Things That are: Encounters with Plants, Stars and Animals by Amy Leach is "a highly original and irresistible debut ... celebrating the universe in all its wondrous glory. With the imagination of Lewis Carroll, the poetry of John Donne and the lyrical beauty of Gerard Manley Hopkins, this is an utterly undefinable work of non-fiction."
Ten Things I've Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler is "a heart-wrenching and life-affirming novel": Alice returns to London from travelling abroad, and unaware that her father is dying, she gets home only just in time to say goodbye. Daniel spends his days searching for the daughter he has never met - until now... "A unique story of love lost and found, of rootlessness and homecoming and the power of the ties that bind."
Unexpected Lessons in Love by Bernardine Bishop has garnered this lovely comment from Margaret Drabble: "It's funny and it's cheering, with a beautiful warmth to it, achieved without a moment of sentimentality. Frank, courageous and entertaining, I felt better for reading it." A chance meeting in a doctor's waiting room sparks a friendship based on shared interest. As events unfold, Cecilia and Helen "are united by their experiences not only of illness but of love, honesty and motherhood."
The Specimen by Martha Lea is set in a Victorian world "battling between the forces of spiritualism and Darwinism, polite society and the call of clandestine love," and the story shifts between country house drawing rooms and the rainforests of Brazil. "A gripping melodrama, a romance and a murder mystery for fans of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible and The Observations by Jane Harris.
Worthless Men by Andrew Cowan. "It's market day in an English town two years into the Great War. The farmers are coming in from the country, the cattle are being driven through the streets and a trainload of soldiers is due to arrive. At a nearby mansion, its hospital tents at the ready, waits Montague Beckwith, a psychological casualty of the war. Across town, Winnie Barley prays that her missing son Walter will be on the train ... A panoramic, vivid portrait of a place as individual as it is archetypal."
The Night Rainbow by Claire King. Maggie O'Farrell says of this, "At once moving and gripping, elegant and spare, a daring novel about a child faced with the baffling world of adult grief". Five-year-old Pea and her sister Margot play alone in the meadow behind their house on the edge of a village in the South of France. Their mother is isolated by her Englishness and burdened by a double grief, and Pea cannot reach her. Then Pea meets Claude who loves the meadow and has time to play - the children have found a friend and maybe even a new papa. But why do the villagers view Claude with suspicion, and what secret is he keeping in his strange, empty house?
Edited to add: there is a video trailer for the book here.