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WINTER

£16.99

Available in Hardback

Published 2nd November 2017

Hamish Hamilton

In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith’s shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter. It’s the season that teaches us survival. Here comes Winter.

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

£8.99

Available in Paperback

Published 2nd November 2017

Cornerstone

On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard.

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Recommended by Gary

£18.99

Available in Hardback

Published 9th March 2017

Bloomsbury

Don’t be put off by the “experimental” label that hangs around George Saunders like a bad smell : his Booker winning debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo is pure storytelling genius. If there was a prize for the fewest amount of words that can conjure up in the reader’s mind the whole beauty and splendor of the human condition then here surely is the winner. Comic, sad, curious, mad, playful, bawdy, ingenious, this is the perfect symphony, the best firework display, the ultimate banquet. Have I convinced you yet?!!

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First Person

Recommended by Gary

£18.99

Available in Hardback

Published 2nd November 2017

Chatto & Windus

Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker with the incredible The Narrow Road to the Deep North memorable for the devastating sections set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and its explosive finale  in the forest fire to end all forest fires. So a hard act to follow! I’ve come to the conclusion that with some writers I would be happy with them writing down random words in any old order : just to be inside their heads seeing the world through their eyes is enough. First Person isn’t going to win the Booker but it’s still a brilliant read.