Here’s a guide to some of the best books being published during the rest of the year…

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins: this new novel from the author of The Binding comes this new tale, set to be published in November.

In an exclusive institution tucked away in the mountains the best and brightest study an arcane and mysterious game, as they have for centuries. But times are changing, and traditions being overturned – the truth will come out…

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: heading to bookshops this August is the new novel from the author of  How to Stop Time and The Humans. The Midnight Library is said to be a story of regret, hope and forgiveness.

Between life and death there is a library.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith: set for release in September, very little is known so far about what readers can expect from this latest Strike novel but it will be interesting to see how the central relationship between Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacot changes and develops.

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo: this stand alone novel from the Norwegian author is a story filled with family secrets and festering small-town enmity, written with the author’s customary style.

In the far north of Norway a man lives a peaceful existence. However one day his younger brother, always the more successful and charming of the two, turns up to visit, accompanied by his new wife. It soon turns out that the little brother is not quite as angelic as he seems.  

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell: released on the 31st March, Maggie O’Farrell’s latest novel brings back to life the story of Hamnet Shakespeare, offering an account of William Shakespeare’s only son’s life.

On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?

Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week.

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