A lot of the established authors have new offerings, so expect to see plenty of biographies, recipe books and ‘coffee-table’ popular history and science from all the usual suspects appearing on our shelves.
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 fresh in our minds, there are various books on the attack and its consequences: The Eleventh Day by Anthony Summers is an account of the events of that fateful day. Jason Burke’s The 9/11 Warstells of the conflicts that have erupted since then. A History of the world since 9/11 by Dominic Streatfeild focuses on eight individual stories to show why, after the initial sympathy, the reputation of the US fell to the lowest point in its history.
The Black Banners by Ali H Soufan describes the war on terrorism against Al Qaeda. Martin Gilbert’s In Ishmael’s House considers the flashpoints of the Middle East where Jews and Muslims interact, and what hope there is for future resolution (now in paperback – the hardback was published in 2010). Granta 116: Ten years later is a collection of literary essays looking at the after effects.
There are also some new editions of books examining the nature of Islam: No god but God by Reza Aslan and What everyone needs to know about Islam by John Esposito. The writings and opinions of British Muslim authors are discussed in British Muslim fictions by Claire Chambers.
Other new editions include this timely update of a very well-known title, taking account of the influence of social networking and how it has changed the way that people now interact:
How to win friends and influence people in the digital age, by Dale Carnegie Training.
Philippa Gregory has made a successful career with her historical novels. In The Women of the Cousins’ War she expands on the characters of her previous novels. Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen, 2009), Margaret Beaufort (The Red Queen, 2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers (The Lady of the Rivers, 2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in the ‘Cousins’ War’ series, and of the three biographical essays in this book.
After the success of the Oscar winning film ‘The King’s Speech’, another book has emerged about someone else who helped George VI cope with his unexpected rise to monarchy: The King maker: the man who saved George VI by Geordie Greig. Louis Greig, a war hero and rugby international, entered the privileged world of the British royal family as mentor, physician and friend to a young and hesitant Prince Albert.
You may remember the début book by Alexander Masters – Stuart: a life backwards – the biography of a homeless Cambridge man. His second book The genius in my basement is another biography of a Cambridge character – his tenant – a maths prodigy and genius who later became obsessed with public transport.
There are many accounts of feats of endurance, but these are slightly different: Walking with the wounded by Mark McCrum is the story of an awe-inspiring expedition to the North Pole by a group of amputee soldiers. Hostage by Paul Chandler is an account of how he and his wife were taken hostage in their yacht by Somali pirates and held for ransom for over a year.
An odd title: When London was capital of America by Julie Flavell. Confused? Well, before the American War of Independence London was the capital of an empire that included America and the West Indies and this book is about London in the decade preceding their independence. Simple really.
And finally: New editions of the ever popular (perhaps popular isn’t quite the right word) Official DSA theory test guides have just been published. There are copies of the guide for car drivers, motorcyclists and drivers of large vehicles – first come, first served!
New fiction and children’s books coming soon…