New and Upcoming: Winter Warmers
Dearly by Margaret Atwood
10 November, Vintage
In her first poetry collection in over a decade, Margaret Atwood provides a courageous, affecting and tender portrayal of the passing of time, and the messiness and beauty of modern life. Long-time fans of the author’s prose will be glad to hear that animals, aliens and myth still make an appearance in Dearly – and no poem is without Atwood’s characteristic sly wit. Yet there is also something much more stripped-back, gentle and ultimately human in these meditations on memory, grief, the malleability of language, technology and the environment. By illuminating the greatness of life’s simplest pleasures, and the humour that can be found in our deepest heartbreaks, these words from one of the world’s most beloved writers are a balm for our times.
The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin
8 December, Hodder & Stoughton
From the founder of Words of Women comes this thoughtful, witty and charming debut book. A great read for self-help book lovers. Martin writes about how to prevent emotional responses and negative moods from defining how we live our lives. These emotions are universal, but by recognising our triggers, and taking the time to engage with them, Martin highlights the fact that we have the power within ourselves to change our mood – leading to happier, more contented lives. Filled with wit and light-heartedness, Martin helps the reader break free from the funk we so often find ourselves in (especially at the moment!), outlining small but simple strategies to help us reset both emotionally and mentally. This book, packed with wisdom and hope, provides an insight into the possibility of self-transformation. Through science, philosophy and her renowned hilarious anecdotes, Martin proves you really can change your worst moods into your best life.
We Hear Voices by Evie Green
1 December, Penguin
Evie Green’s We Hear Voices is a perfectly crafted blend between the paranormal and the ‘new normal’. This eerie tale unfolds after a vicious pandemic has hit the world. Most children are affected, and those who recover have changed. Rachel nearly lost her son Billy in the pandemic, and, when Billy recovers, Rachel assumes his new imaginary friend, Delfy, is simply a harmless coping mechanism. All that matters is that her son is alive. But soon, Billy becomes obsessed with Delfy – acting up and lashing out. Day by day, Delfy’s influence on Billy grows stronger and more sinister. In this gripping near-future horror, Rachel finds herself doing whatever she can to protect her son – even from himself.
How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams
3 December, Berkeley Publishing
How to Fail at Flirting is the ultimate feel-good romance – perfect for cosy winter evenings. Professor Naya Turner’s university department is struggling to stay afloat and, with her career in jeopardy, her friends convince her it’s time for a night out and a no-strings-attached hook-up. Only, Naya’s perfect stranger turns out to be the charming and hilarious Jake, sparking the potential for a serious relationship. Naya’s abusive ex might have ruined her confidence, but a chance with Jake is an opportunity worth flirting for. However, when Naya realises that dating Jake could end her career, she must choose between the man she’s falling for and the reputation she’s spent years building.
Olga by Prof. Bernhard Schlink
12 November, Orion
Raised by her grandmother in a Prussian village at the beginning of the 20th century, Olga is an incredibly strong and smart orphan who rallies against the multitude of prejudices thrown at her. Navigating a world where everything and everyone is against her, Olga eventually falls in love with a local aristocrat named Herbert, who is fascinated and mesmerised by the period’s obsession with power and glory. Although an unlikely pair, the couple rally against judgement and hardships, against the background of ever-changing German history. Spanning from the late 19th Century to the turn of the 21st, Olga is a fascinating and unforgettable tale that explores a huge variety of important themes.
All on the Board: Inspirational Quotes from the TFL Underground Duo
26 November, Yellow Kite
In this inspiring and wonderfully uplifting work, Transport for London employees and iconic masked duo, All On The Board, have compiled a collection of quotes and sayings to bring light and cheer to our everyday lives. All On The Board is famed for bringing smiles to the faces of London commuters by writing creative messages, poems and quotes on their service information boards, and now they have adapted their work into a ground-breaking and original novel that helps to instil in us an all-too-often forgotten – but nevertheless important – sense of community.