May 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 May.

The Porpoise

Mark Haddon plays with myth and meaning in his new novel, The Porpoise. The story is contemporary but mirrors the ancient legend of Antiochus. Members of a shattered family are adrift in a violent world; it’s a novel that almost drowns in grief but swims ashore towards a place called home.

Pat Barker reviewed it as “Staggeringly ambitious, innovative, beautifully written…The Porpoise has the pace of a really good thriller but combined with a subtlety and depth that few thrillers possess.” The Porpoise is published by Vintage on 9 May.

Those who are loved

Those who are loved is a historical novel by the bestselling author Victoria Hislop. It’s set during the German occupation of Greece, which left deep scars. The main character is a woman whose fury with the Nazis drives her to fight for the communists. She is imprisoned and her life is haunted by her actions.

Hislop brings light to Greece’s complex and traumatic past and tells the story of a woman’s lifelong fight for justice. Ten million readers love her books and they have been translated into over 30 languages. Those who are loved is out on 30 May.

Cari Mora

The creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs has written a new story of evil, greed and the consequesces of dark obsession. Thomas Harris’s novels have sold millions of copies but Cari Mora is his first novel in over a decade.

Cari Mora has escaped from her native country and she stays in Miami on a Temporary Protected Status. But Cari has surprising skills and she has had to fight for her survival before. Only Thomas Harris can create monsters with such terrifying brilliance. Cari Mora is out on 16 May.

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 She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here

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