Books for May chosen by our independent booksellers.

Hello and welcome to the books chosen by independent booksellers as recommended new reads. Every month we will be highlighting fifteen books hand-picked for you, and why these booksellers think you should be reading them.

Just click on any of the titles to read more and purchase from Hive, where every sale benefits your local independent bookshop.

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Churchill’s Angels by Bernard O’Connor

“This is the book which tells the full story of the women who went through rigorous and dangerous training before being dropped behind enemy lines.We learn their names, their backgrounds, their stories, and in many cases their tragic capture and ultimate fate.A superb book; very readable and a salute to their bravery.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle, bookseller at Far From the Madding Crowd

The Trip To Echo Spring by Olivia Laing

“Beautifully written, an eloquent and profound insight into addiction. Her perception is remarkable, especially when analysing the creativity which it has inspired in so many of our great authors.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle, bookseller at Far From the Madding Crowd

An Encyclopaedia of Myself by Jonathan Meades

“Meades’ commentary never fails to fascinate and here he presents a personal memoir of growing up during the 1950s – with his own take on the key events and people of the time. Sure to receive wide media coverage.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

“The story follows the tale of a young sewage collector called Nambuto, from Soweto, three young Chinese girls, and Swedish twins (one of whom did not exist). How did they manage to end up with an atomic bomb in Sweden and save the world? The story races from sewage via bomb-making to kidnapping the king of Sweden. Outlandish and great fun.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

The Year Of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

“A funny, scrupulously honest account of one man’s quest to reverse 20 years of lies and read the books he’s always claimed to have read.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

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The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley

“Famous for his natural navigation, Tristan Gooley’s new book gives 850 outdoor clues and signs to aid natural navigation. This book will ensure you never get lost again with the aid of nature surrounding us. Also includes weather forecasting.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Lost For Words by Edward St Aubyn

“The razor-sharp new book from the master of waspish wit. You will never think of the Booker Prize in quite the same way again!”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

“It’s a love story, it’s a thriller, it’s funny in parts; however most of all it is a superb debut novel that will have YOU gripped for all the 688 pages. This is one of my books for 2014, I cannot recommend it highly enough to all book lovers.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller at Dulwich Books

The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

“Tony Parsons wonderful storytelling and confidence as a writer with an attention to detail ensure that this is a real page turner. Set in London we meet Max Wolfe, who I fell in love with, as his endeavours to track down the murderers that are leaving a bloody trail from the city to one of the most famous private of schools in England, without getting him or his daughter killed.”

Chosen by: Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller at Dulwich Books

The Ariadne Objective by Wes Davis

“This reads like a thriller from the pen of a fiction writer. It could be James Bond, but is in fact a true story based around the activities of Patrick Leigh Fermor in Crete during WWII. It’s packed with amazing characters, exciting and hair-raising events and will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles. bookseller at Rickaro Books

May-IBAP-banner-3Macavity by T.S Eliot

“The long-awaited edition of twentieth-century classic poetry that gives children an engaging and readable introduction to ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’. With quirky illustrations from Arthur Robins, this will become a permanent feature on our young poetry shelf.”

Chosen by: Jill Pattle, bookseller at Far From the Madding Crowd

None The Number by Oliver Jeffers

“The Hueys return with yet another problem – it’s a counting conundrum! Is 0 actually a number? As always the Hueys decide upon an answer in their own inimitable way.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

The Grunts All At Sea by Philip Ardagh

“Another mad-cap adventure for the wonderfully grubby and dysfunctional grunts. Mr Grunt is on a mission with a deadline to deliver a POGI alive and well. Lively, fun illustrations from the brilliant Axel Scheffler make this a winner.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson-Pryce Books

Brilliant by Roddy Doyle

“A sensitive portrayal of depression as witnessed by two Dublin children. Having heard their grandmother say the black dog has got their uncle they set out to defeat the beast. Superb writing as always from this master of both adult and children’s fiction.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson-Pryce Books

Sam’s Sandwich by David Pelham

“Great news that this truly revolting sandwich book is coming back! We have been asked for it so many times over the years. Sam’s sandwich gets thicker and thicker as he puts more and more ingredients in. And you don’t want to look too closely what’s going in.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

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