The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Indie Books of the Month for July announced

01/07/2022
The Booksellers Association has today announced The Yellow Kitchen by Margaux Viallerion as Fiction Book of the Month for July, while Scientists are Saving the World by Saskia Gwinn and Ana Albero is Children’s Book of the Month.  

The Yellow Kitchen is the debut novel from Margaux Vialleron, telling the story of an East London kitchen which stands as a metaphor for the lifelong connection between three women: baker Claude, ambitious Sophie and political Giulia. Their friendship seems perfect until a trip to Lisbon unearths previously unrecognised desires between Claude and Sophie, which marks the beginning of something new for the group. The Yellow Kitchen is published by Simon & Schuster on 7th July 2022, and is available to pre-order in bookshops now.
 
Margaux Vialleron said: “When I moved to London, I was handed the keys of my new flat with a voucher for the closest independent bookshop. I was fully new to the city and relatively new to the language, and there I found a community. I have had many conversations in bookshops along the years, with friends and booksellers, about reading, not reading, favourites and broader topics too, the neighbourhood, politics, the weather. Independent bookshops bring people together, they promote stories through the displaying of their bookshelves and booksellers nurture future memories with their recommendations. There I feel at home, so I couldn’t be more excited that The Yellow Kitchen is the Fiction Book of the Month for July.
 
The Fiction Book of the Month submissions from publishers are read by a panel of booksellers who vote on each title.  The BA then collates the votes and the title with the most votes becomes the Book of the Month. The panel for this time comprised members of Bridge Books, Beverley Bookshop and Forum Books. 
 
Scientists are Saving the World by Saskia Gwinn and Ana Albero is a celebration of science today, shining a light on some of its best-loved, and lesser known, heroes. Featuring 20 inspiring scientists, the book explores the latest questions being asked about everything from space to the environment, from the oceans to time travel. Scientists are Saving the World is published by Magic Cat Publishing on 7th July 2022 and is available to pre-order in bookshops now.
 
Saskia Gwinn commented: “I couldn't be more thrilled that Scientists Are Saving the World has been chosen as an Indie Book of the Month. As a parent, reader, human, and especially as a child...I have spent more happy hours than I can remember browsing the story-brimmed, treasure-filled shelves of independent bookstores from those in my tiny local village to jam-packed city street gems. The work independent booksellers do to tirelessly promote a love of reading among children is of valuable enrichment indeed.”
 
Cat Anderson, The Edinburgh Bookshop and member of the selection panel said: “Based on a question posed by the author's son during the pandemic, this is a delightfully informative, fun look at scientists and the questions they are attempting to answer. I loved the graphic/comic book style, the flow as we follow our young narrator through each page, and the fresh new information it presented.” 
 
The Children’s Book of the Month submissions from publishers are read by a panel of booksellers who vote on each title. The BA then collates the votes and the title with the most votes becomes the Book of the Month. The panel for this time comprised members of Four Bears Books, Edinburgh Bookshop, Baytree Books and Bear Hunt Books.
 
Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting The Yellow Kitchen and Scientists are Saving the World throughout July on social media and instore. The Booksellers Association will be supporting the promotion of the Indie Books of the Month through social media and promotional material.
 
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