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Some notable new Adult Fiction:
Colm Tóibín’s House of Names : A Greek House of Cards where Tóibín gives a voice to the women of ancient Greek myths.
Steve Cavanagh’s The Lair : Book number three in the Eddie Flynn series. A great new series within the legal thriller genre. If you like Micheal Connolly’s books, you’re sure to love Steve Cavanagh’s books.
Erin Kelly’s He Said She Said : Being touted as the psychological thriller of 2017. Erin Kelly being the author whose work inspired the TV show Broadchurch.
Some notable new Young Adult Fiction:
Release by Patrick Ness : The new book from Patrick Ness tackles some tough subject matter, as he always does to great effect. Patrick Ness is one of our favourite authors and we would strongly recommend any of his other work.
Tanya Landman’s Beyond the Wall : Tanya Landman is the winner of the 2015 Carnegie Medal and her new book keeps the quality flowing. Set in the days of Roman Britain, a heart-stopping tale of love, corruption and the power of choice. A roman slave girl seeks to escape beyond Hadrian’s Wall into the wilderness away from Roman control.
Some notable new Children Fiction:
Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas : A book that includes spells, wizards, wands, school and a child with a great future ahead of them, no it’s not Harry Potter but fans of that series will love this!
Pet Defenders 2 by Gareth P Jones, Beards from Outer Space : It’s up to Biskit and Mitzy to save the earth from the army of alien beards from outer space! Can the pets save the chins of earth from the Beard King and keep their secret from the humans? Read and find out.
For the month of August our book display will feature Dystopian literature. With Maragret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale being so well received on TV, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the classics that inspired the book and showcase some more recent entries into the Dystopian literature genre.
What is dystopian literature? Well, in Fahrenheit 451, you wouldn’t be concerned about literature as all books are burned. In the Handmaid’s Tale, only men would be reading it, as it’s against the law for women to read. Dystopian literature is speculative fiction, which is concerned with the question of what if. What if the Allies had lost World War 2 is the question posed The Man in the High Castle. A Utopia is a writers idea of a perfect world, whereas a dystopian future is paradise lost.
Dystopian literature is concerned with visions of dark future and sometimes these musings are eerily prescient. Such as in, It Can’t Happen Here, which features a presidential candidate whose ride to power is on the back of his firebrand rhetoric and populist sentiments which fed off the anger of the electorate, sound familiar?
Dystopian fiction, it’s a brave new world.