March’s Incomings…

March has been a bumper month for books arriving at Savidge Reads new HQ and initially I wasn’t sure I should share them in case you were all appalled and disgusted. But… then I though well lots arrived for my birthday, lots arrived as get well parcels and I bought (and in some cases exchanged) quite a few of them and also March has proved a proof-tastic month with lots of books not out until the summer suddenly arriving. What I am going to do is simply list the books this month, marking out the proofs as I go. I haven’t included the books that I got for the Orange longlist as I did a separate post on those, nor have I listed the ones I have read and reviewed. So let’s start with the paperback and middle sized hardbacks/trades…

  • Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin (Penguin)
  • The Once Was A Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbours Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin)
  • True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies (Canongate)
  • Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa (Vintage)
  • Ruby’s Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni (Vintage)
  • Advice for Strays by Justine Kilkerr (Vintage)
  • Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (Atlantic Books)
  • Naming The Bones by Louise Welsh (Canongate)
  • My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin (Headline)
  • These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Mira)
  • The Godless Boys by Naomi Wood (Picador) – review coming very soon
  • There But For The… by Ali Smith (Penguin) – proof copy for summer
  • Irma Voth by Miriam Toews (Faber) – proof copy for summer
  • Saints and Sinners by Edna O’Brien (Faber)
  • Anatomy of Disappearance by Hisham Matar (Penguin)
  • The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester (Oxford University Press)
  • The Possessed by Elif Batuman (Granta)
  • The West Rand Jive Cats Boxing Club by Lauren Liebenberg (Virago)

Blimey, now onto the big hardback books, which consist of over half that aren’t out till June/July which makes me feel a bit better…

  • Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick (Granta)
  • To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal (Abacus) – proof copy for summer
  • The History of History by Ida Hattemer-Higgins (Faber)
  • The Devils Mask by Christopher Wakling (Faber) – proof copy for summer
  • The Possessions of Doctor Forrest by Richard T. Kelly (Faber) – proof copy for summer
  • On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry (Faber) – proof copy for summer
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (Penguin)
  • What The Do In The Dark by Amanda Coe (Virago) – proof copy for summer
  • The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock (Canongate)
  • The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg (Faber) – proof copy for summer
  • Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah (Hodder)

Finally, I have succumbed to buying books again, and its all the fault of the local book exchange, the new charity shop, and my occasional second hand book hunts with Paul Magrs. I either bought these books or exchanged them, I shall give reasons why I got them…

  • Fraud by Anita Brookner – a read in the lead up to International Anita Brookner Day.
  • The Last Temptation & The Torment of Others by Val McDermid – because I have a new favourite crime writer and want to read them all during my hospital visits. They are the perfect recovery read.
  • The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier – a rare Daphne find as I have almost all of them.
  • The Sign of the Cross by Colm Toibin – I love Toibin and this is non-fiction and travelogue which will be interesting.
  • The Penguin Book of Modern Women’s Short Stories edited by Susan Hill – It’s a collection of lots of lady authors by one of my favourite lady authors, perfect pre-Womans Word Literary Festival reading.
  • Dancing Backwards by Salley Vickers – I want to read all her books this is her latest novel.
  • Talking Heads by Alan Bennett – I have wanted to read this for years and years
  • Rude Britannia by Tim Fountain – sounded hilarious and rather like something Mary Roach would do.
  • One Extra Large Medium by Helen Slavin – I am quite obsessed by mediums and all things spooky and it was short.
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – been told by everyone and everyone I should read this and is the first World Book Night book I have found.
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – you have all said I must read this and so I now shall, its also playing a part in ‘Reading With Authors’ more on that soon.

There I am looted out. If you have read any of these or anything by the authors (especially with the first two lots of books as I know very little about most of them) then do let me know. I best get off here and get reading hadn’t I?


Filed under Book Spree, Book Thoughts

17 responses to “March’s Incomings…

  1. OMG – Valley of the Dolls. I haven’t seen that in years. That really takes me back. It was perfect reading for a teenage girl. NOT!

  2. Jen

    I think you will really enjoy reading A Fine Balance, Simon. It is one of my all-time favorites.

  3. A Fine Balance is indeed a very fine book. But be prepared. I read it about 10 years ago and it still haunts me.

  4. wonderful selection simon I ve only one of these possesed which I ve already read ,all the best satu

  5. Lauren Liebenberg

    Hi Simon, Well I am the author of The West Rand Jive Cats Boxing Club, and am – naturally – a fan, however, I am somewhat nervous when confronted by a self-professed bookaholic. Do you enjoy it!

  6. Oh wow! The West Rand Jive Cats Boxing Club by Lauren Liebenberg! I was JUST talking about it on someone’s blog, saying I really want to read it, as I enjoyed the debut novel! I am SO jealous!

    • Ooooh well the author of that very book has commented just above you so that is spooky. I am wondering if I should get the debut novel first or just dive straight into this one?

  7. Impressive haul, Simon! Great to see you’ve sneaked some Val McDermid’s in there too 🙂

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  9. dorothy savidge

    Interesting to see that Simon was given Bel Canto for his birthday. I know I have mentioned it before as a book I really enjoyed. It is particularly pertinent at the moment as this year is the 10th anniversary of the Bell Book Group of which I am a founder member. Bel Canto was the first book we read and I loved it unfortunately only one other member shared my opinion.We are still holding our happy meetings once a month and there

    are still six of our original members who attend regularly. We take our reading seriously but have many laughs at our meetings and it is amazing how many topics can be brought up and discussed which sometimes seem to have nothing whatsoever to do with the book in question. Our next meeting is on Monday and I am struggling with Freedom by Jonathan Franzen which is the choice of Jim, the only male member of our group.In fact at this very minute Freedom along with my reading glasses is waiting at my bedside to be picked up but I don’t seem to be getting round to it.
    Tomorrow one of my other groups will be discussing One Day which I loved and next week at the third group it will be The Long Song by Andrea Levy, I so loved Small Island I do hope this one will not disappoint.

    Any ideas as to how to celebrate our 10th anniversary which will be in Sept.

    Well I can’t put it off any longer, it’s off to bed with Jonathan now.

    Granny Savidge

    • Hi Gran, thanks for your lovely commment. Bel Canto was more a random book giving than a Birthday treat but its one I have heard you mention several times before.

      I am waiting for your special Savidge Reads review of Freedom to arrive in my inbox, hint hint hahahaha. We are doing The Long Song for our next book group… spooky!

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