Now that I’ve read all the millions of books which were being published on 5 April 2018, I hoping to squeeze some of my own books into April’s schedule as well as some exciting upcoming publications.
I am currently reading Property: A Collection by Lionel Shriver, a mixture of short stories and novellas centred around property, as in houses or possessions. Property will be published on 19 April 2018
First ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver
This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of “property” in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves, and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver’s world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.
In the stunning novella “The Standing Chandelier” (‘a brutal treat’: Daily Mail), a woman with a history of attracting other women’s antagonism creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend and his wife-to-be. In “Domestic Terrorism,” a thirty-something son refuses to leave home, resulting in a standoff that renders him a Millennial cause célèbre. In “The ChapStick,” a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. In “Vermin,” an artistic Brooklyn couple’s purchase of a ramshackle house destroys their once passionate relationship. In “The Subletter,” two women, both foreign conflict junkies, fight over claim to a territory that doesn’t belong to either.
This immensely readable collection showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time, described by the Sunday Times as ‘a brilliant writer’ with ‘a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice’.Amazon
The last book I finished was Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, a truly compulsive read, my review for this book which will be published on 3 May 2018 will be up soon.
Most of us spend our whole lives searching for the person who’ll make us feel complete.
But Mike and Verity know they’re different. They’ve found their soulmate, and nothing can tear them apart.
Not even the man Verity is marrying.
Because they play a secret game, one they call ‘the Crave’, to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and Mike alone. But Mike knows that Verity’s impending marriage will raise the stakes of their game higher than ever before.
Because this time, for Mike and Verity to stay together, someone has to die… Amazon
Next up is the third book in the Nathan Cody series written by David Jackson – Don’t Make a Sound, also to be published on 3 May 2018.
You can’t choose your family. Or can you?
Meet the Bensons. They’re an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.
There’s just one problem.
SHE’S NOT THEIRS.
D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .Amazon
So what do you think? Have you read any of these? Would you like to?