Lou Clark is back in the ALL NEW Jojo Moyes novel Still Me, follow-up to the Number One international bestsellers Me Before You and After You. Lou Clark knows too many things . . .She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London.She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down.Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt. Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.
Out soon: join the waiting list.
“This deliciously gripping novel casts the familiar setting of Norwich and its surroundings in a grim and haunting new light.” – Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
‘The Binding Song‘ takes you on a trip to Halvergate Prison. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to leave. Dr Janet Palmer has just been appointed as lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. It is a promotion, but not a comfortable one: there have been a string of suicides, and her predecessor seems to have disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of a ‘woman in white’ stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins. Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels. Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts…
This will tide you over – a collection of all Lee Child’s short stories featuring Reacher- INCLUDING a brand-new novella; out this Thursday.
Jack ‘No Middle Name’ Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child’s shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher’s past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.
Today it’s Elena’s turn to share her list:
The top 5 of my reading year
4321 by Paul Auster – A big complicated brick of a book, but absolutely worth your time. Utterly absorbing and the structuring is perfect. If you liked Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life, try this.
I am Malala Malala’s autobiography. Eye-opening, this book taught me so much.
The Outrun Memoir of a drinker – but so much more too. An exploration of the nature of extremes: of nature, of geography, of people. Exceptional.
Days without end Extraordinary novel set in 1800s America, recounting the experience of two Irish soldiers.
The Natural Way of Things Grimly brilliant dystopian novel set in a misogynist society. Not a barrel of laughs.
Today Alison shares her favourites:
Andy Weir – Artemis (new thriller from the author of ‘The Martian’)
Adam Kay – This is going to hurt (Non-fiction – memoir of a Junior Doctor)
Tom Hanks – Uncommon type (Short story debut)
George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo (Booker winner 2017)
Sam Bourne – to kill the president (a thriller that pits the USA against North Korea)
Rachel Joyce – The music shop (Heartwarming tale from the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)
Nick Littlehales – Sleep (a sleep expert shares the secret of better rest)
Nicci French – Sunday morning, coming down (part 7 of a brilliant thriller series)
Fredrik Backman – The Scandal (newest book from a much-loved Scandinavian author)
Adam Hamdy – Pendulum (Nail-biting thriller, book 2 out in hardback now)
Kerry Drewery – Cell 7 (Teen dystopia with a whole new approach to justice, sequel now out)
Marc Elsberg – Black out (What happens when the power goes out)
Ruth Ware – The woman in cabin 10 (Fiendish mystery)
Matt Haig – How to stop time (New from the author of Reasons to stay alive)
Monica Wood – The one-in-a-million boy (Bittersweet & beautiful story of friendship and loss)
J P Delaney – The girl before (Psychological thriller)
Jane Harper – The dry (Australian murder mystery)
Harry Potter and the cursed child (Playscript – but, most importantly, a new Harry Potter story!)
Haylen Beck – Here and gone (Suspenseful and page-turning thriller)
Enjoy! – Alison
DO you keep a list of your favourite reads of the year? If you’ve got a top ten, or a shortlist or even a really long list – why not share it? We’d love to see your lists. Just comment below – and we’ll publish them.
We’ll have a series of books of the year posts between Christmas and New Year- lets see yours among them.
If you’re full of stress and Christmas has turned your brain to jelly, and your to-do list just gets bigger every time you look at it… we recommend a light and escapist read. We’re big fans of the admirable Genevieve Cogman and her wonderful (alright, and a bit silly) Invisible Library series.
In a 1920s-esque America, Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in themiddle of a dragon vs dragon contest. It seems a young librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him there could be serious political repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war. Irene and Kai find themselves trapped in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and fiendish security systems. And if this doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences for Irene’s job. And, incidentally, for her life.
Reserve book 1. Book 3 is new out too!
A long-time fan of Elly Griffiths (and a birdwatcher) I couldn’t resist this North Norfolk-set crime with a birdwatching detective. It’s nicely twisty, the detective team are appealing and it’s brilliantly geeky & full of birder-knowledge. I’m certainly going to read the rest of the series (3 so far).
Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn’t mind ruffling a few feathers. Indeed his success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn’t really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain’s premier birding country, Jejeune’s two worlds soon collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. Jejeune must call on all his birding know-how to solve the mystery and deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues and his own insecurities.
“Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to jazz age Paris and voyaging the Pacific, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London school. Here, he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love. ‘How to Stop Time‘ is a wild, bittersweet, time-travelling story about losing and finding yourself; about the certainty of change, and the mistakes humans are doomed to repeat. And about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live”
Reserve a copy – arriving on library shelves any day now…
You can find the whole list of short-listed books here.