By Caitie Woolridge, Rebecca Weigler, Steph Carroll and Charlotte Horsfield
Stockholm by Noa Yedlin, translated by Jessica Cohen
7 December, HarperVia
How far would you go to die with a legacy?
In their senior year, a close-knit group’s dreams of fame, money and recognition are tested after their friend Professor Avishay dies days before potentially winning the Nobel Prize for Economics. In a bid to protect Avishay’s legacy – and to allow him to receive a well-deserved prize – a series of Weekend at Bernie’s-esque high jinks follow.
Each friend has their own reasons for wanting to see Avishay recognised – a last-ditch attempt to overcome jealousy, a lover’s inheritance, a chance for thrills, and self-promotion – but as they face unexpected challenges in the form of visitors and old secrets, our seniors find themselves questioning how far is too far when it comes to securing your future. Taking place over eight days, Yedlin’s dark and humorous tale explores the meaning of getting older and what we hope to leave behind when we die.
Pinch of Nom Express by Kate and Kay Allinson
7 December, Bluebird
Following the success of the Pinch of Nom cookbook series, bestselling recipe connoisseurs Kate and Kay Allinson return with another instalment full of brilliant recipes for the holiday season and beyond. This edition features over a hundred delicious recipes ideal for people on the go, those on the lookout for simple everyday meals and those looking to entertain.
Focusing on meals that are easy to prepare – and healthy and exciting – Pinch of Nom Express is a kitchen companion with lots to offer. With full-colour images to help you follow along and covering everything from minimal preparation to air fryer cooking, this collection of fast and fabulous recipes from the international smash-hit cookbook series is an ideal gift for the foodie in your life.
Be warned, it will leave you hungry for more.
Heartstopper Volume 5 by Alice Oseman
7 December, Hodder (Hachette UK)
The wait is finally over. Heartstopper, the much-loved bestselling graphic novel spotlighting LGBTQIA+ characters, returns with volume five this December. Alice Oseman, winner of the YA Book Prize 2021, brings fan-favourite characters back to the page in this highly anticipated instalment. The series follows Nick and Charlie, two boys who become friends and then become something much more. This wonderfully sweet, romantic series is about life, love and every little thing that falls in between.
Nick and Charlie have finally said it…those three words and eight letters – I love you. Things could not be any better for them. Charlie has even almost convinced his mum to let him stay over at Nick’s house. But with Nick going to university soon, will their bubble of love burst or will they overcome the changes that life is thrusting into their path?
Oseman continues to handle sensitive topics with care and sensitivity, such as mental health and eating disorders, making the series a standout read. Be sure to dive into volume five to follow along with the next stages of Nick and Charlie’s relationship.
Snowflakes and Surprises in Tuppenny Bridge by Sharon Booth
14 December, Storm Publishing
Christmas at Tuppenny Bridge is sure to be as pretty and heart-warming as the beautiful cover art for this book. The snowfall during this Christmas season turns the idyllic Tuppenny Bridge into a fairy-tale scene, but the festive cheer and delightful scenery does nothing to lift Clemmie’s mood.
Poor Clemmie’s dream of a wonderful Christmas becomes a nightmare when her Christmas raffle prize wins her a portrait painted by her ex-partner, Ross. When Clemmie attempts to return the prize, it does not work out at all as she anticipated.
Clemmie then meets the mysterious Reuben Walker and discovers that Aunt Dolly has been hiding something from her. Going forward, Clemmie has no idea which path to take, especially when a snowstorm forces her and Ross together once more.
Will Clemmie and Ross find their happily ever after this Christmas, or will Clemmie’s secret destroy their love once again?