Booklist

Christmas 2021: Fiction

Selected by the Bookshop


From the publisher:
From one of our greatest living writers comes a sweeping novel of unrequited love and exile, war and family.The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself…

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'Life without her would be death'The lost novel from the author of The Second Sex published in English for the first time.The compulsive story of two friends growing up and falling apart.INTRODUCED BY DEBORAH LEVYWhen Andree joins her…

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Translated by Jennifer CroftIn the mid-eighteenth century, as new ideas begin to sweep the continent, a young Jew of mysterious origins arrives in a village in Poland. Before long, he has changed not only his name but his persona; visited…

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Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2021Sterling is arrested one morning without having done anything wrong. Plunged into a terrifying and nonsensical world, Sterling – with the help of their three best friends – must defy…

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'Finely observed and beautifully written. Amor Towles is that rare combination of writer and storyteller.' JEFFREY ARCHER_________________________Two brothers venture across 1950s America to New York in the absorbing new novel by the…

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THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOSTER, ANTARCTICA AND WALK THE BLUE FIELDS'This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful.' Douglas Stuart (Winner of…

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The new historical novel from the bestselling author of Fates and Furies'Lush, gripping and ferocious, MATRIX is animated with sensual detail on every page' MADELINE MILLER'An audacious piece of storytelling, full of passion, wisdom and…

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*A 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, DAILY MAIL, DAILY TELEGRAPH, IRISH TIMES CULTURE AND NEW STATESMAN*'We read in order to come to life.'With fierce imagination, a woman revisits the moments that shape…

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Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the City for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian's evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a…

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LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021______________________________________________'A literary star' Hadley Freeman, Guardian'An intellectual and emotional rollercoaster' Daily…

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'Diamond-sharp, timely and urgent' Observer, Best Debuts of 2021'Subtle, elegant, scorching... The literary debut of the summer' Vogue'Virtuosic, exquisite, achingly unique' Guardian 'I'm full of the hope, on reading it, that this is the…

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An electrifying story of passion, connection and transformation from 'a writer of show-stopping genius' (Guardian).'Dark and brilliant.' SARAH MOSS'A masterpiece.' DAISY JOHNSON'Extraordinary.' SARAH PERRY'Hall has set a bar . . . Finely…

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Translated by Damion SearlsA powerful exploration of identity and belonging, Where You Come From is the major new novel from internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Sasa StanisicSasa Stanisic's Where You Come From is a novel about…

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In her brilliantly inventive debut collection, Vanessa Onwuemezi takes readers on a surreal and haunting journey through a landscape on the edge of time. At the border with another world, a line of people wait for the gates to open; on the…

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THE BIGGEST MYSTERY CAN BE MURDER TO SOLVE . . . DISCOVER THE YEAR'S MOST ORIGINAL THRILLER'One of the year's most entertaining crime novels' SUNDAY TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH'When did you last read a genuinely original thriller? The…

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Celebrated by Cathy Rentzenbrink, this glorious rediscovered classic exploring the mystery of a buried Cornish hotel is perfect for Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier fans ...…

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'A Shock inhabits the secret life of a city, its hidden energies. It dramatizes how patterns form and then disperse, how stories are made and relationships created . . . remarkable' - Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn 'Political, pertinent,…

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'If we want to understand what has been lost to time, there is no way other than through the exercise of imagination ... imagination applied with delicate rather than broad strokes'. So wrote the award winning Japanese author Kyoko Nakajima…

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