10 Best New Novels for Your Collection

15 August, 2017

Running out of good reads? Not to worry! We've put together a sparkling selection of brand new novels to escape into for a while. Featuring heart-pounding journeys, unforgettable characters, poignant romances and more, see below for the best new novels for your collection.

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1. Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi are two sisters with very different destinies. One is sold into the slavery; the other becomes a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their separate fates echo through the generations that follow. This novel takes readers on a sweeping journey from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi, from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, across three continents and three generations, in an epic yet intimate novel that tells the very story of America through an incredible cast of characters.

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2. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Arundhati Roy

This richly moving novel takes readers on a thrilling journey across the Indian subcontinent, from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi to the snowy mountains and valleys of Kashmir. The story follows two characters: Anjum, a transgender woman who comes into her own only to find herself struck down by tragedy, and Tilo, an architect who travels to Kashmir to revive her turbulent love affair with Musa, a freedom fighter. Immerse yourself in this poignant and powerful account of people who have been broken by the world and then rescued, healed by hope and love.

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3. Before the Fall

Noah Hawley

After the Batemans' private jet crashes into the ocean, anonymity will no longer be possible for artist Scott Burroughs and the Batemans' small son, JJ, the only survivors. A flurry of speculation follows, which soon peppers the official investigation with false conjectures. Who else was on the plane? Was there a bomb - a missile perhaps? Who is Scott Burroughs? Discover the intricate lives of those who were on board as you read this intense, exhilarating novel, and immerse yourself in a story of love, fame, wealth, art - and power.

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4. Days Without End

Sebastian Barry

Set in the mid- 19th century, this compelling tale follows Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, as they go to fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Both men find their days filled with both hardship and wonder, and when a young Indian girl crosses their path, they both sense the possibility of lasting happiness - as long as they can survive...

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5. Swing Time

Zadie Smith

This enthralling novel will take you from North West London to West Africa. It features two girls who dream of being dancers - but only one has the talent. The other has ideas about rhythm, time, black bodies and black music. The close and complicated friendship between the girls ends in their early 20s, but is never forgotten.

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6. Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

Journey from the Middle East to London and beyond in this extraordinary story of love, hope and war. Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing: fall in love in a world turned upside-down. Civil war has come to the city they call home. Before long, they will have to leave their motherland behind and join the great exodus of people fleeing a crumbling city, looking for their place in a shattered world.

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7. The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

Follow Cora and Caesar, slaves working on a cotton plantation in Georgia, as they embark on a daring escape through the Underground Railroad across America. Whitehead's conception of its physical form sees it as a dilapidated box car pulled along by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar must travel state by state, encountering a new world at every stop, trying to evade the slave-catcher on their heels. This book won the National Book Award 2016 for Fiction.

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8. The Book of Bera

Suzie Wilde

This enthralling Viking adventure follows Bera, a young woman who is struggling to control her invisible twin spirit and develop her inherited gift of Sight. On a dark winter's night, Bera is left to defend her village alone, and loses her childhood friend, Bjorn, to the ensuing battle. Soon after, her father weds her to the chieftain of a rival clan, and Bera realises the unthinkable: his second-in-command is responsible for Bjorn's death. As she learns to be a wife and stepmother in her brutal new clan, Bera resolves to hone her skills, develop her gifts and get revenge. However, her visions of looming disaster grow more and more alarming. Will she choose revenge, or lead her people to safety before it's too late?

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9. The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry

London, 1893. Cora Seaborne's controlling husband has died. Now, she must step into her new life as a widow, filled with as much relief as sadness. Alongside her son, Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves for Essex, hoping that fresh air and open space will provide a welcome refuge. However, on arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to claim lives whilst roaming the marshes, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, cannot help but go and investigate...

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10. Into the Water

Paula Hawkins

This absorbing psychological thriller is guaranteed to grip its readers from first page to last. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up, ignoring her sister's plea for help. Now, Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the place she'd hoped to escape for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid of long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. Most of all, she's afraid of the water - and the place they call the Drowning Pool.

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  • AXDII
    Mohsin Hamid
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    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, Mohsin Hamid's Exit West is a story about two ordinary people - fundamentalist Nadia and Saeed - who attempt to do the extraordinary thing of falling in love in a world turned upside down.

    Although a love story at its heart, this is also book about how we live in modern times and how two humans will negotiate their way through a world in the midst of a crisis. Civil War now engulfs the city Nadia and Saeed call home and they know they will have to leave... but many others have the same idea.

    Will any of them be able to find their place in the world?
  • AWMUP
    Sarah Perry
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    Shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award, Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent is based in London in 1893. Cora Seaborne's controlling husband has died, and it's up to her to step into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness.

    Along with her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

    On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled and goes to investigate...
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    Zadie Smith
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    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, White Teeth author Zadie Smith's Swing Time is an ambitious, extraordinary and beautifully written novel about two brown girls who meet in a dance class in West London.

    Both girls dream of being dancers but only one has the requisite talent. The other is full of ideas about rhythm, time and what it means to belong and to be free. They have a close but complicated childhood friendship that comes to abrupt end in their early 20s. Although it's never revisited, neither girl forgets what it meant...

    This is a story about music and identity, race and class, and about those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .
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    Colson Whitehead
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    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017, Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is an exciting, impeccable and moving read about a slave's desperate bid for freedom.

    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia and also an outcast even among her fellow Africans. She is approaching womanhood and it's clear that even greater pain lies ahead. When Caesar, a slave who has only recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to escape to the north...

    The Underground Railroad is a dilapidated box car being pulled along tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives along the way and Cora and Caesar first stop off in South Carolina. it seems like a haven but then they discover a slave catcher is close on their heels.

    Every stop of the journey finds a different world in this novel that expertly recreates the unique terrors for black people during the pre-Civil War era.
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    Suzie Wilde
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    The Book of Bera is a Viking adventure fantasy novel which follows the saga of Bera, a young Viking woman who is struggling to control her invisible twin spirit and develop her inherited gift of Sight. On a long winter night, Bera is left to defend her stark village alone, and in the ensuing battle, her dear childhood friend, Bjorn, is killed. When soon after her father weds her to the chieftain of a rival clan, Bera realises the unthinkable: his second-in-command is responsible for her friend's death. Though she must now learn how to be a wife and a stepmother to a hostile boy, Bera vows her revenge and sets off on a path to grow in power and hone her skills in the rough, macho clan into which she has been sold. As her gifts continue to grow, her visions of looming disaster become more and more ominous until she has to make the ultimate choice: Will she choose revenge? Or will she succeed in leading her people to safety before it's too late? The Book of Bera is a work of great character, imagination and considerable drive that will take you on an epic journey of duty, vengeance and salvation.
  • AYEJH
    Noah Hawley
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    Sunday Times top thriller read of the year 2016 The rich are different. But fate is blind. Down-on-his-luck artist Scott Burroughs would usually take the ferry back to New York from Martha's Vineyard, but he is unexpectedly offered a spare seat on the Bateman family's private jet. Then just minutes after take-off, the plane crashes into the ocean and of the eight passengers and three crew, only Scott and the Batemans' small son, JJ, are left alive. The extraordinary nature of their survival, combined with the fact that David Bateman was CEO of a populist TV news channel, means that Scott will not be returning to anonymity. Along with the orphaned boy, he is engulfed by a maelstrom of speculation, which soon overtakes the official investigation into the tragedy. Who else was on the plane? Was there a bomb, a missile? Who is Scott Burroughs? As the chapters drive towards their heart-stopping conclusion, weaving with ever-increasing suspense between the shocking aftermath of the crash and the intimate backstory of each of the passengers and crew members, Noah Hawley creates a searching, thrilling novel of love, fame, wealth, art, entertainment and power.
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    Paula Hawkins
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    "Wondering if Into the Water could be as The Girl on the Train? It's better. A triumph." (Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go). The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool...With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now. "Paula Hawkins does it again! Into the Water is a moody and chilling thriller that will have you madly turning the pages. A gripping, compulsive read!". (Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door).
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    Arundhati Roy
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    Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a No.1 bestseller that has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Original, emotional and profound, it is Roy's first novel in 20 years - and it's been well worth the wait.

    The story spools from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi through to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war. It's a place where 'normalcy' is declared on an occasional basis.

    An aching love story about heroes who have been broken by the world they live in and subsequently rescued and mended by love and hope. This is a timely tale from a master storyteller...
  • AWNFE
    Yaa Gyasi
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    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 generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.
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    Sebastian Barry
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    After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Then when a young Indian girl crosses their path, the possibility of lasting happiness seems within reach, if only they can survive.