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Bookish: Book Review

The best reads that have landed on our desk this week

Published on August 23rd 2011.

Bookish: Book Review

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond

Master of modern fairytale and longstanding reign of children’s literature, David Almond has made the leap into adult fiction with The Monster Billy Dean. It’s a tale of a young boy, Billy Dean, who has been held back from the dark post-industrial, almost apocalyptic world surrounding him by his family. To Billy, the world solely consists of a single bed in locked room, filled with mysterious tales about the outer world. But when his father vanishes, his mother brings him out into the world and Billy learns what really happened the day he was born, the day everything changed.

Billy Dean Viking Jkt The charm of the novel comes partly from the fact that it’s written entirely in the style of a small child; literally in the sense of lots and lots of misspellings and figuratively because of the childish observations. Billy Dean explains: ‘I am not cleva, so please forgiv my folts and my mistayks’.

The gripping descriptions and the mystery of it all keeps you turning page after page. What happened in Blinkbonny? And why is Billy the ‘Anjel Childe’, but later ‘The Monster’? A highly interesting read, and worth wading through the phonetic spellings.

 The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean (Penguin) is out in hardback and paperback on 1st of September, £12.99 and £8.99.



Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by Claudia Carroll

Claudia Carroll’s upcoming novel Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, is an entertaining love story with the underlying question, does absence make the heart grow fonder? The story follows the once exciting and now dull relationship between Annie and Dan. Wondering where it has all gone wrong, they decide to take a year off from each other. The only stipulation is to meet twelve months later at Rockefeller Centre in New York City, but will they both show up? This is a thoroughly tantalisingly read with many tense twists and turns, great for any lover of chick-lit.  

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? was published on 18th August 2011 (HarperCollins Paperback), £7.99.



Getimage Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital ­by Catherine Makim

Based on serious academic research, Hakim's theory was first brought to light in a paper for Oxford University's European Sociological Review. It sets out to clarify how beauty can be just as influential as how rich, clever, educated or well-connected we are. Complete with proof of this potent force in action and drawing on how it is developed from an early age, Hakim covers a multitude of questions: Is there a link between beauty and brains? When does being attractive start to matter? Can attractiveness be developed if you are not born beautiful?

At its core the book aims to provide us a new perspective on power structures in an increasingly sexualised society and encourage us to truly acknowledge the power of beauty and pleasure, especially as a feminine virtue, and how it differs across cultures as well as its role in everything from dating and mating to politics, business, film, music, art and sport.

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital (Allen Lane Hardback) will be released 1st September, £20

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