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New fiction for October 2016

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Bridget Jones, PD James and Moltabano

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, by PD James

PD James died in November 2014. This volume collects together four of her best short stories which were specially commissioned for Christmas. P.D. James’s prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading as we move into the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide tantalizing puzzles to keep the reader guessing.

The Flame Bearer, by Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell’s latest novel in his bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. This was the book he mentioned in his recent interview with Suffolk Libraries.

Hag-seed: the Tempest Retold, by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood joins the roll call of literary stars reimagining Shakespeare’s plays for a modern audience. Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan…

Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge. After 12 years, that revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

A Voice in the Night, by Andrea Camilleri

Latest book from the great Andrea Camilleri who recently celebrated his 91st birthday. Another case for Inspector Montalbano to solve.

Escape Clause, by John Sandford</cite>

Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others – as Virgil Flowers is about to find out.

Autumn, by Ali Smith

Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. This first in a seasonal quartet casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of?

Holding, by Graham Norton

Chat show host Graham Norton tries his hand at fiction writing. In the pre-publicity this one is described as “darkly funny”.

Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries, by Helen Fielding

As Bridget careers towards baby-deadline, tortured by Smug Mothers miming her ticking biological clock, a series of classic Bridget Jones moments finally leads her into pregnancy - but just not quite as intended. It’s a pregnancy full of cheesy potatoes, outlandish advice from Drunken Singletons and Smug Mothers, chaos at scans and childbirth classes, high jinks and romance, joy and despair - but all of it dominated by the terribly awkward question - who’s the father?

Brandon King

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