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Stylists Hot New Books of December 2012

Hot new books of December

We round up this month's essential reading

With Christmas fast approaching, we hear it's all about the gift books this month. Rest assured, though - there are still original fiction and non-fiction releases on the horizon. Here we round-up some of our favorites of the month, so get clicking folks!

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  • Threat Vector, Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney

    Threat Vector, Tom Clancy w…

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval… More details

    Threat Vector, Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney

    Threat Vector, Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Qiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan

    Hailing from Maryland and a one-time insurance broker, Tom Clancy has been one of America's finest thriller writers for over 20 years. Here he offers up another adventure for Jack Ryan, as he attempts to stop a prospective attack on both his administration and America.

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • The Kingdom of Bones, Stephen Gallagher

    The Kingdom of Bones, Steph…

    "It was my friend, Bram Stoker, who told me… More details

    The Kingdom of Bones, Stephen Gallagher

    The Kingdom of Bones, Stephen Gallagher

    "It was my friend, Bram Stoker, who told me of the legend of the Wanderer - a man who made a bargain with the devil himself, trading his soul for forbidden knowledge and eternal life. Once I would have dismissed such tales as mere fancy but I knew what I had seen. And there is no mind so open as that of a desperate man."

    Unfurling in the world of music halls, boxing booths and travelling theatrical shows, and told in the Gothic tradition, Gallagher's wonderful detective novel plays with ideas of the occult, Faustian pacts and the dark corners of the Victorian period.

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • You had me at Hello, Mhairi McFarlane

    You had me at Hello, Mhairi…

    ‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just… More details

    You had me at Hello, Mhairi McFarlane

    You had me at Hello, Mhairi McFarlane

    ‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just like them.’

    ‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’

    ‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

    Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

    This debut novel from Mhairi McFarlane is as funny as it is poignant. One for those Marian Keyes fans out there.

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • Forbidden Fruit, Eden Bradley

    Forbidden Fruit, Eden Bradley

    While Mia Curry’s university students cram into… More details

    Forbidden Fruit, Eden Bradley

    Forbidden Fruit, Eden Bradley

    While Mia Curry’s university students cram into her class on sexuality, Mia has always kept her own private fantasies carefully under wraps – until now... Jagger James is everything Mia wants and everything that is taboo: he’s young, gorgeous – and a student. But how can Mia resist?

    The next offering from the author of The Dark Garden, Eden Bradley's novel shows that the popularity of erotic fiction on the books charts shows n0 sign of letting up.

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, David Walsh

    Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursu…

    The story of Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who had… More details

    Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, David Walsh

    Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, David Walsh

    The story of Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who had recovered from testicular cancer and gone on to win the Tour de France a record seven times, the man who had written a bestselling and inspirational account of his life, the charitable benefactor seemed almost too good to be true. And it was.

    Sunday Times journalist David Walsh's compelling story of how, since Lance Armstrong's first Tour de France victory back in 1999, he fought to unearth the truth about one of the cycling world's biggest scandals in history.

    Release date: 13 December 2012

  • The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, Marcus Sakey

    The Two Deaths of Daniel Ha…

    A man wakes up naked and cold, half-drowned on an… More details

    The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, Marcus Sakey

    The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, Marcus Sakey

    A man wakes up naked and cold, half-drowned on an abandoned beach. The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the expensive car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and a bank envelope stuffed with cash and an auto registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California... none of it is familiar.

    "The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes takes ‘what if’ in a new direction and to new heights. Every writer muses, ‘What if the reader isn’t sure whether the husband killed his wife, or not?’ That’s a basic whodunit. But Sakey asks, ‘What if the husband isn’t sure whether he killed his wife, or not?’ That’s a terrific premise, and it boosts an already- terrific thriller plot into the stratosphere. "- Lee Child

    Release date: 5 December 2012

  • Grandville Bete Noire, Bryan Talbot

    Grandville Bete Noire, Brya…

    At Toad Hall, lair of multibillionaire Baron… More details

    Grandville Bete Noire, Bryan Talbot

    Grandville Bete Noire, Bryan Talbot

    At Toad Hall, lair of multibillionaire Baron Aristotle Krapaud, a cabal of industrialists and fat cats plot the violent overthrow of the French state by the intervention of horribly beweaponed automaton soldiers. Meanwhile, the brutal murder of a famous Parisian artist, mysteriously stabbed to death in his locked and guarded studio, is subject to the investigations of the tenacious Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard, placing him and his faithful adjunct, Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi, in pursuit of the mysterious masked assassin stalking the cut-throat commercial world of the Grandville art scene.

    Described as " a glorious illegitimate offspring of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming - with animals", Talbot's tale is the third stand-alone novel from the Grandville series and a truly hilarious thriller.

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • The Spirit of London, Boris Johnson

    The Spirit of London, Boris…

    "London’s buildings may be famous,… More details

    The Spirit of London, Boris Johnson

    The Spirit of London, Boris Johnson

    "London’s buildings may be famous, London’s history may be lengthy and illustrious, but it is London’s people who have given, and continue to give, the city its exuberant and exhilarating profile."

    As Mayor of London, there's no-one better placed than BoJo to give a vivid account of the cultural history of the capital. From the Romans and Dick Whittington to J.W. Turner and Chaucer, it's a colourful and lively read.

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • Pierced, Thomas Enger

    Pierced, Thomas Enger

    A CONVICTED KILLER Despite always maintaining his… More details

    Pierced, Thomas Enger

    Pierced, Thomas Enger

    A CONVICTED KILLER

    Despite always maintaining his innocence, Tori Pulli, once a powerful player in Oslo’s underground crime scene, has been found guilty of murder.

    A LOOSE END

    Scarred reporter, Henning Juul, is contacted by Pulli, who claims that if Henning can help clear his name he can give him details of who was responsible for the fire which killed his six-year-old son, Jonas.

    A DOUBLE THREAT

    Desperate to continue his own search for justice, Henning realizes that the information Pulli promises is life threatening, to both of them and to others. As events take a deadly turn, Henning finds himself on the trail of two killers, for whom the stakes have never been higher . . .

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • Mutton, India Knight

    Mutton, India Knight

    Clara Hutt, 46, feels herself to be in her… More details

    Mutton, India Knight

    Mutton, India Knight

    Clara Hutt, 46, feels herself to be in her absolute prime. She is chipper. Her sap is rising mightily, as it happens. But then her friend Gaby comes back from California and moves in with her. Gaby is no stranger to Los Angeles's more invasive cosmetic procedures. She may be pushing 50 but she looks 35. And Clara wonders: should she follow suit? A little Botox, a little filler, a little nip, a little tuck . . . but where to stop? And is nostril-waxing ever a good idea?

    In Knight's fourth novel, we follow the author's fictional ego as she navigates through the confidence-kicking signs of aging and a potential mid-life crisis.

    Release date: December 2012

  • Information is Beautiful, David McCandless

    Information is Beautiful, D…

    "Every day, every hour, every minute we are… More details

    Information is Beautiful, David McCandless

    Information is Beautiful, David McCandless

    "Every day, every hour, every minute we are bombarded by information - from television, from newspapers, from the internet, we're steeped in it, maybe even lost in it. We need a new way to relate to it, to discover the beauty and the fun of information for information's sake. "

    In this new 2012 edition of the cult infographics books, expect 20 updates and 20 new visualisations. If it's not on your coffee table already, here's your excuse to indulge your inner data geek. We're not judging.

    Release date: 6 December 2012

  • Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher

    Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pit…

    "Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark… More details

    Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher

    Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher

    "Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder."

    Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can - in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

    Release date: 27 December 2012

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