Top Ten Books from UK – November 2019

A wonderful collection of titles to banish the autumnal blues this month, all of them full of imagination, colour and page-turning delights. Don’t forget to submit Feedback once you’ve read them!

Death in the East
Abir Mukherjee
Harvill Secker
UK Edition

One of the finest new crime writers returns with another brilliantly written historical mystery.

London,1905. Young constable Sam Wyndham is heartbroken when his old flame is murdered. Years later, in India, Wyndham spies someone from his past—and the chance to solve the crime that continues to haunt him…

Bowie's Books
John O'Connell
Bloomsbury
UK Edition

Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the hundred books that had shaped his life. John O’Connell has written about each book—and how they affected Bowie’s genius.

Oligarchy
Scarlett Thomas
Canongate
UK Edition

From one of our most imaginative and breathtaking novelists comes a novel about power and deceit. Sent to an exclusive boarding school, Tash enters a dangerous web of secrets.

The Princess Plan
Julia London
Mills & Boon
UK Edition

The Princess Plan is a cauldron of emotion, romance and intrigue. When his secretary is murdered, Prince Sebastian is forced to team up with journalist Eliza. And then the sparks fly…

17 Church Row
James Carol
Zaffre
UK Edition

Heartbroken after the death of their child, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes move to a revolutionary new house. It looks like just the sanctuary they need. But things soon start to go badly wrong…

On The Up
Alice O'Keefe
Coronet
UK Edition

Warm, wise and always witty, On the Up is the story of Sylvia, who dreams of a better life. But when her housing estate is threatened, she determines to do something about it.

Grandmothers
Salley Vickers
Viking
UK Edition

The bestselling author of The Librarian returns with a subversive, witty and moving story of three women and their sometimes fraught relationship with the younger generations.

Humiliation
Paulina Flores
Oneworld
UK Edition

Paulina Flores is one of the most exciting new voices in Latin American fiction, and this thrilling collection of stories showcases exactly why. Tender, insightful and utterly beguiling.

The Almanack
Martine Bailey
Black Thorn
UK Edition

A puzzle-solvers delight, this engrossing historical mystery is as bamboozling as it is fiendishly gripping. Tabitha Hart’s mother is murdered, and the only clues to her death lie in an old book.

Body Tourists
Jane Rogers
Sceptre
UK Edition

Already praised by Hilary Mantel, this tense, intelligent and thought-provoking novel centres on a clinic that lets the rich to come back from the dead for 14 days. But at what cost? And to whom?

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Top Ten Books from UK – August 2019

Once a month that was known for being slow in publishing, August is now a busy time for great books. This selection shows some incredible titles that will be lighting up the second half of the year, so Request now — and don’t forget to leave your feedback!

The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead
Fleet
UK Edition

Colson Whitehead’s multiple prize winning, bestselling novel The Underground Railroad was one of the standout novels of that last decade. This follow up is just as persuasive – and equally important.

The Nickel Academy purports to be an institution of the first order. It is nothing of the sort, as Turner and Curtis find out to their horror. A masterpiece of sustained tension, friendship, race and power, The Nickel Boys is an unforgettable novel that could not be more timely.

The Turn of the Key
Ruth Ware
Harvill Secker
UK Edition

Ruth Ware is one of the most consistent crime writers in the UK, and this latest slice of psychological suspense is her best yet. It’s the dream job. But it soon becomes a nightmare.

Sea Witch Rising
Sarah Henning
HarperCollins Children's Books
UK Edition

This imaginative retelling of The Little Mermaid is sure to captivate and delight. Alia has made a deal with the Sea Witch: to give up her life as a mermaid. But her wish has grave consequences…

The Memory Police
Yoko Ogawa
Harvill Secker
UK Edition

From Yoko Ogawa comes a dystopian novel that bears comparison to The Handmaid’s Tale. On the island, memories are policed. But what if you stop forgetting?

The Art of Dying
Ambrose Parry
Canongate
UK Edition

This Victorian-set mystery is a follow-up to the brilliant The Way of All Flesh, and is one of the freshest crime novels you’ll read this year. Clever, atmospheric and entrancing.

The Girl at the Window
Rowan Coleman
Ebury Press
UK Edition

Rowan Coleman writes so well about the mysteries of life and love, and The Girl At the Window is an evocative and immersive novel of hope and family. And at its heart is Ponden Hall…

The Heart of the Circle
Keren Landsman
Angry Robot
UK Edition

A singular and arresting urban fantasy, The Heart of the Circle is compelling, strange and beguiling. In a world divided, it falls to Reed to make sense of the battle between the sorcerers…

How to Have Meaningful Conversations
Sarah Rozenthuler
Watkins Publishing
UK Edition

Practical and brightly written, this book provides a seven-step plan to help anyone boost the effectiveness of their communications. It is easy to follow and contains great advice for everyone.

The Warehouse
Rob Hart
Bantam Press
UK Edition

Already a huge hit on NetGalley, The Warehouse is shaping up to be the big futuristic thriller of 2019. In a ravaged America, run by the online giant, Cloud, Paxton’s life is changed forever…

The Man Who Saw Everything
Deborah Levy
Hamish Hamilton
UK Edition

The case could be made for Deborah Levy as the most inventive of English novelists. This superlative new novel about new and old Europe shows exactly why she is so revered.

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Top Ten Books from UK – July 2019

A blitz of summer reading here, introducing the best that July has to offer. There’s something for everyone, so request away, and don’t forget to leave your reviews — we really want to know what you think!

Beneath The Surface
Fiona Neill
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

Another stunning and atmospheric novel on the intricacies of family life from the bestselling author of The Betrayalsand The Good Girl.

Everyone’s talking about Grace Vermuyden’s family. Once it was for all the right reasons – now it’s for all the wrong ones…

A Nearly Normal Family
M.T. Edvardsson
Macmillan
UK Edition

A truly unsettling and brilliantly propulsive narrative, this domestic mystery has at its heart a daughter accused of murder. Did she do it? Or are things more complicated than that?

Three Women
Lisa Taddeo
Bloomsbury Circus
UK Edition

Described as the nonfiction debut of the year, this exceptional work takes the stories of three women to examine the world in which we live now. A stunning, unforgettable achievement.

The Chain
Adrian McKinty
Orion
UK Edition

Adrian McKinty has long been know as one of the great unsung crime writers, and with The Chain, he is set to break into the big time. This is a thriller of peerless quality.

Supper Club
Lara Williams
Hamish Hamilton
UK Edition

After the huge success of Fleabag on television, it’s tempting to compare Supper Club with Phoebe Waller-Bridge; but this is a novel all of its own: one of anger, rage, humour and food…

The Horse Dancer
Jojo Moyes
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Okay, technically this is not a new book — it was originally published 10 years ago and is being reissued — but it is certainly worth revisiting as Jojo’s trademark romance, wit and heart are all here!

The Travelers
Regina Porter
Jonathan Cape
UK Edition

This epic story of two families in post-war America is a bravura work of emotional resonance. As lives unfold over decades, we are witness to history, both personal and political.

The Escape Room
Megan Goldin
Trapeze
UK Edition

Lee Child says that this high octane thriller is one of his favourites of the year, and it’s easy to see why. This high-stakes game of murder and deception is impossible to put down.

Becoming Dinah
Kit de Waal
Orion Children's Books
UK Edition

Kit de Waal is one of our most important writers, and her first YA novel is as wonderful as you’d expect. It is a very loose retelling of Moby Dick, except with a teenage girl and a VW van…

Modern Mediterranean
Marc Fosh
Nourish
UK Edition

A blast of sunshine, the radiance of the best ingredients on the plate, Modern Mediterranean is not just a great cookbook full of mouthwatering recipes, but also a tonic. Enjoy!

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Top Ten Books from UK – June 2019

The Other Half of Augusta Hope
Joanna Glen
The Borough Press
UK Edition

A brilliantly touching novel of sisterhood, genius and belonging, The Other Half of Augusta Hope is set to be the must-read of 2019.

Augusta Hope has never much fitted in – not that she’s ever bothered about what her small town thinks of her. But then tragedy strikes, and everything changes for Augusta…

Sister of Mine
Laurie Petrou
No Exit Press
UK Edition

A compelling and deftly written thriller with a hugely satisfying twist, Sister of Mine is a mystery of distinction. Everyone knows the Grayson sisters are trouble. But no one knew how much…

This Brutal House
Niven Govinden
Dialogue Books
Uk Edition

Set in the aftermath of the Vogue ball scene in New York, this bewitchingly, ferociously brilliant novel traces the lives of men who became mothers to a generation of lost children. An uncompromising classic.

The Paper & Hearts Society
Lucy Powrie
Hodder Children's Books
UK Edition

From Booktuber Lucy Powrie comes the first in a series set to rival Geek Girl. Tabby Brown loves books, but cares little for parties. Then she meets the Paper & Hearts Society – and begins her best bookish life…

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective
Susannah Stapleton
Picador
UK Edition

Maud West’s life reads like some of the best golden age crime fiction. A lady detective who ran her own agency, she had as many secrets as she had cases. This biography tells her story, and what a story it is!

Night Boat to Tangier
Kevin Barry
Canongate
UK Edition

Kevin Barry is one of Ireland’s most bravura voices, and this is his funniest and manic book yet. Pitched somewhere between In Bruges and Waiting for Godot, it’s a wild, intoxicating ride.

Half a World Away
Mike Gayle
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Kerry is Mariah Carey’s biggest fan. Noah is a successful barrister. They think they know themselves, but they’re about to discover just who they really are… Another perfect romcom from Mike Gayle.

My Past is a Foreign Country
Zeba Talkhani
Sceptre
UK Edition

A harrowing, uplifting and illuminating memoir about a young woman growing up under the strict patriarchal systems of Saudi Arabia, My Past is a Foreign Country  depicts a hard-fought battle for independence.

59 Memory Lane
Celia Anderson
HarperFiction
UK Edition

May Rosevere is 110, her long life attributed to toast, port and Cornish air. But there is something else keeping her alive. A secret only she can remember. A charming, delightful and inspiring tale.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone
Felicity McLean
Point Blank
UK Edition

This dark take on the coming-of-age novel delights in its spiky characters and pitch-black plotting. In 1992, the Van Apfel girls went missing. Tikka Molloy remembers it well, but must now deal with its legacy…

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Top Ten Books from UK – May 2019

It’s a month in which the big hitters in literary fiction are out in force, with new novels from Linda Grant, Mark Haddon and Jeanette Winterson. There’s also a welcome return for crime supremo, Denise Mina. Request now, and don’t forget to leave feedback! Please also make sure to leave your reviews on Amazon.co.uk and other retail sites!

Conviction
Denise Mina
Harvill Secker
UK Edition

Denise Mina’s last novel, The Long Drop, was a huge NetGalley favourite in 2017, and this contemporary-set novel is even more compelling.

Anna McDonald’s life has been torn apart. Her husband has run off with her best friend and taken their two children with him. Alone, she seeks solace in a crime podcast. But as she listens, she realises she knows one of the victims – and that she might be able to solve the case…

A Stranger City
Linda Grant
Virago
UK Edition

A case could be made for Linda Grant as one of the UK’s most versatile, and underappreciated, writers. A Stranger City is her finest book yet, a mystery, social commentary and an inquest into the nature of home.

Frankissstein
Jeanette Winterson
Jonathan Cape
UK Edition

For over thirty years, Jeanette Winterson has been pushing at the boundaries of fiction, and never has her work seemed more timely. This modern reimagining of Frankenstein shows exactly why.

The Porpoise
Mark Haddon
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

The author of The Curious Incident… returns with another innovative and brilliantly idiosyncratic novel. The Porpoise mixes the ancient and the modern to create something wholly, and excitingly new.

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
Juliet Grames
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

An immersive, ninety-year epic of one woman’s life, from the mountainsides of Italy to the American Dream, this astonishing book will have you utterly gripped. Stella Fortuna is a character you won’t forget.

All We Could Have Been
T.E. Carter
Simon & Schuster Children's
UK Edition

From the author of I Stop Somewhere comes an intense, tender and suspenseful novel of reinvention. Lexi hides her identity so no one will link her to her brother. At last she is happy, but for how long?

The Dangerous Kind
Deborah O'Connor
Zaffre
UK Edition

A different kind of mystery, The Dangerous Mind is a thriller that holds from the first page. Jessamine Gooch hosts a radio show about crime in London. But now she’s about to experience it first hand…

The Ice House
Tim Clare
Canongate
UK Edition

By turns unsettling, gripping, frightening and thrilling, The Ice House is another mind-bending read from Tim Clare. Delphine is an old woman, but she remembers the past. A past that is out to destroy her present…

The Butterfly Room
Lucinda Riley
Macmillan
UK Edition

Posy Montague has lived at Admiral House for seventy years and the time has come to sell. But Admiral House has secrets Posy is only now about to discover. A sumptuous and captivating page-turner.

The Anarchists' Club
Alex Reeve
Raven Books
UK Edition

A startlingly original slice of historical crime, this is the second outing for Leo Stanhope. All Leo wants is to keep his head down and protect the secret of his birth gender. But then the police arrive at his lodgings…

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Top Ten Books from UK – April 2019

One of the strongest months we’ve had in some time showcases all the best that’s coming in April. From Fiction to Memoir, from YA to Mystery & Thrillers, you’re sure to find something outstanding. And don’t forget to leave feedback when you’ve read your approved titles!

The Parisian
Isabella Hammad
Jonathan Cape
UK Edition

Acclaimed by Zadie Smith as ‘a sublime reading experience’, and named as a 2019 Observer hottest-tipped debut, The Parisian is historical fiction at its most affecting.

As the First World War rages, a young Palestinian, Midhat Kamal, travels from the politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of a newly tumultuous Paris. It is a trip that will redefine his life in a myriad of dramatic ways.

Queenie
Candice Carty-Williams
Trapeze
UK Edition

Queenie was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life? A ferociously funny, deeply wise and hugely relevant novel, Queenie beguiles from the very first page.

How To Fail
Elizabeth Day
Fourth Estate
UK Edition

Based on the podcast of the same name, How to Fail is a funny, warm and instantly relatable book about finding yourself through your own mistakes. It’s an off-beat guide to life you never knew you needed.

Things in Jars
Jess Kidd
Canongate
UK Edition

Jess Kidd’s unique blend of gothic, mystery and literary sensibilities has made her a huge favourite with NetGalley members, and this is her best book yet. A Victorian detective story like no other…

Home Girl
Alex Wheatle
Atom
UK Editions

Alex Wheatle is one of the UK’s most important and beloved writers for young adults, and Home Girl is another superlative novel. Naomi is in care but she will not be broken by the system. A classic.

The Dollmaker
Nina Allan
riverrun
UK Editions

A magical fusion of fantasy and reality, The Dollmaker is compelling, unusual and captivating. When dollmaker Andrew answers an ad in a collectors’ magazine, he can’t know just how it will change his life…

The Way Home
Mark Boyle
Oneworld Publications
UK Edition

Some talk of going back to nature, but few go to the same lengths as Mark Boyle. This entrancing memoir traces his retreat from modern life and how we can all embrace a life ungoverned by technology.

Chemical Detective
Fiona Erskine
Point Blank
UK Edition

Pitched somewhere between Killing Eve and Orphan Xcomes this chilling, explosive thriller. Framed for murder, bomb expert Dr. Jacqueline Silver escapes prison and sets off to find those who wish to silence her…

Wakenhyrst
Michelle Paver
Head of Zeus
UK Edition

Michelle Paver is one the most compelling voices around, and this new standalone is a masterclass in storytelling. Maud is a lonely child, dominated by her father, but soon the forces of witchcraft appear…

The Flatshare
Beth O'Leary
Quercus
UK Edition

A laugh-out-loud rom-com, The Flatshare is a delightful breath of fresh air. Tiffy and Leon share a flat, but have never met. Leon works nights, Tiffy the days. What will happen when they meet at last?

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Top Ten Books from the UK – March 2019

We had a record number of nominations for Books of the Month this month, and there are some wonderful titles to choose from. Please don’t forget to leave a review once you’ve read your titles — we all really want to know what you think!

Internment
Samira Ahmed
Atom
UK Edition

Love, Hate and Other Filters was one of the hottest YA titles of 2018, and Samira Ahmed’s follow up promises to be an even bigger hit.

Set ‘fifteen minutes in the future’, Internment follows Layla Amin as she leads an uprising against the Muslim-American concentration camp in which she’s been incarcerated. Stark, prophetic, chilling and thought-provoking.

Speak Up!
Laura Coryton
Red Shed
UK Edition

The perfect primer for the next generation of rebel girls, this is a celebration of standing up for oneself and challenging expected norms. Inspiring, uplifting and brilliantly engaging, this is ideal for any child’s library.

The Snakes
Sadie Jones
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

The author of the bestselling novel The Outcast, returns with her finest and most darkly affecting novel yet. A family on a well-earned break in France. An unplanned visit from parents. An unexpected tragedy. And snakes…

An American Marriage
Tayari Jones
Oneworld Publications
UK Edition

One of the most talked about and celebrated US novels of 2018 is finally published in the UK. Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. Until Roy is convicted of a crime he did not commit…

Reasons to be Cheerful
Nina Stibbe
Viking
UK Edition

The natural heir to such British icons as David Nobbs and Sue Townsend, Nina Stibbe is one of the funniest writers around – and Lizzie Vogel is a character impossible to resist. Absolute comedy gold.

The Third Pillar
Raghuram Rajan
William Collins
UK Edition

Author of the bestselling Fault Line, Raghuram Rajan is one the world’s most important economic thinkers. The Third Pillar offers a comprehensive survey of the world we live in now – and how we might change it.

A Gift for Dying
M.J. Arlidge
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

This stand-alone thriller from the author of the bestselling Helen Grace series is a masterclass in mystery and suspense. Adam Brandt is a forensic psychologist. He thinks he’s seen it all. Until he meets Kassie…

The Conviction of Cora Burns
Carolyn Kirby
No Exit Press
UK Edition

A superb historical novel that brings 19th century Birmingham thrillingly to life. Cora is born in jail, but works herself up to gain a position with scientist Thomas Jerwood. But he is a man with secrets…

Keep Her Close
M.J. Ford
Avon
UK Edition

M.J. Ford burst onto the crime scene last year with Hold My Hand and this second outing for DS Josie Masters is just as gripping. A missing Oxford student begins a deadly battle of cat and mouse.

String City
Graham Edwards
Solaris
UK Edition

There is a long tradition of SF novels sharing hard-boiled crime tropes (Blade Runner and The City and The City to name just two) and String City is a worthy entry to the canon. Unusual and mind-bending.

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Top Ten Books from UK – February 2019

We’re looking ahead to the best February has to offer, and there are some real crackers for you to request this festive season.

Have a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy New Year! And don’t forget to leave a review once you’ve read your titles!

Lost Children Archive
Valeria Luiselli
Fourth Estate
UK Edition

This is the first novel written in English by Valeria Luiselli, and we confidently predict it will be one of the most reviewed and most loved books of the year.

The story of a family on a roadtrip across America, Lost Children Archive takes on the most important questions of our time – race, identity, migration and history – and weds them to a profound human drama. Funny, warm, fiercely intelligent and beautifully written, this is a truly exceptional work of fiction.

The Wych Elm
Tana French
Viking
UK Edition

Tana French is one of the most admired crime writers around, and her Dublin Murders series is soon to be a major TV series. But this is a standalone thriller of rare intelligence and skill. Creepy, unnerving and unmissable, it’s Tana French at her best.  

A Version of the Truth
B P Walter
Avon
UK Edition

Already a hit with NetGalley members, A Version of the Truth is a psychological thriller from the top drawer. A chance discovery by her son, upends Juliana’s life. Secrets from her past are soon coming for her in the present: deadly secrets.

When I Had a Little Sister
Catherine Simpson
Fourth Estate
UK Edition

This moving, emotionally charged and devastating memoir of love, family and grief is hugely powerful. Catherine’s sister, Tricia, committed suicide at the age of 46. Through Tricia’s diaries, she sees her sister’s life through new eyes.

Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel
Ruth Hogan
John Murray Press
UK Edition

This tale of mothers, daughters and hotels is Ruth Hogan at the peak of her powers. Tilly’s childhood at Queenie Malone’s hotel is idyllic. But then her mother suddenly sends her to boarding school. Why?

The Burning
Laura Bates
Simon & Schuster
UK Edition

The debut novel from the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and the author of Girl Up, is the compelling story of one girl trying to escape her past. But running away doesn’t always mean you’re safe…

The Glass Woman
Caroline Lea
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

A captivating work of historical fiction, The Glass Woman is a tense, unnerving tale of death and superstition in 17th Century Iceland. Brilliantly atmospheric, this is the most chilling read of the season.

One Minute Later
Susan Lewis
HarperFiction
UK Edition

Susan Lewis is one of the most loved writers around, and One Minute Later is a brilliant example of her narrative gifts. Vivi has it all – until it all comes crashing down on her 27th birthday. What will she do now?

To Night Owl from Dogfish
Holly Goldberg-Sloan; Meg Wolitzer
Egmont
UK Edition

Two bestselling authors join forces in this superb take onThe Parent Trap. Avery and Bett are polar opposites; but their dads are dating so try to become friends. But when their dads break up, they have to try even harder…

The Unwinding of the Miracle
Julie Yip-Williams
Bantam Press
UK Edition

A startling memoir of an indefatigable life, lived in the constant threat of death, The Unwinding of the Miracle is a story of escape, immigration, love and hope. Julie’s story will touch your heart, and provide unexpected hope. 

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NetGalley UK’s Top Ten Books of 2018

It’s been another tremendous year both in terms of books and in terms of NetGalley — thank you so much for all your reviews, and your support of NetGalley.co.uk!

As is traditional, we’ve compiled our rundown of the books we—and you!—loved the most this year. It’s a varied and eclectic list, and one we hope you’ll find interesting and stimulating as you compile your own end-of-year roundups. Enjoy!

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Stuart Turton
Raven Books
UK Edition

Sometimes you read a novel’s synopsis and just want to dive in right away—as it was for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Who could possibly resist a supernatural twist on an Agatha Christie-style Golden Age murder mystery? Not us! Which is why it’s our book of the year.

At the end of a glamorous ball, Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered. But she will not be killed just once. Each day will start the same, repeating itself with her death, unless Aiden can uncover the murderer…

Delivering on every level, this is a standout thriller that had us all on the edge of seats.

Dear Mrs Bird
AJ Pearce
Picador
UK Edition

One of our debuts of the year. Irresistibly funny, charming and moving, this story of a young woman dealing with, and then rebelling against her strict Agony Aunt boss in 1940s London was a total joy.

Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi
Macmillan Children's Books
UK Edition

Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone was the fantasy novel of 2018—and it didn’t disappoint. Forced to hide the magic within her, Zeile must live in the shadows, until the time comes to rise up.

Anatomy of a Scandal
Sarah Vaughan
Simon & Schuster UK
UK Edition

One of the most reviewed titles of the year, Anatomy of a Scandal was one of 2018’s biggest thrillers. A real push-me-pull-you of a plot that was provocative, compelling suspenseful, it will be one of 2019s biggest paperbacks.

Ordinary People
Diana Evans
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

Acute, tender and insightful, Ordinary People is the story of two couples battling the daily pressures that can change lives. A bravura novel of identity, love and family—with a cracking soundtrack to boot.

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling
Emer McLysaght; Sarah Breen
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling was the rom-com of the year. Aisling is 28 and decides to make a few changes. This country girl is ready for the big city—but is the big city ready for the complete Aisling?

The Tall Man
Phoebe Locke
Wildfire
UK Edition

The Tall Man was one of the year’s most celebrated and compelling chillers. Blending Stranger Things and Stephen King with contemporary domestic terror it creates something utterly captivating.

Boy Underwater
Adam Baron
HarperCollins Children's Books
UK Edition

Boy Underwater was a classic children’s tale to delight, amuse and inspire. Cymbeline’s mother has never allowed him near water. But why? At his first swimming lesson, Cym begins to find out why…

The Language of Kindness
Christie Watson
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

Our non-fiction pick of the year, The Language of Kindness was a tender, moving and timely memoir of the best and worst that life can deal us. It is a book of rare inspiration, hope and compassion.

Suicide Club
Rachel Heng
Sceptre
UK Edition

In a world where life expectancy is 300, society craves immortality. But Lea sees another path. Clever, compelling and wholly believable, this is a superb novel about our most basic desires.

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Top Ten Books from UK – December 2018 & January 2019

We’re doubling up this month and highlighting the best books coming in both December and January. There are some crackers to brighten the winter gloom, and you’re sure to find something to shout about. Talking of which, don’t forget to leave feedback for all the titles you read – publishers can’t wait to hear what you think!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Red Snow
Will Dean
Point Blank
UK Edition

Will Dean’s Dark Pines – a crime drama featuring the compelling and beguiling reporter Tuva Moodyson – was one of the big breakout successes of 2018. And this new investigation is sure to garner huge praise and even more loyal fans.

Two bodies are found in the town of Gavrik: one murdered, the other a suicide. Are they connected? Tuva Moodyson is due to move south but before she can, she must find out the truth….

Whiteout
Gabriel Dylan
Stripes Publishing
UK Edition

Charlie thought the skiing trip would be the perfect escape from home. But he was wrong. There’s something evil in the town of Kaldgellan, and it’s coming for him. A truly unnerving and chilling slice of YA.

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
Anstey Harris
Simon & Schuster UK
UK Edition

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things, this is the story of a woman who has her heart broken, but puts it back together in the most uplifting and exquisite way. Brilliantly done.

The Last
Hanna Jameson
Viking
UK Edition

A dystopian murder mystery with a twist, The Last is the tense, unsettling story of twenty survivors of a nuclear war, holed up in a Swiss hotel. When a girl’s murdered body is found, one of them must be a killer…

The Woman Who Kept Everything
Jane Gilley
Avon
UK Edition

Pitched somewhere between Alan Bennett and Rachel Joyce, this uplifting and often very funny novel traces 79-year-old hoarder Gloria’s emergence from her packed and dilapidated house into the world at large…

My Sister, The Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwaite
Atlantic Books
UK Edition

A blackly comic novel about lies, love, Lagos, and how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water. An original and hugely impressive novel, this is one to watch…

Jog On
Bella Mackie
William Collins
UK Edition

Hilarious, poignant and inspiring, Jog On is part homage to running, part self-help guide to conquering your fears. Using her own story, and others’, Bella shows how we can change our lives one step at a time.

The Chestnut Man
Soren Sveistrup
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

From the writer and creator of The Killing comes a nail-biting debut thriller following a race to find a serial killer terrorising Copenhagen. The most important Scandi thriller since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Godsend
John Wray
Canongate Books
UK Edition

Loosely based on a true story, John Wray’s mesmerising Godsend is the story of Aden, an American woman who disguises herself as a young man in Pakistan. There her faith, and her life, will be tested.

Counting on a Countess
Eva Leigh
Mills & Boon
UK Edition

Eva Leigh’s first book, From Duke Till Dawn, was a huge hit with NetGalley members, and Counting on a Countessoffers the same intoxicating blend of desire, mischief and period detail. Historical romance at its most fun!

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