April’s Incomings…

Where oh where do the months seem to be going? Can you believe that a third of the year has already been and gone? Well it has! So being the last day of April its time to share with you all the latest incomings that have arrived at Savidge Reads temporary HQ in the last month, however they might have gotten through the door.

First up are the gifts that I have bought myself, or indeed exchanged at the lovely local café, and my reasons why. I think you will find I have been rather reserved this month…

  • Deja Dead & Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs – I have seen reviews all over the shop about Kathy Reichs and have been meaning to read her forever, especially as I have been told she is on a par with Val McDermid and Tess Gerritsen. A review of another of Reichs books by Harriet Devine made me pick these up at the book exchange.
  • Nocturnes by John Connolly – I loved, loved, loved ‘The Book of Lost Things’ (pre-blogging) and rather liked ‘The Gates’ so this selection of short stories is sure to be right up my street.
  • Fresh Flesh by Stella Duffy – I have recently read the second, review pending, of the Saz Martin crime series by Stella Duffy and they are rather hard to get hold of so this one was snapped up the moment I saw it.

Up next are gifts that have been kindly sent/lent by people that I know. I realised I forgot to include some of the books I had for my birthday from people in my March Incomings which is rather shoddy of me, so…

  • Bedside Stories (a birthday pressie), and two treats of a World Book Night edition of Erich Maria Remarque’s ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and ‘Cloudstreet’ by Tim Winton all from the lovely Kimbofo when she came to stay.
  • ‘Bel Canto’ by Ann Patchett from Lou of I Hug My Books as she loved it and thinks I will, we do have quite similar taste.
  • ‘Miss Buncle Married’ by D.E. Stevenson, a get well/birthday pressie from the Persephone purveyor herself Claire of Paperback Reader.
  • After seeing her review of ‘Love in Idleness’ by Charlotte Mendelson and letting Harriet know I loved the author she kindly offered me her copy of the only Mendelson I don’t have.
  • ‘The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot’ by Angus Wilson was a lovely old edition for my birthday from Paul Magrs. I haven’t heard of the author, but from the title I am guessing it might just be perfect for my love of books about women of a certain age.

So onto the books from the lovely publishers and lets start off with the paperbacks, a big thanks to Vintage, Virago, Picador, Myriad Editions, OUP, Hodder and Headline for these books…

  • Deloume Road by Matthew Hooton
  • What The Day Owes The Night by Yasmina Khadra
  • The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner
  • In-Flight Entertainment by Helen Simpson
  • The Death of Lomond Friel by Sue Peebles
  • Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
  • The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
  • The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
  • Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  • Hurry Up and Wait by Isabel Ashdown
  • Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson
  • Touch The Stars by Jessica Ruston

And thanks to Headline, Macmillan, Atalantic, Serpents Tail, Harvill Secker, Picador, Portobello and Simon & Schuster for this joyful collection of an audiobook, trade paperbacks, proofs and hardbacks…

  • When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
  • Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz
  • Embassytown by China Mieville
  • The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale
  • Walking on Dry Land by Denis Kehoe
  • The Reinvention of Love by Helen Humphries
  • The Winter of the Lions by Jan Costin Wagner
  • The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya
  • The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall
  • The Rest is Silence by Carla Guelfenbein
  • Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith

Phew, quite a loot. Without showing any preferential treatment I have to say that the new Tom Rob Smith is really, really exciting me. Which of the books and authors have you tried and tested? Any you would recommend or would like to see me get too sooner rather than later?

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36 responses to “April’s Incomings…

  1. Really hope the Reichs do not disappoint after my big build up — can’t believe they will. I’ve read Bel canto and thought it was wonderful.

    • I havent gotten around to either of them yet Harriet so I can’t officially report back. I have a sneaky suspicion that I am going to like them though. Bel Canto seems a popular book by all accounts.

  2. Heather

    Thanks for the Tom Rob Smith alert. I’m now first in the queue for this at the library!

  3. Ann Patchett is one of my favourite authors too. I’m cracking open ‘Kraken’ today before I go to China Mieville’s event at Foyle’s this week, so I’m excited to see you’ve got Embassytown there. Great loot:)

    • After having read Embassytown, and seeing Mieville talk last night, I am really looking forward to reading more of his work and I think that Kraken will be the next place I head. I’ve heard nothing but positives about that book.

  4. Have you read Cloudstreet? All Australians seem to love this book but unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it. I eventually made it through the whole thing (and it’s a biggie) and finished the book with more of a sigh of relief than one of contentment. It has bene made into an Australian TV serialisation, whihc I may have to take a peep at to see if the characters spark my interest and love any more than they did in the book…

    • Not yet I haven’t but I have been told its considered on of the australian modern classics? Not great that it was relief that you felt when you finished… eek!

  5. Wait, I ordered you Miss Buncle’s Book as Miss Buncle Married is the sequel… Eek!!! We must confer. I do like being a “Persephone purveyor”!

    I’m going to the China Mieville event at Foyles with Sakura so very excited to see Embassytown. I read Kraken earlier this month and throughly loved it (perfect for the sci-fi phobic, such as yourself!)

    • Hahaha I had hoped that you would like that turn of phrase Claire. Thank you so much for the, well now I have both, books and I think its a happy happenstance that I ended up with both of them… it was a present that kept on giving.

  6. wow what a lot books simon ,I m currently reading cloudstreet ,all the best stu

  7. I highly recommend Cloudstreet- written about my home town. It is a little ‘kooky’ in spots (eg. when Quick glows) but you can easily ignore that and get a lovely story.
    Enjoy your books, what a great haul!

    • Your home town… really? I dont think anyone has written a book thats set in my home town of Matlock Bath, unless one of Stephen Booth’s crime novels has been set there that I am not aware of. It would be a brill place for a murder actually… oh hang on I have digressed.

      ‘Kooky’ as in?? I don’t mind random kooky, calculated kooky I am not so good at.

  8. Jo

    Wow lots of books!

    I do not think I could cope with that many coming into my house every month! Though if any publisher would like to send me some, I would willingly give it a try!

    I have not read any of them, but have heard good things about The Return of Capt John Emmett.

    • Yes there were rather a lot but not just from publishers hahaha. Its not normally this many Jo I think I had a bumper amount in March as was my birthday and also lots of get well parcels have added to the stacks.

  9. Wow, and I thought I had a lot of books lined up for May! I look forward to your review of Bel Canto as that’s the only one I’ve read from your list. Looks like you’ve got a lot of other great ones but I don’t dare go look them up lest my TBR get really out of control. Must have self control! lol 🙂

  10. Wow – and I thought my ‘to read’ pile was scary. If you are after recommendations, I’ve just (about a week ago) finished my ARC of Isabel Ashdown’s ‘Hurry Up and Wait’. Beautifully written, fab evocation of the eighties, sensitively drawn characters, subtlely drawn-together plot. It’s a worthy successor to Ashdown’s wonderful debut, ‘Glasshopper’ and a cracking read in itself!

  11. Chelsea

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Bel Canto – it remains one of my favorite books, to this day! Another great review, Simon, and I’m glad to see so many beautiful books are finding a loving home with you!

  12. EllenB

    If you like Bel Canto, and I believe you will, read Patchett’s The Magician’s Assistant. In my opinion, its her best.

    • It sounds like Bel Canto wasnt a one of and Patchett is a great author in general. I have often looked at Run and thought I would like it… from the cover, shallow I know.

  13. Wow, look at all those books!!!! I’m salivating! I have just got a Kathy Reichs out from the library too as i haven’t read any of hers yet (and as you know I’m a massive fan of Tess and Val!)

    I went to Daunt in Marylebone last week, btw – it is now my favourite bookshop EVER!!!!

    • I have a feeling I am going to love Reichs, so those two books were perfect. Have you read any Camilla Lackberg? I have just pilfered some of those free? I also got Before I Go To Sleep in the post which I am really excited about.

      I miss Daunt so much.

  14. Impressive pile! I’m so excited about Agent 6. Also will be interested to hear your thoughts about God was a Rabbit…

    • You don’t have long to wait for When God Was A Rabbit thoughts they will be up on Friday if all goes to plan… well as you put this comment over two weeks ago you have had a little bit of a wait, sorry.

  15. P.S. Am off to order Val McDermid Mermaid whatsit on your recommendation NOW!

  16. Stephanie

    I read Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell last year and was impressed by this book. If set in today’s era, the story would have less traction due to its length and subject matter. However, the author takes considerable time to set out Ruth’s situation so the readers of the mid 1800s would develop genuine sympathy for her plight rather than treat her in a judgemental fashion. There are some great exchanges of dialogue where Ruth stands up for herself and puts her future on the line. This book stayed in my mind long after I had read it and even then I enjoyed rereading some passages several times over.

  17. I’m a big fan of Tim Winton, but didn’t enjoy Cloudstreet as much as the others – also love Helen Simpson and Alan Garner, but haven’t read the two titles you have. HOWEVER, as another lucky owner of an advance copy of Isabel Ashdown’s second novel, I can highly recommend Hurry Up and Wait (Ashdown’s debut, Glasshopper, was one of the Observer’s best books 2009). A page turner with characters you care about – the best combination!

    • I am very excited about both of Isabel’s novels now Jane, I have had Glasshopper a while and no idea why I havent read it sooner, its now firmly on the bedside table.

      ‘A pageturner with characters you care about’ now that is a quote.

  18. Ruthiella

    I sincerely hope that e-readers won’t replace physical books completely. There is something so satisfying about looking at a pile of books. Of your haul, I have only read “Bel Canto” which I thought was very, very good. So read that one first :).

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