If you’re looking for a great read, here’s this week’s pick of the best books around.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro, author of the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day, returns with his first new novel in a decade. Set in a declining Britain long after the departure of the Romans, The Buried Giant follows the progress of Axl and Beatrice as they set off across a troubled land to find their long lost son. While they expect to come across many hazards, they cannot foresee the dark corners of their own love that will be illuminated by the journey. Exploring love, loss and war, this promises to be an incredible new story from the author who has been hailed as ‘an original and remarkable genius’.
Published by Faber & Faber, priced £20
Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
Achieving a rare alchemy between words and landscapes, Robert Macfarlane’s remarkable books takes us on an intriguing and often haunting journey to some of Britain’s most beautiful and notable landmarks. The award winning travel writer takes us from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, reflecting on our stunning natural world with a gift for prose that will make even the best novel writers envious.
Published by Penguin Books (on March 5), priced £20
Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie
Respected actress Celia Imrie turns her hand to literature with this fun and intriguing story about a woman who escapes to the French Riviera, only to find that even foreign closets have skeletons in them. Fed up with her London life, newly retired Theresa leaves her demanding family behind to start a new life in a seaside village near Nice. But although the setting is idyllic and the expat community seems welcoming, she soon discovers that life here is not what it seems.
Published by Bloomsbury, priced £12.99
Winners: And How They Succeed by Alastair Campbell
Having helped the Labour Party to win three successive General Elections, spin doctor Alastair Campbell knows a thing or two about winning. But he’s still fascinated by those who triumph in any field and in this new book, he explores the mind set of the winner to try and find out whether people are born to excel or whether it’s a skill that we can all develop. From top athletes to thriving entrepreneurs, what is their motivation and what does it take to achieve their ambitions?
Published by Cornerstone, priced £20
The Dandelion Years by Erica James
When a tragedy shattered her childhood, Saskia found sanctuary in the gorgeous garden of her picture-perfect family home. Now living in the same Suffolk cottage as an adult, Saskia works as a book restorer and spends much time daydreaming about the people who once turned their pages. When she finds an old notebook carefully hidden in a Bible, she is drawn into a moving wartime love story.
Published by Orion Publishing Co, priced £16.99