Book Recommendations

Book releases that have caught my eye – July 2015

July Book Releases not to missHere are 7 titles being released in Australia in July 2015 that have caught my eye.

Speak by Louisa HallSpeak  by Louisa Hall

In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters…

“… reads like a hybrid of David Mitchell and Margaret Atwood; a literary page turner that spans four centuries and examines the idea of who and what we define as human. Louisa Hall has written a brilliant novel. ” — Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

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An Astronaut's Life by Sonja DechianAn Astronaut’s Life  by Sonja Dechian

‘Invasive technology, rampant consumerism, the destruction of the natural world: this extraordinary collection explores the most urgent issues of our time…. a beautiful debut from a sharp, intelligent new voice in Australian writing.’

“Head-spinning, sometimes spine-tingling. Every story here is a strange and remarkable gem.” —  Wayne Macauley

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The Ecliptic by Benjamin WoodThe Ecliptic  by Benjamin Wood

‘The mesmerising new novel from the acclaimed author of The Bellwether Revivals: a rich and immersive story of love, obsession, creativity and disintegration.’

“… a stunning novel. Wood has created one of the most human and moving characters in recent fiction … A gorgeous and harrowing work” — ‘ Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

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The Seed Collectors by Scarlett ThomasThe Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

‘… the most important novel yet from one of the world’s most daring and brilliant writers. As Henry James said of George Elliot’s Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a ‘treasurehouse of detail’ revealing all that it means to be connected, to be part of a society, to be part of the universe and to be human.’

“Scarlett Thomas is one of my favourite writers ever and The Seed Collectors might be her best yet. She fuses the comically everyday with a far-out botanical adventure in ways which are brutally funny and profound all at once. Barbed, casually genius, philosophical and intensely readable. A joy.”  — Matt Haig, author of The Humans

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Let Me Explain You by Annie LiontasLet Me Explain You  by Annie Liontas

‘A vibrant tour de force that races to a surprising conclusion, Let Me Explain You is told from multiple perspectives: Stavros Stavros, brimming with pride and cursing in broken English; his eldest daughter Stavroula, a talented chef in love with her boss’s daughter; her sister, the wounded but resilient Litza; and many other voices who add to a veritable Greek chorus.’

“A stellar debut novel about a Greek American family and its enigmatic patriarch from a riveting new voice in contemporary literature: A “big, rollicking, tender novel with a truly original comic voice at its center.” — ” George Saunders, author of Tenth of December

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Early One Morning by Virginia BailyEarly One Morning  by Virginia Baily

‘A grey dawn in 1943: on a street in Rome, two young women, complete strangers to each other, lock eyes for a single moment…. This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful, suspenseful, heartbreaking and inspiring tale of love, loss and war’s reverberations down the years.’

“Early One Morning isn’t just an incandescent novel, but the rarest of reading experiences, offering a view both wrenching and luminous of how love pushes us past what we’re capable of, and somehow – impossibly – reclaims us when we’re long past saving. Utterly magnificent.” — Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

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The Parrots by Alexandra ShulmanThe Parrots  by Alexandra Shulman

Outsiders see things others don’t.

Blessed with status, love, wealth and connections the Tennisons seemed the most enviable of families – until Antonella and Matteo Fullardi, dangerously attractive Italian siblings and offspring of an Italian fashion dynasty, enter their well-managed lives.

Calligrapher Katherine, gallery owner Rick and their student son Josh discover that the Fullardis are just as unsettling and alluring as the exotic parrots that now inhabit their tranquil London garden.

But this damaged pair are the catalyst that propel the Tennisons into a spiral of chaos, calling into question their place in a changing world of new money, new morality and new menace.

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Which of these titles have caught your eye?