The best books of 2021...and the ones we're most looking forward to.

By The Bookshop on the Green

By The Bookshop on the Green

This is our pick of the new year's shiniest, most thought-provoking and relevant books for now.  Available for pre-order.

Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature

Dara McAnulty and Barry Falls

£14.99 £13.94

Dara McNulty writes so beautifully and this is a gorgeously illustrated book. Dara has Aspergers and he is passionate about the natural world. He eally knows his stuff, so we can't wait to see how he follows up his huge hit "Diary of a Young Naturalist".

Circus of Wonders

ELIZABETH MACNEAL

£14.99 £13.94

Slug: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Hollie McNish

£14.99 £13.94

Burnt Sugar: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Avni Doshi

£8.99 £8.36

Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and now available in paperback, Burnt Sugar is a riveting story centred around the strained relationship between a mother and daughter in India. Doshi plunges us deep into the thoughts of her protagonist, who wrestles between her duty to care for a mother losing her memory, and her resentment at her mother's newfound blissful ignorance of her past mistakes. Boldly unexotic despite a setting that would be unfamiliar to many, Burnt Sugar delivers a very real, very human story. Review by Peter, Bookshop on the Green

Klara and the Sun: The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller

Kazuo Ishiguro

£20.00 £18.60

Now published. Ishiguro explores the meaning of love in a story told through the eyes of an artificial robot. This is 2021's most eagerly awaited novel to date - and early reviews show we're unlikely to be disappointed.

Kitchenly 434

Alan Warner

£18.98 £17.65

"Alan Warner writes women like no one else in the business," starts Colin McPherson's review of this book in The Times. Rock gods, the 1970s, and an excruciatingly embarrassing dinner date - this sounds thoroughly enjoyable!

Light Perpetual: from the author of Costa Award-winning Golden Hill

Francis (author) Spufford

£16.98 £15.79

A dazzling book which imagines the lives that might have been led by five children killed in the Blitz.

The Answer to Everything

Luke Kennard

£14.99 £13.94

Luke Kennard's second novel promises to be beautifully-written, deft and funny. We can't wait to get our hands on it.

The Midnight Library: The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and worldwide phenomenon

Matt Haig

£8.99 £8.36

This was the huge feel-good bestseller of 2020 and it's now in paperback. Poignant and very readable, it's about second chances, regret and hope.

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem

Amanda Gorman

£9.99 £9.29

This is the highly-anticipated edition by talented young poet Amanda Gorman, who wowed everyone at Biden's inauguration in January.

The End of the World is a Cul de Sac

Louise Kennedy

£14.99 £13.94

The Wife of Willesden

Zadie Smith

£5.99 £5.57

The Magician

Colm Toibin

£18.98 £17.65

Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain

Sathnam Sanghera

£18.98 £17.65

A personal history of British imperiolism and its legacy by the Wolverhampton-born writer.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Bill Gates

£20.00 £18.60

An optimistic account of how climate change might be solved without destroying the world's economies.

Value(s): Building a Better World for All

Mark Carney

£30.00 £27.90

The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss

Reverend Richard Coles

£16.98 £15.79

Border Nation: A Story of Migration

Leah Cowan

£9.99 £9.29

One of Them: An Eton College Memoir

Musa Okwonga

£8.99 £8.36

The Darkest Evening

Ann Cleeves

£8.99 £8.36

Slough House

Mick Herron

£8.99 £8.36

A Court of Silver Flames

Sarah J. Maas

£16.98 £15.79

The Runaway Girls

Jacqueline Wilson

£12.99 £12.08

On Hampstead Heath

Marika Cobbold

£14.99 £13.94

How to Kill Your Family

Bella Mackie

£14.99 £13.94

The Book Lover's Bucket List: A Tour of Great British Literature

Caroline Taggart and Joanna Lisowiec

£16.98 £15.79

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