The decision to initially pause book releases due to the pandemic has now been lifted as book traders face their busiest month yet. Many made the decision to push back releases from Summer to Autumn after bookshops closed for a few months and we are now faced with a jam-packed reading month (is this a bad thing though?) Almost 600 new books were released in just one day alone, rightfully naming 3rd September as ‘Super Thursday’. So, to celebrate this milestone, I have gathered three new releases that I am eager to read. The books have been released in my local area and surrounding Scotland as I wanted to promote the incredible work being done by my independent publishers.
- Dead Girls by Selva Almada – translated by Annie McDermott (Charco Press)
“Almada narrates the case of three small-town teenage girls murdered in the 1980’s; three unpunished deaths that occurred before the word ‘femicide’ was even coined. In this brutal but necessary novel, Almada brings to the fore these crimes committed in the interior of the country, while Argentina was celebrating the return of democracy.”
I absolutely loved Almada’s previous novel The Wind that Lays Waste and can’t wait to read this one. Firstly, I have immense interest in exploring the issues surrounding feminism and I feel femicide is a subject rarely mentioned. Almada does not shy way from dark conversations and instead brings it into your consciousness with stylistic prose.
You can find this book on the Charco Press website here.
2. Stolen Lives by Louise Hulland (SandStone Press)
“Stolen Lives examines trafficking and slavery in Britain, hearing from those on the front line. Powerful and moving testimony from survivors reveals the individual stories behind the headlines and charts one young woman’s terrifying and ultimately inspiring journey to freedom and independence.”
Slavery and human trafficking is still very prominent in the UK and it generates millions for criminal organisations worldwide. We need to read books like this and understand how deep this crime is still imbedded within our society. We need authors like Louise Hulland to speak up and force people to listen to how we can change it. There is no better book than the one that collectively connects us and pushes us towards change.
You can find this book on the Sandstone Press website here.
3. So Hormonal – edited by Emily Horgan & Zachary Dickson (Monstrous Regiment)
“So Hormonal is a collection of personal essays detailing the various roles that hormones play in our daily lives. With over 30 authors from almost a dozen countries, this anthology strikes a balance between raw truths, tough challenges, and improbable elation.”
So Hormonal caught my eye when it was released late last month and it is most definitely on my list to read. Our hormones are so often overlooked, not taken seriously and in some cases even stigmatised. This is an important conversation that needs to be understood and accepted and I’m so glad this book exists. It is an announcement to the masses that our bodies are normal and we should be able to speak openly about our hormones.
You can find this book on the Monstrous Regiment website here.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I hope you found something new!