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August's Best New Releases

From espionage to murder, from lovers torn apart by war to families drawn together by fate, we have a stunning selection of titles to serve up to you this August. Whatever your reading taste, there's definitely a suitable story here to whisk you away.

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August's best new releases

Orphans of the Storm

Celia Imrie

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A sweeping tale of love and loss from the Sunday Times bestselling, most beloved British actor and author.

France, 1911. Marcela has finally had enough with her husband. But when he disappears one night, smuggling their sons aboard HMS Titanic, she can’t possibly imagine the depths of tragedy and discovery that await her.


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LoveMyRead Review

Inspired by a real and astonishing story, this novel is bursting full of compassion and humanity. It’s a beautiful, heart-rending and heart-soaring read that paints a vivid picture of the past. Readers will race through the pages, desperate to find out our heroine’s fate and won’t be disappointed in the most beautiful of endings.

Available from: 19th August 2021

Shooting Martha

David Thewlis

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A dark and twisted tale from the award-winning actor, writer and director, David Thewlis.

Famed director Jack Drake has lost his wife, nearly lost his mind. So when he meets Betty, lookalike of Martha – he has a rather unusual acting job for her. But as he slowly brings Martha back to life, what secrets will rise to the surface?



Hardback

LoveMyRead Review

This is goose-bumps, spine-tinglingly, this-one-day-will-be-a-Netflix-superhit good. The concept – oh my, so creepy. The execution – flawless. Sometimes you read a book that makes you want to cover your eyes but is also impossible to put down and this is Class A category that. Minutely observed, it’s a sinister, darkly funny and disturbingly absorbing story. I’m not quite sure I’ve ever read anything like it. I have no doubt whatsoever in my mind that this will one day be an award-winning film or TV series. And I for one, can’t wait.

Available from: 5th August 2021

All My Mothers

Joanna Glen

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The most heart-rending book of the summer.

There are no baby photos of Eva. That’s the first thing that gets her wondering. And with an emotionally absent mother and a physically absent father, she’s got to wonder: where am I really from? To whom do I really belong? The answers to those questions will take her on a journey spanning decades and continents and challenge her idea of motherhood altogether.






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LoveMyRead's Review

Oh my. Spend half a second in the company of this story and you’ll be left with no wonder why critics are falling over themselves about this book. Deeply heartfelt, with such a unique voice and emotional range, it should come with a mascara warning. It’s everything you want a romance novel to be but it’s not about romantic love – but love between the people in our lives who raise and guide us, mentor us and look out for us. It’s so poignant, so gorgeous. I really, really didn’t want it to end.

Available from: 5th August 2021

The Island of Missing Trees

Elif Shafak

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A masterpiece of literature from one of the world’s greatest living writers.

Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home, sitting underneath the fig tree as they share their forbidden love. War breaks about and tears them apart but the fig tree remains to draw them back together, to remind their daughter of home and communicate their love.





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LoveMyRead Review

Elif Shafak is not just one of literature’s greatest living writers, she’s probably one of the world’s best humans too: founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, women’s activist, LGBTQ+ activist, freedom of speech activist and twice TED Global speaker. She is a titan of humanity. All of this is to say that she has the hugest of hearts and it’s writ large on every page of this beautiful, stunning and transporting book. I loved every word, every feeling she evokes through the story. I’m excited for anyone who hasn’t yet encountered her work as they’re about to step into the most magical of worlds and feel the deepest of feelings. And for anyone already familiar with her work – yes, this really does stand among the best.

Available from: 5th August 2021

The Country of Others

Leila Slimani

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A soaring story of love, home and the bravery it takes to be different.

1944, Alsace. Mathilde can’t help herself from falling in love with Amine, a handsome Moroccan soldier. Her spirit is as fierce as her love, but will it be enough to maintain her freedom when the walls start to close in?


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LoveMyRead Review

I adored this story of woman living a life dominated with decisions by men but determined to maintain her freedom. Mathilde is fierce and the portrait of her is fantastically observed: trying to be a wife and mother but also rejecting dependency and craving independence of thought. It’s a story about race and colonialism, love and freedom but it’s also quite simply beautiful. The lightness of touch is extraordinary, the writing is wonderfully evocative and all together a stunning read.

Available from: 5th August 2021

Midnight at Malabar House

Vaseem Khan

Fiction

Winner of the CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger 2021.

Bombay, New Year’s Eve, 1949. The murder of an English diplomat falls into the hands of India’s first ever female police detective. As the country prepares to become the world’s largest republic, can Inspector Persis Wadia solve the case?






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LoveMyRead Review

I absolutely adored this wonderful murder mystery. Vaseem Khan has seamlessly blended the classic murder mystery plot with a brilliantly evocative historical setting. The duo of Inspector Persis Wadia and Scotland Yard criminalist Archie Blackfinch is an inspired bit of a character play and their friction is a delight to watch play out. Anyone who loves Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh or any of the golden era crime writers, will I’m in no doubt be a fan of this one.

Available from: 5th August 2021

Miss Graham's War

Celia Rees

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The perfect summer espionage novel.

It’s 1946 in Germany. The dust of war is settling but the rubble hides many a Nazi, many a secret. Edith Graham is just an ordinary woman living an ordinary life; but can she expose out the truth? And who can she trust?


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LoveMyRead Review

Celia Rees has managed something quite unusual in this grippingly good spy novel – to create an spy story that’s both charming and page-turning. It’s clever in its plotting and fascinating in its historical details of war espionage. Anyone who loved Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network will find in this a kindred spirit: bold, daring, but ultimately very human.

Available from: 5th August 2021

Trust Me

T M Logan

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From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Catch and The Holiday, a new unputdownable thriller.

You hold a baby while the flustered mother takes an urgent phone call. But when you spot her walking off the train at the next stop, what do you do?


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LoveMyRead Review

Gripping from the very first page and what a premise – spinning an extraordinary web of lies and deception from such an innocent, every day opening scene. A well-written page-turner of a novel for those who love watching a scenario play out from multiple perspectives – and of course, trying to guess the solution before the last page!

Available from: 5th August 2021

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