Here’s the second batch of titles from Waterstones Book Club. Fancying ‘Her’ the psychological thriller and the ‘Beggar and the Hare’ sounds a bit different!
The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer Elderly retired architect Otto lives a peaceful existence in Switzerland. Once renowned for his radical and controversial designs, he now communes with nature and writes eccentric, unposted letters to old friends. His comfortable life is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s local authority tower block in south London is to be demolished. Outraged, he’ll do anything to save it, and reluctantly agrees to take part in a TV documentary, returning to London for the first time in 25 years to live for a week in Marlowe House.
Her by Harriet Lane Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent – entirely in control. When they meet, Nina draws Emma into her life but this isn’t the first time the women’s paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and what Emma did. What exactly does Nina want from her?
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee Man Booker shortlisted. Calcutta, 1967. Unnoticed by his family, Supratik has become dangerously involved in student unrest & extremist political activism. Wanting to change his life, he disappears just leaving note. The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting
Beggar and the Hare by Tuomas Kyro Vatanescu, a poor construction worker, wants a future for himself and football boots for his son. He heads north to a cold, dark country to make money. Taking up with a Russian human trafficker, he joins the bottom rung of a begging ring in Finland. The prospects in this line of work are not as good as he had hoped, and soon he’s on the run. His luck finally turns when he meets a fellow outcast, a hare fleeing Helsinki pest control. They embark on a journey – funny, dark and absurd.
The Accident by Chris Pavone In New York City, Isabel Reed, one of the most respected and powerful literary agents in the city, frantically turns the pages of a manuscript into the early dawn hours. This manuscript – printed out, hand-delivered, anonymous – is full of shocking revelations and disturbing truths, which could compromise national security. Is this what she’s been waiting: a book that will help her move on from a painful past, a book that could save her beloved industry – a book that will change the world?
Chris White, Waterstones fiction buyer, said: “It’s thrilling to be embarking on another year of Book Club. Our Spring list is really very special. With 2014 having been a year of notable successes for Waterstones Book Club, I can’t wait to see which books emerge in 2015 to match the likes of ….