Books From the Brink
Presenting Your Books of the Month for July
From America’s outliers to the high seas, July’s Books of the Month bring us to the very limits of human hope and endurance; asking what it really takes to survive. A story of feral savagery and crafted with astonishing skill - in what is incredibly his debut - Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling has already courted fierce debate; readers should be in no doubt of its shocking power. July also brings debut talent in the form of Sally Magnusson’s first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, a story of lives forged anew through storytelling. Now a choice for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, we’re sure it’s one of the paperback hits of the summer. Read on…
Fiction Book of the Month
Amidst the vast and savage wilderness of northern California, 14-year old Turtle Alveston grows up trapped in a dangerous cycle. The object of her father’s abuse and obsessive, controlling rule, she is torn between his twisted manipulation and her own escape. By turns entrancing, shocking and heart-stoppingly tense, Gabriel Tallent’s pull-no-punches debut is as unforgettable as it is profoundly disquieting, and as brilliantly-written as anything we’ve seen over the past few years. Contains graphic scenes.
Non-Fiction Book of the Month
50 years ago, nine men attempted to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and singlehandedly via the great capes, in the first ever Golden Globe Race. Only one of them made it back successfully. Fast-paced and packed with detail, Peter Nichols’ riveting account uncovers the lives of these remarkable men and their unique journeys. Originally published in 2001 and reissued as eighteen skippers attempt to recreate the race for the event’s anniversary, it remains a landmark account of determination, endurance and fortitude. A glimpse into what drives human beings to risk it all in the pursuit of extraordinary endeavour.
Thriller of the Month
Can you live, never knowing the truth? For Anna Flores - growing up in a small village in the 1980’s - life seemed simple. Until, suddenly, her sister Gabriella disappeared and Anna’s family was irrevocably shattered. Now, thirty years on, Anna returns home to find that the mystery refuses to lie quiet. Part-domestic thriller, part amateur detective story, The Missing Girl pulls readers in with a prickles-down-the-spine tale of identity and sisterhood that demands to be read in one sitting.
Children's Book of the Month
‘There is magic in memory’. The moment Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island he feels the magic call him. Soon he and his sister Tara find themselves swept up in an age-old battle between good and evil with only the power of the Storm Keeper to hold it at bay. Laced with the potency of Irish fable and legend, Catherine Doyle’s debut combines classic adventure with sharply funny dialogue and tenderly drawn characters. The first in a spellbinding new series, it’s a book that sweeps you away to a world both familiar and wonderfully strange.
Scottish Book of the Month
1627. On the coast of Iceland 400 people are abducted, ripped from their homes and sold into slavery in Algiers, amongst them is pastor’s wife, Asta. Alone and far from home, she finds solace in ancient Nordic sagas and, through them, a new way to live. Based on a true story and strongly echoing the plight of contemporary refugees, Sally Magnusson’s moving debut asks powerful questions about what it means to be uprooted. Widely acclaimed and already chosen for the Zoe Ball book club, The Sealwoman’s Gift is woven through with myth-making and celebration of the comfort of storytelling. Magnusson has created a timeless and timely story of loss, love and resilience.