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6 of the best new books to add to your shelves

On the lookout for a new read, or scouring the shelves for Christmas gifts? The team at Chorleywood Bookshop are in the know - here's their pick of the hot new releases to buy now, from memoirs to thrillers to sport and music

This time of year can get a little, er, *frantic* to say the least. If you don’t have time to flick through the culture pages, we’ve done the hard work for you and consulted the experts to get their top picks from the latest book releases. Sheryl at Chorleywood Bookshop shares her top picks from the last month, from under-the-radar fiction to headlining celeb autobiographies. Take it away…

The Fell by Sarah Moss

If you’d happily never hear the word ‘lockdown’ ever again, look away now, as Sarah Moss’s new book is set slap-bang in the middle of the 2020 pandemic, to disastrous effect. At dusk on a November evening in 2020, a woman slips out of her garden gate and turns up the hill. Kate is in the middle of a two-week quarantine period, but she can’t take the confinement any more. The moor will be deserted at this time; nobody need ever know about her breach of the rules. But Kate’s neighbour, Alice, sees her leaving and Matt, Kate’s son, soon realizes she is missing A compelling state-of-the-nation novel for our times.

Never by Ken Follett

One for adrenaline junkies, Follet’s first contemporary thriller in more than a decade focuses on three people trying to avoid an unprecedented global disaster: a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and the first female US president, beleaguered by a populist rival for the next election. Never is an immersive, meticulously researched page-turner that will have you racing to the end. 

Will by Will Smith

Hot autobiography alert! An insightful and thoroughly entertaining read, Will is one of the most hotly anticipated memoirs of the season. In this inspiring book, Will Smith opens up fully about his life, tracing his transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rappers and movie stars in Hollywood history. It’s an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, highlighting the highs and lows of his remarkable career. 

Fry’s Ties by Stephen Fry

Every tie that Stephen Fry owns – whether floral or fluorescent, striped or spotty, outrageous or simply debonair – reveals something personal about his life, typically an anecdote or glimpse of his world. Inspired by Stephen’s hugely popular Instagram posts, this beautiful book features hand-drawn illustrations and stylish photographs that showcase his extensive collection of ties in all their glamour and glory. The perfect gift for the tie-wearer or Fry fan in your life.

Playmaker by Glenn Hoddle

In Playmaker, Glenn looks back on his rise as a prodigious young footballer and explores the career that took him from his days of the Tottenham Youth Academy to managing the England football team at the 1998 World Cup. A fascinating insight into the life and career of one of the leading footballers of his generation. 

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Sir Paul McCartney

Addicted to the new Get Back documentary? This one’s for you! In this stunning book, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career – from his earliest boyhood compositions, through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums.The Lyrics is a treat for any McCartney fan, young or old.  

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