Hot new books of November

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The clocks have gone back, the weather's got a new chill and we want nothing more than to curl up in bed with a mug of tea and one these exciting new book releases. From Julian Barnes' collection of literary essays to Rachel Johnson's much discussed book on a pre-World War II Munich finishing school, there's plenty to devour from the book charts this month.

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  • Stranger Magic, Marina Warner

    Magic is not simply a matter of the occult arts, but a whole way of thinking, of dreaming the impossible. The supreme fiction of magical thinking is the Arabian Nights, with its flying carpets, hidden treasure and sudden revelations.

    A modern authority on ancient myths and fairy tales, Marina Warner regales the lesser-known stories from the classic Arabian Nights collection. It's a beguiling read that will likely make you nostalgic for the original Aladdin and co.

    Release date: 1 November

  • The Last Girl, Jane Casey

    Her throat cut to the bone, she didn't stand a chance. Her mother, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly. DC Maeve Kerrigan's first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband is found lying bleeding and unconscious in an upstairs room, insisting he's the third victim rather than their prime suspect.

    The first thriller on this month's round-up, The Last Girl is Jane Casey's third book on the world of DC Maeve Kerrigan. Unfurling a gritty domestic crime in South London, Kerrigan juggles the demands of her case alongside a fledgling romance. A truly modern detective tale.

    Release date: 1 November

  • LAMB, Bonnie Nadzam

    Tommie is eleven. Lamb is a middle-aged man. He is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness. He even comes to believe that his devotion is in her best interest.

    An unsettling tale of the relationship between two people separated by age and experience, Bonnie Nadzam's debut novel has already garnered rave reviews stateside. Nadzam's difficult story will invariably be compared to Nabakov's Lolita - but this is darker, fresher and stomach-turningly good.

    Release date: 1 November

  • The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak

    Vavara, a young orphaned Polish girl, is brought to serve at Empress Elizabeth’s glittering, dangerous court in St Petersburg. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara is educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen - and to wait for opportunity.

    Set in one of the most evocative periods of Russian history, this is the tale of a young Polish girl who negotiates the political and social ladders to become Catherine the Great. The perfect book to curl up with as winter closes in.

    Release date: 8 November

  • Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver

    Discontented with her life of poverty on a failing farm in the eastern United States, a young mother impulsively seeks out an affair. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house toward a secret tryst she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire.

    Riffing on ideas of class, poverty and climate change, Barbara Kingsolver's novel examines the challenges of a rural existence in the modern world.

    Release date: 8 November

  • Havisham, Ronald Frame

    There was a delicate tracery of gold foil on the back of the dress. How strange that such a consummately made garment should be worn for this one day only. But, as every girl growing up understood, her wedding day was the most significant she would know: a woman’s crowning glory.

    A supposed prelude to Great Expectations, Frame's novel narrates the early life and times of the imperious Catherine Havisham. Raised in a life of luxury at Satis House, the young heroine's gilded life begins to unravel with the appearance of a charismatic stranger. A timely effort in the year of Dicken's bicentenary.

    Release date: 1 November

  • Standing in Another Man's Grave, Ian Rankin

    It's twenty-five years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and five years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. All Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium. The problem being, no one else wants to go there - and that includes Rebus's fellow officers. Not that any of that is going to stop Rebus. Not even when his own life and the careers of those around him are on the line.

    Master of the crime novel Ian Rankin brings his famous dour detective out of retirement for this latest installment in the Rebus series.

    Release date: 8 November

  • Winter Games, Rachel Johnson

    Munich, 1936. She doesn't know it, but eighteen-year old Daphne Linden has a seat in the front row of history. Along with her best friend, Betsy Barton-Hill, and a whole bevy of other young English upper-class girls, Daphne is in Bavaria to improve her German, to go to the Opera, to be 'finished'. It may be the Third Reich, but another war is unthinkable, and the girls are having the time of their lives. Aren't they?

    Rachel Johnson's Winter Games narrates the story of Daphne's granddaughter, Francie Fitzsimon, in 2006 as she sets off on a quest to discover what really happened to her grandmother in Germany, all those years ago.

    Release date: 1 November

  • The Black Box, Michael Connelly

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photojournalist during the L.A. riots. Though never solved, now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue.

    Conjuring up the perfect anti-hero in Harry Bosch, The Black Box charts the discovery of one piece of evidence that holds the key to solving a brutal murder case dating decades back. It's clever and brilliantly wrought stuff.

    Release date: 22 November

  • Daughter of Empire, Pamela Hicks

    Born at the end of the Twenties into one of Britain's grandest families, Pamela was the daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten and his glamorous wife Edwina Ashley. A solitary child, she learned to occupy her days lost in a book, riding or playing with the family's animals (which included at different times a honey bear, chameleons, a bush baby, two wallabies, a lion, a mongoose and a coati mundi).

    Her parents' vast social circle included royalty, film stars, senior service officers, politicians and celebrities. Noel Coward invited Pamela to watch him filming; Douglas Fairbanks Jr. dropped in for tea and Churchill would call for 'a word with Dickie'. After the war, Pamela truly came of age in India, while her parents were the Last Viceroy and Vicereine. This introduction to the country would start a life-long love affair with the people and the place.

    Release date: November 2012

  • Two Brothers, Ben Elton

    Berlin 1920. Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice....Which one of them will survive?

    Tipped to be Ben Elton's big return, Two Brothers examines questions of identity, fraternal bonds and humanity against the backdrop of Germany in transition after the chaos of World War.

    Release date: 8 November

  • Two Pints, Roddy Doyle

    Two men meet for a pint in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, take the piss… They talk about their wives, their kids, their kids’ pets, their football teams and – this being Ireland in 2011–12 –about the euro, the crash, the presidential election, the Queen’s visit. But these men are not parochial or small-minded; one of them knows where to find the missing Colonel Gaddafi (he’s working as a cleaner at Dublin Airport); they worry about Greek debt, the IMF and the bondholders ( whatever they might be); in their fashion, they mourn the deaths of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Davy Jones and Robin Gibb; and they ask each other the really important questions like ‘Would you ever let yourself be digitally enhanced?’

    Roddy Doyle's latest offering sees current affairs and contemporary pop culture through a deftly executed realm of comedy and eccentricity.

    Release date: 1 November 2012

  • Through the Window, Julian Barnes

    "Novels tell us the most truth about life: what it is, how we live it, what it might be for, how we enjoy and value it, and how we lose it."

    In these seventeen essays (and one short story) the Booker Prize winner examines British, French and American writers who have meant the most to him: from the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling's view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the many translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the National Treasure status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is, and what it can do.