Each month our expert booksellers choose their favourite new fiction titles to recommend. This month’s selection includes the moving story of a childhood disrupted by war, the joyful and touching tale of a former Suffragette, and this summer’s must-read crime novel.
Gaël Faye, Small Country
Andrew says: ‘Small Country tells the very moving story of a young boy whose family are torn apart by the tragic and catastrophic events which took place in Rwanda and Burundi in the 1990s. It demonstrates how the carefree lives of ordinary people can be quickly shattered by events entirely beyond their control. Written in lyrical prose, this is a subtle but very powerful book.’
Lissa Evans, Old Baggage
Zoe says: ‘I really loved Old Baggage, an effervescent, funny and touching book. It tells the story of a former Suffragette who, in the late 1920s, is trying to find a place for herself in a world she no longer recognises. Although it’s a historical novel, it feels very current and relevant to today. It is utterly charming; such a lovely book.’
Ruth Ware, The Death of Mrs Westaway
Faye says: ‘I completely adored this novel and felt extremely sympathetic towards – and concerned for – its unusual heroine. The book is an engrossing and atmospheric country house mystery in the vein of Josephine Tey’s Brat Farrar, with a strong hint of Daphne du Maurier’s brilliant Rebecca thrown in for good measure. Brimming with intrigue, mysticism, and dangerous family secrets, this is set to be the crime read of the summer.
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