Haruki Murakami Harvill Secker, May 9
Japan’s best-known novelist serves up his fans’ favourite quirks in this collection of seven stories united by a single theme: lonely men. The bittersweet tales are also inhabited by vanishing cats, strange women, baseball and The Beatles. Shakespeare’s famous tale of sexual jealousy is transposed to a Washington school yard in the 1970s, where a new student makes friends with the most popular girl in the class on his first day. The action unfolds during a single day as racist attitudes corrupt a group of 11-year-old friends.
Men Without Women: Stories
New Boy Tracey Chevalier Hogarth, May 11