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The book world is abuzz today with the announcement of the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Formerly the Baileys Women’s Prize, the award – which last year catapulted Naomi Alderman’s The Power to global success - celebrates the best new novels by women. This year’s six-strong selection brims with new talent, with no fewer than three exciting debuts making the cut.

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The Fire Court

The Fire Court by ANDREW TAYLOR 

Restoration London breathes from the pages of this pitch-perfect sequel to the bestselling Waterstones Thriller of the Month, The Ashes of London. Personal grudges and factional enmity intertwine in a nimbly executed mystery from which few will emerge unscathed. 

The Lido

The Lido by LIBBY PAGE

Listed amongst 2018’s most anticipated debuts, an uplifting novel of community and comradeship as refreshing as an outdoor dip.

Dear Mrs Bird

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ PEARCE

A richly funny, unexpectedly moving tale of stiff-upper-lips and wartime correspondence, hailed as ‘madly winning’ by the Guardian. 



From bricks and mortar to bodies and minds, Lionel Shriver explores ideas of ownership in her riveting debut story collection.


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 You Are Awesome

You Are Awesome by MATTHEW SYED 

The two-time Olympian and bestselling author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking turns his expertise to inspiring the next generation with the confidence to really achieve their potential. Full of hands-on techniques and step-by-step guidance it’s a powerful, positive tool to help children find their self-belief.


The Inflamed Mind

The Inflamed Mind by EDWARD BULLMORE

University of Cambridge Professor Edward Bullmore delivers a radical new assessment of the links between depression and immunity.

Dear Madam President

Dear Madam President by JENNIFER PALMIERI

From boardroom to ballot box, an inspirational blueprint for the female leaders of the future from a former White House director.

All That Remains

All That Remains by SUE BLACK

A fascinating exploration of the lessons the dead can teach us, penned by a leading professor of anatomy and forensic anthropology.


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Paper Ghosts


Join a dark drive down memory lane; an unerringly taut thriller from the author of Black Eyed Susans.

King of Ashes

King of Ashes by RAYMOND E. FEIST

A lost child and a kingdom on the brink of war launch a brand new series from the king of epic fantasy.

Never Greener 

Never Greener by RUTH JONES

The past comes calling in this astute debut novel from the co-creator of the BAFTA-winning series Gavin & Stacey.


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I Still Dream

I Still Dream by JAMES SMYTHE

‘With more than a nod to the dangers of Skynet and The Matrix, this book will keep you guessing to the end.’

Ben at Norwich

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by SARAH WILSON

‘I was blown away by this read's wicked sense of humour and frank honesty, covering varying aspects of mental health.’

Lia at Plymouth

The Hunger

The Hunger by ALMA KATSU

‘I was completely drawn in by the characters and the deliciously creeping sense of danger.’

Sian at Kings Lynn


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