Oh what a haul we’ve got for you thanks to our friends at Mostly Booksin Abingdon – winners of our Muddy Awards 2021Best Bookshop award… whoop whoop! Book worms… time to get stuck in.
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
Best-selling author of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Big Little Liesand Amazon Prime’s Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty’s novel tells the dark tale of a seemingly perfect life (sound familiar?).
The Delaney family love one another dearly – it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other. Joy Delaney has four grown-up children, a successful business and is on the verge of retirement when she vanishes. How did Stan scratch his face? And who was the stranger who entered and suddenly left their lives? But for the Delaney children there is a much more terrifying question: did they ever know their parents at all?
Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Perhaps one of the most anticipated titles of 2021, Rooney’s third novel sees writer Alice impulsively asks warehouse worker Felix to travel to Rome. Meanwhile, in Dublin, Alice’s best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with childhood pal Simon.
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young, but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Classic Rooney, with a quietness between the words that lets you fill the gaps.
Magpie by Elizabeth Day
From bestselling author of How to Failand The Partycomes Day’s edgy new novel, a story of motherhood, jealousy and power.
Sometimes Marisa gets the notion that lodger Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home, sits too close to Marisa’s boyfriend on the sofa, constantly asks about the baby they are trying for. Or is it all just in Marisa’s head? After all, that’s what boyfriend Jake keeps telling her. And she trusts him – doesn’t she? A page-turning exploration of human psychology, as you’d expect from Day.
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
The second novel in the record-breaking, million-copy bestselling Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman.
It’s the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. It’s more of the same but Osman does it so well.
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot Seecomes a beautifully weaved tapestry of times and places.
The unforgettable characters of Cloud Cuckoo Land are dreamers and outsiders figuring out the world around them: there’s thirteen-year-old Anna and Omeir, an orphaned seamstress and a cursed boy on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople. Then there’s teenage idealist Seymour and octogenarian Zeno in an attack on a public library in present-day Idaho. Finally, Konstance, decades from now, who turns to the oldest stories to guide her community in peril. An engaging magic carpet ride.
Freckles by Cecilia Ahern
Cecilia Ahern, internationally bestselling author of P.S. I Love You returns with this life-affirming novel about kinship and finding people through whom you find yourself.
Allegra Bird’s arms are scattered with freckles, but despite her nickname, Freckles has never been able to join the dots. So when a stranger tells her that everyone is the average of the five people they spend the most time with, it gets her thinking. The trouble is, Freckles doesn’t know if she has five people, so she must find them. Told in Allegra’s vivid, original voice, it’s moving and thought-provoking.
Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks
Set in Vienna during the First World War with the impending rise of Fascism, Faulks’s intelligent novel tracks a small group of individuals as they struggle to come to terms with the destruction of an old world and the frightening new shape of what’s to come.
Lena abandons small town life when she meets a young lawyer who spirits her away to Vienna. But what she imagines to be love soon crumbles, she leaves the city behind to take a post at the snow-capped sanatorium, the Schloss Seeblick. Here she meets aspiring journo Anton and [spoiler alert!] something clicks.
The Last Library by Freya Sampson
A heart warmer, and well written debut, The Last Librarywill make you laugh, cry, cheer and want to champion your local library.
Library assistant June takes over Chalcot Library when her Mum dies, but despite their shared love of books, June feels she can live up to the village’s memory of her mum. When it’s threatened with closure, she is forced to open up to a band of eccentric locals determined to save it (and maybe her).
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