Whether it’s a new book from authors we love, or an intriguing premise that could be worth taking a chance on, here are a few of the titles being released in August 2014 ( or late July) that caught my eye:
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce (paperback) – ‘a sexy, suspenseful, and slightly supernatural novel set 1976 England during the hottest summer in living memory, in a seaside resort where the past still haunts the present’
Apocalypse Next Tuesday by David Safier (paperback | ebook) – translated fiction; ‘Provocative and blasphemous, but with surprising meditations on the nature of faith, free will and human nature… a book full of surprises. Wonderfully light and witty, it will keep you laughing from the first page to the last.’
Arms Race and Other Stories by Nic Low (paperback | ebook) – “machete-sharp, politically engaged and thematically fearless. Australian short fiction just got lobbed into the twenty-first century” — Maxine Beneba Clarke
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (paperback | ebook) – From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London.
The Mandarin Code by Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann (paperback | ebook ) – “This jokey look at the goldfish bowl of Canberra politics takes the world we know, adds a spy story and feeds in some serious issues like our relations with China and the US” — Jennifer Byrne
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (paperback | ebook) – translated fiction; ‘The new novel–a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan–from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since 1Q84’
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (paperback | ebook ) – from the author of The Shining Girls; “Part harrowing thriller, part urban-Grimm’s fairytale, but always filled with a deeply affecting humanity, [this] is the kind of book you’ll find yourself pressing into the hands of everyone you know so they can experience it too.” — Megan Abbott