June's top ten books
A round up of June's best reads
June's top ten books are chock-a-block full of fiction. Read on for this month's selection with thanks to our libraries team.
1. First up we have Matt Cain's The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle. Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him and one of the few things he was comfortable with them knowing. But when he finds out he'll be forced to retire, the lonely future he faces terrifies him. He realises its finally time to be honest about who he is and find the courage to look for George. Join Albert as he sets out on a life-affirming adventure to find the long-lost love of his life.
2. TV star Fern Britton writes Daughters of Cornwall which begins in 1918, The Great War is over, and Clara Carter has boarded a train bound for Cornwall. The fight for her family has only just begun. It's 1947 and Clara's daughter, Hannah, is learning that everything comes at a price. In the devastating wake of World War Two, she must protect her baby, Caroline. It's 2020 and Caroline has spent years trying to uncover the lies buried in her family history. Are the daughters of Cornwall ready to tell the truth? Pick up this multi-generational story to find out.
3. Utopia Avenue is the most curious British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967, it's band members created a unique sound. This is the story of Utopia Avenue's brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker - a tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality and grief; of stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact; of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close. Written by David Mitchell.
4. For fans of historical fiction we have The Pull of the Stars by author Emma Donoghue which is set in an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease. Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways.
5. For those that prefer contemporary fiction we have Matson Taylor's The Miseducation of Evie Epworth . It's July 1962 and 16-year-old Evie Epworth stands on the cusp of womanhood. But what kind of a woman will she become? The fastest milk bottle-delivery girl in East Yorkshire, Evie dreams of an independent life lived under the bright lights of London (or Leeds). Her two posters of Adam Faith ('brooding Adam' and 'sophisticated Adam') offer wise counsel about a future beyond Yorkshire. But first she must deal with the malign presence of her future stepmother, the manipulative and money-grubbing Christine.
6. Next up we have the culmination of Ali Smith's much celebrated Seasonal Quartet, Summer. Sacha knows the world's in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world's in meltdown - and the real meltdown hasn't even started yet. This is a story about people on the brink of change. They're family, but they think they're strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they've got nothing in common have in common?
7. In All the devils are here the Gamaches gather for a family dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. The evening ends in horror when Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Armand is convinced is no accident. When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand on a desperate search for the truth. As he begins to uncover the secrets his godfather has kept hidden for decades, he finds himself ensnared in a web of lies that threatens to destroy all he holds dear. Written by Penny Louise.
8. Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle tells the story of two unforgettable women. In 1950 Marian Graves sets out on her life's dream - to fly a Great Circle around the globe. But after a crash landing, she finds herself stranded. With one fearsome piece of water stopping her from completing the Circle, she writes one last entry in her logbook. She is ready for her final journey. Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a brilliant Hollywood starlet is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the mysteries of the vanished pilot's life.
9. In Malibu Rising it's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud and their adored baby sister, Kit. The siblings are a source of fascination the world over. By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But until then the alcohol will flow, music will play, and family secrets will come bubbling to the surface. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid.
10. Last but not least we have Elizabeth Macneal's Circus of Wonders where Nell picks violets for a living. Set apart because of the birthmarks that speckle her skin, Nell's world is her brother and her devotion to the sea. That is until she's sold by her father to Jasper Jupiter's Circus of Wonders. It's the greatest betrayal of Nell's life, but as her fame grows, she begins to wonder if it's the best thing that's ever happened to her. But what happens when her fame threatens to eclipse that of the showman himself?