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Dark Deeds and Deep Thinking

Presenting Our Books of the Month for November

Something wickedly good this way comes as we welcome the first touch of winter with November’s monthly reading picks - our last selection for 2019 before we begin the exciting countdown to our Book of the Year. Fiction lovers are spoiled for choice, with the compellingly creepy pairing of mist-drenched gothic and a biting Scottish whodunit, whilst our non-fiction read decodes the history of global philosophy, and we welcome back a runaway bookseller favourite as Frostheart returns for a second outing as our Children’s Book of the Month.


Fiction Book of the Month

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An aura of creeping, brooding uncanny stalks the pages of Michelle Paver’s superbly chilling new novel, set against the beautifully evoked backdrop of the misty Suffolk fens. Amidst the crumbling grandeur of an Edwardian manor house, the notorious and reclusive Maud Stearne teases out her story. Cocooned from childhood, Maude’s life is governed by the pursuits of her capricious and authoritarian father, a man plagued by his own demons and licentious predilections. His discovery of a medieval painting unlocks a fanatical pursuit, stirring eddies of dark, malevolent forces that draw a whole community into their thrall. Echoing the heart-stopping dread of M.R. James, Paver has crafted an enthralling novel that winds a haunting mystery around one woman’s struggle to be free.
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Non-Fiction Book of the Month

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Doing for global philosophy what Sapiens did for the history of humankind, How the World Thinks is a brilliantly accessible coalescence of thought and belief from around the world. Far from a dry survey of the world’s philosophies, Julian Baggini’s lively account brings together multiple voices and dissects complex thinking into a clear-sighted, concise precis. The first book to truly contrast and evaluate differing philosophical cultures across the globe, it is at its best in illuminating cross-cultural dialogue, often finding surprising common ground in the process. A triumph of comparative philosophy with widespread relevance for the way we live today.

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Thriller & Scottish Book of the Month

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When a group of old university friends gather together for a luxury New Year retreat in the Scottish Highlands, they’re promised a pampered escape from the rat-race, with some traditional blood-sport thrown in for good measure. Yet, as long-held tensions mount and the snow falls, they soon find themselves caught in the midst of a very different, dangerous game. Merging all the classic elements of Agatha Christie’s isolated island whodunit And Then There Were None with the finest multi-perspective modern thriller, Lucy Foley’s novel ratchets up the tension by ever-increasing degrees. The result is a propulsive, compulsively addictive read that will keep you guessing to the last.

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Children's Book of the Month

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Returning for a second month, Frostheart has already proved to be an instant favourite with readers and booksellers alike. Glittering with wintry wonder, this debut children’s novel takes a sleigh ride into the heart of a magical adventure. With a wonderfully visual sense of storytelling honed by an illustrious illustrating career providing pictures for the likes of Danny Wallace’s Hamish series and modern editions of The Famous Five, Jamie Littler pitches a diminutive Arctic hero and his disagreeable yeti guardian into a rollicking adventure aboard the mighty sleigh Frostheart.

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Irish Book of the Month

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A baby left in brown paper on a Dublin doorstep in 1923, a doctor gunned down on the streets of Mohill in cold blood three months later: an infamous case of corruption and collusion left shrouded in mystery for 100 years.  The work of author Ken Boyle and Tim Desmond, a producer and journalist who investigated the story for the RTÉ documentary, An Unholy Trinity, The Murder of Dr. Muldoon brings together a raft of new archive material - including covert files, military correspondence and inquest reports - as well as first-hand accounts from the Muldoon family to shed new light on the case. The result is both a fascinating piece of true crime history and a shocking revelation of wider Church, State and IRA complicity in the late Civil War era that made its cover-up possible.

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Welsh Book of the Month

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The acclaimed author of The Dig and Cove brings tenderness and a haunting lyricism to an affecting novel – adapted from a series of BBC R4 monologues – about a near-future Britain at the mercy of water. This is a country brought to its knees not by sudden catastrophe but by the more terrifying (and terrifyingly plausible) slow alternating cycle of drought and flood. In the midst of this crisis - and a controversial plan for its relief via the construction of a slow-melt ice dock - Jones brings together the disparate lives of those swept up in the turning political and climatic tide. Cynan Jones is known for the perfect economy of his novels, and this is no exception, a novel whose urgent message is rendered no less powerful for the beauty of its delivery.
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The Hunting Party
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Lucy Foley
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Wakenhyrst
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Michelle Paver
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Frostheart
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Jamie Littler
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This is Going to Hurt
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Adam Kay
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How the World Thinks
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Julian Baggini
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Normal People
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Sally Rooney
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My Sister, the Serial Killer
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Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Once Upon a River
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Diane Setterfield
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The Salt Path
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Raynor Winn
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How To Be Right
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James O'Brien
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The Uninhabitable Earth
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David Wallace-Wells
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Nine Perfect Strangers
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Liane Moriarty
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Circe
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Madeline Miller
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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Gail Honeyman
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The Boy At the Back of the Class
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Onjali Q. Rauf
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The Order of the Day
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Eric Vuillard
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Wilding
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Isabella Tree
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Written in History
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Simon Sebag Montefiore
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The Wych Elm
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Tana French
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The Last
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Hanna Jameson
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Sapiens
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Yuval Noah Harari
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A Gentleman in Moscow
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Amor Towles
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When All is Said
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Anne Griffin
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The Language of Kindness
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Christie Watson
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