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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Top Ten Books from UK – November 2018

The penultimate Books of the Month of 2018 is a broad church of brilliant new fiction and nonfiction. There’s sure to be something to warm you on the coming winter’s days and nights, so request now and don’t forget to leave a review once you’ve read your titles!

The Winters
Lisa Gabrielle
Harvell Secker
UK Edition

Daphne du Maurier remains one of the most influential and inspiring novelists of the 20th Century, and The Winters is an incredible reimagining of her masterpiece, Rebecca.

Set in the glamorous, uber-rich Hamptons, The Winters is the tale of the second Mrs Winters, taking her place at the secluded mansion of Asherley. There she will be haunted by the memory of her husband’s first wife, and discover secrets that put her in mortal danger…

Gripping, clever and packed with suspense.

An Unexplained Death
Mikita Brottman
Canongate Books
UK Edition

True crime has evolved over the last few years, with real-life murder cases gripping viewers on Netflix. An Unexplained Death is a classic of the genre, and will keep you guessing to the last compelling pages.

Crimson
Niviaq Korneliussen
Virago
UK Edition

A sensation in her native Greenland, where she writes in its native language, Niviaq Korneliussen is one of the most exciting voices in world literature, and Crimson is a compellingly modern tale of love, gender and life.

The Importance of Being Aisling
Emer McLysaght; Sarah Breen
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

Aisling returns! The hit rom-com hero is back in the second hilarious outing for this generation’s Bridget Jones. After a series of disasters, Aisling heads home to live with her mother—what could go wrong?

Five Days of Fog
Anna Freeman
W&N
UK Edition

An exceptional work of historical fiction, Five Days of Fog follows Florrie Palmer through the Great Smog of 1952. Caught between the thieves she calls family and the man she loves, Florrie faces some tough decisions

The Little Snake
A.L. Kennedy
Canongate Books
UK Edition

A magical, charming and deeply moving fable about the journey we all take through life, about love and family, about war and resilience, about how we live in this world, and how we leave it.

How to Hold a Grudge
Sophie Hannah
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

From bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah comes an off-kilter, wonderfully witty book of self-help. Grudges are not usually considered ‘a good thing’, but Hannah shows they are far more than just a negative…

ROAR
Cecelia Ahern
HarperFiction
UK Edition

Much-loved author Cecelia Ahern has written thirty tales of thirty women, all of which show her compassion, understanding and flair for humour. Surprising, inspiring and deeply felt, these stories are unforgettable.

Haunted
G.L. Davies
6th Books
UK Edition

One of the spookiest writers around, G.L Davis dares you to enter his latest haunted house. A couple are pushed to breaking point as an entity possesses their home. Terrifyingly real, this is a must-read for horror fans.

The Stranger Diaries
Elly Griffiths
Quercus
UK Edition

A chilling new stand-alone thriller from Elly Griffiths, the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries. The Stranger Diaries has been described as Susan Hill meets Gone Girl and Disclaimer.

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Top Ten Books from UK – October 2018

A wonderful mixture of big names and ones to watch this month – with new titles from Jodi Picoult, Michael Connelly and Minette Walters sitting alongside brilliant new books from Owen Booth (What We’re Teaching Our Sons), Guy Bolton (The Syndicate) and Angela Chadwick (XX). Enjoy!

A Spark of Light
Jodi Picoult
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Jodi Picoult’s last novel, Small Great Things, was rightly considered to be one of the most thought-provoking and timely novels of 2016. A Spark of Light is just as compelling, and just as important.

A lone gunman at an abortion clinic has taken hostages. How did he get there? Picoult tells his and the hostages’ stories in an utterly gripping novel of contemporary ethics.

Bloody Brilliant Women
Cathy Newman
William Collins
UK Edition

A radical, iconoclastic history of modern Britain told through the stories of some of the most important – yet overlooked – figures of the 20th and 21st Centuries, all of whom are women. Vital, and hugely readable.

What We're Teaching Our Sons
Owen Booth
4th Estate
UK Edition

One of the funniest, strangest and most moving books you’ll read this year,What We’re Teaching Our Sons is a brilliant take on modern masculinity, as well as a touching exploration of fatherhood.

Dark Sacred Night
Michael Connelly
Orion
UK Edition

Michael Connelly goes from strength to strength – and this new blockbuster sees young detective Renee Ballard (from The Late Show) cross paths with Harry Bosch. A pitch perfect slice of crime.

The Turn of Midnight
Minette Walters
Allen & Unwin
UK Edition

The second volume of Minette Walters’ new historical series is another gripping, utterly compelling novel set in the dark days of the Black Death. The people of Develish have survived. But for how long?

Forget My Name
J.S. Monroe
Head of Zeus
UK Edition

This absolutely stunning mystery from the author ofFind Me will have you guessing right to the very end. A woman arrives at Tony and Laura’s front door. She says she lives there. They say not. Who is lying?

Red Birds
Mohammed Hanif
Bloomsbury
UK Edition

One of the most distinctive world voices, Mohammed Hanif returns with an exceptional novel of war, family and love. An American pilot seeks refuge in a camp he was supposed to bomb. Will he survive?

The Syndicate
Guy Bolton
Oneworld Publications
UK Edition

The Pictures was one of the standout crime debuts of the last few years, and The Syndicate returns to the golden age of Hollywood, in a novel of murder, revenge and secrets. Hard-boiled and brilliantly done.

The Bitter
Francesca Jakobi
W&N
UK Edition

It’s 1969, and while the summer of love lingers in London, Gilda is consumed by her past. Beautiful and devastating, Bitter explores the decisions that define our lives and the bond between mothers and sons.

XX
Angela Chadwick
Dialogue Books
UK Edition

When Rosie and Jules sign up to be the first women to have a daughter without any male involvement, they can’t wait to make history. But they could never expect the hate that would come their way. Will it tear them apart?

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Top Ten Books from UK – September 2018

A really broad selection of books this month, ranging from Literary Fiction to Cookery,
from Romance to Sci-Fi. You’re sure to find something interesting, unusual and rather wonderful — so why not request something a little different and expand your horizons? Enjoy!

Paris Echo
Sebastian Faulks
Hutchinson
UK Edition

Sebastian Faulks is one of the most consistently entertaining and thoughtful British writers, and Paris Echo is a real treat for anyone who loves a compelling narrative with an emotional heart.

American Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, but both are seeking something on the streets of Paris. While Hannah is researching the lives of women during the German occupation, Tariq is looking for his mother. Their stories show a different side of Paris, and explore identity, history and loss.

Extraordinary, vivid and deeply moving.

Killer T
Robert Muchamore
Hot Key Books
UK Edition

Robert Muchamore’s Killer Tis a genre-bending tale of coming of age, terrorism and gene editing. As a deadly virus is let loose, British Harry and American Charlie must stick together as the world falls apart. A truly compelling, clever and utterly captivating novel.

The Clockmaker's Daughter
Kate Morton
Mantle
UK Edition

Two unexpected guests. Two long-kept secrets. A gunshot in the dark. This is another superlative historical thriller, full of passion, secrets, intrigue and suspense from the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton.

French Exit
Patrick deWitt
Bloomsbury Publishing
UK Edition

Patrick deWitt’s unique voice — tragic, comic and all points between — is one of the great joys of modern literature, as anyone who’s read The Sisters Brotherswill tell you. This new novel is a worthy successor, moving from New York to Paris in a riotous comedy of manners.

Rosewater
Tade Thompson
Orbit
UK Edition

This much lauded, prizewinning work of speculative fiction is bold, innovative and hugely readable. Rosewater is a community living in the shade of an alien biodome. But when government agents begin to die, Kaaro must investigate the truth.

Everyday Madness
Lisa Appignanesi
Fourth Estate
UK Edition

This memoir in three parts explores the way we cope under the daily madness of moden life. In luminous and elegant prose, Lisa Appignanesi offers acute insights into our mental health, as well as a deeply moving exploration of love, loss, hope and grief.

A Little Bird Told Me
Marianne Holmes
Agora Books
UK Edition

Set in the scorching summer of 1976, A Little Bird Told Meis a deeply affecting tale of mystery, deception and small town secrets. Robyn notices a strange man is watching her. Has it something to do with why the whole town is gossiping about her mother…?

Strudel, Noodles & Dumplings
Anja Dunk
Fourth Estate
UK Edition

German cuisine is perhaps not as well known or revered in the UK as Italian or French cookery, but this might well change after the publication of Anja Dunk’s brilliant introduction to the German kitchen. Packed with flavourful recipes inspired by Anja’s family history, this is a must read.

The Corset
Laura Purcell
Raven Books
UK Edition

A Victorian chiller of the very highest order, The Corset is a creepy, compulsively readable novel of madness, murder and retribution. Dorothea visits Oakgate Prison to see Ruth, a woman on trial for murder. Is she really guilty? And if so, how did she kill someone with just a needle and thread?

The Governess Game
Tessa Dare
Mills & Boon
UK Edition

From the author of The Duchess Deal comes another passionate and consuming historical romance. Governess Alexandra is employed to turn two orphans into proper young ladies. It’s a near impossible job, especially as their guardian is notorious rake, Chase Reynaud…

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Top Ten Books from UK – August 2018

A really interesting collection of titles this month, from a variety of genres. August is a traditionally slow month for publishing, but we’re sure you’ll find something that will fast become a favourite. Enjoy!

A Treachery of Spies
Manda Scott
Bantam Press
UK edition

With an endorsement from the doyen of modern spy thrillers, Mick Herron, and numerous comparisons with John Le Carré, The Treachery of Spies is a brilliantly executed thriller of the first class.

The body of an elderly – and strikingly beautiful – woman  is found dead in Orleans, France. It is clearly a murder, and one that follows the method of execution of traitors to the Resistance in WWII. To find the truth of the present, Inspector Inès Picaut must go back to the days of war-torn France, no matter how dangerous…

The Girl in the Letter
Emily Gunnis
Headline Review
UK edition

Emily Gunnis is the daughter of Penny Vincenzi, and this brilliant novel shows she has inherited her mother’s flair. Samantha Harper discovers a letter from the 50s, which brings her to St Margaret’s, a former home for unmarried mothers. What secrets do its walls hold?

The Way of All Flesh
Ambrose Parry
Canongate Books
UK edition

One of the most compelling and atmospheric crime novels of the year, The Way of All Flesh is set in 19th Century Edinburgh against the backdrop of a serial killer. Will, a medical student, and Sarah, a housekeeper, join forces, using new techniques to catch the killer.

Future Popes of Ireland
Darragh Martin
Fourth Estate
UK edition

The debut adult novel from Darragh Martin is a hilarious, touching and ambitious look at the hopes and dreams of an unforget-table family. In 1979, Bridget Doyle has only one wish: to be grandmother to a pope. Thirty years on, is a miracle about to happen…?

The Psychology of Time Travel
Kate Mascarenhas
Head of Zeus
UK edition

Four women in the 1960s invent time travel. Thirty years later, a woman is found murdered – but no one seems interested in finding the killer. Who was the woman who was slain? Why is there a cover-up? And in a time-travelling world, how can her murder be solved?

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
Andrew Miller
Sceptre
UK edition

Andrew Miller’s meticulous, immersive and surprising historical fiction has won many awards – and this is another winner. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is the story of a soldier returning from the Napoleonic wars, trying to rebuild his life. But freedom comes at a price…

This Really Isn't About You
Jean Hannah Edelstein
Picador
UK edition

Jean Hannah Edelstein is one of the most perceptive, warm and wise writers around, and this memoir is a heart-breaking, hopeful, often painfully funny exploration of grief, life and love. Sure to be one of the most discussed memoirs of the year.

The Beekeeper of Sinjar
Dunya Mikhail
Serpent's Tail
UK edition

A harrowing and poetic work of literary non-fiction that weaves the stories of the Yazidi women of Iraq, persecuated by ISIS for not converting to Islam, with the story of ‘The Beekeeper of Sinjar’, a man who risks everything to move them to safety.

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree
Paola Peretti
Hot Key Books
UK edition

A hugely moving, life-affirming, yet bitter-sweet tale, The Distance Between Me and The Cherry Tree, tells the story of Mafalda, a 9-year-old girl who knows that soon she will lose her sight. Fans of Wonder will fall in love with this tender, affecting tale.

This Child of Ours
Sadie Pearse
Sphere
UK edition

A timely and deeply moving novel, This Child of Ours brilliantly explores the dilemma facing two loving parents. When their 7-year-old daughter Riley says she doesn’t feel comfortable in her skin, Sally and Theo have some tough decisions to make…

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