Whether you're shopping for a thriller fanatic or know a bookworm with particularly literary tastes, you'll find something here for every fiction lover. There's adventure, mystery and hilarity aplenty, plus new novels from favourite authors including Kate Atkinson, Sebastian Faulks and Khaled Hosseini. Start their adventure on Christmas Day with one of these brilliant books.
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
This eagerly-awaited new novel from one of the nation's favourite writers tells the story of a young woman, recruited to the secret service during the war, whose life starts to unravel as she comes to terms with the consequences of idealism while working for the BBC. This will appeal to lovers of literary fiction and thrillers alike.
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize in 2018, this is the epic story of a young slave who escapes his plantation in a hot air balloon, going on to travel the world in search of a place to call home. Another treat for literary booklovers, this is also an exciting adventure story which promises some much-needed escapism during the bleak winter months!
Tombland by C. J. Sansom
The seventh novel in the bestselling Shardlake series, set in a chaotic England in the wake of Henry VIII's death, sees Matthew Shardlake embroiled in a series of gruesome murders as peasant revolts break out across the country. Fans of these compelling historical crime novels will be excited to read the next thrilling installment - and if it sounds right up your booklover's street, you could start them off with the first in the series, Dissolution.
Middle England by Jonathan Coe
A searing, wryly comic and intelligent state of the nation novel for our strange times, this new book from the author of The Rotters' Club and What a Carve Up! follows a vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. Perfect for anyone who likes their fiction rooted in the everyday and shot through with a healthy dose of comic critique.
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
From the author of The Kite Runner comes a heart-wrenching new short story, written in the form of a letter from a father to his son on the eve of their dangerous flight from their Syrian home. And this is a gift that goes even further; Khaled Hosseini is donating his author proceeds from the book to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.
Roar by Cecilia Ahern
From the beloved author of P.S. I Love You, this new collection is made up of 30 touching and often hilarious stories, from The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband. A heartwarming slice of bedtime comfort from one of the best romantic fiction writers working today.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
This highly original murder mystery is being described as Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Murder on the Orient Express. The beautiful Evelyn Hardcastle has been killed – but until Aiden, a guest at the tragic party, can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself… over and over again. If they're a fan of murder mysteries, speculative fiction or just love a really entertaining read, this ticks all the boxes and then some.
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks
In the new book from the author of Birdsong we meet American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq. Their lives are very different, but as they each embark on their own search for knowledge in Paris, they discover a city bursting with surprises and connections. In this moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity, considering how, as individuals and societies – we learn to make peace with our history.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
As huge fans of Conversations with Friends, we'll be giving Sally Rooney's latest to everyone we can this Christmas! Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but they're from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, the connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This story about how one person's life can touch another's will dazzle literary fiction lovers, and cements Rooney's growing reputation as one of the finest authors of her generation.
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Fans of The Book Thief will be excited to hear about the arrival of the much-anticipated second novel from Markus Zusak. Bridge of Clay, written in Zusak's distinctive style, tells the story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. At the centre of their family is Clay, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be.
Let them choose
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