5 new books to read this week

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This week’s new books take us from the world of ballet to an Edwardian ship…

fiction

1. They’re Going To Love You by Meg Howrey is published in hardcover by Bloomsbury Publishing. Now available

Set in the exquisite world of ballet, this is an intense, thoughtful novel about difficult family relationships and what it takes to become an artist. As the book opens, we’re told of a bitter rift between dancer-choreographer Carlisle, her father Robert, and his husband James – both big names in dance – but we don’t know the reason for the estrangement. The mystery is gradually revealed as the book traces the history of their relationship – magical childhood sojourns in Robert and James’ elegant Greenwich Village apartment, overshadowed by the AIDS epidemic, Carlisle’s struggles with adolescent self-doubt, and their growing friendship with James . While the characters are deeply connected, they are all complex and fragile in their own way, and when James asks Carlisle for a favor, the fragile family ties are strained to the breaking point. A captivating, moving read.
8/10
(Review by Jackie Kingsley)

2. A Restless Truth by Freya Marske is published in hardcover by Tor. Now available

Now that the nights have fallen and we’re snuggled under blankets with hot steaming drinks, it’s time to curl up with a magical, mysterious story. Freya Marske’s A Restless Truth (sequel to A Marvelous Light) catches up with Maud Blyth. Set in the alternate Edwardian era, we are taken aboard the RMS Lyric. Maud craves adventure and sails to New York as a lady’s companion. In a world of magicians, theater and deception, she doesn’t expect a dead body and the theft of a contract on her journey. As in the first novel, romance seeths just beneath the surface, making for a rich, layered story filled with satisfying prose.
7/10
(Review by Rachel Howdle)

3. Urgent Matters by Paula Rodríguez, translated by Sarah Moses, is published in hardcover by Pushkin Vertigo. Now available

A devastating train crash occurs in a suburb of Buenos Aires. Amidst the chaos, a prayer card of Saint Expeditus – the “patron saint of urgent matters” – hovers mysteriously above the rubble and body parts. It is picked up by Hugo. Wanted for murder, he seemingly manages to survive against all odds and is rescued from the slaughter relatively unscathed. With unidentified bodies as cover, Hugo seizes his chance to escape the rubble – and the troubles of his old life. However, on the trail is a persistent detective who refuses to believe his prime suspect is out of reach. Journalist and feminist activist Paula Rodriguez’s debut novel beautifully evokes the sense of disconnected strangeness and fractured reality that unfolds in the immediate aftermath of a major disaster, before the dust has settled and the victims have been held accountable. This is such a great opening for a novel, although there is a feeling, intentional or not, that something is easily obscured in translation.
6/10
(Review by Emily Pennink)

nonfiction

4. Made With Love by Tom Daley is published in hardcover by HQ. Now available

In recent years, Olympic scuba diving champion Tom Daley has been making a splash in the knitting world. With over a million Instagram followers and his own range of knitting kits, the LGBTQ+ icon has now published his own book. It starts with a strong Essentials section so you can familiarize yourself with the jargon, equipment, different threads, and stitches before you get started. Then there are 15 knits and 15 crochet patterns – including smaller accessories and homewares as well as the stylish rainbow jumpers, tops and long, chunky scarves Daley is famous for. There’s no denying that some of them look incredibly advanced and intimidating, but the patterns are detailed and clear. There’s plenty to sink your needles into as a beginner, while those already familiar with the craft will find plenty to challenge them. The book is a beauty in itself, beautifully designed and woven with anecdotes from Daley about his journey to discovering the world of yarn and why he loves it so much.
9/10
(Review by Abi Jackson)

children’s book of the week

5. Paradise Sands: A Story Of Enchantment by Levi Pinfold is published in hardcover by Walker Studio. Now available

Beautifully illustrated, Paradise Sands is a modern day fairy tale. It follows a young girl and her three brothers who are picking flowers for their mother when they come across the Paradise Sands Hotel. The brothers soon fall under the spell of this haunted ‘paradise’ – only the girl remains strong and makes a deal with the plate – a huge, magnificent lion. If she manages not to eat or drink anything for three days, they are all free to go. It’s mysterious and each page feels heavy with underlying messages to decipher. While the story isn’t particularly long – it will fly by by bedtime – children will lose themselves in the spooky story and cinematic illustrations.
8/10
(Review by Prudence Wade)

Book charts for the week ended November 12

Hardcover (Fiction)
1. No Plan B by Lee Child & Andrew Child
2. Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
3. It Begins With Us by Colleen Hoover
4. A Heartful of Tombstones by Ian Rankin
5. The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer
6. Richard Osman’s Missed Bullet
7. Desert Star by Michael Connelly
8. She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai & Naruki Nagakawa
9. Babel by RF Kuang
10. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
(Compiled by Waterstones)

Hardcover (Non-Fiction)
1. Gloves off by Tyson Fury
2. Lioness by Beth Mead
3. Private Eye Annual: 2022 by Ian Hislop
4. Guinness World Records 2023 by Guinness World Records
5. The Trials of Life by David Attenborough
6. One by Jamie Oliver
7. Diddly Squat by Jeremy Clarkson
8. Jordan Henderson by Jordan Henderson
9. Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
10. What Writers Read by Pandora Sykes
(Compiled by Waterstones)

Audio books (fiction & non-fiction)
1. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
2. Surrender of Bono
3. Geneva by Richard Armitage
4. The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer
5. Replacement by the Duke of Sussex
6. Richard Osman’s Missed Bullet
7. SAS: Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre
8. No Plan B by Lee Child & Andrew Child
9. Garth Marenghi’s Terror Tome by Garth Marenghi
10. Desert Star by Michael Connelly
(Compiled by Audible)

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