June 2017 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for June.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

Selections are by Tim Bayley and are drawn from publisher submissions, The Bookseller magazine’s own monthly highlights, Buyer’s Guides and more. Text is sourced from the publisher.

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So relax and browse on and check out the great reads in print coming your way in June.

Enjoy!

 

A CITY DREAMING * Daniel Polansky * 9781473634282 * PB * £8.99 * Hodder

Imagine a city within a city, where monsters walk the street and magic fills the night. This is New York, but not as you know it. This New York is a city of magic and monsters. Where ordinary people live alongside demons and nightmares, completely unaware of them. New York is home to M, a man with a past…and a secret. He knows more about the creatures who call his city home than anyone else in the world. He walks between the two worlds, at home in neither but more than comfortable in both. M is the man the monsters call when things get bad. And things are about to get really, really bad.

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A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT * Becky Chambers * 9781473621473 * PB * £7.99 * Hodder * Wayfarers * 2

Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She’s never felt so alone. But she’s not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it’s anything but empty. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible imagination of Becky Chambers and has been nominated for any number of awards and accolades, including the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, the Tiptree Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.

*** Check out our extract of book one The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet on Carabas here… ***
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THE WITCHWOOD CROWN * Tad Williams * 9781473603202 * HB * £18.99 * Hodder & Stoughton * The Last King of Osten Ard * 1

Thirty years ago Ineluki, the Storm King, was destroyed and his armies scattered. Osten Ard has been at peace ever since, ruled by Simon Snowlock, kitchen boy made king, and Miriamele, King Elias’ only child.

But now age weighs upon their reign. Simon’s dreams have deserted him, old allies die and betrayal and assassination threaten. His son and heir John Josua is years dead and his grandson, Morgan, is a wastrel. A journey of redemption and discovery beckons in the darkening world. And in the frozen North, in Nakkiga, the mountain fortress, Ineluki’s ally, the Norn Queen, wakes from her deep, decades-long sleep and tells her followers that she will sleep no more. Humanity must be destroyed. Her sorcerers will bring a demon back from death, her warriors will seek the world for living dragon’s blood… And finally the greatest artefact of all, the Witchwood Crown, will be hers.

With a cast of hundreds – humans, giants, dragons, trolls, Sithi and Norn – The Witchwood Crown is epic fantasy as it used to be: classic, grand and sweeping and evidence that Tad Williams is the greatest living writer of the form.

A triumphant return to one of the best realised fantasy settings and characters by one of the greats…
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BOUND * Sue Tingey * 9781784290764 * PB * £9.99 * Jo Fletcher Books * The Soulseer Chronicles * 3

Get lost in the Underlands in this ‘gripping and tantalisingly sexy read.’ Holdfast Magazine on Marked. Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness, Laini Taylor and Anne Bishop.

Lucky de Salle was dragged into the Underlands against her will, but there she discovered a whole new world – and a whole new life. She always knew she was psychic, but discovering her ghostly best friend was in fact her demon half-sister – and she herself is half-demon – came as a shock. Falling in love with two men wasn’t in her game plan either, but that’s working out brilliantly.

Or it was . . . but now Jinx the Deathbringer has been kidnapped by Lucky’s enemies, who intend to use his powers to destroy the worlds above and below. And Jamie has tried to use his own powers to control her, destroying her trust in him.

Now Jamie and his fellow Guardians have been ordered to bring Jinx back in – dead or alive – before he can rain destruction down upon the earth.

If Lucky is to save him, and forgive Jamie, she is going to have to learn to use her own burgeoning powers – and fast!

Bound is the third and final book in the Soulseer Chronicles by Sue Tingey

Check out our extract / preview of book one Marked here and details of book two Cursed here!
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YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE * Angus Watson * 9780356507569 * PB * 8.99 * Little Brown * West of West * 1

YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE . . .

You can’t change your fate – so throw yourself into battle, because you’ll either end the day a hero or drinking mead in the halls of the gods. That’s what Finn’s tribe believe.

But Finn wants to live. When his settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe, Finn plus several friends and rivals must make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, and to survive, Finn will fight harder than he’s ever fought before.

The David Gemmell Award-nominated author of Age of Iron returns with You Die When You Die – an epic fantasy adventure in which a mismatched group of refugees battle animals and monsters, determined assassins, an unforgiving land and each other as they cross a continent to fulfil a prophecy.

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THE TOURIST * Robert Dickinson * 9780356508184 * PB * 8.99 * Little Brown

THE FUTURE HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

It’s expected to be an excursion like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicate that anything out of the ordinary will happen.

A bus will take them to the mall. They will have an hour or so to look around. Perhaps buy something, try their food.

A minor traffic incident on the way back to the resort will provide additional interest – but the tour rep has no reason to expect any trouble.

Until he notices that one of his party is missing.

Most disturbingly, she is a woman who, according to the records, did not go missing.

Now she is a woman whose disappearance could change the world.

With breathtaking plot twists that ricochet through time, The Tourist is the most original conspiracy thriller you will read this year. “

Has Crichton-style mainstream appeal – we will not be surprised if / when news of film rights being snapped up comes…
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AN ECHO OF THINGS TO COME * James Islington * 9780356507804 * HB * 16.99 * Little Brown * Licanius Trilogy * 2

Darkness spreads across a land in need of heroes.

In the wake of the devastating attack on Ilin Illan, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs – finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against Andarra. However, as Davian and his new allies hurry north towards the ever-weakening Boundary, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late.

In the capital, Wirr is forced to contend with assassins and an increasingly hostile Administration as he controversially assumes the mantle of Northwarden, uncovering a mystery which draws into question everything commonly believed about the rebellion his father led twenty years ago. Meanwhile, Asha begins a secret investigation into the disappearance of the Shadows, determined to discover not only where they went but the origin of the Vessels that created them – and, ultimately, a cure.

And with time against him as he races to fulfil the treacherous bargain with the Lyth, Caeden continues to wrestle with the impossibly heavy burdens of his past. Yet as more and more of his memories return, he begins to realise that the motivations of the two sides in this ancient war may not be as clear-cut as they first seemed . . .”

Check out book one The Shadow of What was Lost in paperback here
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SOUL OF THE WORLD * David Mealing * 9780356508955 * TPB * 12.99 * Orbit

Three must fight. Three must die. Three must rise.

It is a time of revolution. In the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. And on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge.

Sarine is an artist on the streets of New Sarresant whose secret familiar helps her uncover bloodlust and madness where she expected only revolutionary fervour.

Arak’Jur wields the power of beasts to keep people safe, but his strength cannot protect them from war amongst themselves.

Erris is a brilliant cavalry officer trying to defend New Sarresant from an enemy general armed with magic she barely understands.

Each must learn the secrets of their power in time to guide their people through ruin. But a greater evil may be trying to stop them.”

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LAMENT FOR THE FALLEN * Gavin Chait * 9781784161330 * Paperback * £8.99 * Black Swan

A strange craft falls from the stars and crashes into the jungle near an isolated West African community. Inside, the locals discover the broken body of a man unlike any they have seen before – a man who is perhaps something more than human. His name is Samara and he speaks with terror of a place called Tartarus – an orbiting prison where hope doesn’t exist. As Samara begins to heal, he also transforms the lives his rescuers. But in so doing, he attracts the attention of a warlord whose gunmen now threaten the very existence of the villagers themselves – and the one, slim chance Samara has of finding his way home. And all the while, in the darkness above, waits the simmering fury at the heart of Tartarus…

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THE LAST DOG ON EARTH * Adrian J Walker * 9781785035722 * Paperback * £7.99 * Del Rey

The next bold, daring and original novel from Adrian J Walker, the author of the Radio 2 book club pick The End of the World Running Club.

Every dog has its day… And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be. Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for nineties football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots outside.

But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child, but themselves…

Check out The End of the World Running Club here and Adrian’s article on his musical influences for it on Carabas here!
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INFERNAL * Mark de Jager * 9781785033353 * Paperback * £8.99 * Del Rey

NO MEMORIES. NO MERCY. Stratus wakes alone, with no memory of his past. All he knows is his name and that he is not human. Possessing immense strength, powerful sorcery and an insatiable hunger, he sets out across a world blighted by dark magic. Hunted by relentless enemies, Stratus must learn who – and what – he truly is, or risk plunging the world into ruin…

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THE WATCHER OF DEAD TIME * Edward Cox * 9781473200371 * PB * 8.99 * Gollancz * 3

Labrys Town, home to a million humans cut off from the rest of the universe, has been invaded. Those who protected it have been deposed.

The Relic Guild are scattered across the worlds of the Aelfir. Many of them are dead or dying. The Genii control everything. The war is almost over.

Clara, a young woman barely able to control her werewolf side, has seen her friends and mentors killed in front of her. She is the last hope for Labrys Town.

But someone else is watching…

The dramatic conclusion to the award-nominated fantasy trilogy which began with THE RELIC GUILD.

Check out our author profile of Ed here, our preview / extract of book one The Relic Guild here… and Ed’s article on the music behind the series here!
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THE KING’S JUSTICE AND THE AUGUR’S GAMBIT * Stephen Donaldson * 9781473215306 * PB * 9.99 * Gollancz

Two new, original novellas-Donaldson’s first publication since finishing the Thomas Covenant series-are a sure cause for celebration among his many fans.

In The King’s Justice, a stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle’s Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself “Black,” though almost certainly that is not his name. The people of the village discover that they have a surprising urge to cooperate with this stranger, though the desire of inhabitants of quiet villages to cooperate with strangers is not common in their land, or most lands. But this gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle’s Crossways.

The “Augur’s Gambit” is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed. But even in the face of certain destruction a man may fight, and the Hieronomer is utterly loyal to his beautiful Queen–and to her only daughter. The “Augur’s Gambit” is his mad attempt to save a kingdom.

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THE MANY SELVES OF KATHERINE NORTH * Emma Geen * 9781408858455 * PB * 8.99 * Bloomsbury

‘In this exhilarating metaphysical white-knuckle ride Geen takes us into the other worlds that crouch, slink and bark around us… It will leave you reeling’ Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

Kit has been projecting into other species for seven years. Longer than anyone else at ShenCorp. Longer than any of the scientists thought possible. But lately she has the feeling that when she jumps she isn’t alone…

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DEAD MAN’S STEEL * Luke Scull * 9781781851616 * PB * 8.99 * Head of Zeus

The final instalment in the critically-acclaimed Grim Company trilogy. The Age of Ruin is near complete: in the far North the Nameless stirs beneath the Spine Mountains and demonspawn push ever southwards; from the West the Fade have returned, vowing to purge the realm of humankind; and an ancient weapon, forged in the Godswar, has once again been unleashed to ravage the land. Weakened by in-fighting, the surviving Magelords are unable – or unwilling – to use their power to defend humanity. The last spark of hope rests with the surviving members of the Grim Company: Davarus Cole, Brodar Kane and Eremul the Halfmage.

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STRANGE TIDE * Christopher Fowler * 9780857503091 * PB * £8.99 * Transworld * Bryant & May * 13

The river Thames is London’s most important yet neglected artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no-one can understand how she came to be drowned there. At the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves dealing with an impossible crime committed in a very public place.

Soon they discover that the river is giving up other victims, but as the investigation extends from the coast of Libya to the nightclubs of North London, it proves as murkily sinister as the Thames itself. That’s only part of the problem; Bryant’s rapidly deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case, and he is confined to home. To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgement that knocks him out of action and places everyone at risk.

With the PCU staff baffled as much by their own detectives as the case, the only people who can help now are the battery of eccentrics Bryant keeps listed in his diary, but will their arcane knowledge save the day or make matters even worse? Soon there’s a clear suspect in everyone’s sights – the only thing that’s missing is any scrap of evidence.

As the detectives’ disastrous investigation comes unstuck, the whole team gets involved in some serious messing about on the river. In an adventure that’s as twisting as the river upon which it’s set, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when it’s over?”

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GRIM EXPECTATIONS * KW Jeter * 9780857666901 * PB * £8.99 * Angry Robot * The George Dower Trilogy * 3

A mind-boggling new novel in Jeter’s iconic steampunk series, to celebrate thirty years of Steampunk. A death-bed gift leads a man into a mysterious quest for a missing person when a puzzle box opens to reveal letters from an unknown acquaintance. But they’re not love letters. They’re clues. * Some time after the events of Fiendish Schemes, George Dower finds himself a widower, of sorts. On her deathbed, Miss McThane entrusts Dower with a small, ticking clockwork box. The box is mysteriously linked to her.

When she breathes her last, the box stops ticking and Dower is able to open it, to find hundreds of letters – written in an unknown hand, signed only with the initial S. They’re not love letters, but refer instead to the letter-writer’s ongoing search for some other person. The last is a simple note, reading “Found him…”

Check out book 1 in our February 2017 highlights and book 2 in our April highlights! 
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FEN * Daisy Johnson * 9781784702106 * PB * £8.99 * Vintage Publishing

A FOYLES Fiction Book of the Year, 2016

Long-listed for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2017

The Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready to erupt.

This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse, where curious metamorphoses take place, where myth and dark magic still linger. So here a teenager may starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl. A woman might give birth to a, well, what?”

Check out Daisy J’s soundtrack for Fen on Carabas here!
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THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O * Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland * 9780008132569 * HB * £20.00 * The Borough Press / Harpercollins

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future science fiction thriller that calls into question the very foundations of the modern world.

A young man from a shadowy government agency; an upstart academic at an Ivy League university – together they begin to uncover a secret that will change the world’s view of the past, and determine the future of humanity.

Somewhat in the dark on this from the relatively brief publisher copy. Doesn’t Matter. It’s Neal Stephenson.
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Non-Fiction

 

CREATING FREEDOM: POWER, CONTROL AND THE FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE * Raoul Martinez * 9781782111887 * PB * £10.99 * Canongate

We are far less free than we like to think.

In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez exposes the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives and the myths on which they depend. Exploring the lottery of our birth, the coercive influence of concentrated wealth, and the consent-manufacturing realities of undemocratic power, he shows that our faith in free media, free markets, free elections and free will is dangerously misplaced. Written with empathy and imagination, this scholarly, fierce and profoundly hopeful manifesto makes a dazzling case for creating freedom on our own terms.”

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ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA * Gary Younge * 9781783351022 * PB * £8.99 * Faber

Saturday, 23rd November 2013. It was just another day in America. And as befits an unremarkable day, ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. Far from being considered newsworthy, these everyday fatalities are simply a banal fact.

The youngest was nine; the oldest nineteen. None made the news. There was no outrage at their passing. It was simply a day like any other day. Gary Younge picked it at random, searched for the families of these children and here, tells their stories. Another Day in the Death of America explores the way these children lived and lost their short lives, offering a searing portrait of the vulnerability of youth in contemporary America.

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AL-BRITANNIA: TRAVELS IN MUSLIM BRITAIN * James Fergusson * 9780593077375 * HB * £20 * Transworld

In this groundbreaking book, James Fergusson travels the length of Britain to explore our often misunderstood Muslim communities, and to experience life on both sides of our increasingly segregated society.

Over the last ten years the Islamic population in the UK has doubled, and it is set to do so again in the next five. A societal shift of this size and speed has inevitably brought growing pains, with the impact on Britain’s traditions, on our schools, on our courts, on the way we think and act as a nation at home or abroad, likely to become ever more profound. As well as painful – because in the eyes of many people, Islam has a problem: the extremist views of a tiny minority, which, when translated into action, can and increasingly do result in catastrophic violence. The danger of this extremist threat is that we are collectively starting to lose faith in the cultural diversity that has glued our nation together for so long. Our tolerance of others, so often cited as a ‘fundamental British value,’ and for many Britons a source of quiet celebration and pride, is at risk. In his search to answer important questions about Britain’s future, Fergusson finds a cauldron of tolerance and intolerance, kindness and ugliness, fear and friendship, and ultimately shines a light on the reality of life in Britain today.

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BIG CAPITAL: WHO’S LONDON FOR? * Anna Minton * 9780141984995 * PB * £9.99 * Penguin

London is facing the worst housing crisis in modern times, with knock-on effects for the rest of the UK. Despite the desperate shortage of housing, tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of affordable homes are being pulled down, replaced by luxury apartments aimed at foreign investors. In this ideological war, housing is no longer considered a public good. Instead, only market solutions are considered – and these respond to the needs of global capital, rather than the needs of ordinary people. In politically uncertain times, the housing crisis has become a key driver creating and fuelling the inequalities of a divided nation. Anna Minton cuts through the complexities, jargon and spin to give a clear-sighted account of how we got into this mess and how we can get out of it.

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WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE * Reni Eddo-Lodge * 9781408870556 * HB * £16.99 * Bloomsbury

‘One of the most important books of 2017’ – Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race‘.

Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings.

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.”

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THE NEW HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT * Peter Joseph * 9781942952657 * HB * £17.99 * BenBella Books

Society is broken. We can design our way to a better one.

In our interconnected world, self-interest and social-interest are rapidly becoming indistinguishable. If current negative trajectories remain, including growing climate destabilization, biodiversity loss, and economic inequality, an impending future of ecological collapse and societal destabilization will make “personal success” virtually meaningless. Yet our broken social system incentivizes behavior that will only make our problems worse. If true human rights progress is to be achieved today, it is time we dig deeper, rethinking the very foundation of our social system.

In this engaging, important work, Peter Joseph, founder of the world’s largest grassroots social movement – The Zeitgeist Movement – draws from economics, history, philosophy, and modern public-health research to present a bold case for rethinking activism in the 21st century. Arguing against the long-standing narrative of universal scarcity and other pervasive myths that defend the current state of affairs, The New Human Rights Movement illuminates the structural causes of poverty, social oppression, and the ongoing degradation of public health, and ultimately presents the case for an updated economic approach. Joseph explores the potential of this grand shift and how we can design our way to a world where the human family has become truly sustainable. The New Human Rights Movement reveals the critical importance of a unified activism working to overcome the inherent injustice of our system.

This book warns against what is in store if we continue to ignore the flaws of our socioeconomic approach, while also revealing the bright and expansive future possible if we succeed. Will you join the movement?

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CHANGE: ORGANISING TOMORROW TODAY * Jay Naidoo * 9781776091805 * PB * £9.99 * Penguin

Unless there is significant change, the world is heading for an explosion. The growing gap between rich and poor is dangerous and unsustainable. The plundering of resources is damaging our planet. Something has to be done. In this book, Jay Naidoo harnesses his experience as a labour union organiser, government minister, social entrepreneur and global thought leader, and explores ways of olving some of the world s biggest problems. Drawing from his experiences in South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Bangladesh and other countries, he presents a variety of options for ending poverty and global warming, with a focus on organising in our communities and building change from below and beyond borders. Naidoo s message is unequivocal: significant action must be taken immediately if we want future generations to live in a world that we take for granted today.

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ISLAMOPHOBIA * Narzanin Massoumi, Tom Mills, David M. Miller (Eds) * 9780745399577 * PB * £17.99 * Pluto Press

As racist undercurrents in many western societies become manifestly entrenched, the prevalence of Islamophobia – and the need to understand what perpetuates it – has never been greater. Critiquing the arguments found in notionally left accounts and addressing the limitations of existing responses, What is Islamophobia? demonstrates that Islamophobia is not simply a product of abstract, or discursive, ideological processes, but of concrete social, political and cultural actions undertaken in the pursuit of certain interests. The book centres on what the editors refer to as the ‘five pillars of Islamophobia’: the institutions and machinery of the state; the far right, incorporating the counterjihad movement; the neoconservative movement; the transnational Zionist movement; and assorted liberal groupings including the pro-war left, and the new atheist movement. The book concludes with reflections on existing strategies for tackling Islamophobia, considering what their distinctive approaches mean for fighting back.

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SPIDER FROM MARS: MY LIFE WITH BOWIE * Woody Woodmansey * 9781509832507 * PB * £8.99 * Pan Macmillan

For many fans, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era remains the most extraordinarily creative period in his career. As a member of Bowie’s legendary band at the time – The Spiders From Mars – Woody Woodmansey played drums on four seminal albums: The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane.

Woody’s memoir, which he started work on in 2014, focuses on this key period and brings it to glorious life. With the confidence of youth, Woody always thought he’d be in a famous band but the nineteen-year-old rocker from Hull never expected to be thrust into London’s burgeoning glam rock scene, and also into a bottle-green velvet suit and girl’s shoes. Playing with Bowie took him on an eye-opening and transformative journey. In Spider From Mars he writes candidly about the characters who surrounded Bowie, recalling the album sessions as well as behind-the-scenes moments with one of the world’s most iconic singers. The result is an insightful, funny, poignant memoir that lovingly evokes a seminal moment in music history and pays tribute to one of the most outstanding and innovative talents of our time.

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CURED: THE STORY OF TWO IMAGINARY BOYS * Lol Tollhurst * 9781784293376 * PB * £8.99 * Quercus

The inside story of The Cure

Coming of age in Thatcher’s Britain in the late 70s and early 80s was really tough, especially if you lived in Crawley. But against the grinding austerity, social unrest and suburban boredom, the spark of rebellion that was punk set alight three young men who would become one of the most revered and successful bands of their generation. The Cure.

Cured is a memoir by Lol Tolhurst, one of the founding imaginary boys, who met Robert Smith when they were five. Lol threads the genesis of The Cure through his schoolboy years with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, and the band’s most successful era in the 1980s. He takes us up to the present day, a riveting forty years since the band’s inception.

The band’s journey to worldwide success is woven into a story not only of great highs and lows but also of love, friendship, pain, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption on a beach in Hawaii.

Cured highlights those parts of the creative journey that are not normally revealed to fans, incorporating many first-hand recollections around Lol’s personal odyssey. From suburban London to the Mojave desert, Cured brings an acute eye for the times to bear on a lifelong friendship, with tales of addiction and despair along the way.

Cured is the story of a timeless band and a life truly lived.

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SUBSTANCE: INSIDE NEW ORDER * Peter Hook * 9781471132421 * PB * £10.99 * Simon & Schuster

Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour – Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international success story, the band’s troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself.

‘We didn’t really think about it afterwards. It just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division, then our lead singer killed himself and the next time we got together, we were a new band…’ – Peter Hook

That band was New Order.Their distinctive sound – a fusion of post-punk and ground-breaking electronica – paved the way for the dance music explosion of the ’80s and earned them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation. Despite their success, the band has always been a collision the visionary and the volatile, and relationships have often been fraught with tensions.

Peter Hook has written a no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band’s entire history, packed with outrageous anecdotes and including every set list and tour itinerary and interspersed with ‘geek facts’ of every piece of electronic equipment used to forge the sound that changed the direction of popular music.

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SET THE BOY FREE * Johnny Marr * 9781784751791 * PB * £8.99 * Arrow Publishing (Random House)

The Sunday Times Bestseller and Winner of the NME Best Book Award 2017

Few groups have had a bigger impact than The Smiths and few guitarists are as celebrated as Johnny Marr. He is an icon who defined an era and influenced a generation of guitarists.

His signature sound was crucial to the Smiths success, but tensions within the band led to his departure in 1987 and the end of the group after just four albums. He was twenty-three years old.

Since then, Marr hasn’t stopped pushing the boundaries of music. He joined The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs and has collaborated with Hans Zimmer. Here, for the first time, he tells his own side of the story.

Honest, witty, and moving, Set the Boy Free is the true history of music – told by one of its very own legends.

‘I saw Johnny Marr live in person, with The Smiths. He was light on his feet; like quicksilver. He caused the band to swing like crazy. And he smoked his cigarette like a star. I’ve been influenced ever since.’ Iggy Pop”

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Children’s and Young Adult (MG & YA)

RESURRECTION * Derek Landy * 9780008169022 * HB * £14.99 * Harpercollins * Skullduggery Pleasant * 10

The skeleton detective is coming back to life… again! It’s the tenth, triumphant novel in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and it will rearrange your world.

Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back in the tenth instalment in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – an incredible and unexpected treat for the legions of fans around the world.

We can’t say much but we can say this: Skulduggery and Valkyrie are going to team up with beloved characters from the first 9 books as well as an all-new cast, including new teen co-star Omen Darkly, for an adventure that takes the story to truly global proportions… while answering questions that go right back to the beginning.

And Derek says this: “I was halfway through Last Stand of Dead Men, I think, when I realised that I had more stories to tell. I told myself that if Skulduggery and Valkyrie survived the series, I would leave the option open of returning to their world. There were still secrets I need to reveal, after all, and there were still horrors they had to face. They survived the first series. But they’re really going to wish they hadn’t.”

#YoungAdult / #MiddleGrade
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THE SMOKING HOURGLASS * Jennifer Bell * 9780552572903 * PB * £6.99 * Random House Children’s * The Uncommoners * 2

Following Ivy Sparrow’s discoveries in The Crooked Sixpence, the adventures continue in the second instalment of The Uncommoners trilogy, The Smoking Hourglass.

As soon as Ivy and her brother Seb set foot back in the mysterious underground city of Lundinor, they know that something has changed . . . Where before there were cobbled streets, now the squares and lanes between the city’s enchanted shops are lush with spring blooms – but something dark is stirring just below the surface, and uncommon traders are uneasy. Ivy and Seb have stumbled into a plot that could condemn every uncommoner to a disastrous fate . . .

With the help of Valian, their extraordinary friend – and some exceptional uncommon objects – can Ivy and Seb put a stop to the sinister Dirge’s plans?

#MiddleGrade
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THE BOY WHO WENT MAGIC * A.P. Winter * 9781910655092 * PB * £6.99 * Chicken House

They say magic is long-gone …but is it?

A chain of fantastical mishaps in schoolboy Bert’s dull life spiral out of control – but then he’s rescued by Finch, a plucky girl-adventurer with metal legs. Soon they’re sailing through the clouds on a pirate airship bound for the forgotten land of Mirinor.

Magic is their destination, for reasons Bert will soon discover…

#MiddleGrade
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GOLDENHAND * Garth Nix * 9781471404467 * PB * £7.99 * Hot Key * The Old Kingdom * 5

The hugely anticipated return to Garth Nix’s New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series.

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She’s also a Remembrancer, and wielder of the Dark Mirror. When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him.

But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free magic and Lirael must seek help for him at her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier. But even as she returns to the Clayr, a messenger is trying to reach Lirael with a dire warning from her long-dead mother, Arielle, about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.

Praise for Garth Nix:

‘Sabriel is a winner . . . a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intelligence’ Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series

‘One of the best worldbuilders in fantasy . . . I love the Old Kingdom series’ Brandon Sanderson

‘There is no joy like returning to the Old Kingdom . . . Nix sets the standard for fantasy’ Leigh Bardugo

‘One of the greatest living fantasy writers . . . I will never get enough of the Old Kingdom’ Sarah J. Maas

#YoungAdult
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THE CALL * Peadar O’Guilin * 9781910200988 * PB * £7.99 * David Fickling

Nessa and her friends attend Boyle College to train for the most dangerous time of their lives – THE CALL. Without warning, each one of them will wake in a terrifying land, alone and hunted, with a one-in-ten chance of returning alive. No one believes Nessa can make it, but she’s determined to prove them all wrong. And she will need every ounce of spirit and courage in order to survive …

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Graphic Novels

PROVIDENCE ACT 2 * Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows * 9781592912926 * HB * £19.99 * Avatar

The second arc of Providence is unveiled in this special hardcover-only edition.

Robert Black came looking for a story but what he found is a world of misery and woe. He’s becoming a broken man, only beginning to accept the horrors of the Lovecraftian world are real and hiding in plain sight. Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other and a true must-have addition to his essential works in the field.

We present a collected Providence Act 2 Hard Cover edition that contains Providence issues #5-8, and all the back matter, in this one-time printing of this edition.

See volume 1 in our March 2017 Highlights
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THE COMPLETE SKIZZ * Alan Moore, Jim Baikie * 9781781085424 * PB * TBC * 2000 AD

The ultimate illegal alien! Alan Moore’s out of print classic returns in a brand new complete collection! When Interpreter Zhcchz of the Tau-Ceti Imperium crashed his ship into the small blue ‘Hellworld’-classed planet, the odds of surviving were stacked against him. Stranded in the polluted, hostile British city of Birmingham, ‘Skizz’ is befriended by Roxy, a plucky young local girl. But danger is ever present – from bad food to Prime Minister Thatcher’s hostile government alien-hunters, this E.T. may soon be R.I.P!

Early work from probably the greatest comic creator of all time…
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RIVERS OF LONDON VOL 3 BLACK MOULD * Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan * 9781785855108 * PB * £13.99 * Titan Comics

CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch, writer of the bestselling Rivers of London novel series! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not the usual stuff, this mould is possessed by some dark power full of bad intentions. Looks like it’s another case for London’s one and only trainee wizard cop, Police Constable Peter Grant, and his reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed!

Canonical comic series expanding the adventures of policeman-wizard PC Peter Grant…
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TANK GIRL: GOLD * Alan Martin, Brett Parson * 9781785855252 * PB * £13.99 * Titan Comics

The second series in Alan Martin and Brett Parson’s brand new Tank Girl trilogy! Tankie and her trigger-happy family are going for gold in this brand new series from Tank Girl originator, Alan Martin. Take a trip with us down the Furry Road for this four-part adventure packed with vim, volatility and verbal abuse!

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THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE VOL 5 * Kieren Gillen, Jamie McKelvie * 9781534301856 * PB * £13.99 * Image

The gods are free to do whatever they want. Inevitably, they do. Collects issues 23-28 of the series, including the critically lauded Kevin Wada magazine issue.

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MONSTRESS VOL 2 * Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda * 9781534300415 * PB * £13.99 * Image

The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past… and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12

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JUPITER’S LEGACY VOL 2 * Mark Millar, Frank Quitely * 9781632158895 * PB * £13.99 * Image

IT’S HERE! The sequel to industry sales-beast JUPITER’S LEGACY is back with MARK MILLAR and FRANK QUITELY! Superhero offspring Hutch and Chloe have come out of hiding with son Jason to assemble a team of super-crooks from around the globe.

Collects JUPITER’S LEGACY VOL. 2 #1-5

Latest volume of the first rate series by Mark “Wanted, Kick Ass, Nemesis” Millar…
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HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 6 BLACK WHITE AND RED ALL OVER * Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Timms, Chad Hardin * 9781401272593 * PB * £14.99 * DC Comics

Harley’s known for her even temperament and economy of language–oh, we can’t even finish that sentence. Let’s face it: she’s crazy, and she talks too much. So what happens when she discovers a nemesis even more insane and more hyper-loquacious? It’s Harley vs. the unbelievable Red Tool! Now in paperback, it’s the end of an era in HARLEY QUINN VOL. 6!

Collects HARLEY QUINN #26-30.

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THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE: Mystery of the Ghost Ship * Philip Pullman, Fred Fordham * 9781910989296 * HB * £14.99 * David Fickling Books

Far out at sea, and hidden by the fog of time, sails the Mary Alice and her crew – searching for a way home. But the mysterious ship is being hunted by a villain who will go to ANY lengths to track her down…

When a storm hits a small family yacht throwing a young girl overboard, John Blake dives in to save her and brings her aboard the so-called ghost ship. But trying to return her to her own time means going back to the one place where they run the greatest risk of being completely annihilated.

Join Philip Pullman’s John Blake and the crew of the Mary Alice in an unforgettable time-travelling adventure on the high seas. With art by Fred Fordham.

Philip Pullman’s comic series was originally published in The DFC by David Fickling, then an imprint. This story is adapted from the film script Pullman wrote. Either way it’s Philip Pullman who – you might be aware – has the pre/sequel of His Dark Materials coming this October…
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SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING PRELUDE * TBC * 9781302905163 * PB * £13.99 * Marvel

You adored his introduction in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, you can’t wait for his Hollywood Homecoming – now really get to know the Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this prelude to his big-screen solo adventure! By day, young Peter Parker attends high school and lives with his Aunt May. By night, he fights crime with wall-crawling powers and web-swinging tech – and he’s destined to one day have an amazing, spectacular, sensational reputation as his neighborhood’s friendly hero! Join Marvel’s Spider-Man as he makes his first tentative web-swings towards a blockbuster future!

COLLECTING: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING PRELUDE 1-2; TBD “

Film Tie-in / Cinematic Universe continuity
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MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR VOL 3 * Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos * 9781302905347 * PB * £14.99 * Marvel

Tony Stark, Victor von Doom, T’Challa, Amadeus Cho…the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe all have one thing in common: they’re not smarter than a 4th grader! That’s right, the rumors are true – Lunella Lafayette is the smartest there is! Now it’s time to put her unrivaled intellect to the ultimate test. Thankfully her best friend, Devil Dinosaur, is thirty feet of mutated prehistoric muscle, making for the perfect combination of brains and brawn! And they’re going to need it to stand up to some of the worst villains the world has to offer – and maybe even one of the greatest heroes! Because, while Reed Richards, the guy who used to be the cleverest one around, is away, his best pal Benjamin J. Grimm is here to defend his pole position!

COLLECTING: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR 13-18

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THREADS: FROM THE REFUGEE CRISIS * Kate Evans * 9781786631732 * HB * £16.99 * Verso

In the French port town of Calais, the historic home of the lace industry, a city within a city has arisen. This new town, known as the Jungle, is the home of thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping, somehow, to get to the UK.

Into this squalid shantytown of shipping containers and tents, full of rats and trash and devoid of toilets and safety, the artist Kate Evans brought a sketchbook and an open mind. Combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling, Evans has produced this unforgettable book, filled with poignant images by turns shocking, angering, wry, and heartbreaking. Weaving into the story hostile comments about the migrants from nativist politicians and Internet trolls, Threads addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times making a compelling case, through intimate evidence, for compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of peoples.

Evans’s creativity and passion as an artist, activist, and mother shine through.

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