Literary fiction dominates my Editor's Choices this month, for which I make no apology as this September is particularly rich. If you follow me on Twitter (@aliceokbooks) you might be aware of the particularly difficulty I had choosing a Book of the Month. If I were allowed to choose two, I think the new sally Rooney would be up there. Normal People (Faber) is every bit as good as her phenomenal debut Conversations with Friends. this is a writer who I feel is doing something genuinely new and fresh and exciting with the novel, and I don't get that feeling very often.
September marks the start of the run-up to Christmas and so present-buying for the super-organised. Fiction is a slightly harder sell in this area than non-fiction, but a couple of solid blockbuster names have new releases this month: Stephen King edits a collection of turbulent tales, and provides a new one himself with Flight or Flight (Hodder), and Frederick Forsyth is back with race-against-time thriller The Fox (bantam press).
Within the psychological crime/women's commercial fiction crossover genre, I spot a mini-trend this month. the sanctuary of home is breached by supposed friends with dark intentions: I Invited Her In (ho) from Adele Parks, You Let Me In (HC) by Lucy Clarke and Tasmina Perry's Friend of the Family (Headline Review).
EDITOR'S CHOICE/BOOK OF THE MONTH
Likely to be the biggest selling titles of the month based on an author's sales history
ONES TO WATCH
Titles with strong sales potential and publisher support, regardless of sales history of the author
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
There are not too many authors who appeal to both commercial and literary fiction readerships, and thus sell by the shedload, but Kate Atkinson is one. she has scooped a Costa Award three times, first for her debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum, which won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year in 1995. More recently, Life after Life won the Costa Novel Award in 2013, as did A God in Ruins in 2015.
Transcription centres around Juliet Armstrong, still a teenager at the start of the second World War, when she is recruited to MI5. she is specially chosen to listen to and transcribe the conversations that take place in a Pimlico flat between Godrey Toby, an M15 officer posing as a Gestapo agent, and a fifth column; a motley collection of British Fascist sympathisers who believe they are reporting valuable information straight to the Third Reich.
The novel moves back and forth in time, from the second World War to the 1950s, when Juliet is working as a producer for BBC Radio. But the war, which she thought long put to rest, and the people she knew back then seem, curiously, to be popping up all over the place. As ever, Atkinson's supremely clever plotting is a joy, as is Juliet's wry and sometimes sardonic inner commentary.
LOVE IS BLIND
20 [pounds sterling], HB,
I loved his last exquisite collection of short stories The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth. This novel--his 15th--opens in Edinburgh in 1894 where young musician Brodie Moncur is working for the celebrated piano makers Channon & Co. When Brodie moves to their Paris showroom he meets famous pianist John Kilbarron, his faintly menacing brother and, most fatefully, John's lover, the soprano Lika Blum. Brodie's obsession with Lika, and his entanglements with the Kilbarrons, will take him across Europe from Paris to st Petersburg to the south of France and even further afield as the 19 th century becomes the 20th. A sweeping novel about passion, music and revenge. Bookscan ***
20TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Canadian Patrick deWitt's second novel, The Sisters Brothers, brought him to international attention when it was short-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. The film adaptation is due for release this year. I really enjoyed this bracingly original novel which follows widow Frances Price and her lunkish adult son Malcolm, who were once fabulously wealthy and are now--not. Fleeing economic ruin, they abandon the Upper East side for Paris (accompanied by their cat, small Frank, who--Frances believes--houses the spirit of her late husband), where they attract a disparate crew of hangers on. A satire of high-society manners in very amusing company.
6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
Paris is the setting du jour this month (see also Love is Blind and French Exit) but Faulks succeeds in making the city both unfamiliar and unsettling. teenager Tariq has run away from his home in Morocco in search of adventure and, more prosaically, a job and somewhere to live. he meets Hannah, a 31-year-old American academic who is researching the lives of women during the German occupation of the city in 1940-44. As both explore the city--Tariq on foot and the paris metro, Hannah through the audio recordings made by women who lived through the occupation--the ghosts of the past become visible in the present.
20th, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
I was a huge fan of Sarah Moss' debut Cold Earth and this, her sixth, I think is the most similar. What I admire about both books is Moss' ability to find an emotional connection with characters in the far distant past. Here Moss' central character silvie is a teenager in the mid-1990s whose domineering father takes the family to spend the summer at a remote camp in Northumberland designed to re-create life in Iron Age Britain, as part of an exercise in experimental archaeology. As silvie's story unfolds we see her bond to a girl who lived thousands of years before and died as a human sacrifice. Eerie and gripping.
FABER & FABER,
6TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Her astonishing debut Conversations with Friends was a Book of the Month in June 2017, and one of the best novels, let alone debuts, I read last year. Rooney went on to win the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Connell and Marianne are teenagers at the same school in a small town in rural Ireland, but worlds apart socially. A relationship begins, but is kept secret. The novel follows them to Trinity College, Dublin and beyond and charts the effect one person can have on another person's life. Beautifully observed and profoundly moving, I could scale new heights of hyperbole trying to describe how good this book is, but really, you just need to read it.
WAR OF the WOLF
20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
Number 11 in The Last Kingdom series, and Uhtred of Bebbanburg returns to face a new dynastic struggle.
STEPHEN KING AND BEV VINCENT
FLIGHT OR FRIGHT
HODDER & STOUGHTON,
4TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
Perfect for airport or aeroplane reading suggests the AI, but only if you want to read about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're six miles up in the sky, hurtling through the air at more than 500 miles per hour. An anthology of turbulent tales edited by Stephen King--who provides a new story himself.
CORSAIR, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling],
A 94-year-old retirement home resident, Mr Baxter, enlists the help of a teenage boy to travel to the war graves of Northern France to pay tribute to his long-lost love, Thomas, whom he waved off to fight and who never came back.
SCEPTRE, 6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
Frazier returns to the setting that made his name with the 1997 bestseller Cold Mountain; the chaos and devastation wrought by the American Civil War. Varina Howell married a Mississippi landowner for safety and security but now, with the Confederacy about to surrender, she travels south with her children as fugitives with "bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit".
JOHN MURRAY, 11TH,
17.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
A middle-aged family man living in California receives an anonymous message that draws him back to his wild youth in Paris, to where he moved, aged 21, to live the artist's life.
IN THE CITY OF LOVE'S SLEEP
FABER & FABER, 6TH,
14.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
A museum conservator in her late 40s meets a stalled academic by chance and falls in love, "a love that can be just as binding and compelling as it was in adolescence". Author Greenlaw is a noted poet who has been short-listed for the T S Eliot and Forward Poetry Prizes as well as the Costa Poetry Award.
AN AMERICAN STORY
GOLLANCZ, 6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
A "powerful meditation" on loss and memory seen through the prism of 9/11 as a man who lost his fiancee on that fateful day starts to question everything he thought he knew.
HAMISH HAMILTON, 6TH,
16.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
In 2016 Barry Cohen, a filthy rich hedge fund manager, has a massive public meltdown in NYC and flees the city. He then takes a series of Greyhound buses, zig-zagging south through Trump's America, to find his old college girlfriend and--perhaps--redemption.
STATES OF PASSION
PUSHKIN PRESS, 6TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], TPB,
A tale-within-a-tale of family secrets by the prominent Syrian writer now living in exile in Egypt. A hapless bureaucrat is transported by stories to Aleppo's golden age--a time of art, music and laughter--and the all-female society of the binat al-'ishreh. Slips from August.
CATERINA PASCUAL SODERBAUM
THE OBLIQUE PLACE
MACLEHOSE PRESS, 20TH,
14.99 [pounds sterling], TPB,
An autobiographical novel in which the Swedish author explores her own disturbing family history, prompted by the discovery of a photograph of her Spanish father dressed in a Francoist uniform and her grandfather who joined Hitler's army.
TUSKAR ROCK, 6TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Never before published in the UK, this hardback edition marks 40 years since the first US publication and follows the critical success of her short story collection The Visiting Privilege. "The horror and triumph of both childhood and motherhood" in a modern fairy-tale, says Serpent's Tail.
A N WILSON
ATLANTIC BOOKS, 6TH,
16.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
A portrait of nature, death and morality inspired by the real losses of the Christchurch earthquake.
VICTOR CORNWALL & ST JOHN TREVELYAN
SCOUNDRELS: THE HUNT FOR HANSCLAPP
BLACK DOOR PRESS, 6TH,
8.99 [pounds sterling], pBO,
Second in the comic trilogy recounting the joint memoirs of adventurer-spies Major Cornwall and Major Trevelyan (pseudonyms for BBC producers Duncan Crowe and James Peak) in which their Moriarty-like nemesis Gruber Hansclapp features heavily.
PAUL EWEN FRANCIS PLUG: WRITER IN RESIDENCE GALLEY BEGGAR PRESS, 27TH, 11 [pounds sterling], PB, 9781910296929
Sequel to Francis Plug: How To Be a Public Author: "Inspired. A brilliant, deranged new comic creation. The funniest book I've read in years," said the Sunday Times.
AMELIE NOTHOMB TRANS ALISON ANDERSON
STRIKE YOUR HEART
EUROPA EDITIONS, 13TH,
9.99 [pounds sterling], PBO WITH FRENCH
The story of a young, brilliant daughter who grows up without maternal affection; an adult fable about human relationships and the mother-daughter bond, says Europa.
DEAR EVELYN AND OTHER STORIES, 6TH,
10 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781911508281
Unfolding against the backdrop of the 20th century, this is the story of a 70-year marriage between Harry and Evelyn who meet at Battersea Library. British-Canadian writer Page was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002 for The Story of My Face.
SANDSTONE PRESS, 20TH,
8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO,
Second novel from the author of Fallow, winner of the Betty Trask Prize in 2017, this tells of the intensity of the final summer of childhood as Chloe, sent away to live with her grandparents, falls in with the wrong crowd.
NORBERT SCHEUER TRANS STEPHEN BROWN
THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS
HAUS PUBLISHING, 28TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], PBO,
Translated from the German, a novel about the 2003 Afghan war from the point of view of an army paramedic.
DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD
FITZCARRALDO EDITIONS, 26TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling],
In a remote village in south-west Poland an eccentric woman in her 60s becomes involved in the investigation into the deaths of members of a local hunting club. The film "Spoor", based on the novel, was Poland's nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Oscars.
LITERARY SHORT STORIES
TRAPEZE, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling],
Fairytales retold with a feminist slant from the "instapoet" (320,000 followers on Instagram) and author of Wild Embers.
THE DARK DARK
CORSAIR, 6TH, 9.99 [pounds sterling], PBO,
First collection of short stories from the author of The Seas and The Invention of Everything Else blends the literary and the fantastic: girls turning into women, women turning into deer and people becoming ghosts.
CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES
GRANTA BOOKS, 6TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], TPB,
Debut short story collection from the wonderful Lacey, author of Nobody is Ever Missing and The Answers and one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. Features 12 stories about love, loss and longing.
UNDERGROUND: TALES FOR LONDON THE BOROUGH PRESS,
6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Joanna Cannon, Matthew Plampin, Lionel shriver and Louisa Young are among the contributors to this collection which features 12 stories about the 12 London Underground lines. Publication will follow serialisation in the Evening Standard.
CRIME & THRILLER
M J ARLIDGE
DOWN TO THE WOODS
MICHAEL JOSEPH, 20TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
The eighth case for DI Helen Grace involves arrow-ridden victims hanging from the New Forest's ancient oaks. Is there an occult element to the killings?
NEIL BROADFOOT NO MAN's LAND CONSTABLE, 6TH, 19.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781472127594
Launches a new crime series set in stirling and featuring close protection specialist Connor Fraser.
YOU LET ME IN
6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
A bestselling author returns from a writing retreat to her beautiful Cornish house to find some disturbing changes: a shard of glass buried deep in the carpet, a fingerprint on the mirror, and a threat scratched into her writing desk ... Dark psychological suspense from the author of Last Seen.
MACMILLAN, 6TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling]
Eighth and final novel in the Shetland series featuring DI Jimmy Perez, played by Douglas Hensha in the BBC1 adaptation. Th body of the nanny to an incoming English family is found hanged in the barn of their home--rumours of her affair with the husban spread like wildfire. Bookscan ***
A COLD FLAME
KILLER READS, 6TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], TPB,
Second in the Rome-set crime series featuring DI Michael Rossi and DI Gigi Carrara (A Known Evil) begins with a terrible tragedy: five illegal immigrants are trapped inside a flat and burnt alive.
QUERCUS, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling],
Helena is a career woman with no job, and a mother without a child. She blames Ashley, a woman she once hired, for destroying her life. "Addictive" contemporary psychological suspense about ambition, rivalry and motherhood, says Quercus.
S&S, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
In Newmarket, a stable fire slaughters six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favourite for the Derby whose owner sends Harry Foster to investigate. Human remains are found among the equestrian ones, but all the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?
THE INFINITE BLACKTOP
FABER & FABER, 20TH,
14.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Third in the Claire DeWitt series finds our heroine driven off the desert road between Las Vegas and LA and left for dead. Someone from her past is trying to kill her, but who?
THE FORBIDDEN PLACE
20TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
In a remote village in Northern Sweden, where people once came to leave offerings to the gods, biologist Nathalie has come to study the peat bogs. Someone is found on the bogs, pockets stuffed with gold just like the ancient human sacrifices.
MACLEHOSE PRESS, 6TH,
16.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Latest from the 2013 winner of the prix Goncourt tells of an unemployed, desperate 57-year-old former HR executive who is called for an unusual interview--one which may end in a bloodbath.
TELL ME YOU'RE MINE
ALLISON & BUSBY, 4TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], TPB,
Stella and her boyfriend were teenagers when their one-year-old daughter Alice disappeared during a beach holiday, and was presumed drowned although no body was ever found. When, 21 years later, stella is working as a therapist, a new patient introduces herself as Isabelle, and stella is sure it's Alice. Rights have sold in 33 territories.
JUROR NO 3
CENTURY, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
Standalone thriller centring on a murder trial in Mississippi. "Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind," reckons Michael Connolly.
THE MAN WHO CAME UPTOWN
ORION, 6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
An incarcerated man awaiting trial in Washington DC is unexpectedly released, but wonders why the witness who put him behind bars is suddenly refusing to testify? "Perhaps the greatest living American crime writer," says Stephen King. Pelecanos is also an acclaimed screenwriter on hit TV series "The Wire" and "The Deuce".
FRIEND OF THE FAMILY
HEADLINE REVIEW, 20TH,
14.99 [pounds sterling], TPB,
Another women's commercial fiction writer moving to psychological suspense. Amy is more than happy to offer Josie, the daughter of an old friend, work experience at her London magazine, but it's an offer she will come to regret.
CONSTABLE, 6TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling],
Fourth in the Wheeler & Ross series and the Glasgow-based DIs are called to a murder scene. Michael O'Donnell, a widower and devoted stay-at-home dad to his severely disabled daughter, has been brutally killed--and his vulnerable daughter is missing.
CORVUS, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling],
Latest in the Fire & Ice series finds Magnus Jonson, newly returned to the Reyjavik police force, sent to investigate the murder of a tourist at a church in northern Iceland. Attending the scene, he finds a stunned TV crew, there to film a documentary on the legendary Viking Gudrid the Wanderer. Bookscan *
THE MOSCOW SLEEPERS
BLOOMSBURY, 20TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Liz Carlyle investigates a sinister Russian plot in the latest espionage thriller from the former head of MI5.
J D ROBB
LEVERAGE IN DEATH
PIATKUS, 6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
Latest Eve Dallas and Roarke mystery involves a loving family man who inexplicably sets off a bomb at his office, killing 11 people. Bookscan *
PICADOR, 6TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Elena Ferrante is a fan of this Naples-set thriller about a group of teenage boys, the Piranhas of the title, who divide their time between playing Call of Duty and patrolling the streets armed with AK-47s to mark the territory of their Mafia bosses. But their leader Nicholas has greater ambitions.
THE DARKEST PLACE
QUERCUS, 20TH, 13.99 [pounds sterling],
On Christmas Day DCI Tom Reynolds learns that a mass grave has been discovered on oilean na Caillte, the island which once housed the controversial psychiatric hospital St Christina's. Fourth in the series.
ERIC VAN LUSTBADER
ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE NEMESIS HEAD of ZEUS, 1ST,
18.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
The Russians plant a mole to uncover Jason Bourne's secrets and launch cyber-warfare against the US.
HEAD OF ZEUS, 6TH,
18.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
A secret is uncovered that could smash Eve's world to pieces--and force her to chose between her daughter and her husband.
CORVUS, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling],
A woman whose philandering husband destroyed her life decides to take revenge. Corvus will support with a digital and social media campaign alongside consumer advertising.
THE SHROUDED PATH
FABER & FABER, 6TH,
12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
November, 1957, and, walking through the Derbyshire mist, six teenage girls follow the old train tracks into a dark tunnel. Only five reappear on the other side. October, 2014, and a dying woman pleads with her daughter to "find Valerie". DC Connie Childs investigates.
THE WIFE'S SHADOW
PIATKUS, 20TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling],
Suzy may appear to have the perfect life now, but it wasn't always like that. When she starts being followed, she realises her past may be catching up with her. For fans of the hit TV series "Dr Foster", says Piatkus.
BROTHERS IN BLOOD
DIALOGUE BOOKS, 6TH,
7.99 [pounds sterling], PBo,
Originally self-published under the name Western Fringes, this won the CWA Debut Dagger. In Southall, west London, newly released convict Zaq Khan feels lucky to land a job at a builder's yard. But then he is forced to join in the search for his boss' runaway daughter and finds himself caught up in a web of deception, murder and revenge.
20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBo,
A mother in despair when her newborn is diagnosed with a deadly illness joins a parental support group where she meets a father in a similar situation and begins an affair--with catastrophic consequences.
THE TATTOO THIEF
TRAPEZE, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling],
There's a twisted serial killer at large in Brighton, slicing tattoos from his victims' bodies while they are still alive. DI Francis Sullivan enlists the help of local tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Ragdoll meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, says orion.
SPHERE, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling],
Third in the Detective Erika Foster series follows The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker. The skeleton of a young child is discovered in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London.
THE THIN BLUE LINE
SCRIBE, 13TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBo,
Final installment of the Leo Junker series sees the Swedish detective re-open the cold case of murdered prostitute Angelica Reyes which has lain unsolved for five years.
ONE LITTLE LIE
AVON, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO,
Third psychological suspense novel from a former prison officer. A woman whose son is in prison for murder starts a support group for parents of troubled children and finds out how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control. Bookscan ***
HER WATCHFUL EYE
20TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO,
Ruby is a CCTV operator who one night sees a girl she thought she would never see again. Secretly, harmlessly, Ruby starts to watch her. Until just watching isn't enough.
PAN, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781509856824
Family liaison officer Maggie Neville !Gone Astray) returns. Two children are seen on top of a wall in a school. Shortly later one of them lies fatally injured at the bottom. Did the boy fall, or was he pushed?
AVON, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780008209216
A teenager moves from the US to Exeter, England, after a horrific school shooting. Everyone at his new school wants to be his friend, but they don't know what he did ... and they don't know about his father.
ARROW, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781784758356
Second in the Eden Archer and Frank Bennett series follows Hades. Most police duos run on trust, loyalty and the desire to see killers in court. Eden doesn't mind catching killers, but it's not in the courtroom that her justice is served.
DON'T YOU CRY
HARPERCOLLINS FICTION, 6TH, 7.99 [POUNDS STERLING], PBO, 9780008287214
When Nina almost dies during a disastrous blind date, her life is saved by waitress Angel--who later that night turns up at Nina's door, and sticks a gun in her face.
REED FARREL COLEMAN
ROBERT B PARKER'S THE HANGMAN'S SONNET
NO EXIT PRESS, 27TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780857301871
Latest in Robert B Parker's series featuring Paradise police chief Jesse Stone concerns a 75th birthday party to be held for folk singer Terry Jester. Once the equal of Bob Dylan, Jester has spent the last 40 years as a hermit after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording of his magnum opus, The Hangman's Sonnet.
GIANCARLO DE CATALDO, CARLO BONINI
THE NIGHT OF ROME
WORLD NOIR, 20TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], PBO WITH FRENCH
FLAPS, 9781609454890 A new Pope is determined to bring radical reform to the Vatican with consequences for everyone in Rome including a new generation of enterprising gangsters and racketeers.
HALF MOON BAY
TITAN BOOKS, 25TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781785659621
Psychological thriller about a woman grieving for her dead daughter who comes under suspicion when local children start to disappear.
WHAT WAS LOST
THE DOME PRESS, 13TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781999855963
A woman with no memories, found injured on a beach far from home, is part of a medical experiment to see whether her past can be retrieved. The police are interested in her hidden memories too.
THE MOSUL LEGACY
URBANE, 27TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781911583929
Two jihadists journey across the EU Schengen Zone to commit an atrocity in a Western European city. German policeman Max Kellerman is on their tail, but can he stop them in time?
CHARLES E MCGARRY
THE SHADOW OF THE BLACK EARL
POLYGON, 6TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781846974236
The land beneath a stately home in southern Scotland may be poisoned by an ancient malevolence in the second in the Leo Moran murder mystery series which blends the supernatural with contemporary police procedural.
THE RELENTLESS TIDE
POLYGON, 6TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781846974120
DCI Daley investigates when the three missing victims of the "Midweek Murderer", a serial killer at work in Glasgow in the 1990s, are found on a remote Kintyre hillside.
EDDIE THOMAS PETERSEN, TOBY BAINTON (TRANS)
AFTER THE DEATH OF ELLEN KELDBERG
HANDHELD PRESS, 1ST, 13.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781999944841
In the seaside town of Skagen in Denmark's far north, the elderly artist Ellen Keldberg is found frozen on a street bench. How and why did she die?
THE STRANGER UPSTAIRS
PAN, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781509886227
Psychological thriller about a woman whose beloved long-lost husband reappears suddenly--only he's not her husband. He's a stranger who appears to know her darkest secret.
WHAT REMAINS OF HER
WILLIAM MORROW, 6TH, 9.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780062843319
A reclusive man believes the young girl he has found in the Vermont woods is the reincarnation of his missing daughter, returned to help him solve the mystery of her disappearance, along with his wife, 20 years earlier.
THE JANUS RUN
CONTRABAND, 20TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781912235254
When Coleman Lang finds his girlfriend Gina dead in his NYC apartment, he thinks nothing could be worse, until he becomes the prime suspect.
CRIME & THRILLER SHORT STORIES
DEATH AT SEA
MANTLE, 6TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781509809110
Inspector Montalbano investigates Sicily's murky underworld in these eight mysteries from the Vigatan police files.
MANTLE, 6TH, 9.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781509892181
Collection of short stories and novellas from the Swedish crime writer set in the fictional city of Maardam. Slips from August.
HISTORICAL CRIME & THRILLER
HODDER & STOUGHTON, 6TH, 17.99 [pounds sterling], HB , 9781444775532
Notting Hill, 1952, and probationer policeman Dick Bourton witnesses an older colleague shot by a small-time gangster in a pea-souper fog; an incident that leads him to make connections with a series of deaths, and the fogs that stop the city in its tracks. Connections that his superiors don't want to see.
HEAD OF ZEUS, 6TH, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781788546072
London, 1930. Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of ghastly murders across the city so young journalist Jacob Flint is determined to investigate them himself.
THE LAST BROTHER
MACMILLAN, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781509878376
New York City in the 1930s where three brothers growing up on the Lower East Side are forced to find work after the death of their father. One joins the mob, lured by glamour, power and money--a fateful decision which will later bring him into painful conflict with his two brothers.
THE MURDER OF HARRIET MONCKTON
MYRIAD, 28TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781912408030
A new direction for the psychological thriller author (Into the Darkest Corner), this Victorian crime tale is based on the real murder of a young woman in 1843. she seemingly died as a result of swallowing a fatal dose of prussic acid--and the autopsy revealed she was six months pregnant. myriad's lead crime title of the year.
A GATHERING OF GHOSTS
HEADLINE REVIEW, 6TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], TBP, 9781472235886
Her latest medieval thriller is set in 1316 on the wilds of Dartmoor where the isolated priory of St Mary, with its holy well, is home to the sisters of the Knights of St John. but not all pilgrims seek the healing waters ...
HEADLINE, 20TH, 19.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781472257222
Second in the Daniel Pitt crime series set in Victorian London follows Twenty-One Days.
S W PERRY
THE ANGEL'S MARK
CORVUS, 6TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781786494924
London, 1590, and Elizabeth I's court is in turmoil, under threat from Spanish plotters and Catholic heretics. The body of a small boy is found in the City of London with strange marks that no one can explain, and when physician Nicholas Shelby investigates, his enquiries bring him to the attention of the powerful Robert Cecil.
AN ACT OF VILLAINY
ALLISON & BUSBY, 4TH, 14.99, HB, 9780749023133
Fifth instalment of the Agatha Christie-esque crime series set against the bright lights of 1930s London theatreland. The jackets for the whole series are gorgeous.
HAMMER OF ROME
BANTAM PRESS, 6TH, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780593076170
Ninth in the Gaius Valerius Verrens series finds our Roman hero in Britain in AD 80, leading the infamous Ninth Legion as it marches north to conquer the recalcitrant tribes.
PIATKUS, 6TH, 13.99 [pounds sterling], TPB, 9780349419503
First in a planned trilogy about the real women behind Shakespeare's most infamous queens, this is set in Scotland 1020 and tells the story of Lady Macbeth.
HEADLINE, 25TH, 19.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781472237330
Latest from the author of the bestseller A Discovery of Witches, soon to be a major sky TV series, begins on the battlefields of the American colonies during the Revolutionary War when Marcus MacNeil seizes his chance at immortality by becoming a vampire. But his transformation will not be an easy one.
RIVERRUN, 6TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781786485625
Set in Boston and at sea in the 1880s, this gothic novel is a hit with Hilary Mantel: "Eloquent, impressive ... While her touch is witty, her manner almost buoyant, her themes are sinister beyond belief."
THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER
MANTLE, 20TH, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780230759282
In the summer of 1862 a group of young artists led by Edward Radcliffe descends on Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire for a month. By the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead, one has disappeared, an heirloom is missing, and Radcliffe's life is in ruins. Fast forward 150 years and a young archivist tries to solve the mystery.
TOP HAT BOOKS, 28TH, 13.99 [pounds sterling], TPB, 9781785358241
Set amid the jute mills of Dundee and in colonial Calcutta in the early 20th century, this is billed as a "poignant" story of love and inheritance.
(MAJOR TOM'S WAR
KASHI HOUSE, 21ST, 19.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781911271147
An account of the impact of the First World War on a doomed generation and on one particular Indian Army cavalry officer, this is based on the author's own grandfather's real-life war diary.
NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED
DAVID FICKLING BOOKS, 6TH, 10.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781788450256
Published on the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote in the UK, this tells of sisters Clara and Nancy who become involved with the suffragette movement in 1914.
THE GOVERNESS GAME
MILLS & BOON, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780008268244
Regency romp featuring an accidental governess, a pair of wild orphans and an infamous rake.
THE DROWNED VILLAGE
HQ, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780008274481
In 1935 a village was deliberately submerged to make way for a new reservoir but now, in the present day, a fierce summer has dried the water up, and long-hidden secrets are threatening to surface.
PIMPERNEL PRESS, 6TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781910258095
Latest from artist and novelist stockley is set in 17th-century London, seething with cruelty, greed and ruthless ambition. Two women, one white, one black, find themselves pitted against a ruthless magistrate.
CLIVE CUSSLER AND BOYD MORRISON
MICHAEL JOSEPH, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780241349519
Only Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the "Oregon" stand between two warring moguls and global havoc in the latest instalment of the Oregon Files adventure thriller series.
THE SPEAR OF ATLANTIS
HEADLINE, 20TH, 19.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781472236890
Wilde and Chase find themselves in a race against time to stop an ancient Atlantean weapon more powerful than the H-bomb falling into the wrong hands. Number 14 in the series.
THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET
MICHAEL JOSEPH, 6th, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780718189242
A young woman becomes obsessed with the goings on at the house across the street, which only deepens when the house is burned to the ground. This marks Lesley Pearse's 25th year as a published author and she has been edited by Louise Moore for the entire time.
ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH
THE COLOURS OF ALL THE CATTLE
LITTLE, BROWN, 6TH, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781408711095
Mma Ramotswe's 19th adventure finds her standing for election to the City Council under the slogan, "I can't promise anything--but I will do my best."
THE SCARLET NIGHTINGALE
HODDER & STOUGHTON, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781473658325
A glamorous London socialite is recruited by the special Operations Executive but once in France falls for the charms of a count with a taste for danger, and women. The popular TV gardener's novels have sold over two million copies in total according to Hodder and he will "promote extensively" on publication.
PENGUIN, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781405934855
Decades after her marriage ended painfully, Stella is surprised to find common ground with her ex-husband in their shared adoration of their little grandson Jack. Can you fall in love with the same person twice? "Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life--and better than trollope at jokes," said the Daily Mail.
THE LOST SISTER
AVON, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780008264642
A trip to the beach tore Becky's world apart; on that day her mother Selma first met the man she would later leave her husband and child for. Now Selma is dying and there's something she needs to tell her estranged daughter--she had another daughter and so Becky has a sister.
THE SONGS OF US
HEADLINE REVIEW, 20TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781472252531
"A heartbreaking but uplifting story of love, loss and what it means to be a family, for fans of Jojo Moyes," says Hodder, which will support with an early proof campaign to build word-of-mouth and advance reader reviews for this debut.
BY VIRTUE FALL
PIATKUS, 20TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780349415536
Fourth and final book in the Shakespeare Sisters series. With a broken marriage behind her, Juliet is just about ready to give up on love.
THE MEMORY COLLECTOR
HQ, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780008216955
A woman whose mother was a hoarder uncovers a secret about her past that could reveal why her mother never let anything go.
HEADLINE REVIEW, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781472248848
The discovery of an old suitcase in an abandoned lunatic asylum unlocks a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and an old wrong that the finder may have the power to put right. Third novel from the author of The Letter, Headline's biggest selling audio title to date, and The Secret.
THE AFTER WIFE
TRAPEZE, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781409172642
Rachel was a brilliant scientist before her untimely death. To help her husband and daughter get through the dark days she has left them her life's work; a gift called iRachel. Rights have sold in 12 territories to date, and the film rights sold to a Chinese language company for a six figure pre-empt.
IF CATS DISAPPEARED
FROM THE WORLD
PICADOR, 20TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781509889174
A Japanese million-copy bestseller, this asks: when you find out your days are numbered, what would you be willing to give up for one extra day of life?
THE RISE AND FALL OF BECKY SHARP
HARPERCOLLINS FICTION, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780008291785
Contemporary retelling of Thackeray's classic novel Vanity Fair featuring heroine Becky Sharp, here prepared to stop at nothing to take top position in the rarified world of London's upper classes.
OUR SECRETS AND LIES
PENGUIN, 5TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780241981061
An unplanned pregnancy forced Lucy to abandon her career dreams, so she is determined that her 17-year-old twin son and daughter will have every opportunity. But when she moves them to a prestigious school things start to go very wrong.
SUMMER OF SECRETS
HEADLINE REVIEW, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781472241184
Moves between the summer of 1939 and the present day, telling two powerful stories linked by a shocking secret. Second novel from the author of My Mother's Shadow--"An emotional and involving story," said Woman & Home.
A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND
SPHERE, 6TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780751571073
Broken-hearted city girl Ella moves to a village in the Chilterns and finds herself the reluctant babysitter of a badly behaved Labrador.
BENEATH A FROSTY MOON
MACMILLAN, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781509829231
In 1940 Cora Stubbs is evacuated with her younger siblings to the English countryside. But little does Cora know that Hitler's bombs are nothing compared to the danger she will face in her new home.
HOPE ON THE WATERWAYS
ARROW, 20TH, 5.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781784756932
Third in the Waterway Girls series set on the canals of England during the Second World War. Sylvia Simpson must wrestle with her conscience when an unexpected visitor forces her to choose between her duty and her loyalty to her fellow crew.
A BLACKPOOL LASS
SPHERE, 20TH, 6.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780751573152
When her Ma passes away and her Da's ship sinks with all hands, Grace is all alone in the world and sent to an orphanage in Blackpool. Maggie Mason is the pseudonym of saga writer Mary Wood.
VICTORY FOR THE SHIPYARD GIRLS
ARROW, 6TH, 6.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781787460225
Fifth in the Shipyard Girls series is set in Sunderland, 1942, where Rosie is doing as many shifts as she can to try and keep her mind off the fact that she hasn't heard from her sweetheart in months ...
HARPER VOYAGER, 20TH, 9.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780008174064
The creepy internet meme comes to life on the page in this tale of a missing schoolgirl. Nightmare-inducing jacket.
ORBIT, 6TH, 9.99 [pounds sterling], PB, 9780356508498
Sequel to Mageborn. Though their world has turned against them, Wren and Danoph know that only they can save it.
HARPER VOYAGER, 20TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780008234126
New novella set in the world of the Demon Cycle series.
HODDER & STOUGHTON, 11TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781473646766
No plot details but this is the fifth in the Red Rising series.
A WINTER'S PROMISE
EUROPA EDITIONS, 27TH, 13.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781609454838
A lead title for Europa, this is first in the Mirror Visitor series, already a bestseller in France, which is billed as crossover fantasy. Long ago, following a cataclysm called "The Tear", the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands.
PETER F HAMILTON
MACMILLAN, 6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781447281313
First part of the salvation Sequence, a space opera that begins in AD 2204 when an alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion.
C F IGGULDEN
MICHAEL JOSEPH, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780718186760
Part two of the Empire of Salt series follows Danen. A blend of epic fantasy and historical fiction in which 12 families battle for one throne.
HARPER VOYAGER, 6TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780008180089
Mia Corvere's story reaches its bloody end in the conclusion to the Nevernight Chronicle. BookScan **
THE WITCH WHO COURTED DEATH
PIATKUS, 6TH, 13.99 [pounds sterling], TPB, 9780349421292
The world's most powerful medium, Corvossier "Casper" von Klitzing, finds her unrivalled ability to speak to and control the dead makes her something of a target.
TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER
HARPER VOYAGER, 20TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780008304317
In the ancient halls of the Imperial University of Carthak, a young man has begun his journey to becoming one of the most powerful mages the realm has ever known. Part one of the Numair Chronicles.
THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD
ORBIT, 27TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780356511436
This "magical" debut from an Israel-based writer is based on Jewish folklore and set against the backdrop of the pogroms of Eastern Europe.
V E SCHWAB
TITAN BOOKS, 25TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781785652486
Sequel to 2013's Vicious, a dark and thought-provoking take on the superhero genre. Titan's lead fantasy for the autumn will be supported with a "large" marketing and publicity campaign.
A J SMITH
THE GLASS BREAKS
HEAD OF ZEUS, 6TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781786696885
In the 167th year of the Dark Age, Sea Wolves can break the glass and step into the void, slipping from the real world and reappearing wherever they wish.
THE ELECTRIC STATE
S&S UK, 6TH, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781471176081
With over 100 full-colour illustrations, this is set in a post-apocalyptic 1997 and tells the story of Michelle and her toy robot who set out in a stolen car across the western United States to find her brother. Slips from August.
THE LAND YOU NEVER LEAVE
ORBIT, 13TH, 9.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780356507590
Epic fantasy sequel to You Die When You Die. A mismatched group of refugees set off across the Ocean of Grass to fulfil a prophecy but in their way are the denizens of the Badlands.
THE EMBER BLADE
GOLLANCZ, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781473214842
Begins a commercial epic fantasy trilogy, the Darkwater Legacy, which will feature a land under occupation, a legendary sword and a young man's journey to find his destiny.
L L MCKINNEY
A BLADE SO BLACK
TITAN BOOKS, 25TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9781789090055
This contemporary fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland is a lead title for Titan. I'm told the Wonderland is not the one you may remember but a dark dream realm.
ORBIT, 20TH, 8.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780356511368
Winner of the inaugural Nommo Award, Africa's first award for speculative fiction. Rosewater is a community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome. Its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless--all eager for a glimpse inside the dome, or a taste of its rumoured healing powers.
SFF SHORT STORIES
THE SECOND COLLECTED TALES OF BAUCHELAIN & KORBAL BROACH
BANTAM PRESS, 20TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9780593063965
Three tales of the enigmatic necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, set in the Malazan Empire.
LEGION: THE MANY LIVES OF STEPHEN LEEDS
GOLLANCZ, 20TH, 16.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781473225015
Includes the novellas "Legion" and "Legion: Skin Deep" as well as brand new novella "Legion: Lies of the Beholder".
HORROR & GHOST STORIES
WE SOLD OUR SOULS
QUIRK BOOKS, 18TH, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781683690122
Faust meets heavy metal in this supernatural horror about the lead singer of 1990s heavy metal band Durk Wurk who dumped his bandmates to find solo stardom as Koffin--but at what grisly price?
JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST
I ALWAYS FIND YOU
RIVERRUN, 20TH, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781787474512
Latest from the Swedish author of Let the Right One In is a spine-tingling, boundary-crossing, mind-blowing conceptual horror novel, according to Quercus.
THE MONSTERS WE DESERVE
ZEPHYR, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781788542302
Billed as a "reappraisal" of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in its bicentennial year.
MA'AM STOKER, SOPHIE WILSON
TRAPEZE, 27TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781409181101
Putting the vamp into vampires, this updates Bram Stoker's classic with lots of drag twists.
FOLLOW ME IN
AVERY HILL PUBLISHING, 22ND, 18.99 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781910395387
First long-form work from the London-based illustrator and comic creator is part memoir, part coming-of-age story and part love letter to Mexico.
A NEW JERUSALEM
NEW INTERNATIONALIST, 1ST, 12.99 [pounds sterling], PB, 9781780264424
Tells of trauma and family life in the aftermath of the Second World War as experienced by 11-year-old Ralph whose father returns from the fighting a changed man.
ONES TO WATCH
AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING
TRAPEZE, 25TH, 14.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Hotly anticipated, I'm told, this is the debut novel from YouTube star Hank Green who is also the brother of John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars. This is the story of 23-year-old April May who becomes an overnight celebrity after stumbling across a giant sculpture--which resembles a 10-foot high Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armour--making a video and uploading it to YouTube. In the following days dozens of these "Carls" are discovered around the world and April, as their first documentarian, is at the centre of the international media spotlight. But who are the Carls, and what do they want?
CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON
THE LABYRINTH UF THE SPIRITS
W&N, 18TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB, 9781474606189
Long-awaited new novel in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series which began with The Shadow of the Wind, an R&J pick which has now sold 18 million copies worldwide according to the publisher. Barcelona, 1957, and Daniel Sempere, now married with a family, is running the Sempere & Sons bookshop when one morning a mysterious figure enters and buys a precious copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. He proceeds to inscribe it to Daniel's best friend, Fermin, "To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and holds the key to the future". Fermin, it seems, has a secret ...
BANTAM PRESS, 20TH, 20 [pounds sterling], HB,
There are thriller writers, and then there is Frederick Forsyth. I'm told this, his first fiction since 2012's The Kill List, is a classic race-against-time thriller set in a world where the most dangerous weapon imaginable is not a missile or a computer programme but a 17-year-old Scottish teenager whose brilliant mind is able to run rings around the security services of the superpowers. Fills the "impossible to buy for" gap for dads, uncles and fathers-in-law across the land in one fell swoop but TW is also planning a "confident" outdoor marketing campaign to bring him to new readers.
ONLY TO SLEEP
HOGARTH, 6TH, 12.99 [pounds sterling], HB,
Lawrence Osborne is only the second contemporary writer to be approached by the Raymond Chandler Estate to write a new PI Philip Marlowe novel (after John Banville). This isn't simply a new Marlowe case, I'm told, but rather imagines Marlowe as an old man. Set in 1988 Baja, California, Marlowe is quietly living out his retirement until two strangers come calling and offer him a new case: Donald Zim who supposedly drowned off his yacht leaving a younger, and now very rich, wife. But is Zim actually alive? And are the pair living off the spoils? Sounds like classic Marlowe to me.
ADELE PARKS I INVITED HER IN HQ, 20TH, 7.99 [pounds sterling], PBO, 9780008284619
Adele Parks moves to HarperCollins with this, her 17th novel, which also marks a change in direction from straight women's commercial fiction into slightly darker territory a la Lisa Jewell (and Tasmina Perry, later in this preview). When Mel's old university friend Abi, who has been living in LA, gets back in touch after 17 years needing a shoulder to cry on, Mel doesn't hesitate to offer her somewhere to stay. Because friends look out for each other, don't they? Big mistake. HarperCollins will support with a "major" advertising campaign across outdoor sites, social media activity and events. Bookscan ****