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.

Guestbook: Ghost Stories

Leanne Shapton

From the publisher:

‘Shapton has created a mystical territory – a performance, an exhibition, a guestbook – in which I felt the ghost within myself; the thing that will outlive me. A ...


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:

‘One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt’s The Secret History’ THE TIMES ‘An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully written mystery’ ...

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:

No. 1 New York Times bestseller “[An] exuberant, exquisitely intimate novel.” The New York Times “Passionate and powerful.” Metro “Pure magic.” The Observer ...