We’ve told you our favourite Fiction, Non-Fiction and Graphic Novels of this year (check them out if you haven’t already), and now, hot on the heels of our best-of-2018 posts, comes the roundup to end all roundups: our top sellers!
Baby’s First Eames by Julie Merberg
(Downtown Bookworks, 9781941367391, Board book, £9.99)
From Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to Knoll furniture, Eames chairs to Noguchi sculptures, this super board book makes timeless structures and styles fun and accessible for aesthetes of all ages.
Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
(No Exit Press, 9780857302670, p/b, £8.99)
A doppelganger novel told from the point of view of the doppelganger, which raises questions about who we really are and how we have come to be them.
The Cold Summer by Gianrico Carofiglio
(Bitter Lemon Press, 9781912242030, p/b, £8.99)
A morally complex, action-packed story about the Italian mafia in the 1990s, leading Detective Fenoglio into a world of deep moral ambiguity, where the investigators are hard to distinguish from the investigated.
Death Rope by Leigh Russell
(No Exit Press, 9781843449348, p/b, £7.99)
Detective Geraldine Steel is feeling the pressure more than ever in her eleventh outing. Taking increasingly dangerous risks in the hunt for the killer, Geraldine finds herself under threat. Can her boss, Ian Peterson, solve the mystery in time to save her?
The East End in Colour, 1960-1980 by David Granick
(Hoxton Mini Press, 9781910566312, h/b, £16.95)
These images capture the post-war streets of Stepney, Whitechapel, Bow and beyond in the warmth of Kodachrome hues at a time when black and white photography was the norm. Left untouched on a library shelf for 37 years, and revealed now for the first time, these photographs show an East London on the cusp of social transition.
The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet; translated by Don Bartlett
(No Exit Press, 9781843447740, p/b, £7.99)
In the depths of the Norwegian winter, a woman’s frozen corpse is discovered in the garden of a notorious ex-lawyer. A young biker, a member of a gang once represented by the lawyer, is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Does the frozen woman hold the key to a web of violence, crime and blackmail that spreads across Northern Europe?
The Future by Neil Hilborn
(Button Poetry, 9781943735310, p.b, £13.99)
Neil Hilborn’s highly anticipated second collection of poems, The Future, invites readers to find comfort in hard nights and better days. Filled with nostalgia, love, heartbreak, and the author’s signature wry examinations of mental health, this book helps explain what lives inside us, what we struggle to define.
The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez & Ron Lim
(Marvel/Panini, 9781846539435, p/b, £17.99)
The Avengers – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and more join forces to stop the Mad Titan, Thanos! With the Infinity Gauntlet harnessing the omnipotent power of all six Infinity Stones, Thanos has become the most powerful being in the universe, and enslavement or destruction may be the only choices he gives it!
Juliet & Romeo by David Hewson
(Dome Press, 9781999855901, p/b, £8.99)
Shakespeare’s most well-known and well-loved play has been turned into a gripping romantic thriller with a modern twist. Rich with the sights and smells of medieval Verona, peopled with a vibrant cast of characters who spring from the page, this is Shakespeare as you’ve never read it before – and with a killer twist at the end…
Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
(Reel Art Press, 9781909526501, h/b, £50)
Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustrated book ever to be produced in full collaboration with the members of the band, celebrating 50 years since their formation. We see the band on and off stage, in candid moments, and in the recording studio. Accompanying the photographs is rare and unseen artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives, and fascinating documents and images from the Atlantic Records vault.
The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia by Nintendo
(Dark Horse, 9781506706382, h/b, £33.50)
A comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more.
My Brilliant Friend (TV Tie-In) by Elena Ferrante
(Europa Editions, 9781787701748, p/b, £12.99)
Unless you’ve been living on Mars this year you couldn’t have failed to notice that one of our all-time favourites and bestsellers has been adapted for TV, currently showing on Sky Atlantic. Rediscover Lenu and Elena at the start of their journey.
The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes
(Myriad, 9781912408030, h/b, £14.99)
On 7th November 1843 Harriet Monckton, 23 years old and a woman of respectable parentage and religious habits, was found murdered behind the chapel she had regularly attended in Bromley, Kent. Drawing on coroner’s reports and witness testimonies, the novel unfolds from the viewpoints of each of the main characters, each of whom have a reason to want her dead. Based on a true story that shocked and fascinated the nation.
Narco Wars by Tom Chandler
(Milo Books, 9781908479921, p/b, £8.99)
Tom Chandler arrived in Bogota at the height of the cocaine boom. Pablo Escobar lay dead, the Cali Cartel had taken over most of the global supply, and an avalanche of coke was poised to hit Europe. Now the British government wanted Chandler to do the impossible: infiltrate and stop the most powerful crime syndicate on earth.
Prayer Before Dawn by Billy Moore
(Maverick House, 9781908518637, p/b, £8.99)
Billy Moore travelled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism, but relapsed after trying ya ba – a highly addictive form of methamphetamine. Moore’s life descended into chaos, drug dealing and violence in Thailand until he was imprisoned in Klong Prem, a place where life has no value. This is no ordinary prison memoir; it’s the story of one man’s struggle to survive. Now a major film.
The Railway Adventures by Vicki Pipe & Geoff Marshall
(September Publishing, 9781910463871, h/b, £16.99)
Geoff and Vicki set out in 2017 to visit every single one of the UK’s 2,563 railway stations. This beautifully illustrated book of their journeys is also an evocative and humorous read – each chapter offering up to 20 wonders of the GB railways.
Super Mario Encyclopedia by Nintendo
(Dark Horse, 9781506708973, h/b, £33.50)
Jam-packed with content from all seventeen Super Mario games this tome also contains an interview with producer Takashi Tezuka, tips to help you find every coin, star, sun, and mushroom – even explanations of glitches! With information on enemies, items, obstacles, and worlds from over thirty years of Mario, Super Mario Encyclopedia is the definitive resource for everything Super Mario!
Tossary of Terms by Jon Link and Mick Bunnage
(Modern Toss, 9780992910778, h/b, £9.99)
This book identifies and defines – with new words and phrases – a random pisspot of contemporary social phenomena which has so far gone unnamed. The ear grease on a smartphone screen, wearing a hat that makes you look like even more of a tit, the DNA rich stew in the bogs hand dryer trough, paying extra money to sit in a plane before the rest of the passengers.
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
(Text, 9781925498523, p/b, £12.99)
Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to the living and the dead – and the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos; translated by Hildegarde Serle
(Europa Editions, 9781609454838, h/b, £14.99)
The first volume of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by French author Christelle Dabos is already a YA publishing sensation. The world Dabos has created is made up of floating islands, known as arks. When Ophelia is sent to a distant ark to marry a man she’s only just met she soon becomes entwined in a political plot that seeks to make use of her power to read objects’ history through touch.