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Ones to watch

The Ten Loves of Mr Nishino

by Hiromi Kawakami (Y)

The author of the excellent The Nakano Thrift Shop tells the equally charming story of an elusive ladies' man and the women who have loved him, from a colleague to the girlfriend of a classmate. "Beguiling and beautiful," said the Times. Granta is also reissuing Kawakami's Strange Weather in Tokyo, which it said has sold 40,000 copies in the UK to date, with a lovely new series look this month.

Granta Books, £8.99, 4th June 2020, 9781846277016
Book of the month


by Margaret Atwood

How could it be anything else? The number one smash-hit sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, this sold 179,175 copies in hardback through Nielsen BookScan's TCM in its first four weeks on sale in the UK-which is incredible. I don't feel that any of you need me to tell you what happens in it, because I know you'll all have read it already. Suffice to say that I found it more thriller-ish than The Handmaid's Tale, as Atwood wove her story strands together to, as the Sunday Telegraph put it, pose "the question that lies like a pearl inside the shell of this frighteningly readable novel, 'Before you sit in judgement, how would you behave in Gilead?'" It'll be massive, obviously, and rightly so.

Vintage, £8.99, 30th June 2020, 9781784708214
Editors choice

The Confession

by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist author's latest follows Rose Simmons, whose mother disappeared when she was a baby, as she asks questions of the reclusive novelist who was the last person to see her. "Burton writes perceptively about female identity and creativity... Stunning," said Red. Running to almost 500 pages, I have been engrossed in this over the past few days-it's the perfect escape from our crazy world. Pan Macmillan says that it has now reached 450,000 UK TCM sales of The Miniaturist in paperback, and 200,000 for The Muse. And the cover is also stunning.

Picador, £8.99, 9th June 2020, 9781509886197

The Truants

by Kate Weinberg

Jess is drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule-breakers during her first year at university, where they share secrets, lovers and, finally, tragedy. "It had me gripped," said the Mail.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 25th June 2020, 9781526600134

The Farm

by Joanne Ramos

Businesswoman Mae Yu runs a luxury fertility retreat, where women get the best of everything, provided they dedicate themselves to producing the perfect baby for someone else. "An intelligent, thought-provoking, slyly satirical novel with thrillerish elements," said the Sunday Times.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 11th June 2020, 9781526605238

In Love with George Eliot

by Kathy O'Shaughnessy

A novel about the life of Marian Evans, told as, in another century, two women compete to arrive at an interpretation of Eliot as writer and as woman.

Scribe Publications, £9.99, 11th June 2020, 9781912854752

Inland: The New York Times bestseller from the award-winning author of The Tiger's Wife

by Tea Obreht

The author of The Tiger's Wife tells of Nora, a frontierswoman waiting for the men in her life to return, and Lurie, a former outlaw haunted by ghosts. "Magnificent... brings to mind Gabriel Garca Mrquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude or Toni Morrison's Beloved," said the TLS.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £8.99, 9th June 2020, 9781780221182

The Second Worst Restaurant in France

by Alexander McCall Smith

Paul Stewart, the returning protagonist of My Italian Bulldozer, is back in Scotland and writing The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters. The Paul Stewart series has sold over 25,000 copies, says Birlinn.

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited, £8.99, 4th June 2020, 9781846975479

Delayed Rays of a Star

by Amanda Lee Koe

A look at how the following decades play out for Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl after a photographer captures them in one frame at a party in Berlin in 1928. "A sprawling affair, with three flawed, charismatic heroines for the price of one... Richly three-dimensional," said the Mail on Sunday.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £8.99, 8th June 2020, 9781526609021

The Atlas of Reds and Blues

by Devi Laskar

This opens as the American-born daughter of Bengali immigrant parents lies bleeding on her drive, having been shot by police. "Powerfully written," said Nikesh Shukla in the Guardian.

Fleet, £8.99, 4th June 2020, 9780708899342
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