New releases alert!
April 22nd 2021
Because we know our LoveMyReaders like to keep up with the latest books being published, we’ve picked out this March three brilliant new releases alongside Caitlin Moran’s fabulous selection of her favourite reads.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Many have called it the biggest literary event of 2021. When a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature brings out a new book, you sit up and listen. Kazuo Ishiguro, whom many will know from The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, most definitely hasn’t disappointed with his latest work.
When I heard that the book followed the journey of an AI robot, I have to admit that my heart sank a little. It would be incredibly easy to create a clichéd novel about a robots with feelings, or a work of sci-fi which might alienate readers who aren’t fans of the genre. But instead, Ishiguro has crafted in Klara and the Sun a genre-hopping, beautifully philosophical story about human compassion, empathy, connection and love. I wasn’t expecting to find myself moved by a story about artificial intelligence but that’s perhaps one of the many aspects of genius that shines through in this book – it’s a gentle, humble story about how we see, and indeed find, our place in the world. Seeing the world through the eyes of an exceptionally empathetic Artificial Friend, readers are helped to experience the pain, joy, love and disconnections in the human world. Anyone who is a fan of books which bring to the fore the big questions of life in subtle and unobtrusive ways, will love this one.
When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half of the window. So we were able to watch the outside – the office works hurrying by, the taxis, the runners, the tourists, Beggar Man and his dog, the lower part of the RPO Building. Once we were more settled, Manager allowed us to walk up to the front until we were right behind the window display, and then we could see how tall the RPO Building was. And if we were there at just the right time, we would see the Sun on his journey, crossing between the building tops from our side over to the RPO Building side.
The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
Sometimes, you just need that escapist kind of page-turner to help freshen up and populate your mental landscape with flowing waterfalls, lush landscapes and verdant mountainsides. We’re grateful on grey days this March for books like The Castaways by Lucy Clarke for bringing the thrills and sunshine into our lives.
Two sisters are supposed to be boarding a flight to their Fijian holiday destination but a booze-fueled argument the night before and only one turns up to the airport in the morning. When the plane goes missing along with Lori, Erin is distraught and can’t bring herself to believe that her sister is dead. Deciding to investigate the story for the paper where she works, Erin is about to uncover a simple but fraught truth – that the plan crash was no accident and that its aftermath is darker and more disturbing than she should have imagined.
I absolutely zipped through this book like a guilty pleasure, wanting to find out along with Erin whether her sister made it and what happened after the plane went off course. While this is an incredibly readable book, it’s also very cleverly plotted to explore the meaning of family ties and what someone will do to preserve their reputation.
But what if the whole thing was a mistake? She’d booked it on a moment’s impulse. Three in the morning. Her sheets twisted from another wakeful night. She’d taken out her laptop to watch a film – something to lock her thoughts to – and then the advert had popped up. Ten nights on a remote, barefoot island in Fiji, the dates spanning her twenty-eighth birthday. She’d opened a new tab and checked the bank account and seen there was still two thousand pounds left. Fuck you, Pete, she’d thought as she’d pressed Confirm booking.
While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart
Many of our readers absolutely loved Janet Skeslien Charles’ The Paris Library which we released in our February box. For those readers and anyone who enjoys novels like The Book Thief or anything by Heather Morris, this is an absolute must-read.
Incredibly romantic, heroic, sad and brave, the book takes the moment that a young mother herded onto a train headed for Auschwitz, reaches out and thrusts her baby towards a worker on the line. In that act of sacrifice, two lives are changed forever.
Sometimes the experience of reading a book stays with you all day and night while you’re reading it. You find yourself thinking about it and its characters in stray moments throughout the day and can’t wait to get back to the book to immerse yourself once again in the atmosphere it creates. This for me is definitely one of those books. It’s a heart wrenching, heady book which stays with you for a long time. To read a story about such sacrifice and bravery while we find ourselves in this exceptional circumstances, was quite a powerful thing indeed.
Jean-Luc lifts the razor to his cheek, glancing at his reflection in the bathroom mirror. For a split second, he doesn’t recognise himself. Pausing, razor held in mid-air, he stares into his eyes, wondering what it is. There’s something American about him now. It’s there in his healthy tan, his white teeth, and something else he can’t quite identify. Is it the confident way he holds his chin? Or his smile? Anyway, it pleases him. American is good.
Choose any book here or explore Caitlin Moran's favourite picks for March.
Vicki & the LoveMyRead Team x