AND IT'S GOODNIGHT FROM HIM - RONNIE CORBETT
WHEN I FALL IN LOVE - MIRANDA DICKINSON
"What happens when your happy ever after is suddenly and painfully taken away from you?
Elsie Maynard has a whole new life she never expected to have.
From inadvertently founding a choir like no other with former 80s rock star Woody Jensen, to daring to date again, Elsie steps out into an unknown future – a future that could include gorgeous designer Olly Hogarth, a man who seems intent on winning her heart. Overcoming problems, challenges and the occasional frustration – namely overconfident Torin Stewart who seems to be everywhere – Elsie believes she is making the most of her life.
But then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the last item on a very important List.
Can Elsie take the final step and lay her past to rest? Join Elsie as she battles to start again, with the help of a disastrous, newly-formed singing group and her father and sister armed with dating hopefuls."
I thoroughly enjoyed her first two, missed her third - and this one looks a bit wintry and Parisian. Sold.
ENCOUNTERS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - EDITED BY GEORGE MANN
"A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Justin Richards, Paul Magrs, Guy Adams, Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George Mann, and including a story by Mann himself."
Not out till February, but i've got an advance e-copy because i'm in it (with my first ever Sherlock story!) I've been looking forward to reading this ever since i first heard it was happening.
AMONG OTHERS - JO WALTON
"'It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.' Fifteen-year-old Morwenna lives in Wales with her twin sister and a mother who spins dark magic for ill. One day, Mori and her mother fight a powerful, magical battle that kills her sister and leaves Mori crippled. Devastated, Mori flees to her long-lost father in England. Adrift, outcast at boarding school, Mori retreats into the worlds she knows best: her magic and her books. She works a spell to meet kindred souls and continues to devour every fantasy and science fiction novel she can lay her hands on. But danger lurks... She knows her mother is looking for her and that when she finds her, there will be no escape."
I read about this on a round-up of 2012's best sf and fantasy that David Barnett did for the Independent, which is here. It sounds lovely - I really love books about *readers*.