The Sound Of The Machine – My Life in Kraftwerk and Beyond
By Karl Bartos
If you are of a certain age, you may well have grown up with Kraftwerk – the German musical trio who introduced the world, or at least western Europe, to electronic music in the early ‘80s.
Spawned by the incredibly fertile musical scene of late 1970s Dusseldorf, Kraftwerk gave us hits such as The Model, Tour De France and The Robots during an early career that has seen them dubbed one of the most important bands in modern music. Now Bartos lifts the lid of what it was like to be part of the scene unfolding at the famed Kling Klang studios during those heady days.
Whether you’re a music lover, interested in the origins of today’s electronic sounds or just feeling a little nostalgic for the ‘good old days’, The Sound Of The Machine, officially due out in September, will be a captivating read.
The It Girl
By Ruth Ware
A new book from the number one New York Times bestselling author of the “claustrophobic spinetingler” (People) One by One is cause for celebration. April Clarke-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford. Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate ‘It Girl’, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the year, April was dead.
Now, a decade later, Hannah and Will are expecting their first child, and Neville, the man convicted of killing April, has died in prison. Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist presents evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realises the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.