11 November 2018 UK Books

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November 2018 : New Titles

A personal selection from a plethora of titles …



The Waiter

The Waiter

by Matias Faldbakken

In an expensive restaurant in Oslo, a highly-strung waiter tends to the desires of his customers and observes their dramas play out in this Norwegian bestseller which has sold in 15 territories to date.

Doubleday, £12.99, 29th October 2018, 9780857525857

Farewell, My Orange

Farewell, My Orange

by Iwaki Kei

Two immigrants to Australia, one from Nigeria and one from Japan, strike up a friendship at an ESL English as a second language class that will support them through cultural isolation and devastating personal loss.

Europa Editions, £9.99, 13th November 2018, 9781609454784

Hazards of Time Travel

Hazards of Time Travel

by Joyce Carol Oates

In a future dystopian society a reckless girl is punished by being sent back in time to a Midwestern town that existed 80 years before. Set on a course of “rehabilitation”, she instead falls in love with a fellow exile….

Fourth Estate Ltd, £16.99, 16th November 2018, 9780008295448



Tattoos: An Illustrated History

by Tina Brown

Lavishly illustrated history of tattoos and their evolution, which draws on interviews with respected tattoo artists around the world.

Amberley Publishing, £14.99, 15th November 2018, 9781445680170

The Real Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

by Nadia Cohen

Cohen, who has written biographies of A A Milne and Enid Blyton, explores the life of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, revealing some of the little-known events which shaped his life and work, and challenging popular assumptions….

Pen & Sword History, £19.99, 30th November 2018, 9781526722072

Bubbles: A Ladybird Expert Book (The Ladybird Expert Series)

Bubbles: A Ladybird Expert Book

by Helen Czerski

“Clear, surprising and entertaining” introduction to bubbles, including the role they play in regulating the Earth’s temperature. Engineers are also manipulating bubble technology to make ships faster….

Michael Joseph Ltd, £7.99, 15th October 2018, 9780718188290

Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages


by Gaston Dorren

The author of the illuminating Lingo returns with an absorbing language-lover’s tour of the 20 most spoken languages in the world, including explanations of why Russian has no word for blue, how Tamil pronouns keep humans and deities apart, and why Arabic is possibly the hardest global language to learn….

Profile Books Ltd, £14.99, 1st November 2018, 9781781256404

Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey (TED 2)

Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

by A. J. Jacobs

The author of The Year of Living Biblically takes one of his greatest pleasures-his morning cup of coffee-and embarks on a journey to thank every person involved in making it, from the barista to the coffee farmer, and all those in between. It turns out to be an extraordinary number of people, including artists, chemists, presidents, minders, smugglers and goatherds.

Simon & Schuster Ltd, £8.99, 13th November 2018, 9781471156052

The King's War

The King’s War

by Mark Logue

This follow-up to The King’s Speech, which was published alongside the Oscar-winning film, revisits the relationship between King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue, which continued through the dark days of Dunkirk and the drama of D-Day, to eventual victory in 1945 and beyond. Mark Logue is Lionel’s grandson….

Quercus Publishing, £20.00, 1st November 2018, 9781784295714



by Michelle Obama

Obviously, this isn’t just a One to Watch but also a sure-fire Top Seller. The former US First Lady is “wholeheartedly committed” to this memoir, a “deeply personal reckoning” and “a work of deep reflection and mesmerising storytelling”. In it, she chronicles the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, to her years spent balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her eight years at the world’s most famous address. This woman, whom we already know to have immense style and substance, also reveals what’s next for her….

Viking, £25.00, 13th November 2018, 9780241334140

Plato's Alarm Clock: And Other Amazing Ancient Inventions

Plato’s Alarm Clock: And Other Amazing Ancient Inventions

by James M. Russell

The history of some of mankind’s most remarkable inventions, from Etruscan false teeth and early Chinese mechanical clocks, to Indian plastic surgery practised in the first century BC-and Damascus steel which we no longer know how to make….

Michael O’Mara Books Ltd, £9.99, 1st November 2018, 9781782439349

Paperbacks : Fiction

Nothing of interest this month …

Paperbacks : Non-fiction

Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

by Jeremy Dauber 

An account of Jewish humour and its role in Jewish history.

WW Norton & Co, £11.99, 23rd October 2018, 9780393356298

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

by Paul Kenyon

An account of what happened to many African countries after independence, subtitled “The Men Who Stole Africa”. “It is [the] minute observations that make Mr Kenyon’s book so hard to put down,” said the Economist….

Head of Zeus, £10.00, 1st November 2018, 9781784972141

Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations

Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations

by Arnold van de Laar

Twenty-eight operations, from Louis XIV to JFK, reveal the history of surgery. “This is history with a surgeon’s touch: deft, incisive and sometimes excruciatingly bloody,” said the Sunday Times….

John Murray Publishers Ltd, £9.99, 30th October 2018, 9781473633681