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The Showman: The Inside Story of the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky by Simon Shuster (William Collins)
After gaining unprecedented entry to the Ukrainian president during the Russian invasion, Time journalist Shuster delves into the personality and driving forces of the former actor turned war hero.
The Possibility of a Better Future: How the Current Generation Can Create a Sustainable World according to Hannah Ritchie (Published by Chatto & Windus)
Can hope still exist amidst the negative news about the environment? According to data scientist Ritchie, the answer is a resounding yes. In her book, which author Margaret Atwood has deemed “truly essential”, Ritchie makes a compelling case.
I am searching for a generous individual: My dad, seven kids, and the advertisements that aided their survival from the Holocaust written by Julian Borger (published by John Murray).
When the possibility of an invasion grew closer in Vienna, Julian Borger’s Jewish grandparents posted an advertisement seeking a family in England to care for their son. The journalist from The Guardian shares his father’s experience and the stories of seven other children in a similar circumstance.
Dr. Jennifer Gunter’s book, “Blood: The Science, Medicine and Mythology of Menstruation” (published by Piatkus), explores the topic of menstruation.
Gunter has gained a large following for her efforts to combat false information regarding women’s health. Now, she focuses on the topic of menstruation.
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The uncovering of a hidden relative, who was born into one of Ireland’s infamous “mother and baby homes”, serves as the inspiration for this poignant account of social and familial history spanning three generations of women.
“Empireworld” is a book written by Sathnam Sanghera (published by Viking) that explores the impact of British imperialism on the world.
The writer of Empireland and columnist for The Times explores the significant impact of the British empire on global culture, laws, and religion.
Survivors: The Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the American Slave Trade by Hannah Durkin (William Collins)
The Clotilda was the final vessel involved in the Atlantic slave trade, reaching Mobile, Alabama in July 1860. Historian Durkin follows the stories of the enslaved individuals onboard, many of whom survived until the 20th century.
“Iran’s Fresh Uprising: Women, Living, Liberty” written by Arash Azizi (Oneworld)
In 2022, the passing of Mahsa Amini – a woman who was detained for breaking Iran’s stringent religious clothing regulations – ignited demonstrations within the country and garnered support from the international community. Azizi aims to clarify the uprising that emerged following her death.
Colin Barrett’s novel, Wild Houses, published by Jonathan Cape.
The highly praised author’s much-anticipated first novel delves into a chaotic and absurd clash between drug dealers in a small Irish town.
The novel “Day” written by Michael Cunningham and published by 4th Estate.
The author of The Hours presents their first novel in ten years, which follows a family’s journey through the pandemic.
The book “My Friends” by Hisham Matar was published by Viking.
Three Libyans reflect on friendship and exile, contemplating displacement and the concept of home. This is written by the same author of The Return.
“Come and Get It” written by Kiley Reid and published by Bloomsbury.
The sequel to Such a Fun Age in the campus novel genre portrays the perspectives of young women on race, wealth, and achievement.
Sigrid Nunez’s book “The Vulnerables” published by Virago.
Three individuals who do not know each other – an author, a young person who left school without completing their education, and a parrot named Eureka – meet in a New York City apartment during the pandemic in the newest book by the writer of The Friend.
The Gallopers by Jon Ransom (Muswell Press)
The novel “The Whale Tattoo” was awarded the 2023 Polari first book prize for its representation of LGBTQ+ themes. It follows the story of a character who travels from Norfolk in the 1950s to London during the Aids crisis.
Tom Baldwin’s “Keir Starmer: The Biography” (published by William Collins)
This authorized biography, written by a former journalist and political advisor to Ed Miliband, aims to provide a comprehensive look into Starmer’s life and political development leading up to a general election.
The book “Alphabetical Diaries” written by Sheila Heti and published by Fitzcarraldo.
Heti, the writer of the books Motherhood and Pure Colour, is among many writers who maintain a journal. However, what sets her apart is that she entered about 500,000 words from her journal into a spreadsheet and organized them in alphabetical order. The outcome is an extraordinary and oddly lyrical autobiography.
“Reflections on a Hollywood Career: My Experiences in the Industry After Forty Years” by Ed Zwick (Published by Gallery)
Ed Zwick, a renowned figure in the film and television industry, has been credited with discovering talented actors such as Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Denzel Washington. His projects have earned a remarkable 18 Academy Award nominations. Zwick, an ultimate insider, provides us with a glimpse into the intense and competitive world of show business.
How the World Made the West: A 4,000-Year History by Josephine Quinn (Bloomsbury)
We are accustomed to viewing history through the lens of the progression and decline of “civilizations,” but the intermingling and exchange of ideas are what lead to the development of cultures. This is also true for “the west.”
American Mother by Colum McCann and Diane Foley (Bloomsbury)
Diane Foley, the mother of journalist James Foley who was killed in Syria in 2014, collaborates with Irish novelist McCann to tell the harrowing tale of his abduction, attempts to free him, his public execution, and the aftermath that followed.
Cathy Newman’s book “The Ladder” shares valuable life lessons from successful women who have overcome obstacles and challenges to reach great heights.
The presenter of Channel 4 News gathers valuable information from a group of extraordinary women, such as former first minister Nicola Sturgeon, the first black female bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and fellow broadcaster Joan Bakewell.
Sophie Elmhirst’s book “Maurice and Maralyn” published by Chatto & Windus.
A remarkable story about a married couple living in the suburbs during the 1970s who made the daring choice to sail to New Zealand, but their boat was unexpectedly hit by a whale. They miraculously survived for 118 days on a rubber raft until they were eventually rescued.
Andrew McMillan’s “Pity” published by Canongate explores themes of compassion and empathy.
The first novel by the acclaimed poet explores the lives of three generations in a mining family from South Yorkshire, delving into themes of social class, sexual orientation, and traditional notions of masculinity.
The book “My Heavenly Favourite” by Lucas Rijneveld, translated by Michele Hutchison (Faber) is highly regarded.
The Discomfort of Evening was awarded the 2020 International Booker Prize for its groundbreaking exploration of a veterinarian’s dangerous fixation on a teenage girl. The novel delves into taboo subjects and presents chilling consequences.
What Will Survive of Us by Howard Jacobson (Cape)
The winner of the Booker prize discusses love in the later stages of life.
Burma Sahib by Paul Theroux (Hamish Hamilton)
This fabricated narrative highlights the significance of George Orwell’s time as a colonial officer in Burma in shaping his political beliefs and literary pursuits.
The book “Parasol Against the Axe” was written by Helen Oyeyemi and published by Faber.
This bachelorette party trip is a tribute to Prague.
Holly Pester’s book “The Lodgers” published by Granta.
The poet’s sharp fable explores the challenges of precarious living.
The translated version of “Vladivostok Circus” by Elisa Shua Dusapin was done by Aneesa Abbas Higgins and published by Daunt.
A female individual arrives at the Russian shoreline to create outfits for acrobats, in the newest book from the writer of Winter in Sokcho.
Georgi Gospodinov’s The Physics of Sorrow, translated by Angela Rodel and published by W&N.
A novel about communism, family, and memory, written by the Bulgarian recipient of the 2023 International Booker prize, was released alongside a memoir.
“Gender Trouble: Who is Fearful?” written by Judith Butler and published by Allen Lane.
The prominent American thinker explores the role of gender as both a scapegoat in politics and a means of understanding ourselves.
A Very Private School by Charles Spencer (William Collins)
The writer and sibling of Diana, the Princess of Wales, reflects on a significant moment from his childhood when he was 8 years old and sent to a boarding school. This experience had a lasting impact on his life.
The Price of Life: In Search of What We’re Worth and Who Decides by Jenny Kleeman (Picador)
The writer of “Sex Robots & Vegan Meat” presents an analysis of the ultimate form of monetization, whether it’s the expense of $15,000 to hire a contract killer or the six-figure cost of a child conceived through IVF.
Jason Okundaye’s book “Revolutionary Acts: Love & Brotherhood in Black Gay Britain” explores the themes of love and brotherhood within the Black gay community in Britain.
During the peak of the Aids crisis, there was little attention given to the experiences of black homosexual men. Now, many years later, journalist Okundaye has interviewed those who have survived, documenting their struggles and conversations, as well as the intersection of politics and social gatherings.
The Summer We Crossed Europe in the Rain: Lyrics for Stacey by Kent Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)
Following Ishiguro’s selection of a Stacey Kent song for his Desert Island Discs, the renowned jazz vocalist extended an invitation for him to pen lyrics for her. Together, they co-created 16 compositions, featured in this collection, along with an introduction by the Nobel Prize winner.
The book “Why We Remember” by Charan Ranganath (Doubleday) explores the topic of memory.
The professor of psychology, Ranganath, disproves common misunderstandings about memory and instructs us on how to effectively use our attention to improve our ability to remember.
The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir by RuPaul (4th Estate)
The host of Drag Race shares a tale of triumph in the face of adversity, from growing up in poverty to creating a globally successful TV series.
Until August by Gabriel García Márquez, translated by Anne McLean (Viking)
Once a year, a married woman has an affair with a new partner, in the novel written by a deceased Nobel Prize winner from Latin America.
“Mona of the Manor” written by Armistead Maupin and published by Doubleday.
The tenth edition of the beloved Tales of the City series shifts to England, featuring a humorous portrayal of social etiquette in a rural estate.
“Tommy Orange’s Wandering Stars, published by Harvill Secker”
Starting with a tragic event in the 19th century and continuing into a heartbreaking event in the 21st century, this story follows a Native American community and its members from the novel There There.
The book “Woman, Life, Freedom” by Marjane Satrapi and others has been translated into English by Una Dimitrijevic and published by Seven Stories.
A collaboration between artists, activists, and journalists has resulted in a graphic novel that depicts the protests in Iran for women’s rights after the passing of Mahsa Amini, who died while in custody. The author of Persepolis curated this project.
Prima Facie by Suzie Miller (Hutchinson Heinemann)
The author adapts her acclaimed play into a novel, telling the story of a talented young lawyer who faces challenges from the male-dominated legal establishment.
Andrey Kurkov’s novel, The Silver Bone, has been translated into English by Boris Dralyuk and published by MacLehose.
The initial installment in a sequence of puzzling stories that take place in Kyiv following the conclusion of World War I, written by the same author of Death and the Penguin.
Stuart Turton’s novel, The Last Murder at the End of the World, published by Bloomsbury.
This is another complex murder mystery, but this one takes place on an island that is sheltered from a global disaster. It is written by the same author as The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
As the Queen Prepares to Sleep by Huzama Habayeb, translated by Kay Heikkinen (MacLehose)
This story, written by a Palestinian author who has received recognition, explores themes of patriarchy, exile, and the struggles faced by refugees.
John O’Farrell’s book, “Family Politics”, published by Doubleday.
The writer of Things Can Only Get Better brings us another light-hearted political satire, where the son of a well-known liberal couple reveals his support for the Conservative party.
A Drop of Golden Sun by Kate Saunders (Faber)
The latest novel from the writer of Five Children on the Western Front, who passed away this year, draws inspiration from young performers in The Sound of Music.
Where the Heart Should Be by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
Romance and misfortune amidst the Great Famine in Ireland.
Knife by Salman Rushdie (Vintage)
The recipient of the Booker prize, who was targeted in a failed assassination in 2022, shares their personal experience of the assault and its consequences.
“I, Suzi Ronson, share my experiences and memories with David Bowie and his band, the Spiders from Mars, in the biography ‘Me and Mr Jones’ published by Faber.”
After designing Ziggy Stardust’s hairdo, stylist Ronson joins Bowie on tour and meets her future husband, Mark, alongside musical luminaries Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed.
Liz Truss’s book “Ten Years to Save the West” (published by Biteback) discusses the urgency of taking action in the next decade to protect the Western world.
The former prime minister of Britain, who had the shortest term in office, has issued a warning about the potential danger of adopting popular ideas spread by the international left, stating that it could jeopardize our civilization as we know it.
“Another England” by Caroline Lucas (Hutchinson Heinemann) presents a fresh narrative of our identity and potential as a nation.
The initial environmentally-friendly Member of Parliament for Westminster strives to save England’s narrative from extreme patriotism, expressing a perspective of English identity that includes “the Chartists and the Levellers being recognized alongside Nelson and Churchill”.
A History of Africa from Ancient Times to Freedom: Written by Zeinab Badawi (WH Allen)
The reporter, along with being the leader of Soas University in London, travels to over 30 countries in Africa to uncover the vast past of the continent, spanning from early human existence to the development of culture, colonization, and freedom.
Caroline Crampton’s “A Body Made of Glass: A History of Hypochondria” (published by Granta) chronicles the development of hypochondria.
At the age of 17, Crampton was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and ever since, she has had a constant fear of its recurrence. In her book, she delves into the topic of health anxiety, tracing its roots from ancient times to the modern era of relying on online resources like Dr Google.
The book “Sociopath: A Memoir” was written by Patric Gagne and published by Bluebird.
Sociopaths are not often introspective, however, Gagne obtained a PhD while attempting to comprehend the reasons behind her and others’ difficulty in experiencing fear, guilt, or empathy.
Tahirah and Mary, written by Mishal Husain and published by 4th Estate
The host of the Today program shares the tale of her grandparents from India and how the major political changes of the mid-20th century shaped their experiences.
Rebel Rising by Rebel Wilson (HarperCollins)
The initial autobiography by the Australian actress delves into her doubts, physical appearance, and sexual orientation, pledging to teach us “how to embrace ourselves, all while inducing uncontrollable laughter.”
The novel “Caledonian Road” was written by Andrew O’Hagan and published by Faber.
A famous expert in art history becomes captivated by his pupil in a depiction of society and wealth centered on the downfall of one man.
James by Percival Everett (Mantle)
The finalist for the Booker Prize presents a new interpretation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, focusing on the perspective of Jim, Huck’s companion on his journey.
You Are Here by David Nicholls (Sceptre)
In a new tale of romance from the writer of Us, two solitary individuals stroll through the English countryside.
“The Spoiled Heart” written by Sunjeev Sahota and published by Harvill Secker
The story revolves around a trade unionist living on the outskirts of the Peak District, delving into long-hidden secrets and their effects on the community’s unity.
Téa Obreht’s novel, The Morningside, published by W&N.
Soon, a youth who has sought refuge in a deteriorating high-rise is captivated by traditional stories of her displaced homeland.
Neel Mukherjee’s “Choice” published by Atlantic
Three interconnected stories about morals, agency, and unforeseen outcomes: a publisher, an academic, and a family living in rural India.
The book “Joy in Service” by Paul Muldoon (Faber) is set on Rue Tagore.
The 15th compilation of the Irish poet covers a variety of topics, from the history of Imperial Rome to wolves in Ulster and even touching on Ukraine.
“May Day” written by Jackie Kay and published by Picador.
A compilation inspired by 60 years of social action.
The Diaries of Mr Lucas: Notes from a Lost Gay Life by Hugo Greenhalgh (Atlantic)
George Lucas, an upstanding public official, was also involved in illegal activities – until the legalization of homosexuality by the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. The journalist Hugo Greenhalgh received his “delightfully revealing” diaries in 2014, which provide a detailed glimpse into a world that no longer exists.
“The Garden Against Time” written by Olivia Laing and published by Picador.
The writer of The Lonely City and Crudo addresses the past of the garden in her unique manner, intertwining the historical, political, and personal aspects. The outcome is a vibrant and lively tapestry.
Naked Portrait: A Memoir of Lucian Freud by Rose Boyt (Picador)
Boyt, Lucian Freud’s daughter, sat for her father from childhood until her marriage. Her book is a “viscerally honest account of complex family dynamics” in one of the most famous artistic families in Britain.
All That Glitters: A Story of Friendship, Fraud and Fine Art by Orlando Whitfield (Profile)
Inigo Philbrick, a prominent art dealer, was found guilty of committing fraud worth millions of dollars, causing shockwaves in the art world. Whitfield, who used to be his friend, reveals the intricate scheme of lies that ultimately resulted in his downfall.
The book titled “The Searchers” by Andy Beckett (published by Allen Lane) follows the stories of five rebels who share a vision for a transformed Britain, and the numerous adversaries they encounter.
This article from The Guardian follows the paths and impact of five prominent individuals on the left: Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, and Jeremy Corbyn.
Not for Broadcast: The Life and Times of a News Agent by Jon Sopel (BBC)
The ex-BBC North America journalist and co-host of The News Agents podcast gives us an inside look into his three-decade long profession.
James Shapiro’s book, The Playbook: Theatre, Democracy, and the Rise of America’s Culture Wars, published by Faber, explores the intersection of theatre, democracy, and the emergence of cultural conflicts in America.
The author, a Shakespeare specialist named Shapiro, demonstrates how Franklin D Roosevelt’s financial support for an unconventional theater program sparked a negative response and allegations of being un-American, using the same tactics still seen in modern-day culture wars.
The book “Long Island” by Colm Tóibín (published by Picador)
After fifteen years, a follow-up to his beloved story about moving to a new country and living a different life, Brooklyn.
“Chigozie Obioma’s novel, The Road to the Country, published by Hutchinson Heinemann”
The third book from the author who has been nominated twice for the Booker Prize takes place in Nigeria during the late 1960s. It tells the story of two brothers whose lives are greatly affected by the Biafran war.
Sarah Perry’s book, Enlightenment, published by Cape.
This tale explores themes of love, astronomy, and unlikely companionship through the perspective of the author of “The Essex Serpent”.
This Strange Eventful History by Claire Messud (Fleet)
A family is scattered around the world after the end of World War II in the latest novel by the writer of “The Woman Upstairs.”
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A story about the bond between humans by the writer of Leonard and Hungry Paul.
Fast by the Horns by Moses McKenzie (Wildfire)
The sequel to An Olive Grove in Ends delves into themes of oppression and conflicting loyalties in 1980 Bristol.
Passiontide by Monique Roffey (Harvill Secker)
The sequel to the award-winning novel The Mermaid of Black Conch begins with a death on a Caribbean island and follows the lives of four women.
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An ex-artistic genius who now resides in his car during a pandemic reflects on his previous accomplishments.
Being pursued by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
A modern suspenseful story about fear and the act of becoming radicalized written by the same author of the Wyndham and Banerjee detective novels.
The book, A Cage Went in Search of a Bird, was written by multiple authors and published by Abacus.
In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Kafka’s passing in June, a compilation of 10 fresh stories with a Kafkaesque style will be released. The authors include Ali Smith, Tommy Orange, Elif Batuman, and more.
Endgame 1944: How the Soviet Army Won World War Two by Jonathan Dimbleby (Viking)
Using sources that have not been translated before, the experienced broadcaster shares the account of one critical year on the eastern front.
Scattered by Aamna Mohdin (Bloomsbury)
Mohdin, reporting for The Guardian from the refugee camp in Calais, experienced a moment of realization: she had previously been a child refugee. Continuing her journey, she then visits Somalia, the nation her parents had sought refuge from, delving into her own personal history.
Under a Rock by Chris Stein (Corsair)
The guitarist of Blondie and previous partner of lead singer Debbie Harry reflects on the band’s successful period during the rise of new wave music.
“British Feminism: A Historical Account” written by Susanna Rustin and published by Polity.
According to Rustin, a journalist from The Guardian, feminist politics must continue to prioritize rights based on sex.
“Taking a Chance: Mastering the Art of Risk-Taking” written by Nate Silver and published by Allen Lane.
What motivates individuals who make a living by taking risks, whether in gambling establishments or financial markets? The writer of The Signal and the Noise evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of a high-risk mentality.
Jon Savage’s book, The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Resistance Shaped Popular Culture (1955-1979), published by Faber, explores the impact of LGBTQ resistance on popular culture during the specified time period.
One of the leading writers on punk in Britain shifts his focus to the impact of queer artists on mainstream culture, including figures like Little Richard, David Bowie, and Sylvester.
The book “Downfall: Prigozhin and Putin, and the New Fight for the Future of Russia” written by Mark Galeotti and Anna Arutunyan (published by Ebury) discusses the current power struggle in Russia involving Prigozhin and Putin.
Two months after Yevgeny Prigozhin attempted a coup against Vladimir Putin, the Wagner group’s leader was dead. Two experts decode the bitter struggle between two of Russia’s most powerful men.
The Architecture of Modern Empire by Arundhati Roy (Penguin)
The author of The God of Small Things discusses nationalism, technology, and resistance in a diverse series of interviews with David Barsamian.
Parade by Rachel Cusk (Faber)
The latest book by the writer of the Outline trilogy explores the themes of art, family, and morality through a collection of diverse life stories.
The novel “Little Rot” written by Akwaeke Emezi and published by Faber.
The five characters in contemporary Nigeria experience a wild weekend that has devastating effects.
The author of Godwin is Joseph O’Neill, published by 4th Estate.
Two siblings travel across the globe in search of a talented African soccer player, delving into the influence of international economics and the lasting effects of colonialism. This story is written by the same author as “Netherland.”
The Heart in Winter by Kevin Barry (Canongate)
The author from Ireland tells a tale of young romantics fleeing through the Rocky Mountains, in the untamed western region of the 1890s.
I Love You, I Love You, I Love You by Laura Dockrill (HQ)
The adult debut of the poet and children’s author takes readers on a nostalgic exploration of the triumphs and challenges of first love.
“Them!” written by Harry Josephine Giles and published by Picador
This subversive compilation by the Arthur C Clarke award recipient explores the complexities of modern trans experiences.
The book “Conflicted Copy” is written by Sam Riviere and published by Faber.
A compilation created with the use of artificial intelligence as a source of creativity.
The book “Chronicles of a Lizard Nobody,” written by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Tim Miller, was published by Walker.
A recently released comedy show for ages 9-12 features a school specifically for animals.
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A romantic comedy featuring two emerging young adult authors, centered around the construction of an Islamic Center.
Zandra Rhodes’ book, “Iconic,” published by Bantam.
The British textile queen with pink hair shares her life’s journey through 50 personal items, including the winged tunic she created for Freddie Mercury and the teacups she and Princess Margaret would sip gin from.
“Twelve Trees” by Daniel Lewis (published by Simon & Schuster) explores the profound impact and potential of trees for our future.
The environmental historian paints lively pictures of 12 trees found around the globe, such as ebony, olive, and sandalwood. They examine the challenges these trees encounter and the remarkable methods they use to survive.
The book Autocracy Inc, written by Anne Applebaum and published by Allen Lane, explores the concept of autocracy.
The author of TheAtlantic and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize discusses the contrast between the 20th century’s steady advancement towards liberal democracy and the 21st century’s gradual decline of freedom under authoritarian leaders.
Gliff by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
This is the initial installment in a pair of books that deviates from her Seasons series, yet was composed just before its release date.
Rebecca Watson’s novel “I Will Crash” (Faber)
A female attempts to reconcile with her distant sibling in the sequel to the shortlisted novel Little Scratch.
Rewritten: “Rosarita” written by Anita Desai and published by Picador.
In his latest novel, Desai delves into the themes of art, memory, and the influence of our past experiences. It is his first work of adult fiction in ten years.
Stef Penney’s novel “The Long Water” published by Quercus.
A young male adolescent disappears in a quaint town in Scandinavia, within a suspenseful story written by the author of The Beasts of Paris.
Thomas Piketty’s book “Nature, Culture & Inequality” published by Scribe explores the relationship between nature, culture, and inequality.
The newest publication from the writer of Capital discusses topics such as inequality, taxation, and the climate emergency.
The place we begin our journey is known as home, according to Susanna Crossman’s book, “Fig Tree.”
Susanna Crossman was raised in a rural English utopian community and witnessed its negative aspects. She discusses with philosophers and ethicists the consequences when children are unknowingly involved in societal experiments.
“Xi Jinping and the Changing China” written by Michael Sherida, also known as “The Red Emperor.”
Sheridan documents the ascent of the technocrat-turned-dictator who holds control over 1.4 billion individuals.
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A thrilling retelling of the life and work of Audre Lorde, a leader in the feminist and civil rights movements, and the valuable lessons she can provide in navigating the complexities of modern politics, as expressed by poet and activist Gumbs.
Eighteen: The Young Lives of 18 Leading Britons by Alice Loxton (Macmillan)
Historian Loxton – young herself, at 27 – zooms in on the lives of 18 exceptional Britons at the age of 18, from Empress Matilda to Vivienne Westwood.
David Peace’s novel, Munichs (Faber)
Peace explores the relationship between football and the country’s condition by focusing on Manchester United’s experiences following the Munich air tragedy.
Death at the Sign of the Rook by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)
The release of a new Jackson Brodie novel is cause for rejoicing – this one promises to offer a novel twist on the traditional country manor murder mystery.
The Echoes by Evie Wyld (Cape)
This sequel to the 2020 novel The Bass Rock explores the influence of history, alternating between rural Australia in the 20th century and present-day London.
There Are Rivers in the Sky by Elif Shafak (Viking)
A novel inspired by the epic of Gilgamesh, set between the 19th century and now, and based around the Thames and the Tigris.
Benjamin Myers’ book, “Rare Singles,” published by Bloomsbury.
Following the Goldsmiths-winning Cuddy, a tale of soul music and second chances, as a washed-up American singer meets a Scarborough woman.
Precipice by Robert Harris (Hutchinson Heinemann)
As the threat of war looms in the summer of 1914, the prime minister’s undisclosed romantic relationship becomes a problem in Harris’s latest blend of truth and imagination.
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The Pier Falls is a remarkable compilation of short stories that skillfully blend ancient mythology with modern life.
Mammoth by Eva Baltasar, translated by Julia Sanches (And Other Stories)
The Catalan author’s book, Boulder, which was shortlisted for the International Booker prize, explores the topic of queer motherhood.
Matt Haig’s book, The Life Impossible, published by Canongate.
A recent book about changing oneself written by the author of The Midnight Library.
In regards to Joy Williams’ book, “The Future of Souls,” published by Tuskar Rock.
The American artist who creates small-scale philosophical pieces depicts thoughts on death using Azrael, the angel of death, as inspiration.
A Yard of Sky by Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (Chatto)
The woman from Britain and Iran, who was unjustly detained in Iran from 2016 to 2022, shares her experience of being imprisoned and the struggle to secure her release.
A memoir titled “Untitled” written by Angela Merkel and published by Pan Macmillan.
The first woman to become chancellor in Germany became known for her formal demeanor throughout her 16 years in office. Her biography is unlikely to deviate from this pattern, as she stated, “I am happy to reflect on significant decisions and events from my political career…and to explain them to a wide audience, drawing on my personal history.”
The Golden Road: How Ancient India Transformed the World William Dalrymple (Bloomsbury)
The historianand author of City of Djinns turns his attention to the period from 200BC to AD1200, when Indian culture flourished and the region became the “intellectual and philosophical superpower of ancient Asia”.
Meditations for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman (Bodley Head)
In his popular book Four Thousand Weeks, Burkeman challenges traditional time management strategies and offers a unique twist on self-help literature. Each day, readers can discover a dose of ancient philosophy, motivating quotes, and humor.
The Story of a Heart by Rachel Clarke (Abacus)
The writer and doctor shares the incredible account of how the passing of eight-year-old Keira in a car accident gave nine-year-old Max a chance at continued life.
Guy Shrubsole’s book “The Lie of the Land” published by William Collins.
The belief that British landowners are responsible caretakers of the environment is revealed to be a harmful misconception in this urgent depiction of the history and current plight of our landscape.
David Spiegelhalter’s book “The Art of Uncertainty” published by Pelican.
Spiegelhalter, considered a national treasure in the field of statistics, provides guidance on effectively navigating uncertainty in a world where it is bound to occur.
“Nights In: Tales and Cuisine from My 25 Years as a Restaurant Reviewer” by Jay Rayner (Published by Fig Tree)
This collection of recipes serves as a memoir, showcasing the dishes that transformed Rayner’s attitude towards food. It also encourages readers to give them a try, including the Ivy’s crispy duck salad and a traditional Whitechapel curry.
The book “Kingmaker” by Sonia Purnell (published by Virago) tells the incredible story of Pamela Harriman’s life filled with seduction, intrigue, and power.
By using strategic political tactics and entering into several influential marriages, Harriman rose to become one of the most powerful women in 20th century history. Purnell, who wrote a biography on Boris Johnson, shares her extraordinary journey.
A Thousand Threads by Neneh Cherry (Fern)
Cherry, a Swedish singer who gained popularity with her hit song “Buffalo Stance” in 1988, has released her debut memoir.
Playground by Richard Powers (Hutchinson Heinemann)
The writer of The Overstory explores the fate of our oceans and humanity through four individuals on a French Polynesian island.
Titleless by Nick Harkaway, published by Viking.
George Smiley will make a comeback this fall in a new espionage tale penned by John le Carré’s son and taking place in the years leading up to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The Women Behind the Door by Roddy Doyle (Cape)
A follow-up to the novel The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, which catches up with the characters after 17 years, explores themes of addiction, family dynamics, and resilience.
Garth Greenwell’s novel, Small Rain, published by Picador.
A memoir-style book delving into sickness, written by the American author of What Belongs to You.
Michel Houellebecq’s novel “Annihilation,” translated by Shaun Whiteside and published by Picador.
The author guarantees that this story set in a France of the near future, plagued by inequality and terrorism, brings “empathy and affection to the feelings of anger, disgust, and sarcasm that have fueled his previous books.”
Janice Hallett’s novel “The Examiner” published by Viper.
The author of The Appeal presents another murder case, this one explored through the coursework of art students.
“Dear Cretin” by Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne (MacLehose)
The brave writer from France addresses topics such as MeToo, addiction, transphobia, and AI in a novel written in the form of letters and set during the pandemic.
The book “Signs, Music” was written by Raymond Antrobus and published by Picador.
Poetry discussing masculinity and the role of fatherhood.
Ghostlines by Katya Balen (Bloomsbury)
The author who won the Carnegie Medal explores the themes of friendship and danger on a small island.
The Forest of Intent by Frances Hardinge, illustrated by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
A new joint effort from the pair responsible for Island of Whispers.
Richard Ayoade’s book, “The Unfinished Harauld Hughes” published by Faber.
A thorough investigation into a disregarded poet and screenwriter from the mid-20th century, who passed away two decades ago. Or did he? Harauld Hughes, a creation of comedy writer Ayoade, remains a mysterious and intriguing figure for generations to come.
The novel “Shattered” by Hanif Kureishi was published by Hamish Hamilton.
On December 26, 2022, Kureishi was quickly taken to the hospital after experiencing a paralyzing fall. Shattered is his retelling of the events of the following year, as well as reflections on his writing career.
The book without a title written by Alison Steadman and published by HarperCollins.
The performer, known for her roles in Abigail’s Party and Pride and Prejudice, shares her experiences of going from post-World War II Liverpool to walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
Alan Moore’s “The Great When” (published by Bloomsbury)
The author of the graphic novel takes readers on a journey through a fictional post-war London infused with elements from penny dreadfuls and the works of William Blake.
The Wood at Midwinter by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
A brief tale by the author of Piranesi, recounting the transformative journey of a teenage girl into the forest.
The Third Realm by Karl Ove Knausgård, translated by Martin Aitken (Harvill Secker)
Knausgård’s third installment features a mysterious star that shakes the world.
“Entitlement” written by Rumaan Alam and published by Bloomsbury.
After the success of Leave the World Behind, which delves into issues of privilege and racial politics, this story follows an eighty-year-old billionaire who pledges to donate his wealth.
The Drowned by John Banville (Faber)
The latest mystery from Strafford and Quirke involves a missing person in rural Ireland during the 1950s.
The book “A Case of Matricide” written by Graeme Macrae Burnet and published by Saraband.
The latest detective novel from the author shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Alex Pheby’s novel “Waterblack” published by Galley Beggar
The final installment of his imaginative trilogy.
Harriet Walter’s book, “She Speaks! What Shakespeare’s Women Might Say” (published by Virago), explores the voices of the female characters in Shakespeare’s works.
Speeches, in verse and prose, in which the celebrated actor imagines what Shakespeare’s female characters from Ariel to Lady Macbeth are really thinking.
A British Subculture: The Rebel Clergyman, the Community of Love, and the Divine Force by Stuart Flinders (Icon)
The strange tale of a religious group formed in the 1840s by former Anglican priest Henry James Prince. Their beliefs included the practice of free love and ritualistic sex, all within an elegant mansion in Somerset.
A Comprehensive Guide to Sustainable Eating: “How Food Really Works” by Vaclav Smil
Is it possible to consume food in a healthy and ethical manner simultaneously? Smil, an environmental scientist, offers explanations and suggestions on how to implement his findings.
The novel “The City and Its Uncertain Walls” was written by Haruki Murakami and translated by Philip Gabriel for Harvill Secker.
A fresh book from the writer of Japanese descent.
The book “Season of the Swamp” by Yuri Herrera, which was translated by Lisa Dillman and published by And Other Stories.
Rewording: Visualizing the banishment of Benito Juárez, the upcoming inaugural indigenous leader of Mexico, as he travels from 19th-century Cuba to Louisiana.
“Guide Me Home” written by Attica Locke and published by Viper.
The final installment of her acclaimed Highway 59 crime saga exploring themes of race and community in Texas, taking place during the presidency of Donald Trump.
The book “Herscht” written by Laszlo Krasznahorkai and translated by Ottilie Mulzet was published by Tuskar Rock.
In a single sentence, the Hungarian author presents a story of a man’s attempt to alert Angela Merkel about the impending apocalypse.