Each month our expert booksellers choose their favourite new fiction titles to recommend. This month’s selection includes the much anticipated follow-up to a bestselling work of historical literary fiction, the first in an exciting new crime series set in the dark underbelly of Victorian London and an impeccably written story of love and politics in mid-century America.
Madeline Miller, Circe
Faye Says: ‘What I love about this novel is Miller’s pitch-perfect update of the mythological form for a modern audience: conventionally, characters in myth and fairy tale are deliberately one-dimensional, because they are supposed to represent ideas and stereotypes rather than actual people. Miller’s Circe, though, is a living, breathing, complex presence, who grows and develops as the novel progresses, and whose story is utterly immersive, at once timely and timeless.'
Alex Reeve, The House on Half Moon Street
Zoe says: ‘This falls into that niche category of books that beg to be read in a single day! It is a fantastic crime debut which provides a glimpse into a gritty Victorian London that we don’t usually see. The story is incredibly gripping, I loved the protagonist, and I was thrilled to learn this is the first of a new series – I can’t wait for the next one!’
Amy Bloom, White Houses
Andrew says: ‘This slim but powerful novel feels to me like the work of an author at the height of her powers. It uncovers the often forgotten story of Eleanor Roosevelt’s love affair with journalist Lorena Hickok. It’s very factually interesting in terms of American politics, and you learn a lot about FDR and his presidency, but at its heart it is a tender and beautifully told love story. A small masterpiece.’
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