March 2021 books

March 1, 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 March 2021. The Lamplighters, Klara and the Sun and The Lip are all out in March.

The Lamplighters

The Lamplighters is the first book under the author’s real name, Emma Stonex, and the novel features the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from the Cornish coast.

The story beings in 1972, when a boat pulls up to the Maiden Rock lighthouse to offer relief for the keepers – but no one greets them. When the rescuers break in, the tower is empty, the Keeper’s weather log tells of a storm even though it’s been clear all week – and the clocks are stopped at 8.45.

Images above: The Lamplighters cover, author Emma Stonex

Twenty years later, a writer begins to dig into the mystery by interviewing the wives who were left behind. The storyline moves between women’s memories and the men’s last weeks together in the lighthouse, and the reader is drawn into twisted truths and lies.

Bestselling author C.L. Taylor, reviewed it as: “An intoxicating and beautifully written mystery about love and loss, as moving as it is suspenseful.”

The Lamplighters is published by Picador on 4 March and is one of their leading titles for 2021.

Images above: Klara and the Sun’s cover, author Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro’s stunning new novel, Klara and the Sun, asks what it means to love.

We meet Klara, an Artificial Friend, who sits in a shop window and observes the world, in great detail. She watches the behaviour of her customers and of those who pass her on the street outside, hoping that one of them will chose her.

Klara’s devotion leads to a heartbreaking plea, when she is taken away, and learns that promises of humans are not always what they seem.

Ishiguro has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times and his remarkable work is described beautifully in the Swedish Nobel Prize Academy’s praise: “A writer who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

Klara and the Sun is released on 2 March by Faber & Faber. 

The Lip

Images above: The Lip’s cover, author Charlie Carroll

“Here on the lip, it is vital to know where my feet are” says Melody Janie. She lives alone in a caravan in Bones Break: a clifftop on Cornwall’s coast. Her life is hidden away and she likes spending her time in isolation, watching tourists and other drifters, but when a stranger confronts her, Melody is forced to deal with both him and her troubled past.

Melody Janie’s voice in The Lip is unforgettable and her journey through childhood and isolation will shake readers to the core.

Patrick Gale, novelist and author of Emmy award-winning drama Man in an Orange Shirt said:

“This unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. Charlie Carroll inhabits his damaged heroine completely.”

The Lip is published by John Murray Press on 18 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 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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