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:

‘An absolute masterpiece’ John Boyne ‘One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt’s The Secret History . . . impossible to put down’ The ...

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 ...