Books of the Month: November 2020

Books of the Month: November 2020

Every month, The Bookseller's expert previewers highlight a selection of the new fiction, non-fiction, children's and paperback titles coming out. Here, we share their top picks for November's new releases.

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    Fiction Book of the Month

    The Searcher by Tana French
    Publisher: Viking
    RRP: £14.99
    Publication date: November 5th 2020
    ISBN:  9780241459409

    Books editor Alice O'Keeffe selected Tana French's The Searcher as her November Book of the Month. The novel marks French's second standalone title with Viking, described as O'Keeffe as "a mystery infused with the spirit of a Western." 

    The Searcher tells of 48-year-old Cal Hooper, a Chicago police officer who has taken early retirement and moved to the rural west of Ireland with the intention of doing up the crumbling house he has bought. He is befriended by Trey, a 13-year-old who eventually reveals that his beloved 19-year-old brother Brendan has been missing for months and nobody seems bothered. Cal is drawn into to the unresolved case. 

    O'Keeffe says: "A taut, gripping mystery about an outsider in search of the truth in a rural community where secrets lie deep." 

    Read O'Keeffe's full interview with French here

    Subscribers can read the full November 2020 Fiction Previews here.

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    Non-Fiction Book of the Month

    Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    RRP: £20
    Publication date: November 5th 2020
    ISBN: 9780571360185

    Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett's Gender Swapped Fairy Tales was Caroline Sanderson's Book of the Month. The duo have taken Andrew Lang's original versions of 12 fairytales and switched all the genders, via computer algorithm. Sanderson described the book as "a blazingly simple idea with a profound impact: these are traditional fairytales but not as you know them." 

    Fransman says in the Authors' Note: "...the division of 'feminine' and 'masculine' is still prominent in most people's minds and also in language. By swapping these two dominant gender constructs, we want to disrupt this binary and ask people to question what assumptions we make about gender in society".

    Sanderson added: "Vibrantly and arrestingly illustrated by Fransman, it will make a tremendous gift for all ages, for both genders and for those who identify beyond the binary."

    Read Sanderson's full interview with Fransman and Plackett here.

    Subscribers can read the full November 2020 Non-Fiction Previews here.

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    Children's Book of the Month

    The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls
    Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
    RRP: £12.99
    Publication date: November 5th 2020
    ISBN: 9781783449903

    "A gorgeous winter romance to curl up with, peppered with meticulously researched historical detail and underpinned with a poignant social history about the impact of war on families, lives and futures, and consequences felt far past the battlefield" said Fiona Noble of her November Book of the Month. 

    Sally Nicholls' The Silent Stars Go By is set in Chrismas 1919. When Margot's fiance Harry was reported missing in action on the Western Front, she was left with a devastating secret. Now Margot's family gathers for the first time since the end of the war and Harry has miraculously returned to the village, hoping to rekindle their relationship. Can she tell him the shocking truth?

    Subscribers can read the full November 2020 Children's Previews here.

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    Paperback Book of the Month

    Tender is the Flesh by Sarah Moses
    Publisher: Pushkin Press
    RRP: £8.99
    Publication date: November 5th 2020
    ISBN: 9781782276203

    Alison Flood chose Sarah Moses' Tender is the Flesh as her Book of the Month. The novel is set in a world where the animals have been infected with a virus which makes their meat lethal to humans. As a result, cannibalism has become normalised. 

    Flood described the book as "sometimes almost impossible to read" adding "I certainly couldn't put it down, or stop thinking about it, even as my skin crawled and my bile rose."

    The title won Bazterrica the Premio Clarn Novela, Argentina's most prestigious literary prize when it was published in hardback. 

    Subscribers can read the full November 2020 Paberback Previews here.