December Reads

We may be in silly season in the run up to Christmas, but we still have some fantastic new books out in December. If you're looking for a new read, check out my December picks.

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Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home.

Out: 28th December

One Station Away
By Olaf Olafsson

An overlooked pianist who finally receives fraught success after decades of disappointment. An elusive dancer whose untimely death her fiance is desperate to untangle. A mysterious patient who is comatose after a violent accident.

Out: 5th December

An Unremarkable Body
By Elisa Lodato

When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life that consumes her daughter, Laura. The medical examiner's report, in which precious parts of Katharine's body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events; to bear witness to the unbearable blank space between each itemised entry.

Out: 14th December

In a small hillside town, Olli Suominen - publisher and discontented husband - is constantly losing umbrellas. He has also joined a film club. And Greta, an old flame, has added him on Facebook. As his life becomes more and more entangled with Greta's and his wife and son are dragged into the aftermath of this teenage romance, Olli is forced to make a choice.

Out: 7th December

Spy of the First Person
By Sam Shepard

In searing, beautiful prose, Sam Shepard's extraordinary narrative leaps off the page with its immediacy and power. It tells in a brilliant braid of voices the story of an unnamed narrator who traces, before our rapt eyes, his memories of work, adventure, and travel as he undergoes medical tests and treatments for a condition that is rendering him more and more dependent on the loved ones who are caring for him.

Out: 5th December

Sisters
By Lily Tuck

Our unnamed narrator lives her days with the husband she adores, his two children, and the unbanishable image of the woman who married him first. Referring to the first wife only as her, to whom her husband was still married when they met, she lives her married life with constant reminders of this woman, with whom she has a respectful but arms-length relationship. Free of the marriage, has she reclaimed her life as an artist? Will the narrator ever equal her intellectually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? Out: 28th December

A policeman's suicide leads Inspector Celcius Daly across the Irish border and into a labyrinth of lies and corruption. Daly is in Dreesh, a desolate village where law and order have ground to a halt, and whose residents, ruined by a chain of bankruptcies, have fallen under the spell of a malevolent crime boss with powerful political connections to the IRA.

Out: 14th December

1592. Sir Robert Carey abandoned the ambition and treachery of Queen Elizabeth I's court to take up the post of Deputy Warden of the West March. The lace-collared, pearl-sashed courtier found himself curiously at home amongst the horse-thieves, kidnappers and murderers of the Anglo-Scottish border, but now, to his chagrin, he's been summoned back to London.

Out: 14th December

Beijing, 1322. Sixteen-year-old Johanna is the granddaughter of the legendary trader Marco Polo. In the wake of her father's death, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan as dynastic loyalties are shifting. Johanna's destiny – if she has one – lies with her grandfather, in Venice, more than a continent away at the very edge of the known world. So, with a small band of companions, she takes to the road.

Out: 14th December

With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins... They call it The Doom - a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year's Eve in the Scottish countryside. There's something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

Out: 5th December

White Bodies
By Jane Robins

Tilda loves Felix. He’s her husband. Successful and charismatic, he is also controlling, suspicious and, possibly, dangerous. Still, Tilda loves Felix. And Callie loves Tilda. Very, very much. So she’s determined to save her. But the cost could destroy them all… Sometimes we love too much.

Out: 28th December

When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead the investigation but soon runs up against a secret society led by Glasgow's wealthiest family, the Dunlops.

Out: 28th December