Ready to wrap up in warm blankets and read some books? Us, too! Waterstones’ Events Coordinator (and all-round bookworm) Amy Crawford offers her top recommendations for reading this November
- The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson
Out on shelves 5 November, Nicola Upson gives us the perfect historical crime novel. Set in Cornwall, Christmas 1938, two strange and brutal deaths interrupt the festivities. This is the 9th book in the Josephine Tey mystery series, but you don’t need to start from the first book before diving in. With the charged atmosphere of a relentless blizzard and the much-loved conventions of the Golden Age locked-room mystery, The Dead of Winter is my top pick for this November.
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Remember when the President of the US was articulate? A Promised Land brings all the dignity, gravitas and eloquence that we remember from Obama’s terms in the White House. This deeply personal account of history captures his conviction that democracy is something built. It is the first part of his two-volume memoir. Out on 17 November, you can still pre-order your copy for £10 off through waterstones.com.
- The Betrayals by Bridget Collins
Following the success of her beautifully written The Binding, Bridget Collins’ The Betrayals is a compelling, intricate and formidably crafted novel that contains the best of intrigue and atmosphere. Set in the mountains at an exclusive institution, the best and brightest study a mysterious game. But times are changing, and traditions being overturned – the truth will come out… This book is sure to keep you enthralled as the days grow shorter.
- Passing by Nella Larsen
Recently added to the beautiful Penguin English Library editions, Passing (1929) is set in Harlem, NYC in the 1920s and focuses on the relationship of friends Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield. This novella explores themes of racism and friendship. A fantastic read for anyone who loved The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.
- 100 Great Black Britons by Patrick Vernon and Angelina Osborne
A pivotal investigation into the role Black Britons have played in the island’s history over the past thousand years, that brings many unjustly neglected figures vividly to life. In the wake of the 2018 Windrush scandal, and against the backdrop of Brexit, the rise of right-wing populism and the continuing inequality faced by black communities across the UK, the relevance of this book need is greater than ever.
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