April 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for April. The Glass Hotel, The Switch and Joy at Work: The Life Changing Magic of Organising Your Working Life are all out in April.

The Glass Hotel

Emily St John Mandel, the award-winning author of Station Eleven, has written a new book called The Glass Hotel. This time it’s not a dystopian or post-apocalyptic tale, instead it’s a story around a life-changing event; the collapse of a massive Ponzi scheme in New York in 2008.

A New York financier, Jonathan Alkaitis, meets Vincent, a beautiful bartender who works at the Hotel Caiette. It’s the beginning of their life together. On the same day, a mysterious figure leaves a written threat on one of the hotel windows. Thirteen years later, Vincent disappears from the deck of a ship.

The Glass Hotel braids together the stories of the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the wilderness of British Columbia together. Mandel welcomes the reader into a dream-like landscape of greed, guilt, fantasy and the horrors of our past.

The Glass Hotel is published by Picador on 30 April.

The Switch

The Switch is the follow-up to The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary’s bestselling, breakthrough debut novel. The Switch is a warm and funny story about a grand-daughter, Leena Cotton, and her grandmother, Eileen, who swap houses for two months.

Leena is an over-worked Londoner who is ordered to take a sabbatical. She escapes to her grandmother’s house in a small Yorkshire village for some much needed rest. Eileen is nearly eighty and single and she would like a last chance of love but the village doesn’t have much to offer. Leena comes up with the briliant idea of a life swap but it doesn’t quite turn out how they expected…

Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of The Evidence Against You, reviewed The Switch as “I am blown away. I didn’t think Beth could top The Flatshare but she has. It sparkles with wit, warmth and compassion. It deserves to be huge!”

The Switch is out on 30 March.


Joy at Work

Joy at Work is written by the international bestselling author Marie Kondo, who had her breakthrough with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This time she focusses on the process of tidying up your work life.

Joy at Work promotes the idea that if you simplify and organise your work life properly once, you will never have to do it again. Kondo teams up with organisational therapist Scott Sonenshein to help you focus on what’s important at work so that you can concentrate on building the career you want. What sparks joy in an open-plan office?

Joy at Work is published on 7 March.

Annakarin Klerfalk

Anna is a literary agent based in Chiswick who is keen to hear from authors trying to get their books published. Contact her on anna@intersaga.co.uk. She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here.


See more of Anna’s book choices here

Read about the annual Chiswick Book Festival here