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April’s new releases

Powered through your bookcase already? Time for a new influx of instant classics.

We’re all after a little escapism right now, and with flights grounded, we’re reaching for the next best thing – a good book! Here are seven sizzlers to add to your reading list.

Redhead By The Side Of The Roadby Anne Tyler 

Tyler’s 23rd novel centres around 44-year old Micah Mortimer whose run-of-the-mill life is turned upside down by two events which force him to view things in a different way. The joy of Tyler’s writing has always been her ability to focus on the everyday life of everyday people. Micah’s story is about second chances and the power of human connection. 

Hamnetby Maggie O’Farrell 

This newbie from the ever-wonderful Maggie O’Farrell packs all of her usual storytelling skills but is quite unlike her other novels, centred on Shakespeare’s family at a time of plague. The novel is a timely and immersive study of grief and isolation, told against a well-researched, utterly convincing historical background. 

The Furiesby Katie Lowe

Teenage angst, toxic friendships and murder make for a potent mix in this debut psychological thriller. The plot centres around quiet and unremarkable Violet who’s invited to join a study group at her new private school. But what happened to the girl whom Violet has replaced? And why are the witch trials that once took place on the school grounds still echoing down the years? Art history, mythology and witchcraft become more than just theory as the girls invoke The Furies, and use their power for vengeful purposes. 

This Too Shall Passby Julia Samuel 

A comforting and inspiring book that offers support, particularly important in the strange times in which we find ourselves. Psychotherapist Samuel writes wisely and compassionately about life’s changes and challenges, and how we can navigate our way through testing times. From a new mother returning to work, to a 73 year old woman finding new love, these courageous stories inspire and give hope as well as providing coping mechanisms if you are struggling yourself. 

Silverby Chris Hammer

If you loved Hammer’s debut crime novel Scrublandsthen this sequel won’t disappoint. Protagonist Martin Scarsden reluctantly returns to his hometown of Port Silver in Northern New South Wales after his new wife strangely inherits a property there. Expect twist, turns and the resurfacing of Martin’s traumatic childhood. It’s a murder tale and a love story that will keep you hooked until the end.

A Theatre For Dreamers by Polly Samson

Grieving from the loss of her mother and wanting to escape her violent father, teenage Erica narrates this sun-drenched and captivating story. Set on the beautiful Greek island of Hydra in 1960 – think blue water, skinny dipping and sunbathing – Samson’s compelling tale is packed with bohemian glamour that also carries a darkness and complexity within its pages. A vivid, atmospheric book that tells of innocence lost and the battle between men and women. 

The Merciesby Kiran Millwood

Based on an historic event, set in 1617 on the remote Norwegian island of Vardo, this is a story wrapped in religious cleansing, witch hunts and superstition. After a storm drowns all the menfolk of Vardo as they are out fishing, the remaining women must survive the winter and rebuild their lives. Millwood brilliantly explores female relationships and the differing responses to the arrival of the new commissioner, sent to take matters in hand.

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