Looking for a gritty crime thriller or a lovely children’s book? With this week’s release…


1. Irvine Welsh’s The Long Knives is published in hardcover by Jonathan Cape. On sale August 25th

There’s “Murder” and Detective Ray Lennox is working on the case again. In the second installment of Irvine Welsh’s Crime trilogy (now a TV series starring Dougray Scott), MP is castrated and left bleeding in Reese’s warehouse. The various elements of his chaotic world play out at a dizzying pace as Lennox hops from Edinburgh to London to London. He turns to drinking and drugs to deal with his own problems, and ponders gender identity issues near the case and home. As the casualties pile up, the bigger problem becomes: Who’s the real victim here? The dialogue is fun, but not for the faint of heart. Sharp, fearless, passionate and brilliant.
(reviewed by Emily Pennink)

2. Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid is published in hardcover by Hutchinson Heinemann. On sale August 30th

Taylor Jenkins-Reed’s novels have traditionally followed fictional rock stars and Hollywood royalty, but her latest work veers away from showbiz into the surprisingly grim world of tennis. Carey Her Soto, a 37-year-old retired champion, has decided to return to the sport to regain her winning record from British player Nicky Chan. Not all women are worried about winning a Grand Slam, but as the world expects women to have a quiet, nice smile, many are getting older, wanting everything, and being fiercely competitive. For these reasons, we find ourselves rooting for the star despite his unwillingness to love himself to others. Jenkins Reid has written another page turner of his that will keep you hooked from first serve to match point.
(Reviewed by Eleanor Barlow)

3. Emma Donoghue’s Haven is published in hardcover by Picador.available now

Emma Donoghue’s literary repertoire seems limitless. Her latest novel follows her three monks as they set about founding a new monastery in 7th-century Ireland. After Prior Art had a dream that she was leaving a sinful world behind, she sailed down the River Shannon with only a small boat and two companions. Believing that isolation will bring them closer to God, three monks struggle to build a new life on the boulders of the Atlantic Ocean. Waiting for God to give, faith and obedience begin to fight for survival. Donoghue’s bewildering prose thickens the intensity of a slow-burn novel that boils with passion, dedication, and self-preservation.
(Reviewed by Rebecca Wilcock)


4. Elaine Castillo’s How To Read Now is published by Atlantic Books.available now

This is a direct collection of essays set to highlight inherited truths and assumptions as writers, directors and philosophers attempt to tell their stories. How To Read Now explores Costello as an elitist, colonialist, and cisgender privilege in a wide range of classical and popular literature and films, including books by Henry James, Joan Didion, and J.K. Rowling. Bravely expose what you identify. Well-written and hotly debated, you might think this book is both thought-provoking and problematic, sitting somewhere between educated literary criticism and bitter rant. Costello’s writings are cheeky and sometimes arrogant, but they succeed, at least to some extent, in making you question the motivations behind your reading choices and your publishing in general. If you can put up with, you will undoubtedly come to understand your own inherited truths more honestly with a more critical eye.
(Reviewed by Scarlett Sangster)

Children’s book of the week

5. Anna McGregor’s A Pair Of Pears And An Orange is published in hardcover by Scribe.available now


Pears and mandarin oranges with cute illustrations that can be enjoyed by parents and children. After all, who wouldn’t want to ride a bike or play ping-pong and see fruit come to life? Big Pear and Little Pear always play together, but their game changes when they are joined by a new friend, Orange, and Big Pear begins to feel left out. This is a story of making new friends, opening up to new experiences, and overcoming jealousy. It certainly helps the illustrations to be sweet, and there’s a message for all kids in there.
(Reviewed by Prudence Wade)

Book chart for the week ending August 20

hardcover (fiction)
1. Kevin Bridges’ Black Dog
2. Genesis by Chris Carter
3. The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean
4. Girlcrush by Florence Given
5. Knife Twist by Anthony Horowitz
6. Chemistry Lessons with Bonnie Garmuth
7. Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson
8. Jess Kidd’s Ship of the Night
9. Murder Before Even Song by Reverend Richard Coles
10. Isaac and the Egg Bobby Palmer
(Edited by Waterstones)

hardcover (non-fiction)
1. Plant-Based Delicious Ella How To Go by Ella Mills (Woodward)
2. How to Live When You Die Deborah James
3. Why didn’t anyone tell me this? Dr. Julie Smith
4. Jane’s Patisserie Celebrate! by Jane Dunn
5. Tom Bauer Revenge
6. James Acustor’s Guide to Quitting Social Media By James Acustor
7. Kitchen Sanctuary by Nicky Corbishley
8. Janina Ramirez’s Femina
9. Alan Bennett House Arrest
10. Boy, mole, fox and horse by Charlie McKessie
(Edited by Waterstones)

Audiobooks (fiction and non-fiction)
1. A Guide to Quitting Social Media by James Aster
2. Where Crowdad Sings by Delia Owens
3. Knife Twist by Anthony Horowitz
4. Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
5. Why hasn’t anyone told me this before? Dr. Julie Smith
6. Joe Browning Law’s Terrible Kindness
7. Atomic Habits by James Clear
8. This Is True by Miriam Margolyes
9. Chemistry Lessons by Bonnie Garmuth
10. Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
(audible edit)

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