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!


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.

Daniel Cole
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?

Lisa Halliday
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
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.

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
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…

Mick Kitson
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…


Cover Love

We’ve rounded up book covers that we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Furyborn by Claire Legrand!

Click on each cover to read the full book description, request (or wish for) the title, and cast your vote for the cover. If you’ve read these books, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

Want to continue gazing upon gorgeous covers? Check out our Cover Love series!

Library Reads

LibraryReads List

February 2018

With a new year comes a new TBR list! LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in February 2018 that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library: A Novel, by Sue Halpern
(Harper Perennial, 9780062678966)


Top Ten Books from the UK – February 2018

We hope you had a wonderful festive period, and managed to get some reading done over the holidays! We’re really looking forward to another year of great books, and this collection of highlights for February suggests it’s going to be a cracker.

You might have seen our Book of the Month a few times on – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a book we all love, and we suspect it might be one of the most popular titles of 2018. There’s also a new Julian Barnes novel, The Only Story, which is always a cause for celebration.

Here’s to a brilliant 2018!

Book of the Month

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 – and this is certainly the case for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Who could possibly resist a supernatural twist on an Agatha Christie-style Golden Age murder mystery?

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. But each day, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest – and someone is determined to stop him from ever getting to the truth.

Delivering on every level, this is a standout thriller that you’ll read in one glorious sitting. 

The Only Story
Julian Barnes
Jonathan Cape
UK Edition

The sublime Julian Barnes returns with another elegant, acute and deeply moving glimpse into the human heart. Paul is nineteen and in love, his first love; a love that flies in the face of social convention.But it is merely the beginning of his romantic life, one that will shape and define his years. Beautifully written, tender and surprising, The Only Story is Barnes at his incomparable best.

Force of Nature
Jane Harper
Little, Brown
UK Edition

Jane Harper’s debut, The Dry, was one of the most garlanded thrillers of 2017 and her follow-up, Force of Nature is similarly replete with tension, suspense and twists. As a team bonding exercise, five co-workers walk out for a hike. But only four return. What happened to Alice? Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has his suspicions; especially as Alice was embroiled in his latest case. Gripping from first to last.

The Gods of Love
Nicola Mostyn
UK Edition

The Gods of Love has been described as Neil Gaiman meets Bridget Jones, which gives a flavour of the humour and imagination of this wickedly funny debut. Frida is a divorce lawyer. She is also, though she doesn’t know it, a descendent of Eros. When a deranged man called Dan bursts into her office claiming only she can save the world, Frida must assume the role of humanity’s saviour…

The House of Impossible Beauties
Joseph Cassara
UK Edition

The Harlem Ball scene – immortalised in the classic documentary Paris is Burning – inspires this witty, iconoclastic and moving tale of gay and transgender clubbers inaugurating the first all-Latino House. Between the 70s and 90s in New York City, we meet a vividly depicted cast of characters as they provide an alternative history of the City, of love, and of finding your true self, whatever that might be.

The Word for Woman is Wilderness
Abi Andrews
Serpent's Tail
UK Edition

Abi Andrews has created a wonderfully immersive hybrid novel: part travelogue, part fiction, part rumination on nature and it is a superb achievement. Erin is 19 and has barely ever left England – but  now finds herself traversing the globe, treking through the Alaskan wildernesss. It’s a journey that will challenge her physically and mentally, as well as bringing her closer to nature and to understanding herself.

The Eye of the North
Sinéad O’Hart
Stripes Publishing
UK Edition

The Eye of the North is classic Children’s fiction of the highest order, suffused with magic, adventure, strange lands and mythical quests. Emmeline Widget has long believed her parents have meant her harm. But now they have vanished, and Emmeline is forced to head to the frozen north to discover the truth. It’s a mission that will find her run with ice ponies and face the terrifying Northwitch. Ideal for readers of all ages.

The Perfect Stranger
Megan Miranda
UK Edition

Failed journalist Leah bumps into an old friend, Emmy Grey, and decides to move out to the country with her. It’s an escape that turns strange when a woman is murdered who looks just like Emmy. And sinister when Emmy herself disappears. This unnerving tale of identity, secrets and violence is truly compelling with enough twists to satisfy any mystery junkie.

In the Pines
Erik Kriek
UK Edition

The murder ballad has been a staple of songwriters since the turn of the twentieth century, and this exceptional graphic novel from the creative mind of Erik Kriek uses them as a springboard to create a series of stories that chill, surprise and horrify. Get lost in the forests, wander where the wild roses grow and watch for old Stagger Lee in this eerie collection…

The Memory Chamber
Holly Cave
UK Edition

The central premise of The Memory Chamber is one of hope: the end of death. Now you can just choose your favourite memories and live them out for eternity. It sounds idyllic. But all is not quite what it seems, as Heaven Architect Isobel realises as she creates a heaven for the man she has fallen in love with. Jarek has secrets. And he is not alone… 


Indie Next List

February edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the February Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Additional Indie Next titles

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by Francisco Cantú
(Riverhead Books, 9780735217713)

Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel by Paul Howarth
(Harper, 9780062690968)

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
(Counterpoint, 9781619023345)

Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces by Dawn Davies
(Flatiron Books, 9781250133700)

The Unmade World: A Novel by Steve Yarbrough
(Unbridled Books, 9781609531430)

The Mitford Murders: A Mystery by Jessica Fellowes
(Minotaur Books, 9781250170781)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins
(Harper Perennial, 9780062666154)

Library Reads

LibraryReads List

January 2018

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in January that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

The Woman in the Window: A Novel, by A.J. Finn
(William Morrow, 9780062678416)

News from NetGalley

Thank You, Readers

2017 has been one of our most exciting years yet, thanks to dedicated book advocates like you! In the past year on NetGalley, you’ve submitted over 695,000 opinions and reviews. Plus, you’ve connected more than 13,000 social accounts to streamline your review process. Your influence has helped books land in stores, schools, and libraries around the world so that other readers can discover and help books reach their fullest potential.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on our year together on NetGalley. . .

This summer, we made your reviews visible to fellow members to give them the platform they deserve.
With the addition of keywords, you can better describe and categorize books for members.
Plus, you can indicate which reviews you find most helpful.

We also gave UK members their own dedicated site!
On, UK members can find books that are most relevant to them while retaining their existing auto-approvals and feedback.

Most recently, we made it easier than ever to share your reviews via your Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. With just one click, you can indicate to publishers where you talk about the books you love.

And we expanded where we talk about books, too: this year we brought you even more content from,
an editorially independent division of NetGalley. Bookish also launched BookishFirst, where avid readers can get a First Look at pre-publication books, write reviews, and win free books.

But 2017 isn’t over just yet! There’s still time to submit your final reviews of 2017 on NetGalley: press the Feedback button to submit your Opinions, leave star ratings, and send your full Reviews to publishers. Then, don’t forget to share them socially!

As we look ahead to 2018, we’re excited to introduce you to even more new features, books, and authors & publishers. Thanks as always for your continued support of NetGalley and dedication to helping books succeed.

Happy holidays!
The NetGalley Team


How Working With Publishers and Publicists Can Work For You!

by Sarah Miniaci, Smith Publicity

In not-so-ancient history, Amazon was best known as a jungle in South America and the closest thing that existed to an influential book blog was The New York Times Book Review.

Smith Publicity acts as a “publisher” on NetGalley offering the books of our wide-ranging clients to reviewers through NetGalley. We celebrated 20 years in book publicity in 2017, and have seen countless changes in the business of promoting books over that time. But from 1997 to today, one thing has remained constant: the importance of book reviews.

Between the indie publishing boom, the advent of e-books, and the emergence of incredible platforms like NetGalley, there has arguably never been a more interesting and exciting time to be a reader, writer, or publishing industry professional. The so-called ‘gatekeepers’ like The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly certainly haven’t been rendered irrelevant – but they’re no longer the only game in town, either. How do we reach the new generation of bloggers, bookstagrammers, Goodreads influencers and Amazon power reviewers? Through NetGalley, of course!

Whether you’re a journalist, book blogger, librarian, retailer, or someone who simply loves to read and offer your unique perspective on the latest and greatest titles, know that every single request and bit of feedback you remit on NetGalley is as precious as gold to book publicists, authors, and publishers. At Smith Publicity, we couldn’t be more appreciative of and enthusiastic about your passionate, dedicated, and diverse community – and as we enter a new year (and look to expand our auto-approval list!), wanted to share with you all some of our favorite NetGalley community reviewer practices:

Love a book you found on NetGalley? Shout it from the (digital) rooftops!

 For book publicists, there is no better feeling than helping an author get their book into the hands of a reader who deeply connects with their story / ideas / characters / themes / etc. If you love a book you found on NetGalley, please do share your feedback on it within – and outside of! – the NetGalley platform. Cross-posting your review to Amazon, Goodreads, and any other social media platforms or sites you regularly use is extremely valuable – and sure to put you on the “Nice” list of any publisher whose books you’ve requested.

To review or not to review? That is the question…

While of course we book publicists (and the authors and publishers we represent) would love a steady stream of glowing, 5-star reviews for each and every book we’re working on, we’re also realistic – and sincerely grateful for any title feedback at all so long as it is thoughtful, cleanly written, and fundamentally respectful. If you’re in doubt as to whether or not you should post your feedback on a title that perhaps you weren’t over the moon about, never hesitate to write to us directly. We love hearing from you, and are always happy to hear diverse opinions!

 Mark your calendar and give your favorite authors a little gift on their “book birthday”

Anytime, anywhere, any way – we absolutely love getting new reviews in, and don’t tend to be particularly fussy about when, where, or how they happen (unless otherwise noted by way of an embargo, of course). If you want to go the extra mile, however, do pay attention to the “book birthday” – otherwise known as publication date! – and, if it’s not too much trouble, try to either review the book by that date, or give your previously remitted review a little “boost” by promoting it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon — or even by mentioning it to your local library or bookshop! Tip for those Type A’s among us: some of our NetGalley BFFs even mark their calendars with the book birthday right when they get approval notification.

DNF? File issues? Other questions, issues, or requests? Get in touch!

We are always, always but a brief email away – and not to sound too much like a broken record, but we truly do love hearing from you! If ever you have questions about a title, predict that you’re not going to be able to finish a book you started, or have any other questions or requests whatsoever, please, don’t hesitate to write to us. We know we speak for every single publisher, author, and other industry professional on NetGalley when we say that getting to engage with other passionate readers is one of the very best parts of the job, and that you are so, so important to this wonderful industry of ours. In the case of file issues, always reach out to NetGalley support to help you troubleshoot the problem and they will work with us to improve the file or formats available whenever needed.

We know your TBR piles are mammoth, we’re readers too – we get it! You’re not going to be able to review every book you download and not every book is going to be a fit. But please be aware that when you download a book, it does open a relationship with the publicist and author behind that book. Seeing a download sets certain expectations. We start checking in often because we’re excited about your feedback. If you don’t think you’ll get to a book, just let us know. If you don’t have time for a full review – consider leaving a star rating on NetGalley, Goodreads and Amazon. It only takes a couple minutes and is getting even easier with NetGalley’s new “share” buttons.

Tell us – what do you wish publishers and publicists knew about how YOU use NetGalley? Tell us on social media @smithpublicity.


Need more recommendations for your TBR list?
Be sure to check out Smith Publicity’s upcoming titles & wish them a Happy 20th Anniversary!





15 Literary Gifts for Your Favorite Bookworm

Originally published on, an editorially independent division of NetGalley.

Admittedly, buying for an avid reader can be a tough task. Unless you stalk their Goodreads profile, it’s hard to know which books, authors, and genres they’ll enjoy. This is why we’ve put together a list of literary items that are sure to please your favorite bookworm (or, let’s be real, yourself).

This shirt is perfect for Hamilton-obsessed readers who are always scammin’ for every book they can get their hands on.

This scratch-off chart is excellent for bookworms who never met a reading challenge they didn’t like.

Can’t make it to the Great Hall for the Christmas feast? Never fear, you can still have a magical dinner experience with this gorgeous Hogwarts-themed dining set—complete with one place setting for each house. The added fun is sorting your guests as you tell them where to sit.

These canvas shoes are just the thing you need for taking a long and contemplative stroll through the countryside as you avoid your family’s prodding questions about your dating life.

Get these understated earrings for the most quotable person in your life.

Bring the library home with these colorful and cute library card throw pillows.

Your reader can show off their bookish pride with this carry-all pouch.

This is our favorite gift for little readers this season! Moonlite uses your phone’s flashlight to project stories onto the wall or ceiling, while a connected app provides readers with the story’s text and sound effects. Snuggle up with Moonlite and make bedtime magical.

Relive the opening passage of A Moveable Feast with this elegant kitchen towel.

This gift is cozy, literary, and stylish. What more could you ask for?

Embrace your inner free-thinking rebel with this 1984-inspired sweatshirt.

This glass is just our type.

This necklace features one of our favorite Louisa May Alcott quotes.

Have you ever loved a book so much that you wish you could bring it with you everywhere? With this tee from Litographs, we never have to part with Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper.

Made from the recycled pages of a 1999 Harry Potter book, these earrings make for a magical gift.


Cover Love

We’ve rounded up covers we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Let me Lie by Clare Mackintosh!

Click on each cover to read the full description, request (or wish for) the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve read these titles, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

Tell us in the comments below which covers you’re loving right now &
they could be included in next month’s edition!

Plus, don’t forget to check out Bookish’s Best Book Covers of 2017!