15 August, 2017
Running out of good reads? Not to worry! We've put together a sparkling selection of brand new novels to escape into for a while. Featuring heart-pounding journeys, unforgettable characters, poignant romances and more, see below for the best new novels for your collection.
Effia and Esi are two sisters with very different destinies. One is sold into the slavery; the other becomes a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their separate fates echo through the generations that follow. This novel takes readers on a sweeping journey from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi, from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, across three continents and three generations, in an epic yet intimate novel that tells the very story of America through an incredible cast of characters.
This richly moving novel takes readers on a thrilling journey across the Indian subcontinent, from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi to the snowy mountains and valleys of Kashmir. The story follows two characters: Anjum, a transgender woman who comes into her own only to find herself struck down by tragedy, and Tilo, an architect who travels to Kashmir to revive her turbulent love affair with Musa, a freedom fighter. Immerse yourself in this poignant and powerful account of people who have been broken by the world and then rescued, healed by hope and love.
After the Batemans' private jet crashes into the ocean, anonymity will no longer be possible for artist Scott Burroughs and the Batemans' small son, JJ, the only survivors. A flurry of speculation follows, which soon peppers the official investigation with false conjectures. Who else was on the plane? Was there a bomb - a missile perhaps? Who is Scott Burroughs? Discover the intricate lives of those who were on board as you read this intense, exhilarating novel, and immerse yourself in a story of love, fame, wealth, art - and power.
Set in the mid- 19th century, this compelling tale follows Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, as they go to fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Both men find their days filled with both hardship and wonder, and when a young Indian girl crosses their path, they both sense the possibility of lasting happiness - as long as they can survive...
This enthralling novel will take you from North West London to West Africa. It features two girls who dream of being dancers - but only one has the talent. The other has ideas about rhythm, time, black bodies and black music. The close and complicated friendship between the girls ends in their early 20s, but is never forgotten.
Journey from the Middle East to London and beyond in this extraordinary story of love, hope and war. Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing: fall in love in a world turned upside-down. Civil war has come to the city they call home. Before long, they will have to leave their motherland behind and join the great exodus of people fleeing a crumbling city, looking for their place in a shattered world.
Follow Cora and Caesar, slaves working on a cotton plantation in Georgia, as they embark on a daring escape through the Underground Railroad across America. Whitehead's conception of its physical form sees it as a dilapidated box car pulled along by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar must travel state by state, encountering a new world at every stop, trying to evade the slave-catcher on their heels. This book won the National Book Award 2016 for Fiction.
This enthralling Viking adventure follows Bera, a young woman who is struggling to control her invisible twin spirit and develop her inherited gift of Sight. On a dark winter's night, Bera is left to defend her village alone, and loses her childhood friend, Bjorn, to the ensuing battle. Soon after, her father weds her to the chieftain of a rival clan, and Bera realises the unthinkable: his second-in-command is responsible for Bjorn's death. As she learns to be a wife and stepmother in her brutal new clan, Bera resolves to hone her skills, develop her gifts and get revenge. However, her visions of looming disaster grow more and more alarming. Will she choose revenge, or lead her people to safety before it's too late?
London, 1893. Cora Seaborne's controlling husband has died. Now, she must step into her new life as a widow, filled with as much relief as sadness. Alongside her son, Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves for Essex, hoping that fresh air and open space will provide a welcome refuge. However, on arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to claim lives whilst roaming the marshes, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, cannot help but go and investigate...
This absorbing psychological thriller is guaranteed to grip its readers from first page to last. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up, ignoring her sister's plea for help. Now, Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the place she'd hoped to escape for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid of long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. Most of all, she's afraid of the water - and the place they call the Drowning Pool.
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