New Year New Books: Gayle’s first picks for 2019

Things to help get you through this terrible time of year: Ella Risbridger's funny/heartbreaking/extremely useful cookbook, Midnight Chicken & Other Recipes Worth Living For; Guestbook, a collection of eerie visual ghost stories, and the most Important Artifacts...-like Leanne Shapton book since Important Artifacts...; the second novel from Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlistee Isabel Waidner, which I'm hoping is as completely bonkers as Gaudy Bauble; the much anticipated debut collection from Kristen Roupenian, which puts viral sensation 'Cat Person' in its rightful context, as one of a collection of brilliantly creepy modern horror stories; plus, new novels from Elanor Dymott, Tana French and Angie Thomas, and a joyful celebration of the importance of having excellent women in your life from Daisy Buchanan.

Slack-Tide

Elanor Dymott

From the publisher:

Slack-Tide takes us on an urgent journey and kept me reading late into the night.’ Esther Freud’By midsummer the thing between us was finished, and it was as if a storm ...

The Wych Elm

Tana French

From the publisher:

‘AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE’ John Boyne ‘THE NEW TARTT...every bit as good as The Secret History’ The Times From one of the greatest writers of the century comes a ...

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian

Lauren Oyler writes:

Is sex interesting? Is that a stupid question? It’s certainly reliably attention-grabbing when it comes up in your first sentence. While good sex, like good fortune, is ...

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

From the publisher:

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author New York Times #1 bestselling author The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip ...