Like all 20-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he’s irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn’t accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in theattention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss’s ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he’s made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life… @GailHoneyman’s bestselling debut novel is out now in paperback.
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
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Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award 2017, long-listed for the Booker and selected as a book of the year by any number of authors, critics and book sellers, this must be Jon McGregor’s most successful novel yet.
Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.
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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.
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“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.