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Living Myths, Drowned Futures

Presenting Your Books of the Month for May

Buried secrets, magic-forged myths of the past, strange and uncertain futures: welcome to our Books of the Month for May. Megan Hunter's The End We Start From, our fiction offering this month, is a fable of motherhood and the endurance of hope in a drowned world. New worlds also beckon in our children’s Book of the Month, as we ride dark enchantment on Sophie Anderson’s The House with Chicken Legs. For our thriller, there’s board-treading trickery in M.L. Rio’s thespian page-turner If We Were Villains. And finally for non-fiction - and already a huge Waterstones hit - Adam Kay’s laugh-aloud, bittersweet memoir This is Going to Hurt is a must-read insight into ordinary life on the NHS frontline.


Fiction Book of the Month

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‘Here’s the thing,’ declared The Shock of the Fall’s Nathan Filer. ‘It’s perfect.’

Britain is suddenly consumed by a vast flood; at the outset of the chaos, a woman gives birth to her child. Rendered in brilliant, staccato prose, mother and infant son are forced forever north as the country collapses around them. Motherhood’s agonising, intimate bond attains a primal edge in Megan Hunter’s incredibly accomplished debut.

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Non-Fiction Book of the Month

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There’s a mutual code of silence that keeps help from those who need it most.

Adam Kay’s brutally honest, often funny, sometimes shocking account of his days as a junior doctor, This is Going to Hurt, charts his descent from youthful enthusiasm to overwhelmed defeat. Kay’s ability to find humour in even the most desperate of moments salves the sadness and fatigue, but the message of a system that is fundamentally broken still rings clear.

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Thriller of the Month

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Echoing the slow-pull tension of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, If We Were Villains teases out a story of a close-knit coterie poisoned by a seed of passionate rivalry. As play spills over into something much more sinister, the scene is set for unspeakable acts. As darkly compelling and tautly plotted as any Shakespearian tragedy, M. L. Rio delivers a haunting debut of blood-sworn friendship, dangerous obsession and murderous intent.

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Children's Book of the Month

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Inspired by the Slavic folk tales passed down by her Prussian grandmother, Sophie Anderson’s luminous debut spins a fabulous reimagining of storytelling’s oldest legends. Marinka longs for an ordinary life but as the granddaughter of Baba Yaga she is bound to a life of spirits and a house that never stays still for long. Beautifully illustrated throughout and steeped in myth and magic, The House with Chicken Legs is a heart-filled tale that beckons curious minds to explore what lies on the furthest horizon.

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Scottish Book of the Month

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Roaming from his home in Borderland to the edge of the Grampians, Alistair Moffat goes in search of Scotland’s history by walking in the footsteps of those who forged its forgotten pathways. Traversing the routes of medieval pilgrims, Roman roads and the channels forged by Jacobite marchers, Moffat illuminates a history shaped by changing landscape. Lyrical, illuminating and packed with information, it’s a powerful and surprisingly moving portrait of Scotland and its past.

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Books of the Month

This is Going to Hurt
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Adam Kay
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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Gail Honeyman
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If We Were Villains
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M. L. Rio
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The House with Chicken Legs
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Sophie Anderson
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The End We Start From
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Megan Hunter
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The Shortest History of Germany
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James Hawes
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Sapiens
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Yuval Noah Harari
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The History of Bees
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Maja Lunde
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A Gentleman in Moscow
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Amor Towles
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The Hate U Give
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Angie Thomas
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The Invisible Guardian
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Dolores Redondo
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The Hidden Ways
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Alistair Moffat
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The Hidden Life of Trees
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Peter Wohlleben
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The Seabird's Cry
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Adam Nicolson
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The Ashes of London
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Andrew Taylor
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When Breath Becomes Air
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Paul Kalanithi
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Reasons to Stay Alive
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Matt Haig
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Tin
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Padraig Kenny
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My Name Is Lucy Barton
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Elizabeth Strout
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Henry Hemming
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Defectors
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Joseph Kanon
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The Crow Girl
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Erik Axl Sund
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The Silk Roads
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Peter Frankopan
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Autumn
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Ali Smith
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