Happy new year - and happy new books! There's some brilliant books out in 2023, from big names like Curtis Sittenfeld and Margaret Atwood to lesser known authors with dazzling debuts. Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, we've got some great choices out this month.
We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman
I’ve already passed this beautiful book on to so many people. Edi and Ash have been best friends for over 40 years and have seen each other through everything. Now, Edi has cancer and Ash vows to be there for her, no matter what. Although this is a book about death, there’s so much joy in it, as well as a wonderful message about seizing the day.
River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer
Rachel is a former slave who escapes the Barbadian plantation where she’s still being held, despite the abolition of slavery. She begins a difficult journey to find her five children, who were sold into slavery like she was. This is an incredible debut novel about the power of a mother’s love – highly recommended.
The Mysterious Case Of The Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett
Another clever mystery from the author of The Appeal. True-crime writer Amanda takes on a commission to write about a cold case revolving around a strange London cult. What starts out as a work project becomes a race against time as the people involved begin to die, one by one.
When I First Held You by Anstey Harris
When her first love comes back into her life after 50 years, Judith is forced to confront her past and the truth about the daughter she was made to give up for adoption. Knowing this is based on the author’s own family history makes this wonderful novel all the more moving.
Amazing Grace Adams by Fran Littlewood
Rarely have I felt more seen by a book than this debut about a 45-year-old mum who loses her cool! It’s set over a day, as Grace tries to reconnect with her teenage daughter. It touches on menopause, but also explores parenting, midlife relationships and redefining yourself
In The Blink Of An Eye by Jo Callaghan
A genuinely different take on the police procedural genre is hard to find, but Jo Callaghan has done it. DCS Kat Frank isn’t keen when she’s assigned an AI (Artificial Intelligence) as her partner as part of a pilot scheme, but she quickly finds their dynamic unearths fresj evidence in a case.
A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley
Something completely different from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author: a Western set in 1850s Gold Rush California. I raced through this murder mystery about two young prostitutes who turn detective to catch the killer of a trail of missing girls.
Promise Me by Jill Mansell
This heartwarming new read from the queen of the feelgood romcom is the perfect thing to curl up with on a wet afternoon. Lou upends her life for a new job as dogsbody to cantankerous eightysomething Edgar in a Cotswolds village. The growing friendship between the two is particularly touching.
Becky by Sarah May
Becky Sharpe is a young journalist determined to do whatever it takes to get ahead in the cut-throat world of UK tabloids. This fun, fast-paced soap opera of a book transports the characters and plot of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray to 1990s London, where Princess Diana is being hounded by the press and the phone hacking scandal is about to explode.
The Things That We Lost by
When Nik’s grandfather dies it pushes him to look into his family’s history and find out more about his father, who he knows nothing about. His mother, Avani, refuses to discuss it, which causes a rift in their previously close relationship. A thoughtful meditation on family, grief and the lengths we’ll go to to protect the ones we love.
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