New books coming soon

Isabel Costello
Paris Mon Amour, a story of “desire, betrayal and devastating loss” by Isabel Costello, is to be published by Canelo on June 13, 2016. Set in France, Paris Mon Amour tells the story of one woman and two men, of love and loss.

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Costello [above] said: “Paris Mon Amour was inspired by my frustration with the double standards applied to women and men, especially when it’s about sex or age or both. But from the moment I started to write, it was Alexandra’s story and I’m delighted to be working with such an enthusiastic team at Canelo to share it with readers.”

Read more about Isabel Costello at her blog, The Literary Sofa.

Eimear McBride
The Lesser Bohemians, the second novel by Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Eimear McBride, will be published by Faber in the autumn 2016. Described as another imaginative novel, it is the story of innocence and love of an 18-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to study drama, who meets an older actor.

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McBride [above] won the Bailey’s Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize with A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, originally published by independent Galley Beggar Press. Faber partnered with Galley Beggar to release the mass market paperback and e-book editions.

For more about Eimear McBride’s books, click here for her website.

PD James
The Mistletoe Murders, a collection of short stories by PD James [below] who died in November 2014, will be published by Faber in October 2016.

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The collection comprises four of James’ best Christmas stories. She was often commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. All stories will keep the reader guessing. The title story is about a strained country house gathering on Christmas Eve. In another, an illicit affair that ends in murder. Plus, to the delight of Dalgliesh fans, there are two cases for the Commander.

Vic James
Slavedays, a dystopian trilogy by Vic James [below], will be published in the UK by Pan Macmillan in the spring 2017. The initial draft of the first book, Slavedays, was published on the story writing community Wattpad. new booksDescribed by Pan Macmillan as ‘an absolute firecracker of a novel’, Slavedays is set in a modern Britain where everyone must endure 10 years of slavery in service to a magically gifted aristocracy. A teenage boy dreams of rebellion, his sister yearns for love and knowledge and a young aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

Follow Vic James at Wattpad here.

Natasha Walter
The debut novel of non-fiction author Natasha Walter, A Quiet Life, will be published by The Borough Press in the UK in June 2016. new booksA Quiet Life is inspired by the life of Melinda Marling, the American wife of Cambridge spy Donald Maclean. A story of the Cold War, this tells of a wife whose part in her husband’s life takes her from London in the Blitz, to Washington at the height of McCarthyism, to the possible haven of the English countryside. Gradually she learns what is at stake for herself, her husband, and her daughter; gradually she realizes the dark consequences of her youthful idealism.

Walter, author of non-fiction books The New Feminism and Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, both published by Virago, is also a previous judge on the Booker and Women’s Prize for Fiction.

For more about Natasha Walter’s books, click here for her website.

Eleanor Wasserberg
Foxlowe and one other novel by Eleanor Wasserberg will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Fourth Estate. new booksFoxlowe, to be published in June 2016, tells the story of two sisters, Green and Blue, who grow up in a commune in a crumbling country house in the Staffordshire moorlands. A chilling literary debut about group mentality, superstition and betrayal, Foxlowe is the home of the Family, including Green and Blue. This is not an ordinary family, it is a ‘new, better kind of family. We didn’t need to go to school, because we had a new, better kind of education. We shared everything. We were close to the ancient way of living and the ancient landscape. We knew the moors, and the standing stones. We celebrated the solstice in the correct way, with honey and fruit and garlands of fresh flowers. We knew the Bad and we knew how to keep it away.’ They were were at Foxlowe, and there was no reason for anyone to leave.