Waterstones publish their Spring Book Club titles

The beggar and the hareLooking for some reading inspiration? Here’s the first six Waterstones Spring Book Club titles (second six tomorrow). All the titles are in our stock or on order.

 Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey Costa First Novel winner. ‘Elizabeth is missing’, reads the note in Maud’s pocket. Lately, Maud’s been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back.

Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, her debut novel, Waterstones Book of the Year 2014. 1686, Amsterdam. Nella Oortman, 18, from the country, knocks at the door of a grand house to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader, Johannes. Met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin, only later does Johannes appear and give her an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It will be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. First mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, she then uncovers secrets, realizing the escalating dangers that await them all

The bees The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson. The war is over, but Berlin is a desolate sea of rubble with shortages of food, clothing, tobacco. The local population is scrabbling to get by. Kasper Meier’s solution is to trade on the black market to feed himself and his old father. He can find anything that people need, for the right price – even other people. When a young woman,Eva, seeks his help on the whereabouts of a British pilot- he feels sympathy but won’t interfere in military affairs. But she knows his secrets and will use them to get what she wants.

The Bees by Laline Paull. The anthropomorphic tale of Flora 717, who works as a lowly sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive and her struggle for survival in the brutal world of the Hive.

In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman. An investment banker approaching 40, his career and marriage collapsing, receives a surprise visitor at his West London home. Confronting the dishevelled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognises a long-lost college friend. There begins an exhilarating journey ranging over Kabul, London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, Princeton, and Sylhet, and dealing with love, philosophy, identity, finance, mathematics, cognitive science, literature, and war.

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera. Prudencia Prim is intelligent, with a deep knowledge of literature. Accepting the post of private librarian in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, she is unprepared for what she encounters there. Her employer, a book-loving intellectual, is dashing yet contrarian, always ready with a critique of her cherished authorsThe eccentric and charming neighbours are determined to preserve their singular little community from the modern world. Prudencia had hoped for friendship but she didn’t suspect she’d find love, or that her new life would be so challenging.