This March I was incredibly lucky to be invited to the Vintage Publishing 2018 Showcase held in Manchester. It's always lovely when bookish events travel a little further North! Bloggers, booksellers and all manner of book related people gathered to hear the lovely staff from Vintage talk about some of the new and upcoming releases for 2018. In addition some of the equally lovely authors attended to talk to us about their books. A huge thank-you for Vintage Publishing for inviting me, the authors for taking the time to talk to all of us and have a good giggle. There are some absolutely incredible books being released this year, the ones I'm about to show and tell you about are just a taste of whats to come in 2018.
Marriage* by Jane Austen
Freedom* by Margarte Atwood
To start with we were all given a tote bag with all manner of goodies in. Some beautiful post cards which are going to be great for photos and decorating my office. For reference this office doesn't actually exist yet, but one day my intention is to have an office with one wall completely covered in bookish art, quotes, posters etc. Yes, I know I'm planning very far ahead. There was also a mini catalogue of some of the Vintage/ Penguin classics editions and some of the lovely little Vintage Mini books. the ones I ended up with are Margaret Atwood's Freedom* and Jane Austen's Marriage*.
You can find the Goodreads page for Freedom* here.
You can find the Goodreads page for Marriage* here.
Physical* by Andrew McMillan
First off is this stunning collection of poetry by Andrew McMillan. Who, by the way is such a lovely chap. More than ready to have a chat and a laugh. If you ever read this, though I doubt it, thank-you for signing my copy! Physical* was Andrew's first collection of poetry and was released in 2015. This collection earned him the 2015 Guardian First Book Award, of which Andrew is still the only poet to have received. Later this year Andrew's second collection Playtime is due out this year and will no doubt be just as wonderful as the first!
You can find the Goodreads page for Physical* here.
Playtime is due out in August and you can find the Goodreads page here.
The Stopping Places* by Damian Le Bas
Damian Le Bas' The Stopping Places* is an intimate look at Traveller heritage. Coming from a long lineage of Traveller's himself he would sit on this great-grandmother's knee listening to her tell tales of the old Traveller ways and teaching him the ancient Romani language. A language that isn't even recognised in Britain. I can't wait to give this a read. Damian read out a few passages from the book and my god it has such a unique narrative voice. I always find I tend to enjoy books that are written as though they're meant to be spoken.
The Stopping Places* is due out in June and you can find the Goodreads page here.
Smoke and Ashes* by Abir Mukherjee
I still can't get over how lovely Abir Mukherjee is, and how funny! He spoke to me and Kimi for ages, asking us what we did, how long we'd been booksellers etc and was shocked that I'm twenty one...as it seems many people are. Smoke and Ashes* is the third novel in his Sam Wyndham series, the first, A Rising Man was the Waterstones Thriller of the Month when it first came out. I'm not a huge fan of crime fiction but having listened to him speak and having spoken to him myself I really want to give this series a go. That is, if I can get to it before my Dad claims them...
Smoke and Ashes* comes out June this year and you can find the Goodreads page here.
Ordinary People* by Diana Evans
I'm really excited about this book, it has such a different premise. Diana herself said that she wanted to write a novel with POC protagonists that doesn't focus on the negative periods of history. Instead, she wanted to write a novel about a successful black middle class family and the problems they face. Relationships failing, money etc. Problems that are universal. She wanted to write a book that had a character like her. Novels that raise awareness and remind us of history are obviously important. That shouldn't need to be said but I love her reasoning for this novel. That and we spent ages debating the characters of Peaky Blinders.
Ordinary People* comes out this month and you can find the Goodreads page here.
2. Dead Men’s Trousers* by Irvine Welsh
I really love this cover on this book. Admittedly, I have absolutely no clue what on earth the Trainspotting series is about. I listened to Irvine speak and I'm still none the wiser. However, when I started to flick through this book and saw that similar to The Stopping Places* this book is narrated phonetically. How words sound in a Scottish accent is how this book is written. This is definitely one I'm going to need to concentrate on when reading...though I should probably read the other books first...
Dead Men's Trousers* is available now and you can find the Goodreads page here.
Once again I'd like to say a massive thank-you to Vintage Publishing for having me and all the wonderful authors! There are so many more books set to be released by Vintage over the following months. Keep a weather eye on the horizon.