Presenting Our Choice of the Year

Books of the Month from 2018


Discovering the Shades of Time: Presenting our Books of the Month for November

The past weaves its thread through our November selection of Books of the Month. For Salley Vickers (author of the hit family saga Miss Garnet's Angel), in The Librarian the stage is the conformist oppression of 1950s Middle England. Kassia St Clair reveals a paintbox of history in The Secret Lives of Colour, and our children’s choice draws on the rich tradition of folk tales in S.A. Patrick’s A Darkness Of Dragons. Finally, for our thriller for November The Death of the FronsacNeal Ascherson addresses the wrenching divisions of the Second World War.
The Librarian
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The Secret Lives of Colour
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The Death of the Fronsac: A Novel
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A Darkness of Dragons
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Murder, Magic and Magnificence: Presenting Our Books of the Month for October

Murder mysteries may be a staple of fiction, but two debut talents have separately discovered bold new directions. In the time-looping The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton turns the genre on its head (think Poirot meets Inception), whilst Nicki Thornton’s The Last Chance Hotel takes a pinch of Agatha Christie and mixes it into a magic cauldron of children’s adventure. Norwegian Woods Lars Mytting takes up his novelist’s pen for a charged account of families and war in The Sixteen Trees of Somme, and Matthew Kneale brings intimate local knowledge to Rome: A History in Seven Sackings.

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Ignorance, Illusion and Ingenuity: Presenting Our Books of the Month for September

What price belief? A woman finds her world ruined by wilful ignorance in Cressida Connolly’s superlative After the Party, and in Divided, Tim Marshall delivers a world often bloodily scored by ideology. Louise Candlish’s Our House questions the trust we place in those we love, whilst our children’s title this month by contrast celebrates the value of that trust.

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Our House
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The Murderer's Ape
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Secrets, Spies and a Dash of Simmering Noir: Presenting Our Books of the Month for August

There’s something of a New World bent to our Book of the Month selections for August. From the embarrassment of riches that is the writing of Anne Tyler, we present her mid-nineties, Maryland-set Ladder of Years. A scorching Delaware meanwhile serves as home to the spiralling intrigue of Laura Lippman’s Sunburn, and American secret intelligence plays puppetmaster in David E. Hoffman’s The Billion Dollar Spy. Finally, Emma Carroll flies the flag for Blighty in the cracking children’s adventure Secrets of a Sun King.

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Books From the Brink: Presenting Your Books of the Month for July

From America’s outliers to the high seas, July’s Books of the Month bring us to the very limits of human hope and endurance; asking what it really takes to survive. A story of feral savagery and crafted with astonishing skill - in what is incredibly his debut - Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling has already courted fierce debate; readers should be in no doubt of its shocking power. July also brings debut talent in the form of Sally Magnusson’s first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, a story of lives forged anew through storytelling. Now a choice for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, we’re sure it’s one of the paperback hits of the summer. Read on…

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The Missing Girl
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From Heartache to the Heartwarming: Presenting Our Books of the Month for June

The 2012 passing of Nora Ephron robbed the world not only of a wise and talented filmmaker, but a novelist too. Tragically, 1983’s Heartburn will forever remain her only take on the form, but what a take it is: pick it up to read a few pages and you’ll be sitting there an hour later, thrilled by her effervescent wit and sheer love of life. June brings other treats too, including a voice some are declaring noir’s Elena Ferrante

Heartburn
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Travellers in the Third Reich
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Can You Hear Me?
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Boy Underwater
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Living Myths, Drowned Futures: Presenting Your Books of the Month for May

Buried secrets, magic-forged myths of the past, strange and uncertain futures: welcome to our Books of the Month for May. Megan Hunter's The End We Start From, our fiction offering this month, is a fable of motherhood and the endurance of hope in a drowned world. New worlds also beckon in our children’s Book of the Month, as we ride dark enchantment on Sophie Anderson’s The House with Chicken Legs. For our thriller, there’s board-treading trickery in M.L. Rio’s thespian page-turner If We Were Villains. And finally for non-fiction - and already a huge Waterstones hit - Adam Kay’s laugh-aloud, bittersweet memoir This is Going to Hurt is a must-read insight into ordinary life on the NHS frontline.

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If We Were Villains
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The House with Chicken Legs
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From Translated Bestsellers to a Transatlantic Prizewinner: Presenting Your Books of the Month for April

Our adult selection this month has a somewhat international twist. After an incredible 14-week run at the top of the German fiction charts, Maja Lunde's The History of Bees is a sobering and prescient account of a planet gradually losing its primary key to life. The history and future of Europe's most powerful economic force is vivaciously examined in James Hawes' The Shortest History of Germany, whilst our thriller choice, The Invisible Guardian, submerges us in the terrifying pagan superstitions of the Basque Country. It too was a runaway European bestseller, its author Dolores Redondo drawing immediate comparison as the Spanish Stieg Larsson.

Finally our extraordinary Waterstones Children's Book of the Year winner, The Hate U Give, continues its position as our Children's Book of the Month. You can watch our interview with author Angie Thomas here.

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The Shortest History of Germany
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Modern Love, Ancient Ancestors: Presenting Your Books of the Month for March

Debuts lead the way this month, with all but one of our choices introducing brand new voices, ranging from the sublime millennial challenges of Sally Rooney’s award-winning Conversations with Friends to the labyrinthine secrets of Venice in Philip Gwynne Jones’ The Venetian Game. Amongst them, our YA-orientated ‘Waterstones Loves’ strand makes a welcome return with Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone: we feel it’s something very special.

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Other Minds
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The Venetian Game
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Secrets and Spies: Presenting Your Books of the Month for February

Welcome to our February crop of must-reads. Amongst their number sits the bestselling winner of the Costa First Novel Award, together with the truly revelatory account of a maverick who found his calling in spycraft. We also present a Cold War thriller from an author who only seems to shift from strength to strength, and a cracking children’s adventure with friendship at its mechanical heart.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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Defectors
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From Amsterdam to Manchester: Presenting Your Books of the Month for January 

After the rush of Christmas, a new year always brings a batch of fresh reading pleasures. After a remarkable run of books over 2017, our Books of the Month for January 2018 opens with a batch of stunners, from the long-awaited return of Grace Notes’ Bernard MacLaverty to the awareness of a potential, but largely ignored, health crisis.

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Why We Sleep
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Sirens
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Sky Song
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