Our paperback picks for June


Adult fiction… Nutshell – Ian McEwan
Vintage – £8.99 – published 1st June
The latest novel from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Atonement, this is an inventive, modern take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The narrator is an unborn baby, who is all too aware of what is going on beyond the womb in which he lives. His mother, Trudy, has betrayed his father, John, with John’s brother, Claude. And now Trudy and Claude are planning to murder John. Is there anything our narrator can do to save his father?

Adult non-fiction… Jane Austen: The Secret Radical – Helena Kelly
Icon Books – £8.99 – published 1st June
Austen expert Helena Kelly’s re-evaluation of the literary legend argues that her books are deeply subversive and cover very serious subjects. Uncovering a radical, spirited and politically engaged young woman, we come to realise that perhaps we haven’t been reading Jane Austen properly for 200 years.
An absolute must-read this year, the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death.

Children’s fiction… Bad Mermaids – Sibeal Pounder
Bloomsbury – £5.99 – published 1st June
The first in a new series from the author of the Witch Wars books.
Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda are enjoying a summer on land with legs when they receive a ‘crabagram’ telling them to return home at once. Some bad mermaids are on the loose and the girls are the only ones who can stop them!

Picture books… Paws Off My Book – Fabi Santiago
Scholastic – £6.99 – published 1st June
A charming story about the joy of reading. Olaf the Giraffe is excited when he finds a book and starts to read it but he gets interrupted by a host of animals who tell him the best way to ready – lying down like a crocodile, standing on one leg like a flamingo, or even hanging upside down like a monkey! Olaf is annoyed, but soon finds himself sharing the book with all the animals after all.

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