Top 5 Engelstalig
1.Elizabeth Finch – Julian Barnes HB €22,99
Elizabeth Finch teaches a course to mature students on the subject of ‘Culture and Civilisation’ and the reader is introduced to her through the narrator, Neil, who is a student in her class inspired and captivated by her teaching and with whom she becomes unlikely friends. This is more than a novel. It’s a loving tribute to philosophy, a careful evaluation of history, an invitation to think for ourselves
2.Heartstopper Volume One, Two, Three and Four €14,99 each
Graphic Novels about Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, they meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
3. The Dawn of Everything – David Graeber, David Wengrow HB €39,99 / PB €17,99 (vanaf 2 juni)
A new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.
For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike – either free and equal, or thuggish and warlike.
Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a reaction to indigenous critiques of European society, and why they are wrong. In doing so, they overturn our view of human history, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery and civilization itself.
4.The Island of Missing Trees – Elif Shafak €11,99
It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs.
This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows. In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree.
This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart. Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence.
The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home.
5. Reminders of Him – Colleen Hoover €11,99
A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heartbreaking yet hopeful story from bestselling author Colleen Hoover.
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving almost impossible to rebuild.
New English Books!
The Candy House – Jennifer Egan HB €26,99 / PB €18,99
An intellectually dazzling and moving novel about the quest for authenticity, privacy, and meaning in a world where our memories are no longer our own–featuring characters from A Visit from the Goon Squad.
It’s 2010. Successful tech entrepreneur Bix Bouton is desperate for a new idea.
He’s forty, with four kids, and restless when he stumbles into a conversation with mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalizing” memory. Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, Own Your Unconscious–that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others–has seduced multitudes. But not everyone.
In spellbinding linked narratives, Egan spins out the consequences of Own Your Unconscious through the lives of multiple characters whose paths intersect over several decades. Egan introduces these characters in an astonishing array of styles–from omniscient to first person plural to a duet of voices, an epistolary chapter, and a chapter of tweets.
Sea of Tranquility – Emily St. John Mandel PB €19,99
The author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a tender story of humanity across centuries and space.
Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal–an experience that shocks him to his core.
Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She’s traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive’s bestselling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him.
When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.
The beautiful Penguin Clothbound series keeps expanding
On the Road – Jack Kerouac €22,99
Ulysses – James Joyce €26,99
The Outsider – Albert Camus €19,99
The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories – Henry James €22,99