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

The book I’m most looking forward to in the early months of 2019 isn’t published until March – Lanny from Max Porter, whose Grief Is the Thing with Feathers was a Bookshop favourite as well as carting off a truckload of prizes. In the meantime: dark cold nights demand good enveloping yarns. Happily for us, there are a couple of excellent examples lined up for the first months of 2019: Diane Setterfield’s third novel Once Upon a River and a debut from Bridget Collins, The Binding. Or if you prefer to escape into something warmer, Chloe Aridjis’s new novel takes us to Mexico in the late 80s (she’ll be visiting the shop in February to discuss Sea Monsters with Juliet Jacques). Also: comic essays from Samantha Irby and a new work of nature-writing-cum-memoir from poet William Henry Searle.

Lanny

Max Porter

From the publisher:

Everyday lives conjure a tapestry of fabulism and domesticity. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago.

Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield

From the publisher:

A SPELLBINDING, MULTI-LAYERED MYSTERY SET IN THE 19TH CENTURY AROUND THE THAMES, BY THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIRTEENTH TALE.

The Binding

Bridget Collins

From the publisher:

‘I wish I had written it’ Erin Kelly Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget ...

Sea Monsters

Chloe Aridjis

From the publisher:

He seems to represent everything her life is lacking – recklessness, impulse, independence – and may also help her fulfil an unusual obsession: to track down a troupe of ...