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Latest Acquisitions (June – August 2016)

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Augusto Di Angelis: The Mystery Of The Three Orchids – 1940s Italian crime fiction. From the publisher.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen: Waking Lions – Very excited about this one, having loved One Night, Markovitch.

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans: Designing Your Life – I had heard great things about the events these authors have been at and when I received this book I read a chapter at random and it does indeed seem very good. I’ll be reviewing it later this month.

Dan Richards: The Beechwood Airship Interviews – The author decides to build an airship and interviews various famous people (including Dame Judi Dench) about their artistic lives. If it’s anything like Climbing Days it’ll be excellent.

Frédéric Dard: The Wicked Go To Hell – The second Dard to be published by Pushkin Press. The first was pretty great and very original.

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Helen Slavin: Crooked Daylight – The first in a new fantasy series about the daughters of a witch. Scheduled for later this month.

Jemma Wayne: Chains Of Sand – Wayne’s first book was longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize and the Not The Booker Prize, and this has been shortlisted for that second prize. I’m rather excited – the first paragraph, which I read for another round of first line analyses, is excellent in itself.

Keith Stuart: A Boy Made Of Blocks – This is a novel inspired by the author’s experience raising a child with autism; the author’s Games Editor for The Guardian and has written about the positive impact Minecraft has had on his son and their communication with him. Very excited to read this.

Linda Stift: The Empress And The Cake – An Austrian psycho-thriller, the latest Peirene and the last in their fairy-tale series. You’re pretty much guaranteed a great read when it’s Peirene.

Solomon Northup: Twelve Years A Slave – It’s time, enough said.

Pick one of your recent acquisitions/borrowed books – what made you choose it?



September 9, 2016, 4:58 pm

I hope you enjoy your new books – I particularly like the sound of Crooked Daylight. I recently borrowed The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans from my mom because I love a country house mystery.


September 9, 2016, 11:52 pm

I like the wide range of genres represented in your recent purchases

Laurie @ Relevant Obscurity

September 13, 2016, 12:22 am

The Mystery of the Three Orchids sounds intriguing.

I just finished Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. And as I thought I couldn’t put it down. I bought it at my last book haul. It’s several years old, but when it first came out, someone very close to me was dying and I just couldn’t attempt it. Glad I waited.


September 13, 2016, 7:35 pm

Jessica: Crooked Daylight’s proving good so far. That’s a lovely title! I’ve got Lucinda Riley and Tracy Rees book covers in my head!

Bookertalk: :)

Laurie: It looks good; I’m not sure when I’ll be reviewing it but I do want to do so some time in the near future. I’m glad you waited to – I haven’t had your experience but I once couldn’t attempt a book because the person who’d introduced me to it had recently left my life. Sometime’s there is such thing as a good time for books and it’s good to wait until you’re feeling better.



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