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Editors choice

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by Tana French

Tana French has been one of my favourites ever since In the Woods, which I remember picking up in proof form back when I worked in The Bookseller's Endeavour House office. This is a standalone, following the investigations of a Chicago police officer who arrives in a small Irish village and is asked for help by a neglected boy whose brother has gone missing. Viking says the paperback will have a "huge marketing-focused campaign, broadening out readership to commercial readers"; the hardback has shipped 10,000 copies to date. "It is a work of great strength and beauty," said the Mail.

Penguin Books Ltd, £8.99, 14th October 2021, 9780241990100
Editors choice

Before My Actual Heart Breaks

by Tish Delaney

Mary grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, with a cruel bully of a mother and a father who overlooked her suffering. Five children and 25 years later, will she find the life she's always hoped for? "Exquisite," said Red. This is a warm-hearted, funny heartbreaker of a novel, which didn't get the attention it deserved because of the pandemic. Windmill has a fresh look for the paperback and is pitching it at fans of "Derry Girls", Shuggie Bain and Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen. Roddy Doyle called this debut "fresh, entertaining, funny and moving".

Windmill Books, £8.99, 28th October 2021, 9781786090980
Ones to watch

Two Besides: A Pair of Talking Heads

by Alan Bennett

Two brand new monologues in Bennett's landmark Talking Heads series, and a new mini-monologue, "Muriel", written in 2021 and performed for Nottingham Playhouse by Frances de la Tour, are featured here. The original Talking Heads, which was published 30 years ago, sold around 50,000 copies, says Profile. "A fully peopled, entirely credible, heartbreaking world. Technically, each one a masterclass in writing," said the Guardian. This features a preface by director and producer Nicholas Hytner, and introductions to each monologue from Bennett.

Faber & Faber, £7.99, 7th October 2021, 9780571365869


by Bryan Washington

The winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 tells of two young men, Benson and Mike, falling in and out of love. "A tender, wistful, often profound story about a deteriorating romance between two twentysomething men... Lo-fi and intimate," said the Sunday Times.

Atlantic Books, £8.99, 7th October 2021, 9781838950101

There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job

by Kikuko Tsumura

A woman walks into an employment agency looking for a job that requires no thinking, but as she moves from role to role, it becomes apparent she is looking for something more meaningful. Bloomsbury says this is Convenience Store Woman meets My Year of Rest and Relaxation. The Observer called it "surreal and unsettling".

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 14th October 2021, 9781526622259

Antigone and other Tragedies: Antigone, Deianeira, Electra

by Sophocles

An introduction to Sophocles, this translation focuses on the performance and dramatic vigour of the plays.

Oxford University Press, £4.99, 1st January 1970, 9780192806864

The Strays of Paris

by Jane Smiley

A racehorse, Paras, escapes and ends up in Paris, where she meets a small boy and friendship blooms. "Sunshine in book form," said the Mail.

Picador, £9.99, 14th October 2021, 9781529052992

For Now

by Eileen Myles

The poet and writer pens the third in Yale's Why I Write series, following Patti Smith and Karl Ove Knausgaard.

Yale University Press, £7.95, 26th October 2021, 9780300261417

His Only Wife: A Reese's Book Club Pick - 'A Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa, with a healthy splash of feminism'

by Peace Adzo Medie

An Observer book of the year, this follows Afi, a young seamstress in Ghana who is convinced to marry a man she doesn't know. "This fierce young woman's struggle for independence in a city that is way out of step with the time-honoured traditions of the rural village in which she grew up is vivid, witty and utterly absorbing," said the Mail.

Oneworld Publications, £8.99, 7th October 2021, 9780861541454

Little Gods

by Meng Jin

This opens as a woman gives birth alone on the night of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and goes on to tell the story of Su Lan, a female physicist determined to erase her past. "Jin's richly textured, unsparing writing questions whether a self can exist unmarked by the past," said the New Yorker.

ONE, £8.99, 7th October 2021, 9781911590453
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