Indie Next List

January edition

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

Fever Dream: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead Books • 9780399184598)

Her Every Fear: A Novel by Peter Swanson (William Morrow • 9780062427021)

Little Deaths: A Novel, by Emma Flint (Hachette • 9780316272476)

Freebird: A Novel by Jon Raymond (Graywolf Press • 9781555977603)

The Midnight Cool: A Novel by Lydia Peelle (Harper • 9780062475466)

Library Reads

LibraryReads List

Favorite of Favorites 2016

LibraryReads has announced their Favorite of Favorites list of books from 2016 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 monthly LibraryReads list via NetGalley!

Additional LibraryReads titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
(Harper • 9780062491794)

The Nest  by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
(Ecco • 9780062414212)


NetGalley UK’s Books of the Year 2016

It would be fair to say that 2016 has been an eventful year – and certainly one that will be hard to forget. With world events rather overshadowing the world of books for most of the year, now is a great opportunity to look back over the best books of 2016. We had an incredibly difficult decision to make to get down to a top ten – but we enjoyed many long and passionate conversations about the books we loved along the way!

Honourable mentions must be made for Dadland by Keggie Carew, The Trespasser by Tana French, The Dark Circle by Linda Grant, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen, The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan, Darktown by Thomas Mullen, Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, East West Street by Philippe Sands, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart, and Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama.

In the end though, the following are the ten we chose as our favourites of the year. While there was always debate over which books would make the list, our number one was absolutely unanimous. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a necessary, inventive, emotionally intense and superbly gripping novel: one that in a year of unforgettable moments remains an indelible part of 2016’s landscape.

Here’s to the best of 2016 – and we hope you find something that you missed over the course of the year!

Book of the Year 2016

The Undeground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
UK Edition

In any year, The Underground Railroad would have been a monumental achievement; in 2016, however, its importance was all the more apparent. Colson Whitehead’s epic follows the journey of Cora from slavery to ostensible freedom, the twist being that instead of being a metaphor for the secret routes and safehouses used by Abolitionists to free slaves, the ‘underground railroad’ is physical reality, a steamtrain taking Cora from one city and town to another, hoping to find a true home. 

As affecting and convincing as such treasured novels as Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison’s Beloved, The Underground Railroad has already been hailed as modern classic – and is sure to be read, studied and marvelled at for many years to come.


Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner
The Borough Press
UK Edition

In a year dominated by psychological thrillers broadly in the mould of international phenomenons such as Gone Girl and The Girl on a Train, Missing, Presumed is our pick of the very best. Edith Hind is missing, the only clues left behind an open door, a smear of blood and her coat. DS Marion Bradley launches an investigation, but is hampered by the evasion and inconsistencies of the girl’s friends and family, as well as an invasive and increasingly feral press pack. Full of twists, turns and switches, this is one of the most gripping books you’ll read all year.

The Girls
Emma Cline
Chatto & Windus
UK Edition

There were many hyped debuts of 2016, but The Girls stood out for its woozy prose stylings, a brilliantly captured late-sixties setting and its intriguing cast of characters. Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. And then she sees them. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. The girls. And at their centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, with its rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings and teen runaways. Is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever? Compelling and startling. 

When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
Bodley Head
UK Edition

One of the most talked about non-fiction books of the year was also one of the most heart-breaking and profound – one that has moved thousands in its depiction of a man facing his own early death. At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with terminal cancer. One day he was treating the dying, the next a patient struggling to live. Paul died while working on this deeply felt book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

What is Not Yours, Is Not Yours
Helen Oyeyemi
UK Edition

Helen Oyeyemi has a passionate community of readers who consider her – quite rightly – to be one of the most innovative, unusual and imaginative writers currently at work today. That she has not reached a wider audience is a travesty – and this perfect collection of very loosely linked short stories shows why. This is fiction at its most breath-taking, its unsettling and deeply affecting characters inhabiting a strange netherworld very much like ours, but refracted through a funhouse mirror. If you’ve yet to discover her incredible work, this is the perfect place to begin.

Real Tigers
Mick Herron
John Murray Press
UK Edition

Now firmly established as a modern master of the spy thriller, Mick Herron has redefined the genre for a new age, his Jackson Lamb sequence – of which Real Tigers is the third – becoming one of the most acclaimed of recent years. Jackson Lamb runs a kind of halfway house for exiled spooks, called Slough House. Catherine Standish is one of his agents, and she is being held hostage. But why? Jackson Lamb is determined to find out in this superbly written and tense drama. ‘If you read one spy novel this year, read Real TigersThe Spectator.

Ian McDonald
UK Edition

Having woven intricate and gripping plots around thought-provoking looks at the future of countries like India, Brazil and Turkey, Ian McDonald turns his attentions skywards in this epic SF exploration of the moon. Five corporate families are caught in a bitter battle for supremacy as they orbit the earth. The moon is a dangerous, desolate place, but also one of vast opportunity – there, people will make their fortunes, but at what cost? And to whom? One of the most acclaimed SF writers in the world is at the very top of his game in this masterclass in speculative fiction. 

Paper Butterflies
Lisa Heathfield
Electric Monkey
UK Edition

Described as a cross between Stand By Me and We Were Liars, this heart-breaking and stunning breakout YA novel from the author of Seed was, for us, the most compelling YA novel of the year. June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. Not even her father knows about it. But then she meets Blister, a boy in the woods. And in him, June recognises a glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from home and be free. Because every creature deserves their freedom…but at what price?

Infinite Ground
Martin MacInnes
Atlantic Books
UK Edition

This debut novel of considerable imagination and verve flew lower under the radar than its many champions had hoped – but thankfully it is finally getting the recognition it deserves. It is a sweltering South American summer, and during a family meal, Carlos disappears. An experienced, semi-retired inspector takes the case, but what should be a routine investigation becomes something strange, intangible, even sinister. Bold and daring, MacInnes’s intelligence and understanding shines through every page, making him the discovery of the year. 

Everything Love Is
Claire King
UK Edition

Claire King – the author of The Night Rainbow – has a poignant and unique voice in contemporary fiction, and Everything Love Is stands out as a mysterious, unforgettable story of love, and of the happy endings we conceive for ourselves. Baptiste Molino has devoted his life to other people’s happiness, rather than his own. But a new client may help to change his perspective. When a legacy from the past finally reveals itself, however, he finds himself torn between pursuing his own happiness and safeguarding the one he loves.

News from NetGalley

Thank you! There’s no denying it, your dedication and enthusiasm for reading and recommending is what helps books succeed, and this week is a perfect time to recognize that. 

Here’s a taste of the impact you’ve had: by the end of 2016, over 2 million books will be read through NetGalley, with close to 500,000 reviews submitted! You have helped place great books in stores, schools and libraries around the world. And most importantly, book influencers like you have helped readers discover new books, fall in love with spell-binding stories, learn about a timely or relevant topic, and become lifelong fans of new authors.

In the spirit of sharing gratitude, we’re also continuing our annual tradition of thanking the publishers who make all this possible.

Be a part of our tradition…


Please join us in thanking the publishers who use digital galleys to give you early access to their books. Post a message on our Facebook or Twitter using #thankspublishers, and we’ll collect and share each “thank you” with them on your behalf.

PS: We at NetGalley feel so fortunate to get immediate input from our members when we ask for it. As a direct result of the survey you answered a few months ago, we’ve added three new categories: Historical Fiction, Multicultural Interest, and True Crime. Start browsing now, and make sure to update your Profile (under Your Categories) if you’d like to be one of the first to get our newsletters for those genres.

We are grateful to have a dedicated community of Book Advocates who love reading and recommending – you truly help books succeed!

All best,
Tarah Theoret
Community Manager


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… I Found You by Lisa Jewell!

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 and followers.

Tell us in the comments below, which covers you’re loving right now, and they could be included in next month’s Cover Love!


Indie Next List

December edition

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

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon (Harper • 9780062225559)

The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen (Harper • 9780062290427)

The Elephants in My Backyard: A Memoir by Rajiv Surendra (Regan Arts • 9781682450505)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Touchstone • 9781501117206)

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran (Harper Perennial • 9780062433756)

Absolutely on Music: Conversations by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa (Knopf • 9780385354349)

Who Watcheth: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation, by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Trans.) (Soho Crime • 9781616954048)

I’ll Take You There: A Novel by Wally Lamb (Harper • 9780062656285)

Normal: A Novel by Warren Ellis (FSG Originals • 9780374534974)

The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920 – 1963 by Ed Ward (Flatiron Books • 9781250071163)


Exclusive Interview with S.J. Kincaid

The+Diabolic+YA+boxWe’re excited to share this special Q&A with S.J. Kincaid about her book, The Diabolic, and something cool she’s doing with Quarterly:

This quarter’s box is curated by S.J. Kincaid, featuring an exclusive, annotated copy of The Diabolic, an action-packed psychological thriller/fantasy. Also find in the box two more books, handpicked by Kincaid that inspired her as an author, plus awesome bookish goods — perfect for YA book lovers. (Psst: Act fast, subscribe by November 7th to get this box.)

NetGalley Author Interview

The Diabolic

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Pub Date: Nov 1, 2016
Teens & YA
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing?

I’m originally from Alabama, but I’ve spent most of my life moving between California and Chicago. I’ve written as a hobby ever since I was very young, mostly because my older sister was a writer, and I liked to do everything she did (and I still am! We’re both professional writers now!) Before getting published, though, I moved between several different jobs, and then went to nursing school. I was not a very good nurse.

What is your favorite novel of all time?

It has to be Legacy by Susan Kay. It was a hugely influential novel for me. This is a book I can say literally changed the course of my life, because it ignited a fascination with Tudor history that became the first of many intellectual pursuits born purely out of curiosity, not just because I was assigned research for school.

In your opinion, has there ever been a movie that is better than the book?

I think this could be incredibly subjective, but for me personally, Starship Troopers the movie was more to my taste than the book. They were drastically different, actually, and I saw the movie first. Science fiction purists will probably mock me for this, but I can take it. I just really enjoyed the campiness, and some parody aspects of it. (The good guys in the movie basically could be interpreted as pretty evil fascists vs. the book with a different theme.)

Which three authors would you invite to a dinner party?

Whoa, tricky question. There are so many possibilities. Can I choose dead people? I think I’d invite Howard Zinn who wrote A People’s History of the United States, and then Ayn Rand who wrote Atlas Shrugged, and then just stay totally silent and let them argue and maybe film it and put it on YouTube. Third author I’d invite would be my sister, so she could argue along with me.

How did you come up with this new fascinating world with Diabolics?

The primary thing I had in mind was that this future is set so far from now that the automatization we are already facing (human jobs supplanted by machines) has progressed to a point where the mechanical underpinnings of society are totally self-sustaining and self-perpetuating. That means a few things 1) it’s not critical for people to be able to understand how the machines work, once they totally sustain themselves, and 2) people are relatively extraneous, and unnecessary. Since I wanted an I, Claudius type of story, I envisioned an Empire with these conditions. Power would exist among those who ultimately had control over the machines, and the fact that most people are extraneous and unnecessary would reduce their status immensely. And if the great mass of humanity is deemed ‘Excess’ because they aren’t viewed as important, then it made sense that there’d be no compunctions about creating humans with certain qualities just for the service of ‘real’ people. Those factors, all together, sort of led to the universe of The Diabolic as I imagined it.

If you could visit one fictional world, which would you chose?

Star Trek! Their future is my idea of a utopia. Of course, in that universe, I’d probably spend all my time in the holodeck.

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Read a lot and write a lot! Also: I was a very sensitive person easily hurt by rejection—and yet I overcame that when it comes to writing by trying again and again and again, and failing over and over. My advice is, if you want to do this for a living: get used to bashing your head against the same wall time and again, because everyone gets rejected. A lot. It took seven books for me to sell one, and then several more to sell another. If you grow a thick skin, you will make it.

What was the thought process behind curating your Literary YA Box?

I gave a lot of thought to what might interest the same readers of The Diabolic, yet also prove relevant to the themes of the story. I am so thrilled, also, that I managed to get a card game in there!

Click here to get S.J.’s Literary YA Box, complete with an
exclusive, annotated copy of The Diabolic!

What is your favorite thing that you have received in the mail?

Of all time? It was when I got into the school of my choice. My dad picked me up, handed me a thin envelope and said, “Well, you got a thin letter from [this school I didn’t really care about]… And a thick one from here!” Most delightful mail of my life.

What is your longest running subscription?

Publishers Marketplace. I always vowed before I sold a book that I wasn’t going to spend any money on writing type stuff (conferences, membership to places) until I sold, because I couldn’t yet justify it. I always broke this rule when I had a book about to go on submission. I’d subscribe to PM for a month and look up all the recent sales, editors, etc. Once I finally sold Insignia, I had no reason to end my subscription. It’s not really necessary for me, but I just love checking it every day and seeing what’s coming in the book world.


NetGalley Author Interview: Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary.

Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at, Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reay

A Portrait of Emily Price

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Pub Date: November 1, 2016
Women's Fiction, General Fiction
Published by Thomas Nelson - Fiction

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Art restorer Emily Price has never encountered anything she can’t fix—until she meets Ben, an Italian chef, who seems just right. When Emily follows Ben home to Italy, she learns that his family, however, is another matter . . .

Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—finds herself in Atlanta, repairing objects damaged in a house fire. As she works to restore the home and dreams of one family, she strives to keep the pieces of her own life in perfect order and secure her own happy ending—a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love.

But Chef Benito Vassallo’s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works to reconnect with his brother and breathe new life into his aunt and uncle’s faded restaurant, Piccolo. And soon after their first meeting, he works to win Emily as well—inviting her into his world and into his heart.

Emily astonishes everyone when she accepts Ben’s proposal and follows him home. Upon landing in Rome, she is enchanted with Italy. But instead of allowing the land, culture and people to transform her, Emily imposes her will upon everyone and everything around her, alienating Ben’s tightly knit family. Only Ben’s father, Lucio, gives Emily the understanding she needs to lay down her guard. Soon, Emily’s life and art begin to blossom, and Italy’s beauty and rhythm take hold of her spirit.

Yet when she unearths long-buried family secrets, Emily wonders if she really fits into Ben’s world. Will the joys of Italy become just a memory, or will Emily share in the freedom and grace that her life with Ben has shown her are possible?


Reader Spotlight

We’re excited to be spotlighting Charmaine Atrooshi, who works in the Homebound Services department of the Ottawa Public Library. She is passionate about social justice, and providing equitable library services in order to build strong communities. She has been in her current role for the past seven years, and spends most of her days providing readers’ advisory services to her homebound customers. She believes robust readers’ advisory skills and services are important in public libraries as they help to connect people, and provide access to library materials that help us relax, learn and escape….. Charmaine holds a Master of Arts in Legal Studies (Carleton University), Bachelor of Arts Honours in Law (Carleton) and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (Carleton). She is currently pursuing an MLIS online with the University of Alberta, and is looking forward to fusing her legal background with librarianship.

A nice place to start is with your library origin story – how did you become involved with the Ottawa Public Library (OPL)?

I started working for OPL as a summer student while I was completing my first undergraduate degree. My role was to provide children’s programming in rural library branches. I later applied for a paging position, was hired on permanently, and here we are now, 11 years (and several different roles and degrees) later! Public libraries are a dynamic place to work—they are constantly changing, innovating, and creating new ways to reach out to their communities in order to construct services and programming that are relevant to their needs. Every day brings something new and exciting!

Can you describe what Homebound Services does, those who use it, and why it’s essential to your community?

Homebound services is a department that selects and delivers library materials to OPL customers who have difficulty accessing a library branch on a regular basis due to age, illness or disability. The majority of our customers are older adults and seniors. We offer two types of services; one is a home delivery service where library materials are selected monthly by staff and delivered to their door, and the other is a mini library service where we bring a selection of library materials to various retirement residents for the residents to peruse and select from. We have around 500 customers that we select for monthly, as well as approximately 150 mini library customers. OttawaHomeboundServices

Services like these are really important in our community as they help to remove barriers to access, provide equitable library service, promote information literacy, and are a means of connecting customers with the resources, materials and services they require. We encourage our customers to contact us with feedback on their selections, and to request titles/authors they enjoy.

Has having access to digital galleys/proofs impacted your collection development strategy? Has it also affected the types of titles you recommend to your customers/patrons?

Having access to digital galleys assists greatly when it comes to recommending and selecting titles for our Homebound customers. Many want to hear what the next ‘big thing’ is, and to find read-alikes for their favorite authors, and they look to us for feedback. Reading the blurbs on NetGalley and having the opportunity to access some of these materials ahead of time is great, as it helps me keep my finger on the pulse of publishing trends—so when someone asks me for the next “Girl on the Train” I can provide some great suggestions for new thrillers!

OPL has a centralized content services department that is responsible for the materials selection for all 33 Ottawa Public Library branches (plus Homebound and Bookmobile Services). They do a great job of providing us with materials that are relevant to the needs of our Homebound customers, and are always open to suggestions for items we think our customers would enjoy.

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided someone with a book?

Years ago, I read a book from NetGalley called Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. Calling Me Home
I loved it so much—Kibler painted such a vivid, incredible (slightly heartbreaking) story and I knew that this was something that many of our Homebound customers (and colleagues) would enjoy. I sent this title to many of our historical fiction/family sagas customers in hopes they would enjoy as much as I had—and I was right. A few people who we rarely heard from contacted us to say how much they enjoyed this—and would like more by this author (unfortunately, she hasn’t published anything else yet – but we found some read-alikes in the interim). One customer at a mini library enjoyed it so much, she gave a mini book talk to the other residents in the room- encouraging them to read it as she enjoyed it so much! It was a great feeling!

Which upcoming book(s) on NetGalley are you the most excited about recommending?

Jojo Moyes- Paris for One & Other stories (as we have a big Moyes following) and Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter. I don’t read a lot in the science fiction/fantasy type of genre, but Crouch had this way of sucking you in right from the first chapter. I couldn’t put it down—it was a refreshing shift from what I normally read and I think many others would also find this book captivating! Mini libraries are excellent opportunities for recommending titles and having readers’ advisory conversations—these chats help us all to expand our reading horizons and try new titles/authors/genres that we may not have picked up otherwise.

Paris for One     Dark Matter

What is the most requested title in your library?

We have had a lot of requests recently from our homebound customers for Jojo Moyes and Louise Penny titles as well as Giller Prize winning authors.

And to finish up, what is the last book that made you smile?

I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster
I Regret Nothing  

Thanks so much Charmaine, for spending time with us and answering our questions!
Please make sure to check out the Ottawa Public Library and their Homebound Services

Would you like to nominate someone to be featured in our Reader Spotlight series? Fill out this form!

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret


Top Ten UK Books – December 2016/January 2017

With December traditionally the lightest of all the months in the publishing calendar, this month we’re looking forward to the start of 2017 too – and there is so much to be excited about.

Our Book of the Month, Defender by GX Todd, has been wowing early readers and we really think it might be one of those books that comes to define the year. Similarly, Good Me Bad Me is the psychological thriller everyone is talking about.

There’s also quite a lot of historical fiction this month – and we’ve now added this as a category. Do feel free to add it to your category preferences in your Profile!

GX Todd
UK Edition
AU Edition

This first volume in a four-book series is one that announces a fully formed, brilliantly accomplished voice in imaginative fiction.

GX Todd – a 34-year-old mobile librarian from the West Midlands – cites Stephen King, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman as influences, and while these are useful comparisons, this is very much Todd’s own territory and her very own world.

Defender is set in a community parched by lack of water, and by unseen forces. Some hear voices, strong inner voices which are best never mentioned. One of these is Pilgrim. The voices tell him to buy a lemonade from a girl called Lacey. It’s the beginning of a wild wide that will turn you inside out, and have you breathlessly following their compelling story. Read it now before everyone is talking about it!

Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
Michael Joseph
UK Edition

Already creating a huge amount of buzz with early readers, Good Me Bad Me is the charged and kinetic story of Annie, a girl with a secret she simply cannot escape, no matter how much she tries to change her identity. Though she is looked after by a foster family and has a new name, the fact remains that her mother is a serial killer. She should be able to start afresh, to put the horror behind her. But it’s not as simple as that. As they say, blood is thicker than water, and Annie will always be her mother’s daughter – whatever people call her. Truly gripping.

The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
UK Edition

Acclaimed author Emily Barr’s first YA novel is a wonderfully controlled mystery centring on an unforgettable – pardon the pun – character who can remember nothing. Flora struggles to retain short term memories, her day-to-day life a battle to hang on to even the most basic of information. There appears no reason for her amnesia and seemingly there is no cure. But then she kisses a boy called Drake. And the next day she remembers everything. But the boy has gone. With the memory of love fresh in her mind, Flora sets out to find Drake, and uncover the secrets she has forgotten.  

The Nix
Nathan Hill
UK Edition

An instant bestseller when it was published earlier this year in the US, The Nix is a timely epic of one man’s relationship with his mother – and the tumultuous political upheavals of the last sixty years. When a controversial right-wing, anti-immigration presidential candidate, Governor Packer, is attacked, Samuel’s life and his whole world is turned upside down. For the firebrand who committed the crime is his estranged mother. Samuel suddenly finds himself in the middle of a mystery that takes in sixty years of revolution, love and identity. Funny, smart and engaging, this is the real deal.

The Book of Mirrors
E.O. Chirovici
UK Edition
US Edition

This is one of the most inventive and compulsive thrillers you’re likely to read in 2017 – a literary murder mystery that delivers on every level. When big-shot literary agent Peter Katz receives an unfinished manuscript entitled The Book of Mirrors, his interest is piqued. It’s a memoir concerning the brutal murder of Professor Joseph Wieder, a case that remains unsolved some 25 years later. Katz is determined to pursue the manuscript, and also solve the mystery. But can other people’s recollections be trusted? 

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
4th Estate
UK Edition

Set in a London about to swing, Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars is more than just a richly drawn recreation of theatrical Soho in 1965 – it’s an involving mystery, a coming of age story and a subtle examination of how we create our own identities. When American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after performing on the London stage, the newspapers are wild with speculation about her fate. But as the news grows old, it seems her dresser, Anna Treadway, is the only person left to find out the truth.

Swimming Lessons
Claire Fuller
Fig Tree
UK Edition
US Edition

Claire Fuller’s debut novel, the much-loved Our Endless Numbered Days, won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize and was a 2016 Richard and Judy Book Club Pick – and this follow up will be a must-read for her legion of fans, as well as those yet to discover her. Gil’s wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or is there more to her disappearance than anyone expected?

Yaa Gyasi
UK Edition

A bold and ambitious novel of slavery, America and the birth of a nation, Homegoing heralds the debut of a writer of power and importance. Effia and Esi are sisters with two very different destinies. One is sold into slavery; the other will become a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Spanning seven generations and three continents, this chronicle of small lives buffeted by the winds of history and chance is sure to be much discussed and praised come prize giving season.

Leap In
Alexandra Heminsley
UK edition

Having taken on running in her previous bestseller, Alexandra Heminsley now turns her attentions to swimming. Though she’d always considered herself a swimmer, one day she found herself flailing in the waves of the sea. As she did, she realised that she was in fact scared of the water. This epiphany led her on a journey in search of her inner fish. From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming to Ithaca, Alexandra learns to appreciate her body and still her mind in her quest to become a real swimmer. 

Rory Clements
World Edition

Rory Clements has long been admired as one of the finest historical crime writers, and this new novel shows him at the very height of his powers. Berlin, 1936. A young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers. It’s the beginning of a series of event which will see maverick history professor Thomas Wilde sucked into a web of murder, conspiracy and lies that could lead to the very highest level of society.