Our Books of the Month for June
From Communist Albania to Cambridge colleges; our pick of the month's best books
A soaring story of aviation, acting and ambition; a revealing peek behind the Iron Curtain at a Stalinist regime; deadly games in the hallowed corridors of Cambridge University; and empowering magical thrills in a scintillating children's fantasy. Enhance your June with our fantastic selection of fresh Books of the Month.
Fiction Book of the Month
Mapping the lives of a fearless female aviator and an actor who portrays her on screen decades later, Great Circle is an expansive tale of passion and ambition from the author of the award-winning Seating Arrangements.
Non-Fiction Book of the Month
Questioning the true nature of freedom in moving, thoughtful prose, Ypi's unflinching memoir documents a childhood in the shadow of the oppressive Stalinist Albanian regime and an adulthood in the uncertainty and tumult that followed the fall of Communism.
Thriller of the Month
From the bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes another sophisticated and hugely original literary thriller revolving around Cambridge classicists and secret societies.
Children's Book of the Month
A debut children's novel packed full of memorable characters, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun is the effervescent story of a British-Nigerian girl who discovers her curls have psychokinetic abilities and the thrilling adventures she undertakes with her new-found superhero friends.
Scottish Book of the Month
McIlvanney’s pioneering Laidlaw series of crime novels proved an immense inspiration to Ian Rankin and now the creator of Rebus completes his idol’s last, unfinished novel - and Laidlaw's origin story - in reverent yet typically compelling prose.
Welsh Book of the Month
A sobering examination of prejudice, justice and the dispensability of truth, The Fortune Men tells the story of Mahmood, a chancer and petty criminal who finds himself wrongfully charged for murder in 1950s Cardiff.
Irish Book of the Month
An absorbing new history of the Irish Civil War that brings home both the devastation wrought by the conflict and its troubled and complex legacy in gripping and highly informative prose.
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