May’s Incomings…

If you don’t like blog posts about lots of books arriving look away now… However if like me you love them you are in luck. So without further ado here are the books that have arrived throughout the month of May at Savidge Reads HQ. First up are the paperbacks which have come from the lovely people at Oxford University Press, Quercus, Vintage, Atlantic, Pan MacMillan, Serpents Tail, Peirene Press, Capuchin Classics, Beautiful Books, Faber, Gallic, Penguin and Myriad Editions…

  • Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell (unsolicited proof, this one came at a very fortuitous time as they are discussing this on The Archers for their village book group, love the new cover OUP have done)
  • The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths (the first of a crime series which has been getting lots of buzz, I like to start at the beginning)
  • The Upright Piano Player – David Abbot (I have been wanting to read this since I saw it on the World Book Night debut novelists Culture Show special)
  • Loaded – Christos Tsiolkas (unsolicited proof, another book I whooped at, have wanted to read this for year since I saw the film, pre-The Slap fame – a book I realised I read twice last year for The Green Carnation Prize and never blogged bout, and it’s been reissued)
  • Tell-All – Chuck Palahnuick (unsolicited proof, another book I read last year as a Green Carnation submission, maybe I should dig out all my thoughts on those, what do you think?)
  • Mr Peanut – Adam Ross (unsolicited proof, another book I was sent in Hardback, this a reminder I still haven’t read it and heard lots of good things about it)
  • On Black Sisters Street – Chika Unigwe (I begged for this one after seeing a wonderful review of it here)
  • The Wolf/Taurus – Joseph Smith (unsolicited proof)
  • Silence – Jan Costin Wagner (unsolicited proof, and another scandi-crime)
  • Kamchatka – Marcelo Figueras (unsolicited proof)
  • Kraken – China Mieville (I saw him talk at the beginning of May in Manchester thanks to his publishers who then sent me this after my loving ‘Embassytown’)
  • Union Atlantic – Adam Haslett (unsolicited proof, another book read for The Green Carnation last year and never discussed)
  • Wish You Were Here – Travis Elborough (unsolicited proof)
  • Tomorrow Pamplona – Jan van Mersbergen (I love the Peirene Books, so am sure their fifth will be brilliant)
  • The Undiscovered Country – Julian Mitchell (TGCP2011 submission)
  • Role Models – John Waters (TGCP2011 submission)
  • The Observations – Jane Harris (will be discussing Gillespie and I tomorrow, this is one of my favourite books ever and am really excited as I have been asked to write the reading guides for book groups and libraries for both Jane’s books, eek – a re-read is coming)
  • Hector and the Secrets of Love – Francois Lelord (I was one of the very few people who loathed the first Hector book, lets see how this one does it came with the below book which I am desperate to read)
  • Monsieur Montespan – Jean Teule (really excited about this as I loved ‘The Suicide Shop’ and this is Teule’s 17th Century French romp)
  • In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar (loved ‘Anatomy of a Disappearance’ so have high hopes for this one)
  • Hurry Up and Wait – Isabel Ashdown (unsolicited proof, I have her debut ‘Glasshopper’ very high on the TBR so am hoping this is a new author to love)

Next up are the trade paperbacks and hardbacks from the publishers Persephone, Quercus, Pam MacMillan, Vintage, Picador, Bloomsbury, Doubleday, Penguin and Atlantic…

  • Mrs Buncles Book – D.E. Stevenson (this was actually the present Claire had sent me for my birthday but the sequel arrived and Persephone kindly sent this one and let me keep the other, a present that kept on giving)
  • Monsieur Linh and his Child – Philippe Claudel (we read ‘Brodeck’s Report’ for the first Not The TV Book Club and so I am very excited about this)
  • Phantoms on the Bookshelves – Jaques Bonnet (a book about books and bookshelves, too exciting)
  • The Ritual – Adam Nevill (unsolicited proof, I just recently read ‘Apartment 16’ which I will be discussing in the far distant future as its my next book group choice in like five turns, I changed my mind but everyone had bought it, oops)
  • The Winter of the Lions – Jan Costin Wagner (unsolicited proof)
  • Mr Fox – Helen Oyeyemi (unsolicited proof, but a very exciting one as I am really keen to read Oyeyemi’s work)
  • The Sickness  – Alberto Barrera Tyszka (a book I have heard a lot about, was drawn in by the cover, and want to read)
  • The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. – Jacques Strauss (I begged for this one after reading this review)
  • State of Wonder – Ann Patchett (unsolicited proof, though I have a feeling Patchett could become a new favourite author)
  • Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson (any book that has Sophie Hannah, Val McDermid and Tess Gerritsen singing its praises has to be a book for me, this is also a submission for TGCP2011)
  • Do No Harm – Carol Topolski (another beg after seeing this review by Kim who loved it, I got ‘Monster Love’ from the library too)
  • Last Man in Tower – Aravind Adiga (unsolicited proof, very excited about this as I liked ‘The White Tiger’ a lot, must read his short story collection too)   

Finally are four books that I have bought/swapped in the last month…

  • The Memories of Six Reigns – Princess Marie Louise (this book is really hard to get hold of but I found it early in the month in a pub that sold books for charity for 50p, it’s a book Neil Bartlett recommended to me,and you, last summer, I might have whooped when I saw this, ok I did)
  • The Ice Princess/The Preacher – Camilla Lackberg (I managed to swap these at the Book Exchange early in the month, I have heard a lot of praise for this author and the fact she is one of the female scandi-crime writers intrigues me)
  • The Hypnotist – Lars Kelper (I bought this with some birthday vouchers from Gran, its yet more scandi-crime but with a difference having been written by a couple and being a thriller meets horror, interesting, and a book I have been more and more desperate to read)

That’s the lot, and it is a lot I have noted, that have come in this month. I think its time for a clear out of the book boxes and mount TBR again isn’t it? Eek! That always fills me with dread. Anyways because I love getting books, and I know you do too I have teamed up with Headline to give away some books to all of you, you’ll have to pop here to find out how. It’s a good book though, one of my favourites of the month just passed.

So which of these would you like to hear more about and see me reading, on a whim of course, and which books or authors have you read and what did you think?


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27 responses to “May’s Incomings…

  1. I seem to be one of the only people who thinks Union Atlantic is fantastic ( Adam). What did you think of it Simon and have you read his story collection You Are Not A Stranger Here?

    • Opinion of Union Atlantic on Librarything is quite divided. Ten readers there give it 5 out of 5, so you’re not entirely on your own, William. I was far less effusive: (Hope you don’t mind the link, Simon?) In essence, my thoughts could be summed up as overly physical, whilst not being as memorable as Alex Preston’s This Bleeding City. The latter tackles the banking crisis from a London perspective.

      • I don’t mind links at all David is nice to see everyone’s thoughts on a book. I liked your thoughts (and Williams) and agree with them in differing ways. That said I would have liked more conversation about it in terms of the Green Carnation, we didnt debate this one as none of us quite cared enough. Ouch, that sounds awful.

    • I have to say, and I am not sure how much I can say about this or not but stuff it…

      Last year I read Union Atlantic for The Green Carnation Award (hence why I am not sure why I have been sent it again lol). It had me and then it didnt and then it did. What I knew I didnt want was to have to read the book again so soon. Any prize judge will be thinking this even if they say they don’t. I liked it, kind of, but not enough and weirdly can’t remember that much about it so I may now try it again. Will be annoyed if I think its amazing, mind you the four other judges all felt like I did so it wouldnt have gone further on just my vote anyway.

  2. Ann Patchett is one of my favourite authors, as is China Mieville! You’ve got a lot of reading to do, Simon!

    • The only problem with this book Sakura is that its set in Brazil, and I am rather anti-Brazil for many reasons. I shall say no more. Its one I want to read but might upset me for all the wrong reasons.

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  4. Kim

    holy mother of GODS. that’s a lot of books. i am always interested in any Persephone book, so i’m voting for Mrs Buncles. i haven’t read the first though, but i’m curious anyway.

    • I found a lovely Persephone book for 20p the other day, it was in a lovely condition and everything, was really surprised. Yes there were rather a lot, this month has been much more contained… so far.

  5. A lovely and diverse collection of books! I’m quite interested in the big, juicy Capuchin and The Wolf Taurus… intriguing.

    • The Wolf/Taurus one does indeed look interesting, so I think I will dip into that one soon. The big capuchin has just caused some hot debate between me and some friends which might mean I will read it soon and might also not.

  6. Such a dizzying quantity of books! I’m looking forward to the Ann Patchett myself, having enjoyed her previous books, and am quite intrigued by Tomorrow Pamplona.

    • Ann Patchett I do fancy to a degree, but also have some misgivings. I think its going to be all over the blogosphere too which makes me think I should turn to Bel Canto first instead maybe?

      Tomorrow Pamplona, I am holding off a bit on – I think its because all the Peirenes have been so good so far I am worried this one will be a dud.

  7. What do I think? I think I’ve just fallen into book heaven with oodles of “must reads” swirling about, waiting for me to catch one and settle in. I’ve been wanting to read Mrs. Buncles, so, there my vote goes for that.

    • Yes I must start the Miss Buncle, especially as they were a present and those should always get priority, that said I have naughtily not read a single book my mother kindly bought me for Christmas. Thats shocking.

  8. cath

    I thought Monsieur Linh and his Child heartbrakingly beautiful. My favourite Claudel. Already read it twice. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

    • Thats a good recommendation Cath. I have actually read one of the other Quercus treats first and will be sharing my thoughts with that in the next few days, I shall make Claudel my next Quercus stop though.

  9. Bloody hell, Simon. I thought I got a lot of books each month, but I am only one two publisher’s lists, so it’s practically nothing compared to you! Do you have a barn to keep them all in? Hehehe.

    Thanks for link to Do No Harm. Hope you like the book, but be warned, it’s pretty gruesome and does not portray doctors in a very good light. Certainly do not read it if you are going in for any more operations!

    • Hahaha, it was a bumper month Kim, the thing was I wanted to show just how many books I randomly get, I don’t ask for them – they just arrive. My mother and gran are happy to take the ones I don’t fancy though. My aunty and uncles garage is full in response to your barn comment, not sure they can take any more parcels arriving, eek.

      To be honest Polly bought me Tess Gerritsens ‘The Surgeon’ when I had a brush with the big C a few years ago so anything in hospital that grips is good.

  10. Louise

    Ooh what a lot of lovely books! I’ve read all 3 of Elly Griffith’s books, really good! and i really liked Camilla Lackbergs too, i’m loving everything Scandi at the moment, can’t get enough of it 😉 Have Mrs Buncles on my wish list, and i’m treating myself again, to Before I Go To Sleep this week along with Gillespie and I…will be looking out for you post about this tomorrow, quite excited about this one 🙂

    • I am glad the Elly books are getting commended by more than one person. The lovely Boof of Boofs Books has been saying they are wonderful too.

      You have some excellent reading coming with Gillespie and I and Before I Go To Sleep, both brilliant books.

  11. Jo

    WOW! I am not on any publishers list so my postman should probably be grateful I think.

    A great selection of books, I look forward to hearing about lots of them as I always pick up so new reads when stopping by here.

  12. I’ve read Oyeyami and Patchett’s other works, so I am looking forward to your review.

    I’ve read Ice Princess and enjoyed it a lot. Not gory like American crime novels, but it had a lot of mystery. Enjoyed reading about the scenery

    • Patchett is on hold, am going to try Bel Canto first I think. I am really interested in the Lackberg books, I can’t cage if they have done really well here or not.

  13. Wow, wow, wow!! I thought I got a lot of books but I think I am only on 3 or 4 publishers lists (which I LOVE getting!).

    Can’t wait for you to read Elly Griffiths’ books!

  14. I am looking forward to Elly’s books too. You know your crime, and on the whole we like similar stuff, so have high expectations.

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