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Recommended Fiction & Poetry for Yuletide 2019!

The best of 2019 - over a hundred of our top fiction and poetry recommendations!

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Festive Spirits: Three Christmas Stories - by Kate Atkinson - £6.99
'Lucy would have challenged anyone not to cry at the sight of their child in a Nativity Play. Even a sheepish Maude, even a scowling Beatrice - currently attempting a Chinese burn on an adjacent angel. A shepherd shouted something incomprehensible to ... more

Best British Short Stories 2019 - by Nicholas Royle (Editor) - £9.99
The nation’s favourite annual guide to the short story, now in its ninth year.  Best British Short Stories invites you to judge a book by its cover – or more accurately, by its title. This new series aims to reprint the best short stories ... more

Ordinary People - by Diana Evans - £8.99

Broken Stars: Sixteen Stories from the New Frontiers of Chinese Science Fiction - by Edited and translated by Ken Liu - £8.99
A new anthology of Chinese short-fiction by award winning author Ken Liu.  Here are sixteen short stories from China's groundbreaking SFF writers, edited and translated by award-winning author Ken Liu.  In Hugo award-winner Liu Cixin' ... more

Killing Commendatore - by Haruki Murakami - £9.99
The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84.   In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous art ... more

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven - by Mitch Albom - £7.99
‘No act done for someone else is ever wasted...‘  At eight years old, Annie was saved from a tragic accident by a complete stranger and her life changed forever. Her mother, ravaged with guilt, whisked Annie away from the world she once k ... more

People in Trouble - by Sarah Schulman - £8.99
First published in 1990, a blistering novel about a love triangle in New York during the AIDS crisis.  It was the beginning of the end of the world but not everyone noticed right away.   It is the late 1980s. Kate, an ambitious artist, lives i ... more

Bess - by Rose Thomas - £7.99
Bess, young, black and part of a new generation growing up in post-war Liverpool, faces age-old racism amidst new opportunities for work, and personal, social and sexual exploration.   Returning to Liverpool from her home in London, Bess ponde ... more

An American Marriage - by Tayari Jones - £8.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION, 2019   'A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.' - Barack Obama   Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the Americ ... more

A River in the Trees - by Jacqueline O’Mahony - £9.99
Two women. Two stories. One hundred years of secrets.  A sweeping novel of love, loss, family and history for readers who love Maggie O’Farrell, John Boyne and Donal Ryan.   1919 Ireland is about to be torn apart by the War of ... more

Freshwater - by Akwaeke Emezi - £8.99
Ada has always been unusual. Her parents prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry. Their troubled child begins to develop separate selves and is prone to fits of anger and grief. When Ada grows up and heads to college in Amer ... more

Flights - by Olga Tokarczuk - £9.99
Translated by Jennifer Croft. Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize.   Flights, a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy, is Olga Tokarczuk’s most ambitious to date. It interweaves travel narratives and ref ... more

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - by Imogen Hermes Gowar - £8.99
A Sunday Times bestseller. SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S FICTION PRIZE. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018.   THIS VOYAGE IS SPECIAL. IT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING.   One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent ... more

The Friends of Harry Perkins - by Chris Mullin - £12.00
'Harry Perkins was buried on the day that America declared war on China.'   'Brexit Britain was a gloomy place. True, the Armageddon that some had prophesied had not occurred, but neither had economic miracle promised by the Brexiteers. Inst ... more

Ducks, Newburyport - by Lucy Ellmann - £14.99
*** SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE ***   ‘... I dreamt last night about somebody complaining that he owned a “lesser Cézanne” while I was tearing heartshaped buttons off a shirt, and something about a ferret, the fact that my dre ... more

My Sister, the Serial Killer - by Oyinkan Braithwaite - £8.99
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019 Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 Winner of the LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, 2019   When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola ... more

The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 - by Nikki Bedi (Editor) - £7.99
Featuring Lucy Caldwell, Lynda Clark, Jacqueline Crooks, Tamsin Grey & Jo Lloyd.  Including the winning story, 'The Invisible' by Jo Lloyd!  A young boy takes delight in his mother’s ability to shapeshift from one animal to another, only real ... more

XX - by Angela Chadwick - £9.99
A stunning debut novel imagining a world where women can have children without men.  How far would you go for a child of your own?  When Rosie and Jules discover a ground-breaking clinical trial that enables two women to have a female baby, t ... more

Friday Black - by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah - £9.99
Racism, but “managed” through virtual reality  Black Friday, except you die in a bargain-crazed throng  Happiness, but pharmacological  Love, despite everything  Friday Black tackles urgent instances of racism and cultural unr ... more

Unsheltered - by Barbara Kingsolver - £8.99
THE NEW NOVEL FROM ORANGE PRIZE WINNER AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER BARBARA KINGSOLVER  2016 Vineland Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against an upended world that seems to hold no mercy for her shattered life and family – or the cr ... more

How to be Famous - by Caitlin Moran - £8.99
Life is always better backstage, isn't it?  A funny, riotous novel about a young women making it in a world where men hold all the power from the Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Build a Girl.  I’m Johanna Morrigan, and I live in L ... more

Heroes - by Stephen Fry - £10.99
Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.  In this companion to his bestselling Myth ... more

Two for the Road - by Roddy Doyle - £8.99
The next round in the beloved Two Pints series from the ever-brilliant, always hilarious imagination of bestselling author of The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.  Two men meet for a pint - or three - in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, ... more

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones - £8.99
With Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Man Booker International Prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk returns with a subversive, entertaining noir novel.   In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts t ... more

The Well at Winter Solstice - by Eleanor Rees - £9.99
These are the voices of those who are silent: in the graveyards, holy wells, the river, the changing tides. A ghostly choir of lost children, hermits, lovers and rough sleepers, serving maids and sailor boys, saints and hermaphrodites resounding thro ... more

Normal People - by Sally Rooney - £8.99

Red Moon - by Kim Stanley Robinson - £8.99
IT IS THIRTY YEARS FROM NOW, AND WE HAVE COLONISED THE MOON.   American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China's Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival he witnesses a m ... more

Tales of the Tattooed: An Anthology of Ink - by John Miller (Editor) - £8.99
Uncovering the history of the tattoo in classic fiction for the first time, this original selection depicts the tattoo as a catalyst for scandal in society, as a symbol for an unknowable supernatural force, and as transcendent living art merging the ... more

Red Birds - by Mohammed Hanif - £8.99
A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR "A thrilling, razor-sharp critique of US foreign policy … Red Birds is an incisive, unsparing critique of war and of America's role in the destruction of the Middle East. It combines modern and ancient farcical tradit ... more

Bridge of Clay - by Markus Zusak - £8.99
THE EPIC NEW NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THIEF "If The Book Thief was a novel that allowed Death to steal the show... [its] brilliantly illuminated follow-up is affirmatively full of life."(Guardian) "This is a tale of love, a ... more

Convenience Store Woman - by Sayaka Murata - £9.99
Keiko has never really fitted in. At school and university people find her odd and her family worries she'll never be normal. To appease them, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store. Here, she finds peace and purpose in the simple, dai ... more

The Silence of the Girls - by Pat Barker - £8.99
"A very good, very raw rendition of the Trojan war from the point of view of the women."(Kate Atkinson) There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent - till now.  Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. ... more

Armistice: A Laureate's Choice of Poems of War and Peace - by Carol Ann Duffy (Editor) - £8.99
The Armistice of 1918 brought ceasefire to the war on the Western Front, but ‘the Great War’ would not as hoped be ‘the war to end all wars’.   In this affecting selection, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, guides us deep into the act a ... more

The Caine Prize for African Writing 2019 Shortlist - by Various authors - £4.99
Now in its twentieth year, the Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.  This collection brings together t ... more

Rosewater - by Tade Thompson - £8.99
***Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2019*** Winner of the inaugural Nommo Award for Best Novel, Africa's first award for speculative fiction Shortlisted for the Kitschie Award for Best Novel 2019 John W. Campbell Award finalist for Best Scienc ... more

Guapa - by Saleem Haddad - £8.99
A novel of the Arab Spring  Winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2017  A Middle-Eastern capital caught in the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring. A day in the life of a young man disillusioned with both East and West and struggling to fin ... more

The Psychology of Time Travel - by Kate Mascarenhas - £9.99
1967: Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril...  2017: Ruby knows her Granny Bee was the scientist who went mad, but they never talk about it. Until th ... more

Manchester Happened - by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi - £14.99

Cilka's Journey - by Heather Morris - £14.99
Based on the heart-breaking true story of Cilka Klein, Cilka's Journey is the sequel to the internationally No.1 bestselling phenomenon, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.  'She was the bravest person I ever met' Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz ... more

History of Violence - by Edouard Louis - £8.99
The radical, urgent new novel from the author of The End of Eddy – a personal and powerful story of violence.  I met Reda on Christmas Eve 2012, at around four in the morning. He approached me in the street, and finally I invited him up to ... more

Resist: Stories of Uprising - by Ra Page (Editor) - £14.99
Featuring Julia Bell, SJ Bradley, Jude Brown, Lucy Caldwell, Steve Chambers, Martin Edwards, Uschi Gatward, Luan Goldie, Gaia Holmes, Nikita Lalwani, Zoe Lambert, Anna Lewis, Irfan Master, Donny O'Rourke, Kamila Shamsie, Bidisha SK Mamata, Karline Sm ... more

Good Omens - by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - £9.99
'Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don't let you go around again until you get it right'  According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Judgement Day is almost upon us and the world's going to end in a week. ... more

The Trick to Time - by Kit de Waal - £8.99
A heart-wrenching love story from the internationally bestselling author of My Name Is Leon  Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s ... more

The Overstory - by Richard Powers - £9.99
Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.   A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most 'prodigiously talented' (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.   The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables ... more

Women Talking - by Miriam Toews - £8.99
Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote religious Mennonite colony, over a hundred girls and women were knocked unconscious and raped, often repeatedly, by what many thought were ghosts or demons, as a punishment for their sins. As the women tentatively b ... more

Ghost Wall - by Sarah Moss - £8.99
Jessie BurtonIt is high summer in rural Northumberland. Seventeen-year-old Silvie and her parents have joined an encampment run by an archaeology professor with an interest in the region's dark history of ritual sacrifice.  As Silvie finds a gli ... more

The Mars Room - by Rachel Kushner - £8.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  From the author of internationally acclaimed The Flamethrowers – a fearless and heartbreaking novel about love, friendship and incarceration.  Romy Hall is st ... more

The Female Persuasion - by Meg Wolitzer - £8.99
** Selected by 8 National Newspapers as a Book of the Year ** ** The New York Times Bestseller **   A warm and immersive novel about ambition, power, women, friendship and finding your place in the world, from the bestselling author of The Wi ... more

Palestine +100: Stories From a Century After the Nakba - by Basma Ghalayini (Editor) - £9.99
STORIES FROM A CENTURY AFTER THE NAKBA   Palestine +100 poses a question to twelve Palestinian writers: what might your country look like in the year 2048 – a century after the tragedies and trauma of what has come to be called the Nakba? How mi ... more

Charlie Savage - by Roddy Doyle - £9.99
**SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC WRITING 2019**   Meet Charlie Savage: a middle-aged Dubliner with an indefatigable wife, an exasperated daughter, a drinking buddy who’s realized that he’s been a woman all ... more

Washington Black - by Esi Edugyan - £6.99
A stunning new novel of slavery and freedom by the author of the Man Booker and Orange Prize shortlisted Half Blood Blues.   When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave ... more

Heads of the Colored People - by Nafissa Thompson-Spires - £8.99
In this crackling debut collection Nafissa Thompson-Spires interrogates our supposedly post-racial era. To wicked and devastating effect she exposes the violence, both external and self-inflicted, that threatens black Americans, no matter their appar ... more

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - by Stuart Turton - £8.99

In Our Mad and Furious City - by Guy Gunaratne - £8.99

Identity Crisis - by Ben Elton - £8.99
Why are we all so hostile? So quick to take offence? Truly we are living in the age of outrage.   A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering ka ... more

Transcription - by Kate Atkinson - £8.99
The magnificent new novel by award-winner Kate Atkinson.   In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of Brit ... more

Down the River Unto the Sea - by Walter Mosley - £8.99
Winner of the RBA Prize for Crime Writing   Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault, a charge that lands him in the notorious Rikers Island priso ... more

White Houses - by Amy Bloom - £8.99
In 1933, President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt took up residence in the White House. With them went the celebrated journalist Lorena Hickok - Hick to friends - a straight-talking reporter from South Dakota, whose passionate relationship with the i ... more

Middle England - by Jonathan Coe - £8.99
Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain. There are the early married years of Sophie and Ian who disagree about t ... more

playtime - by Andrew McMillan - £12.00
In these intimate, sometimes painfully frank poems, Andrew McMillan takes us back to childhood and early adolescence to explore the different ways we grow into our sexual selves and our adult identities. Examining our teenage rites of passage: those ... more

Girl - by Edna O'Brien - £16.99
The new novel by the legendary Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls (dramatised on BBC Radio 4 in August 2019).  Captured, abducted and married into Boko Haram, the narrator of this story witnesses and suffers the horrors of a communit ... more

Murmur - by Will Eaves - £8.99
Murmur evokes the extraordinary life of Alan Turing, the beauty and sorrows of love, and the nature of consciousness. Winner of the Wellcome Prize and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize.  Winner of the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize Winner of th ... more

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - by Elif Shafak - £14.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019   'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore...'   For Leila, each minute after her death recalls a sensuo ... more

The Lost Words: Spell Songs - by Various artists - £20.00
The Lost Words: Spell Songs is a 112 page book with 14 track CD of new works.   In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris; a celebrat ... more

From a Low and Quiet Sea - by Donal Ryan - £8.99
***LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018*** ***SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018***   Farouk’s country has been torn apart by war.  Lampy’s heart has been laid waste by Chloe.  John’s past torments him as ... more

Last Stories - by William Trevor - £8.99
"What a writer he was; he could flip over a sentence so gently, and showthe underbelly in a heartbeat. His work is always quietly compassionate"(Elizabeth Strout) In this final collection of ten exquisite, perceptive and profound stories, William ... more

Spinning Silver - by Naomi Novik - £8.99
Naomi Novik has once again been influenced by classic folktales, following Uprooted - her standalone novel. Taking Rumpelstiltskin as her starting point, Spinning Silver is rich, original and a joy to read.  Will dark magic claim their home?  ... more

The Black Unicorn - by Audre Lorde - £8.99
I have been woman for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic   Filled with rage and tenderness, Audre Lorde's most acclaimed poetry collection speaks of mothers and children, female strength and vulnerability, renewal a ... more

Circe - by Madeline Miller - £8.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019   Woman. Witch. Myth. Mortal. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Survivor. CIRCE.   In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a strange ch ... more

The Mannequin Makers - by Craig Cliff - £8.99
A stunning historical debut novel of gothic proportions, telling the tale of a father’s obsession and the dark consequences.   “The skin was smooth and bright as porcelain, but looked as if it would give to the touch. What manner of wood h ... more

The Familiars - by Stacey Halls - £8.99
The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick   To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life...  Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth ... more

The Flame - by Leonard Cohen - £14.99
The final collection of poetry from the world’s greatest lyricist Leonard Cohen, introduced by his son Adam Cohen.  The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen’s last poems and writings, selected and ordered by Cohen in the final ... more

Happiness - by Aminatta Forna - £8.99
Waterloo Bridge, London. Two strangers collide. Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter in the midst of the rush of a great city, numerous moments of connections span out a ... more

The Freedom Artist - by Ben Okri - £8.99
One of 2019's most anticipated novels in The Times, Irish Times and Guardian. "Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power"(Marlon James, ... more

The Friendly Ones - by Philip Hensher - £8.99
The things history will do at the bidding of love.  On a warm Sunday afternoon, Nazia and Sharif are preparing for a family barbecue. They are in the house in Sheffield that will do for the rest of their lives. In the garden next door is a re ... more

Collected Poems - by Carol Ann Duffy - £20.00
Carol Ann Duffy has been a bold and original voice in British poetry since the publication of Standing Female Nude in 1985. Since then she has won every major poetry prize in the United Kingdom and sold over one million copies of her books around the ... more

A Love Story for Bewildered Girls - by Emma Morgan - £12.99
Grace loves a woman. Annie loves a man. Violet isn't quite sure. But you'll love them all...  Grace has what one might call a 'full and interesting life' which is code for not married and has no kids. Her life is the envy of her friends, but ... more

The Confessions of Frannie Langton - by Sara Collins - £8.99
'They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done?'   1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Fr ... more

The One Who Wrote Destiny - by Nikesh Shukla - £8.99
Guardian‘s Best Summer Books 2018  “A beautiful, brilliant modern classic.” Sabrina Mahfouz, Guardian   Mukesh has just moved from Kenya to the drizzly northern town of Keighley. He was expecting fame, fortune, the Rolling Stones and a n ... more

Blood - by Maggie Gee - £9.99
Who attacked Dad?   When corrupt, brutal dentist Albert Ludd is found battered and bloody after failing to attend a memorial party for his son, a soldier killed in Afghanistan, suspicion falls on his other children – especially 37-year-old bu ... more

The Gloaming - by Kirsty Logan - £9.99
'The best lives leave a mark.'   A bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home.  Mara’s island is one of stories and magic, but every story ends in the same way. She will finish her days on th ... more

I Who Have Never Known Men - by Jacqueline Harpman - £8.99
A haunting, heartbreaking post-apocalyptic tale of female friendship and intimacy.  'For a very long time, the days went by, each just like the day before, then I began to think, and everything changed’  Deep underground, thirty-nine women ... more

Chinese Fairy Tales and Legends - by Richard Wilhelm (Editor) - £12.99
Fearless heroes, feisty princesses, sly magicians, terrifying dragons, talking foxes and miniature dogs. They all feature in this enthralling compendium of Chinese fairy tales and legends, along with an array of equally colourful characters and capti ... more

The Water Cure - by Sophie Mackintosh - £8.99
Discover the breakout literary debut of 2018 - the essential read for fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Deborah Levy's Hot Milk and Emma Cline's The Girls.  Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bod ... more

Folk - by Zoe Gilbert - £9.99
A captivating, magical and haunting debut novel of breathtaking imagination, from the winner of the 2014 Costa Short Story Award.  The remote island village of Neverness is a world far from our time and place.  The air hangs rich with the coc ... more

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