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Books being released in 2019 to suit every type of reader

2019 has only just begun and is already promising to be a great year for books in all genres.

Numerous new authors and debut novels are springing up at the beginning of the year, with excitement building around these new names and their future work. The difficulty can often be finding books that appeal to you. Here is a list of upcoming and released books in 2019, selected from a range of genres to suit every reader

The Farm by Joanne Ramos - Dystopian Fiction

Joane Ramos' debut novel questions what an individual is willing to sacrifice for a better life. Located in New York's Hudson Valley, a driven businesswoman is revolutionising the fertility industry in her purpose-built facility, the Golden Oaks Farm. An opportunity for women to live a life of luxury and earn "big money", in return for a nine-month lease on their bodies as a surrogate mother and an expectation to follow a set of strict rules. The story follows the perspective of four different women in relation to The Farm, all in contrast on the spectrum of class, opportunity and equality.

"A chillingly plausible imagination of the future of pregnancy in a world of ever-greater inequality... Sharply prescient, and terrifying too." - Sophie Mackintosh, author of the Booker-longlisted The Water Cure.

Release date: May 7th
The Familiars by Stacey Hall - Historical / Occult Fiction
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Not sure what it says about me that any time I see a book about witches, especially anything about the witch trials of the early modern period, I just have to read it. I’ve always been completely fascinated with that era, absorbing anything and everything from novels and plays to histories, documentaries and fictionalised TV shows (pound me the witch drums, Salem). When the British Library held its brilliant Harry Potter exhibition back in 2017, I dragged my poor unsuspecting friend to a lecture on Women, Witches and Witch-Trials – you know when you’re giving up a December evening to listen to academics discuss history that you’re a) a big fat nerd and b) quite obsessed. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Full review (and some interesting info on the history of the Pendle witch trials) over on the usual place - recklessrubyreads.wordpress.com

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Set in 1612, Fleetwood Shuttleworth is the 17-year-old mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she is pregnant for the fourth time, yet has no living children due to multiple stillbirths. Her husband Richard is expecting an heir and she must deliver a healthy child. However, when Fleetwood discovers a doctors note that states this next pregnancy will most likely kill her, she seeks the help of a midwife who is accused of witchcraft. Hall's novel is a tale of two women facing injustice and pressure as their lives become increasingly intertwined.

"It is steeped in atmosphere, with vivid gothic overtones, and the writing is just sublime." - Theresa Writes

Release date: February 7th
The King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo - Fantasy
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Leigh Bardugo's latest fantasy tale tells the story of a young King, Nikolai Lantsov in the wake of his country's brutal civil war. Enemies are gathering in an attempt to exploit his weakened borders and dark magic grows within him. Nikolai must overcome the dangers around him as well as within him if he wishes to maintain all he has built.

Bardugo's latest book appears to be ideal for any reader looking for a gripping magical fantasy in a richly diverse and detailed world.

"It's like The Hunger Games meets Potter meets Twilight meets Lord of the Rings meets Games of Thrones; basically epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups." - Stylist on the Shadow and Bone Trilogy.

Release date: January 29th
Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Escoria - Coming of age

Juliet Escoria's 'Juliet the Maniac' is a highly anticipated novel depicting the trials of teenage life and the struggles of a modern generation. The novel centres around the 14-year old protagonist Juliet who's progression through teenage life results in mental illness and her own self-destruction.

Escoria's novel has been described as both "illuminating" and distinctly "personal". This text relatably encaptures the thoughts and feelings of the reader, pouring them into an intimate and heartfelt narrative.

"Achingly accurate language, stripped down but beautiful, makes this story fresh and forthright." Library Journal

Release date: May 7th
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Psychological Thriller

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen received widespread critical acclaim last year for their blockbuster bestseller 'The Wife Between Us'. A year later they're back with another psychological thriller surrounding Jessica Farris, as she undertakes a simple psychological study, or so she thinks. The conductor of the study, Doctor Shields, begins to question Jessica in regular sessions, these develop into outings in which he controls her every move. Paranoia begins to manifest within Jessica as she struggles to grasp the difference between reality and manipulation.

"Masterfully escalates the suspense...keep[s] the reader guessing until the end. A great follow up." - Booklist

Release date: January 8th
Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII'S Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis - Biographical
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@larryloftis’ new book CODE NAME: LISE is perfect for fans of Unbroken, The Nightingale, and Code Girls! @womansdaymag names it one of the Best Non-Fiction Books to Read in 2019 and @library_journal says it “read[s] like a thrilling spy novel and the most exciting sort of non-fiction—well researched, well written, and fast paced enough to keep the pages turning—this will interest fans of the history of espionage, World War II history, military history, women’s history, and biography.” Learn more about the true story of British spy, Odette Sansom when it goes on sale next week, January 15th! . . . . #gallerybooks #codenamelise #odettesansom #larryloftis #ww2 #nonfiction #newrelease #newbooks #2019books #spybooks #bookstagram #igbooks #igreads

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Larry Loftis's new biography tells the extraordinary story of Odette Sansom, a British spy who occupied France during WWII. The book portrays the courage and bravery of Odette, as well as her developing romance with her commanding officer, Captain Peter Churchill. The book follows their discovery and capture by German soldiers, leading to their imprisonment in a concentration camp in Germany.

"Larry Loftis tells it again for a new generation, reweaving the usual account of wartime activities into a kind of nonfiction thriller" - The Wall Street Journal

Release date: January 15th