Here’s a guide to a few books that Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon is looking forward to reading…
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: picking up the story fifteen years after the original story The Handmaid’s Tale left off, this eagerly anticipated sequel to the original is set to be published on the 10th September. Having read the original at school, I’m intrigued to see what direction the story will take…
The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman: this sequel to the La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One will follow events that take place as Lara, now aged 20, attempts to discover the secret of the elusive dust that formed the focus of the original Dark Materials trilogy. (Published 3rd October).
Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan: set in an alternative 1980’s, Ian McEwan’s latest novel questions what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? and could a machine understand the human heart? (Published on 18th April).
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls: from the best selling author of ‘One Day’ and ‘Us’ comes this brand new novel. It is a coming of age story that takes place across over one summer, Sweet Sorrow shows the power of a first love. Having loved ‘One Day’ I can’t wait to see how Nicholls will make me laugh and cry once again. (Published 11th July) .
The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris: prepare to return once more to Lansquenet-sous-Tannes and re-enter the lives of the villagers whose lives are disrupted once more with the arrival of a new resident and a new shop… (published 4th April)
The Missing Sister by Dinah Jefferies: published on the 21st March, this latest novel from the author follows Belle Hatton as she attempts to discover what happened to her sister that she never knew she had. But can she trust American journalist Oliver to help her or should she keep him at arms length?
Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir: this fourth book concentrating on Henry VIII’s fourth wife by historian Alison Wier offers a new interpretation of the pushed aside queen. (Published 2nd May)