The 2017 publishing year is in full swing now, and we’ve seen many wonderful new books land on our shelves over the past few days.
New release week each month is easily one of the best times to be a bookseller. While often our booksellers know about books months in advance, when they are finally published it’s a thrill to be able to share them with Booklovers.
Here are some of the books that we’re loving this month!
He Said She Said by Erin Kelly
It would be remiss of us to not kick this off with our Book of the Month for March, the incredible He Said She Said
by Erin Kelly. It’s part musing on contemporary issues, such as consent and the reliability of the legal system, and part thrill-a-minute page-turner. Erin Kelly has used lunar eclipses as the backdrop for the story and this feeds into every aspect of the novel. In the aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie - and four lives are changed irreparably.
Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear, and while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her you can never see the whole picture: something, and someone, is always in the dark.
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
A body is discovered in London with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, earning the killer the nickname of ‘the ragdoll killer’. Assigned to the shocking case are the recently reinstated Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter. The ragdoll killer taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media that includes the dates on which they are intended to be murdered. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move? It's dark and twisty, with an ingenuous storyline that will keep you guessing until the end. If you read Ragdoll
and absolutely love it, jump on Twitter
and let us know. Our head tweeter is beyond obsessed with this book.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
This is a debut not to be missed! You know the future that people in the fifties imagined we'd have? Flying cars, food pills and moon bases? Well, it happened. And it's just as great as we hoped it would be. Except, in this world, a series of heartbreaks leaves Tom alone, so he hijacks his father's time machine and goes back to where it all began - the moment when the world as we know it, and the world as Tom lives it, parted ways, due to a ground-breaking experiment. Only, thanks to Tom's accidental intrusion, the experiment fails and he returns 'home' to find his world erased and replaced with our own 2016 - by comparison, a chaotic mess. In our world, however, Tom discovers vastly improved versions of his family, his career, and - best of all - his soulmate, Penny. Should he fix the flow of history, bringing back into existence his old utopian reality, or to try to forge a new life in our messy one?
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
At a private East Coast college, two young women meet in art class. Sharon Kisses, quietly ambitious but self-doubting, arrives from rural Kentucky. Mel Vaught, brash, unapologetic, wildly gifted, brings her own brand of hellfire from the backwaters of Florida. Both outsiders, Sharon and Mel become fervent friends, bonding over underground comics and dysfunctional families. Working, absorbing, drinking, drawing: Mel, to understand her own tumultuous past, and Sharon, to lose herself altogether. A decade later, Sharon and Mel are an award-winning animation duo, and with the release of their first full-length feature, a fearless look at Mel's childhood, they stand at the cusp of success. But while on tour to promote the film, cracks in their relationship start to form: Sharon begins to feel like a tag-along and suspects that raucous Mel is the real artist. When unexpected tragedy strikes, long-buried resentments rise to the surface, threatening their partnership—and hastening a reckoning no one sees coming.
The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina try to catch up once a year for some days away together. Now in their thirties, commitments have pulled them in different directions, and the closeness they once enjoyed growing up seems increasingly elusive. This year, determined to revive their intimacy, they each share a secret in an anonymous letter to be read out during the holiday. But instead of bringing them closer, the revelations seem to drive them apart. Then a fifth letter is discovered, venting long-held grudges, and it seems that one of the women is in serious danger. But who was the author? And which of them should be worried? If Nicola's surname looks familiar to you, then yes she absolutely is Liane and Jaclyn's sister, and one thing is for certain: there is phenomental storytelling blood in the Moriarty family!
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
A horror-infused thriller set in a tiny Midwestern town. Jeremy works at the counter of Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It's the 1990s, pre-DVD, and the work is predictable and familiar; he likes his boss, Sarah Jane, and it gets him out of the house, which has felt desolate and empty since his mother died six years before. But when Stephanie Parsons, a local schoolteacher, comes in to return her copy of Targets, she has an odd complaint- 'There's something on it,' she says. Two days later, Lindsey Redinius brings back She's All That and complains that something is wrong- 'There's another movie on this tape.' Curious, Jeremy takes a look. And what he sees on the videos is so strange and disturbing that it propels him out of his comfortable routine and into a search for the tapes' creator. As the once-peaceful fields and barns surrounding Nevada begin to seem sinister and threatening, Jeremy must come to terms with a truth that is as devastatingly sad as it is shocking.
Other fiction new releases we love:
First, We Make the Best Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson has been an anxiety sufferer her whole life. In her new book, Sarah directs her intense focus onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences. Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction. Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.
Food To Make You Glow by Lola Berry
Whether you're looking to boost energy levels, manage stress or achieve healthy and sustainable weight loss, eating the right food is a crucial piece of the puzzle. In her new book, Lola shares the key whole foods to support specific health goals: happiness, energy, beauty, immunity, calming, weight loss and detox. As well as 90 delicious recipes based around these wholefood heroes, Lola recommends the best herbal teas, lifestyle tips, exercises and activities for each health goal. Get inspired about the positive effects whole foods can have on your health, and start cooking food to make you glow! We love Lola at Dymocks at we're so thrilled to have a brand new book from her on our shelves this month.
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Garth Nix is one of Australia's most-loved authors for younger readers, and we are so glad to finally be able to share Frogkisser!
with you. Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It's not her frog, it's her sister's. And it's not a frog, it's actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya's sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a 'sister promise' that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form... So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.
Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky by Robert Newton
Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie's dad. But then, after witnessing the aftermath of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlikely of places: in a troubled old man called the Creeper. A chance, life-saving encounter on the commission's roof seeds a friendship between the two and when they enlist the help of Lexie's friend Davey, the three set off on an epic journey; one that will change their lives and the lives of those around them. This is a heartfelt and thought-provoking novel from the award-winning Robert Newton.