Books to Look Forward to in February 2014

I love browsing new book catalogues almost as much as I love reading! Here are my picks for books releasing in February in Australia, only influenced by pretty covers and interesting blurbs.

The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi

From the publisher:

Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England – but now, in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.

Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise both Mamoon’s career and his bank balance. Harry greatly admires Mamoon’s work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist’s life. Harry’s publisher seeks a more naked truth, a salacious tale of sex and scandal that will generate headlines. Meanwhile Mamoon himself is mining a different vein of truth altogether.

Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word?

The ensuing struggle for dominance raises issues of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth.

Hanif Kureishi has created a tale brimming with youthful exuberance, as hilarious as it is touching, where words have the power to forge a world.

I think: this book sounds unique, a battle of wills. Plus the cover is simple and effective!

Beauty by Louise Mensch

From the publisher:

Dream big. Set no limits. Be bold. Manhattan is there for the taking in the world of Louise Mensch.

Blend it. Sculpt it. Shape it. Use it…

There isn’t a woman on earth who doesn’t have her beauty secrets. But for Dina Kane, beauty is more than just business. It’s power. And it is the secret. She’s dragged herself up from poverty to Park Avenue. She’s rolled with the punches. And she’s learned how to win.

Now someone is out to destroy her, and all she’s built. But they’ve underestimated Dina Kane. She’s staying at the top – and she’s happy to wait for the perfect moment to exact her revenge…

I think: Another great cover here! I love rags to riches novels with a bit of revenge thrown in – perfect for (more) long hot summer days.

The Engagement by Chloe Hooper

From the publisher:

Two people. How many lies?

A woman and a man drive at dusk to a rural mansion for a final weekend together.  It’s all been a game.  Both players understood the rules.  Or so the woman thinks.  At the house, a new game begins. A trap has been set.  But how and why?  And for whom?

This gripping, provocative new novel by one of Australia’s finest writers is a psychological thriller for the modern age.

I think: a nice creepy tale for a stormy night!






Spare Brides by Adele Parks

From the publisher:

Adele Parks’ compelling new novel tells the story of four extraordinary women left to rebuild their lives after the end of the First World War, and heralds a new style for this bestselling author.

New Year’s Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it’s a new decade of glamorous promise. But for a generation of women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy of war, life will never be the same. Damaged and beautiful, they were those who became ‘spare brides’.

With countless lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few men who returned from the war, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war’s ultimate price: her husband’s life. Lydia should be grateful that her husband’s desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice.

A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find – whatever the cost.

I think: apart from wanting the entire cover outfit, this will be a haunting story of the effects of war.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?

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