We’ve whittled down the best new book releases of the season, guaranteed to have you gripped right from the get-go…
by Akhil Sharma, £12.38 A Life Of Adventure And Delight
A beautiful collection of funny, intelligent and heart-wrenching stories about Indian life at home and abroad, from the Folio prize-winning author of
by June Sarpong, £16.20 Diversify
TV presenter June Sarpong shines a spotlight on seven groups of people who are often marginalised in society, including women, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. She argues the case for how limited we are by social division, while inspiring us to make a change.
by Philip Pullman, £10 La Belle Sauvage
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua… The first in the trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, £11.89
A witty and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of
A Visit from the Goon Squad. This captivating story – part thriller, part family saga – is about a transformative time in the lives and identities of American men and working-class women who fought to break boundaries in an unsettling time.
by Jane Harris, £10.49 Sugar Money
A novel about love, courage and sibling rivalry set in the midst of the horrors of the international slave trade.
by Laura Purcell , £9.09 The Silent Companions
This creepy, gothic ghost story tells the tale of Elise who, after her husband dies, is sent to see out her pregnancy at his country estate – a rundown house with hostile servants who don’t know what they’re doing. When she finds a two-hundred-year-old diary behind a locked door, she also discovers an unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself, and starts to take on a life of its own.
by Tom Hanks, £14.52 Uncommon Types
Oscar-winning Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks turns his talents to the written word in a collection of engaging and charming short stories. Among the stories are tales about an Eastern European immigrant who arrives in New York City after his family has been torn apart a civil war, and an eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant, who venture into America looking for acquisitions, but instead find a down-and-out motel where romance blossoms.
by Carmen Maria Machado, £7 Her Body and Other Parties
Machado’s short story collection, which was just named a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, unveils a series of wondrously haunting tales. A wife refuses her husband’s pleas to remove the green ribbon from around her neck; a woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague takes over humanity; and a salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses.
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