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The Waterstones Round Up: November & December's Best Books

Posted on 2nd November 2020 by Mark Skinner

November may have brought fresh challenges for us all but, fortunately, there is still a steady stream of great books to enjoy - or put on somebody's Christmas list - before the year is out. From the triumphant dual return of The Binding's Bridget Collins and Ready Player One's Ernest Cline to the hugely important publication of the first volume of Barack Obama's White House memoirs, there is so much to savour this November and December.    


Fiction

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Compelling, intricate and formidably crafted, The Betrayals opens the doors to an ancient, exclusive institution dedicated to the study of a strange, clandestine game.
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Both deeply unsettling chiller and audacious take on the febrile politics of modern society, Alam’s immersive page-turner places a vacationing couple at the mercy of strangers in need.
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The bestselling author of Middle England returns with the evocative story of a young woman with a thirst for life and a slighted Hollywood director consumed by the past.
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Set in the latter half of the seventeenth century, the emotionally sweeping sequel to Tidelands finds Alinor and her family caught between London, New England and Venice as sinister forces beguile and betray.
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From Margaret Atwood to David Mitchell, The Decameron Project brings together 29 stories from some of the finest contemporary authors writing in, of and for the world crippled by the pandemic.
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Poetry

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Returning to her poetic roots for the first time in over a decade, Atwood produces a collection of remarkable range and theme, suffused with the seminal author’s shimmering intelligence and lyricism.
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The third collection from bestselling poetry phenomenon Rupi Kaur continues the restless progression of her muse, with a series of poems embracing the self and the driving need for change.
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One of the most creative and distinctive singer-songwriters of her generation, Halsey crafts razor-sharp, emotionally involving poetry centred around family, sexuality and mental illness.
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Exploring the lives of young Black men in twenty-first-century Peckham through poetry and image, Poor is a staggering feat of visual storytelling, rooted in love of community, language and form.
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Crime & Thrillers

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Cutting off a group of tech entrepreneurs in their chalet just as an avalanche hits, One By One mines envy, avarice and other dark motives in a race to find the killer in their midst.
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With the murder of a thrill-seeking heiress and a colourful cast of characters trapped on a tropical island, Murder on Mustique is an engrossing crime fiction debut from the author of Lady in Waiting.

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French follows up the superb The Wych Elm with a similarly engrossing story of sinister small-town secrets, peopled by credible and compelling characters.
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Maverick defence attorney Mickey Haller has a fight on his hands to clear his name of murder in another pulsating legal thriller from a master of hard-boiled crime fiction.
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Former special forces operative and bestselling author Ollie Ollerton turns his hand to fiction in this gripping military thriller centred on Alex Abbott, a disgraced ex-soldier searching for his missing serviceman son in Iraq.

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A cosy Cornish Christmas turns into a frantic hunt for a murderer in the ninth instalment in Upson’s series featuring the fictionalised Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey.
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Continuing the quest to find her missing sister, FBI agent Atlee Pine must fight the threat of global conspiracy as well as her personal demons in this taut psychological thriller.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Fizzing with wit and invention, the eagerly awaited sequel to the cult classic Ready Player One is a bravura mash-up of high-octane gaming adventure and 1980s pop culture.
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The much-anticipated fourth installment of the epic The Stormlight Archive sees the Knights Radiant face the ultimate conflict against an enemy bent on destroying humanity.

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The spellbinding culmination of Tahir’s bestselling Ember Quartet, A Sky Beyond the Storm charts the Soul Catcher’s final, defiant mission to save humankind.

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History & Politics

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The biggest book of the decade is a Presidential memoir like no other. Recounting Barack Obama’s journey to the White House in matchless, eloquent prose, A Promised Land is utterly essential reading.
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Drawing from his phenomenally successful video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Acho’s book is a pivotal and timely companion to the urgently needed discussions about racism.
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From the author of the bestselling The Shortest History of Germany comes a bracing trot through the story of England that makes a complex history wonderfully accessible and throws up many connections and revelations hitherto unexplored.
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With her inimitable wit and humour, Sandi Toksvig guides you through 2021, sharing stories of fascinating women forgotten by history that will function as a springboard for your own discoveries.
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Home & Lifestyle

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From roast hog with salt-baked potatoes and apple sauce to chocolate and ale cake, Kerridge’s new cookbook shares the most delicious dishes from the menus of his extraordinary two-Michelin-star pub.
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From filling one-pot wonders to stunning sweet treats, the duo behind the hugely popular Pinch of Nom phenomena shares a hundred new utterly delicious, calorie-counted recipes.
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The beloved Body Coach, who revolutionised PE for the nation’s locked down schoolchildren, returns with an accessible and fun 30-day fitness plan to kickstart your 2021.
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Bringing the same maverick approach to the world of self-help as he did to the diet industry, James Smith explodes myths and provides provocative arguments for making lifestyle improvements.
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Travel, Nature & Popular Science

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A riotous, engaging and dynamic journey around Scotland in the genial company of Outlander stars, Heughan and McTavish, Clanlands is a vibrant travelogue that explores both the traditions of the past and the promise of the future.
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Chilled by the glacial winds and lung-burning temperatures, Beyond Possible charts the incredible journey of an elite soldier who conquered 14 of the world’s toughest peaks in six months.
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Mapping the latest conservation breakthroughs and scientific discoveries, Packham and McCubbin make a water-tight case for rewilding and reconnecting with nature.
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Accompanying a major new BBC series narrated by David Attenborough, A Perfect Planet details how the Earth’s conditions foster life and evolution, through stunning photography and informative text.
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A mesmerising journey through science, philosophy and history, There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness is a luminous new collection of essays from the ‘the poet of modern physics’ Carlo Rovelli.
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Entertainment & Sport

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Get body and mind in shape the Tyson Fury way with this muscular self-help guide that pulls no punches.
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Revisiting the classic encounters he played in or watched, Carragher sheds light on cup finals, comebacks and more.

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An invaluable guide for personal development, Anything is Possible recounts the inspirational methods that Gareth Southgate employed to spur the England men’s football team to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and how they can be effectively translated into everyday life.

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In this spellbinding and heavily illustrated memoir, the iconic country singer and composer of such classics as Jolene and I Will Always Love You shares the stories behind her best-loved songs from across six decades.
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Full of singer James Blunt’s hallmark humour, How to be a Complete and Utter Blunt takes us through a year in the life of the world's most reluctant social media star.

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In this deeply touching account of his continuing battle with Parkinson’s disease, the beloved actor and activist Michael J Fox shares his thoughts on ageing, mortality and the incredible power of optimism.
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The BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s former Waterstones Book of the Year was one of the televisual highlights of 2020 and now every line uttered by Marianne and Connell can be savoured with the complete scripts of the series.
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Veering seamlessly from horror to comedy to kitchen-sink drama, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton gather together the scripts to the first three series of the acclaimed anthology show.
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