December 2020: Fiction Previews

Welcome to December 2020, the close of a year most will surely be glad to see the back of. It is traditionally the quietest month in the publishing calendar as booksellers concentrate on books published in previous months, with an eye on Christmas sales.

So what have been my books of the year, highly recommended for an extra push in time for Christmas? Obviously, the pandemic played merry havoc with publication dates, so many of these did not arrive in their original planned month of publi- cation. But all are out now, or will be soon.

It was particularly tough year for début authors. El...

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