Fiction: The Music shop, Tin Man and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday, £14.99)
Frank owns a music shop which is under threat from local developers. Into his life walks the mysterious Ilse Brauchmann who has troubles of her own. A life-affirming novel about love, hope and the healing power of music.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press, £12.99)
Childhood friends Michael and Ellis enjoy a brief teenage love affair. After Ellis marries Annie and Michael moves to London, the two become estranged but the legacy of their friendship looms large in both their lives. A beautifully written novel about art, loss and desire.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Collins, £12.99)
Honeyman’s debut novel is 2017’s biggest-selling hardback debut and with good reason. Eleanor Oliphant is one of society’s outsiders: eccentric and lonely but also funny and charming. Her devastating childhood secret is gradually revealed in this wonderful story about compassion and kindness.
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (Viking, £12.99)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Strout is a masterful observer of human relationships. Here she tells stories about the inhabitants of a small American town and their broken marriages, PTSD, infidelity, loneliness and poverty. Her prose is among the best you’ll read this year.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (Doubleday, £16.99)
Boyne’s tender, funny and deeply satisfying novel follows the life of Cyril Avery from his birth in 1940s Ireland to the present, taking in London, New York and Amsterdam against a backdrop of gay rights, the Aids epidemic and political change.
THRILLERS: Munich, Fever Dream and A Legacy Of Spies
Munich by Robert Harris (Hutchinson, £20)
Telling the story of the 1938 Munich Agreement, in which Chamberlain tried to prevent war with Germany, Harris’s latest thriller is meticulously researched and utterly gripping with a brilliantly drawn cast of characters, both fictional and real.
A Legacy Of Spies by John le Carré (Viking, £20)
Peter Guillam, a former colleague of the infamous George Smiley, is being called to account for his actions during the Cold War. Expertly plotted, morally complex and politically astute, this is quintessential le Carré.
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (OneWorld, £7.99)
A woman lies in a hospital bed and a boy sits by her side, trying to help her remember the events that led her there. Deeply unsettling and compelling, it tackles parenthood and loss and has a truly unforgettable ending.
The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins (Quercus, £12.99)
Professor Olivia Sweetman is celebrating the publication of her new book. But her life is full of deceptions about which only one woman, lonely housekeeper Vivian Tester, knows the truth. An addictive psychological thriller with two complex, richly drawn female characters at its heart.
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land (Penguin, £7.99)
Annie has turned her mother in to the police for murder. Now living with a foster family under a different name, she has to deal with school bullies and her new dysfunctional family as well as her own dark past. Tense, unnerving and psychologically insightful.
Memoir/biography: I am, I am, I am, This Is Going To Hurt and more
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press, £18.99)
Award-winning novelist O’Farrell has produced an enthralling memoir about her near-death experiences, from near-drownings and childhood illnesses to turbulent plane rides and perilous blood loss in labour. It’s a memoir replete with courage, heartbreak and optimism: the most life-affirming book of the year.
This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor by Adam Kay (Picador, £16.99)
Junior doctor-turned-TV writer and stand-up comedian, Kay’s diaries of his time working on hospital wards are hilarious and moving in equal measure. Kay has a sharp eye for both comic detail and pathos and he’ll make every reader cherish the NHS.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster, £20)
Former presidential candidate Clinton delivers a post-mortem of her unsuccessful campaign. Blackly humorous, candid and searingly insightful, it’s a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Western politics.
How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb (Canongate, £16.99)
Webb is best known for his role in comedy TV series Peep Show but his memoir tells the story of his alcoholic father, the death of his mother and his own battles against drink and depression. Painfully honest, funny and deeply moving, Webb questions our notions of masculinity in the modern world.
Adventures Of A Young Naturalist: Sir David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest Expeditions (Two Roads, £25)
Everyone’s favourite zoologist tells the story of his 1950s expeditions to Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay. Full of Attenborough’s trademark enthusiasm, wit and intelligence, it’s a natural history fan’s treat.
Cookery: Feasts, The Modern Cook’s Year and Indian Festival Feasts
Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley, £20)
Ghayour is the queen of Middle Eastern cookery and her sumptuous new collection is organised around menus for lunch or dinner parties, from brunches and quick-fix feasts to special occasion get-togethers. Gorgeous food photography accompanies every recipe: a visual treat.
The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones (4th Estate, £26)
This is a vegetarian cookbook to make even the most devoted carnivore realise how vibrant vegetarian cooking can be. Jones’ international offerings, arranged by season, include everything from pastas, burgers and barbecued food to dumplings, dhals and desserts.
Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts by Vivek Singh (Absolute Press, £26)
As founder of The Cinnamon Club, Singh popularised Indian fine dining. His new book is both a beautiful cookery book and a cultural guide to major festivals, from Christmas and Holi to Diwali and Eid, each with accompanying recipes and essays explaining the cultural context.
Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh (Ebury Press, £27)
Ottolenghi has revolutionised British-Israeli cooking through his restaurants and books. His new offering focuses on cakes, cookies, desserts and confectionery, sprinkling his customary ingenuity and inventiveness over them all.
Made At Home: The Food I Cook For The People I Love by Giorgio Locatelli (4th Estate, £26)
Britain’s favourite Italian chef and proprietor of the delectable Locanda Locatelli brings us a book of his favourite recipes for home cooking. From delicious pastas and gnocchis to fish and meat dishes, it’s the only Italian cookbook you need.
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The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton, £20)
In a paean to nature, Macfarlane has penned an acrostic poem for an array of animals and plants, from bluebells and dandelions to otters and starlings. Accompanied by Morris’s illustrations, it’s a book for adults and children alike.
Ask An Astronaut: My Guide To Life In Space by Tim Peake (Century, £20)
Peake is Britain’s first European Space Agency astronaut to visit the International Space Station. On his return, he invited questions from members of the public about his time in space and the answers make up this fascinating and informative book.
Blue Planet II by James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow (BBC Books, £25)
To accompany the landmark BBC series, this glossy book transforms our understanding of ocean life and its breathtaking photography captures some of nature’s greatest underwater events.
Bletchley Park Brainteasers by Sinclair McKay (Headline, £12.99)
From cryptic crosswords to complex riddles, test your mind against the boffins who became wartime code breakers.
Source : EXPRESS