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.


Max Porter

Daniel Soar writes:

Sometimes you just have to think of England. It may be embarrassing, it may be awful, but it exists. Max Porter’s Lanny – his second novel – is partly about an idea of ...

Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield

From the publisher:

‘A truly extraordinary book’ – Dinah Jefferies’I was completely spellbound’ – Ruth Hogan’Just marvellous’ – Jo Baker’A true storyteller’ – The TimesIt ...

The Binding

Bridget Collins

From the publisher:

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Utterly brilliant’ Joanna Cannon ‘Truly spellbinding’ Guardian ‘Pure magic’ Erin Kelly ‘A real treat’ The ...