If you’ve got holiday plans lined up for May or you’re just on the hunt for a new narrative to lose yourself in, we’ve got you covered with our edit of the best new book releases arriving this May. 

From new thrillers everyone’s going to be talking about to the story inspired by the horrible true events surrounding birth control in America, these are the nine best books to read this month.

Nothing But The Truth: Stories of Crime, Guilt & the Loss of Innocence by The Secret Barrister

It’s no secret that practising law is difficult. Once you’ve finally passed the bar, expect impending 100-hour weeks, webs of lies and endless commitments. Let’s just say it’s not for the faint of heart. Nothing But The Truth is a brand new memoir from ‘the secret barrister’, charting what it’s really like to undergo life as a junior barrister. 

It’s a hilarious, shocking and surprising account of the long working weeks, revealing a darker side to criminal law and those who help the cogs in the machine-like industry go round.

Release Date: 12.05.2022 

£16.99 | waterstones.com 

Sex Bomb by Sadia Azmat

Sadia Azmat shares her story, from being a hijab-wearing Muslim woman to a comedian who is obsessed with sex in her witty new memoir, Sex Bomb. The book recounts her life’s great ups and downs, where she’s being the good Muslim sister, the quiet and loving friend, but also the horny, outspoken one… Bursting with personality, hilarious stories and sexual identity, Sadia rips off the bandaid and reveals the honest truth in what it’s like to be a Muslim woman. 

Release Date: 26.05.2022 

£16.99 | waterstones.com

The Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker

A New York Times spring fiction pick of 2022, Sarai Walker’s The Cherry Robbers follows the reclusive Sylvia Wren, an influential American artist who has been fleeing from her past for as long as she can remember. 

Having grown up in a palatial Victorian ‘Wedding Cake House’ in New England, she was left behind by a neglective father and troubled mother. The second youngest of six sisters, they each longed for an escape, but alas the only way out was marriage. After the sudden deaths of the eldest two sisters after they married, the rest of the sisters were left to forge their own paths and get away from the wreckage. 

Release Date: 02.06.2022 

£14.99 | waterstones.com

You Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty – Akwaeke Emezi

Nigerian author, Akwaeke Emezi returns with another corker of a summer read. You Made A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty follows Fey, who when offered the opportunity of a lifetime isn’t sure whether she can take it. The reason? Love, of course. 

Follow Fey as she’s given the chance to swap the City’s heat for a dream island holiday. Think poolside views, cocktails at sunset and intimate dinners. It all sounds dreamy but there’s a catch. She’s started falling for a man who she absolutely can’t have. 

Release Date: 26.05.2022 

£14.99 | waterstones.com

That Green Eyed Girl – Julie Owen Moylan

It’s 1955, school teachers Dovie and Gillian are living as lodgers on the Lower East Side. Their secrets lie behind closed doors, where you’ll find them sipping cocktails and dancing behind the curtains. That is until someone guesses the truth. 

Fast forward to 1975 and Ava Winters and her mother are living in the same apartment. Her mum becomes haunted by something that Ava can’t get to the bottom of. She goes missing and Ava is left with a parcel addressed to ‘Apartment 3B’, containing a photograph of a woman with the words LIAR scrawled across. It’s left up to Ava to read between the lines and solve the mystery surrounding this forbidden love and the past that’s woven into the apartment.

Release Date: 12.05.2022 

£14.99 | waterstones.com 

Idol  – Louise O’Neill

To her three million followers, Samantha Miller is an idol. To her former teenage friend, Lisa, she’s spinning the truth. Having just released an essay documenting her sexual awakening as a teenager, Samantha becomes even more of a viral hit – until her friend, Lisa, comes forward explaining her memory of the experience is far darker. 

Louise O’Neill’s new novel takes us on a journey, delving into our relationships with heroes and online influencers. It gives us an insight into the online world, its falsities and its misleading traits.

Release Date: 12.05.2022 

£14.99 | waterstones.com

The Hacienda – Isabel Canas

Left in the depths of despair following the execution of her father, a destroyed home and the overthrowing of the Mexican government, Beatriz is left with no choice but to marry a man, one whose reputation is riddled with rumours. Upon arriving at her new countryside home, it’s nothing like she could have imagined and is in fact haunted. 

When her husband returns to work in the city, she’s left to fend for herself and the visions and voices that haunt her in her sleep. She’s left wondering what happened to her husband’s first wife…

Release Date: 05.05.2022 

£19.99 | waterstones.com

Either/Or – Elif Batuman

A story of youth and self discovery, Either/Or follows Selin, a Harvard student and the first person in her family to be born in America. But as she enters her second year of college, she’s left trying to piece together everything that occurred over the course of the summer – as well as some other questions that haunt her. Witty, funny and revelatory, we see Selin delve into the universal importance of parties, alcohol, sex and travel.

Release Date: 26.05.2022 

£16.99 | waterstones.com

Take My Hand – Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Inspired by true events, Take My Hand follows Civil Townsend as she’s determined to make a change in her community straight out of nursing school. She’s longing to give women the opportunity to make their own choices about their lives and bodies, but is beaten down when she finds out her new patients are just 11 and 13. Shocking to read, this is a heartbreaking story centred around love, courage, sisterhood and solidarity.

Release Date: 12.05.2022 

£14.99 | waterstones.com


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