Letters to The Lost by Iona Grey
1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London…Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot in the war. This books flicks between present day and war time with Jess opening long lost letters from the lovers. A beautiful captivating read.
Published on 23rd April by Simon and Schuster UK
Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong
It’s 1994 and the former Yugoslavia is being torn apart. In England, a gang of good-hearted young people are about to set off in a Ford Transit van armed with several sacks of rice and a half-written play. A play which will light a beacon of peace across the Balkans and, very probably, stop the war. Andrew would love to stop the war. But what he’d like to do – maybe even more than stopping the war – is sleep with Penny, who he is pretty sure might be the love of his life. Written by the man who brought you The Peep Show.
Published on 2nd April by Random House UK
The Dish by Stella Newman
When Laura Parker first crosses forks with Adam Bayley, she’s only after one thing: his custard doughnut. But when she takes a closer look she sees a talented, handsome man who outshines the string of jokers she’s been dating. There’s just one problem. Adam’s job means Laura has to keep her job as restaurant critic for The Dish, a secret. Tricky for someone who prides herself on honesty.
Published on 21st May by Headline
The Museum of Things Left Behind by Seni Glaister
Vallerosa is every tourist’s dream – a tiny, picturesque country surrounded by lush valleys and verdant mountains; a place sheltered from modern life and the rampant march of capitalism. But in isolation, the locals have grown cranky, unfulfilled and disaffected. In the Presidential Palace hostile Americans, wise to the country’s financial potential, are circling like sharks …Can the town be fixed? Can the local bar owners be reconciled? Can an unlikely visitor be the agent of change and rejuvenation this broken idyll is crying out for? Said to be a big-hearted read.
Published on 21st May by Harper Collins UK
If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
Katie and her young friends face a changing world, with prospects very different from those presented to their parents. The Vietnam War seems pointless to many but has devastated lives that remain broken even after the fighting is over. As, with bittersweet humour, the characters’ experiences unfold, daily events mirror bigger issues. Touchingly conveys the magic of everyday living during a darkened time.
Published on 4th June by Tinder Press
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