Book talk 46 BOOK talk with Smiffs book & card store, Nerja Excitement is mounting among Game of Thrones fans ahead of the June publication of the standard paperback edition of A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms, which compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George RR Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song Of Fire And Ice. It leads off the latest Soltalk Hotlist of titles, some entirely new, others moving into small paperback format for the first time or being reissued, sometimes after a long time out of print. All are due for publication on various dates this month and in early June. The Hotlist helps readers to plan and budget for book ordering. A century before A Game Of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, towers above his rivals in stature if not experience. Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg, whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lie ahead for Dunk and Egg; as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits. Order now to avoid disappointment. Still in fantasy mode, Beren And Lúthien (l) has been painstakingly restored from JRR Tolkien’s manuscripts and is presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story. This epic tale will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings with elves, men, dwarves, orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Other fiction titles worth a look include: This Was A Man (p), by Jeffery Archer; The Life Of Elves (p), by Muriel Barbery; This Too Shall Pass (p), by Milena Busquets; The Wrong Side Of Goodbye (p), by Michael Connelly; Fortunes (p), by Peter Ho Davies; The Wonder (p), by Emma Donoghue; Conclave (p), by Robert Harris; Dunstan (l), by Conn Iggulden; Need You Dead (l), by Peter James; Crimes Of The Father (l), by Thomas Keneally; Nothing (l), by Hanif Kureishi; The Ice By Paul Laline (l); Since We Fell (l), by Dennis Lehane; Hot Milk (p), by Deborah Levy; The Tidal Zone (p), by Sarah Moss; The Thirst (l), a Harry Hole thriller by Jo Nesbo; Commonwealth (p), by Ann Patchett; Dead Man In Barcelona (p), by Michael Pearce; Obsession (p), by Nora Roberts; Lily And The Octopus (p), by Steven Rowley; See What I Have Done (l), by Sarah Schmidt; The Stars Are On Fire (l), by Anita Shreve; and House Of Names (l), by Colm Toibin. Then Come Back (p), the lost M AY 2 017 poems of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda (1904- 1973), becomes available in European markets in a bilingual, English-Spanish paperback edition. These previously unknown works were found by archivists in boxes kept at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Chile in 2014, and were first published in Spanish in Spain and Chile in 2015. Forrest Gander’s translations are accompanied by full-colour reproductions of the poems in their original composition on napkins, playbills and recipes, or in notebooks. Moving on the non-fiction menu for May, 30 Minute Curries (l), by Michelin-starred UK celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, shows readers how to create simple Indian dishes in just half an hour to transform weeknight dinners. Dishes included showcase Atul’s trademark mix of using the best and freshest local produce and his modern Indian style, and ensure that this book is one you will cook from time and time again. 90 curries are featured, accompanied by stunning photography. Tired of having to make your way through long-winded recipes? Then try #Recipe Shorts (l), a collection of fast, fun and easy recipes. Based on the premise of twitter, the recipes are short and concise, written in 140 characters or less. 50 Years Of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics And People That Changed Our Culture (l) marks half a century of the US magazine which has been a leading voice in journalism, cultural criticism and, first and foremost, music. This landmark book documents the magazine’s rise to prominence as the voice of rock-n-roll and a leading showcase for era-defining photography. From the 1960s to the present day, it offers a decade-by-decade exploration of American music and history. Interviews with rock legends – Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Springsteen and more – appear alongside iconic photographs by Baron Wolman, Annie Liebovitz, Mark Seliger, and other leading image-makers. With feature articles, excerpts, and exposés by quintessential writers such as Hunter S Thompson, Matt Taibbi, and David Harris, this is an irresistible and essential keepsake of the magazine that has defined American music for generations of readers.