Novem­ber’s great reads lat­est books

w&h books ed­i­tor Fanny Blake reads the best new books out this month and gives you her rec­om­men­da­tions. Plus best­selling au­thor Jodi Pi­coult shares her writ­ing se­crets

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MY Pick OF THE MONTH

Mel­moth by Sarah

Perry (Ser­pent’s Tail) Cursed with death­less­ness, Mel­moth wan­ders the earth con­demned to ap­pear where ev­ery­thing’s at its dark­est. He­len, a scholar work­ing in Prague, starts read­ing up on her, un­aware that Mel­moth is com­ing closer… sub­limely writ­ten, de­li­ciously gothic and con­sis­tently in­trigu­ing through­out.

VIC­TO­RIAN GOTHIC

The Corset by Laura Pur­cell (Raven) Well-in­ten­tioned prison vis­i­tor Dorothea tru­elove gets drawn into the dis­turb­ing case of 16-year-old Ruth but­ter­ham, who awaits trial for mur­der. but is Ruth a vic­tim or a killer? In­tri­cate, at­mo­spheric and chill­ing – with a won­der­fully dark premise at its heart.

COURT­ROOM DRAMA

No Fur­ther Ques­tions by Gil­lian McAl­lis­ter (Pen­guin) becky has been ac­cused of mur­der­ing her sis­ter’s baby. Is she in­no­cent like she protests? Chop­ping back and forth through the sis­ters lives to­gether, Mcal­lis­ter nails their re­la­tion­ship with pre­ci­sion and pro­vides a thrilling mys­tery with a strong emo­tional heart.

EMO­TIONAL READ

The Co­or­di­nates of Loss by Amanda Prowse

(Lake Union)

When seven-year-old os­car dis­ap­pears from his par­ents’ boat moored off the coast of ber­muda, James and Rachel’s worst night­mare comes true. their sud­den loss causes their mar­riage to im­plode and Rachel de­cides to re­turn to Eng­land alone. How they bat­tle their way through their grief and learn to live again is the stuff of this emo­tion­packed tear-jerker.

GRIP­PING STORY

I In­vited Her In by Adele Parks (HQ) old friends help each other out, right? so when Mel hears abi’s mar­riage is over she im­me­di­ately in­vites her to stay. but her act of friend­ship is re­turned in a very dif­fer­ent spirit, and what starts out as a sym­pa­thetic re­union soon twists into a tale of re­venge and ret­ri­bu­tion that I read in a sin­gle, mes­merised sit­ting.

THOUGHT­PRO­VOK­ING NOVEL

Un­shel­tered by Bar­bara King­solver (Faber) two sto­ries, one house, more than a cen­tury apart. the present for­tunes of Willa and Iano, who face a crunch time in their lives, are wo­ven to­gether with those of thatcher Green­wood who, in the 1870s, faced his own dif­fi­cul­ties. a warm, ab­sorb­ing novel about sur­vival in the face of change.

QUIRKY HOR­ROR

The Bus on Thurs­day by Shirley Bar­rett (Fleet) Post breast can­cer, post boyfriend, Eleanor leaves syd­ney to start again in re­mote tal­bingo where the teacher who held the post be­fore her has gone miss­ing. Why are there so many locks on her front door? Is Eleanor’s new love in­ter­est heav­enly or hellish? Why is so much go­ing wrong? Fast, funny and down­right weird, but a great read.

HIS­TOR­I­CAL WHODUNNIT

Bright Young Dead by Jes­sica Fel­lowes (Sphere) a coun­try trea­sure hunt cel­e­brat­ing the birth­day of Pamela Mit­ford re­sults in the mur­der of dash­ing but cruel adrian Cur­tis. the po­lice col­lar Daisy the maid, but louisa, chap­er­one to the Mit­ford sis­ters, de­ter­mines to prove her in­no­cence. a de­light­ful es­capist pe­riod piece to brighten the dark­est days of win­ter.

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