Top 5 Books for May 2013

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  1. Getting Stoned with Savages by Maarten Troost

    Troost burst onto the travel writing scene with The Sex Lives of Cannibals. Following on from this success, Getting Stoned with Savages offers more of the same moorish - lucidity and wit. This account profiles Troost's time on Vanuatu - a collection of islands in the Pacific Ocean where the natives are still known to: “eat the man.” It's a comical collection of struggles against the elements - including several assaults from giant centipedes. It's an idylic, clothing optional lifestyle but when Troost's wife Sylvia becomes pregnant, the decision is made to set up shop on the slightly-more-civilized Fiji. Parenthood here means rasing a schild amidst prostitutes and government coups aplenty - which obviosuly makes for some great writing material.

    Getting Stoned with Savages by Maarten Troost is published by Broadway Books (paperback; £12.95). It is also available through amazon.com and all good booksellers.

  2. Extreme Sleeps by Phoebe Smith Extreme Sleeps by Phoebe Smith

    Extreme Sleeps is featured as the book extract for the May E-zine, but in summary this is the tale of what happened when seasoned traveller Phoebe Smith sets out to prove that the extreme camping available in the UK - can in fact rival anything found around the world. It's a sometimes scary, funny and thought provokoing travel tale about the UK, as author Phoebe seeks to conquer the British wildes. From spending the night in the decaying wreckage of a World War Two bomber at Bleaklow to pitching a tent next to the sheer drops of Lizard Point, these extreme camp-sleeps make for a fantastic series of segways into the unusual experiences, on offer in Britian.

    Extreme Sleeps by Phoebe Smith is published by Summersdale (paperback; £10). It is also available through amazon.com and all good booksellers.

  3. Atlantis and the Silver City by Peter Daughtrey Atlantis and the Silver City by Peter Daughtrey

    It's a mystery that's baffled humanity for over 2,000 years. Where was the great civilisation of Atlantis described by Plato and what happened to it? It's said that Atlantis vanished below the sea almost 12,000 years-ago and in this book, author Daughtrey serves up the strongest answer yet to this historical enigma. Beyond Plato there are only vague hints from ancient historians and geographers as to what happened, but many agree this is a search for a huge island. Daughtrey argues otherwise and in this book puts forward that it was something else entirely. With everyone thusfar misled into searching for the wrong spot, this read might just lead you to the real deal.

    Atlantis and the Silver City by Peter Daughtrey is published by Thistle Publishing (paperback; £9.99). It is also available through amazon.com and all good booksellers.

  4. Catacombs of the Damned by P J Cadavori Catacombs of the Damned by P J Cadavori

    Selling up and moving to the country for a simpler life is something that many Londoners dream of and it's something that the couple Bill and Alison Cavendish, actually accomplished. There were however a few bumps along the way - namely the ones that happen in the night. Living in a run down manor house in the picturesque village of Little Daunting, it soons becomes evident that the cellars of their dream home hide a terrible secret. This is a secret that dates back not only to the witch hunts of the 17th century but also to those who would steal living bodies in the quest for eternal life. Investigating this dark past, Bill and Alison encounter a villager who knows far more than he's letting on. With concerns rife that an unspeakable evil has been unwittingly awakened, this is a tale of Bill and Alison fighting to keep their children safe and to solve this mystery once, and for all.

    Catacombs of the Damned by P J Cadavori is published by Memoirs Publishing (paperback; £9.99). It is also available through amazon.com and all good booksellers.

  5. Death in Godshill by Peter James Cave Death in Godshill by Peter James Cave

    Let me take you back to an early morning in October 1940. The scene is a quiet farm on the Isle of Wight - off the coast of wartime Britain. 61-year-old farmer Frank Cave has been found dead - killed with his own shotgun - and after a police investigation, the young housekeeper who raised the alarm is charged with his murder. What follows however is a notorious, true to life, criminal trial, featuring the most prominent pathologist of the day and one of Britain's most brilliant lawyers. After a good deal of twists and turns, the trial reaches an outcome that you'll never see coming!

    Death in Godshill by Peter James Cave is published by Memoirs Publishing (paperback; £10). It is also available through amazon.com and all good booksellers.

- Robert Savage

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