BOOKMARK April 2024 Book recommendations

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April Titles

All books are available from Waterstones in Perth and Adventure Into Books in Blairgowrie.

Adolf Hitler:  My Part in his Downfall
Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan
(Penguin, 2012)

Adolf Hitler: my part in his downfall (ISBN: 9780241958094, paperback), described as being full of bathos, pathos and laughter, it’s shear military ‘goonery’.

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
(Arcturus, 2024)

Lewis Carrol: the brilliantly bizarre and escapist story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (ISBN:9781398829800, hardback)

The Queen's Fool
The Queen's Fool by Phillipa Gregory
(Harper Collins, 2004)
Historical Fiction

The Queen’s Fool (ISBN: 9780007147298, paperback), Philippa Gregory tells the tale of Hannah Green, a fool and spy in the courts of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, a treacherous occupation in a mercurial time.

The Wisest Fool
The Wisest Fool by Steven Veerapen
(Birlinn, 2023)
Historical Fiction

The Wisest Fool (ISBN: 9781780278162, hardback), Steven Veerapen explores whether James VI and I was a victim of mal-intended propaganda or simply misunderstood.

The Colour of Magic
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
(Transworld Publishers Ltd, 2023)

Terry's Discworld series with The Colour of Magic (ISBN: 9781804990315, paperback).

Spark’s Satire
Spark’s Satire by Muriel Spark
(Canongate, 2016)

I can recommend a particularly apposite collection: Spark’s Satire: Aiding and Abetting, The Abbess of Crewe and Robinson (ISBN: 9781782117674, paperback).

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
(Penguin Classics, 2000)

Evelyn Waugh: Scoop (ISBN: 9780141184029, paperback). Set in the offices of ‘The Daily Beast’, a tipoff from the wonderfully named, Mrs Algernon Stitch, about a brewing African war, spells peril for the competently incompetent nature columnist William Boot.

Anna O
Anna O by Matthew Blake
(Harper Collins, 2024)
Crime Fiction

Anna O by Matthew Blake (ISBN: 9780008607791, hardback). Anna has been asleep for four years. She was found sleeping, next to the bodies of her two murdered friends. Can forensic psychologist Benedict Prince wake her? What dark secrets could she reveal?

Until August
Until August by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Penguin, 2024)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Until August (ISBN: 9780241686355, hardback), which tells the story of happily married Ana Magdalena Bach, who once a year travels back to the place where her mother is buried, and for one night takes a new lover.

Nothing Left to Fear from Hell
Nothing Left to Fear from Hell by Alan Warner
(Birlinn, 2024)
Historical Fiction

Nothing Left To Fear From Hell by Alan Warner (ISBN: 9781846976612, paperback). Described as dirty, comic and surreal, it charts the flight of Bonnie Prince Charlie after Culloden, as he tramps through the wild reaches of the Highlands and Islands, hunted by his enemies.

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