5 new books to read this week



Argentinian writer Mariana Enriquez’s dark tale arrives just in time for Halloween…


1. Liberation Day by George Saunders is published in hardcover by Bloomsbury Publishing, priced at £18.99 (Ebook £13.29). Available now

After a nearly 10-year hiatus from short story collections, George Saunders returns with Liberation Day, nine tales set in a warped – but perhaps not too distant – future. In its opening story, also titled Liberation Day, the 2017 Booker Price winner tells the story of modern slaves whose memories have been erased and who are captives in the house of “bosses” who use them as storytelling pawns. Love Letter features prose from grandfather to grandson, discussing a difficult political climate and the roles we all play in society. A Mom Of Bold Action tells the story of a worried housewife who fears for her son’s safety after a homeless man is assaulted, raising questions of justice. Complex, captivating and sharp, Saunders’ latest collection is a triumph of storytelling and a candid commentary on the roles we hold and our responsibilities in society.9/10 (Review by Holly Cowell)

2. Our Share Of Night by Mariana Enriquez, translated by Megan McDowell, is published in hardcover by Granta Books, priced at £18.99 (ebook £18.99). Available now

At over 700 pages, Our Share Of Night is certainly an undertaking – and heavy at that. If you’re not put off by the length and grim content, you’ll be richly rewarded with a dark and twisted tale. Through separate timelines, it follows Juan – a medium who can commune with the dead, a talent harnessed by the wealthy and evil Order – and his son Gaspar, whom he struggles to protect from the clutches of those responsible. There’s a lot of dark magic and the occult, which makes for an eerie read (think Satanic rites and body mutilation), but Enriquez’s writing brings the characters to life – especially the father and son, all two imperfect (especially Juan), but doing their best. It’s also a fascinating look at Argentina’s violent history from the 60s to the 90s, alongside a more fantastical story. 8/10 (Review by Prudence Wade)

3. A leper ballet by Leonard Cohen is published in hardcover by Canongate Books, priced at £20 (ebook £13.59). Available now

Long before the string of acclaimed albums, world tours and Grammy Awards, Leonard Cohen began his career as a young poet and novelist. Although many of these works also won awards, his early writings of fiction have remained hidden – until now, six years after his death, with the release of the titular short story and several short stories. Cohen’s lyrical flair and flair with words are evident throughout – the novella’s opening lines even rhyme – but that doesn’t necessarily make for an enjoyable read. Cohen’s works here revel in violence, most of which seems to be inflicted on women. His characters are ugly souls who live ugly lives. Many of these themes would later be central to his music, but in this format, stripped of a good tune, it’s a much more shocking read. 6/10 (Review by Ian Parker)


4. The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg is published by Allen Lane, priced at £25 (ebook £12.99). Available October 27

When one of the world’s foremost environmental activists releases a book called “The Climate Book,” you pretty much know what to expect. Still, it makes for compelling reading – Greta Thunberg has called on some of the brightest minds in the fight against global warming (and some high-profile voices you might not expect, like Margaret Atwood) to explain in detail how the climate works, how humanity wreaks havoc, and what needs to be done next. At over 450 pages, it’s not the easiest read – the content is heavy and partly quite scientific – but it’s broken down into small chunks, so it’s really digestible. Thunberg offers some glimmers of hope, but overall it’s a sobering read and it’s clear that much more needs to be done, especially by governments and officials. 8/10(Review by Caution Wade)

Children’s book of the week

5. Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper Yearbook is published in hardcover by Hodder Children’s Books, priced at £14.99 (ebook £8.49). Available now

The latest offering in the Heartstopper franchise from writer and illustrator Alice Oseman is certainly aimed at superfans of the series – of which there are many, especially since Netflix released a comic book adaptation earlier this year. This isn’t a traditional Heartstopper book, it’s more of a deep dive into the universe – Oseman introduces himself and all the key characters, explaining his inspirations behind the various storylines and settings readers know and love. With plenty of mini-comics and bonus features, fans will find plenty to enjoy – but this might not be one to dive into until they’ve read the previous four volumes. 7/10 (Review by Prudence Wade)

BOOK TABLES FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 15 HARDBOARD (FICTION)1. A Heart Full of Gravestones by Ian Rankin2. The bullet that missed by Richard Osman3. Always at Home by Graham Norton4. Illuminations by Alan Moore5. Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout6. Her and her cat by Makoto Shinkai & Naruki Nagakawa7. Act of Forgetting by Robert Harris8. Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes9. Babel by RF Kuang10. Marple: Twelve New Stories from Agatha Christie (compiled by Waterstones)

RECORDED (NON-FICTION)1. One by Jamie Oliver2. Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries by Alan Rickman3. Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton4. Guinness World Records 2023 by Guinness World Records5. What just happened?! by Marina Hyde6. Diddly Squat by Jeremy Clarkson7. The Twelve Christmas Dels by David Jason8. Parenting Hell by Josh Widdicombe & Rob Beckett9. Menopause by Davina McCall and Dr Naomi Potter10. Calling The Shots by Sue Barker (Compiled by Waterstones)

AUDIO BOOKS (FICTION AND NON-FICTION)1. Parenting Hell by Rob Beckett & Josh Widdicombe2. The bullet that missed by Richard Osman3. From the Oasthouse by Alan Partridge4. Menopause by Davina McCall & Dr Naomi Potter5. Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman6. Black holes by the teacher Brian Cox & Professor Jeff Forshaw7. Always Home by Graham Norton8. A Heart Full of Gravestones by Ian Rankin9. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson10. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien (compiled by Audible)


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