Just published ……..
Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell, £20.00, hardback. From the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS. Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on. This is the story of Utopia Avenue’s brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker – a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality, madness and grief; of stardom’s wobbly ladder and fame’s Faustian pact; and of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close. Above all, this bewitching novel celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul.
Find Them Dead, Peter James, £20.00, hardback. Roy Grace is back to unearth a powerful criminal network. At the end of his secondment to London’s Met Police, he gets a tip-off about a county lines drugs mastermind operating out of Brighton. On his first day back in his old job, he’s called to a seemingly senseless murder. Meanwhile, Meg Magellan finally has her life back together, five years after the car crash that killed her husband and their son. Her daughter, Laura, is on her gap year travelling in South America with a friend, and Meg misses her badly. Laura is all she has in the world. When Meg receives a summons for jury service she’s excited – it might be interesting and a distraction – but when she’s selected for the trial of a major Brighton drugs overlord, everything changes. Roy’s investigation draws him deep into the sinister sphere of influence of the drug dealer on trial. A man utterly ruthless and evil, prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to walk free.
A couple of big titles out next week.
The Institute, Stephen King, £8.99, paperback – published 23rd July. Luke Ellis, a super-smart twelve-year-old with an exceptional gift, is the latest in a long line of kids abducted and taken to a secret government facility, hidden deep in the forest in Maine. Here, kids with special talents – telekinesis and telepathy – like Luke’s new friends Kalisha, Nick and Iris – are subjected to a series of experiments. There seems to be no hope of escape, until Luke teams up with an even younger boy whose powers of telepathy are off the scale. Meanwhile, far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson, looking for the quiet life, has taken a job working for the local sheriff. He doesn’t know he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career . . .
The Body, Bill Bryson, £9.99, paperback, published 21st July. ‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.’ Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories, it is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up. ‘There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.’ Bill Bryson.
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