David's New Year Picks 2020

Some books to watch out for in 2020: a new edition of Mark Cocker's magnum opus, a novel about gay bikers by Adam Mars-Jones, journeys to the Faroes, the Balkans and the Himalayas and an intriguing YA novel that combines zombie apocalypse with a touching story of young gay love.

English Monsters

James Scudamore

From the publisher:

Imagine Edward St Aubyn writing The Secret History and you’ll get an idea of how exquisite and compelling this story about male friendship and betrayal is’ Alex Preston, ...

The Death of Comrade President

Alain Mabanckou

From the publisher:

In Pointe-Noire, in the small neighbourhood of Voungou, on the family plot where young Michel lives with Maman Pauline and Papa Roger, life goes on. But Michel’s everyday ...

Box Hill

Adam Mars-Jones

From the publisher:

BOX HILL is a sizzling, sometimes shocking, and strangely tragic love story between two men, set in the gay biker community of the late 1970s.

Birds Britannica

Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey, introduction by Helen Macdonald

From the publisher:

The British love their birds, which are inextricably entwined with every aspect of their island life. British customs, more than 1,000 years of English literature, the very ...


Sara Baume

From the publisher:

A glimpse into the process of one Ireland’s best writers, handiwork is Baume’s non-fiction debut, written with the keen eye for nature and beauty as well as the ...

The Wild Silence

Raynor Winn

From the publisher:

Pre-order Raynor Winn’s magical and life-affirming new book, The Wild Silence – the follow-up to the uplifting, Sunday Times, internationally bestselling, Wainwright ...


Darren Charlton

David recommends:

Two teenage boys fall in love in an America ravaged by the undead. Zombie apocalypse meets A Boy's Own Story? As a YA novel? It really shouldn't work, but it does, and does so ...