Posted on 20/08/2020
Autumn madness begins! Following new titles from Richard Koch and Thomas Rid, today sees the beginning of a bumper few months for us, with titles delayed because of Covid joining those already scheduled in an all-out assault on bookstore shelves.
In shops and online from today…
Simon Lelic – The Search Party 🔦
If ever a book hit the ground running, it’s this one: already 75 glowing Amazon reviews – helped by the eBook hitting Kindles a few days early to satisfy the buzz generated by the NetGalley release and subsequent Blog Tour – and a host of admiring comments from fellow writers, with many mentioning shades of Stephen King and the 80s classic Stand By Me.
Tess Little – The Octopus 🐙
A word-perfect debut from the historian and fellow of All Souls College which dexterously treads the line between thriller and literary novel, bringing hints of Hollywood #MeToo together with that most classic of English mystery styles – a large house, a dead host, eight guests, eight suspects – and, of course, a pet octopus.
David Reynolds – Slow Road to San Francisco: Travels through Small-Town America from Ocean to Ocean 🚗
Travel with David as he explores Route 50, one of the few remaining two-lane highways running right across the United States, and talks to people on the streets, in bars and cafes, motels and gas stations – about everything from cannabis in Colorado to slavery, from Aaron Burr to Marilyn Monroe. And of course, everyone has something to say about Donald Trump. Driving as slowly as safety permits, stopping frequently and often going backwards to have a second look at something glimpsed in passing, this is a beautifully observed portrait of small-town USA in a time America seems more vital – and more divided – than ever.
Benjamin Wardhaugh – Book of Wonders: The Many Lives of Euclid’s Elements 🔢
Writing in 300 BC, Euclid could not have known his logic would go unsurpassed until the nineteenth century or that his writings were laying down the very foundations of human knowledge, but his Elements of Geometry was a book that changed the world. In this sweeping, revalatory history, Wardhaugh blasts the dust from the great man’s legacy to trace how an ancient Greek text on mathematics shaped two thousand years of art, philosophy and literature, as well as science and mathematics. Telling tales from every continent on earth, ranging between Ptolemy and Lewis Carroll, this “astonishingly readable”, “vivid” and “gripping” story runs from Ancient Greece to early modern China; Renaissance Italy to our world today.