The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited
Indie Book of the Month - September 2020
 
The Booksellers Association has announced The Harpy by Megan Hunter as its Fiction Book of the Month for September and Tamarind & The Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan as its Children’s Book of the Month for September.
 
From the author of The End We Start From, The Harpy is a dark modern fairytale, telling the story of Lucy, who devotes her life to her children, her husband Jake and their house on the edge of a small, rich town. But when a stranger arrives at the house with the news that Jake has been having an affair, everything changes. In order to even the score and save their marriage, the couple agree that Lucy will hurt Jake three times, a dangerous game of crime and punishment that will change her forever. The Harpy is published by Picador and is available in bookshops now.
 
Author Megan Hunter commented on the book’s selection, “I am delighted and deeply touched that The Harpy is the Bookseller Association’s Fiction Book of the Month. Independent bookshops have been my sanctuary since childhood, treasured places that make me feel both consoled and inspired. To have their warm support for my second novel - especially in such disorientating times - means a great deal to me." 
Amy Vale, bookseller at Book-ish said, “Poetic prose, with an unsettling undercurrent. The Harpy is one of those slow-burning, slightly weird books that are just so, so good.
 
Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting The Harpy throughout September. The Booksellers Association will also support the promotion of the Fiction Book of the Month through social media and the provision of promotional material.


From the Costa Children’s Book Award winning author of Asha and The Spirit Bird, Tamarind & The Star of Ishta follows Tamarind, who returns to her ancestral home in India looking for answers about her mother, who died soon after she was born. But the house, a mansion in the Himalayas surrounded by luxurious gardens, is shrouded in silence and full of mysterious clues, including an abandoned hut, a friendly monkey, a glowing star ring and a strange girl in the garden who calls herself Ishta. Tamarind & The Star of Ishta is published by Chicken House and is available in bookshops now.

On the book’s selection author Jasbinder Bilan said, “I am so thrilled that Tamarind & the Star of Ishta has been chosen as the Children’s Book of the Month. I love the magic of indies – they’re run with passion, and are all about nurturing the reading heart of the world. They are places to lose yourself in and find something you never thought you were looking for.”

Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting Tamarind & The Star of Ishta throughout September, both in-store and on social media. The Booksellers Association will be supporting the promotion of the Children’s Book of the Month through social media and promotional material.

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