7 New Books to Read This November


The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, comes a timeless love story set in a secret underground world filled with painters, pirates, lovers and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachery Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by the tales, he reads something strange from his own childhood. Desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachery uncovers a series of clues that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

 

The Man in The Red Coat by Julian Barnes

 The Man In The Red Coat by Julian Barnes

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending releases his new book, set in Paris via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi. 

In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days’ shopping. One was a prince, one was a Count, and the third was a commoner with an Italian name, who four years earlier had been the subject of one of John Singer Sargent’s greatest portraits.

 The three men’s lives play out against the backdrop of the Belle Epoque in Paris, in an age of glamour and pleasure. The society doctor, pioneer gynaecologist and free thinker guides us through this world that often showed its ugly side: Hysterical, narcissistic, decadent and violent.

 

 The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames, which is worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well – and she is on a collision course to meet them. 

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest secrets.

 

The Witches Are Coming By Lindy West

The Witches Are Coming By Lindy West

What does Adam Sandler, Donald Trump and South Park have in common?

Why are myths like “reverse sexism” and “political correctness” so seductive? And why do movie classics of yore from Sixteen Candles to Revenge of the Nerds, make rape look like so much silly fun? With Lindy West's signature wit and in her uniquely incendiary voice, The Witches are Coming lays out a grand theory of America that explains why Trump's election was, in many ways, a foregone conclusion.

 In the Dream House By Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic.

 

Twas The Night Before Christmas by Adam Kay

Twas the Nightshift before Christmas by Adam Kay

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is the hilarious, poignant and entertaining story of the life of a junior doctor at the most challenging time of the year. With twenty-five tales of intriguing, shocking and incredible Christmas incidents, the British public will finally appreciate the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by the unsung heroes of the NHS.

 

 So Lucky By Dawn O' Porter

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter

Following her bestselling debut The Cows, Dawn O Porter bring us her new and hilarious novel about female friendships, and the perks and pitfall of modern life. So lucky questions what a ‘lucky’ life looks like, breaking through the usual filters that we all apply. Fearless and frank, So Lucky is a book for everyone who’s ever doubted themselves.

 

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