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David’s New Year Picks 2024

Selected by David Lea


My highlights for early reading this year include the last novel by Gabriel García Márquez, written with and against his suffering from dementia, poet Andrew McMillan’s first novel, a moving exploration of memory and sexuality in the aftermath of industrial decline, Anna Jones’s superb recipes for vegetarians short on time but long on ambition, naturalist Roger Morgan-Grenville’s inspiring account of rewilding in the Sussex Downs and the welcome paperback publication of the legendary diaries of the insufferable snob and irresistible gossip Henry ‘Chips’ Channon.

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‘ An easy, honest, delicious win’ Yotam Ottolenghi‘Clever, delicious, heartfelt and wholesome’ Jamie OliverAward-winning and bestselling cook Anna Jones gives her golden rules for easy wins in the kitchen…

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Picked as one of Waterstones’ Non-Fiction ‘Books You Need to Read in 2024’Gordon Brown: ‘A path-breaking book by two dynamic leaders… whose ideas on the future deserve all our attention.’Britain is more…

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The Return of the Grey Partridge tells the extraordinary story of how wildlife is restored to the Arundel Estate in West Sussex. Prompted by the collapse in numbers of one species, the grey partridge of the title, the managers of the…

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‘This is a heart-breaking story, beautifully told. I hope it finds a million readers’ – Andrew O’Hagan‘What a brave and powerful story. If you like Shuggie Bain and Damian Barr then Slumboy is for you’…

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‘Really engaging … the equivalent of a series of refreshing walks outside… personal, gentle yet buzzing with surprising connections and brilliant cross-references, and shot through with…

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The Sunday Times bestselling edition of Chips Channon's remarkable diaries.'The greatest British diarist of the 20th century. An astonishing achievement. By turns frivolous and profound.' Ben Macintyre, The Times'Wickedly…

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Translated by Anne McLeanTHE EXTRAORDINARY LOST NOVEL FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA AND ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDESitting alone, overlooking the still and blue lagoon, Ana Magdalena…

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'A galvanising takedown of neoliberalism's "free market" logic, one rooted in as much history as it is in current events' NAOMI KLEIN'A must-read for anyone keen to put the demos back in democracy' YANIS VAROUFAKISEverything you…

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A SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2024A BBC MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2024AN INDEPENDENT BEST FICTION TO READ IN 2024A NEW STATESMAN FICTION HIGHLIGHT OF 2024A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2024AN i-D FICTION HIGHLIGHT TO BE EXCITED FOR IN…

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‘Grimly fascinating … engrossing’ Daily MailNINE HISTORIC CRIMES. ONE FAMILIAR OBSESSION.In early modern England, murder truly was most foul. Trials were gossipy events packed to the rafters with noisome…

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Translated by Thomas BunsteadIn the wake of the Great Blackout, faced with the near-extinction of humanity, a pair of lovers speak to each other. They parse, with precision, with familiarity, the endless aspects of their love. Out of their…

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Accompanying an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, London, Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads presents a remarkable series of hauntingly beautiful largescale drawings by the artist. The catalogue includes a new piece of writing…

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