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The Books You Need to Read in 2024

Posted on 21st December 2023 by Mark Skinner

From the triumphant return of storytelling supremos Robert Harris and David Nicholls to world-builders par excellence Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, and from titans of non-fiction like Max Hastings and Bettany Hughes to children's favourites Jamie Smart and A.F. Steadman, there is so, so much to be excited about in the world of books this year. In this blog, we present the very best of the best. You might want to think about creating another wish list...   


 

With the exciting news of a posthumous novel from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the triumphant return of romantasy legend Sarah J. Maas and a scintillating closed community thriller by Alex Michaelides, there is a wealth of great reading ranging across contemporary fiction, crime and speculative fiction in 2024.    

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Written with Nicholls' trademark wit and empathy, this affecting love story from the author of One Day finds two lost souls thrown together on an epic coast to coast walk.
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Finally published, this great lost novel from the titan of Latin American fiction is a masterful dissection of sensuality, desire and regret that centres on a married woman who takes a new lover on one day every year.
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From the bestselling author of Happy Place and Book Lovers comes another witty and romantic tale, as two wronged exes hatch a plan to make their former partners' lives hell.
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The long-awaited sequel to Toibin's modern masterpiece Brooklyn finds Eilis Lacey driven back to Ireland in the wake of shattering news.
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Revolving around the titular establishment set up to bring expatriates from the past to 2020s London, this extraordinarily assured debut blends love story, time-travelling tale and state-of-the-nation commentary to terrifyingly clever and ferociously funny effect.
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Dark and captivatingly told, Davies' intimate Shetland-set historical drama about the connections forged between strangers is a love letter to landscape, hope and human relationships.
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The bestselling author of Cleopatra & Frankenstein delivers another enthralling examination of the intricacies of human nature and love, as three siblings from different corners of the world reunite in New York to mourn the loss of their fourth sister.
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Releasing Hera from her eternal reputation as a cruel and vengeful stepmother, this luminous retelling from the author of Ariadne and Elektra casts fresh light on the indomitable Greek queen of gods.
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From the author of the mega-selling phenomenon that is The Thursday Murder Club comes the first in a pulsating series of thrillers featuring retired copper Steve Wheeler and his impulsive daughter-in-law Amy.
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The twenty-fifth page-turning instalment in the mega-selling series from the king of tartan noir finds Inspector John Rebus embroiled in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, as he is forced to join the crowd of Edinburgh's deadliest criminals.
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From the author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens comes a compelling closed community thriller, as a former movie star throws a select party on a private Greek island whilst a murderer lurks in the shadows.
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The bestselling author of We Begin at the End spins a gripping tale of friendship and terror, as a teenager tracks down her abducted best friend only for the two to find themselves on a path to even greater danger.
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A masterclass in page-turning historical fiction from the bestselling author of Fatherland and Act of Oblivion, Precipice imagines the British Prime Minister on the verge of leading the nation into war and the secret love affair which could have world-changing implications.
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Reacher finds himself the captive of a gang who have some very disturbing plans in this rollercoaster ride of a thriller from Lee and Andrew Child.
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The mega-selling fantasy phenomenon returns with the third smouldering instalment in the Crescent City series, as Bryce Quinlan is pitched into further pulse-quickening danger.
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From the bestselling author of Ninth House and Hell Bent comes a scintillating dark fantasy set during Spain's Golden Age, as a servant girl with magical powers strives to hide her Jewish blood from the deadly gaze of the Inquisition.

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Featuring clockwork boys, poisoned candy and impish snow globes, this enchanting holiday novella set in the bestselling world of Garber's Caraval series is a heartwarming delight from start to finish.
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Deftly combining the blockbuster instincts of Keanu Reeves with the cerebral literary style of China Mieville, The Book of Elsewhere tells the compelling story of US special forces operative B. through two intertwining plot strands.
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The fifth exhilarating instalment of Harkness' seminal All Souls series finds Diana turn to a magical great-aunt she never knew existed in a bid to finally confront her family's dark past.
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2024 boasts memoirs that you really won't want to miss from Salman Rushdie, Tom Selleck and RuPaul, alongside enthralling history from Max Hastings, Bettany Hughes and Sathnam Sanghera. Add some superb lifestyle and politics titles into the mix and you're in for a tremendous year of non-fiction reading.   

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The Booker Prize winner and internationally acclaimed author of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses delivers a powerful account of the attempt on his life on 12 August 2022.
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A true story so jaw dropping you won't believe it isn't fiction, this exquisitely written account of unlikely romance tested in the unforgiving waters of the Pacific Ocean is an inspiring and uplifting read perfect for all fans of The Salt Path.
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The iconic drag superstar and business mogul sweeps aside his enigmatic persona to reveal the tough upbringing and determination to succeed that saw him become a pioneering figure in the LGBTQ+ scene.
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The thoughtful and revealing memoir from the 80s pop icon who became a 21st century national treasure, Never charts Rick Astley's complex journey through fame, shame and ultimate acclaim.
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A truly fascinating and deeply moving window into one of the most iconic families in the world, Lisa Marie Presley's memoir - recorded on hours of tape and compiled by her daughter Riley Keough after Lisa Marie's death - makes for raw, emotive and utterly compelling reading.
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Informal and revealing, Selleck's hugely enjoyable memoir charts his path from college jock to screen megastar in the phenomenally popular Magnum P.I. with candour, charm and hard-won wisdom.
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The bestselling author of the award-winning Empireland delivers another powerful volume on the far-reaching consequences of British colonialism, this time exploring the UK's imperial legacy on a global scale.
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The master of enthralling narrative military history and author of Operation Pedestal brings the heart-pounding, high stakes World War II commando raid on a crucial German radar installation to vivid life.
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From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, acclaimed historian and author of Istanbul Bettany Hughes charts the construction, fame and legacy of these marvels of the Ancient World in page-turning prose.
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Coming soon - 14/03/2024
In this sumptuous cookbook, the beloved A Modern Way to Eat author picks her twelve favourite ingredients to elevate your meals and shares a range of irresistible recipes from cheese and pickle roast potatoes to cherry and chocolate peanut butter sundae.
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Comfort food as only Yotam Ottolenghi can craft it, this sumptuous, truly mouthwatering cookbook transforms hearty mealtime staples into bold and adventurous cuisine.
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Providing an immensely refreshing and long-overdue view on British politics from outside the Westminster bubble, this revelatory book from the Mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region delivers a visionary yet tangible roadmap for building a better and fairer nation for all.
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The acclaimed author of modern classic Sapiens turns his attention to the power of information networks and their importance to human evolution in this insightful and entertaining tour de force.
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Optimistic and hopeful, Ritchie's rigorously researched volume demonstrates how far we have come towards creating a truly sustainable planet and what we should be focusing on to ensure further progress.
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The return of Skandar Smith will be cause for celebration up and down the land as A.F. Steadman unleashes the third instalment of her bestselling fantasy series. Meanwhile, Waterstones favourites including Kim Hillyard, Holly Jackson and Jamie Smart deliver stunning new books and Jordan Lees spins a fantastical debut novel.

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More heart-pounding adventures lie in wait for Skandar Smith in the third instalment of Steadman's blockbuster children's fantasy saga, as the friends must take part in a series of dangerous challenges across the island.
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A joyous, gripping adventure perfect for fans of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, The Whisperwicks finds a very rational boy whisked away to the magical land of Wreathenwold to join the crafty Elizabella on a quest to find her missing brother.
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The author of the hugely popular The Storm Keeper's Island spins a magical and moving adventure of pirate kings, sea monsters and family crisis, as Max receives an unexpected invitation to join a very unusual crew.
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Riordan's mega-selling children's fantasy series continues with another brilliantly realised tale of mythical mayhem, as Percy, Annabeth and Grover are forced to pet-sit Hecate's polecat and mastiff – whilst staying away from the goddess' potions.
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Greg Heffley returns in a side-splitting, summery Wimpy Kid story, as the two halves of his extended family come together with riotous consequences.
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The spirited sequel to Ross' much-loved romantic fantasy Divine Rivals pitches journalists Roman and Iris further into a magical war, as a mysterious new channel of correspondence opens up.
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The author of the bestselling Sands of Arawiya duology returns with a scintillating crime and dark fantasy mash-up, as a group of outcasts mounts a heist to save a tearoom which acts as a front for local vampires seeking fresh blood.
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When Bel's missing mother shows up just as a true crime documentary about her starts filming, unanswered questions threaten to bring sinister answers in this unputdownable thriller from the author of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.
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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler return with another irresistible rhyming picture book all about the titular penguin who escapes from the zoo on an adventure-packed bid to reach the South Pole.
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A hugely endearing addition to Jeffers' classic Boy series of picture books, Where to Hide a Star finds our young hero journeying to the North Pole to find out what has happened to his cosmic friend.
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The Waterstones Illustrated Children's Book Prize-winning author of Gretel the Wonder Mammoth delivers a beautiful and empowering story about believing in yourself, starring unforgettable rock'n roll loving moth Frida.
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The Waterstones Children's Laureate weaves another peerless tale featuring the inquisitive and adorable Luna, as she discovers the manifold riches of her local community garden.
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It's a riot of rabbits in this zany addition to Jamie Smart's bestselling cartoon series, as Monkey and the gang are confronted with many imposters in their search for their faithful friend.
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Dyed red after being dunked in tomato juice, Dog Man faces both exile and an army of AI robots in the twelfth side-splitting comic adventure in Dav Pilkey's bestselling series.
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