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May is a busy month for book releases this year, so take a look at just a few of the great books available this month!


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins: released 2nd May (pre-order now from Amazon)

With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town. Once again Hawkins demonstrates her powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict.

Into the Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets.


Beren and Lúthien by J R R Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien: released 4th May (pre-order now from Amazon)

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.


The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey: released 4th May (pre-order now from Amazon)

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.
The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.
To where the monsters lived.

In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of The Girl With All the Gifts, the phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller which is now a critically acclaimed film


The Ice by Laline Paull: released 4th May (pre-order from Amazon)

the-iceAs the melting ice of the Midgard glacier expels a frozen corpse into the Barents Sea, long-submerged secrets threaten to come to light.

Discovered near a glamorous wilderness retreat owned by explorer-turned-businessman Sean Cawson, the body is that of his best friend Tom Harding – lost in an accident on the glacier three years ago, when Cawson had been the last person to see him alive. Their friendship, forged by a shared obsession with Arctic exploration, had often been strained by their differing ambitions. And, as the inquest into Tom’s death begins, the choices made by both men – in love and in life – are put on the stand.

Soon Cawson begins to wonder whether Tom was in fact the only one who truly understood the world they were operating in, and whether the price he has paid for his place at the establishment’s table is higher than he could ever have imagined. Because when the ice melts and the water rises, who can you really depend on? Just how deep do the lies go?


Release by Patrick Ness: released 4th May (pre-order from Amazon)

releaseA startling and tender novel about how to let yourself love and set yourself free by Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake. Is there time for Adam to find his release?


Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami: released 9th May (pre-order now from Amazon)

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.


New Boy by Tracy Chevalier: released 11th May (pre-order now from Amazon)

Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day – so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four 11 year olds – Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant ‘girlfriend’ Mimi – Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.


House of Names by Colm Tóibín: released 18th May (pre-order now from Amazon)

On the day of his daughter’s wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice.

His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory.

Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family – mother, brother, sister – on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace’s dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family’s game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.


Authors, if you have a book coming out this year let us know and we will try to include you in that month’s new releases.

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