Book Recommendations

Book releases that have caught my eye – June 2015

Here are 7 titles being released in Australia in June 2015 (or very late May) that have caught my eye.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies by Fredrik BackmanMy Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologies  by Fredrik Backman

The new novel from the author of the international bestseller A Man Called Ove.

“… the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.” — Kirkus Reviews

Available from:
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Relativity by Antonia HayesRelativity  by Antonia Hayes

‘Heart-wrenching, absorbing and magical… an irresistible novel about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.’

“This is already on my Favourite Books of 2015 list. Antonia is a writer of great intelligence and sensitivity. Highly recommended.” — John Purcell

Available from:
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A Fortunate Age by Joanna RakoffA Fortunate Age  by Joanna Rakoff

I was highly entertained by Joanna Rakoff’s My Salinger Year and so have high hopes for this title.

‘Sprawling and richly drawn, A Fortunate Age traces the lives of the group during some of the most defining years of modern America – from the decadence of the dot com boom through to the sobering events of September 11 and the trailing years that followed – this brilliant, ambitious debut novel perfectly captures the hopes, anxieties and dreams of a generation.’

“Superb, acutely insightful … a modern-day version of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.” — The Rumpus

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Book of Numbers by Joshua CohenBook of Numbers by Joshua Cohen

‘Featuring one of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction, Book of Numbers is an epic of the digital age, a triumph of a new generation of writers, and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.’

“Book of Numbers is a lot of things – a disquisition on and aping of the Internet, a dissection of friendship and romance in the Digital Age, and a doppelganger tale – but for me it’s most poignant as an elegy for the written word, and as a rebuke to its decline” — Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

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The Trivia Man by Deborah O'BrienThe Trivia Man  by Deborah O’Brien

‘From the author of Mr Chen’s Emporium comes a quirky and heartwarming tale about finding your true place in the world, set against the backdrop of a weekly trivia competition.’

“This is a warming story of friendship and family – and fitting in – even if you are a square peg.” — Sandy Fussell

Available from:
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The Unfortunates by Sophie McManusThe Unfortunates  by Sophie McManus

‘This debut novel by Sophie McManus is a contemporary American tragedy of breathtaking scope: a dramatic story of pharmaceutical drug trials and Wall Street corruption; of pride and prejudice; of paranoia and office politics; of inheritance, influence, class, and power.’

“In finely etched detail as sharp as shards of glass, McManus reveals in “The Unfortunates ” the corrupting power of wealth and the myriad ways it infects individual lives and families. It is as relevant as it is compulsively readable.” — Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist

Available from:
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The Versions of Us by Laura BarnettThe Versions of Us  by Laura Barnett

One Day meets Sliding Doors” — ELLE

“It’s hard to believe this is Laura Barnett’s debut novel. It’s so sophisticated and well put-together – I’m completely in awe of how Barnett managed to write not just one story, but three, and make them all work perfectly together.” —  GIRL! REPORTER

Available from:
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Which of these titles have caught your eye?