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The Waterstones Round Up: November's Best Books

Posted on 14th November 2019 by Mark Skinner

With the cold snap of winter starting to bite, now is the perfect time to hunker down in front of the fire with some wonderfully immersive reads. The previous couple of months may have seen some huge releases but there is still a rich seam of new publishing to be enjoyed this November, from darkly magical fiction and evocative literary biography, to heavyweight sporting memoirs and cutting edge comedy.

Fiction

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A tender and delicate novel rich in empathy and understanding, Grandmothers intertwines the stories of a trio of finely drawn pensioners to create a rounded picture of cross-generational bonds and relationships. Written with Vickers’ customary generosity of spirit and nuanced compassion, this is a beautiful elegy for the complexities of old age.

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Already being hailed as one of the twenty-first century’s great American novels, Ben Lerner’s deft, cerebral tale of peer pressure and toxic masculinity in a Kansas high school reverberates with bracingly relevant issues of gender politics and social bullying. Exquisitely written and compellingly plotted, The Topeka School packs a mighty literary punch.
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The blood, sweat and intrigue of Ancient Rome brought to life by a master of historical fiction. Chapter eighteen in the bestselling Eagles of the Empire series finds Cato and Macro amidst Parthian spies and battling an unknown enemy within. Rich in Scarrow’s attention to detail and precise world-building, Traitors of Rome is a heart-pounding read.

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Drenched in the sensuous heat of the mid-twentieth century American West, Pufahl’s electric debut charts the intertwined journeys of gamblers, chancers and lonely suburban housewives across a dusty, evocative landscape. Steeped in romantic Americana and frontier chic, On Swift Horses marks the emergence of a striking new contemporary voice.

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Crime and Science Fiction

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Soaring above the mean streets of Edinburgh to an interstellar conspiracy involving doomed space shuttles and vanished satellites, this early Rankin classic is available for the first time in 25 years. A breathless international thriller very different to the hard-edged Tartan noir of Rebus, Westwind is ripe for rediscovery.

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The fourth gripping instalment in Mukherjee’s acclaimed Sam Wyndham series brings our Raj-era detective face to face with a figure from his past and the traumatic memory of a brutal crime committed seventeen years previously. Written with an evocative sense of place and time, Death in the East is a worthy addition to a truly superior series.

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From one of the leading proponents of post-war espionage writing comes a brooding, cynical thriller about the futility of revenge and the boundaries of morality. A CIA operative attempts to track down a Nazi on the run, as Kanon’s blunt, staccato prose ratchets up the tension with every page.
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The reigning king of the wartime spy novel, Alan Furst delivers another superior slice of espionage set in occupied Paris. Steeped in intrigue and paranoia, Under Occupation invokes resistance safe houses and top secret documents in a thrilling journey into the heart of enemy territory.
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One of the undisputed superstars of modern science fiction writing, a new Brandon Sanderson novel is always a cause for rejoicing. A compelling new standalone about an intrepid starship pilot on a quest to absolve her late father, Starsight is a spectacular work from a visionary imagination.
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Entertainment 

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A series like no other, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag electrified viewers with its startlingly original blend of knife-edge comedy, moving drama and bitingly sharp dialogue. For the first time, Fleabag: The Scriptures brings together the complete filming scripts of Fleabag series one and two, annotated with never-before-seen stage directions, as well as brand new writing from Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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From the acerbic pen of David Mitchell comes another collection of gripes, rants and blistering satire, as the popular comedian takes aim at everything from Brexit to scampi. Puncturing pomposity with withering wit and spotlighting the absurdity of the modern world, this is sprightly, intelligent humour writing at its best.

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Sport

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Love him or loathe him, there is no denying the immense sporting and cultural impact of Tyson Fury. Behind the Mask is the candid, combative memoir of a prodigiously talented but stridently outspoken and troubled individual, all recounted in the author’s inimitably dynamic style.

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The hero of Headingley recounts the heroics of the summer in this gripping tale of talent and sporting endeavor. A first-ever World Cup victory followed by the most thrilling of conclusions to an Ashes Test, Stokes played a pivotal part in them both. Read how he achieved the seemingly impossible here.
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One of rugby’s greatest coaches takes us on a tour of his stunning achievements, from back-to-back six nations triumphs to pulling off the sport’s biggest upset. Candid and forthright, this is an uncompromising memoir from the man who steered England to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

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A Liverpool legend by the age of eighteen, Robbie Fowler packed an awful lot of talent, incident and achievement into a remarkable career. Now, in My Life in Football, the former King of the Kop reveals all about his years at Anfield as well as offering insights and opinions on the state of the modern game.

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Biography

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In this dazzling study of Belle Epoque Paris, Julian Barnes trains his novelist’s eye on the life of Samuel Pozzi – a maverick nineteenth-century surgeon, free-thinker and bon viveur.

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Laurie Lee was the master of the intimate, evocative memoir and this beautiful fragment detailing the charms of his childhood home is a wistful, effortless pleasure. A love letter to a picturesque village and the indelible memories forged there, Down in the Valley is a slice of warm and sophisticated nostalgia.

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The devastatingly moving account of Chika, born three days before the Haitian earthquake and brought to the survivors’ charity run by Albom and his wife. Through adversity and heartache her luminous personality shines through, as Albom details each turn of events with characteristic sensitivity and compassion. A hauntingly beautiful read.

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History, Politics and Economics

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Chris Ryan pays tribute to the finest elite fighting force in the world with this definitive history of the SAS from its inception at the dawn of the Cold War to the incredibly sophisticated and demanding missions of the present day. Drawing on personal testimony from ex-operatives as well as his own experiences, Ryan recounts a thrilling, inspiring story of unparalleled heroism and derring-do.
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The jaw-dropping yet little known saga of Operation Raspberry is detailed in Simon Parkin’s pacy, meticulously researched volume of military history. A desperate gamble to try and crack German U-boat tactics via the highest stakes game of battleships imaginable, A Game of Birds and Wolves possesses the tension and jeopardy of the finest thriller.

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The senior White House official behind the incendiary column for the New York Times reveals a whole lot more about the dysfunction and disaffection of the Trump administration. With inside knowledge of events in the Oval Office and access to those who know even more, the anonymous author of A Warning is set to blow the President’s beleaguered reign wide open.
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Addressing the issues that are polarising and dividing the globe, Nobel Prize-winning economists Banerjee and Duflo outline a series of measures that can be taken to alleviate poverty and reduce inequality. Proposing inclusive and compassionate economic solutions to the burning questions of the day, Good Economics for Hard Times is a rigorous and intelligent plea for harmony and understanding.

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Popular Science and Nature 

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Featuring missives from both celebrities and the general public, Letters to the Earth is an inspiring and provocative collection of personal testimony and a revealing snapshot of outrage at the global climate crisis.
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A beautifully presented recipe guide that doubles as a nostalgic paean to the heritage and provenance of forgotten varieties of British fruit, Blanc’s latest volume is much, much more than just a cookbook. Adorned with evocative black and white drawings and a treasury of anecdote, The Lost Orchard is a sumptuous feast for the senses.

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The author of The Wisdom of Trees celebrates the saplings, softwoods and evergreens of the natural world and the myriad ways that they have helped humanity to survive over centuries. Profiling intriguing and esoteric trees from around the world, Adams’s book is frequently a revelation.
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