These are the books and literary moments to look out for in 2020.
These are the books and literary moments to look out for in 2020.
The Other People by C.J. Tudor (23 Jan) For fans of The Chalk Man and The Taking of Annie Thorne, C. J. Tudor returns with another gripping mystery. The Other People is a story of a five-year-old girl who is kidnapped, and the father who never gives up his search to find her. A story guaranteed to chill you to your core.
Baby by Philippa Rice (16 Jan) Baby: A Soppy Story is a collection of comics by New York Times bestselling graphic novelist Philippa Rice, based on real-life moments with her baby. A heartwarming and intimate view on the everyday moments of parenthood.
The Squiggly Careers by Helen Tupper, Sara Ellis (9 Jan) Start the year by re-imagining your career path and ditch the ladder. The Squiggly Careers embraces the fluidity and frequency of moving between roles, industries and even careers. It’s packed with insights from experts about the changing shape of work.
Mindfulness for Mums by Izzy Judd (9 Jan) In her first book, Dare to Dream, Izzy Judd shared her personal account of fertility struggles and IVF. Now a mother of two, Judd brings together a brilliant and inspiring collection of simple activities and exercises to help mothers find their own piece of calm.
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (2 Jan) Everyone’s favourite doctor who can speak to animals heads for the high seas with his assistant Tommy Stubbins. But they end up shipwrecked on the mysterious Spidermonkey Island where they meet the equally mysterious Great Glass Sea Snail. Read this fantastical tale before the new film – featuring Robert Downey Jr. – comes out.
Unlocking the Universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking (9 Jan) How did the universe begin? How did we get humans to land on the moon? Unlock your mind in 2020 with this collection of essays, incredible facts and astonishing photographs from Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists of our time.
Actress by Anne Enright (20 Feb) Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright returns with an intensely moving story about the highs and lows of stardom. Norah’s mother Katherine is a successful star but as she starts to uncover her mother’s secrets, their lives unravel with disastrous results. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity.
Bad Island by Stanley Donwood (13 Feb) From the primaeval wilderness to the raising towers of stone and smoke, Bad Island is a starkly beautiful graphic novel with an impactful message. Working in his distinctive, monochromatic lino-cut style, Stanley Donwood carves out a mesmerising, stark parable on environmentalism and the history of humankind. Donwood is a cult graphic designer and long-time Radiohead collaborator.
The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men by Paolo Zellini (27 Feb) Mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini offers a brief cultural and intellectual history of mathematics showing how the evolution of mathematical thought is linked with philosophical, existential and religious questions. Zellini is the bestselling author of A Brief History of Infinity.
Wintering by Katherine May (6 Feb) Author Katherine May has long been an advocate for how the natural world can benefit our mental and emotional wellbeing. In Wintering, May recounts her own year-long journey through winter and how she found strength and inspiration when life felt frozen.
Topsy and Tim: On the Farm anniversary edition by Jean and Gareth Adamson (6 Feb) Can you believe it’s been 60 years since we all met Topsy and Tim? In this special anniversary edition – with original artwork – the twins are off to the farm to help collect eggs, milk cows and feed a calf.
Charlie Morphs Into a Mammoth by Sam Copeland (6 Feb) It may be Charlie McGuffin’s third adventure, but he’s still struggling to control his ability to turn into animals. And it doesn’t help that his parents keep arguing. And that animals keep disappearing around town. And that he doesn’t have a date to the school dance…
Dragman by Steven Appleby (12 Mar) Dragman is Steven Appleby’s first long-form graphic thriller. Inspired by the superhero comics he read as a child and informed by his own secret life as a transvestite, August Crimp gains his superpowers by wearing women’s dresses and embarks on battles greed, evil and his own self-doubt in a fight to save himself, his marriage – and the human soul.
Marilou is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith (26 Mar) A haunting debut about two girls on the margins of society in rural Pennsylvania. Jude is a beautiful, intelligent and mixed-race but when she disappears a younger girl, Cindy from a white trash family, slips out of her own life and into the space Jude left. A heartbreaking story about the desperation to escape.
Life: A User’s Manual by Julian Baggini, Antonia Macaro (5 Mar) Renowned existential psychotherapist and philosophical counsellor Antonia Macaro and bestselling philosopher Julian Baggini cover topics such as bereavement, luck, free will and relationships, and guide us through what the greatest thinkers to ever walk the earth have to say on these subjects, from the Stoics to Sartre.
Mummy Fairy and Me: Mermaid Magic by Sophie Kinsella (5 Mar) Ella’s mummy may be a fairy, but her magic keeps going wrong. However, Ella doesn’t mind too much, especially when it means she gets to swim with real mermaids! This fourth book in the series is perfect for five to seven-year-olds.
Find The Spy by Zoë Armstrong & Shelly Laslo (19 Mar) Ever wanted to have a go at being a spy? Well, now you can! Find the real-life spies hidden throughout this book, and learn some amazing facts and top-secret skills during your search – such as coding messages and dressing in disguise.
Us Three by Ruth Jones (16 Apr) Ruth Jones’ debut, Never Greener, became a number one bestseller in 2018 and now she returns with a story about friendship. Us Three follows three best friends as their friendship is shaken to the core after a trip of a lifetime. A pacy read packed with all the warmth and humour Jones is known for.
If I had Your Face by Frances Cha (23 Apr) If I had Your Face is set in contemporary Seoul and follows the stories of four young women struggling to survive as they navigate their modern but harsh city. A glitteringly dark and unsettling debut novel.
A History of Britain in 12 Maps by Philip Parker (6 Feb) A fresh take on the history of Britain with a dozen maps selected from critical points in the last two thousand years of British history. Through fascinating analysis, Philip Parker details how the country came to be the way it is today, and how the past is a guide to where we might go from here.