Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

From a short story collection to a gripping memoir: the most exciting new books of April

What a joy to see a bit of sunshine as we get tantalisingly close to the part of the year where reading is an outside activity.

With the honourable exception of the excellent Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave which is set during the Second World War, all of this month’s choices are contemporary and paint a picture of life as we are living it now. All That Man Is by David Szalay gives us portraits of nine different men across Europe and What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell is a tender and desolate rendering of a relationship that starts in a toilet in Bulgaria.

London is the setting for Yvette Edward’s heartbreaking page turner The Mother and for Not Working, a funny book laced with melancholy. Five Rivers Met on a Wooden Plain by Barney Norris shows us the aftermath of a car crash in Salisbury. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield is a reworking of Pride and Prejudice and Reader, I Married Him uses that famous line from Jane Eyre to inspire short stories from 21 authors.

Finally, I was very taken with two superb memoirs this month. All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead and We’ll Always Have Paris by Emma Beddington are fine examples of life writing and I finished both of them feeling wiser, sadder, yet somehow enriched.

Happy reading.

Related

writing a book.jpg

An author reveals what it's (really) like to write a debut novel

travel planning.jpg

Your guide to the best places to travel every month of the year

iStock_000073088015_Medium.jpg

How living like a Danish woman made me happier

travel before kids.jpg

18 travel experiences to enjoy before you have children

The Trouble With Women hb.jpg

The witty feminist cartoons exposing history's sexism

lara jade.jpg

Why are women so underrepresented in photography?

Hend-Krichen-21-9-153695.jpg

12 tableware dining sets to make your meals more Instagrammable

cornwall.jpg

Britain's most enticing literary haunts to visit

beyonce.jpg

The feminist book Beyoncé wants all her fans to read

More

St. Vincent is giving this iconic novel a feminist film makeover

The musician is giving an Oscar Wilde project a major twist

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

Erm, so that Hunger Games theme park is actually happening

And we volunteer as tribute

by Susan Devaney
17 Aug 2017

Scientists reveal why we really love the smell of old books

The groaning book towers taking over the flat are definitely not our fault

by Amy Swales
14 Aug 2017

The life lessons we learned reading Jacqueline Wilson books

Because yes, they're still incredibly relevant to us as adults

by Megan Murray
11 Aug 2017

Step into your favourite book at one of these UK literary locations

If you're a book worm with a penchant for weekend breaks, steady yourself

by Megan Murray
10 Aug 2017

Pride and Prejudice is getting a dark, sexy and twisted TV makeover

And, yes, this TV adaptation is in excellent hands…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Aug 2017

The 20 books that everyone’s obsessing over this summer

They’ve been selling out on Amazon all summer long

by Moya Crockett
07 Aug 2017

JK Rowling’s heartfelt tribute to Harry Potter’s Robert Hardy

Farewell, Cornelius Fudge

by Sarah Biddlecombe
04 Aug 2017

A Sweet Valley High film is coming and it’s in excellent hands

Your childhood self is pleading with mum for a ticket right about now

by Amy Swales
31 Jul 2017

10 blistering summer reads you need to read this August

Say hello to this summer’s best beach books

by Sarah Shaffi
28 Jul 2017