Another glorious reading year is upon us. We’ve picked 18 of the most highly-anticipated novels of 2018, from stunning debuts to the biggest books of the year.

 

Still Me

January
Still Me
by Jojo Moyes

One of our favourite heroines, Lou Clark, is back! In this follow-up to Me Before You and After Me, Lou is in New York, far away from London and her boyfriend, working for a man whose wife has a secret. But Lou doesn’t know she’s about to meet someone who’ll turn her life upside down.

I Am Thunder

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

From a stunning new voice in YA, this story questions how far you’ll go to protect what you believe in. Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing and dreams of becoming a novelist. There’s just one problem - her super-controlling parents have already planned her life out for her.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

In this eagerly-awaited debut novel, a mermaid arrives in the glittering, dangerous world of Georgian London, setting off an unlikely meeting between a merchant and a courtesan, and a spell-binding tale of curiosity and obsession.

The Wicked Cometh

February
The Wicked Cometh
by Laura Carlin

Unspeakable acts of wickedness are happening in the alleyways of London. Hester White has escaped the slums and is enjoying the tutelage of the fiercely intelligent Rebekah Brock - but both women are soon dragged to the city’s dark heart for the most sinister of investigations.

The Only Story

The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is always a must-read for us. This wise and tender novel from the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending follows Paul, who falls in love at nineteen but only learns the true price of that love as he grows older.

Surprise Me

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Sylvia and Dan have been together for ten happy years; but when a health check unexpectedly reveals that they could be together for another 68, panic sets in. Cue Project Surprise Me, designed to keep the spark alive – but once they embark on it, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries…

Red Clocks

March
Red Clocks
by Leni Zumas

If you couldn’t get enough of last year’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll love this astonishing and terrifyingly plausible novel. In a future America, abortion is illegal once again, and we follow five women as they navigate their new reality, grappling with the question: what is a woman for?

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Adore fantasy? You won’t want to miss Tomi Adeyemi’s sensational novel, soon to be a major motion picture. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared.

Two Steps Forward

April
Two Steps Forward
by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Two people meet on a pilgrimage route and discover that the most important journeys aren’t measured miles, but in the strength, wisdom and love we find along the way. This heart-warming new novel from the bestselling author of The Rosie Project sounds like perfect spring reading to us!

Leah on the Offbeat

May
Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – soon to be a major motion picture, Love, Simon – we follow Simon's BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris

Jasper’s synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no-one else can see. But now he’s discovered a new colour: the colour of murder. He’s sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham – he just doesn’t know what. Can he uncover the truth?

The Burning Chambers

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse 

Kate Mosse has been one of the country’s most beloved historical novelists since Labyrinth was published 18 years ago. The Burning Chambers marks her return to historical adventure, and is the epic first novel in a new trilogy which brings sixteenth-century Languedoc to vivid life.

Bookshop Girl

June
Bookshop Girl
by Chloe Coles

We’re super excited for this debut novel from Chloe Coles who, like her protagonist, Paige Turner, has been bookselling since she was 16 years old. At the centre of the story is Bennett’s Bookshop, long-time haven for Paige and her friend Holly. But the shop is in peril; can Paige save it?

How Do You Like Me Now?

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne  

We love relatable fiction and this hilariously poignant story is perfect for anyone in their late 20s and early 30s. Tori Bailey has inspired millions of women to shun convention with her bestselling memoir, but now she’s facing 30 and the rollercoaster of emotions – and expectations – that brings. Can she keep the courage to walk her own path in the face of society’s loud ticking clock?

America for Beginners

August
America for Beginners
by Leah Franqui

Recently-widowed Pival Sengupta is on a tour of America, with a Bangladeshi tour guide who’s pretending to be Bengali, and a failing actress as her modesty companion. But Pival has a secret agenda - and all three find their ideas about America, and each other, challenged along the way.

Transcription

September
Transcription
by Kate Atkinson  

We couldn’t be more intrigued by Kate Atkinson’s new novel, Transcription. It tells the story of a young woman, recruited to the secret service during the war, whose life starts to unravel as she comes to terms with the consequences of idealism while working for the BBC.

Melmoth

October
Melmoth
by Sarah Perry

From the author of one of our recent favourites, The Essex Serpent, comes an even more ambitious book, inspired by the forgotten Gothic masterpiece, Melmoth the Wanderer. The novel begins in the present day before taking its characters on a spectacular journey through time. We can’t wait!

The Secret Commonwealth

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Set 20 years after the events of La Belle Sauvage, we’re looking forward to revisiting Philip Pullman’s magical His Dark Materials universe, accompanied by Lyra, Malcolm and their faithful dæmons.

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