Sink your teeth into a new read this month with Waterstones suggested reads for March.

From a deeply-nuanced portrait of a mother’s certain kind of love to the rolling seas of a beast-filled world, here are the Waterstones books of the month for March!

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton is the fifth novel from Pulitzer-winning Strout, a volume that with intense delicacy and internal observation describes the impossibly complex relationship between the bedridden Lucy Barton and her emotionally-detached mother.

Told from Barton’s sparing point of view, it’s a masterful monologue of recollection and the grief of things half-understood.

"It is a study of filial love and of how our upbringing impacts on our futures. It is also gorgeously written and often very funny. I read it over a few hours last Saturday and was thunderstruck by its gentle power.”

Chris White, fiction buyer

The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything by Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh

Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh’s The Path breaks away from our more usual Non-Fiction Book of the Month choices to present what is, effectively, a book about the self.

Puett, a Harvard professor of Chinese history, found his more usually modest class attendances rocket as his teaching began to explore ancient Chinese thought within the framework of modern culture. Soon the teachings of Confucius, Zhuangzi and Mencius became the unlikely backbone to a student phenomenon, with Puett’s basic message (the smallest actions have the most profound ramifications) becoming something of a revolutionary mantra.

The resulting book, The Path, was one of the breakout hits of 2016, a volume which intelligently manages to address a better way to approach our choices and tasks without being remotely, well, ‘self-help’; now in paperback, it looks set to capture an even broader audience.

Sea: The Huntress Trilogy, Volume 1 by Sarah Driver

'Grandma always tells me I’m not to go out on deck when the great winged terrodyls come near. Two summers gone, they killed Grandpa. But this time I’ve got to keep our ship safe.’

So begins, our Children’s Book of the Month The Huntress: Sea, an adventure so accomplished and sweeping it almost beggars belief this is a debut work.

Author Sarah Driver expertly crafts a tale of dark seas, terrible monsters and hulking, storm-battered vessels - principally the redoubtable The Huntress, a ship that one day the feisty Mouse hopes will be hers. There is, however, much to be learned, from the strange absence of her father to the understanding of the powers that grow within her.  

The Huntress: Sea marks the outset of what will surely be a must-have trilogy of breath-taking vision.

Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi

Bussi’s first novel to find its way from French into English, After the Crash, was a runaway Waterstones hit. Our Thriller of the Month Black Water Lilies is set to be the next.

Murder has arrived at Money’s Giverny, setting in motion a taught, dread-flecked tale involving three very different female characters and an outsider detective compelled to unpick a Gordian knot of interwoven secrets. The plot is worthy of Coben and the writing, orchestrated under the sure hand of translator Shaun Whiteside, is as luminous as the Giverny Bussi describes.

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