10 October 2018 UK Books

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October 2018 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …




by Angela Chadwick

When Rosie and Jules discover a ground-breaking clinical trial that enables two women to have a female baby, they jump at the chance to make history. But public fears are stoked; what will happen to the number of boy babies born? Is it a conspiracy to eradicate men altogether?

Little, Brown, £14.99, 4th October 2018, 9780349700243


by Barbara Kingsolver


The first novel from the Orange Prize-winning novelist since 2012 is set in Vineland, New Jersey. In 2016, Willa Knox is grappling with a falling-down house, severe lack of funds and two grown-up children who have returned home-and her son is the sole parent of a newborn. Interwoven with her story is that of Thatcher Greenwood, Vineland resident in 1871. A science teacher, his devotion to the work of Charles Darwin makes him a pariah in the town. Through the challenges facing both characters, Kingsolver explores what it is to stand firm when everything around you is falling apart.

Faber & Faber, £20.00, 18th October 2018, 9780571346981

To Kill a Mockingbird: The stunning graphic novel adaptation

by Harper Lee


Graphic novel. Originally published by William Heinemann in 1960, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been translated into more than 40 languages, but this is the first time it has been adapted into a graphic novel. The publisher hopes that it will open up Harper Lee’s classic, set in the Deep South of the 1930s, to a whole new audience-especially younger readers-as well as appealing to existing fans of the novel. Artist Fred Fordham captures Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the town of Maycomb, Alabama. He also illustrated Philip Pullman’s first graphic novel, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship….

William Heinemann Ltd, £16.99, 30th October 2018, 9781785151552

Killing Commendatore

by Haruki Murakami

Nothing to read in time for this preview unfortunately, but I’m told this ambitious new novel from Murakami is on the scale of his bestselling 1Q84 (certainly lengthwise, as it runs to 608pp). While looking after the empty house of a famous artist, a man discovers a carefully wrapped canvas, labelled “Killing Commendatore”, which brings him into contact with a strange parallel universe….

Harvill Secker, £20.00, 9th October 2018, 9781787300194

The House on Vesper Sands

by Paraic O’Donnell

Reading this terrific Victorian-set mystery was the most fun I’ve had in ages. I’m slightly reluctant to attempt a plot synopsis, as it unfolds so thrillingly and cleverly that I don’t want to spoil it for future readers. So I’ll reveal only that it takes place in London over the winter of 1893, and involves a naive student of divinity at Cambridge University, a world-weary police inspector and a restless society columnist, who are all drawn in to the same mystery: the disappearance of young, vulnerable Angie Tatton, who was last seen being watched over by shadowy figures… Do not miss….

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £14.99, 18th October 2018, 9781474600392

After the Peace

by Fay Weldon


Final instalment in the Dilberne sequence (Habits of the House, Long Live the King, The New Countess) following one family through the 20th century.

Head of Zeus, £18.99, 4th October 2018, 9781784082109



Life on Earth

by David Attenborough

Awesomely illustrated, all-new edition of Sir David’s classic natural history book, publishing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its original publication. Based on the latest knowledge on evolution, and with new photography and newly-written text, it accompanies a completely remastered version of the original series, scheduled for broadcast next year….

William Collins, £25.00, 4th October 2018, 9780008294281

Imperial Boredom: Monotony and the British Empire

by Jeffrey A. Auerbach 

Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs and travelogues, this account of life in the British Empire during the 19th century challenges the prevailing view that it was marked by adventures and excitement.

Oxford University Press, £35.00, 1st January 1970, 9780198827375

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life

by Michael Caine

With over 100 films to his credit over six decades, from “Alfie” and “Zulu” to “The Italian Job”, the Hollywood legend and national treasure marks his 85th birthday by sharing the wisdom, stories, insight and skills he has garnered over his remarkable career. His last autobiography (The Elephant to Hollywood) came out in 2010….

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, £20.00, 16th October 2018, 9781473689305

Red & White: An unquenchable thirst for wine

by Oz Clarke

“I started drinking at the age of three.” Little, Brown is comparing this effervescent memoir-cum-wine guide by the renowned wine expert with How to Eat and Toast, and I can see why. Popping the cork on his lifelong love affair with wine-from swigging his mother’s damson wine aged three to quaffing the stuff on BBC’s “Food & Drink” every week-Clarke proves the ideal drinking companion, combining entertaining anecdotes with a tour of the world’s wine regions, and a guide to the wines he loves best today….

Little, Brown, £25.00, 4th October 2018, 9781408710173

Being John Lennon

by Ray Connolly

As a journalist, author Connolly had a close working relationship with Lennon and the entire Beatles coterie, and was the first to learn of their break-up. In this biography, which draws on interviews and conversations with Lennon and those close to him, he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the “perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn’t stop reinventing himself”….

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20.00, 4th October 2018, 9781474606806

The Art of the Tea Towel: 100 of the best designs

by Marnie Fogg


Charming visual history of the humble tea towel, from the 1950s to the present day, featuring the work of such well-known textile designers as Emma Bridgewater, Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely and Angela Harding.

Batsford Ltd, £16.99, 4th October 2018, 9781849945028

Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language

by Paul Anthony Jones

From Brazil Nuts, to Panama Hats, Limericks and the Nottinghamshire hamlet which became Gotham City, the surprising stories behind 80 places that have become words, compiled by the originator of Twitter feed @HaggardHawks, whose fans include J K Rowling and Robert Macfarlane.

Elliott & Thompson Limited, £12.99, 25th October 2018, 9781783964000

Fight to the Finish: The First World War – Month by Month

by Allan Mallinson

Based on Mallinson’s monthly commentaries in the Times throughout the centenary, a new original chronicle of “The War to End All Wars” whose format is billed (probably correctly) as more digestible for readers than day-by-day narratives. Looking at the conflict month-by-month, as Mallinson does, reveals its complexity while preserving the sense of time….

Bantam Press, £25.00, 18th October 2018, 9780593079140

This Book Will Blow Your Mind

by New Scientist

What’s the nature of reality? Does the universe ever end? What is time, and does it even exist? The New Scientist answers these, and many other imagination-stretching, brain-staggering cosmic questions….

John Murray Publishers Ltd, £8.99, 4th October 2018, 9781473628649

Silver Shoals: The Five Fish That Made Britain

by Charles Rangeley-Wilson

The nature writer and passionate conservationist travels across the British Isles tracing the histories, living and past, of our most iconic fish-cod, carp, eels, salmon and herring-and of the fishermen who catch them and care for them.

Chatto & Windus, £18.99, 11th October 2018, 9781784740863

The Double Act: A History of British Comedy Duos

by Andrew Roberts

From music-hall turns such as Flanagan and Allen, to variety acts who managed to make the transformation to TV, such as Morecambe and Wise, to more recent performers such as Armstrong and Miller, and Mitchell and Webb, this is an exploration of the dynamics of the double act.

The History Press Ltd, £20.00, 1st November 2018, 9780750984324

The French Revolution

by Michel Roux, Jr.

The renowned chef, best known for his work at the two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, presents a new collection of French recipes which can be cooked at home, and which have been adapted to be light, healthy and easy-to-make, such as a hollandaise sauce with hardly any butter.

Seven Dials, £25.00, 18th October 2018, 9781409169246

The Finance Curse: How global finance is making us all poorer

by Nicholas Shaxson


The author of Treasure Islands exposes offshore tax havens: the uncontrolled growth of monopolies; the myths around the Celtic Tiger and its low corporate tax rate; the bizarre industry of wealth management; the destructive horrors of private equity; and the sinister Competitiveness Agenda as he shows how global finance is a system that works for the few, and not for the many.

The Bodley Head Ltd, £20.00, 4th October 2018, 9781847925381

Paperbacks : Fiction

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

by Lars Mytting

The author of Norwegian Wood’s 20th-century family epic about Edvard, who grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway and embarks on a quest to discover his family’s secrets….

MacLehose Press, £8.99, 4th October 2018, 9780857056061

Winter: from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author

by Ali Smith

The next novel in Smith’s seasonal cycle-following the Booker-shortlisted Autumn-brings four people, strangers and family, together for Christmas. It has sold over 45,000 copies in first formats, says Penguin, and has a cover equally as gorgeous as Autumn….

Penguin Books Ltd, £8.99, 4th October 2018, 9780241973332

The End of Loneliness: The Dazzling International Bestseller

by Benedict Wells

This story of three siblings, who are sent to a bleak boarding school when their parents die unexpectedly, was called “impossible to look away from” by the Guardian. It has been a bestseller in Germany….

Sceptre, £8.99, 4th October 2018, 9781473654044

Paperbacks : Non-fiction


The Pig War: The Most Perfect War in History

by E C Coleman

A history of the 1859-72 “Pig War”, which broke out when an American living on a disputed small island in the Gulf of Georgia shot a British pig….

The History Press Ltd, £10.99, 1st October 2018, 9780750989183

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House

by Luke Harding

The Guardian journalist reveals Trump’s lengthy relationship with Russia, and how it helped him win the White House….

Guardian Faber Publishing, £8.99, 4th October 2018, 9781783351503

How To Think: A Guide for the Perplexed

by Alan Jacobs

A treatise on how to recover the (apparently) lost art of thinking.

Profile Books Ltd, £7.99, 4th October 2018, 9781781259573


Kind Of Blue: Miles Davis and the Making of a Masterpiece

by Ashley Kahn

How Miles Davis made the masterpiece that was the “Kind of Blue” album. Granta says this has sold more than 20,000 copies in its original edition; this paperback has a foreword by jazz legend Jimmy Cobb and a new afterword by the author….

Granta Books, £9.99, 4th October 2018, 9781783784738

Auntie’s War: The BBC during the Second World War

by Edward Stourton

This story of the BBC during the Second World War was a Radio 4 “Book of the Week”….

Black Swan, £9.99, 18th October 2018, 9781784160791