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Auster's first novel in seven years is so many things; a coming of age story, a love letter to New York City, an exploration of the momentous upheavals of the 1960s and an experiment in narrative, all the while striving to tell us something of the state of the nation, as it was then and as it is now. Did I mention it's also stonkingly readable? The long and breathless sentences reminded me of A Little Life or The Secret History, and Archie, the hero of his many lives, is an unforgettable character. This will be the literary event of the winter and deservedly so ‑ what better way to spend those long, dark evenings?

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This debut is huge on atmosphere and quietly compelling. It’s a coming of age novel in which Sonny’s dreams and hopes are at odds with what life seems to have  in store for him. He forces a change when he falls for an older woman, but the consequences go far beyond even his imaginings. With his striking, luminous prose, Geary is an author to watch.

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Yaa Gyasi
Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the...
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Absolutely on Music: Conversations...
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Haruki Murakami; Seiji Ozawa; Jay Rubin
 
The author's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every...
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Black and British: An Untold Story
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David Olusoga
 
A Waterstones History Book of the Year In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of...
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The Noise of Time
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Julian Barnes
 
In May 1937, a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to...
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Little Deaths
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Emma Flint
 
It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and...
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Sirens
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Joseph Knox
 
The runaway daughter of a dirty politician. The unsolved disappearance of a young mother. The crime lord who knows the city's secrets. The disgraced detective on the edge of it...
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Montpelier Parade
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Karl Geary
 
The house is on Montpelier Parade: just across town, but it might as well be a different world. Working on the garden with his father one Saturday, Sonny is full...
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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to ...
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Marie Kondo
 
A line illustrated, room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home, from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms as well as a wide range of items in different...
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Paul Auster
 
On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is...
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The Essex Serpent
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Sarah Perry
 
THE WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 #1 BESTSELLING FICTION HARDBACK CHRISTMAS 2016 SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 COSTA NOVEL AWARD OVER 100,000 HARDBACKS SOLD London...
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The Vegetarian: A Novel
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Han Kang; Deborah Smith
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable...
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A Little Life
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Hanya Yanagihara
 
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and for the National Book Award 2015 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of...
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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
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Natasha Pulley
 
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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Yuval Noah Harari
 
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? This...
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Grief is the Thing with Feathers
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Max Porter
 
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The Essex Serpent
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