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Monday, April 6, 2015

April And May 2015 Titles From Bloomsbury: Pick Up And Read

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Bloomsbury continues with the tradition of keeping the magic of good books alive, and there's just so much they have in store for book lovers for you and me....!!!

Here's a quick look at some amazing titles that are out now or about to release this April and May 2015. Take your pick(s), I'll tell you which ones I think I really want to read (can I have them all?!!) and let me know which ones you are planning to read too :)

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F E A T U R I N G:


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke (I really want to read this one)

SOON TO BE A MAJOR SEVEN-PART BBC TV SERIES.

Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me ...

So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms the one between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.

Ring Roads – Patrick Modiano - (I really want to read this one)
(Winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature)

Ring Roads, for which Modiano was awarded the French Academy's Grand Prix du Roman (1972), is the story of a young Jew, Serge, in search of his father, Chalva, who
disappeared from his life ten years earlier. He finds him trying to survive the war years in the unlikely company of black marketeers, anti-Semites and prostitutes, putting his meagre and not entirely orthodox business skills at the service of those who have no interest in him or his survival.

Ring Roads is a brilliant, almost hallucinatory evocation of the uneasy, corrupt years of the Occupation.

The Night Watch – Patrick Modiano (I really want to read this one)
When Patrick Modiano was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature he was praised for using the 'art of memory' to bring to life the Occupation of Paris during the Second World War.

The Night Watch is his second novel and tells the story of a young man of limited means, caught between his work for the French Gestapo informing on the Resistance, and his work for a Resistance cell informing on the police and the black market dealers whose seedy milieu of nightclubs, prostitutes and spivs he shares.

Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance – Patricia Duncker (definitely!)
Berlin, September 1872.  The Duncker brothers, Max and Wolfgang, own a thriving publishing business in the city. Clever, irresponsible Max is as fond of gambling and brothels as the older, wiser, Wolfgang is of making a profit. When Max’s bad habits get out of hand, Wolfgang sends him to the Spa town of Homburg, to dance attendance upon a celebrity author – the enigmatic Sibyl, also known as George Eliot. As enthralling and intelligent as her books, she soon has Max bewitched.

The Field of the Cloth of Gold – Magnus Mills

In a lush meadow, bounded by dense forest and a sparkling river, the flags of several tents flutter in the breeze, rich with the promise of halcyon days.

Yet all is not as tranquil as it may seem: the balance of power wrought between the occupants of The Great Field, as it is properly known, is a delicate one, and relationships are stretched to breaking point when a new, large and disciplined group offers to share its surplus of milk pudding. Only the narrator acknowledges the gesture, but by forging links with the newcomers he becomes a conduit for change, change that threatens The Great Field.


Are You Right For Me? : Seven Steps to Getting Clarity and Commitment in Your Relationship – Andrew G. Marshall

In the movies, a couple meet and they just know that each has found that one special person. Marriage, children and eternal bliss are just a heart-beat away. Unfortunately in the real world, it is much harder to work out if a relationship has a future or not. Most people do not have these blinding flashes or if they've had them in the past, have been badly let down and no longer trust their own judgement. If this sounds familiar and you're not sure if your relationship is serious or you're just wasting your time, this book is for you.

Managing for Success: Spotting Danger Signals - And Fixing Problems Before They Happen
– Morgen Witzel

The damage that incompetent managers do is incalculable. Every year they wipe tens of billions off the value of companies around the world.
  Morgen Witzel tackles the problem of incompetence in the round by exploring the political, cultural, psychological and personal factors that lead to incompetency at every level of business.
  Using international case studies from Ford Motor Company, Royal Ahold and Lehman Brothers, practical solutions are provided for avoiding incompetence by changing the culture within organizations and the ways in which managers are trained and developed to truly manage for success and minimise failure.

River Cottage Australia – Paul West

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has sowed the seed for a brand new River Cottage – in Australia! Somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney, and nestled between the pristine Sapphire Coast and the imposing Mount Gulaga, lies the beautiful old dairy farm which is now the home of River Cottage Australia, and 'new Hugh' Paul West.

Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the '60s(want to read)
– Richard Goldstein

In 1966, at just twenty-two, New Yorker Richard Goldstein approached the Village Voice with a novel idea. ‘I want to be a rock critic,’ he said. ‘What’s that?’ the editor replied.
In the weekly column, Goldstein became the first person to write regularly in a major publication about the music that changed everyone's lives.  He toured with Janis Joplin, spent a day at the Grateful Dead house in San Francisco, got stoned with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and was in the front row when Jimi Hendrix burned his first guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival.
 Another Little Piece of My Heart is the intimate memoir of the writer as a young man.

Mr Mojo: A Biography of Jim Morrison(yes)
– Dylan Jones

In Paris’s Père-Lachaise cemetery, Jim Morrison’s graffiti-scrawled tombstone is a place of pilgrimage for local devotees, adolescent hedonists and wayward backpackers alike. Found dead in his bathtub aged only 27 having achieved worldwide stardom as lead singer of The Doors, Morrison was quickly immortalised amongst the rock and roll deity such as Hendrix and Joplin. In death, however, this debauched ‘rock poet’ remained more stubbornly enigmatic than ever.

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Ahmedabad: A City in the World
– Amrita Shah

Ahmedabad, India’s seventh-largest city, a six-hundred-year-old former textile town where Mahatma Gandhi launched his struggle against British rule, the hotbed for communal violence. The city is known today for being Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stronghold, the model for a new, market-led vision of development and a harbinger of the changes sweeping through the new India.
A City in the World is essential reading for an insight into contemporary India.

Winning Instinct: Decoding the Power Within
– Virender Kapoor

Passion, purpose, potential, perseverance are the qualities required to make great achievers and leaders.
This book tells you how to
· turn people into leaders
· build trust and confidence
· make you reach your destiny
· transform your organization


The Pleasure of Reading (definitely want to read)

In this delightful collection forty acclaimed writers explain what first made them interested in literature, what inspired them to read and what makes them continue to do so. First published in 1992 in hardback only, original contributors include Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, Melvyn Bragg, A. S. Byatt, Carol Ann Duffy, Germaine Greer, Alan Hollinghurst, Doris Lessing, Candia McWilliam, Edna O’Brien, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Sue Townsend and Jeanette Winterson. The new edition will include essays from five new writers, Emily Berry, Kamila Shamsie, Rory Stewart, Katie Waldegrave and Tom Wells.

Poison Spring – E.G. Vallianatos with McKay Jenkins (want to read)

When you order a meal in a restaurant, you won’t find malathion, kelthane or arsenic listed on the menu as an ingredient of your entrée, but these and scores of other pesticides and dangerous chemicals are in the food we eat. They are dumped into the environment where they seep into our water supply and float in the air we breathe. No one who cares for the natural world, or for the health of future generations, can ignore this powerful exposé.


In Manchuria – Michael Meyer (sounds interesting)
In the tradition of In Patagonia and Great Plains, Michael Meyer’s In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile of China’s legendary northeast territory.
Amplifying the story of family and Wasteland, Meyer takes us on a journey across Manchuria’s past, a history that explains much about contemporary China—from the fall of the last emperor to Japanese occupation and Communist victory.


Hollow Mountain – Thomas Mogford

  The late-morning sun beats down on the Rock of Gibraltar as bored tourists photograph the Barbary Apes. A child’s scream pierces the silence as she sees a monkey cradling a macabre trophy. A man’s severed arm. In the narrow streets of the Old Town below, lawyer Spike Sanguinetti’s friend and colleague is critically injured in a mysterious hit-and-run. Spike must drop everything and return home to Gibraltar, where he is drawn into a case defending a ruthless salvage company hunting for treasure in the Straits.


The Burning Gates: A Makana Investigation   
       Parker Bilal

Private Investigator Makana has a new client: the powerful art dealer Aram Kasabian. Kasabian wants him to track down a priceless painting that went missing from Baghdad during the US invasion. All the dealer can tell Makana is that the piece was smuggled into Egypt by an Iraqi war criminal who doesn’t want to be found. The art world is a far cry from the shady streets and dirty alleyways of the Cairo that Makana knows, but he discovers that this side of the city has its own dark underbelly. Before long, he finds himself caught between dangerous enemies on a trail that leads him into the darkness of war and which threatens to send the new life he has built for himself up in flames.


Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil – James Runcie

It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy and contemplates, as always, the nature of love. The third in ‘The Grantchester Mysteries’ series – six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history – these four longer stories are guaranteed to delight the many fans of Canon Sidney Chambers.

The Improbability of Love – Hannah Rothschild (sounds enchanting, want to read)

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected second-hand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two, only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  But every painting has a story – and if it could speak, what would it tell us?


The All Saints' Day Lovers – Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Achingly sad and beautifully crafted, The All Saints’ Day Lovers is a remarkable and intense exploration of relationships, loneliness and cruelty. Set mainly in the starkly beautiful landscape of Belgium’s Ardennes, these stories have been compared to Maupassant, Chekhov, John Cheever and Antonio Tabucchi.

The titles are either available right now or should be out soon! Check out their website and get in touch with them for any book queries HERE

- Debolina Raja Gupta