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July's New Books

Eeny Meeny

The author M. J Arlidge is a new addition to Calibre’s Library this month with his first book Eeny Meeny (012645), the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. M. J Arlidge worked in television producing crime serials such as “Silent Witness” so writing in the crime genre seems a natural progression. Eeny Meeny introduces Detective Inspector Helen Grace as she tries to make sense of a series of crimes where people are going missing and being placed in impossible situations where not everyone walks away unharmed.

The Woman in the Window(012623) is the debut novel by A J Finn which has got everybody talking and is being referred to as the next big thriller with the film rights already sold. The story follows Anna Fox who lives alone in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times… and spying on her neighbours. Then the Russell’s move into the house across the way with their teenage son. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble.  If you liked Gone Girl (009885) by Gillian Flynn and Girl on the Train (010392) by Paula Hawkins you may enjoy this.

Billed as this summer’s hottest release is the collaboration between ex-president Bill Clinton and author James Patterson. The title, The President is Missing (012745) gives a clue to the plot of the book, but the reason he’s missing is much worse than anyone can imagine. Described as a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a president can know.

Bill Bryson is perhaps better known for his anecdotal travel writing, making us laugh with his insightful observations on the different cultures and customs in Britain, Australia and America to name a few. However he has also written a biography about Shakespeare (012693) which is noticeably shorter than most biographies on the playwright because as the author acknowledges we actually know very little about him. This is a very readable and highly recommended exploration of some of the myths surrounding Shakespeare and explains where some of the everyday terms we use like “Box Office” originated from.

The Good Doctor of Warsawby Elisabeth Gifford (012661)is based on the true story of Dr Janusz Korczak, a man who was determined to protect two hundred Jewish orphans from extermination. “A story that should be told and retold” according to The Times newspaper this book tells how Dr Korczak became a beacon of hope for the thousands of people living in the Warsaw ghetto.

Ian Fleming is known as the author who brought James Bond into life, yet in his book Thrilling Cities (012658) he sets out to explore fourteen of the world’s most exotic cities.  Commissioned by the Sunday Times in 1959, Fleming was tasked with chronicling his travels to these cities journeying from Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples. He left no stone unturned and visited the main attractions along with exploring what life held in the back alleys and side streets. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.

Joanna Cannon’s career was launched a couple of years ago when her debut novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep (011694) became a bestseller and a reading group favourite. Earlier this year she published her second novel which took the book charts by storm and was selected for Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 book club. In Three Things About Elsie (012694) we meet eighty-four-year-old Florence who has fallen in the home she lives in. As she waits to be rescued she is forced to reflect and wonder if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light.

Staying on Past the Terminus (012729) by Robert Douglas is the second in the 18 Dalbeattie Street series set in Glasgow. This story takes us to the 1960’s, ten years after the first book was set and further explores the lives of the residents. Robert Douglas is one of those authors who you may not have come across before so why not give him a try.

21st Century Yokelby Tom Cox (012655) is depicted as “a hybrid of nature writing, memoir, and social history” by the Observer newspaper. Both funny and poignant in turn, Tom explores how we are tied to the landscape and mentions both animals and local folklore in a book that will appeal to a lot of people.

If you enjoy classical music but know little about the composers or are just interested in prominent figures in history then why not listen to the biography of Franz Schubert (012680) by Jeremy Siepmann. At four and a half hours of listening time this book gives a snapshot of Schubert’s life, describing how he had established his talents by the age of sixteen and delving into the darker side of the composer, resulting in an engaging story.

For the full list of this month’s new books checkout our New Books page.

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