New Releases for March

Another new month upon us! I quite enjoy the start of the month because of the number of emails I receive from publishers and bookshops about their new releases. I’m always a sucker for a new release, so here are the books tempting me at the moment.

Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach (Random House)

From the website:

At Myrtle House, the twin beds have never been so busy…
The irrepressible Russell ‘Buffy’ Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to a decrepit B&B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with ‘Courses for Divorces’, his new money-making wheeze.
Those checking in include: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.
Under Buffy’s tutelage, these casualties of the marriage-go-round find themselves re-learning all those skills never thought they’d need again, and a whole lot more besides…

The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements (Random House/University of Melbourne Press)

From the website:

In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously sacked after thirteen years in the editor’s chair at Vogue Australia. Here she tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry.
During a career at Vogue that spanned twenty-five years, Clements rubbed shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Crown Princess Mary, Cate Blanchett, and many more shining stars. From her humble beginnings growing up in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney to her brilliant career as a passionate and fierce custodian of the world’s most famous luxury magazine brand, Clements warmly invites us into her Vogue world, a universe that brims with dazzling celebrities, fabulous lunches, exotic locales and of course, outrageous fashion.
Amidst the exhilaration and chaos of modern magazine publishing and the frenzied demands of her job, Clements is always steadfast in her dedication to quality. Above all, she is always Vogue.

(I’ve read an excerpt of this in a magazine and enjoyed it. I love behind the scenes stuff!)

Gossip by Beth Gutcheon (Allen and Unwin)

From the website:

Loviah French owns a boutique dress shop in Manhattan. She has two best friends: Dinah – a columnist covering New York’s wealthiest – and Avis – a prominent figure in the art world. Despite the deep affection they both feel for Loviah, Dinah and Avis have been allergic to one another since an incident decades earlier that has been remembered and resented. But when a marriage means that Dinah and Avis must set aside their differences, Loviah must manage her two friends’ secrets as wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out – a fact that will have a shattering effect on all their lives.

Fractured by Dawn Barker (Hachette)

From the website:

A compelling, emotional knockout debut from a brilliant new Australian author.

An unforgettable novel that brings to life a new mother’s worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she’s just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong…

What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.

(Dr Dawn Barker will be speaking at the South Perth library in May if you are in W.A.!)

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell (Hachette)

From the website:

The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell is a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.

It’s July 1976. In London, it hasn’t rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he’s going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn’t come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta’s children – two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce – back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.


Love in the Afternoon and Other Delights by Penny Vincenzi (Hachette)

From the website:

A fabulous collection of short stories and essays by much loved and multi-million-copy bestselling author Penny Vincenzi.

From her sweeping novels to her searing journalism, Penny Vincenzi has been writing all her life, and this is a collection of her work brought together in a single edition for the first time. As well as ten stunning short stories, Penny also shares some of her thoughts on a huge range of subjects from love and relationships to work and families, and gives us a peek at the tantalising first chapter of her new novel – making LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON AND OTHER DELIGHTS a must-have for any Vincenzi fan.

I love Vincenzi’s writing, so this is a must have!


The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg (Harper Collins)

From the website:

A woman jumps into her car, her hands bloody as she grips the steering wheel. With her young son in the back seat, she flees to the only safe place she knows: the island of Gråskär outside of Fjällbacka.

A couple of days later, a man is found murdered in his flat. Mats Sverin was the council′s financial director and nobody has a bad word to say against him. But when detective Patrik Hedström and his team start looking into his life they uncover a number of shocking secrets.

It turns out that the man had visited Gråskär before he died. Locally the island is known as Ghost Isle; they say it′s haunted by the dead and that they have something to tell the living…

Is there anything here that tickles your fancy?

Please note that these are Australian release dates and publishers. I compile this type of post for my own interest (so handy when you don’t know what you want for your birthday!) and don’t receive payment to do so. I’m just a nosy bookworm who wants to know the latest!


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  1. Instructions For A Heatwave seems to have had fantastic reviews so far. I’m most excited to read the Lackberg, though – I adore this series. I like your new layout!

  2. OMG! I see several I am going to add to my list: the Maggie O’Farrell book; Heartbreak Hotel; and the Penny Vincenzi collection. I loved the Beth Gutcheon book…hope you do, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week.

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