Book Stack: 10 new reads to wrap up June with

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In this monthly feature, The Sunday Times picks out 10 books from around the world that have just hit the shelves.

Top Of The Stack

1. Memories Of The Memories Of The Black Rose Cat

By Veeraporn Nitiprapha, translated by Kong Rithdee Fiction/River Books/Paperback/330 pages/$23.54/Buy here 4 out of 5

Veeraporn Nitiprapha's multigenerational saga of a Chinese immigrant family in Thailand unfolds like a rose in bloom - its intricate layers reveal themselves in their own time, overlapping with quiet intent.

Memories Of The Memories Of The Black Rose Cat was well-received in Thailand when it was first published. It went on to win the prestigious South-east Asian Writers Award in 2018, and is now available to English readers in an excellent translation by Kong Rithdee.

The story begins in the early decades of the 20th century, when Great-Grandpa Tong arrives in Siam from Guangdong, China, to help his uncle in the rice trade. He marries Great-Grandma Sangiem, a palace cook, and they have five children together.

The narrator tells of the family's trials and tribulations against the turbulent backdrop of the Siamese Revolution of 1932, World War II, various rebellions and coups, and the Vietnam War.


2. How To Prevent The Next Pandemic

By Bill Gates Non-fiction/Penguin Books/Hardcover/304 pages/$52.97/Buy here/

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