November 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Lily and Walking on Sunshine are all published in November. The Stranger in the Lifeboat Mitch Albom, best known as the author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People you Meet in Heaven, is back with The Stranger in the Lifeboat. Ten strangers survive a terrible shipwreck and whilst adrift, waiting to be rescued, they see a man floating on the waves. They pull him onboard and get another surprise when he claims that he can save them all. Can they trust him? And will they ever come home again? Readers will discover yet another deeply moving novel from Albom about love and hope in

October 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses Are We Having Fun Yet?, Crossroads and The Lonely Ones, which are all published in October. Are We Having Fun Yet? Lucy Mangan writes columns for The Guardian, where she is a TV critic. Her debut novel, Are We Having Fun Yet? really feels like an accurate portrait of modern family life. All Liz wants to do is to get a moment to herself but the challenges of motherhood – and her family's overall demands – consume her. She also has to cope with bosses, parents and her friends. Why is it always too much? The book charts a year in Liz's life as she faces one storm after another, trying her hardest not to go completely mad on her quest t

September 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses Apples Never Fall, The Man Who Died Twice and Beautiful World, Where Are You - all published in September. Apples Never Fall Liane Moriarty is famous for her bestseller Nine Perfect Strangers and the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Big Little Lies. In her latest book, Apples Never Fall, we meet the Delaney family, who seem to be happy and content. Joy and Stan are former tennis coaches and their four adult children are busy with their own lives- until Joy disappears. The investigation begins with the young woman who was their house guest the previous year. Is she the reason or is there something darker hidden within

August 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses A Slow Fire Burning, The Fair Botanists and Mrs March are all out in August. A Slow Fire Burning Paula Hawkins is best known for her international bestseller The Girl on the Train. In her third thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, she shows that tragedies don't happen in isolation and the title itself reveals that the characters have something that has been burning inside them for years. The book is set in North London, where a young man's body is discovered on a boat on Regent's canal. The murder case seems straightforward at first but as more characters are introduced, connections, secrets and loyalties are revealed between them. Fion

July 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads, Everyone Is Still Alive, You and Me on Vacation and Cabin Fever, which are are all out in July. Everyone Is Still Alive Cathy Rentzenbrink is best known for her bestseller The Last Act of Love and her non-fiction, A Manual for a Heartache and Dear Reader. Her latest book is a fiction debut, called Everyone Is Still Alive. She lives in Chiswick and appears regularly at the Chiswick Book Festival. Juliet moves to Magnolia Road with her husband and their son, Charlie. Overwhelmed by motherhood and everything else, she can't find the time to make new friendships in the neighbourhood. But Liam, her husb

June 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads, Yours Cheerfully, Still Life and Sleepless, which are are all out in June. Yours Cheerfully Yours Cheerfully is the sequel to A J Pearce's bestselling debut Dear Mrs Bird.  Emmeline Lake's adventures as an aspiring journalist continue in London, 1941. She is madly in love with her boyfriend Charles and is offered a job as a wartime advice columnist. Her best friend Bunty, struggles with the nightmares of the Blitz but together they decide to make the most of their situation. When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain's women's magazines to help recruit female workers for the home front, Emme

May 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads published in May 2021. Careless, Great Circle and Malibu Rising are all out in May. Careless Kirsty Capes' emotionally charged debut Careless, shows us what happens when you fall between the cracks in twenty-first century Britain. Bess is young and motherless but she is also fearless. When she finds out about her pregnancy, in the summer of 1999, all she has is an absent 'father', a useless social worker and controlling foster parents. This is not just a coming-of-age story about living on the edge of society – it really shows that young people, who has had a rough start in life, are bursting with hope, ambition and achieve

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February 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for February 2021. A Town Called Solace, Nick and The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot are all out in February. Images above: A Town Called Solace; Mary Lawson A Town Called Solace A Town Called Solace, written by Mary Lawson, explores the relationships of three people connected by fate and their past mistakes. Eight-year-old Clara is missing her sister, Rose, who stormed out one day and disappeared. As a result, her parents keep Clara isolated and protected from the truth. Divorced, unemployed Liam Kane moves in next door. Shortly after his arrival, he is visited by the police, suspected of a crime

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November 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for November. The Chalet, The Flip Side and The Snow Song are all out in November. The Chalet Catherine Cooper is a free-lance journalist who writes for a number of national newspapers. Her debut, The Chalet, takes the reader to the beautiful French Alps, where the fizz is perfectly chilled and the falling snow hides tracks and blood stains. The book alternates between 1998, when two young men ski into a snowstorm but only one of them returns; and twenty years later, when four friends travel to the same ski resort. All of them have secrets - but only one of them is the killer. Suzy K Quinn said: “I LOVED this fun,

October 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for October. The Book of Two Ways, Midwinter Murder and Home Stretch are all out in October. The Book of Two Ways Jodi Picoult has written twenty-four bestselling novels and she is best known for My Sister's Keeper and Small Great Things. Her latest novel is called The Book of Two Ways, which questions life, death and missed opportunities. The reader meets Dawn, a woman who helps people in their final journey towards a peaceful death. She is confident in those difficult situations but when she nearly dies in a plane crash, she starts to question her own life decisions. What would her life have been like if she had made different choices

September 2020 Books

August 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for August. The Midnight Library, Eight Detectives and Shuggie Bain are all out in August. The Midnight Library Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How to Stop Time, is back with a time travel novel called The Midnight Library. Nora Seed's life has been full of misery and regret but when she enters the midnight library, she has a chance to make things right. The books in the library allow Nora to live as if she had made different choices in her life. But, by doing so, she puts herself and the library in extreme danger. Will she find the best way to live before she runs out of time?

July 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for July. Rodham, Utopia Avenue and Miss Benson's Beetle are all out in July. Rodham Curtis Sittenfeld is best known for her novels American Wife, Sisterland and Eligible. Now she is back with Rodham, the intimate story of Hillary Rodham: What if she hadn't married Bill Clinton? The novel begins at Yale Law School in 1970, where she met Bill for the first time. Hillary tells us about their powerful connection that leads her to move to Arkansas to be with Bill after law school. What makes Rodham a stunning achievement is how Sittenfeld entwines real events into her own fiction as we follow Hillar

June 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for June. The Sight of You, The Catch and The Phone Box at the Edge of the World are all published this month. The Sight of You Holly Miller asks the following question in The Sight of You: Would you choose love if you knew how it would end? We meet Joel, who is afraid of the future. Ever since he was a child he has had good and bad visions of people's lives, and the only way to prevent those visions is to not let anyone close to him. Then he meets Callie, who can't let go of the past. Together they start a love story and when their lives are about to change, Joel gets one of his visions. Beth O'Leary, author of

May 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for May. When the lights go out, Dear Child and The Lizard are all published this month. When the Lights Go Out Carys Bray had her breakthrough with A Song for Issy Bradley and now she is back with a novel called When the lights go out. Bray examines family life again but this time against the backdrop of Climate Change. Whilst the earth is getting warmer, the Abrams' marriage is cooling, and Emma tries to engage in her husband's new eco-system. Emma wants to release Chris from his worries but all he tries to do is drag her down with him. When the lights go out is a story about cultivating hope and wea

April 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for April. The Glass Hotel, The Switch and Joy at Work: The Life Changing Magic of Organising Your Working Life are all out in April. The Glass Hotel Emily St John Mandel, the award-winning author of Station Eleven, has written a new book called The Glass Hotel. This time it's not a dystopian or post-apocalyptic tale, instead it's a story around a life-changing event; the collapse of a massive Ponzi scheme in New York in 2008. A New York financier, Jonathan Alkaitis, meets Vincent, a beautif

March 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for March. March is full of big publications by famous authors. Here are my three top picks for the month: Hamnet, The Mirror and the Light and Wayfinding: The Art and Science of How We find and Lose Our Way. Hamnet Maggie O'Farrell brings light to the little-known story behind Shakespeare's most enigmatic play, Hamnet, which he wrote after his son's death. Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell's first historical novel, is set in 1596. At the centre of the book is Hamnet, Shakespeare's only son, his sisters Judith and Susanna and their mother, Agnes. Hamnet is a gripping portrait of the children and of

February 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for February. Saving Missy Readers who loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine should definitely pick up Saving Missy, written by Beth Morrey. Missy Carmichael is 79 and lonely. Her husband died not that long ago and she is pottering around her big house in Stoke Newington. She blames herself for her own lonliness; her daughter is distant and her son and grandson have emigrated to Australia. An unexpected friendship with a single mum opens a new door for Missy. Is her life about to change? Nina Stibbe praised it and said “Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting. Reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance. I loved i

January 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for January. My Dark Vanessa My Dark Vanessa is a powerful debut about school abuse, written by Elizabeth Kate Russell. The novel alternates between Vanessa's present and her past and is timely in the era of #MeToo. In 2000, 15-year old Vanessa becomes involved with her 42-year old English teacher. Vanessa is bright, ambitious and convinced that he is the great love of her life. Many years later, Vanessa discovers that another former student has accused the same man of sexual abuse. Vanessa feels conflicted when a journalist wants her to tell the real story. Her relationship was loving, wasn't it? Stephen King reviewed it as “A hard stor

December 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for December. The Fallout The Fallout is a thriller about a toxic friendship between mums whose children attend the same primary school. The story begins when a child falls at the local health club as Sarah forgets to check on her best friend's little boy. A lie sets everything into jeopardy and Sarah is faced with a dilemma. If she tells the truth she will lose her friend. Rebecca Thornton is a former journalist and her previous novels, The Exclusives and Your Guilty Secret were published by Bonnier Zaffre. This time it's HarperFiction. Editor Charlotte Brabbin says: “The Fallout starts with a bang but there's

November 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for November. A Game of Birds and Wolves A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Won the War is the story of the game of battleships that won the Second World War. In 1941, the Battle of the Atlantic was a disaster. Prime Minister Winston Churchill concealed from the country how many British ships were sunk and the number of British men killed. Unless something changed, Britain would be forced to surrender to the Nazis. The story of Operation Raspberry and its heroines hasn't been told before. The British writer and journalist, Simon Parkin, brings hidden figures into the light in this gripping tale of war at sea. A film deal with “

October 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for October. The Giver of Stars Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You sold over 14 million copies and was followed by After You and Still Me. Her new novel, The Giver of Stars, is historical and opens in 1937. Alice Wright marries a handsome American to escape her dull life in England but the small town in Kentucky proves to be equally insufferable. So when a request goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library, Alice signs up immediately. The ladies soon become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky and a classic drama of loyalty, passion and justice unfolds. The

September 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for September. The Testaments The Testaments is the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale and also one of the most exciting publishing stories of the year. The Testaments picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown and three female narrators bring different perspectives on the life in Gilead. Margaret Atwood's work has been published in more than forty-five countries and she has written over fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays and graphic novels. She has received numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award a

August 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for August. If You Were Here Alice Peterson is best known for her novel A Song For Tomorrow, a book that stayed with its readers for a long time. Now she is back with a novel that will break your heart and put it back together again. If You Were Here is an emotional, inspiring and uplifting novel about living life to the fullest. Peggy's daughter Beth suddenly dies and she is left to take care of her granddaughter, Flo. When Peggy goes through her daughter's things she discovers a secret; Beth had the same genetic condition that took her father's life. Peggy has to either keep their secret or reveal to Flo that her life might be at r

July 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for July. Sweet Sorrow David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day, has written a new, funny, coming-of-age novel called Sweet Sorrow. The book is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life. It is narrated by Charlie Lewis, who is looking back at his 16-year old self. He meets Fran and their relationship becomes a brief, blinding explosion of love. Sweet Sorrow is also about Charlie's teenage mates, their banter and his complicated relationship with his father. Clare Mackintosh said “Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, Sweet Sorrow reads like a true s

June 2019 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for June. Big Sky Kate Atkinson is back with a new Jackson Brodie novel called Big Sky. Jackson has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the company of his teenage son and an ageing Labrador. It’s a picturesque setting but something dark lurks behind the scenes. A woman hires Jackson to find out who is following her. The story is dark and old secrets and new lies intersect with its main theme; human trafficking. Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in 1995 for Behind the scenes at the Museum and the Costa Book Awards in 2013 for Life after life and agai