Lies Sleeping

A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are all included.


The Porpoise
The Porpoise
  • The Farm (9781526605252) by Joanne Ramos
    I have this on my shelf and will be reading it soon, so much excitement.

  • The Doll Factory (9781529002393) by Elizabeth Macneal
    The most hype I’ve seen for a book this year (so far), will be reading soon 🙂

  • The Porpoise (9781784742829) by Mark Haddon
    A ”retelling’ of the Pericles tale.

  • She Would Be King (9781911590118) by Wayétu Moore
    Magical realism set in Liberia, sounds very strong.

  • The Gameshouse (9780356513126) by Claire North
    I did read one of these novellas in digital form, really happy that they’re all being collected here (Matthew Swift… *cough*)

  • salt slow (9781529012569) by Julia Armfield
    A short story collection that I’ve been hearing so much about

  • The Warship (9781509862504) by Neal Asher
    Will read anything by Neal Asher, including a shopping list

  • Seven Blades in Black (9781473218239) by Sam Sykes
    Rogue mages in a fantasy Star Wars universe world where the rebels are hunted by the decadent Imperium.

  • Lies Sleeping (9781473207837) by Ben Aaronovitch
    I always wait for the paperback so they match, thankfully not too long this time

  • CoDex 1962 (9781473663053) by Sjón
    Mythical creatures made from clay in the Icelandic tradition, a creation story

  • The Cloven (9781473636415) by Brian Catling
    You have read the first two haven’t you?


Shapeshifters: A History
Shapeshifters: A History
  • Thinking Matter (9781781255896) by Matthew Cobb
    A look at the journey to find the link between mind and body through the centuries

  • The Moon (9781788162548) by Oliver Morton
    Fascinated by the moon and this sounds like it speaks for that fascination in all of us.

  • Shapeshifters: A History (9781789140798) by John B. Kachuba
    A compelling collection of various shapeshifters around the world.

  • Lowborn (9781784742454) by Kerry Hudson
    My most anticipated read of the month.

  • Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers (9781783527458) edited by Kit de Waal
    ‘A celebration not apology’ re-defining what it means to be working-class.

  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey (9780241143803) by Robert Macfarlane
    Always a great read, this explores hidden places and the psychological link with these dark places.

  • The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt (9781473668317) by Andrea Wulf & Lillian Melcher
    A sumptuosly illustrated version of Humboldt’s biography.

  • Faber & Faber: The Untold History of a Great Publishing House (9780571339044) by Toby Faber
    An insight into the publishing house through its ups and downs.

  • Saffron in the Souks: Vibrant Recipes From the Heart of Lebanon (9780857835772) by John Gregory-Smith
    I’ve really been enjoying middle eastern cooking lately and am always up for a new cookbook.

  • A History of Britain in 12 Maps (9780241368268) by Philip Parker
    Maps, history, and social commentary.

  • How Does It Feel? (9781474608992) by Mark Kermode
    Another of my separated at birth heroes.

  • I, Mammal (9781472922915) by Liam Drew
    “a splendid evolutionary study” really looking forward to this


The Big Book of Birds
The Big Book of Birds
  • Cinnamon (9781408879221) by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
    So happy this is coming out in paperback, can get more people to read it

  • Voices: Diver’s Daughter (9781407191409) by Patrice Lawrence
    I’ve loved Patrice’s fiction and am really looking forward to this

  • Cloud Forest (9781786031778) by Victoria Turnbull
    A gentle exploration of grief with great illustrations

  • The Maker of Monsters (9780192768834) by Lorraine Gregory
    A story of change and growth set in a world of castles and monsters

  • In the Mouth of the Wolf (9781405293402) by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Barroux
    I read this in hardback and it is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated.

  • Stepsister (9781471407970) by Jennifer Donnelly
    I wonder what take on Isabelle is taken her, looking forward to finding out

  • David Bowie (9781786038036) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Ana Albero
    Little People, Big Dreams for my main man

  • Life: The First Four Billion Years (9781406372700) by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
    The planets history, with great illustrations

  • The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer
    I love Yuval’s illustrations, birds this time
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