The best new books to read this spring

22 February 2017

The bookshelves are buzzing with natural charm, killer twists and weddings that go horribly wrong. Sue Price takes her pick.

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

Intimate portraits of individuals whose lives are shattered by great historical events are Helen Dunmore's stock in trade. We're in Bristol, 1792. Revolution is wreaking havoc in Europe. Lizzie is a radical, but she has married a property developer with firm views on how his rebellious wife should behave. Superb.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume

It's spring, though far from feeling renewed Frankie, an artist, is struggling with life and withdraws to her late grandmother's empty bungalow in rural Ireland, wanting to disappear. But nature has other ideas, starting with a robin. A gorgeous novel about the healing power of the natural world.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

A pall hangs over Ann and Wade's seemingly idyllic life. A shockingly violent tragedy during Wade's first marriage left one daughter dead and another missing- and his ex-wife in gaol. Ann is determined to find out what happened and why. A haunting psychological mystery that explores memory and the tricks our minds play.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

This whammy of a debut crime thriller has caused such excitement that TV rights have been snapped up already. A corpse is found, stitched together from the dismembered parts of six bodies. As the killer threatens another six victims, Detective 'Wolf' Fawkes - deeply flawed as all the best fictional detectives are - investigates. Fiendishly unpredictable.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden

A new series from the brilliantly funny Holden. Laura Lake, a lowly intern on a glossy magazine, goes undercover at three society weddings to write an expose. Hugely entertaining, save this to read in a sheltered spot outside on the first sunny day of spring.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


The Living Jigsaw by Val Bourne

'Other women think about shopping. I fantasise about plants,' says Saga Magazine's Val Bourne. A pioneer of natural gardening, she showcases the wildlife and insects that create a healthy ecosystem - a living jigsaw - in her Spring Cottage garden. Gloriously inspirational for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

Available to buy online from Amazon.


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