Hot new books of july

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One upside to this month's grim grey skies is the chance it provides to devour July's new fiction. From Cox, Kate Lace's timely tale of Olympic-themed lust and Indigo Bloome's erotic trilogy Destined To Play, to Jonas Jonasson's highly anticipated feelgood debut The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared and award-winning crime writer Tana French's thrilling fourth novel Broken Harbour, there's plenty for your fiction "to-read" list.

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  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson

    It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not ... Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.

    Swedish author Jonas Jonasson's debut novel was initially rejected by UK and US publishers - then it became a bestseller across Europe and now there is talk of a Hollywood movie remake. Thankfully it's been picked up in the UK by tiny 10-year-old publishers Hesperus and with two million copies sold worldwide, we can't wait to finally escape into this feelgood tale.

    Release date: 12 July

  • Criminal, Karin Slaughter

    A woman is found brutally murdered in a sordid Atlanta apartment. Her blood-soaked body bears a startling similarity to a woman found dead almost 40 years earlier. Soon Special Agent Will Trent finds himself returning to the home he grew up in. And a past that could hold the clue to the killings.

    Slaughter's 11th gripping novel is split across two time periods as it explores the complex relationship between scarred detective Will Trent and his tough boss Amanda Wagner, whose first grisly case in 1975 appears to have come back to haunt her.

    Release date: 5 July

  • The Case Of The Deadly Butter Chicken, Tarquin Hall

    Irfan Khan, father of a Pakistani star cricketer, can't resist the creamy butter chicken on offer at the Delhi Durbar hotel where he's attending an India Premier League cricket match dinner. But after a few mouthfuls, he collapses on the floor, dead. Who amongst the Bollywood stars, politicians, bureaucrats and industrialists poisoned Khan is a mystery.

    The third and most dangerous case yet for Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, serves up a deliciously moreish crime feast.

    Release date: 12 July

  • The Innocents, Laura Lippman

    Years ago, they were the best of friends. But as time passed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past – and the terrible lies they shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Is it more dangerous to admit to what they’d done or is it the strain of keeping the secret that is beginning to wear down on their souls.

    The multi award-winning Laura Lippman shines a light on a dark, decades-long secret in this intense coming-of-age crime thriller.

    Release date: 5 July

  • The Woman Who Died A Lot, Jasper Fforde

    The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple. Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist.

    Acclaimed comic fantasy author Jasper Fforde's bestselling Thursday Next series returns with a characteristically imaginative and original novel that sees his alternative detective find a job as a formidable librarian to gain access to the realm of Dark Reading Matter.

    Release date: 12 July

  • The Weight Of A Human Heart, Ryan O'Neill

    A series of graphs illustrates the disintegration of a marriage, step by excruciating step.

    A literary stoush - and an affair - play out in the book review section of a national newspaper.

    The heartbreaking story of a Rwandan boy is hidden within his English exam paper.

    A young girl learns her mother’s disturbing secrets through the broken key on a typewriter.

    A Scottish-born writer living in Australia, Ryan O'Neill's debut collection of short stories are "full of wit, irony, wild invention, love and pain - and sometimes shocking power", according to Australian writer Paddy O'Reilly.

    Release date: 24 July

  • Come To The Edge, Joanna Kavenna

    A narrator in retreat from suburban life, a shambolic draughty farmhouse in a scenic valley... A widowed survivalist called Cassandra White... A banker, a village-full of empty second homes, and scores of poor and elderly people with nowhere to go... A crazy utopian scheme to reclaim the valley for the locals.

    An unlikely friendship is formed amid a desolate English countryside inhabited by the haves and have-nots in Joanna Kavenna's dark and moving satire.

    Release date: 5 July

  • The Teleportation Accident, Ned Beauman

    When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone. If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't. But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theatres of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: whether it was really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, the great Renaissance stage designer Adriano Lavicini; and why a handsome, clever, charming, modest guy like him can't, just once in a while, get himself laid.

    The second novel from the award-winning 27-year-old author of Boxer, Beetle, melds history, romance and science-fiction to make a "brilliantly inventive, furiously original, exceptionally funny and deftly offensive book about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it."

    Release date: 19 July

  • Ashenden, Elizabeth Wilhide

    Spring 2010. When Charlie and Ros inherit Ashenden from their aunt Reggie a decision must be made. The beautiful eighteenth-century house, set in acres of English countryside, is in need of serious repair. Do they try to keep it in the family, or will they have to sell?

    Author of over 20 books on interior design, decoration and architecture, Elizabeth Wilhide’s first novel spans two and a half centuries as it interweaves the lives of Ashenden's inhabitants, from those who built the grand house to its modern state of disrepair. Deliciously Downton.

    Release date: 5 July

  • If This Is Home, Stuart Evers

    Mark Wilkinson has three names. He left his own behind in the rainy north of England. American immigration knows him as Joe Novak. And at the Valhalla, the mysterious complex where he sells lofty ambition and dark desires, he goes by Mr. Jones. Since he was eighteen, Mark has been running away. Running from his small town, his vanished mother, his broken father. But one night in Las Vegas, shocked by violence and ambushed by memories, he is propelled back to his real name and his real past. Back to Bethany Wilder: carnival queen, partner in dreams, and tragic ghost.

    Stuart Evers' debut novel revives characters from the critically acclaimed author's Ten Stories About Smoking for a powerful tale that challenges the notion of identity, personal history and what it means to be home.

    Release date: 3 July

  • Cox, Kate Lace

    In a boat brooding Dan and arrogant Rollo row perfectly together, but on land they despise each other. So with the addition of eye-catching cox Amy to the mix, sporting behaviour is the last thing on their mind. May the best man win? Not a chance.

    A Jilly Cooper-esque tale set in the glamorous world of professional rowing, the sixth fun installment from the British chicklit author provides a raunchier way to get into the Olympic spirit.

    Release date: 12 July

  • A Private Business, Barbara Nadel

    2012: London is hosting the Olympics and the East End is at the centre of the world. Yet surrounding the glamorous Olympic Park are some of the most deprived areas of the city. PI Lee Arnold and his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, work in these streets, in a community fraught with tensions. When Arnold is hired by a controversial stand-up comedian, he already knows that her routine could make her a target.

    Barbara Nadel, author of the acclaimed Ikmen series of crime novels, set in Turkey, presents a complex crime novel described by the Financial Times as "Bleak, brutal and timely".

    Release date: 5 July

  • Communion Town, Sam Thompson

    Have you noticed how each of us conjures up our own city? Every city is made of stories: stories that meet and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters. This is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice: a place imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the changing streets among voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged. This is the story of a city.

    Sam Thompson's fearless and energetic debut novel portrays the many sides of an imaginary city through the eyes of two asylum seekers and a selection of its long-time inhabitants, with each possessing disparate views of the haunted metropolis.

    Release date: 5 July

  • How The Trouble Started, Robert Williams

    The police were involved over the trouble. They had to be. 'I was just playing,' I told them, but that wasn't enough. They wanted to know what I understood by 'intent'.

    A winner of Stylist's weekly Book Wars, Robert Williams' highly anticipated second novel is an unnerving tale about loss of childhood innocence, poignantly narrated by its troubled 16-year-old protagonist Donald Bailey.

    Release date: 5 July

  • Broken Harbour, Tana French

    Detective Sergeant Scorcher Kennedy of the Murder squad is handed a particularly ugly case involving the slaughter of a father and two young children; the mother has survived her terrible injuries. With a strong bit of detective work and some luck, they have their man. But there are a couple of joints in the framework that don’t quite fit - a worry and a niggle - a gut instinct that says something isn’t quite right. And then it falls apart...

    Lauded as Tana French's best crime fiction yet, the writer's fourth thriller triumphantly conjures up the atmosphere of an Irish town ravaged by recession and the underlying animosity simmering among its acutely drawn characters.

    Release date: 2 July

  • Hawthorn & Child, Keith Ridgway

    Hawthorn and Child are mid-ranking detectives tasked with finding significance in the scattered facts. They appear and disappear in the fragments of this book along with a ghost car, a crime boss, a pick-pocket, a dead racing driver and a pack of wolves.

    A mindbending mash-up of ugly and beautiful characters, pinned around two London detectives desperate to jigsaw together pieces of narrative that just don't fit. Author Anne Enright says Ridgway "doesn't so much as redraw the map as show us what was there in the first place. He writes as though he has uncovered something, not invented it; as though these tales, so completely new, have been around for a long time."

    Release date: 5 July

  • Destined To Play

    "It's simple. No sight. No questions. 48 hours."

    37-year-old psychologist and mother of two Alexandra Blake lives a comfortable if unsatisfied life with her family in suburban Australia. When she travels to Sydney to give a series of lectures on sensory perception, she catches up with old flame Dr Jeremy Quinn - the man who in her heady student days opened up her eyes and body to the world in ways she never thought possible.

    Fans of Fifty Shades may want to fire up their Kindles for Indigo Bloome's trilogy "exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk and reward."

    Release date: 5 July (ebook)

  • Playing With Matches, Carolyn Wall

    Clea Shine has grown up tough because she had to. Her mother's drinking, her husband's philandering, and the poverty of her youth have hardened her. After one betrayal too many, she packs her kids into the car and drives home - to the clapboard house of the woman who raised her, Jerusha Lovemore.

    A damaged woman faces the demons that drove her out of her small Southern US town in Carolyn Wall's poignant tale of guilt, forgiveness and fractured family bonds.

    Release date: 5 July

  • I Should Be So Lucky, Judy Astley

    Viola hasn't had much luck with men. Her first husband, Marco, companion of her youth and father of her only child, left her when he realised he was gay. Her second, Rhys, ended his high-octane, fame-filled life by driving his Porsche into a wall.

    A 39-year-old woman with a troublesome teen and interfering siblings finds herself living back at home with her demanding mother in a charming and touching summer read from Britain's chicklit queen.

    Release date: 12 July

  • The Purple Shroud

    Once, Theodora was little more than a slave, the daughter of a bear-keeper, running barefoot through the streets of Constantinople. Now she is Theou doron, 'the Gift of God', Empress of Byzantine Rome and the most powerful woman in the world.

    Stella Duffy's latest novel offers plagues, plots and murder as it spans 20 dramatic years of Empress Theodora's reign and the life-threatening dangers she and her husband Justinian face from enemies within the palace.

    Release date: 5 July