April 2019 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 Parisian

The Parisian is a written by Isabella Hammad, who won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for fiction for her story ‘Mr. Can’aan’. Her finest review is from Zadie Smith, who said “That this remarkable historical epic should be the debut of a writer in her twenties seems impossible, yet it’s true. Isabella Hammad is an enormous talent and her book is a wonder.”

As the first world war shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. He discovers that everything is fragile; love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong. The Parisian is published by Vintage on 11 April.

Machines like me

Machines like me is a thought-provoking novel about a love triangle between Charlie, Miranda and Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans in an alternative 1980’s London. Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Michael Foot for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence.

The writer is of course Ian McEwan, the master story teller of our time. Dan Franklin, who acquired the book, said it was “totally compulsive, funny, sorrowful and intensely engaging.” Machines like me is out 18 April.

Things in Jars

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective story that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times. Jess Kidd’s third novel is set in London in 1863 and it follows Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, taking on her toughest case yet. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.

Jess Kidd was brought up in London and has been praised for her original fictional voice. Her first novel, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016 and she was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in the same year. Things in Jars is published on 4 April.

Annaklarin 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


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