New books for March 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.

March-2015-IBAP-banner-1The Free by Willy Vlautin

“There aren’t many writers who can drag the reader almost immediately into the lives of their characters like Willy Vlautin. I have just discovered him but have already devoured two of his earlier novels. His latest set after the Iraq war tells the story of three wounded characters and is like the others captivating; moving and unforgettable.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

“Set in the 1900s, a new, historical novel from the author of Notes from an Exhibition. The story is set around real mysterious events of the author’s own family. It takes us from a comfortable Edwardian England to the harsh environment of Canada where we follow the life of Harry Cane. A poignant read that should find real appeal.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence

“Melody has issues. Her life is spiralling out of control and all she asks is that we indulge her and ride along. From the author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods, comes this touching and humorous tale of one woman’s story as she attempts to live her life. It is warm and witty, a superbly written account of the struggles of life.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant by Stephen D. Church

“2015 is a major anniversary of the Magna Carta (1215). Stephen Church sheds a new light on the king who was forced to grant the civil rights of the country. A story of a young boy who became one of the most powerful men in Europe but managed to squander his riches, his land sand his power. A fascinating tale.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

A Curious Friendship by Anna Thomasson

“A vivid and moving account of the remarkable relationship between the writer Edith Oliver and the young artist Rex Whistler. This is a highly readable account of a strange friendship set against a backdrop of madcap parties of the 1920s.”

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

March-2015-IBAP-banner-2Everyday Maths for Grown-Ups by Kjartan Poskitt

“Many of us try to avoid mathematical calculations at all cost, but with this handy little book you will be able to divide the restaurant bill with confidence! It has all the shortcuts, fun tricks and new approaches you need to tackle even the most complex calculations with confidence.”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Fashion on the Ration by Julie Summers

“An unusual subject matter that should appeal to fashion addicts. As the nation went into uniform and rationing took hold, the fashionable woman had to look more carefully to find style and elegance. Fashion looked not only to Hollywood and society, but to the workplace and applied a make-do-andmend approach to clothing. Nevertheless women managed to remain stylish and this book highlights a lesser known area of fashion.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Romantic Moderns by Alexandra Harris

“Covering people such as Virginia Woolf and John Piper, this is the essential book for lovers of Romantic Britain or readers who want to know. The writing flows with ease making it a very readable book – a joy in fact.”

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

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sanchez

“If you like books with unusual names and a quirky storyline (and who doesn’t), here is one for you! The story of a young Englishman, a publisher indeed, who travels with his favourite books and Earl Grey tea, and goes missing in deepest Spain. An amusing and well-written literary novel that with Inspector “Manchego” – not his real name – will keep you chortling and reading all the way to the edge of your seat.”

Chosen by: Richard Knowles, bookseller at Rickaro Books

Ghosting by Jonathan Kemp

“A fantastic little novella about a woman in her 60s who comes to realise her life has taken a wrong turn along the way. Grace lives on a narrow boat in London with her husband, they ‘rub along well enough’, but when she thinks she sees the ghost of her first husband, her past quite literally comes back to haunt her. A very moving book.”

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

March-2015-IBAP-banner-3The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs by Andrea Pinnington

“Twelve garden birds have sound buttons to press. A lovely way to enthuse children about the birds around them, beautifully illustrated. Our larger version of this push button bird songs book is a firm favourite with adults and children.”

Chosen by: Sarah Donaldson, bookseller at Red Lion Books

The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders

“From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees a sign with his own name on it from a bus window, he knows his life is about to change forever. He’s right! Horace is drawn into a strange and wonderful world when he visits the House of Answers, full of mysterious treasures, but he must be careful – he possesses something that others want, and they’re willing to do just about anything to get it. For young fans of Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell – he illustrates the front cover here – this will be ideal.”

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

Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne

“From the creator of Open Very Carefully comes this witty and clever approach to the classic fairy-tale form. With vibrant and colourful illustrations, this story is jam-packed with imagination. Kids and adults alike will love the rabbit who outwits the big bad wolf and becomes the hero of this wonderful book.”

Chosen by: Sue Kekewich, bookseller at Atkinson Pryce Books

Ten Little Princesses by Mike Brownlow

“What’s a princess to do when she’s in a rush to get to the ball, and witches, dragons and Big Bad Wolves keep getting in the way? Call on her Fairy Godmother of course! Colourful, rhyming, funny and it encourages counting – what more do you want from a picture book?”

Chosen by: Frances Hopkins, bookseller at Urmston Bookshop

Wind-Up Ladybird by Fiona Watt

“This wind-up series has been hugely successful for us. It’s robust and fun and appeals to the very youngest of book lovers. Taking on wildlife is a worthy departure and one which will have wide appeal.”

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

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