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The bestselling novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman has won this year's Books Are My Bag Readers' Choice Award it was...

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November's New Books

November 2018

Queen Victoria was very influential when it came to finding prospective suitors for her children and grandchildren. Some may call it shrewd, some may call it meddling but the idea was to create a more unified and peaceful Europe. How Queen Victoria aimed to achieve this and the outcomes are investigated in Deborah Cadbury’s book Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking (12672).

John Grisham is a bestselling crime and thriller author and has written over thirty books for adults and six books for young adults in his series featuring young lawyer Theodore Boone. Grisham draws on his Law School qualification and his experience in running a law firm as inspiration for his court room based, fictional dramas. The Whistler (12861) is a stand-alone novel and follows Lacy Stoltz as she investigates judicial misconduct among Florida’s judges. If you like Lee Child, James Patterson and Michael Connelly you are sure to enjoy John Grisham’s novels.

Colditz Castle in the town of Colditz is a renaissance castle made famous as the supposedly impenetrable fortress used to house allied prisoners of war who had attempted escape at other containment camps. But even here many dared escape and some were successful such as Major P R Reid, who details his experience in The Colditz Story (12812). Any children or parents of children growing up in the 70’s and 80’s may remember happy hours playing the board game “Escape from Colditz” of which Major Reid was a co-creator of.

Normal People (12942) by Sally Rooney is the author’s second novel and was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize It follows two characters who were born in the same rural town in Ireland but come from very different backgrounds. They both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin and start a connection that continues into their futures.

Roger Moore’s memoir A Bientot (12833) was given to his publishers shortly before he died which makes it all the more poignant. This is a charming and humourous portrait of the man told through his reminiscences and with his natural storytelling ability this is a book that will have a wide appeal.

We mostly associate actor and author Michael Palin with tales of his travelling adventures but he has recently turned his hand to exploring something very different by writing about the fate of Erebus: The Story of a Ship (12897). HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships but in 1848 it disappeared without trace only to be found once again in 2014. Appearing on BBC Radio 4 as their “Book of the Week” this is a tale which is sure to satisfy anyone who would like to hear the conclusion of real life nautical mystery.

Sophie Kinsella is a master in fictional tales featuring the modern woman as she navigates all the misadventures the world can throw at her in a light hearted and often humourous read. Kinsella is the creator of the bestselling Shopaholic series of books but has written many stand-alone novels and Wedding Night (12905) is one of these. Readers of Veronica Henry, Fern Britton, Jenny Colgan or Trisha Ashley may well enjoy these novels which are great for an entertaining read.

If you have not come across Ben Aaronovitch’s novels featuring PC Peter Grant then I urge you to stop what you’re doing and give them a try. The Hanging Tree (12786) is the seventh in the series featuring PC Grant who on his rounds as a Metropolitan Police Officer finds himself unwittingly taking a statement from a dead person. This catapults him to the attention of Inspector Nightingale and heralds the beginning of a slightly different slant to his police work as he is tasked with keeping in line the vampires, ghosts and otherworldly residents of London. If you think fantasy novels are not for you then let Ben Aaronovitch try and change your mind.

The Century Girls (12947) by Tessa Dunlop celebrates the lives of six women in their ninth or tenth decade who were born in or around 1918 and so have experienced the one hundred years since women were given the vote. According to Reader’s Digest the resulting book is “a wonderful blend of British history with individual stories…an often startling reminder of how much things have changed”.

Barbara Erskine uses her historian training along with her interest in the supernatural to create fictional stories which are both magical and compelling as demonstrated in her book Time’s Legacy (12778). The events rotate between present day Cambridge and Glastonbury in Roman times and features accusations of witchcraft and the unearthing of mysteries long concealed by the church. This Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller is the perfect book for an autumn day.

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