On the bookshelves: May-June 2015

New releases coming in May and June.


At the Water’s Edge, by Sara Gruen: Out in May and published by Allen & Unwin (RRP $40), this is a tale of privilege, loss, and love from the author of Water for Elephants.

Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan novel, by Laura Lippman: A powerful and emotive mystery novel will keep you hooked until the very final page. Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling author who has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Published by Faber in May, RRP $37.

The Wolf Border, by Sarah Hall: From the twice Booker-nominated author, a dazzling novel that explores the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love and conflict. Out in May (Faber, RRP $37).

Palace of Tears, by Julian Leatherdale: An engaging mystery with plenty of twists. Published in June by Allen & Unwin (RRP $37).


Hope, by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus: The dramatic, harrowing, yet ultimately inspiring account of the Cleveland kidnappings, told by two of the victims. Published by Bantam (RRP $38). Out on May 8.

Migration, Ethnicity, Madness: New Zealand 1860–1910, by Professor Angela McCarthy: A social, cultural and political history of migration and madness in New Zealand between 1860 and 1910. (Otago University Press, RRP $45, out in June).

A King in Hiding, by Fahim Mohammad, Xavier Parmentier and Sophie Callennec: Icon publishes this book about how a child refugee became a world chess champion. Dubbed Slumdog Millionaire for chess. Out in May with an RRP of $25.

Hocken: Prince of Collectors, by Donald Kerr: Published by Otago University Press, this June release has an RRP of $60. Dr Thomas Morland Hocken (1836–1910) was a successful medical doctor and surgeon, and an influential figure in the cultural community of early Dunedin. At the heart of his busy life was a passion for collecting.

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