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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Top Ten Books from UK – July 2018

The big summer reads begin here — and we’ve hand-picked ten titles that we’re sure are going to be the most read and talked about amongst the sunloungers. Enjoy!

Suicide Club
Rachel Heng
Sceptre
UK Edition

The subject of a frenzied bidding war last year, Suicide Club is already one of the most talked-about books of 2018.

The premise is irresitable. In a world where life expectancy is 300, society craves immortality. Lea thought she was one of them, but one mistake puts her on the radar of Suicide Club, a radical, underground group devoted to meat, jazz, sex and death. It’s time for Lea to grasp what living really means.

Clever, compelling and wholly believable, this is a superb novel about our most basic desires.

Watching You
Lisa Jewell
Century
UK Edition

Lisa Jewell just goes from strength to strength,Watching You being the perfect follow up to the hugely popular I Found Youand Then She Was Gone. What starts as an innocent crush, becomes a deadly obsession. You’re watching him. But you are not alone…

The Temptation of Gracie
Santa Montefiore
Simon & Schuster
UK Edition

Santa Montefiore captivates her readers with compelling characters and an unnerring sense of place — and The Temptation of Gracie is the perfect blend of both. Gracie is a woman with secrets. And in a Tuscan castle, they are finally going to be revealed…

Toxic
Nicci Cloke
Hot Key Books
UK Edition

From one of YA’s hottest properties comes a contemporary tale of mystery and friendship. Hope is in Crete on holiday with her male friends. Then she wakes alone on a beach, without memory of the night before. What really happened?

Munmun
Jesse Andrews
Allen & Unwin
UK Editions

Somewhere in the unlikely intersection between 1984 and Douglas Adams sits Munmun, a hilarious and prescient novel that skewers the inequalities of today. In an alternative world, the poor are tiny and the rich skyscraper tall. Warner is the size of a rat, but for how long?

Invitation to a Bonfire
Adrienne Celt
Raven Books
UK Edition

Captivatingly recreating 1930s America, Invitation to a Bonfire is a fictional reimagining of Vladimir Nabokov’s marriage, and the strains, tensions and secrets exposed when Zoya, a teenage Russian emigree, enters his life. Haunting, tense, atmospheric and provoking.

Believe Me
JP Delaney
Quercus
UK Edition

JP Delaney’s The Girl Beforewas 2017’s biggest debut – and Believe Me is set to become another blockbuster. Claire is an out-of-work actress about to play the role of her life. The police want her to help snare a killer. But who is playing whom? Brillliantly addictive.

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

The Little Mermaid is one of the most beloved fairy tales – but The Sea Witch shows its villain from a new perspective. Evie is wracked with guilt after the death of her friend Anna. Then Anna seems to return. Can it really be her?

Slay In Your Lane
Yomi Adegoke; Elizabeth Uviebinene
Fourth Estate
UK Edition

Slay in Your Lane is the black girl bible — an indispensible guide to living today. Featuring interviews with prominent black British women, and Yomi and Elizabeth’s insights and experiences, it’s provocative, uplifting, timely and important.

The Anomaly
Michael Rutger
Zaffre
UK Edition

A barn-storming thriller that introduces a new name in high-octane, page-turning suspense. A TV crew uncovers a cache of rare archeological importance. It’s a dream come true. But some things were meant to remain hidden…

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Top Ten Books from the UK – June 2018

A wonderful selection this month, with a real spread of titles across many genres. We’re really excited about The Tall Man—our Book of the Month for June—and expect it to be one of the most talked about thrillers of the year. There’s also the beginning of a great new YA series—Bookshop Girl—which is sure to appeal to all bibliophiles with a romantic heart. Also, look out for Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now? which is being touted as this generation’s Bridget Jones. Enjoy!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Tall Man
Phoebe Locke
Wildfire
UK Edition

The Tall Man is sure to be one of this year’s most celebrated and compelling thrillers. A creepy tale that blends Stranger Things and Stephen King with contemporary domestic terror – and creates something vivid, singular and utterly captivating.

Set across three decades, The Tall Man traces the strange events that culminate in the trial of a teenager charged with murder. How much is real? Does the Tall Man really exist? And did he really cause the disappearance of a young mother?

It will have you reading long into the night!

An Ocean of Minutes
Thea Lim
Quercus
UK Edition

Praised by Junot Diaz as ‘extraordinary’, An Ocean of Minutes draws comparisons with The Time Traveller’s Wife. But this tale of a woman sent 13 years into the future to save the man she loves, cuts deeper and more true. Heart-breaking and haunting.

Love Will Tear Us Apart
Holly Seddon
Corvus
UK Edition

The third novel from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe, is a wholly engaging exploration of a seemingly happy marriage. With twists and turns, it is a tense and profound look at the pressures and complexities of modern love and friendship.

Her Name Was Rose
Claire Allan
Avon
UK Edition

There has been a revival in ‘Hitchockian’ thrillers – ones that evoke the same sense of dread and suspense as the great master. Her Name Was Rose is a brilliant example, with a central character who will stop at nothing to replace the woman she watched die…

I Will Be Complete
Glen David Gold
Sceptre
UK Edition

Glen David Gold is the author of the bestselling historical novel Carter Beats the Devil – but I Will Be Complete is a different kind of history: his own. This sublime memoir is the story of his early life, living—alone and apart—with an extremely eccentric mother…

Bookshop Girl
Chloe Coles
Hot Key Books
UK Edition

Chloe Coles is a bookseller at Foyles, and her YA debut is set amongst the stacks and dust of a bookstore called Bennett’s. Paige loves Bennett’s, so when it is threatened with closure, she starts a campaign to save it – with romantic and hilarious consequences…

Conan Doyle for the Defence
Margalit Fox
Profile Books
UK Edition

Not content with writing some of the most ingenious crime stories of all time, Conan Doyle also helped solve real life mysteries. This true story relates his attempt to free a Jewish immigrant who was imprisoned for over 18 years after being convicted of murder. Convincing and gripping.

Boy Underwater
Adam Baron
HarperCollins Children's
UK Edition

Adam Baron’s Boy Underwateris a classic children’s tale to delight, amuse and inspire. Cymbeline Igloo has never been swimming. His mother has never allowed him near water. But why? On the day of his first swimming lesson, Cym begins to find out why…

With or Without You
Shari Low
Aria
UK Edition

In the tradition of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes, comes a clever, recognisable and unusual romance. On Millennium Eve, Liv and Nate decide to split. But is it the right decision? Over the next twenty years, we see both possibilities play out, for good or ill…

How Do You Like Me Now?
Holly Bourne
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Already hugely popular with NetGalley members, Holly Bourne’s first novel for adults is a cracker. Tori Bailey is staring down the barrel of 30 and wondering what on earth to do as everyone around her marries off. Has she the courage to do what she wants?

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NetGalley UK’s Top Ten Books, April 2018

As we decided which ten titles to include this month, we all agreed April certainly was the cruellest month. There were so many exciting books to consider that it provoked some fierce debate – some of which is still raging!

Though we were sad not to be able to include Gayle Forman’s I Have Lost My Way, Circe by Madeline Miller and Skybound by Rebecca Loncraine, we think this is one of the strongest months yet. Enjoy!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Dear Mrs Bird
A J Pearce
Picador
UK Edition

You may well have seen Dear Mrs Bird rather a lot on NetGalley—and there’s a reason for that: we all think it’s a marvellous, wonderful book. And it’s not just us: NetGalley members love it too. Which is why we think this is going to be one of the best debuts of the year.

London, 1940. Emmy Lake types letters for Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But Emmy is about to rebel…

Irresistibly funny, charming and moving, this is a book to tell everyone about.

The One Who Wrote Destiny
Nikesh Shukla
Atlantic Books
UK Edition

The eagerly anticipated new novel from the editor of The Good Immigrant is a brilliantly constructed, wonderfully moving and bitingly funny novel of three generations of one family. Ranging from Kenya to Keighly, from death to life, from love to racism, The One Who Wrote Destiny will be one of the most popular and important novels of the year

Macbeth
Jo Nesbo
Hogarth
UK Edition

Hogarth’s series of reworkings of Shakespeare plays by contemporary writers has been a huge success, but Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is something different – a seering crime drama that does real justice to the source material. Inspector Macbeth is a cop with a past – and a glittering future. But his vaulting ambition could be his undoing..

Starfish
Akemi Dawn Bowman
Ink Road
UK Edition

A huge hit in 2017 with readers in the US, Starfish looks set to be a 2018 YA sensation in the UK. Kiko dreams of attending her dream art school, Prism; but is left devastated when she is rejected. Then a childhood friend suggests visiting her on the West Coast. It’s a chance for Kiko to discover what she wants to be, and who she is. Heartbreaking and illuminating.

Ordinary People
Diana Evans
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

The highly-acclaimed, award-winning author of 26a returns with her first novel in nine years – and it is worth the wait. Acute, tender and insighful, Ordinary People tells the story of two couples at a crossroads, battling the daily pressures that can change lives. It is a bravura novel of identity, love and family – with a cracking soundtrack to boot.

The Lido
Libby Page
Orion
UK Edition

Acquired in a frenzy of interest just before last year’s London Book Fair, The Lido is a compelling and uplifting tale of inter-generational friendship. Rosemary (86) and Kate (26) don’t appear to have much in common. But both love outdoor swimming at their local lido. When the lido is threatened with closure, the two women swing into action…

The Man I Think I Know
Mike Gayle
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Mike Gayle is one of the funniest and most perceptive writers around – and his latest is his very best yet. Compared to Jojo Moyes and Ruth Hogan, The Man I Think I Know is a touching and wise story of two men bound by the past and unsure of their future – and how their friendship is tested by the world. Witty, warm and uttterly compelling.

The Overstory
Richard Powers
William Heinemann
UK Edition

Richard Powers is one of America’s most intriguing, intelligent and unusual novelists, and this is his masterpiece. Already being touted as a Man Booker Prize frontrunner, The Overstory is a ranging, deeply felt exploration of our relationship with nature, and the delicate balance we strike with it.

The Wolf
Leo Carew
Wildfire
UK Edition

There are many pretenders to George RR Martin’s throne, but Leo Carew’s debut novel – the first in the Under the Northern Sky series – shows him to be a worthy adversary. A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky, and two very different ways of life are about to do battle. Bold, fresh and captivating.

A Grand Old Time
Judy Leigh
Avon
UK Edition

A breakout from an old people’s home. A road trip beginning in Dublin and continuing through the UK and on to France. A disapproving son in hot pursuit. Things are certainly changing for 75-year-old Evie Gallagher. But is there one last surprise on the cards? Riotously funny, genuinely touching and inspiring.

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NetGalley UK’s Top Ten Books, March 2018

March kicks off Spring with a bang, with an interesting blend of the brand new, the emerging and unsung. There are so many exciting books it’s hard to know where to start, but if you like crime, you must check out the next books from two of the most promising new mystery writers of 2017 – Daniel ‘Ragdoll’ Cole and Joseph ‘Sirens’ Knox. They are going head to head, so be sure to see which one is your favourite.

There’s also a second novel from Chloe Benjamin, whose The Immortalists is already a New York Times bestseller in her native US; while Sal and Asymmetry are debuts to watch. And finally, the superb Samantha Harvey returns with her most ambitious novel to date, The Western Wind. Don’t miss it!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Immortalists
Chloe Benjamin
Tinder Press
UK Edition

Picking up a huge amount of buzz in the US, and soon to be a major television series, The Immortalists is shaping up to be one of the biggest books of 2018 – with fans including Karen Joy Fowler, Lorrie Moore, Louise O’Neill and Claire Fuller.

It’s 1969 and the four Gold children head for a grimy New York tenement to see a travelling psychic who claims to know the date anyone will die. Over the following years, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies of the fortune-teller. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them?

A tender, compelling and sweeping novel of siblings, this is one to treasure.

Hangman
Daniel Cole
Trapeze
UK Edition

Daniel Cole’s Ragdoll was one of the creepiest, and most reviewed, crime thrillers listed on NetGalley in 2017 – and this follow up further displays the suspense, twists and characters that made Ragdoll such a hit. As London and New York are both hit by a wave of serial killings. DCI Emily Baxter must work with two American agents. But is all what it seems?

Asymmetry
Lisa Halliday
Granta
UK Edition

A powerful, deeply charged novel of sex, politics and the power of the mind, Asymmentry will be one of the most talked about debuts of the year. A woman falls in love with a much older man. A man waits at an airport to fly to Kurdistan. A celebrated writer appears on Desert Island Discs. These three events shape a narrative of bold invention and seering insight.

The Smiling Man
Joseph Knox
Doubleday
UK Edition

Few crime novels were as well received as Sirens in 2017 – and Joseph Knox’s The Smiling Man proves that DI Aidan Waits is one of the best new coppers on the beat. Waits is resigned to the night shift, away from major crimes. But then he finds a body, a man beyond recognition, his face set in a smile. And to find the man’s identity, Waits must confront his own…

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

Already feverishly awaited, Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone is billed as the fantasy novel of 2018 – and it does not disappoint. Zeile’s mother, along with other practitioners of magic, was murdered in a purge of her people. With magic within her, Zeile must live in the shadows, hiding her gift from all. But the time has come to rise up, and with that comes great danger, and great adventure.

Bookworm
Lucy Mangan
Square Peg
UK Edition

The books we read as children shape us in a way we can never truly understand, and this pitch-perfect memoir takes us right back to the days of reading by torchlight under the covers, and losing oneself utterly in another world. From the most established classics, to personal favourites, Lucy Mangan gloriously evokes the pleasures of childhood reading, and what we can learn from it.

The Western Wind
Samantha Harvey
Jonathan Cape
UK Edition

A case could be made for Samantha Harvey as the UK’s most underrated writer. Her work is always different, always beautifully written, with a depth of understanding few can rival. The Western Wind looks like it could be the big breakout success she so readily deserves. A man dies in 15th Century Somerset. Was it an accident, murder or suicide? The village priest, John Reve, decides to find out.

Hetty's Farmhouse Bakery
Cathy Bramley
Corgi
UK Edition

Lauded by Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Trisha Ashley, Cathy Bramley is one of the best emerging contemporary romance writers in the UK right now. And this is the perfect place for new readers to begin. Thirty-two-year-old Hetty begins to think her family is taking her for granted. But things are about to change, thanks to a competition to find Cumbria’s finest food…

Sal
Mick Kitson
Canongate
UK Edition

Chosen by the Observer as one of the debuts of 2018, Sal is a thrilling, emotionally engaging and highly moving novel of survival, protection and the bond between sisters. Sal has packed a knife, watched survival videos on YouTube and is heading to the wilds of Scotland. She’s taking her sister with her too. Her sister is ten. And that was the age Robert started on Sal…

The Wicked Deep
Shea Ernshaw
Simon & Schuster Children's
UK Edition

This brilliantly magical and mythical tale of watery fates and bloody revenge is a masterclass in fantasy writing. Centuries ago, the town of Sparrow drowned the Swan sisters for witchery. Each summer since, the sisters have returned from the depths to seek their revenge. But this year, things are different thanks to 17-year old Penny, and a stranger called Bo…

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