I have once again received some great books recently! Here's just a few, as usual, let me know your thoughts good or bad!
Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer (Quercus, 21st June) While trying to cancel her subscription to a magazine, Emmi e-mails Leo by mistake. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest, and soon they are sharing their innermost secrets, desires and passions. It seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment and after all, Emma is happily married...
I really like the sound of this and it was read on Radio 4 recently with David Tenant and Emilia Fox!
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Simon and Schuster) Meet Julia, an ordinary teenager living through extraordinary times. A time when the future became a thing of the past. One morning Julia and her parents wake up in their modest suburban home in California to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing. The enormity of this development is almost beyond comprehension. Some panic and try to flee but there is literally no where on Earth to escape to. Noticeable changes begin to occur. The birds start to fall from the sky. The whales become beached on the sand. The astronauts are stranded in space. And yet, even with the world appearing to come to an end, day-to-day life must go on. Julia, an eleven year old girl, experiencing the loneliness and despair of an awkward adolescence, witnesses and documents the impact of this phenomenon on the world, on the community, on her family and on herself.
This sounds so good, really looking forward to it.
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Canongate) For two centuries Jacob Marlowe has wondered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he knows he can't go on. But as Jake counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life.
I read a review for this over at the wonderful Savidge Reads and thought it sounded brilliant!
Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt (Piatkus, 26th June) When society widow Lady Isabel Beckinall, becomes involved with the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children, she soon clashes with its manager, Winter Makepeace, whom she finds severely monastic, terribly solemn...and quite distractingly intriguing. And Winter does have a secret: at night he transforms into the masked avenger, the Ghost of St Giles. After the infamous Ghost of St Giles is wounded while rescuing a notorious pirate from the gallows, Isabel has no choice but to hide him from a raging mob, though she doesn't discover his identity. Winter-for his part- is haunted by this glimpse of the tender- and sensuous- side of Lady Beckinall, though he knows that they are far too apart socially ever to be together. But when a relentless dragoon captain begins hunting the Ghost of St Giles, Winter must decide if he can trust his secret, his life- and his heart- to Isabel's hands?
I think this sounds very good and I haven't read any historical fiction for ages.
A Humble Companion by Laurie Graham (Quercus, 14th June) Meet Nellie Welche- companion to royalty and keeper of secrets... Nellie Welch is the daughter of a high-ranking steward in the household of Prinnie, Prince of Wales. In 1788, at the age of twelve, she's proposed as a suitably humble companion to Princess Sophia, one of George III's enourmous brood of children. Nellie and Sofy become friends for life. From the first rumblings of revolution in France to the exciting, modern times of gas light and steam trains, from poor mad George to safe and steady Victoria, Nellie is the sharp-penned narrator of a changing world and the unchanging, cloistered lives if of Princess Sofy and her sisters. Nellie proves to be a more hawk-eyed witness than a Humble Companion, as her memoir lifts the lid on the House of Hanover's secrets and lies.
This book says that it is for lovers of Jane Austen so hopefully it will be perfect for me!