Sunday, 5 April 2015

April New Release Books

I've picked out a bunch of books that probably could not be more different from one another - from metal bands and murder to western outlaws, these are my favourite new release books for April.

The Thunder of Giants by Joel Fishbane. Set in 1937, Andorra Kelsey is on her way to Hollywood to become a star. At 7 foot 11 she has always been seen as an embarrassment to her family. Set to act in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, a giantess who toured the world in the 19th Century, Andorra and Anna's stories unfold as two different woman, both trying to prove their worth to the world as more than a sum of their proportions.

Boring Girls by Sara Taylor. Misfit Rachel finds her place in a heavy metal band and a kindred spirit in her friend and fellow metal-head Fern. But the metal scene turns out to be a dark and misogynistic place. A violent encounter leads the girls down a path of revenge, a path which they won't return from.

The Dressmaker of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain. With England on the brink of war, 18-year-old Ada Vaughan, an ambitious seamstress, dreams of a career in couture if only she can escape her dreary family life. Ada gets her wish after an encounter with the charming Stanislaus von Lieben and is catapulted into a glamorous and romantic life. But a trip to Paris with her lover quickly sees them trapped in France with a Nazi invasion on the doorstep. Ada is taken to a German slave camp and must survive the only way she knows how - by being a dressmaker.

The Winter Family by Clifford. Being a fan of Cormac McCarthey I've always had a soft spot for literary westerns. Spanning three decades, a ruthless group of outlaws traverse American from their beginnings during the American Civil War to their final standoff in the territories of Oklahoma.

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