Books for August as 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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Kids’ Birthday Cakes by Karen Sullivan

“A bright, fresh approach with up-to-the-minute themes. With techniques and advice, such as what size of tin to use for the basic sponge cake to make, then progressing with ease to clear photos explaining exactly what to do next, and helpful little ‘tip’ bubbles to give the final touches and the professional show-stopping finish.”

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

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

“A impressive debut crime novel with an intelligent and clever plot introducing a new DI on the block, Marnie Rome. I was engrossed and gripped by the intrigue as we raced towards a terrific climax.”

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

The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

“From the pen of the author of Company of Liars and The Owl Killers is a new historical novel set against the background of the Peasants’ Revolt. This is during the reign of Richard II , a troubled time. It contains much historical background mixed with witchcraft and murder, sure to please the readers of her other novels and attract a new following. ”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

“Inspired by the award-winning series of the brilliant gripping story of Broadchurch, this is the official novel that contains material which was not apparent within the plotlines on the screen. The fascinating insights we have into the effects of violent crime within a close-knit community make this a gripping and superbly written book.”

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

The English Girl by Margaret Leroy

“A novel set in Vienna of the 1930s, centring on a young English girl, Stella, who is to study at the Academy of Music. It shows through the eyes of the English girl the German takeover of Austria. A well told story with good sense of place and of a chilling period of history.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

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The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

“This book is so original! A historical novel set within the world of female pugilists and their patrons during the late eighteenth century. Moving from a filthy brothel to the richest houses, this skilful narrative is alive with the smells and sounds of the streets.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Salmagundi by Sally Butcher

“A splendidly delicious book, which reads like a mixture of travelogue and quirky, memorable anecdotes. The word ‘salmagundi’ was used in the 17th century for salad dishes which contained everything – and my goodness this book lives up to its name. A must for food lovers, kitchen table cooks, chefs, and simply to read as an entertaining and sumptuous coffee table book. As you can tell – I loved it!”

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

Where Women are Kings by Christie Watson

“From award-winning author of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away comes a new novel telling the story of a wild seven year old boy, his adoptive parents and his birth mother. With her lyrical prose, the author sets her characters in an utterly real world, at times funny, at times heart-breaking but always convincing. ”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

“A sharp and clever thriller with L.A. IT girl Janie Jenkins who might or might not have killed her mother. When her conviction is overturned due to a technicality, she pursues the truth with a dramatic conclusion. The Gone Girl for summer 2014.”

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

The Moth by Catherine Burns

“Storytelling is making a comeback and these are told by ordinary people with extraordinary tales to tell. The storytellers hone their craft and now tell these stories in live events to packed crowds. This collection is introduced by Neil Gaiman.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

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The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales by Jane Ray

“This fabulous fishy anthology includes The Little Mermaid and Lewis Carroll’s The Lobster Quadrille as well as some lesser known myths and legends. Beautifully illustrated by the inimitable Jane Ray, this is a collection to savor.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Monty’s Magnificent Mane by Gemma O’Neil

“A beautifully illustrated tale about Monty, a lion with a magnificent mane. With his friends, the meerkats, he realises that there are more important things than his mane when he sacrifices it for his friends. A story to delight lovers of fine books, meerkats and even lions with or without manes.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

“One of the mega favourite books at the Dulwich Book weekly storytelling sessions, this is the brilliant second picture book from Chris Haughton. Very funny with elegant illustrations, this is the first book all our audience choose to hear.”

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

Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins

“Lucy Cousins’ new character is an enthusiastic young woodpecker. He rather overdoes his new skill of pecking, and all sorts of things end up pecked. The book does not escape his attentions so it is rather holey.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

Send for a Superhero! by Michael Rosen

“Who can save the world from Filth and Vacuum? These terrible two are defeating all the superheroes. Who can help? Could it be the day for Incredibly Boring Man? Michael Rosen’s new picture comic strip is a bedtime story with a difference told in his inimitable style.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

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