NEW TITLES are constantly being added to our shelves. The latest additions include five titles recommended for the autumn by Richard and Judy’s Book Club.
Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain
SHE WAS A DAUGHTER of Edwardian England, transplanted to Kenya as a young girl by parents who dreamed of life on an African farm. But by the time that Beryl Markham was 16, that dream had fallen apart. Catapulted into a disastrous marriage, she emerged from its wreckage with one idea: to take charge of her own destiny.
Circling the Sun takes us from the brittle glamour of the 1920s Happy Valley set fuelled by gin and adultery, to the loneliness of life as a scandalous divorcée; from the spectacular beauty of the Kenyan landscape to the manicured lawns of Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club.
Beryl is an unforgettable heroine. Scandalising high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman to hold a professional racehorse trainer’s licence. Beryl became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton – immortalised in Blixen’s memoir Out of Africa. It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion, while awakening Beryl to her truest self, and to her fate – to fly.
by Greg Hurwitz
‘DO YOU NEED my help?’ It was the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from an orphanage. Raised and trained in a top-secret programme, he was sent to bad places to do things that the government denied ever happened. Then he broke with the programme, using what he had learned to vanish. Now he helps the desperate and deserving. But someone’s on his tail. Someone who knows his past and believes that the boy once known as Orphan X must die…
The Forgetting Time
by Sharon Guskin
NOAH IS A LITTLE BOY who knows things he shouldn’t and remembers things he should have forgotten. Because as well as being a four-year-old called Noah, he remembers being a nine-year-old called Tommy.
He remembers his house. His family. His mother. And now he wants to go home. Two boys. Two mothers. One forgettable story…
The Loving Husband
by Christobel Kent
FRAN HALL AND her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens – a chance to get away from London and make a fresh start. But when Fran wakes one night to find Nathan gone, she makes a devastating discovery. As questions about her husband and her relationships start to mount, Fran’s life begins to spiral out of control. What is she hiding from the police about her marriage, and does she really know the man she shared her bed with?
by Anna Hope
IT’S 1911 AND inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom, vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week, they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet, it is a dance that will change two lives for ever.