This preview highlights titles to be published in January 2019


concise, and the imagery is intensely cinematic,” said the Guardian.

Lutz Seiler Kruso

Scribe UK, 10th, £10.99, 9781911344414 This winner of the German Book Prize is set in 1989, as a young literature student named Ed travels to the Baltic island of Hiddensee and falls in with the charismatic leader Kruso. Scribe is publishing the B-format to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Dan Sheehan Restless Souls W&N, 10th, £8.99, 9781474605878

Début A war correspon- dent returns to

Dublin after three years embedded in the siege at Sarajevo, a shell of his former self. His friends embark on an unlikely cure. “Ambitious, rambunctious and extremely accomplished,” said the Sunday Times.

Elise Valmorbida The Madonna of The Mountains Faber & Faber, 3rd, £8.99, 9780571336340 In north-eastern Italy in 1923, Maria Vittoria’s father has left the valley to find her a husband. Faber calls this the “cousin of My Brilliant Friend, niece of Tracy Chevalier”; the Times said it is “a bewitching, but entirely unsentimental portrait of one woman’s attempt to keep her family safe in turbulent times”.

Tony White The Fountain in the Forest Faber & Faber, 3rd, £8.99, 9780571336197 “Rich and riveting”, said the Guardian of White’s “Oulipo-inspired” novel about how Detective Sergeant Rex King becomes obsessed with the case of a man found murdered in a Covent Garden theatre.

Rupert Thomson Never Anyone But You Corsair, 3rd, £8.99, 9781472153487 Based on a true story, this tells of the love affair between two female artists, who worked under the names Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore in Paris, and went on


Christie Watson The Language of Kindness Vintage, 10th, £8.99, 9781784706883

One to Watch

Medical memoirs are big sellers these days, and this one about nursing is already a Sunday Times bestseller and a Radio 4 “Book of the Week”. Te

paperback comes emblazoned with praise from “Mr Junior Doctor”, Adam Kay: “It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh.” Wonderful reviews, and Vintage will be supporting the paperback with a “block- buster” marketing and publicity campaign. Te author was a nurse for 20 years, but is also an award-winning novelist: her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award.

Literary short stories

Carmen Maria Machado Her Body and Other Parties Serpent’s Tail, 3rd, £8.99, 9781781259535

Début A genre-bending collection of

short stories which was shortlisted for last year’s National Book Awards.

Chris Power Mothers Faber & Faber, 3rd, £8.99, 9780571339693

Début Striking cover for this first

collection of short stories from the author of the Guardian’s “brief survey of the short story”, which the Sunday Times called “outstanding”.


Amanda Berriman Home Black Swan, 24th, £8.99, 9781784163136

Début A début narrated by Jesika, aged

four and a half; “for the entirety of the second half, I was desperate to rescue Jesika and her family,” said Kerry Hudson in the Guardian.

Liam Callanan Paris by the Book HQ, 24th, £7.99, 9780008281984 Leah travels to Paris in the footsteps of her vanished husband, discovering a mysterious manuscript he left behind and taking over an old bookshop with her two young daugh- ters. Publishers Weekly called this “sublime”.

Sophie Green The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club Sphere, 24th, £7.99, 9780751570403

Mick Kitson Sal Canongate, 3rd, £8.99, 9781786891914 Eye-catching new paperback look for Kitson’s story of Sal, who runs away with her little sister Peppa to protect her from Robert. “A vivid, moving tale about the strength of sisterhood and the struggle to survive,” said the Observer.

Sadie Pearse This Child of Ours Sphere, 10th, £7.99, 9780751563801 In this portrait of a strained marriage and exploration of transgen- der issues, seven-year-old Riley tells her parents she feels uncomfortable in her own skin. The author has written four novels as Vanessa Greene, and five novels as Abby Clements.

Natural history Esther Gonstalla

The Ocean Book Green Books, 1st, £16.99, 9780857844774

One to Watch

Tis, from tiny publisher Green Books, is both stunning and terrifying: a beau- tifully designed and presented series of infographics laying out the key

issues facing our oceans, from rising sea levels to overfishing. “A must for anyone who cares about what’s happening, and wants to do something about it,” according to the chief executive of Friends of the Earth. It has sold 1,000 copies a month in Germany since publication, says Green Books, and is so very well worth supporting.

to become leading anti-Nazi activists.

A group of women bond over their favourite stories at the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.

Sarah J Harris The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder Te Borough Press, 24th, £7.99, 9780008256395

Début A first adult novel from the YA

author, in which Jasper, who can’t recognise faces, is the only witness to the murder of his neighbour. “Distinctive and compel- ling,” said the Observer.

Cristina Alger The Banker’s Wife Mulholland Books, 10th, £7.99, 9781473684713 Annabel, whose husband has just died in a plane crash, and Marina, who has been asked to expose a banking scandal, search for the truth. Rosamund Pike is set to star in and executive-produce the TV adaptation.

Crime & thriller

friend who has lost his mind from terror. He sets out alone, without back- up, into Sierra Leone to find out why. “Andy McNab meets Heart of Darkness,” said the Mail on Sunday.

Steinar Bragi The Ice Lands Pan, 24th, £8.99, 9781447298823 Described as “Iceland’s ‘Twin Peaks’” by a Swedish paper, this sees four thirtysomethings from Reykjavík take a camping trip into Iceland’s barren heart, only for the fog to descend, forcing them to take refuge in an isolated farmhouse.

Tim Baker City Without Stars Faber & Faber, 3rd, £8.99, 9780571338344 A serial killer is murder- ing hundreds of female workers in Ciudad Real in Mexico; detective Fuentes and activ- ist Pilar must work together to stop them.

James Brabazon The Break Line Michael Joseph, 24th, £7.99, 9780718189556

Début A début novel from the frontline

journalist and documen- tary maker, which sees Max McLean sent to a military research facility, where he finds an old

Michel Bussi Time is a Killer W&N, 24th, £8.99, 9781474606691 Clotilde, who saw her family die in a car crash on a holiday in Corsica when she was 15, returns to the island with her own daughter to exorcise her ghosts—only to receive a letter from her mother. A great hook for the latest from the bestselling French author of After the Crash and Black Water Lillies.

Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke I’ve Got My Eyes on You S&S, 10th, £7.99, 9781471167607 Aline tries to solve the mystery of the murder of her younger sister, who was found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool after a party.

Karen Cleveland Need To Know Corgi, 10th, £7.99,


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