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Books to Look Out for in January 2018

Posted on 8th January 2018 by Martha Greengrass

From a fiercely compelling thriller already earning comparisons with Emma Donoghue’s Room, to a Wainright Prize-shortlisted tour of Britain on foot, as we head into 2018, we highlight just some of the books to keep on your radar in January. 

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Winner of the 2016 Prix Goncourt, this is a compulsive, chilling investigation into motherhood, class division and power dubbed the French Gone Girl. When Myriam returns to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny. When they find Louise they can't believe their luck but as they become more dependent on her their idyllic tableau is shattered.
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"There are three things you should know about Elsie: The first thing is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing... might take a little bit more explaining." From the author of Waterstones championed bestseller The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, this is a a restorative, perceptive novel about growing up and growing old.
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This is two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey's late masterpiece; a thrilling high-speed story set in the 1950's in the embers of the British Empire. Painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in-between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history and the love made and hurt caused along the way.
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A spell-binding story of curiosity and obsession, fans of The Essex Serpent will welcome this tantalising 18th century mystery, praised amongst the Guardian’s 2018 books to watch. An unforgettable jewel of a novel, filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit and just a twist of the supernatural.
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It's been ten months since Anna last left her home. Her lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day. When the Russells move in next door, Anna is instantly drawn to them but one evening she witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Described as “noir for the new millennium” by none other than Gillian Flynn, this is a twisting Hitchcockian page-turner.
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A revolutionary, yet simple guide to better health from the star of BBC1's Doctor in the House. In The Four Pillar Plan, everyday health revolves around Dr Chatterjee's four pillars: relaxation, food, sleep and movement. By making small, achievable changes in each of these key areas you can create and maintain good health - and avoid illness.
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The January Man is the story of a year of walks that was inspired by a song, Dave Goulder’s ‘The January Man’. Over the hills and along the byways, Christopher Somerville examines what moulded the men of his father’s generation – so reticent about their wartime experiences, so self-effacing, upright and dutiful – as he searches for ‘the man inside the man’ that his own father really was.
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For many of us who suffer from depression or anxiety, the simple act of endurance is a daunting, painful and heroic task. In Fire On All Sides, Rhodes attempts to find how to make the unbearable bearable. This is an important, urgent book. It's about going through your day feeling like you can't find a way out of the crazy and accepting the messy imperfection that is life.
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Two Harvard professors explain the dangerous world we face today. In How Democracies Die, Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt draw insightful lessons from across history - from the rule of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile to the quiet undermining of Turkey's constitutional system - to shine a light on regime breakdown across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
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The bloody, devastating civil wars set family against family, friend against friend. At the head of this disintegrating kingdom was Charles I. This is a tragic story for our times, of populist politicians, religious war, of new media and the reshaping of nations. “With remarkable clarity”, writes The Times, “she unpicks the tangle… that led to the Civil War and... determined its outcome".
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From the creator of the bestselling Women in Science, this richly illustrated book highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable sportswomen from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians and record-breakers in more than forty sports. Women who achieved their greatest dreams - who pushed themselves to the limit, did the impossible and became legends.
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For anyone who loved Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, the first novel from British journalist Samira Ahmed, is by turns romantic, comedic and hard-hitting; confronting British Islamophobia head-on. Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes hundreds of miles away and everything changes...
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The astonishing, beautiful new story from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of Time Travelling with a Hamster is a time-bending mystery about a boy who lives forever (think Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time but with added Vikings). Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy - except he's 1,000 years old. Now Alfie's on a mission to find a new way to live and, eventually, die.
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"Joyously written and illustrated” writes the New Statesman, this picture book is a dash of colour to liven up January’s sullen, wintry days. Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at fitting in. But not Leon. Leon is neon! In this delightful interactive book, filled with vibrant neon artwork, children can help Leon on his journey. But will he ever find a place he can fit in...?
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The brand new book from the author of Waterstones Book of the Month, The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear. By night, the Peculiars are a travelling sideshow, but during the day, in a world of childsnatchers, grave robbers and dastardly doctors, Sheba, Sister Moon and Monkey Boy put their unusual talents to use, solving the crimes no one else cares about.
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