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Maandelijks verschijnen er wereldwijd duizenden nieuwe boeken. We maken je daar elke maand al een beetje wegwijs in door onze keuze uit te lichten in 'De negentien van'. Samen met onze partner Van Ditmar Boekenimport zetten we ook onze Engelstalige keuze van de zomerse oogst op een rijtje.


Van Zachary Mason

Mason debuteerde tien jaar geleden al met een hervertelling van de Odysee. Een liefde voor de eeuwenoude sagen en teksten levert nu een tweede boek op in die stijl. Dit keer pakt Mason Ovidius' Metamorphosen aan. Tweeduizend jaar na dato renoveert hij deze mythen. Een mustread.

It retells the great stories of Narcissus, Orpheus, Persephone, Icarus, Midas, Medea and Actaeon, and strings them together like the stars in constellations - with even Ovid himself entering the narrative. It's as though the ancient mythologies had been rewritten by Borges or Calvino - or artificial intelligence - and brought glimmering back into our world. Metamorphica re-engages with the elemental power of the ancient shape-changing gods by keeping their essences while rewriting their stories. It is this extraordinary narrative approach that is so thrilling; we watch as the author extracts more and more out of the original legend - adding infinite perspectives to narratives we thought we knew. Mason understands that the great myths are parables - always in flux, always relevant - always throwing shards of light from the morning of the world.

Op 2 augustus verschijnt Metamorphica. Over een vertaling is niets bekend.

Believe me

Van J.P. Delaney

Delaney debuteerde vorig jaar met The Girl Before en stoomt goed door met Believe me in 2018 en The Perfect Wife in 2019. In de psychologische thriller Believe me speelt een actrice beide kanten van een moordonderzoek. Echt een debuterende auteur is Delaney niet. De auteursnaam is het thrillerpseudoniem van auteur Anthony Capella.

I'm just an actress. I wanted to stand on a stage and have people applaud. How on earth did I get into all this?

Claire Wright likes to play other people.

A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions.

The rules?

Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment. The innocent should have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the police start investigating one of Claire's targets for murdering his wife - and potentially others, too - they ask her to help lure their suspect into a confession. Claire can do this. She assumes a voice and an attitude, something from an old film noir. A master class in deception. But who's deceiving who?

And that's when Claire realises she's playing the deadliest role of her life....

Op 24 juli verschijnt Believe Me. In november volgt bij Uitgeverij Cargo de Nederlandse editie, Geloof mij.

Pieces of Her

Van Karin Slaughter

Dé nieuwe Karin Slaughter. Elk jaar wachten er meutes fans op haar nieuwste boek en zoals elk jaar, heeft Nederland een publicatieprimeur. Al sinds half juni kunnen lezers Gespleten lezen, de vertaling van Pieces of Her. Het is opnieuw een standalone.

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she's never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don't we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she's been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura's innocence is on the line, but she won't speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother's past. And if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them ...

Vanaf 9 augustus is Pieces of Her leverbaar. Dit boek is, zoals we gewend zijn van Slaughter, al sinds 12 juni in de Nederlandse vertaling beschikbaar, Gespleten.

Early Riser

Van Jasper Fforde

Van Jasper Fforde komt een nieuwe roman en dit keer geen start of onderdeel van een van zijn series. Fforde debuteerde in 2001 met het eerste deel in zijn Thursday Next-serie, The Eyre Affair, vertaald als De Zaak Jane Eyre. Deze humoristische serie is een musthave voor boekenliefhebbers, want je ervaart de meest levendige literatuur ooit in deze boeken. Letterlijk, want je kunt verdwalen in boeken en in dit eerste deel worden personages gekidnapped. Helaas en blijkbaar sloeg de serie in Nederlandse vertaling niet aan en is er nooit weer een boek van Fforde vertaald. Zonde. En nu is er Early Riser, een standalone waarin de mensheid een soort is die aan winterslaap doet om te overleven.

Every Winter, the human population hibernates.

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it's weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, ensure you aren't eaten by Nightwalkers, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.

But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine.

Early Riser kun je vanaf 2 augustus aanschaffen. Er is geen vertaling aangekondigd.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Van Yuval Noah Harari

Na Sapiens en Homo Deus, waarin Harari respectievelijk keek naar onze geschiedenis en onze toekomst, volgt nu de blik op het heden in 21 Lessons from the 21st Century. We ervaren veel in deze chaotische tijd waarin we alle nieuws van de wereld meekrijgen. Harari neemt ons mee op de 21 belangrijkste lessen die we kunnen trekken uit onze hedendaagse wereld.

With his trademark clarity, vision and refreshingly broad perspective, Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues — and the challenge of maintaining our focus and attention in the face of constant and destabilising change.

Op 30 augustus ligt 21 Lessons overal in de winkels. De Nederlandse vertaling, 21 lessen, verschijnt gelijktijdig. Let op: we gaan in de zomer een Hebban Leesclub organiseren met deze (Engelstalige) publicatie! Hou de actiepagina in de gaten.

A Ladder to the Sky

Van John Boyne

Zijn vorige roman heeft nog geen stof vergaard of de volgende verschijnt al, Boyne heeft een mooi productietempo. In A Ladder to the Sky toont Boyne hoe makkelijk het is de wereld te veroveren als je maar bereid bent je ziel te verkopen.

If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career.

A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely.

Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people's stories. He doesn't care where he finds them - or to whom they belong - as long as they help him rise to the top.

Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

9 augustus wordt A Ladder in the Sky gepubliceerd. Daarvan is de vertaling nog niet aangekondigd.

Clock Dance

Van Anne Tyler

Tylers 22e roman in een periode van circa vijftig jaar. Ze is een jaar of 77 momenteel en geeft ons Clock Dance, een betoverende roman over hoop en transformatie.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places.

Clock Dance verschijnt op 10 juli. De vertaling, Klokkendans, volgt op 6 augustus.

The Way of the Flesh

Van Ambrose Parry

Een historische roman en tevens een debuut van auteur Ambrose Parry. Parry bestaat echter niet. Het is een gelegenheidsnaam voor het auteursduo Chris Brookmyre en Marisa Haetzman. Van Brookmyre zijn de eerste twee delen van zijn crimereeks Jasmine Sharp vertaald, maar daar is de uitgeverij mee gestopt. Dokter Haetzman is zijn vrouw en het is dankzij haar research dat de bodem werd gelegd voor deze roman.

Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder.

Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson.

Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of his intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education.

With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.

Op 30 augustus is The Way of the Flesh verkrijgbaar. Over een vertaling is niets bekend. Met deze historische roman wordt in de zomer een Hebban Leesclub georganiseerd. Hou de actiepagina in de gaten.

The Silence of the girls

Van Pat Barker

Barker is de awardwinnende auteur van romans als Weg der Geesten. Het was eventjes stil rond de auteur, los van een deel in de Brooke Family-reeks, maar hier is dan eindelijk weer een nieuwe roman. Een historische roman, waarin Barker de reizen van een enkele vrouw optekent, door de chaos van de meest bekende oorlog uit de geschiedenis, de Trojaanse oorlog.

When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis's old life is shattered. She is transformed from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to the god-like warrior Achilles as a prize of war. And she's not alone. On the same day, and on many others in the course of a long and bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters.

The Trojan War is known as a man's story: a quarrel between men over a woman, stolen from her home and spirited across the sea. But what of the other women in this story, silenced by history? What words did they speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?

The Silence of the Girls is vanaf 30 augustus leverbaar. Een vertaling is niet gemeld.

Spinning Silver

Van Naomi Novik

Hebban had de primeur met Spinning Silver. Al in april startten we een Hebban Leesclub met 15 zeer exclusieve preread-exemplaren voor evenzoveel heel gelukkige lezers. Het is een standalone roman waarin Novik, net als bij Uprooted, zich liet inspireren door klassieke folklore en sprookjes. Hebbanredacteur Debbie was onder de indruk: 'Het verhaal zit tjokvol details uit sprookjes en folklore. Het is voor de sprookjesliefhebber een ware sport om alles te ontdekken.'

Will dark magic claim their home?

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's too kind-hearted to collect his debts. They face poverty, until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she'll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord.

Irina's father schemes to wed her to the tsar - he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.

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Vanaf 10 juli kun je Spinning Silver in de boekwinkels vinden. Zilvergaren, de vertaling, volgt op 14 september.

Bloody Rose

Van Nicholas Eames

Na het hysterisch grappige en briljant in elkaar stekende debuut Kings of the Wyld (lees een fragment), het eerste deel van de serie Band, volgt nu een enigszins los te lezen vervolg, Bloody Rose. Na een debuut dat zo sterk en uniek was, is het altijd even afwachten of een tweede roman niet zal struikelen over die reusachtige voetstappen. We gaan het zien, eind augustus.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It's adventure she wants - and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It's time to take a walk on the Wyld side.

Bloody Rose is vanaf 28 augustus te koop. Een vertaling is niet aangekondigd.

Toil & Trouble

Van Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

In Toil & Trouble - 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, vinden we vijftien verhalen over meisjes die hun kracht omarmen, hun lot opeisen en hun magie gebruiken om te creeeren, te vervloeken, te genezen en te doden. In deze verzameling verhalen ontdekken we een universele waarheid: er is niets krachtiger dan een tienermeisje dat in zichzelf gelooft.

Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.

A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients - and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.

Toil & Trouble verschijnt op 28 augustus. Een vertaling is niet waarschijnlijk.

Bright we burn

Van Kiersten White

Bright we Burn is het derde deel in de Conquerors Saga. Het is een niet-vertaalde serie en om mensen wél enthousiast te maken, maar niet te spoileren, volgt hier de informatie over het eerste deel, And I Darken. Lees je graag Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen-serie), Kristin Cashore (Graceling) of Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)? Dan wil je dit niet missen. Na And I Darken komt Now I Rise en sinds vandaag is het derde deel ook leverbaar, Bright We Burn. Niet voor gevoelige lezers.

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who's expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he's made a true friend - and Lada wonders if she's finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against - and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Bright We Burn is vanaf vandaag leverbaar. Deze serie wordt (nog) niet vertaald.

Notes on a Nervous planet

Van Matt Haig

Van de auteur van de romans De wezens en Het eeuwige leven komt nu, na Redenen om te blijven leven, een tweede non-fictie boek. Haig heeft ervaring met depressies en anxiety in zijn eigen leven en deelt op een toegankelijke wijze zijn ervaringen en denkwijzen.

The world is messing with our minds.
Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.
- How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
- How do we stay human in a technological world?
- How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

Vandaag verschijnt Notes on a Nervous Planet en eveneens in de Nederlandse vertaling Planeet Paranoia. Matt Haig heeft een boodschap voor zijn Nederlandse lezers.

These Rebel Waves

Van Sara Raasch

Van de Snow Like Ashes-auteur komt nu het eerste deel in een nieuwe serie. Spannend, gevaarlijk, magisch en meer.

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Agrid, a country ruled by religion.

But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray's new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice - but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island's magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat's abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian - but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray's forbidden magic. When Ben's father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid's fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country - or if he's building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

These Rebel Waves is vanaf 7 augustus te koop. Een vertaling van deze nieuwe serie is nog niet aangekondigd. Dit is de augustus-titel in onze Epic Reads Challenge 2018. Dat betekent: een leesclubinschrijving rond 1 augustus! Hou de actiepagina in de gaten.

Windhaven - graphic novel

Van George R.R. Martin en Lisa Tuttle, ill. Elsa Charretier

Een graphic novel-editie van een roman uit 1981, geschreven door George R.R. Martin in samenwerking met Lisa Tuttle. Hou de Hebban Scifi & Fantasy Club in de gaten, want zij bespreken deze graphic novel binnenkort, in het kader van de Week van het Beeldverhaal.

No one holds more prestige in Windhaven than the flyers, romantic figures who cross treacherous oceans to bring songs and stories to a waiting populace. Maris of Amberly wants nothing more than to soar on the currents. So she challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen by merit, not inheritance. A graphic novel adaptation of the first fantasy novel from the author of A Game of Thrones.

De graphic novel van Windhaven verschijnt op 10 juli. Een Nederlandse versie is niet aangekondigd.

French exit

Van Patrick DeWitt

Een nieuwe roman van de auteur van The Sisters Brothers, het boek dat DeWitt een Man Booker Prize-nominatie opleverde. Over dit nieuwe boek: 'Brimming with pathos, warmth and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society and a moving story of mothers and sons.

Frances Price - tart widow, possessive mother and Upper East Side force of nature - is in dire straits, beset by scandal. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there's their cat, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral lawyer whose gruesome tabloid death rendered them social outcasts.

To put their troubles behind them, the trio cut their losses and head for the exit. Their beloved Paris becomes the backdrop for a giddy drive to self-destruction, helped along by a cast of singularly curious characters: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic and Mme. Reynard, friendly American expat and aggressive houseguest.

French Exit verschijnt op 28 augustus. Eind november volgt de vertalilg onder de titel Noorderzon.

The Sea Queen

Van Linnea Hartsuyker

Een tweede deel in de epische Viking-saga, die begon met The Half-Drowned King. Vol spanning, romantische avonturen, politieke intrige, geweld en een rijke geschiedenis die we ook kennen uit Game of Thrones, Outlander en Neil Gaimans Norse Mythology. Om niet te spoileren en toch zieltjes te winnen voor deze serie, hier de informatie over het eerste boek, The Half-Drowned King, vertaald als De legende van Swanhilde.

The Half-Drowned King tells the true story of Ragnvald of Maer, the right hand man of King Harald Fairhair, first king of all Norway, and his sister, Svanhild, as she tries to find freedom in a society where the higher her brother rises, the greater her worth as a political pawn.

The Sea Queen kun je vanaf 2 augustus vinden. Over een vertaling is niets bekend.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Van Ottessa Moshfegh

Van de auteur van Eileen volgt komende week een nieuwe roman over de wonderlijke wereld van geestelijke gezondheid, vreselijke psychiaters en medicijnen.

A novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation verschijnt op 10 juli. Een vertaling is niet gemeld.

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