Would you like to read the Christmas bestsellers now?

Nora WebsterThese are the books selling well across the country and which are predicted to be the Christmas bestsellers – you can enjoy or put your name down for them now, all are in stock or on order. 

Sagas/General Fiction

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín Brilliant Irish saga set in sixties

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt ‘A modern epic and an old-fashioned pilgrimage’

A Place Called Home by Dilly Court – Catherine Cookson-ish saga

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult – Exploration of mother-daughter relationship

Lila by Marilynne Robinson Follow up to Pulitzer prize winning Gilead.

Miss Carter’s War by Sheila Hancock 50s and 60s tale of friendships, lost love.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Twists & tuns of a life, struggle between good & evil, Booker longlist

The Children Act by Ian McEwan – Well drawn characters, gripping and topical

The Foundling Boy by Michel Deon Set in 1919 Normandy, a baby is left on a doorstep

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – Japanese prisoner of war story

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault – We reviewed this one, good read

Some Luck by Jane Smiley Set on farm in Iowa, starts 1920, great saga of a family


The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 1686 Amsterdam, Nella arrives to be the wife of a wealthy merchant

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce – “5 stars” The Telegraph “Touching … a quiet, gentle, moving novel.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – Amusing follow up novel but not very highly rated by Leeds readers yet



 Short Stories
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel – Short stories from the Booker prize winner

The Moth This Is a True Story by Catherine Burns –  Stories to help recapture the lost art of storytelling.Lamentation


Desert God by Wilbur Smith – Egyptian history epic

Lamentation by CJ Sansom – Crime and detective story set Tudor court in 1546

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell – Power struggles in Anglo Saxon England



Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett Cold war fiction

Gray Mountain by John Grisham– ‘Incendiary’ legal thrillerRevival

Hope to Die by James Patterson – Alex Cross thriller from the very prolific superseller

The Good Life by Martina Cole – Gritty and gripping. 


Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz – Sherlock Holmes is dead and darkness falls. Detective thriller

Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot mystery. Only 3 stars from Leeds readers though

Perfidia by James Ellroy – WW2  fiction about Japanese in America

Personal by Lee Child Jack Reacher stops drifting

Revival by Stephen King – Dark, electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism& the other side of life.

The Islanders by Pascal Garnier – Billed as like Georges Simenon or Patricia Highsmith