This preview highlights titles to be published in January 2019


series set in 1894, follow- ing the detective who led the Jack the Ripper case, Daniel Wilson, now a private enquiry agent.

Lancashire-based Ellindale saga follows widow Harry and his sickly daughter, Cathie, in 1932.

Tyler Keevil No Good Brother Te Borough Press, 24th, £8.99, 9780008228910 Drifter and ex-con Jake Harding needs to repay a debt to the notori- ous Delaney gang. He enlists the help of his older brother, Tim.

Laurie R King Island of the Mad Allison & Busby, 21st, £8.99, 9780749022648 Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are relaxing one June evening in 1925, when Mary receives a call to tell her that an old friend’s aunt has disap- peared from an asylum.

John Lawton Friends and Traitors Grove Press, 3rd, £8.99, 9781611855159 In 1958, CS Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard is approached in Vienna by an old friend, who is also a spy for the Soviets.

Barbara Nadel Displaced Allison & Busby, 21st, £8.99, 9780749022525 Private investigator Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, help a man with an incurable illness looking into the disappearance of his sister from a fairground in the 1960s.


Jennie Felton The Sister’s Secret Headline, 10th, £8.99, 9781472240934 A new saga in the Families of Fairley Terrace series, in which sisters Laurel and Rowan long for a fresh start. Headline says Felton’s sales are growing year on year as it builds her into a brand.

Anna Jacobs One Special Village Hodder Paperbacks, 24th, £6.99, 9781473630918 The third in the

S A Chakraborty The City of Brass HarperVoyager, 7th, £8.99, 9780008319731

Début A fantasy début set in

18th-century Cairo, blend- ing legend and history.

Danny Denton The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow Granta Books, 3rd, £8.99, 9781783783663

Début In a dystopian, flooded version

of Ireland, The Kid in Yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King. “Mashing ancient myth with a miserable future, Denton’s fierce and distinctive début should set the books world alight,” said the Irish Times.

Dominic Dulley Shattermoon Jo Fletcher Books, 24th, £8.99, 9781786486059 The first in The Long Game space opera series sees Orry, one of the best

Jack Sheffield Starting Over Corgi, 10th, £7.99, 9780552174039 The Teacher, Teacher author’s new series sees Lily start her first year at the village school in Ragley, in 1952. Transworld says Sheffield has sold more than 230,000 books through BookScan.

June Tate The Girl from the Docklands Cafe Allison & Busby, 21st, £8.99, 9780749023935 In 1912 Southampton, 19-year-old Jessie finds a job at a workman’s café.

Val Wood A Place to Call Home Corgi, 24th, £6.99, 9780552173926 Farmer’s wife Ellen must build a new life for herself and her family in Hull.

Science fiction & fantasy

Sam J Miller Blackfish City Orbit, 24th, £8.99, 9780356510040 A woman with an orca and a polar bear comes to the floating city in the Arctic Circle which was built after the climate wars. “A compelling dystopian thriller,” said the Guardian.

Jane O’Reilly Deep Blue Piatkus, 10th, £9.99, 9780349416632 In the second book in the Second Species trilogy, Jinnifer Blue is being turned into a weapon by her worst enemy (her mother), while Dax is being forced to fight in the arena.

Michael Rutger The Anomaly Zaffre, 10th, £7.99, 9781785764011 An amazing archaeologi- cal discovery at the Grand Canyon descends into a fight for survival when the team becomes trapped. Bonnier Zaffre says it will be supported by “a block- buster marketing and promotional campaign, with digital, press and outdoor advertising”.

conmen in the Quadrant, on the run after being accused of murder.

Tessa Gratton

The Queens of Innis Lear HarperVoyager, 24th, £8.99, 9780008281915

Début An epic fantasy drawing from

“King Lear”, in which the king’s three daughters— Gaela, Reagan and Elia— must save a realm which has been drained of its wild magic.

Cixin Liu

Ball Lightning Head of Zeus, 10th, £8.99, 9781786694706 When his parents are killed by a blast of ball lightning, Chen makes it his life’s work to unlock the secrets of the natural phenomenon. Standalone from the award-winning author of The Three-Body Problem.

G X Todd Hunted Headline, 10th, £7.99, 9781472233141 Second in the post- apocalyptic Voices series, after Defender. Albus must find a girl before the Other does.


Biography & memoirs

Leife Shallcross The Beast’s Heart Hodder Paperbacks, 24th, £7.99, 9781473668737

Début A retelling of “Beauty and the

Beast”, from the perspec- tive of the Beast.

Leon and June were founding cast members of “Gogglebox”. Leon died in 2017. June tells their story; they were together for 63 years.

Terry Breverton Henry VII, the Maligned Tudor King Amberley, 15th, £10.99, 9781445686608 A biography of the first Tudor king.

Julia Buckley Heal Me

W&N, 10th, £8.99, 9781474601528 A memoir about the author’s global quest to find a cure for her chronic pain. “A timely, worrying and extremely important book,” said the Observer.

Leanda de Lisle White King Vintage, 10th, £9.99, 9780099555278 Newly disclosed manu- scripts contribute to a new biography of Charles I, “a page-turning history that gently but insistently asks provocative questions about a period on which our opinions have been all too fixed”, said the FT.

Simon Amstell Help Vintage, 3rd, £7.99, 9781784705695 The first book from the stand-up comedian explores loneliness, depression, anxiety and his compulsion to reveal everything on stage.

cancer at the age of nine. “Life-enhancing... original and wonderful,” said the Sunday Telegraph.

Nancy Goldstone Daughters of the Winter Queen W&N, 24th, £10.99, 9781474602082 A biography of Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots, who married Frederick V, a German count, at the age of 16.

Suzy Hansen Notes on a Foreign Country Corsair, 17th, £9.99, 9781472153883 A reflection on the US’ place in the world by a journalist who left New York for Istanbul, and looked at her country from the outside. The New York Times Book Review called it “deeply honest and brave”.

Gemma Hogg Stable Lass Pan, 24th, £7.99, 9781509847655 A memoir about life as a stable lass in a top yard in Yorkshire. The Daily Mail called this “a delightful romp”.

Dave Eggers

The Monk of Mokha Penguin, 3rd, £9.99, 9780241975367 Eggers tells the true story of a young American immigrant who became determined to resurrect the ancient art of Yemeni coffee, and found himself caught in civil war on a research trip to Yemen.

Dr Rana Awdish In Shock Corgi, 24th, £9.99, 9780552174756 The intensive care doctor investigates how nearly dying, and going through treatment in her own hospital, made her a better doctor. “Outstanding... it sparks and crackles with a dark energy,” said the Sunday Times.

June Bernicoff Leon and June: Our Story Blink Publishing, 21st, £8.99, 9781788701709

Michelle Elman Am I Ugly? Anima, 10th, £8.99, 9781788541855 The Instagram star and body confidence coach’s memoir about her own experiences and her jour- ney to body positivity. A key title for Head of Zeus.

Genevieve Fox Milkshakes and Morphine Vintage, 24th, £8.99, 9781784706692 A memoir from the author, from how she found a lump in her own throat to how she was orphaned by

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele When They Call You a Terrorist Canongate Books, 31st, £9.99, 9781786893055 This memoir, by one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, was called “an empowering account of strength, resilience and bravery” by Elle.

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard The Blink of an Eye Hodder Paperbacks, 24th, £8.99, 9781473669390 A Danish scientist and mother-of-three’s memoir about how bacterial meningitis left her with


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