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, fast-paced murder mystery. Luxurious surroundings, great characters and deep, dark secrets. Can’t think of a more perfect book to take a stay-cation with!”

The Chalet is a major launch title for Harper Fiction, published on 12 November.

The Flip Side

The Flip Side is a debut written by James Bailey and it’s Michael Joseph’s “romcom focus of the year.” Readers of Nick Hornby and David Nicholls will want to read it in one sitting and recommend it to all their friends.

We meet Josh, who had the perfect proposal planned but when he was brave enough to ask, she said no. His life is propelled into a crisis over-night and he ends up moving back in with his parents. On top of the bad break-up, he has also lost his job. Feeling absolutely worthless, he has a random thought. What if he flips a coin every time he needs to make a decision? The joke quickly becomes a serious matter and Josh feels like he has nothing left to lose.

Miranda Dickinson reviewed it as: “It’s like finding yourself in the middle of the warmest, funniest, most amazing romantic comedy you’ve ever come across. Everyone is going to fall in love with it.”

The Flip Side is out on 26 November.

The Snow Song

From the award-winning children’s author Sally Gardner, whose books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, comes a fable for adults called The Snow Song.

Edith lives alone with her drunken father in a mountain village, completely cut off from the outside world, where men and their tradition sit high. She is in love with a shepherd who has promised to return, but her father forces her to marry the butcher. This traumatic experience makes Edith lose her ability to speak and the consequences are devastating, not only for Edith, but for the whole village.

The Guardian said: “With shades of Sarah Waters … irresistible.”

The Snow Song is published on 12 November by HarperCollins.

Annakarin Klerfalk

Anna is a literary agent based in Chiswick who is keen to hear from authors trying to get their books published. Contact her on She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here.

See more of Anna’s book choices here

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