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Every month we pick three show-stopping, day-eating, unputdownable books which we recommend to you with all of our bookselling muster. We guarantee, pick up one of these books, start reading and you'll never know what hit you.
Fiction book of the month
Perfidia by James Ellroy
‘There has never been a writer like James Ellroy.’ Telegraph
Los Angeles, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. War fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.
The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police. He’s superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith – Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Kay Lake is a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. The investigation throws them together and tears them apart.
The crime becomes a political storm, brilliantly illuminating four driven souls – comrades, rivals, lovers, history’s pawns. Perfidia is a novel of astonishments. World War II as you have never seen it, and Los Angeles as James Ellroy has never written it before.
What we think...
"A breathless journey through the twenty-three days following Pearl Harbor, Perfidia is by turns informative, shocking and sensitive. I’d be very surprised if a bolder, more ambitious and entertaining crime novel is published this year." - Joseph Knobbs, Waterstones Crime Fiction Buyer
Non-Fiction book of the month
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
‘Full of shocking and wondrous stories.’ Sunday Express
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one: us, homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?
What we think...
"A concise, riveting and informative history of the human species, Sapiens combines Popular Science, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Smart Thinking into one immensely readable volume." - Susanne Ard, Waterstones Non-Fiction Buyer