New fiction buzz – Our selectors share cool stuff

According to our Fiction Selector, there are lots of interesting new fiction coming up (and lots of bog standard ones from all the usual suspects).

James Salter is a veteran American author whose new one –  All that is –  about a WWII veteran who works later as a book editor and loves the whole excitement of the publishing world even as his non-work life runs aground.

Charlotte Roche, the German author whose Wetlands was a success de scandale in Europe and is soon to be a film (maybe the first movie to bring haemorrhoids to centre stage) has a new one coming called Wrecked.

Meg Wolitzer, an underrated American author, has one called The Interestings which follows a group of early high fliers from their time in summer camp to the world of art and money later.

Publishing buzz rides high for The shining girls by Lauren Beukes which mixes genres by having a time travelling serial killer.

In the world of literary novels, big things are expected of Taiye Selasi’s first novel, Ghana must go, which follows the lives of a family over four decades from life in West Africa to London and New England.

Another interesting debut is Elliott Holt’s You are one of them which is set in 1980s Washington and 1990s Moscow.

Amity Gaige’s novel Schroder is touted as one of the best tales of father and child for a while: it’s about a father who gets a rare weekend visitation with his young daughter and decides to hit the road with the girl. There’s lot more good stuff on the way but it might be worthwhile giving some of these a go.

History and Current Affairs: picks from our latest newsletter

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For more great history and current affairs reads, check out our lists of winners of  the Pulitzer Prize for History and of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

The captive wife – New Zealand e-book month

When Betty Guard steps ashore in Sydney, in 1834, she meets with a heroine’s welcome. Her survival during a four-month kidnapping ordeal amongst Taranaki Maori is hailed as nothing short of a miracle. But questions about what really happened slowly surface within the elite governing circles of the raw new town of Sydney. Jacky Guard, ex-convict turned whaler, had taken Betty as his wife to his New Zealand whaling station when she was fourteen.

After several years and two children, the family is returning from a visit to Sydney when their barque is wrecked near Mount Taranaki. A battle with local Maori follows, and Betty and her children are captured. Her husband goes to seek a ransom, but instead England engages in its first armed conflict with New Zealand Maori when he is persuaded to return with two naval ships. After her violent rescue, Betty’s life amongst the tribe comes under intense scrutiny.

Based on real events, this is the compelling story of a marriage, of love and duty, and the quest for freedom in a pioneering age.

You can read The captive wife as an e-book from our Overdrive collection.

The captive wife is also available as a paper book.