From Alain de Botton's new relationship manual, to the Costa First Book Award shortlisted, My Name Is Leon; our friends at Penguin pick the best new books for Spring 2017.
Rabih and Kirsten meet, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning. With his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, examining what it might mean to love, to be loved – and to stay in love.
Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found.
This electrifying debut captures the raw energy and spontaneity of New York's downtown scene of the 1980s. A celebration of the power of art, a love letter to New York and an intimate portrait of the strangers who embody the city's spirit.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award, My Name Is Leon tells a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss, of the fierce bond between siblings, and how – just when we least expect it – we manage to find our way home.