This week, Michael Popple reviews three of July’s most intriguing releases. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com
Finding Eadie by Caroline Beecham
Allen & Unwin, $29.99
London, 1943. Struggling publisher Partridge Press is desperate to come up with a new bestseller and Alice Cotton has an idea that could save them. But when she is suddenly forced to leave for personal reasons it falls to American, Theo Bloom, to try and bring her back and help Alice right a terrible wrong.
Inspired by true events, Finding Eadie is an intense and captivating historical drama, whose story looks at the loss, love and struggles experienced by some realistic and relatable protagonists. Featuring a fascinating look at the publishing industry during World War II, this is an amazing story.
The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
Hodder & Stoughton, $14.99
Following a mysterious transformative event years ago, over a million human-sized anthropomorphised rabbits now live in England, including one family that has just moved into the village of Much Hemlock. The villagers are determined to kick them out, but Mrs Constance Rabbit is having none of that, and her unexpected friendship with villager Peter Knox will have far reaching consequences across the country.
Ultra-creative author Jasper Fforde is back with another outstanding novel. This latest book is a hilarious, inventive and extremely clever read, that expertly satirises current English politics. Absurdly brilliant and guaranteed to have you laughing for hours.
Out of Time by David Klass
Michael Joseph, $32.99
A terrorist is loose in America, carefully targeting buildings and structures that threaten the environment. Known only as the Green Man, this terrorist has amassed a cult following of environmental protestors, who see him as the world’s last hope. As the FBI struggle to find him, a young agent, Tom Smith, may hold the key to stopping him. But should he?
This is an impressive and compelling book with an intriguing and complex antagonist, and a wealth of fascinating background information on the environment. An exciting and fast-paced thriller, Out of Time is a highly enjoyable read.
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