Here’s the new book releases to look out for in spring 2015

Richard Fitzpatrick reveals some books that are certain to cause a stir this spring.

Here’s the new book releases to look out for in spring 2015

Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance

Daisy Hay (Vintage, €11.98) Jan 8

A look at the unconventional marriage between Benjamin Disraeli, one of Britain’s most charismatic prime ministers, and his highly eccentric wife, who was 12 years his elder and on her second marriage.


James Wallman (Penguin, €11.99) Jan 15

Experiences, good; possessions, bad is the idea trend forecaster James Wallman investigates in his book Stuffocation, which examines why we have so much stuff and why it might not be good for us.

The Brain’s Way of Healing, Stories of Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries

Norman Doidge (Allen Lane, €25.00) Jan 29

New York Times best-selling author and psychiatrist Norman Doidge examines why people have made some extraordinary reverses from debilitating afflictions, such as strokes, brain injuries, Parkinson’s, autism and multiple sclerosis.

The Italians

John Hooper (Allen Lane, €25.00) Jan 29

After 15 years of living in Italy the war correspondent and acclaimed travel writer John Hooper has a stab at getting to the nub of Italy, a “sublime and maddening, fascinating yet baffling” land.

Quite a Good Time to be Born: A Memoir: 1935-1975

David Lodge (Harvill Secker, €27.99) Feb 2

The first part of David Lodge’s memoirs, one of the wittiest writers in the English firmament, should be an enjoyable and enlightening read. It tracks his childhood and early success.

Trigger Warning

Neil Gaiman (Headline, €16.99), Feb 3

Neil Gaiman fans will be glad to hear that he returns this year to print with a short story collection that once again pits the old gods against the new in modern-day America.

God and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

Dana Thomas (Allen Lane, €15.99) Feb 5

The two Britons, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, gods of the fashion world in the early part of this century, flew too close to the sun. Dana Thomas tells their gripping and ultimately tragic stories.

Dead Men Talking

Roddy Doyle (Jonathan Cape, only €1.20) Feb 5

In Roddy Doyle’s (inset below) first outing for the Quick Read series, he looks at friendship – Pat had a best friend Joe Murphy since childhood until a falling out; they speak again the day before Joe’s funeral.

The Utopia Experiment

Dylan Evans (Picador, €15.99) Feb 12

What’d life be like post-apocalypse? In 2006, Dylan Evans tried to find out. He jacked in his job and set up a utopian commune in the Scottish Highlands. Within a year things turned dystopian.

The Way That We Climbed – A History of Irish Hill Walking Climbing and Mountaineering

Paddy O’Leary (The Collins Press, €19.99) March 16

The first comprehensive history of Irish mountaineering by the man who brought orienteering to Ireland and led the first Irish climbing expeditions of Peru and the Himalayas.

A Nation and Not a Rabble

Diarmaid Ferriter (Profile Books, €32.00) March 5

Expect verve and the busting of plenty of myths in Professor Diarmaid Ferriter’s unravelling of Ireland’s revolutionary years (1913-1923), an account which draws on newly released archival material and witness testimonies.

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber & Faber, €22.00) March 3

First novel in a decade from The Remains of the Day author about a couple who cross a troubled land in search of their son, and, according to Ishiguro, is about “lost memories, love, revenge and war”.

Young Eliot: A Biography

Robert Crawford (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, €23.99) March 31

A new biography to mark the 50th anniversary of TS Eliot’s death looks at the worlds the American poet passed through in his early years, including ragtime St Louis, Massachusetts and Paris.

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