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

Posted on 31st October 2021 by Mark Skinner

As we saunter nonchalantly into November thoughts inevitably turn towards Christmas. But if you are still feeling clueless about what to give to family and friends this festive season, we've got your back. With the ninth exhilarating Outlander novel from Diana Gabaldon, Ken Follett's first contemporary thriller in over ten years, mesmerising memoirs from Will Smith and Ai Weiwei and a very special (and extremely sumptuous) volume from one of the most pivotal figures in popular music, check out our guide to the bounty on offer in November and December.      


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The ninth thrilling instalment of the bestselling Outlander series finds Jamie and Claire engulfed by the American War of Independence whilst Brianna and Roger are forced to question the wisdom of their time travelling adventures.

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A poignant tale of longing and discovery from the bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways, Wish You Were Here follows a young woman whose carefully planned life is thrown off course by a pandemic, as she finds herself on a romantic holiday – alone.

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Doing for coronavirus what Summerwater did for Brexit, Moss’ blazing novel of the state of the nation during the pandemic is characteristically wise, witty and emotionally engaging.
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Collecting beautifully evocative stories from the pen of the much-missed Spanish author of The Shadow of the Wind, The City of Mist is an enduring testament to Zafon’s gifts as an imaginative storyteller and compassionate observer of human nature.

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Heralding the arrival of a breathtaking new literary talent, Johnson's searing debut details a visceral racist attack in Charlottesville and the complex interplay between a group of the targeted, holed up in Thomas Jefferson's historic plantation home.
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Brimming with Giovanna Fletcher's characteristic positivity and feelgood storytelling, Walking on Sunshine is another unputdownable tale of friendship and love peopled by unforgettable characters.

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The sequel to Eggers' masterly dystopia The Circle sees an unholy union of the world's biggest search engine with the world's biggest social media company, as a renegade tech sceptic attempts to bring down the terrifying monopoly from within.
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A pitch-perfect evocation of nineteenth-century London, Tremain's beautifully wrought novel follows the fortunes of a foundling child and the dreadful secret that she carries within her heart.

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In the twentieth pulsating instalment of Scarrow's epic Eagles of the Empire series, the honour of Rome hangs in the balance and Cato and Macro must once again defend the empire, this time on British soil.
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The untold story of King Lear’s wife, written out of history yet with a mesmerising tale to tell, lyrically imagined by a hugely exciting new literary voice.
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Suffused with an evocative sense of place and character, this sublimely constructed novel from the author of The Librarian centres on the relationship between a woman and her Albanian gardener as they bring a long-neglected garden on the Welsh Marches back to life.
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The bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie returns with an uplifting and emotionally profound novel revolving around a group of ten strangers adrift on a raft and the mysterious figure who claims he can save them all.
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Rich in Oyeyemi’s dark wit and vibrant imagination, Peaces tells the story of a bizarre train journey populated by a group of eccentrics who appear to have been manipulated by strange, unseen forces.
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The acclaimed author of The Feast of the Goat delivers a stinging satire of Cold War Latin America, tracing the path of a military coup in Guatemala and the web of lies in which its perpetrators find themselves entangled.
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Following the international acclaim for her work performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration, this dazzling collection confirms Amanda Gorman as one of the most exciting new voices in American poetry.
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Taking inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movements of a bygone age, Zanatelli supplies intricate collages to accompany timeless romantic verse from William Blake, Christina Rossetti and many more iconic poets in this beautiful volume also blessed with an introduction by Florence Welch.
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Spanning the globe in a hugely ambitious, panoramic epic of impending apocalypse, Follett’s first contemporary thriller for over a decade dissects the power plays and geopolitical crises that could lead to World War III.
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The pitch-perfect sequel to the bestselling The Windsor Knot sees Her Majesty once more playing detective when a stolen painting and a body in the Palace swimming pool require her regal crime-solving skills.
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Glenconner follows up the escapist mystery of Murder on Mustique with a wonderfully atmospheric whodunit set in wartime Norfolk and centred on an eleven-year-old girl determined to get to the bottom of sinister goings-on at the titular stately home.
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Ballard and Bosch return in another compelling police procedural, as New Year's revelry turns fatal when an auto shop owner is murdered during a chaotic street party.
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The fifteenth page-turning instalment in Jeffrey Deaver’s bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series, The Midnight Lock sets Rhyme and Sachs on the trail of the Locksmith, a dangerous new criminal wreaking havoc in New York.

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Celestin’s acclaimed City Blues Quartet concludes in 1960’s Los Angeles, where the paths of a young nurse, a retired investigator and a mob fixer converge in a pulsating and evocative noir mystery.
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From the creator of Jackson Lamb and the hugely acclaimed Slough House spy thrillers comes a collection of short stories that showcase Herron’s gift for deftly combining nail-biting suspense with brilliantly judged humour.
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The killing of a Hindu theologian in Calcutta sets the city ablaze with religious and political conflict in the fifth instalment in Abir Mukherjee’s bestselling series that features Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee solving crimes in 1920s India.
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In the third compelling Skyward novel, an interstellar war rages and the brave Defiant Defense Force pilot Spensa must solve the enigma surrounding her own identity in an attempt to save the galaxy.
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Merging The Binding with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Marske's irresisitible debut is set in an alternate Edwardian England suffused by magic where a baronet becomes embroiled in a dastardly plot that threatens the very fabric of the British Isles.
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Seductively dark and heart-breakingly beautiful, this stunning sequel to These Violent Delights restages an immortal tale of star-crossed lovers Roma and Juliette in the political powder keg of 1920s Shanghai.

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The eagerly awaited sequel to The Bone Shard Daughter finds the freshly crowned Lin Sukai arming for war against a rebellion within her empire whilst dangerous magicians wait in the wings.
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Already a word-of-mouth sensation online, Rachel Smythe’s smart, sexy, Eisner Award-winning webcomic gets its welcome print debut, bringing readers the first volume of her modern take on the Persephone myth.

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Corey's epic space opera finally reaches its showstopping conclusion, bringing together the threads of the acclaimed nine book saga in compelling fashion.
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The perfect gift for fans of Terry Pratchett’s iconic fantasy series, The Ultimate Discworld Companion covers everything you could conceivably want to know about the richly imagined universe balanced on the back of a great star turtle.
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The first instalment of the phenomenally popular Witcher series gets a deluxe hardback illustrated edition boasting seven images from a range of stellar artists.
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Tracing the incredible career of one of the biggest music and film stars of all time, Will Smith's inspirational memoir also homes in on the emotional toll that stardom can exact and provides sound advice to all those who think they have mastered life only to find themselves unfulfilled.
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From his childhood under a totalitarian regime to his establishment as an icon of contemporary art and political activism, Ai Weiwei’s intimate and powerful memoir unravels the experiences that have fuelled both his creative career and his passionate advocacy of human rights and freedom of expression.
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A searing and sharp-eyed investigation into body politics and the fetishisation of girls and female beauty, Emily Ratajkowski's first searing, highly personal essay collection is both an unflinching manifesto and a celebration of feminist empowerment.

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Covering the first four decades of H.G. Wells’s life, Tomalin’s brilliantly accessible biography describes how the challenges of his early years informed the courage and vision of his pioneering writing career.
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Swapping his usual highly unusual journalistic stamping grounds for the confines of his own home, the bestselling author of Gotta Get Theroux This delivers a hilarious, witty and frank account of a year of family life amidst the pandemic, sharing its unforeseen challenges and revelations.
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A bona fide comedy legend and one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Showbiz, Mel Brooks has lived an extraordinary life, and in All About Me! he recounts his journey from Depression-era Brooklyn to success and acclaim with The Producers and Blazing Saddles – all with his customary sparkling wit.
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A posthumous collection from the revered historian, travel writer and journalist, Allegorizings reflects on key moments and memories from Morris' eventful life and is packed full of her customary insight and eloquence.
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Offering unfiltered insights into the thoughts and creative process of one of the greatest masters of psychological suspense, Highsmith’s unputdownable literary diaries reveal the complex and unique inner life of the famously secretive author.
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In this stunning, intimate self-portrait from one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Paul McCartney traces his life from boyhood to the present day through the lyrics to 154 iconic songs, together with captivating commentary and never-before-seen photographs, drafts and letters.
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A fascinating insight into one of the world’s biggest rock acts, Illsley’s disarming, entertaining memoir details his time as bassist in the all-conquering Dire Straits and his close friendship with the band’s lead singer and fellow founding member Mark Knopfler.

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Culled from the Radiohead frontman's collaboration with artist Stanley Donwood in the opening years of the 21st century, Kid A Mnesia is a haunting collection of eerie landscapes and unsettling imagery gathered together in a sumptuous hardback edition.
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Drawing from a wealth of sources including interviews and fan experiences, Bickerdike paints a vivid picture of Britney Spears’ path to fame, shedding sympathetic but candid light on the life, talent, career and character of the pop icon.
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Following on from his bestselling What A Flanker, the rugby star delivers more rip-roaring sporting stories from his career in his trademark no-holds-barred style.
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The elite soldier and bestselling author of The Fear Bubble reveals the 15 rules that he has lived by and which have enabled him to synchronise body and mind to remain in peak condition.
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Drawing on interviews from high achievers from the worlds of sport, business and beyond, the book of the highly successful podcast High Performance details the nine hidden rules to success and how we can all implement them in our daily lives.

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Drawing from his experiences in the world of elite sports, Peaty serves up an inspiring guide for breaking self-imposed limits that are holding you back and cultivating a mindset that leads to achievement.
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An unexpected gift for fans of the legendary comedian, Jasper Rees presents - with warmth and insight - a rich archive of previously unpublished and unseen work, including sketches, songs and comic musings, from throughout her career.
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The perfect companion for all devotees of the Shelby clan, this A-Z of the hit TV show profiles the characters and plotlines alongside fascinating and informative background details on the clothes, cars, culture and politics of the era.
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From long, leisurely weekend breakfasts to hearty dinners, the phenomenally popular Pinch of Nom duo serve up over a hundred recipes for delightfully light and incredibly tasty comfort food.
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The beloved BOSH! boys return with 100 lip-smacking plant-based recipes, from comfort food to brunches to desserts, which can be prepared in an affordable, hassle-free way.
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The author of bestselling former Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles returns with a mouthwatering selection of the 150 finest cheeses to savour in Britain and Ireland.
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The Hollywood star and author of Wildflower serves up her favourite recipes and a host of personal essays on self-care, single parenting and female friendship in her first lifestyle book, adorned by photographs taken by Barrymore herself.
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This ultimate collection of Latin American cuisine travels from Mexico to Uruguay in pursuit of the region’s most delicious and evocative dishes, beautifully presented in a sumptuously designed hardback volume.
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Offering mouthwatering ideas for picnics, brunches, barbecues and feasts of all kinds, this wonderful volume from BBC’s Saturday Kitchen host Matt Tebbutt provides endless culinary inspiration for the weekend.
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Bold flavours attained with minimal fuss is the core principle in this gorgeous collection of quick, convenient and most of all delicious Mowgli-style Indian recipes, filled with light lunches, hearty suppers, simple sides and sweet treats.
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Timely and game-changing, Ayodele’s comprehensive guide to skincare for Black women busts beauty myths at the same time as dispensing invaluable advice.
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Sumptuously designed and full of quirky, intriguing illustrations, this special edition of Forsyth’s trivia classic makes charming and enlightening connections between words in the English language and is the perfect gift for all fans of fascinating facts.
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Videen investigates a range of wonderfully weird and sometimes very familiar Old English words, providing a mesmerising and joyful insight into our linguistic ancestors’ lives and beliefs.
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An essential companion to The Penguin Classics Book, this beautiful volume boasts breathtaking cover art from six decades of the Penguin Modern Classics range alongside reading lists, book descriptions and much more.
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Born out of the restrictions of the pandemic, Damrosch’s delightful globetrotting tour takes in touchstone works from eighty different countries and features writers as diverse as Dante, Margaret Atwood and Mo Yan.
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A keen collector of nifty neckwear from a young age, Stephen Fry treats readers to a selection of truly tremendous ties alongside a bevy of unforgettable anecdotes and full-colour photographs.

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Flinging wide his closet to reveal an extensive and eclectic collection of t-shirts, the great Haruki Murakami provides insightful, witty and typically quirky commentary on one of his most intriguing obsessions.
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Drawing on the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, this is a fittingly lavish anniversary companion to the fascinating, surprising life and work of a founding father of the Arts & Crafts Movement and a true polymath.
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The acclaimed historian provides an entertaining and accessible tour of the British monarchy from 1066 to the present day, chronicling both the institution's historic change-making power and its modern ability to adapt to changes from without.
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With a focus on the female members of the English branch of the prominent Rothschild dynasty, Livingstone’s entertaining and richly detailed book reveals a cast of extraordinary women who defied the rules and shaped society across three centuries.
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Boasting contributors from Doreen Lawrence to David Olusoga, Henry and Ryder's wide-ranging and urgent anthology highlights the vital benefits that Black Britons bring to society and the crucial importance of eradicating systemic racism.
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In this eye-opening, meticulously researched account of the trans struggle from the early 20th century, Playdon draws on the fields of law, medicine, psychology and biology to uncover the remarkable, long-hidden story of early trans pioneer Ewan Forbes.
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Plucked from two decades of acerbic and devastating critiques of controversial figures in the public eye – from Rupert Murdoch to Boris Johnson – the journalist and author of Fire and Fury expertly skewers the corrupting influence of narcissism allied to untrammelled power.
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A timely investigation into female political leadership featuring contributions from Madeleine Albright, Mary Robinson and other key figures that asks why women in power are providing the strongest and most capable governance in the contemporary world.
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The charismatic Outlander stars return for a rollicking tour of the Scottish year, taking in everything from the Edinburgh Fringe to the history of whisky, in this hugely entertaining follow-up to the bestselling phenomenon Clanlands.
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From Mount Everest to Chad's Ennedi desert, Jimmy Chin has captured breathtaking images from some of the most extreme locations on Earth and There and Back is his first, stunningly presented volume of adventure photography.

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Featuring disobedient animals, uncooperative plants and an unexpected pandemic, Diddly Squat is a rip-roaring account of the year Jeremy Clarkson decided to turn his hand to farming at his scenic Cotswolds estate.
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From the author of The Robin and The Swallow comes a characteristically insightful and entertaining biography of a bird at once ubiquitous and shrouded in myth and folklore.
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From the creator of Youtube phenomenon Kurzgesagt – in a Nutshell comes a stunningly produced, full-colour voyage into the myriad wonders of the human immune system which brings the drama and conflict taking place into the human body to enthralling life.
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One of our greatest living scientists celebrates the efforts of humanity and the animal kingdom to defy gravity, in this accessibly written and stunningly illustrated account of the wonder of flight.
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Exploring the evidence and various hypotheses surrounding the origins of SARS-CoV-2 virus, genetic engineering expert Dr Alina Chan and science writer Matt Ridley lead the reader deep into the mystery of coronavirus with a narrative pace of a thriller.
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