November's Best New Releases

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Mr Wilder & Me

The Searcher

The Life I Was Meant To Live

Back To Nature

Murder On Mustique

A Promised Land

Mr Wilder & Me

Jonathan Coe

Fiction

Pour yourself a glass of red and pull up a wheel of brie because this glorious, gorgeous book is totally transporting: the perfect escape into sunshine, romance, good food and a brilliant story.

Calista is a young girl standing on the precipice of adulthood - yet to fall in love, yet to find her passion - when she’s thrown headfirst into the starry world of film director Billy Wilder. Ahead lies a summer of adventure, food, extraordinary stories and friendships that will change her life forever.

LMR Review:

Richly evocative, full of warmth, joy, flavour and sunshine with a stunning depiction of the powerful love between mother and daughter. A total joy.


PUBLISH DATE: 5th November 2020

The Searcher

Tana French

Fiction

An absolute masterclass in thriller writing, this is one of those quietly sinister stories that gets you utterly gripped.

Cal, an ex-Chicago police officer, dreams of a peaceful retirement in a remote Irish Village. But when he finds himself being watched, it’s not long before he’s embroiled in the search for a missing person.

LMR Review:

Subtle, sinister, urgent and captivating. An intelligent thriller which makes you care deeply about its characters, their fate and the mystery that surrounds them. Top notch suspense.

PUBLISH DATE: 5th November 2020

The Life I Was Meant To Live

Julien Sandrel

Fiction

This witty, beautiful and moving novel is absolutely bursting with love. Whether devoured in an afternoon or savoured over a month, it’s heady, gorgeous and romantic.

Romane is living an ordinary, quiet life when a patient claims to have discovered her secret: that she lives a double life, in disguise, in a different town. As she embarks on a journey of discovery, family secrets begin to unravel and life becomes doubly complicated and doubly perfect.

LMR review

Reading this book feels like a mini-break to France; like meeting long-lost family and basking in sunshine. It’s moving, it’s funny and oh-so lovely.

PUBLISH DATE: 12th November 2020

Back To Nature

Chris Packham

Non-Fiction

One thing has become clear this year - we need nature more than ever. And although the natural world has never been more under pressure, there are still reasons to be hopeful.

Through personal stories, conservation breakthroughs and fascinating scientific discoveries, Back to Nature captures the essence of how we feel about the wildlife outside our windows. From the resurgence of storks in Britain to lesser horseshoe bats returning to the Isle of Man, to what we can do to encourage wildlife into our own spaces, whether that's a woodland, a garden, a balcony or our streets, it explores the wonder and the solace of nature, and the ways in which we can connect with it.

LMR review


Packham’s absolute, boyish and joyous passion for nature bursts through every page in this delightful and important book. He and Megan McCubin bring facts to the table in a way that’s reassuring rather than obtrusive; bring positivity to the conversation about conservation and manage to paint a picture of the enormity of the difference every individual can make. It’s a joy to read for its love of nature and an important read for its ability to make an activist of us all.

PUBLISH DATE: 12th November 2020

Murder On Mustique

Anne Glenconner

Special Pick

This is a fabulously escapist murder mystery set on the private Caribbean island once frequented by Princess Margaret. Utterly compelling and so stunningly written you can smell the ocean, hear the cicadas and taste the vodka martinis.

When Amanda Fortini, the island’s starlet, goes missing, Lady Vee steps in to help solve the case. But unravelling the clues scattered around the island threaten to ruin everything she holds dear…

LMR review

This is a page turner and murder mystery of simply spectacular quality. I read this book in an afternoon and felt like I’d escaped to the Caribbean for a fortnight’s holiday. Perfect.


PUBLISH DATE: 12th November 2020

A Promised Land

Barack Obama

Early Release

This is the memoir of the man who made a bet with history and became President Barack Obama.

In this first volume of his memoir, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency - a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Review:

An inspiring read by a titan of humanity. Guiding, soul-stirring and hopeful.

PUBLISH DATE: 17th November 2020

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