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
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…
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.
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
Mills & Boon
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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’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 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
HarperCollins Children's Books
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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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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
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
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?
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.
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.
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
Hodder & Stoughton
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!
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
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.
Kit de Waal
Orion Children's Books
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…
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
Chatto & Windus
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
Hodder & Stoughton
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
Simon & Schuster Children's
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
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
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
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
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…
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!
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 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
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’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…
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.
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
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.
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…
Head of Zeus
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…
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?
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
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
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
Macmillan Children's Books
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
Simon & Schuster UK
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.
Chatto & Windus
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
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
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.
HarperCollins Children's Books
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
Chatto & Windus
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.
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.
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
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….
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
Simon & Schuster UK
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.
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
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
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…
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
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.
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
Mills & Boon
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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