Aaaaand as usual I am back to share my wishlist of new releases with you. This time it’s as exciting as the previous one (as I say every time) and you’ll not be able to leave this page without wanting a few of them.
1. The Other Half Of Happiness – Ayisha Malik (part two of Sodia Khan) is out in paperback this month and while I haven’t read the fist one, the cover itself is enough to make me want this. “Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way. . . Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells. When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.” I’ve heard this being described as an eastern Bridget Jones and that definitely makes it appealing. Available for purchase here.
That is a name I won’t be forgetting for a while. Loyal Stalkers is a collection of interconnected short stories that show off a different side of Sri Lanka. “In a private room sheltered from the Colombo riots, a seventeen-year-old girl gives birth to a hate child. At a city gym, an introverted fitness instructor obsesses over his unattainable client. Inside an untended guest-house room, an adolescent cricket champ is caught unawares by his coach’s violent fury. By a rain-drenched gravesite, a special-needs teacher confides in a stranger.” This is also out this month and sounds absolutely delightful! Available for purchase here,
3. The Wonder – Emma Donoghue is out next month (according to what’s written on PanMan India’s site) with an absolutely gorgeous new cover and it looks amazing! I’m sure you all know the story by now but if you don’t…. “An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.” Doesn’t it sound amazing? The older cover is available for purchase here and the new cover is available here.
This needs no introduction and I can scream with joy because it is FINALLY releasing in India. (May). If you haven’t heard of this here is the synopsis, “When Cora Seaborne’s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness – her marriage was not a happy one and she never suited the role of society wife. Accompanied by her son Francis – a curious, obsessive boy – she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need. When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species. as she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter’s vicar. Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith. as he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other’s lives in ways entirely unexpected” Available for purchase here.
5. Seven Sixes Are Forty Three – Kiran Nagarkar
This was originally published in the 70s and is now out again with a stunning new cover to grab your eyeballs. ‘The first slap on your bottom as you come into the world tells you that your days of mollycoddling are over. The sooner you understand that, the better you are prepared for the pain and the unhappiness.’Young and nihilistic, Kushank Purandare is a writer living off the generosity of friends and lovers. There is the ex-flame Aaroti, who is now another man’s wife and whom he refuses to pity; Mrs Reghla alias Kaku who has gouged her eyes out; old Kathavte who lives upstairs and beats his daughters; Raghu whom he accompanies to a famine-struck village where gangsters rule the roost. Disillusioned with the lack of certainty and empathy in a world that is largely incoherent and unsalvageable, Kushank drifts about wallowing in his past and doing odd jobs.’ It sounds interesting enough to flip through at a bookstore and maybe make a purchase. What do you think? Available for purchase here.
Are there any new books you’ve got your eye on? Tell me in the comments below!