Welcome to my mid-year review of interesting books and fancy editions that are on my radar for the latter half of 2021. The video covers many of the books on this page (with pictures of the internals if I can get them pre-publication), but I always add a bunch of extra books onto the webpage list for you dear readers of the article!
Hope there is something here you like, and please do share which upcoming books you are most looking forward to in the comments ツ
The Macmillan Fairy Tales Collection by various authors and artists
A collection of timeless fairy tales from around the world with classic golden age illustrations. Foiled die-cut cover, gold foiled edges and a ribbon marker. Macmillan/Henry Holt. Sep 14, 2021.
The Book Smugglers (Pages & Co #4) by Anna James
Fourth adventure in a series that celebrates books, friendship and cake. UK: HarperCollins, Sep 16, 2021; US: Philomel, Oct 19, 2021.
★ Signed edition at Waterstones
Harry Potter – A Magical Year by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay
A journey through the seasons at Hogwarts with preparatory sketches along with iconic illustrations from the illustrated books. US: Scholastic (1338809970); UK: Bloomsbury (1526640872). October 5, 2021.
New Chiltern Classics by various authors, 8 new titles releasing in July 2021 (and more anticipated for later in the year)
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
❦ See also the Guide to collecting the Chiltern Classics for more in this series…
Seasons Editions – Fall by various authors, due Aug 31, 2021
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Shakespeare in Autumn by William Shakespeare
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
❦ See also my Collector’s Guide to the Seasons Editions…
Beehive Books – Illuminated editions by various authors
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, illustrated by Dave McKean – Aug 24
- The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish, illustrated Rebekka Dunlap – Sep 28
❦ See also my Collector’s Guide to Beehive’s Illuminated Editions
Wordsworth’s Collector’s Editions by various authors
The Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dubliners by James Joyce releasing Sep 2, 2021.
❦ See also the Collector’s Guide to the Wordsworth Classics for more in this series…
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by MinaLima.
A deluxe gift edition of the classic story, with beautiful four-color artwork and nine interactive features. Harper Design. Sep 7, 2021.
❦ See also the Collector’s Guide to MinaLima’s Interactive Classics series…
Little Women ‘Letters Edition’ by Louisa May Alcott and Barbara Heller
The full text of Little Women, plus gorgeous, removable replicas of the characters’ letters and other writings. Chronicle Books. Sep 16, 2021.
❦ See also my review of Heller’s letters edition of Pride and Prejudice…
Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics series by various authors
- Emma (flexibound), Aug 27, 2021
- A Christmas Carol and other Christmas Tales, Nov 26, 2021.
- Beauty and the Beast and other Fairy Tales, Nov 26, 2021
- Legends and Tales of the American West by Richard Erdoes, Dec 29, 2021
→ Find Beauty & the Beast at B&N
→ Find American West at B&N
❦ See also the Collector’s Guide to the Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics for more in this series…
Marjolein Bastin Classics by various authors
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin, Oct 5, 2021.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Nov 11, 2021
❦ See also my review of Marjolein Bastin’s edition of Pride and Prejudice…
Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Wood Bee Queen by Edward Cox
Somewhere in England, in a small town called Strange Ground by the Skea, Ebbie Wren is the last librarian and he’s about to lose his job. On the other side of the sky and the sea, the Queen of House Wood Bee has been murdered. ISBN 1473226864. Jun 10, 2021.
Star Wars: The Rising Storm (The High Republic #2) by Cavan Scott
There’s a lot going on with the new High Republic Series. This one is next in line and there are several special bundles around. Del Rey. Jun 29, 2021.
★ Also available: signed edition with alternate jacket and tote bag at Out of Print, double-sided poster with B&N exclusive edition, exclusive cover and poster at Target, limited edition with green sprayed edges at Goldsboro.
The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Yalxi, the deposed Supreme Mistress of the Guild of Sorcerers, sets out on a desperate mission to regain her magic and find a weapon capable of destroying the usurper on her throne. Limited to 1000 copies. ISBN 1645240304. June 30, 2021.
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
Simon, Baz, Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. US: Wednesday Books; UK: Macmillan. Jul 6, 2021.
★ Decorative stencilled edges UK edition at Waterstones
★ Bonus pin from participating US independent bookstores
Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey
Thora and Santi are thrown together multiple times across time and space, forcing them to confront the question of why they keep meeting in so many different lives. US: William Morrow; UK: HarperCollins. Jul 8, 2021.
★ Signed UK edition with sprayed edges at Waterstones
Sabriel 25th Anniversary Edition by Garth nix
Sabriel must cross over into the Old Kingdom to find her missing father, the Mage Abhorsen. All editions have exclusive artwork and additional content. Aug 3, 2021.
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
Gabriel de León, last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church from the vampiric “coldbloods” is imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king. US edition: St Martin’s Press; UK edition; HarperCollins. Sep 7, 2021.
❦ See also my special editions roundup for Empire of the Vampire
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Freshly deceased, Wallace has seven days to discover the meaning of a fun-filled existence. UK: Pan Macmillan; US: St Martin’s Press. Sep 21, 2021
★ Signed edition with blue sprayed edges and illustrated endpapers at Waterstones
The Book of Form & Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. UK: Canongate; US: Viking. Sep 23, 2021.
► Signed edition with decorative stencilled page edges at Waterstones
Discworld Collector’s Library series by Terry Pratchett
The last couple of volumes in the Tiffany Aching series and the Amazing Maurice are being released. Doubleday. Sep 23, 2021. Available from the Discworld Emporium and:
The Last Graduate (Scholomance #2) by Naomi Novik
The specter of graduation looms large in this fantasy sequel. UK edition: Cornerstone; US: Random House. Sep 28, 2021.
Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another. US: Flatiron; UK: Hodder & Stoughton. Sep 28, 2021.
★ Special preorder offer for an alternate dust jacket for US readers
Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
A teen girl with mythic abilities must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead. US edition: Margaret K. McElderry; UK edition: Simon & Schuster. Sep 28, 2021.
► Signed UK edition at Waterstones
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Underwater adventure in this modern retelling of 20,000 leagues under the sea. US: Disney-Hyperion; UK: Penguin. Oct 5, 2021.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Collector’s Edition) by VE Schwab
Collector’s hardback edition with additional features (different features in different regions). UK Titan (all first printings signed); US Tor. October 6, 2021.
★ See also my Addie LaRue special edition round-up for more version
Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
Emilia is on a fierce mission to finally uncovered what happened to her sister. ISBN 1529350506. Oct 5, 2021.
★ Special signed edition with blue sprayed page edges at Waterstones
Lyra’s Oxford, Illustrated Edition (His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Chris Wormell
A novella set two years after the events of His Dark Materials. ISBN 9780241509968. Oct 14, 2021.
The Lord of the Rings, Illustrated edition by JRR Tolkien
Illustrated throughout in colour by the author (30 plates, 2 fold-out maps), with complete text printed in two colours and red sprayed page edges with white elvish runes. HarperCollins, Oct 14, 2021.
The Lord of the Rings, Deluxe edition by JRR Tolkien
Quarterbound in red leather, with raised ribs on the spine and stamped in two foils on black cloth. Illustrated throughout in colour by the author (30 plates, 2 fold-out maps), with complete text printed in two colours. Limited to 5000 copies. HarperCollins, Oct 14, 2021.
Medusa by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill
Exiled to a far-flung island by the whims of the gods, Medusa is charmed when a beautiful boy called Perseus arrives on the island. UK: Bloomsbury (1408886936); US: Bloomsbury YA (1547607599). Oct 14, 2021.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, illustrated by MinaLima
Includes 150 full-colour illustrations and eight interactive paper-engineered elements. UK edition: Bloomsbury 152663788X. US edition: Scholastic 1338716530. Oct 19, 2021.
Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. US: Delacourt; UK: Cornerstone. Nov 23, 2021.
► Signed UK edition with golden bees stencilled on the page edges at Waterstones
Chivalry by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Colleen Doran
A new graphic novel from the team who wrote the lovely Snow, Glass, Apples, in which an elderly widow accidentally purchases the Holy Grail from a second-hand shop, setting her off on an epic adventure with an ancient knight. ISBN 9781506719115. December 14, 2021.
Fiction, Non-Fiction and Other Works
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive. US edition: Penguin; UK edition: Canongate. Jul 6, 2021.
Midsummer Mysteries by Agatha Christie
A collection of summer-themed short mystery stories. ISBN 0008470936. July 22, 2021.
Also, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is coming out in this series binding, Nov 11, 2021
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Reimagines the life of a peasant rebel-turned-founding emperor of the Ming dynasty in fourteenth-century China. UK: Pan Macmillan. US: Tor. July 22, 2021.
★ Signed UK edition at Waterstones
A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris
Mystery (from the author of Chocolat). St Oswald’s Grammar School employs its first-ever female head teacher and she’s determined not to let anything stand in her way – not even a body. ISBN 9781398708150. August 4, 2021.
► Signed UK edition with stencilled page edges at Waterstones
The Women of Troy (Silence of the Girls #2) by Pat Barker
Myth retelling. Old feuds and new ambitions are brought into play in the aftermath of the Trojan War, with Briseis forging alliances in the Greek encampment on her path to revenge. Doubleday. August 26, 2021.
Freckles by Cecelia Ahern
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. Sep 2, 2021
► Sprayed edges editions at Waterstones
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
A tale of petty criminals and failed heists set in 1960s Harlem. US: Doubleday; UK: Little, Brown. Sep 14, 2021.
The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club #2) by Richard Osman
Mystery. Our ageing heroes get enmeshed in an underworld escapade involving stolen diamonds and vicious gangsters. ISBN 9780241425428. September 16, 2021.
The Annotated Godfather, 50th anniversary by Jenny M Jones
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, this authorized, annotated and illustrated edition of the complete, unedited screenplay includes all the little-known facts, behind-the-scenes intrigue, and first-person reflections from cast and crew members on the making of this landmark film. ISBN 9780762473830. September 21, 2021.
Codex Seraphinianus, 40th Anniversary edition by Luigi Serafini
Unusual visual encyclopaedia of an unknown world, written in an unknown language. Deluxe limited edition in solander box with extra prints and other features. Sep 28, 2021.
Sharpe’s Assassin [Collector’s Edition] by Bernard Cornwell
“Outsider. Hero. Rogue. And the one man you want on your side.” First print run of the UK edition has gold foiled board and author signature. UK: HarperCollins. Sep 30, 2021.
The Every by Dave Eggers
When the world’s largest search engine / social media company merges with the planet’s dominant e-commerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous-and, oddly enough, most beloved-monopoly ever known: The Every. Hardbacks are only available at independent bookstores. Oct 21, 2021.
► Find it at Blackwells
Dune: The Graphic Novel (DLE) by Frank Herbert, adapted by Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson, illustrated by Raul Allen
Graphic Novel adaptation of the story of Paul Atreides and his family as they fight for control of the desert planet Arrakis. Oct 28, 2021.