Kingsolver is an international bestselling author and previous winner of the Orange Prize and is an author who if you haven’t come across before is well worth a visit.

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