It’s been a busy old month in the UK, as the Man Booker Longlist has just been announced (7 of which have been on NetGalley already – I hope you caught them then!) and of course the ‘announcement’ of JK Rowling’s new book and identity. But at NetGalley, we’re always looking forward, and these are the UK team’s pick of September’s new releases. There’s something for everyone – we hope you enjoy!
The Returned, Jason Mott
All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond…It’s a brilliant premise, and one that is wonderfully handled by Jason Mott. Both emotionally acute and chillingly compelling, this is the kind of book you can’t help passing to the nearest person and saying: ‘Read this!’
The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon
Paige Mahoney is one of those characters who gets under your skin. She is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and in the London of 2059 an enemy of the state. Captured and taken far away, she must fight for every last breath. This is an intense and imaginative novel that will linger long in the mind.
Angel City, Jon Steele
Jay Harper, one of the last ‘angels’ on Planet Earth, is hunting down the half-breeds and goons who infected Paradise with evil in this cosmic thriller of love and hate. It’s the second in a trilogy – the first is available on NetGalley too here – and is absorbing, frightening and a little disturbing.
Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman 9781408841761 (Bloomsbury)
One of the UK’s best and most beloved writers returns with a book for children, full of his trademark mind-bending and bonkers imagination. It’s the kind of kid’s book we all dream of reading: riotous, silly and instantly taken to heart. Truly unmissable and genuinely funny, it’s perfect for reading aloud or for quiet reading time.
Hanns and Rudolf, Thomas Harding 9780434022366 (Heinemann)
This will be one of those books that is mentioned everywhere in the end of year round-ups – and with good reason. This superlative look at two men – one, Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz; the other, Hanns Alexander, the man who arrested him after the war – and their actions makes for uncomfortable, but essential reading.
One Night in Winter, Simon Sebag Montefiore, 9781780891088 (Century)
One of our foremost historians turns to fiction in this authentic and vivid recreation of Stalinist Moscow. At its heart is the question: if your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? It’s an idea that the author of Jerusalem: a Biography explores with subtlety and verve.
Tampa, Alissa Nutting 9780571303342 (Faber)
One of the most controversial books of the year, Tampa is the story of Celeste Price: school teacher, wife to rich, devoted Ford, driver of a red sportscar, and lover of 14-year old boys. Erotically charged, wildly funny and taboo-busting, this reverse Lolita is not for the faint hearted.
The Paradise Trees, Linda Huber 9781909593572 (Legend Press)
Informed by her work with neurological patients, Linda Huber has written a powerful and wholly convincing psychological thriller. On the return to her home town, Alicia Bryson feels that nothing has changed. And yet there is someone watching her. Watching her every move.
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan Stroud 9781448121786 (Doubleday Children’s)
From the writer of the internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books comes an outstanding new series starring Lucy Carlyle and Anthony Lockwood – child psychic detectives. It’s a winning blend of humour, magic and scares that will delight 8-12s (and those a few years older too!)
Painted Ladies, P.R. Ellis 9781783060689 (Troubadour)
This crime drama is a delicate blend of mystery and gender politics – featuring a transgender private detective on the hunt for a serial killer. It’s a new kind of backstory for a detective – we’re certainly not aware of another! – and Jasmine Frame is a complex and sympathetic character. Well worth a look!
I hope you find something exciting in amongst our picks. We’ll be back next month to go through our top picks for October!