Books of the Month for November

The early dark nights and the onset of the colder days, so time to settle down with a good book and this month Waterstones has a wide and varied selection from Amor Towles’ head-turner of a debut Rules of Civility ached with 1930s style, but where his first novel spanned a single year and a huge city, his latest – Waterstone’s Fiction Book of the Month, A Gentleman in Moscow – effortlessly covers half a life hemmed in by a single, extraordinary location. Not to be missed either is a book that over its 140-odd pages might just radically shift the way you think, in the most straightforward, engaging way possible: we present The Secret Life of Cows.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

Moscow’s Metropol is a real hotel, an Art Nouveau masterpiece that for 110 years has presided over revolutions, intrigue and political change. In Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow, it is also for Count Alexander Rostov an elegant prison, our urbane hero sentenced to life-imprisonment within its walls as a counter-revolutionary. What follows is an exquisite comedy of manners, the redoubtable Count unbowed by his incarceration, orbited by an unforgettable cast of Kremlin operators, wayward movie stars, foreign diplomats and Americans far abroad. To all he is a listening ear; but what is he to himself? “This is everything a novel should be,” said the Sunday Times, “charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight.”

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young £9.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

 Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive.Although much of a cow's day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree. This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

Returning for a second bite of Waterstone’s  Thriller of the Month cherry, The Crow Girl from Erik Axl Sund (in reality Swedish writing duo Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Sundquist) is fast threatening to capture Stieg Larsson’s crown in delivering a truly brutal, relentlessly-paced descent into the dark heart of northern European crime. For Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg, the discovery of a ritually-murdered body triggers an obsessional race against time, her serial killer quarry poised to savagely strike again. Vast, driving and complex, this is the book the Metro has judged “the best crime novel of the year so far.”

The Disappearance Of Adele Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet £8.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

So good, it’s earned another month in the top slot. Graeme Macrae Burnet’s magnificently-staged brinksmanship between predictable bank manager Manfred Baumann and the persistent Inspector Georges Gorski has earned a legion of fans. At the heart of the matter lies the disappearance of young waitress Adèle, and for Gorski, Baumann’s claims of innocence do not quite ring true. Masterful stuff from the author of the sensational His Bloody Project;his new novel, The Accident on the A35, is out now in hardback and already garnering acclaim.
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