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New fiction for November 2016

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Jack Reacher, Small Great Things, Rather Be The Devil and Swing Time

Night School, by Lee Child

November is the month when many of the big hitters have a book out and we start with ‘Suffolk’s Favourite Author™’. Year after year Lee Child tops the lists of the most borrowed books in Suffolk Libraries. Night School sees Jack Reacher go back to his army days. We already have a sizeable list for this one but we are getting lots of copies!

This Was a Man, by Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer delivers the final volume in his hugely popular Clifton Chronicles. This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies?
 In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?.

The Blood Card, by Elly Griffiths

Suffolk Libraries Bookfest guest Elly Griffiths returns with another case for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. Elizabeth II’s coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright’s possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card.

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

A new novel from Zadie Smith is always a cause for excitement. Swing Time is a dazzlingly energetic and deeply human story about friendship, music and identity. Moving from north-west London to West Africa, it is funny and moving.

Rather Be The Devil, by Ian Rankin</cite>

John Rebus revisits a cold case from the 1970s of a beautiful woman murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there.

The Dark Flood Rises, by Margaret Drabble

If you are looking for a blockbuster read you would probably be better reading one of the choices above but The Dark Flood Rises is a quiet gem. This is a book about growing old and dealing with your last years. It is told from several viewpoints, all of the people linked in some way to Francesca (Fran) Stubbs, an elderly woman who does work for a charity on aspects of living accommodation for the old. Margaret Drabble writes beautifully as ever, gradually revealing the lives of the main characters through her eye for detail and gentle humour.

The Purple Swamp Hen and other stories, by Penelope Lively

New collection of short stories from one of our finest writers.

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not. Jodi Picoult discusses this book in her recent interview with Suffolk Libraries.

Virgins, by Diana Gabaldon

From the author of the Outlander series. Find out what happened before Jamie met Claire.

Brandon King

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