Winter has officially arrived and the dark, cold evenings are the perfect excuse to stay in and curl up with a great book. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest books in November to go straight to the top of your reading pile.
The much-anticipated new novel from About a Boy author, Nick Hornby is finally here. Five years since Hornby published his last book, he returns with Funny Girl – a highly entertaining novel set in the 1960s. It follows Sophie Straw, a new name on the entertainment scene, striking all the right notes with her loveable comedy routine. However, outward appearances can be deceptive and unbeknown to the viewing public, the cast and crew behind-the-scenes struggle with secrets and life-changing decisions. According to Lucy Atkins in the Sunday Times, “Hornby’s stylistic simplicity, easy wit and essentially benign world view make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.” Funny Girl explores the 60s with wonderful and touching detail on the pleasures and plights of fame and age in the entertainment industry.
A sell-out show, a Mercury Prize nomination and a Ted Hughes award; at just 28, Kate Tempest is doing pretty well, thank you very much. And the performance poet’s first full-length collection – Hold Your Own – is every bit as powerful as her performances on stage. Based on the Greek mythical figure of Tiresias, Tempest’s mesmerising words touch on everything from sex, love, and friendship to wealth and alienation. Hold Your Own is brave, ambitious and a bit of a game-changer – prepare to rethink everything you thought you knew about poetry.
The bestselling author of You Had Me at Hello and Here’s Looking at You returns with another hilarious, heart-warming read. At the centre of It’s Not Me, It’s You is Delia Moss whose confidence and self-belief has slowly been chipped away over the years without her realising. Delia became content with what she had and thought she was comfortable with that but following the discovery that her boyfriend of ten years has been cheating on her, it flicks an emotional switch. Delia begins to question what has become of her life and most importantly, her. Mhairi’s true wit shines through It’s Not Me, It’s You and you’ll find yourself laughing, gasping and crying at Delia’s attempts to find out where her old self went.
The queen of gritty, emotional and thought-provoking books returns with another dramatic read, Leaving Time. Jenna Metcalf was left by her mother in tragic and mysterious circumstances. She has spent ten years trying to discover the truth of her disappearance. Now, with the aid of a private detective and psychic, Jenna is the closest she has ever come to finding out what really happened and finally finding peace. Leaving Time is a powerful, compulsive story of a young girl’s determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.
Marian Keyes is the perfect pick-me-up read, and her informal and engaging style makes you feel as though you are part of her lovable and hilarious gang. The Woman Who Stole My Life is an effortless page-turner about one ill-advised act of goodwill. One moment in Stella Sweeney’s life turns everything she ever knew upside down. Her ordinary life becomes one destined for super stardom but it could cost her everything she loves.