The book that triggered a frenzied bidding war, a literary look at body image today and the return of everyone’s favourite feminist; welcome to our edit of the best books being published this month.
How To Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran needs little introduction; she is the famed weekly columnist for The Times, legendary feminist and author of the bestselling autobiography How To Be a Woman. In How To Build a Girl Caitlin pens a fictional novel with her usual wit and honesty about a teenager finding herself admist an identity crisis. Joanna finds solace and life-affirming moments while acting out her gothic alter ego Dolly Wilde with booze, men and music but is it enough for her? Can Joanna’s love for the famous faces of literature and music save her before she becomes trapped in a life she isn’t sure she still wants? Adored by millions, Caitlin is unafraid to speak openly and honestly about life and its many curveballs and challenges it throws your way. This will no doubt follow in the footsteps of the hugely popular How To Be a Woman.
The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
Burton’s debut novel is building a wave of hype and anticipation on the Twittersphere following a fantastic performance at last year’s London Book Fair. It was bought for a six-figure sum by Picador in the UK and will be published in 30 countries. The Miniaturist is based on the wealthy merchant, Petronella Oortman, house and the replica miniature house that was created in 1686. When eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman becomes the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt she has no idea of the danger that awaits them. After being gifted an exact miniature replica of the house she now resides in, Nella is intrigued by the creation but soon the miniaturist hired to furnish the gift begins to bear a bigger consequence to their lives that no-one could have imagined. It’s been described by the Sunday Times as a ‘compelling, atmospheric literary thriller’ and as a ‘fabulously gripping read’ by the Observer. Expect big things from Burton.
Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Lianne broke the bestseller big time with her fifth book The Husband’s Secret, which sold over a million copies and was the most popular title from the Richard and Judy Autumn book club 2013 collection. Little Lies is Lianne’s sixth book and promises another addictive story of secrets and scandal. Jane, mother to a five year old boy, has been living a nomad lifestyle since he was born in an attempt to escape a secretive past. Finally starting to feel settled by the sea in Pirriwee, Jane dares to relax. Everything is about to come crashing down as an incident at her son’s school unravels deadly secrets that snake across the playground.
Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill
Only Ever Yours is a powerful and thought-provoking novel on the contemporary obsession with the female body and the pressure on women and girls to be ‘perfect’. It’s pitched as a Young Adult title (upper teen) but the issues it tackles (body image, weight, friendship, the perception of a girl/woman) are dissected within the plot in an assured eloquent tone that will resonate with readers of all ages. It’s set in a dystopian word where girls are no longer conceived naturally but are designed and created for the purpose of men. The novel has received fantastic reviews ahead of publication and applauded for its stark, brutal honesty of what the media and society has created. Described by The Vagenda as ‘Mean Girls meets The Handmaid’s Tale’ it’s one to look out for.