Waterstones books of the month for March 2023

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Waterstones books of the month for March 2023
Waterstones books of the month for March 2023

Waterstones books of the month for March 2023

From conservative America to the charms of the countryside, here’s the pick of the month’s best books from Waterstones.

An award-winning, wonderfully witty and empowering gem; an immersive insight into the complexities of rural life; a blazingly audacious time-slip crime thriller; and the heartwarming tale of a rat on a mission. Welcome in springtime with a dazzling selection of “Books of the Month” for March 2023.

Fiction book of the month

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott, an unconventional female scientist with a quiet game plan to change the world, would be the first to point out that there is no such thing.

But it’s the early 1960s, and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Forced to resign, she reluctantly signs on as the host of a cooking show, Supper at Six.

But her revolutionary approach to cooking, fuelled by scientific and rational commentary, grabs the attention of a nation. Soon, a legion of overlooked housewives finds themselves daring to change the status quo. One molecule at a time.

Smart, funny, joyous and powerful, Garmus’ 60s set debut has won the hearts and minds of booksellers and is undoubtedly one of 2022’s most gloriously enjoyable debuts.

The #1 Sunday Times and #1 New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Best Debut Novel Award

Non-fiction book of the month

A Fortunate Woman by Polly Morland and illustrated by Richard Baker

A Fortunate Woman by Polly Morland and illustrated by Richard Baker

When Polly Morland is clearing out her mother’s house, she finds a book that will lead her to a remarkable figure living on her own doorstep: the country doctor who works in the same remote, wooded valley she has lived in for many years.

This doctor is a rarity in contemporary medicine – she knows her patients inside out, and their stories are deeply entwined with her own.

A finely-wrought meditation on the relationship between landscape, community and the function of medicine in society, Morland’s moving and insightful examination of the role of a country doctor makes for truly fascinating reading.

With its beautiful photographs by Richard Baker, Polly Morland has written a profoundly moving love letter to a landscape, a community and, above all, to what it means to be a good doctor.

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2022

Thriller of the month

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

It’s late. You’re waiting up for your son.

Then you spot him: he’s with someone. And – you can’t believe what you see – your funny, happy teenage boy stabs this stranger.

You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your son is charged with murder. His future is lost.

That night you fall asleep in despair. But when you wake up…it’s yesterday. The day before the murder.

Somewhere in the past lie the answers – a reason for this crime.

And your only chance to stop it . . .

An unputdownable tale of a mother trying to prevent the murder her son has committed as she wakes up each morning to find herself further back in the past, Wrong Place Wrong Time is a riveting, tense, genre-bending novel that will stay with the reader long after the closing pages.

The Sunday Times Thriller of the Year

Children’s book of the month

Moonflight by Gill Lewis

Moonflight by Gill Lewis

Can a timid rat ever become a hero?

Tilbury is about to find out, on the adventure of a lifetime, journeying across the sea to the realm of the dreaded White Death to return a priceless diamond to its rightful owners.

This marvellous adventure begins, and a truly intrepid hero is born . . .

There’s more classic storytelling from the acclaimed author of Sky Hawk and Song of the River, as a shy rat is forced to undergo a perilous quest to return a diamond to its rightful owners.

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