Summer is peak reading season. Whether you’re by the pool, on the beach or chill in the park, a good book can only enhance the relaxation.
If you’ve already burned through June’s edition of #IndulgeinBooks fear not, the July round-up has just landed and you will gobble up these page turners in just as frantic a pace.
Read on for 5 great new book releases (many from Irish authors) hitting book stores and online in July 2018.
The Lost Letters of William Woolf, Penguin Random House
Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries: Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.
When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’, however, his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to the soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives capture William’s heart in ways he didn’t know possible, and soon he begins to wonder: Are these letters truly lost? Or might he be the intended recipient-could he be her great love?
Torn between his love and commitment to his wife and his romantic idealism, William must of follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.
This novel meditates on the lost art, and power, of letter-writing. It is concerned with the juxtaposition that often exists between the portrayal of romantic love in the media and the arts and the pragmatic reality of sustaining a committed relationship over a long period of time. In the Dead Letters Depot, these notions of magic and realism collide on a daily basis and William’s story unfolds.
On Bone Bridge, Maria Hoey, Poolbeg Press
Kay Kelly has always envied pretty, privileged Violet-May Duff, but the two young girls come from very different worlds.
Suddenly befriended by Violet-May and welcomed into the grand Duff house, Kay finds herself intrigued by Mrs Duff, a woman with a past, charmed by Rosemary-June, Violet-May’s ethereal sister and falling helplessly in love with their brother, Robbie.
It all seems too good to be true. And it is. One mild September afternoon the three girls take Violet-May’s baby brother for a walk in his pram. What happens on Bone Bridge that day will change all their lives forever.
Now in her thirties, Kay’s path crosses once more with the Duff family and it doesn’t take her long to realise that something is very wrong.
With the life of a child clearly threatened, Kay is forced to accept that what happened all those years ago on Bone Bridge has come back to haunt her.
Now, not only must she resurrect painful memories, but the time has come to finally face up to terrible truths, even if it means putting her own life in danger.
Her Name was Rose, Claire Allan
This one’s already a best-seller on pre-order in Northern Ireland.
When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.
And then she makes a decision she can never take back.
Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose’s husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn’t Emily fill that space?
But as Emily is about to discover, no one’s life is perfect … and not everything is as it seems.
From the Corner of the Oval Office, Beck Dorey-Stein, Bantam Press
From the Corner of the Oval Office is a memoir fromBeck Dorey-Stein, Obama’s twenty-something stenographer during the last five years of his presidency.
It begins with Beck, unemployed and blowing through her savings in DC, on a fruitless job hunt. Desperate, she answers a vague job posting on Craigslist which, bizarrely, turns out to be a job in the White House.
And just like that, Beck ends up as Obama’s stenographer, recording some of the post powerful speeches of Obama’s presidency, on and off the camera.
While flying around the world with Obama on Air Force One, drinking way too make Cape Codder cocktails foreign press trips and running beside the man himself might be some of the perks of the job, it wasn’t without it’s pits.
Beck learns to navigate the hierarchies of the White House, how not to impress the ‘Vagiant’ (the nickname for the senior female members of Obama’s team) and that pursuing a disastrous affair with a senior White House colleague might not be the best of ideas. A diarist, Beck wrote it all down, and the detail just sings.
With the recent glut of ‘insider accounts’ of the OvalOffice, Beck’s memoir makes for a real tonic. The writing issassy, funny and addictive but also has an intelligent blend of the sobering politics of Obama’s era.
It covers the aftermath of terrible occurrences like the brutal murder of journalist Jim Foley by ISIS, the Boston Marathon bombing and the racially motivated killing of nine African-Americans in a Charlestown church from Beck’s unique point of view.
Before landing a job with the 44thPresident, Beck also worked for a time at Sidwell, the exclusive secondary school Malia Obama attended.
It took quite some time for Beck to realise that the buff, stand-offish male ‘teachers’ roaming the halls weren’t actually teachers, but White House agents…
It’s been touted as Sex in the City meets The Audacity of Hope and The Devil Wears Prada author asked, ‘Who knew that the West Wing could be so sexy?’So far it’s been sold into 10 countries and has been optioned by Universal Pictures..
The Possible World, Liese O’Halloran-Schwarz, Hutchinson
Liese O’Halloran Schwarz wrote her debut novel, Near Canaan, while she was still in medical school.
Now, almost thirty years on and following a long and successful career as an ER doctor, Liese has left medicine to return to writing.
The Possible Worldis a gorgeous and uplifting story that seamlessly stitches together the lives of three strangers. Ben, Lucy and Clare are from three different generations and lead very different lives but cruel circumstances force their paths to cross. Trauma and loneliness unites them all.
Ben is six and the sole survivor of a horrific and violent crime that claims his mother. When he wakes he remembers a life that is not his. Lucy, the ER doctor that tends to him, is trying to come to terms with the recent separation from her husband and the sudden realisation that her life has narrowed to the confines of the hospital ward.
Clare is an elderly woman in a nursing home, alone and without visitors. She decides she is ready to make a confession that reveals a painful past and a loss of her own.
The Possible World is a mix of family mystery and medical drama and ideal for fans of ER.
Thank you to all who contributed. Please let me know of August releases email me email@example.com or tweet on @sharontwriter on Twitter.
Sharon Thompson is an Irish writer, living in Donegal. Her debut historical crime novel, ‘The Abandoned’ launched as a #1 Best-seller on Amazon on 25th January.
She has since signed for two more crime novels with publisher, Bloodhound Books UK. She co-founded #WritersWise trending tweet-chat and her details can be found on www.sharontwriter.com