The Most Beautifully Written Books Lana Popović Has Ever Read

Originally published on Bookish.com, our sister company.

Language can be spellbinding. It can evoke sights, sounds, and smells. It can take you to different worlds and transform you into new characters. Lana Popović’s debut, Wicked Like a Wildfire, is already gaining serious attention for its vivid descriptions and lush writing. To celebrate the book’s release, Popović shared books that captivated her with their stunning writing.

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I have an abiding fascination with exploring the many aspects of beauty on the page—especially when this closer look is rendered in compellingly stunning language. Here are some of my favorite books that find beauty in the strange, the mundane, and the tragic, all gorgeously wrought down to each sentence.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This contemporary fantasy about blue-haired Karou—a girl at the center of an epic struggle that spills over from another realm into our own—is both visually stunning and lyrically written, and Laini Taylor’s take on angels and demons is dazzlingly original. Though anything that she writes verges on impossibly lovely, this is the book that broke my heart with its beauty and cemented my love for young adult fiction.

Kushiel’s Dart

Never have I read a book that made me want to ply its main character with lush trifles and cocktails in return for more stories as much as this one did. In Terre d’Ange, a land of unsurpassed beauty and grace, Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève is an anguissette chosen by Kushiel, the god of justice and vengeance. She’s a stunningly beautiful courtesan and spy who finds pleasure in pain. Brimming with political intrigue, gods, and shatteringly gorgeous love stories, this book is luscious and seductive, an ode to the danger of beauty.

The Fifth Season

This brilliant adult genre-bender—fantasy meets sci-fi meets dystopian—evokes a world built on the backs of orogenes, a minority blessed and cursed with the power of magical seismology, and wields it to deliver blisteringly perceptive social commentary on our own world. N.K. Jemisin’s visuals of a restive land trapped in a state of constant seismic upheaval are stark and stunning, and her exploration of human nature and the vastness of our emotional landscapes is piercingly beautiful, too.

Uprooted

Set in a Slavic-inspired fantasy world, this story follows the narrator into a gorgeous, verdant realm of old magic, sacrifice, and a sinister forest that isn’t what it seems. Agnieszka’s bright, unruly, and willful voice leaps off the page, and I found the twist on Slavic folklore particularly bewitching.

The Likeness

We don’t usually think of psychological/crime thrillers as beautiful, but Tana French’s plunge into the secluded little world of a toxically entwined, co-dependent group of friends—who may or may not be ruthless murderers and manipulators—is beautifully written, breathtakingly perceptive, and true to her unique brand of unsettlingly dark and twisty.

The Hidden Memory of Objects

This contemporary YA with a speculative twist follows Megan, a withdrawn and talented found-object artist, in her quest to prove that her charismatic, gregarious brother didn’t commit suicide like the police believe. Over the course of her own investigation, Megan relies on her newfound ability to see an object’s history by touching it—but only when that history is written in tragedy and pain. Danielle Mages Amato’s writing is clear and luminous, and her incisive exploration of grief, political corruption, and the haunting world of “murderabilia” lingers long after the last page.

Lana Popović was born in Serbia and spent her childhood summers in Montenegro. She lived in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania before moving to the United States, where she now calls Boston home. She works as a literary agent with Chalberg & Sussman, specializing in young adult literature.

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Happy Birthday, Authors!: A Look at Writers Born in August

Originally published on Bookish.com, our sister company.

August 1
Herman Melville (1819)
Amy Friedman (1952)
Madison Smartt Bell (1957)

August 2
James Baldwin (1924)
Isabel Allende (1942)
Beverly Coyle (1946)

August 3
P.D. James (1920)
Leon Uris (1924)
Marvin Bell (1937)
Walter Kirn (1962)

August 4
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792)
Knut Hamsun (1859)

August 5
Guy de Maupassant (1850)
Conrad Aiken (1889)
Wendell Berry (1934)

August 6
Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809)
Norma Farber (1909)
Piers Anthony (1934)

August 7
Garrison Keillor (1942)

August 8
Sara Teasdale (1884)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896)
Valerie Sayers (1952)

August 9
John Dryden (1631)
Philip Larkin (1922)
Daniel Keyes (1927)
Jonathan Kellerman (1949)

August 10
Suzanne Collins (1962)

August 11
Alex Haley (1921)
Andre Dubus (1936)

August 12
Edith Hamilton (1867)
William Goldman (1931)
Walter Dean Myers (1937)
Gail Parent (1940)

August 14
Russell Baker (1925)
William Kittredge (1932)

August 15
Sir Walter Scott (1771)
Edith Nesbit (1858)
Stieg Larsson (1954)
Mary Jo Salter (1954)

August 16
Wallace Thurman (1902)
William Maxwell (1908)
Charles Bukowski (1920)

August 17
Ted Hughes (1930)
V.S. Naipaul (1932)

August 18
Paula Danziger (1944)

August 19
Samuel Richardson (1689)
Ogden Nash (1902)
James Gould Cozzens (1903)

August 20
H.P. Lovecraft (1890)
Jacqueline Susann (1918)

August 21
X.J. Kennedy (1929)
Robert Stone (1937)

August 22
Dorothy Parker (1893)
Ray Bradbury (1920)
Annie Proulx (1935)

August 23
Edgar Lee Masters (1868)
Robert Irwin (1946)
Melanie Rae Thon (1957)

August 24
Jorge Luis Borges (1899)
Jean Rhys (1890)
A.S. Byatt (1936)

August 25
Charles Wright (1935)

August 26
Christopher Isherwood (1904)
Julio Cortázar (1914)
Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

August 27
Theodore Dreiser (1871)
C.S. Forester (1899)
Ira Levin (1929)
William Least Heat-Moon (1939)
Lisa Yee (1959)

August 28
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)
Sir John Betjeman (1906)
Janet Frame (1924)
Rita Dove (1952)

August 29
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809)
Preston Sturges (1898)

August 30
Mary Shelley (1797)

August 31
William Saroyan (1908)

Know of an author who should be on this list? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Best Book Club Picks for August 2017: Karin Slaughter, Leigh Bardugo, and More

Originally published on Bookish.com, our sister company.

Is your book club scrambling for an August read? We’ve got you covered! Here, we’ve pulled the best book club picks coming out this month. Whether you’re in the mood for a novel about motherhood, or would prefer to escape to the island of Themyscira, we have the book to get your club chatting. For more excellent picks, check out our Summer Previews!

The Good Daughter

Raise your hand if you love Karin Slaughter. We sure do. In this new novel from the beloved author,  sisters Charlotte and Samantha Quinn endure one terrible night that changes their lives forever. That was the night that their mother was killed. Nearly three decades later, another attack occurs in their small town of Pikeville. Charlotte, now a lawyer like her father, is immediately drawn into the case. But she struggles to handle the memories that this new attack is bringing to the surface for her, and her past threatens to catch up with her. Book clubs that love taut thrillers: Look no further.

Reincarnation Blues

Milo is running out of time. In Michael Poore’s novel, humans can be reincarnated up to 10,000 times, and Milo is down to his final five lives. After those, his “soul will be canceled like a dumb TV show.” Each death offers Milo a brief respite to rest before his new life begins, but more importantly it allows him to connect with his love, Suzie, more commonly known as Death. This is an insightful, funny, and thoughtful novel that is sure to connect with readers who like side of humor with their philosophical conversations. It’s also earned comparisons to the work of Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams, and fans of either are sure to easily get lost in this world.

Motherest

It’s been said that if it’s not one thing, it’s your mother. In her new novel MotherestKristen Iskandrian mines the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters. Agnes is a college student, and while this is typically a time that children separate from their parents, Agnes has more distance from her mother than she wants. While trying to get in touch with her mom, she finds herself in love and then pregnant. All the while, she writes letters to her mother about what she is experiencing. If there are any mothers in your book club, this book is sure to be doubly popular.

When I Am Through With You

Stephanie Kuehn’s thrilling novel is narrated by Ben Gibson, who is currently sitting in jail and ready to tell readers exactly how he got there. He begins his tale with two important facts: He loved his girlfriend, Rosa, and he killed her. From there the narrative explores just how a school camping trip ended in such tragedy. Ben promises not to lie during his retelling of events, but book clubs will no doubt love debating how reliable of a narrator he truly is.

To Die In Spring

If your book club loves diving into historical fiction, then To Die In Spring might be just the book for you to pick up this month. Ralf Rothmann’s novel introduces readers to Walter and Fiete, who are living in Germany near the end of the Second World War. They work on a dairy farm, but in 1945, they are forced to join the SS, and are quickly plunged into the horrific and violent end of the war. In  a starred review, Kirkus called this novel: “ Searing, haunting, incandescent: Rothmann’s new novel is a vital addition to the trove of wartime fiction.”

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Calling all feminist book clubs: This is the perfect read for August. Leigh Bardugo’s novel explores the origins of the iconic Wonder Woman. The tale starts on the island of Themyscira, where Diana feels more like an outsider than an Amazon. But she’s offered the chance to prove herself when she meets Alia—a descendant of Helen of Troy and the mythical Warbringer. The Warbringer is destined to bring about the worst war humankind has ever seen, but Diana believes that she can change the future. This is a novel sure to please long-time fans and newcomers still high off of the Wonder Woman movie, and book clubs will have plenty to talk about when it comes to female portrayal of strength, the importance of female friendship, and the relevance of Wonder Woman in today’s world.

Lights On, Rats Out

You likely already know Cree LeFavour for her cookbooks and her James Beard Award nomination. But here, she’s showing readers an entirely new side of herself.  For years, LeFavour struggled with self-harm—specifically, burning herself with cigarettes. Here, she recounts her time in therapy, along with her intense relationship with her therapist. This book is vivid, troubling, and sure to make a strong impression.  Readers, a word of  warning: For those who do not wish to read about self-harm, it might be best to pick out another book from this list.

Fast Falls the Night

Prosecutor Bell Elkins returned to her small Appalachian hometown after law school to help people in the impoverished community. But eight years later, she’s considering moving to D.C. and leaving the place behind. Her plans come to a sudden halt when several people in town die of overdoses. It seems that a batch of heroin laced with a lethal dose of elephant tranquilizer is to blame. Bell and her colleagues have a mere 24 hours to find the source of the drugs and save as many lives as they can. Book clubs looking for a chilling mystery based on true events will want to pick up Julia Keller’s novel.

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Indie Next List

September edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the September 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:

My Absolute Darling: A Novel, by Gabriel Tallent
(Riverhead Books, 9780735211179)

The Child Finder: A Novel, by Rene Denfeld
(Harper, 9780062659057)

Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems, by Danez Smith
(Graywolf Press, 9781555977856)

The Red-Haired Woman: A Novel, by Orhan Pamuk
(Knopf, 9780451494429)

The Other Alcott: A Novel, by Elise Hooper
(William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062645333)

Swallowing Mercury: A Novel, by Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Trans.)
(Transit Books/Consortium, 9781945492044)

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Robinne Lee on Writing Outside the Box

Originally published on Bookish.com, our sister company.

If you’re a fan of the silver screen, you may already know who Robinne Lee is. She’s acted in movies like Fifty Shades DarkerHitch, and 13 Going on 30. Acting is far from being her only talent, however, as she is the author of the novel The Idea of You—you might say that Robinne Lee doesn’t fit squarely into a box. Her writing doesn’t, either. The Idea of You tells the story of a mother who has a romance with a significantly younger pop star who her daughter happens to idolize. Here, Lee writes about the challenges and rewards of writing stories that aren’t easily classified.

When I started writing The Idea of You—the story of a thirty-nine year old divorced woman who engages in an impassioned affair with a twenty-year-old member of her daughter’s favorite boy band—I had a very clear idea of what I wanted this story to be. I knew how it was going to begin. I knew the journeys the characters were going to take. I knew how it was going to end. What I did not know—or more accurately, what I was not thinking about—was in which section of the bookstore it was going to find its home.

I love a good love story. I always have. In literature, in film, in music… I love a story that takes me by the heart and whips me up in a frenzy and leaves me someplace else. And that place does not necessarily have to be a happy place. I saw Titanicfour times in the theater. But it does have to make me feel and long and yearn and hope. And if it’s really doing its job, it makes me cry. I kind of like to cry.

So, that was the story I endeavored to write. An all-consuming love story that makes you feel, but that also makes you think. That makes you question. That tackles deeper, darker subjects. That butts up against cultural norms and traditions and what we expect from society and individuals. That provides some social commentary. That is what I took on with The Idea of You.

About six months in, I workshopped the first few chapters with my writers group, who were extremely encouraging and supportive. One of the members, a brilliant writer and a great friend, took me aside for a bit of advice.  Our exchange went as follows:

“You know, for a contemporary romance you need three love scenes that go from soup to nuts.”

I looked at her as if she had grown horns. “Oh,” I finally said. “But this is not a romance.”

“But there’s romance in it.”

“That’s because it’s a love story. I think of it is as women’s fiction.”

“Oh, well then her life should be more of a mess.”

“Why? Why must women’s lives be messes to be interesting? To be worth writing about? Can a female character not be compelling if her life is not a complete and utter mess?”

“Hmm…”

And so I knew I was up against something. That I was writing outside the box. That, in keeping with one of the main themes of the book, I was redefiningKirkus would later call it “genre-bending,” and I quite liked that. But when I was in the throes of it, I stuck to my gut and my story and tried not to think about the marketing plan. In the end, my query letter described it as “a work of women’s fiction with a literary bent and frank sexuality.”

My publisher, the exceptional St. Martin’s Press, labeled it as both women’s fiction and contemporary romance, and they packaged it with a woman’s face and a provocative tagline. I was hoping for a piece of abstract art (my protagonist owns a gallery and the art world is heavily featured in the book), but apparently faces sell. And facing out on shelves it looks a bit like a sleek magazine cover, which I have to admit is quite alluring.

But still there was the dilemma of it not fitting into the parameters of a traditional romance. I worried about how fans of that genre would receive it. There were elements I knew they would find intriguing, but there were others that deeply concerned me. That went so far against the formula I feared there would be backlash. I was not entirely wrong. But the backlash has not come in rejecting the story, so much as in readers’ request, nay demand, for a sequel. A sequel.

Each day since my publication I have awoken to a handful of readers voicing their desire for a part two. Or three, even. Mostly, it is incredibly flattering that someone has connected so much with my characters that they’d like to read more. But I don’t typically read books that are parts of series. Not as a rule, mind you, they just haven’t been the books I’ve gravitated towards. I read Harry Potter, because Harry Potter. And I read the Fifty Shades series, because as an actress I’d been cast in the films, and I thought it was wise to know what exactly I was getting myself into. And oh, what a universe it was! I devoured the Flowers in the Attic books when I was far too young to be reading them. But as an adult, given the choice, I’d rather explore new voices and new worlds, and walk in someone else’s shoes. And if I love a writer, I’ll keep going back to that writer. But in the expectation that she will offer up new, interesting stories. Not a continuation of the same.

For all these reasons, I’d never intended for this story to continue. I gave it the ending I thought it warranted. The one that felt most organic and truthful to me, and for my protagonist in that particular situation, at that particular time. I felt I’d said all I’d set out to say.

And so I find myself in a quandary. I spent three years breathing life into these people, and while often thrilling it was at times very painful for me. I became more emotionally vested in these characters than any I’d written prior. So much so that it was not entirely healthy; not for my psychological well-being, and not for my relationships. And perhaps that is the very reason people connect with them, because I lived them and their story as fully as possible. To make the choice to dive back into that abyss is one that I cannot take lightly.

But the other part of me thinks, “Well, how can I abandon the very people who clearly love my characters and their story? Maybe as much as I do. Isn’t that what matters?” And so, these last few weeks, I’ve been asking myself: Who do I write for anyway? Am I writing for me, or for my audience? For decades I have only written for myself. Certainly, I’ve shared my works with my closest of friends, but for a long, long time I did not endeavor to publish anything. I did not have the confidence. And there is a certain freedom in just writing for oneself. There is a certain freedom of not having to write within a box. And maybe there is a responsibility when you put your work out there to be consumed by the masses. Maybe there is not.

I am a debut author. I am still figuring it all out.

Robinne Lee is an actor, writer and producer. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds. She recently completed shooting Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, playing Ros Bailey. Robinne currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. The Idea of You is her first novel.

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Librarians' Choice: top 10

Librarians’ Choice has announced the Top 10 titles for August 2017 that librarians across Australia love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the Librarians’ Choice site.

If you are a librarian in Australia, you can nominate titles for the Librarians’ Choice list via NetGalley!

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NetGalley Author Interview: Michèle Phoenix

Watch our new author video interview, “15 minutes with… Michèle Phoenix,” now! Here, we talk about her new novel , The Space Between Words, how her travels inspire her writing and her work with “Third Culture Kids”. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by NetGalley, Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com.

The Space Between Words

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Pub Date: September 5, 2017
Christian, General Fiction (Adult)
Published by Thomas Nelson

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“There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned.”

When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they’d planned before the tragedy.

“The pages found you,” Patrick whispered. “Now you need to figure out what they’re trying to say.”

During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before—her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.

“I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival.”

Determined to learn the Baillard family’s fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn’t understand.

Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica’s survival?

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NetGalley Author Interview: Price Ainsworth

Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Price Ainsworth,” now! Here, we discuss his latest release, A Minor Fall, how his profession as an attorney helped inspire some of the events and characters in this debut, and if you can expect a follow up to A Minor Fall. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com.

A Minor Fall

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Pub Date: June 13, 2017
General Fiction (Adult)
Published by SelectBooks

Davy Jessie seems to have everything going for him. He’s a young personal injury lawyer working at a top Houston law firm. He has won a few cases on his own and has had the opportunity to work closely with the firm’s flashy senior partner – Tim Sullivan.

Sullivan is a brilliant lawyer. His undeniable gift for delivering an elegant turn of phrase, coupled with his bon vivant lifestyle, make him the center of attention wherever he goes. He’s a man of the world who travels through life with near-mystifying facility. His charisma, command, and poise make him a role model for everything that an aspiring attorney should want in life – at least in the impressionable young minds of the junior associates who are all too willing to overlook his glaring flaws. Is Davy Jessie also about to fall under his hypnotic spell?

As Jessie’s orbit draws nearer to Sullivan’s shining star, the inalterable forces of tragedy are set in motion. The two men will ultimately be set at odds while Jessie’s family, career, and life careen into a downward spiral.

A Minor Fall (Select Books) is a frightening, sometimes humorous, account of the emotional and moral paralysis that beset this well-intentioned young man when he is called upon to account for his actions and make a difficult decision. As the story unfolds, the book also contemplates such existential matters as the nature of law, the existence of God, and the virtues of single malt scotch.

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Get Inked: Atticus on the Most Tattoo-Able Literary Quotes

Originally published on Bookish.com, our sister company.

There are those lines in books that we read again and again. We doodle them in our notebooks, we hang them on our walls. But what happens when that isn’t quite enough? That’s what tattoos are for. Here, Atticus, beloved Instagram poet and author of Love Her Wild, weighs in on the best literary quotes for tattoos.

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars.” —Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” —T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

“But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” —Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

“Their lips brushed like young wild flowers in the wind.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

“Chase the light, whatever and wherever it may be for you. Chase it.” —Tyler Knott Gregson

“She wasn’t in a hurry, she didn’t want to miss living.” —J. Iron Word

“Breathing dreams like air” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Heartache wasn’t my intention… love was.” —Alfa

“You don’t know this new me; I put back my pieces differently.” —High Poets Society

“I will never be a morning person, for the moon and I, are much too in love.” —Christopher Poindexter

Atticus is a storyteller and observer. Born on the West Coast, he’s spent much of his life exploring the world but now calls California his home. He loves the ocean, the desert, and playing with words. Visit him on Instagram on @AtticusPoetry.

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Top Ten Books from the UK – September

One of the busiest months in the publishing calendar, September is always full of exciting new titles, as well as some surprises – we hope you’ll find plenty of both in this month’s top ten!

Book of the Month

The Break
Marian Keyes
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

Marian Keyes continues to delight and entertain with her insightful, romantic and always witty take on contemporary relationships – and The Break is Marian at her vintage best.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. It’s just a break – six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. But a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns – if he returns – will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?

This is a peerless novel about fighting for the future, savouring the present, and cherishing the past.

The Golden House
Salman Rushdie
Jonathan Cape
UK Edition

One of the world’s finest writers turns his acute eye to modern America in this heart-breaking and utterly compelling vision of one immigrant family. When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden emigrates to the US under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities and move into a grand mansion in downtown Manhattan. Theirs is the high life: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis – and, later, betrayal and murder

The Growing Season
Helen Sedgwick
Harvill Secker
UK Edition

From the highly original writer of the much admired The Comet Seekers comes a speculative novel that asks what would happen if every woman could have a baby? FullLife’s biotech baby pouches have changed the world. Now every woman can have a risk-free guaranteed birth. But not everyone is convinced. A campaigner against the pouches, Eva, soon realises that something strange is happening at FullLife. As does her ex, Piotr, who alongside her searches for the truth. Perfect for fans of The Power.

I Am Behind You
John Ajvide Lindqvist
riverrun
UK Edition

John Ajvide Lindqvist is best known for Let The Right One In – which was made into two films and a West End stage play – and this is an equally chilling slice of terror and heartbreak. At their holiday campsite, Molly wakes in the night. Around her, everything has disappeared, save for her family and three others. They have been brought to the place of no sun for a reckoning. And here they will be forced to face their darkest fears and face their demons. A disturbing, macabre and gripping horror story, this will set your heart racing.

Moonrise
Sarah Crossan
Bloomsbury Children's Books
UK Edition

The Carneige-winning author of One returns with a devastating and fiercely compelling novel that explores the bonds of love, and the boundaries of trust. Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years. It’s far more than a family rift: Ed is a convicted killer, languishing on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and this might be the last summer they have together. So the two brothers meet once more, and are forced to confront the unimaginable. Unforgettable and unmissable.

Riot Days
Maria Alyokhina
Allen Lane
UK Edition

The band Pussy Riot took the world by storm – but not just for their music. For standing up for what they believed in, they were arrested, sentenced and imprisoned in a penal colony in the Urals. Now, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina recounts that time in a raw, hallucinatory, passionate account of standing up for freedom of speech. As she writes: ‘Revolution is history. If we decided to fall out of it, to disappear, that would mean it would not be our history, but theirs.’ Essential. 

Copycat
Alex Lake
Harper Fiction
UK Edition

After Anna was one of the most well-received crime debuts of the last couple of years, and Copycat builds on the same sense of dread and paranoia. When Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name, she’s intrigued. Then perturbed. The second account is entirely accurate, down to pictures of her kids and husband.  But this, it soon turns out, is just the beginning. It is only now – almost as though someone has been watching – that her problems really start…

Home Fire
Kamila Shamsie
Bloomsbury
UK Edition

Two families’ fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks: what sacrifices will we make in the name of love? A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide – confirming Kamila Shamsie, the Baileys Prize-shortlisted author of A God in Every Stone, as a master storyteller of our times.

Sensation
Isabel Losada
Watkins
World Edition

Bestselling author Isabel Losada brings her unique blend of humour, curiosity and honesty to the bust the still existing taboos around sexuality. This is a brave, funny and often vulnerable quest to find out how we can make our sex life blissful. Irreverent yet open-minded, Sensation is for anyone who has ever been tempted to dip their toes in the deep waters of sexual exploration, but were a little unsure where to begin…

Miss Seeton Quilts the Village
Hamilton Crane
Farrago
World Edition

For the first time in almost two decades, Miss Seeton is back on the case! To celebrate the wedding of Sir George Colveden’s son to the daughter of a French count, Miss Seeton lends her talents to help create a quilted ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ of local history. But her intuitive sketches reveal a startlingly different perspective – involving buried Nazi secrets, and links to the mysterious death of a diplomat. The crème de la crème of cosy crime.

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