Books for November 2018

A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction and children’s books are all included.

Fiction

Tentacle
Tentacle
  • Fox 8 by George Saunders (9781984818027)
    This sounds like a really whimsical read but from such a good writer this should be a great read.

  • China Dream by Ma Jian (9781784742492)
    A dive into the psychological make-up of a Chinese leader as it disintegrates due to his violent past, I’ve always been fascinated by the ramifications of the Cultural Revolution.

  • Tentacle by Rita Indiana (9781911508342)
    There is something about the description of this book that reminds me of the work of Jeff Noon, it sounds chaotic and subversive, but in a good way.

  • The Drop by Mick Herron (9781473678309)
    I’ve loved the other books in this series and I’m really looking forward to the further adventures of the spies from Slough House.

  • The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards Jones (9781788544023)
    Another historical book with magic thrown into it, I’ve really been enjoying this theme lately.

  • Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaranovitch (9781473207813)
    Ben Aaranovitch…

Non-Fiction

A Chronology of Photography
A Chronology of Photography
  • A Chronology of Photography: A Cultural Timeline from Camera Obscura to Instagram by Paul Lowe (9780500545034)
    This book has two things in it I love; timelines and photography, putting the two together will be interesting.

  • Close Ups (1): Wes Anderson by Sophine Monks Kaufman & Little White Lies (9780008256586)
    Snippets-style books about films and their makers, can’t really go wrong here for me

  • Nightingales & Roses by Maryam Sinalee (9781786692207)
    I’m loving all the Persian cook books that have been coming out lately and this looks like a great addition to them.

  • The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages by Francois-Xavier Fauvelle (9780691181264)
    Looking at cultures that have been swept aside and ignored by a western mainstream culture is always fascinating.

  • Exposure by Olivia Sudjic (9781999922337)
    A look at the toxicity that women endure to practice their art.

  • The Brief Life of Flowers by Fiona Stafford (9781473686359)
    This exploration of British flowers sounds charming.

  • The Cat in the Treble Clef by Louis de Bernieres (9781787300187)
    I love Louis de Bernieres poetry and this will be grabbed to add to my collection as soon as possible.

Children’s

Ronja
Ronja
  • Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (9781510104440)
    Loved the first in this series and really looking forward to see what Morrigan gets up to

  • Explorers on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell and Tomislav Tomic (Illus) (9780571332564)
    Another sequel, this time we see what Stella Starflake Pearl does to save her father from a wicked witch.

  • Sunny and the Ghosts by Alison Moore and Ross Collins (Illus) (9781784631260)
    I’m always in need of a good ghostly tale all year round and this should be a good one as I’ve enjoyed Alison Moore’s previous work.

  • Frostfire by Jamie Smith (9781911077879)
    Another book where the cover has made me really desire it.

  • Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus and Helen Oxenbury (Illus) (9781406357943)
    A complete book to one of my favourite book artists? Yes please.

  • Ronja the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren (9780008288341)
    Loved the Ghibli adaptation of this and I’m really looking forward to reading the original story.