Noteworthy book releases in May 2014

Whether it’s a new book from authors we love, or an intriguing premise that could be worth taking a chance on, here is a selection of the titles being released in May 2014 (or very late April) that caught my eye:

After Darkness by Christine PiperThe Transcriptionist by Amy RowlandBellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

After Darkness by Christine Piper (paperback | ebook) – Winner of the 2014 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award

The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland (hardback) –  ‘An exquisite novel that asks probing questions about journalism and ethics, about the decline of the newspaper and the failure of language’

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (paperbackebook) – “Funny and exuberant, twisty and captivating. . . . For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel.” —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Invisible Ellen by Shari ShattuckTapestry by Fiona McIntoshBald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu

Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck (paperback) – ‘character-driven, poignant, and leavened with touches of humor and witty dialogue’

Tapestry by Fiona McIntosh (paperback | ebook) –  ‘thrilling time-slip adventure packed with action, romance and one of history’s most daring escapes’

Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu (paperback | ebook) – debut novel from the talented author of the short story collection Watering Heaven

Captives by Angela MeyerThe Claimant by Janette Turner HospitalThe Blue Mile by Kim Kelly

Captives by Angela Meyer (paperbackebook) –  flash fiction,
‘…a masterly collection crafted by a powerful wordsmith.’
 — Jennifer Peterson-Ward,Books+Publishing

The Claimant by Janette Turner Hospital (paperbackebook) –  ‘a brilliant and compulsively readable story of truth, lies and identity from one of Australia’s finest writers’

The Blue Mile by Kim Kelly (paperbackebook) –  Aussie author’s third novel, ‘a tale of the both wild and calculated risks a city took to build a wonder of the world, and of those taken by ordinary people to save a great love, against all of the odds’.

The Strays by Emily BittoMona by Dan SehlbergThe Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Strays by Emily Bitto (paperback) –  debut novel, shortlisted for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

Mona by Dan Sehlberg (paperback | ebook) –  translated from the original Swedish, ‘…high-octane pursuit that spans the Middle East and Europe. Conceptually breathtaking and emotionally compelling…’

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (paperback | ebook) –  ‘As delightfully wry and witty as his bestselling debut, ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Have any of these books caught your eye?

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  1. The cover of Invisible Ellen has me thinking of the UK cover of Eleanor & Park, and I like that the subheading adds to that. Given those things I’d likely pick it up. Given that After Darkness is an award winner and has an appealing cover it interests me to. I wonder if they will release it elsewhere? (I like the summary but am not sure if the focus on the impact of war and Australia would be deemed marketable – a pity if not.)

    1. Good observation on the cover similarities Charlie. Invisible Ellen’s premise is probably hard to depict via image, so I too think the additional information helps its cause.

      Regarding After Darkness, a WWII story from a Japanese character’s perspective is quite unique even here in Australia, so I would hope that quality along with its award winning status will afford it international publication.

  2. Janette Turner Hospital has a new book out? Yeah! But up in Canada we claim her as a Canadian writer. My guess is it has a different release date here.

    1. Yes, although she grew up in my home state in Australia it appears she has spent much of her adult life living elsewhere.

      I did a quick search and unfortunately could not find when Claimant might be available in Canada or Scotland. Harper Collins Australia is responsible for this publication in May.