Here’s this week’s pick of the best new books around.
Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy
A humble young bookseller unexpectedly finds himself thrust into a decadent and dangerous world in this beautifully written novel. Russian oligarch Gorsky has followed his love, Natalia – now inconveniently married to an Englishman – to London and there intends to spend his billions on building a mansion that will put Buckingham Palace to shame. But his lavish new library will need to be filled with books…
Published by Vintage, priced at £12.99
Magna Carta: The True Story Behind the Charter by David Starkey
Popular belief would have it that when King John placed his seal on the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215, it marked a victory for the people over the monarchy and that peace reigned in its wake. However, David Starkey believes the importance of the document is misunderstood and in his new book, he explores the decade that followed the signing – a revolutionary time that produced not one but four charters, and involved some of history’s most colourful characters.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division (on April 23), priced at £18.99
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
What if you sat down to read a new novel and gradually realised the story was all about you? That’s the gripping premise behind this acclaimed debut, in which Catherine finds a mysterious book on her bedside table and, as she turns the pages, realises her darkest secret is about to be revealed… A real page-turner, this thriller will keep you in suspense right until the end.
Published by Transworld, priced at £12.99
Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Art of Strength and Endurance by Christopher McDougall
During the Second World War, a motley crew of academics and poets helped to resist the Nazi invasion of Crete. Starving, ageing and outnumbered, this group had to beat the odds by becoming super-fit – they achieved this with the lost art of heroism. Listening to their instincts and using the same techniques learned by Wild West gunslingers and Shanghai street fighters, these unlikely heroes gave themselves superhero strength and endurance – you’ll be ditching the gym for free running in no time…
Published by Profile Books, priced at £16.99
The Liar by Nora Roberts
Shelby is devastated by her husband Richard’s sudden death, but her ordeal worsens when secrets emerge exposing him as a liar and a cheat. Left with crippling debts and the pain of his betrayal, Shelby seeks out her estranged family and attempts to start a new live with her daughter. But just as things begin to look up, a terrible act of violence reveals that until Shelby faces up to the past, she will never be safe from the consequences of Richard’s decisions.
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, priced at £16.99