Our Books of the Month for May
From the magical roots of Britain to the lure of a treasure island; our pick of the month's best books
An exquisitely witty take on mental health and modern life, a stunning repository of the myths beneath our feet, a gangland page-turner with the pace of a speeding bullet, and a cracking desert island yarn for children; say hello to our brilliant Books of the Month for May.
Fiction Book of the Month
Tackling the issue of long-term mental illness with wit and candour, Mason’s remarkable novel takes a rounded, empathetic look at the condition through the experiences of a middle-aged woman who has struggled to find contentment in her adult life.
Non-Fiction Book of the Month
Art historian and printmaker Amy Jeffs brings a fresh perspective to the mythology that flows through Britain for an enlightening, transporting survey of the stories that suffuse our landscape and have shaped its people.
Thriller of the Month
Following a young British-Asian lawyer who’s broken away from her family’s criminal background after her father’s murder, The Khan is a gripping and multifaceted crime thriller that explores the meaning of community and justice with breathtaking dexterity.
Children's Book of the Month
A group of children are stranded on an uninhabited island with a mysterious treasure map in this typically assured and delightfully funny tale from the author of Millions and Framed.
Scottish Book of the Month
The captivating story of a woman attempting to reconnect to her absent father through a book of fairy tales he wrote and dedicated to her, Block's engrossing debut touches on themes of family, loss and mental illness with immense skill and sensitivity.
Welsh Book of the Month
DCI Laura Hart’s new life on the peaceful Isle of Anglesey is disrupted by an all-too-familiar nightmare in McCleave’s gripping, edge-of-the-seat thriller loaded with atmosphere and chilling twists.
Irish Book of the Month
Following the privileged Cleverly family as they navigate the jungle of modern living, The Echo Chamber is a deliciously constructed story about reputation and presumption from the bestselling author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
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