New Releases and Bestselling Books for May

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FICTION

The Secret Keeper,  Kate Morton

1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything. 2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history.  The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, murder and enduring love.

Paper Aeroplanes,  Dawn O’Porter

I just can’t imagine me without you… It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives. With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel.

The Rose Petal Beach,  Dorothy Koomson

Every love story has a dangerous twist.

Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband, Scott, is accused of something terrible – but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall. Backed into a corner and unsure what to think, Tamia is forced to choose who she instinctively believes. But this choice has dire consequences for all concerned, especially when matters take a tragic turn.

Then a stranger arrives in town to sprinkle rose petals in the sea in memory of her lost loved one. This stranger carries with her shocking truths that will change the lives of everyone she meets, and will once again force Tamia to make some devastating choices…

The Mystery of Mercy Close,  Marian Keyes

The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes sees the return of the beloved Walsh sisters in this hilarious and heartbreaking novel. Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in love, fear, depression or hot drinks…Utterly compelling, moving and very, very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is the story of courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued private investigator Helen Walsh. When a missing persons case draws her into the dark, glamorous world of her dodgy-ex, Jay Parker, Helen finds she’s seeing more of him and less of Artie Devlin, her sexy detective boyfriend. Caught between smart, stable Artie and chaotic, up-for-anything Jay – two different, equally enticing men – and plagued by her own black doubts, Helen finds she’s beginning to believe in something – but is it fear, or is it love?

The Earth Shifter,  Lada Ray

A top-rated visionary fantasy/thriller set on Sacred Lake Baikal in Siberia, in Moscow and New York. Immerse yourself in global conspiracy and remote viewing, visit fantastic realms of Heaven and Earth, rub shoulders with shamans, shifters, psychic spies and Russian oligarchs. Grab onto and hold close the endearing and spectacular characters, and root for the Time and Mind Shifter, Sasha, in her quest to find her destiny! “Mankind would never know how close it came to annihilation on June 30, 1908. Somewhere in the murky depths of the Cosmos, the Comet of Karma is born. When all hope fades, it’s sent to planet Earth. It has happened before, and it can happen again, except this time, the Earth Keepers would not interfere…” The Earth Shifter is a metaphysical fantasy cleverly intertwined with true history and modern world events!  This is Book One of The Earth Shifter Trilogy

Bring Up The Bodies,  Hilary Mantel

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, the king’s new wife. But Anne has failed to give the king an heir, and Cromwell watches as Henry falls for plain Jane Seymour. Cromwell must find a solution that will satisfy Henry, safeguard the nation and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge unscathed from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days.

An astounding literary accomplishment, ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists.

And the Mountains Echoed,  Khaled Hosseini

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Abdullah, Pari – as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named – is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their heads touching, their limbs tangled.

One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.

The Rosie Project,  Graeme Simsion

Meet Don Tillman.  Don is getting married.  He just doesn’t know who to yet.  But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.

One thing he already knows, though, is that it’s not Rosie.  Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who’s decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who’s unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn’t really do flexible so, despite lots of takers – he looks like Gregory Peck – he’s not having much success in identifying The One.   When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it’s to apply for the Wife Project – and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn’t eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don’s assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.

Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you…

Escape from Camp 14,   Blaine Harden

Twenty-seven years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labor camp is a ‘complete control district,’ a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life. No one born in Camp 14 or in any North Korean political prison camp has escaped. No one except Shin. This is his story. A gripping, terrifying memoir with a searing sense of place, ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 will unlock, through Shin, a dark and secret nation, taking readers to a place they have never before been allowed to go. .

NON-FICTION

Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century,  Christian Carryl

Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel globalization and radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. More than any other year in the latter half of the twentieth century, 1979 heralded the economic, political, and religious realities that define the twenty-first.   In China, 1979 marked the start of sweeping market-oriented reforms that have made the country the economic powerhouse it is today. 1979 was also the year that Pope John Paul II traveled to Poland, confronting communism in Eastern Europe by reigniting its people’s suppressed Catholic faith. In Iran, meanwhile, an Islamic Revolution transformed the nation into a theocracy almost overnight, overthrowing the Shah’s modernizing monarchy. Further west, Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of Britain, returning it to a purer form of free-market capitalism.

Clean and Lean Diet,  Elle Macpherson

Divided into two sections, it explains first how to get ‘Clean’ by detoxing, and then how to get ‘Lean’ by honing your body through a combination of diet and maximum-impact exercises that are accompanied by step-by-step photography. With flexible meal plans, recipes, tips on avoiding the cravings that can lead you off track, advice on avoiding the toxic foods and drinks that prevent us losing weight and keeping it off, plus a maintenance plan that shows you how to maintain your new healthy lifestyle, James demonstrates that you, too, can be clean and lean for life.

Tilda’s Seaside Ideas,  Tone Finnanger

Recreate memories of the seaside with simple sewing, papercraft, crochet and knitting projects using beautiful Tilda fabrics, yarn and embellishments. Be inspired by life at the beach and in the ocean to make gifts, toys and pretty accessories for your home. From adorable whales and fishing girl dolls to hanging mobiles, appliqué blankets and summer scarves, the designs will take you on a journey of the perfect seaside holiday.

Dr Christian’s Guide to Growing Up,  Dr Christian Jessen

Finally TV’s favourite doctor, Dr Christian, comes to the rescue of parents, boys and girls to answer all their questions about adolescence, sexuality and puberty. In his assured, no-nonsense fashion Dr Christian allays the fears, and uncertainties of growing youngsters (and helps parents find answers) about puberty, sex, personal and emotional health and body image. Leave it on the coffee table or sit down and go through it together – this book is a godsend for every family household with children under the age of 15 Addressing all those cringey questions parents squirm at answering, Dr Christian’s sensible, light-hearted advice guides boys and girls on the path to be coming healthy, happy adults. Covering issues such as: · Puberty · Diet · Sex · Sexuality · Self-esteem/body image · Personal health · Emotional health …

Ella’s Kitchen, The Cook Book

‘The Red One’ is everything you love about Ella’s Kitchen in a book! 100 tasty, healthy recipes for kids that range from the easiest of snacks and light meals that can be rustled up in minutes to delicious and satisfying dinners.

Interesting twists and clever shortcuts, such as Quickly Does it Quiche and Wonderful Watermelon Ice, make life as easy as possible for busy parents.

For weekends and holidays, when there is a bit more time available, there are leisurely breakfast recipes such as Blueberry Pancakes, ideas for cooking outdoors and opening up your own Pizza Café at home.

Becoming a Supple Leopard,  Kelly Starrett

Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist or masseur. In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett founder of mobilitywod.com shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own human movement, allowing you to live a healthy, happier, more fulfilling life. Performance is what drives the human animal, but the human animal can be brought to an abrupt halt by dysfunctional movement patterns.   Starrett maps out a detailed system comprised of more than two hundred techniques and illuminates common movement errors that cause injury and rob you of speed, power, endurance and strength. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or simply someone wanting to live a healthy life free from restrictions, Becoming a Supple Leopard will teach you how to maintain your body and harness your genetic potential.

BIOGRAPHIES

Benedict Cumberbatch , In Transition: An Unauthorised Performance Biography,  Lynette Porter

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Hobbit trilogy, Twelve Years a Slave, August: Osage County, The Fifth Estate; Hedda Gabler, After the Dance, Frankenstein; Hawking, To the Ends of the Earth, The Last Enemy, Parade’s End, and, of course, Sherlock. For most actors, these stellar cinematic, theatrical, and television events would be the highlights of a lifetime’s work. On Benedict Cumberbatch’s résumé they are only a few of many entries.  It’s easy to see why Benedict Cumberbatch is often hailed as the actor of his generation. Cumberbatch’s body of work further includes indie films, radio plays and series, television documentaries, live dramatic readings, multimedia advertisements, and even the occasional stint as a fashion model. He often shares an intriguing perspective on his profession, as evidenced in sometimes controversial interviews.

The Boy who Biked the World, On the Road to Africa,  Alastair Humphries

Tom really wants to be an explorer. His favourite book is an atlas and he follows adventurers not footballers. His schooldays are spent daydreaming about travelling from Tibet to Timbuktu. A private wish blurted out loud started his freewheeling adventure: i’m going to cycle round the world. His classmates laughed. No one believed him, least of all his teacher. The mountains will be too high! The desert is too hot! Everyone shouted their reasons why his dream was impossible. But it was a funny thing, the more that people told him he couldn’t do it, the more Tom found himself wanting to prove them wrong.

The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner,  Richard Marson

Richard Marson’s book, JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner tells the story of the most controversial figure in the history of Doctor Who.

For more than a decade, John Nathan-Turner, or “JN-T” as he was often known, was in charge of every major artistic and practical decision affecting the world’s longest-running science fiction programme. Richard Marson brings his dramatic, farcical, sometimes scandalous, often moving story to life with the benefit of his own inside knowledge and the fruits of over 100 revealing interviews with key friends and colleagues, those John loved to those from whom he became estranged. The author has also had access to all of Nathan-Turner’s surviving archive of paperwork and photos, many of which appear here for the very first time.

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