April 2021 books

March 29, 2021 / by Guest Blogger

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 2021. Tall Bones, The Road Trip and The Dictionary of Lost Words are all out in April.

Tall Bones

Tall Bones is a literary crime novel set in Whistling Ridge, a small 1950’s town America.

Seventeen-year-old Emma leaves her best friend Abi at a party and strolls home thinking about their future lives. But it’s the last time Emma sees her.

Abi’s disappearance knocks down the false front of the small town and people start to show their true colours and long history of grudges.

As Emma uncovers secrets about what really happened, can she reveal her own?

Francine Toon, bestselling author of Pine, reviewed it as “A clever, twisting debut, about the dark side of small town America. It is packed with secrets like firecrackers ready to ignite.”

Tall Bones is Anna Bailey’s debut novel, published by Transworld on the 1st of April.

Images above: Tall Bones front cover, Author Anna Bailey 

The Road Trip

Beth O’Leary is known for her two bestsellers, The Flatshare and The Switch. Now she is back with her third novel, The Road Trip.

There is an ongoing theme in Beth O’Leary’s books about ‘sharing’ and this time, two sisters end up in an awkward, unexpected situation.

Addie and her sister set off for a fun roadtrip to Scotland, to attend a friend’s wedding, but another car crashes into theirs. Unharmed, they quickly realise whose car it is: Addie’s ex, Dylan, whom she has been avoiding for the last two years.

The car accident leaves Addie no choice but to offer Dylan and his best mate a ride and they end up trapped together in a small space full of luggage and secrets. Is this really the end for Addie and Dylan?

Mike Gayle said: “O’Leary does it again! The Road Trip is another sure-fire hit, filled with characters you won’t forget.”

The Road Trip is published on the 21st of April by Quercus.

Images above: The Road Trip front cover, Author Beth O’Leary

The Dictionary of Lost Words

Pip Williams’ historical debut, The Dictionary of Lost Words, was the bestselling new novel of 2020 in Australia.

Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will release the novel in the UK on the 8th of April and pitched it as: “A moving and immersive novel about who gets to shape language, the fight for women’s suffrage, and love in all its forms.”

The novel opens in 1887, in a garden shed, where Esme’s father and his team are collecting words for the first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme, unseen and unheard, begins to collect words for another dictionary: The dictionary of Lost Words.

Images above: Dictionary of Lost Words front cover, Author Pip Williams

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

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