22 books to look out for in your local bookshop

Whether it's thrillers, non-fiction or magical adventures that you love to read most, we've featured 22 exciting new books published in the second half of the year. Get planning those bookshop trips and don't forget your National Book Tokens! Discover a bookshop near you. 

Which upcoming books are you most looking forward to? What have we missed out? Scroll down to tell us in the comments.


Wild Child

Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature by Dara McAnulty (6+)

Join brilliant young naturalist Dara McAnulty, winner of the non-fiction Books Are My Bag Readers Award 2020 for his book Diary of a Young Naturalist, on a nature walk and experience the joy of connecting with the natural world – perfect for young conservationists!

The Women of Troy

The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Following her bestselling book The Silence of the Girls, a reimagining of the most famous conflict in literature, the legendary Trojan War, Pat Barker continues her extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest myths.

The Island of Missing Trees

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

A rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World.

Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

We gave 100 Caboodlers the chance to read Alice Feeney's I Know Who You Are – and you all loved it! This time, she's back with Rock Paper Scissors, a chilling and clever new series, and soon-to-be Netflix series from the producer of The Crown.


Endgame by Malorie Blackman (12+)

Malorie Blackman returns with the heart-in-your-mouth final novel in a series that taught a generation to think differently. It has been 20 years since the groundbreaking series began with Noughts & Crosses, which charted the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a nought) – a love affair which had repercussions for their families for generations.

The Echo Chamber

The Echo Chamber by John Boyne

Author of The Heart's Invisible Furies, John Boyne, returns with a new story following the Cleverley family, who live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster.

As Good as Dead

As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson (12+)

The third and final book in the bestselling trilogy, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, popular with teenagers across the country. Pip Fitz-Amobi is haunted by the way her last investigation ended. Soon she'll be leaving for Cambridge University but then another case finds her... and this time it's all about Pip.

What Strange Paradise

What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

From the author of American War, Omar El Akkad, comes a beautifully written, unrelentingly dramatic and profoundly moving novel that brings the global refugee crisis down to the level of a child's eyes.

A Corruption of Blood

A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry

Caboodle Book Doctor Ambrose Parry returns with the third book in the popular All Way of Flesh series, where Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher investigate more gruesome murders in Victorian Edinburgh.

The Man Who Died Twice

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club is hugely popular with Caboodlers and the highly-anticipated sequel will be in bookshops this autumn.

It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

Harlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Did you find Colson Whitehead's brilliant The Underground Railroad in last year’s Hidden Books Game? His new book, Harlem Shuffle, is driven by an ingeniously intricate plot that plays out in a beautifully recreated Harlem of the early 1960s. It's a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.

Poison for Breakfast

Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket (9+)

Author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket's, new book will be hitting the shelves this autumn.

Poison for Breakfast, is perfect for curious children and adults alike. This true story – as true as Lemony Snicket himself – begins with a puzzling note under his door: You had poison for breakfast. Following a winding trail of clues to solve the mystery of his own demise, Snicket takes us on a thought-provoking tour of his predilections...

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, beloved by bookshops everywhere, comes a stunning new book.

Cloud Cuckoo Land follows three storylines: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city wall during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and gentle octogenarian Zeno, in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for a distant exoplanet, decades from now.

The Book of Form & Emptiness

The Book of Form & Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki’s heartbreaking and bold first book since 2013's A Tale for the Time Being. The Book of Form & Emptiness blends unforgettable characters, riveting plot and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz to climate change to our attachment to material possessions.


Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

From the beloved author of P.S. I Love You comes an unforgettable story of human connection, of friendship, and growing into your own skin.

The Sweet Roasting Tin

The Sweet Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

Another mouth-watering addition to the brilliant cookery series, offering seventy-five easy yet delicious one-tin bakes, from easy bakes to showstopping sensations, this book is for anyone who wants to bake using everyday ingredients and store cupboard staples. At National Book Tokens, we're definitely #TinLads.

Beyond the Mountains

Beyond the Mountains by Francesca Gibbons & Chris Riddell (9+)

The thrilling sequel to A Clock of Shows, with beautifully illustrated throughout by Chris Riddell, is a timeless magic adventure for children.

How to Survive Family Holidays

How to Survive Family Holidays by Jack Whitehall

One part Lonely Planet, one part tell-all family memoir, this hilarious guide is about how to survive your family holiday, by Jack Whitehall, with a little bit of help from his parents, Michael and Hilary Whitehall.


Reprieve by James Han Mattson

You can nab a copy of James Han Mattson's chilling literary horror, Reprieve, in our current Caboodle Firsts giveaway (and read the first chapter!) before it hits the shelves.

Bryan, Jaidee, Victor and Jane team up to compete at a full-contact escape room. But the real horror is unfolding outside of the game, in a series of deceits and misunderstandings fuelled by obsession and prejudice. And by the end of the night, one of the contestants will be dead.

Empress & Aniya

Empress & Aniya by Candice Carty-Williams (12+)

The first YA novel from the bestselling author of Queenie. South London's answer to Freaky Friday, Empress & Aniya is a moving portrayal of the importance of real friendship and the ups and downs of being a teenager.

We Are Not Like Them

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza

We Are Not Like Them is about friendship and love. It's about prejudice and betrayal. It's about standing up for what you believe in, no matter the cost.

Terciel and Elinor

Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix (12+)

The long-awaited new novel from multi bestselling Garth Nix, set in the much-loved Old Kingdom. A thrilling, atmospheric dive into the history of the Abhorsen, featuring Sabriel's parents, Terciel and Elinor.



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