Books to Look Out For in July 2015: Part 2

Cover imageTopping my wish list for this second July selection is Sarah Moss’s Signs for Lost Children billed as the third part of a loosely linked trilogy which began with Night Waking. Bodies of Light, the second instalment, appeared on the Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist for its theme of nineteenth century women in medicine. This one picks up Ally and Tom’s story from there. Newly married they face separation as Ally practices as a doctor at Truro’s asylum and Tom builds lighthouses in Japan. Bodies of Light was one of my favourite books of 2014 so I’m particularly eager for this one.

Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life was a huge bestseller in Germany, apparently. It’s about Andreas who arrives in the Austrian Alps as a small boy and stays there for the rest of his life, leaving just once to fight in the Second World War.The publishers have somewhat ambitiously compared it to Stoner. If it’s only half as good as John Williams’ rediscovered gem it will be well worth your time.

Paula McGrath’s Generation has a much wider stretch covering eighty years, three generationsCover image and three continents. Discontented with her life in Ireland, Aine takes her six-year-old daughter to an organic farm near Chicago. Things don’t go quite as planned and the events of that summer will have far-reaching consequences. It’s billed as ‘a short novel that contains a huge amount’, a neat little description that snagged my attention.

Vanessa Tait’s The Looking Glass House could go either way. It’s a re-imagining of the origins of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Tait is the great-granddaughter of Alice Lidell which gives the novel an intriguing edge although you may feel that Alice has been over exposed given the brouhaha around Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s The Story of Alice earlier this year. I’ve yet to read that but the two could well be complementary.

Cover imageMy last choice for July is an uncharacteristic one for me but it’s by an author I’ve banged on about ceaselessly – at least some readers may think so – since the publication of his first novel, Shotgun Lovesongs. I’d love to tell you that there’s a new Nickolas Butler novel in the offing but sadly that’s not to be. Instead his collection of short stories, Beneath the Bonfire, is to be published this summer and I’m sure it will be wonderful.

That’s it for July hardbacks. If you missed the first part you can find it here and a click on a title will take you to Waterstones website for a fuller synopsis.

12 thoughts on “Books to Look Out For in July 2015: Part 2

    1. Susan Osborne Post author

      I haven’t read the first one, Naomi, but I think you’d enjoy Bodies of Light. I gather that’s much more closely linked to Signs for Lost Children than Night Waking.

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    1. Susan Osborne Post author

      Loved it, Helen, but I’m a sucker for small town American novels. I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. Alex

    I suppose after all my banging on about Alice recently I should read ‘The Looking Glass House’ and maybe I will, but the one that really catches my attention is ‘Sign’s for Lost Children’, especially as I haven’t read the earlier ones and so they might make an interesting summer project.

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    1. Susan Osborne Post author

      If you have to choose between the two, Alex, I’d go for the Moss. I haven’t read Night Waking but I gather that Signs for Lost Children and Bodies of Light are much more closely linked. I’m sure you’d enjoy them.

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  2. JacquiWine

    As you probably know, I’m trying to steer clear of new books with a view to making a dent in the piles of unread books at home. I do appreciate these previews, though. They’re useful for my volunteering with the library as it’s good to keep an eye on what’s coming up. 🙂

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    1. Susan Osborne Post author

      Very pleased to hear that they’re useful, Jacqui. Most impressed with your self restraint, too!

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  3. litlove

    Ooh always intriguing. I love the sound of Generation, but have completely failed to get a copy of The Looking Glass House to one of our reviewers, despite five emails to four different people at Atlantic. Have they changed the way they send out books, do you think, Susan? Anyway, not to worry. I must try Sarah Moss, too, as I see her mentioned around a great deal but have yet to read her.

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    1. Susan Osborne Post author

      I’m quite keen on Generation but Signs for Lost Children is my top choice having enjoyed Bodies of Light so much. I’m sorry to hear of your trials and tribulations with Atlantic – I’ll email my contact’s details to you in case you’ve been approaching some one else.

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