Waterstones Spring Book Club titles second half

The restoration of Otto LairdHere’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 Her

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 ….

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

The Girl with All the Gifts,

The Norfolk Mystery

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

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.