How do I find special editions of books?

Advice from a Collector

Introduction

Once you’ve started building up an an interesting book collection, you’re bound to start noticing special editions on other peoples shelves. Where do people find these gems, you wonder? Maybe they talk about getting them through exclusive (and expensive book clubs), or maybe they are investing in beautiful but expensive publishers like Folio Society or Easton Press. Now, you want some of these special editions for your own book collection – books with sprayed edges, beautiful designs, limited editions – without that sort of serious financial commitment. But how can you get them? Well, I’m glad you asked, because I’m here to help! This page is where I maintain a list of upcoming preorders and recent releases of special edition books that anyone can buy, and I’ve also included some of the best stores you can haunt to find them as well if you want to jump to the end of the page. Enjoy!

p.s. Please do let me know in the comments if you find anything here you like (so I know if this list is useful!), or feel free to send me details of any books you think should be added ツ

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List of Special Editions

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List last updated September 20, 2021.
Numbers are often limited, grab books while they are available because some do sell out fast!

October 2022

Silverborn: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #4) by Jessica Townsend

Orion. October 13, 2022.

Middle grade fantasy.

Revelations surrounding Morrigan’s true identity gather pace as she sides with someone very dangerous to learn more of the Wundrous Arts.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback. Special features TBC, including sprayed page edges. 

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


July 2022

The House of Fortune (Miniaturist #2) by Jessie Burton

Pan Macmillan. July 7, 2022.

Historical fiction.

Set in the golden city of Amsterdam in 1705, a story of fate and ambition, secrets and dreams, and one young woman’s determination to rule her own destiny.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback. Special features TBC (likely sprayed page edges). 

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


June 2022

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone [25th Anniversary Edition] by JK Rowling

Bloomsbury. June 9, 2022.

YA fantasy.

The first book in the Harry Potter series follows Harry Potter as he discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday, and heads off to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Anniversary edition: UK hardback commemorative edition with the original 1997 cover design featuring artwork by Thomas Taylor. The anniversary sticker is removable, and bonus content includes silver foiling and the original hand-drawn Hogwarts crest. This edition will be available for one year only.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | Blackwells | Waterstones


April 2022

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

Pan Macmillan. April 28, 2022.

Fantasy/Time Travel.

Intertwines the stories of an Edwardian exile in British Columbia and an Earth-hopping writer two centuries later.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback. Includes an extra chapter. 

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Pan Macmillan) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Knopf, different cover) at Amazon | Book Depository


Amari and the Great Game by BB Alston

HarperCollins. April 14, 2022.

YA fantasy.

Between the fearsome new Head Minister’s strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton’s curse steadily worsening, Amari’s plate is full. But a leadership challenge sparks the start of the Great Game, a competition to decide who will become the Night Brothers’ successor and determine the future of magiciankind.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with purple sprayed page edges. 

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (HarperCollins) at Amazon | Book Depository; or standard US edition (Balzer + Bray, different cover) at Amazon | Book Depository


Death [Deluxe Edition] by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Christ Bachalo

DC Comics. April 5, 2022.

Graphic novel/Fantasy.

A deluxe collection of Neil Gaiman’s solo stories of The Sandman series’ most beloved character, Death.

Deluxe edition: Collects Death: The High Cost of Living #1-3, Death: The Time of Your Life #1-3, the “Death Talks about Life” AIDS pamphlet, stories from Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2 and The Sandman: Endless Nights, the short story “The Wheel” from the 9-11 tribute book, and The Sandman #8 and #20. (Cover TBC)

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


March 2022

The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich

Atria. March 22, 2022.

Humor/adventure.

As a recovery agent, Gabriela Rose is hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Cortez. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it–Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. 

B&N exclusive: US hardback edition. Special features TBC (likely alternate cover design). 

Find it at Barnes & Noble

Signed edition also available


Alternatively, see the standard US edition at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard UK edition (Simon & Schuster) at Amazon | Book Depository


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) (Collector’s Edition) by Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends. March 15, 2022.

YA Science Fiction.

A teenage cyborg must fight for Earth’s survival against villains from outer space.

Collectors edition: Slipcased US hardback with new cover design. 

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Ogres (Special Edition) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Solaris. March 15, 2022.

Fantasy Thriller.

It’s always idyllic in the village until the landlord comes to call, because the landlord is an Ogre. They only eat people sometimes. But when the headman’s son, Torquell, dares lift his hand against the landlord’s son, he sets himself on a path to learn the terrible truth about the Ogres, and about the dark sciences that ensured their rule.

Special edition: Signed limited edition hardcover. 

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Profile. March 3, 2022.

Biography/historical novel.

A nineteenth-century saga of a thespian family whose six siblings come to adulthood in the shadow of the American Civil War, one of whom goes on to make the fatal decision to assassinate President Lincoln.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback. Special features TBC (likely sprayed edges). 

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Profile) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (GP Putnam’s) at Amazon | Book Depository


February 2022

Again, Rachel (Rachel’s Holiday #2) by Marian Keyes

Penguin. Feb 17, 2022

Romance.

After hauling her life back on track, Rachel suffers a spectacular setback when an old flame arrives in her life once more.

Waterstones exclusive: UK signed hardback with bonus content. 

Find it at Waterstones

Easons exclusive: US paperback with pink sprayed edges and bonus content. 

Find it at Easons


House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J Maas

Bloomsbury. Feb 15, 2022

Adult fantasy.

Bryce and Hunt are thrown into a rebel war from which they will be lucky to escape alive.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback (some signed copies available). Special features include an exclusive extra chapter featuring Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar letting off some steam.

Find it at Waterstones

★ Signed edition OOP.

B&N and Chapters Indigo exclusives: US hardback (some signed copies available). Special features include an exclusive extra chapter featuring Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar letting off some steam.

Find it at Barnes & Noble or !ndigo

BAM exclusive: US hardback (some signed copies available). Special features include an exclusive extra chapter featuring Ruhn and the ominous words of the Oracle.

Find it at Books-A-Million

★ Signed edition OOP.

Target exclusive: US hardback. Special features include an exclusive bonus scene featuring Tharion Ketos.

Find it at Target


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Bloomsbury) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Bloomsbury NY) Amazon | Book Depository


The Tale of Peter Rabbit (125th Birthday) by Beatrix Potter

Warne. Feb 3, 2022.

Picture book.

Mischievous  young Peter Rabbit gets into trouble in Mr McGregor’s garden.

125th birthday edition: Small UK hardback with new cover design, decorative endpapers and title page.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


January 2022

The Velveteen Rabbit (100th Anniversary) by Margery Williams, illustrated by Charles Santore

Applesauce Press. Jan 22, 2022.

Picture book.

A heartwarming classic abut a beloved toy rabbit.

Anniversary edition: Limited anniversary hardback edition housed in an heirloom slipcase.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe

Faber & Faber. Jan 20, 2022.

Fiction.

Nineteen-year-old William’s decision to volunteer at the tragic scene of the 1966 Aberfan landslide transforms his life forever.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback. Yellow sprayed page edges with falling leaves stencilled on the page edges. 

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (yellow dust jacket) at Amazon | Book Depository


To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Pan Macmillan. Jan 11, 2022.

Speculative fiction.

A chronicle of love, the meaning of family and the excruciating cost of unattainable dreams, traversing three centuries and three alternative versions of America. 

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback. Includes exclusive author Q&A. 

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; or standard US edition (Doubleday) at Amazon | Book Depository


December 2021

The Velveteen Rabbit (100th Anniversary) by Margery Williams, illustrated by William Nicholson

Little Sparrow. Dec 25, 2021.

Picture book.

A heartwarming classic about a beloved toy rabbit.

Anniversary edition: US hardback edition with an introduction by Matthew Kelly. (See also the slipcased edition released in Jan 2022).

Find it at Amazon


Once and Future (Deluxe Edition) by Freya Marske

Boom! Studios. Dec 23, 2021.

Graphic novel.

Retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire knows that they are. And when a group of Nationalists uncover the fabled scabbard of Excalibur in order to bring King Arthur back from the dead to reclaim England, she will be the only one who can stop them. In order to do so, she’ll need to pull her unsuspecting academic grandson, Duncan, into a deadly world of myth and prophecy.

Deluxe hardcover: US hardback includes Once & Future #1-12.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Pan Macmillan. Dec 12, 2021

Historical fantasy.

A comedy of manners, manor houses, and hedge mazes set in an alternative Edwardian England, including a magic-infused murder mystery and a delightful queer romance.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with orange sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Tor) at Amazon | Book Depository


BOSH on a Budget by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

HarperCollins. Dec 9, 2021.

Cookbook.

80 affordable, hassle-free vegan recipes, from comfort food to brunches to desserts.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK paperback with six bonus recipes.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Sin City Vol 2: A Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller

Dark Horse Comics. Dec 7, 2021

Graphic novel.

A special edition of the crime noir masterpiece that has gripped audiences for decades.

Deluxe edition: US oversized hardback edition. Housed in a cloth covered slipcase with foil stamping and printing, and book features a soft touch matte finish with spot gloss and foil stamping. Also includes a portfolio with deluxe print of new artwork by Frank Miller, exclusive print and sketchbook of never-before-published development art.

Notes: This is the second of seven volumes. Each volume’s slipcase has a different letter from the logo, placed on the front cover in such a way that alone it looks like a splash of red wrapping around the slipcase. But when all seven volumes are together it will spell out “Sin City.”

Find it at Amazon | Book DepositoryWaterstones


Persona 5: Mementos Mission (Volume #1) by Rokuro Saito, Atlus

Udon. Dec 7, 2021.

Manga.

A mysterious group of phantom thieves skulks in the shadows of Tokyo, changing the hearts of corrupt adults. But behind their masks are normal teenagers and a talking black cat.

B&N exclusive: US paperback with alternate cover art and fold-out mini poster.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository


The Witcher: The Last Wish (illustrated edition) by Andrezej Sapkowski

Orbit. Dec 7, 2021.

Illustrated fantasy novel.

Geralt is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

Illustrated edition: US hardback with seven illustrations from different artists, one for each story in the collection of adventures.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


November 2021

King of the Battle and Blood by Scarlett St Clair

HarperCollins. Nov 30, 2021.

Epic fantasy. 

Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day to be her death day. To end a years-long war, she is to marry vampire king Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him. But her assassination attempt is thwarted, and Adrian threatens that if Isolde tries kill him again, he will raise her as the undead. 

B&N exclusive: US paperback with bonus chapter.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard US hardback edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Mental Fitness by Ant Middleton

HarperCollins. Nov 25, 2021.

Self-help.

An elite soldier reveals his 15 secrets behind maintaining a healthy body and mind.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Dracula (Deluxe Edition) by Bram Stoker, illustrated by Edward Gorey, introduced by Marvin Kaye

Sterling. Nov 23, 2021.

Historical fantasy.

A collector’s edition of the most famous vampire novel of all time, illustrated with 2-color artwork Edward Gorey created for his stage designs for the novel’s Broadway stage adaptation. 

Deluxe edition: US hardback with bat sprayed page edges.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository


Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana Gabaldon

Cornerstone. Nov 23, 2021.

Historical time-travel romance.

Jamie and Claire are engulfed by the American War of Independence.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback (some signed copies available). Blue bee sprayed page edges, gold foil bee endpapers and a gold ribbon.

Find it at Waterstones

★ Bonus, find a signed exclusive edition at Waterstones (limited stock)


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Delacorte) at Amazon | Book Depository


Star Wars: Lesser Evil (Thrawn Ascendancy #3) by Timothy Zahn

Random House. Nov 16, 2021.

Science fiction.

The fate of the Chiss Ascendancy hangs in the balance in the epic finale of the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy

B&N exclusive: US hardback edition, exclusive content TBC.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Pictures by JRR Tolkien edited by Christopher Tolkien

Mariner Books. Nov 16, 2021.

Fantasy art book.

First published more than forty years ago, Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien brings together sketches and pictures by Tolkien that appeared in the official calendars published in the 1970s.

Deluxe edition: Housed in an Illustrated slipcase.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository


Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights #2) by Chloe Gong

Hodder & Stoughton. Nov 16, 2021.

Historical fiction.

Continuing the retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with orange sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones

B&N exclusive: US hardback with bonus story about Benedikt and Marshall.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Margaret K McElderry) at Amazon | Book Depository


These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Hodder & Stoughton. Nov 11, 2021.

Historical fiction.

A retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback with red sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Margaret K McElderry) at Amazon | Book Depository


Einstein the Penguin by Iona Rangeley, illustrated by David Tazzyman

HarperCollins. Nov 11, 2021.

All-age Fiction.

When the Stewarts spend a sunny, frosty December day at London Zoo, they’re enchanted by one small penguin. At the delight of young Imogen and Arthur, Mrs Stewart insists the penguin “must come and stay with them whenever he likes.” But not one Stewart expects the penguin to turn up at their door that evening, rucksack labelled “Einstein” on his back…

Indies exclusive: UK hardback with orange sprayed page edges.

Find it at your local Indie (online link to come)


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


The City of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Nov 11, 2021.

Speculative fiction.

A collection of short stories from the much missed author of The Shadow of the Wind.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with bonus introduction by David Mitchell.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Harper) at Amazon | Book Depository


The Honour of Rome (Eagles of the Empire #20) by Simon Scarrow

Headline. Nov 11, 2021

Historical fiction.

The honour of Rome hangs in the balance and Cato and Marco must once again defend the empire, this time on British soil.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with bonus essay.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


The Fell by Sarah Moss

Pan Macmillan. Nov 11, 2021.

Contemporary fiction.

A mountain rescue operation set in the moor during the 2020 pandemic.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with extra Q&A, exclusive endpapers and ribbon bookmark.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Pan Macmillan) at Amazon | Book Depository; or standard US edition (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) at Amazon | Book Depository


Ready Player Two (Ready Player One #2) by Ernest Cline

Cornerstones. Nov 9, 2021.

Science fiction.

Days after winning the contest set by OASIS founder James Halliday, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback with exclusive endpapers, and player icons stencilled on blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK paperback (Cornerstone) at Amazon | Book Depository; Australian edition (Arrow) at Amazon AU; or standard  hardback (Ballantine) at Amazon.


The Clanlands Almanac by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Hodder & Stoughton. Nov 9, 2021.

Essays/humor.

A seasonal meander through the wilds of Scotland.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with photographic endpapers, and ribbon marker.

Find it at Waterstones

Barnes & Noble exclusive: US hardback with photographic endpapers, and ribbon marker.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository.


Never by Ken Follett

Pan Macmillan. Nov 9, 2021.

Thriller.

A high-stakes journey from the heat of the Sahara Desert to the political arenas of North America, East Asia and beyond, which sees a world edging closer to World War III.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with exclusive Q&A.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; or standard US edition (Viking) at Amazon | Book Depository


My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Vintage. Nov 4, 2021.

Contemporary fiction.

Details a visceral racist attack in Charlottesville and the complex interplay between a group of the targeted, holed up in Thomas Jefferson’s historic plantation home.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with exclusive extra short story.

Find it at Waterstones


Drums of Autumn (25th Anniversary Edition) by Diana Gabaldon

Delacourte. Nov 2, 2021

Historical fantasy.

Claire Randall has gone to find Jamie Fraser, the man she loved more than life, and has left half her heart behind with their daughter, Brianna. Claire gave up Jamie to save Brianna, and now Bree has sent her mother back to the mysterious Scottish warrior who was willing to give his life to save them both. But a chilling discovery in the pages of history suggests that Jamie and Claire’s story doesn’t have a happy ending.

Aniversary edition: US hardback features a new reader’s guide.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Mariner. Nov 2, 2021

Epic fantasy.

A new hardcover edition illustrated with the art created by Tolkien himself as he envisioned Middle-earth. Contains the complete text, fully corrected and reset, printed in red and black, with thirty colour illustrations, maps and sketches drawn by Tolkien himself as he composed this epic work.

Illustrated edition: UK hardback with white elvish script stencilled on red page edges.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | Blackwells | Waterstones


Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Random House. Nov 2, 2021.

Fantasy.

Inspired by West African mythology, a mermaid takes on the gods themselves to protect the life of a living boy she saved from downing.

Barnes & Noble exclusive: US hardback with pages from authors notebooks and original author art used as inspiration with annotations from the author.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Lore Olympus (Vol #1) by Rachel Smythe

Random House. Nov 2, 2021.

Graphic novel.

Persephone, young goddess of spring, is new to Olympus. Her mother, Demeter, has raised her in the mortal realm, but after Persephone promises to train as a sacred virgin, she’s allowed to live in the fast-moving, glamorous world of the gods. When her roommate, Artemis, takes her to a party, her entire life changes: she ends up meeting Hades and feels an immediate spark with the charming yet misunderstood ruler of the Underworld.

Barnes & Noble exclusive: US hardback with alternate cover design.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard US edition at Amazon | Book Depository; or UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Game On (Stephanie Plum #28) by Janet Evanovich

Atria. Nov 2, 2021.

Humor/Mystery.

Stephanie Plum returns to hunt down a master cyber-criminal operating out of Trenton, but finds herself in competition with Diesel for the same fugitive.

Barnes & Noble exclusive: Details TBC.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Part of Your World (Collector’s Edition) (Disney: Twisted Tale) by Liz Braswell

Scholastic Australia. Nov 1, 2021.

YA fantasy.

It’s been five years since the infamous sea witch defeated the little mermaid. Ariel is now the voiceless queen of Atlantica, while Ursula runs Prince Eric’s kingdom on land. But when Ariel discovers that her father might still be alive, she finds herself returning to a world-and a prince-she never imagined she would see again.

Collector’s edition: Australian hardback with new cover design and blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Amazon AU | Book Depository


Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Faber & Faber. Nov 1, 2021.

Fantasy/horror.

Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. Or so everyone believes.

Forbidden Planet exclusive: Signed UK paperback with exclusive decorative endpapers.

Find it at Forbidden Planet


October 2021

The Both Die at the End [Collector’s Edition] by Adam Silvera

Simon & Schuster. Oct 28, 2021.

Young adult.

Discovering they have less than 24 hours to live, two young strangers embark on an adventure of a life-time – within the confines of one day

Deluxe collector’s edition: UK hardback with foiled dust jacket, with bonus material and an interview between Adam Silvera and Nicola Yoon.

➤ Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | Waterstones | Blackwells

★ Signed copies at Waterstones while stocks last


Dune: The Graphic Novel [DLE] by Frank Herbert, adapted by Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson, illustrated by Raul Allen

Abrams. Oct 28, 2021.

Graphic novel.

Illustrated adaptation of the story of Paul Atreides and his family as they fight for control of the desert planet Arrakis. 

Deluxe collector’s edition: The deluxe collector’s edition has an increased trim size of 7 1/2″ x 11 1/4″, is printed on high-quality matte art paper, and includes a faux-cloth slipcase with gold foil stamping and tip on cover.

➤ Find Deluxe Edition at Amazon | Book Depository | Indie Bookshops

Signed limited edition: The limited edition is a limited run of 250 copies, and includes three art prints in a protective sleeve – each of which is signed by different members of the creative team―Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín, and Bill Sienkiewicz.

➤ Find Signed Limited Edition at Amazon | Book Depository | Indie Bookshops


Journeys to Impossible Places by Simon Reeve

Hodder & Stoughton. Oct 28, 2021.

Essays.

A field guide to the world’s most fascinating and inspiring locations via Simon Reeve’s  most astonishing adventures and experiences, around the planet and close to home.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with exclusive Q&A.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Femlandia by Christina Dalcher

HarperCollins. Oct 28, 2021.

Dystopian thriller.

Miranda and her daughter seek refuge in a deceptively idyllic female community.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with black sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


The Bone Code (Temperance Brennan #20) by Kathy Reichs

Simon & Schuster. Oct 28, 2021

Suspense/Mystery.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is on a hunt for truth about a hideous murder case and a terrifying disease outbreak in Charleston.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK paperback edition with exclusive foreword from Ian rankin.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Codex Seraphinianus (Deluxe and LE 40th Anniversary Edition) by Luigi Serafini

RIzzoli. Oct 26, 2021.

Art book.

First published in Milan in 1981, this book has been hailed as one of the most unusual yet beautiful art books ever made. A visual encyclopaedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language, and written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, it has fuelled much debate over its meaning. 

40th anniversary edition: Redesigned cover and 15 never-before-seen drawings.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

Deluxe limited anniversary edition: Limited, numbered and slipcased luxury edition. Cloth-bound, with new cover design, new cover illustration, and 15 never-before-seen drawings.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Extraordinary by VE Schwab

Titan. Oct 26, 2021.

Graphic novel.

Taking place in the years between Vicious and Vengeful, this follows teenager Charlotte Tills who seemingly dies after a fatal bus crash, only to wake up to discover she has become an EO – a person with ExtraOrdinary abilities. 

B&N exclusive: Signed US hardback edition with exclusive cover,  interview with V.E. Schwab, bonus endpapers, and behind the scenes material with commentary.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Better Off Dead (Jack Reacher #26) by Lee and Andrew Child

Transworld. Oct 26, 2021.

Thriller.

Jack Reacher returns, to solve a gripping mystery against a host of evil new enemies who are soon going to learn they’d be better off dead.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with black sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones

★ Bonus, find a signed exclusive edition at Waterstones (limited stock)


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; or US edition at Amazon | Book Depository


Lord of the Rings [DLE] by J. R. R. Tolkien

Little, Brown. Oct 21, 2021.

Epic fantasy. A new hardcover edition illustrated with the art created by Tolkien himself as he envisioned Middle-earth. Contains the complete text, fully corrected and reset, printed in red and black, with thirty colour illustrations, maps and sketches drawn by Tolkien himself as he composed this epic work. Also includes two poster-size, fold-out maps revealing all the detail of Middle-earth.

Deluxe illustrated edition: UK hardback edition, quarter-bound in red leather over black cloth, cover stamped in two foils, with gold sprayed page edges.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | Waterstones


The Haunting Season by various authors

Little, Brown. Oct 21, 2021

Speculative fiction.

A wintry collection of ghostly and gothic tales, with spine-chilling stories from eight bestselling authors: Bridget Collins, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Elizabeth Macneal, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurle, Jess Kidd, Natasha Pulley and Laura Purcell.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with gold vines stencilled on the page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Titan) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (St Martin’s Press, deckle edge) at Amazon | Book Depository


The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Cornerstone. Oct 21, 2021

Historical fiction.

A quartet of misfits goes on a road trip in pursuit of their dreams across 1950s America.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with black sprayed page edges and extra content “Endnotes for British readers”.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Titan) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (St Martin’s Press, deckle edge) at Amazon | Book Depository


The Every by Dave Eggers

Hamish Hamilton. October 21, 2021.

Speculative fiction.

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.

Independent bookstore edition: Hardbacks are exclusively available in independent bookstores, will be released in various cover color combinations. 

Find signed copy at Blackwells


Alternatively, see the signed UK paperback at Waterstones; standard UK paperback edition (Penguin) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US paperback edition (Vintage) at Amazon | Book Depository


Attack on Titan (Vol #34) by Hajime Isayam

Kodansha International. Oct 19, 2021

Manga.

Determined to stop the destruction wrought by their childhood friend, Armin, Mikasa, and their surviving comrades reach the Attack Titan and decide to face him head on in an ultimate showdown.

B&N exclusive: US paperback edition includes a bonus poster.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Pan Macmillan. Oct 15, 2021

Historical fiction.

Amsterdam, 1686. Tracks the escalating tension between young Nella Oortman, her new husband and the sinister connection to a miniaturised version of their household.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with yellow stars stencilled on blue page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Transworld. Oct 14, 2021

Thriller.

Unexplained disappearances at a sinister hotel (and former sanatorium) in the Swiss Alps spell trouble for vacationing detective Elin Warner.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with exclusive cover and stencilled page edges featuring a snowy mountain.

Find it at Waterstones


Silverview by John le Carré

Penguin. Oct 14, 2021

Thriller.

An independent bookshop owner is caught between the sinister attentions of a Polish emigré and the dogged suspicions of a British spy chief.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with afterword by Nick Cornwell, facsimile of a manuscript page of Silverview, and a portrait of the author from his personal archive.

Find it at Waterstones


Are We Having Fun Yet? by Lucy Mangan

Penguin. Oct 14, 2021

Contemporary homour/fiction.

Liz and her weird and wonderful brood attempt to make it through the year without losing it completely.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Windswept & Interesting by Billy Connolly

Hodder & Stoughton. Oct 14, 2021

Autobiography.

Connolly’s memoir charts his extraordinary life from a deprived upbringing in Glasgow to global success and the challenges of his later years.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with exclusive endpapers, pink foil embossing on the case under the dust jacket, and Billy’s signature stencilled on the page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (HarperCollins) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (St Martin’s Press, deckle edge) at Amazon | Book Depository


Midnight in Everwood by M. A. Kuzniar

HarperCollins. Oct 14, 2021

Speculative fiction.

A gothic twist on the story of the Nutcracker.

Waterstones special edition: HarperCollins. UK hardback edition with blue tree trunks stencilled over navy sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones

Independent Bookstore special edition: UK hardback edition, signed by the author with a gold foil ballerina on the case under the dust jacket.

Find it at Blackwells


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (HarperCollins) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (HQ) at Amazon.


We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

HarperCollins. Oct 14, 2021

Contemporary fiction.

Focuses on the aftermath of the shooting of a Black teenager and the effect it has on two close friends, forced to confront their differences for the first time.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with yellow and blue ombre sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


The Christmas Carrolls by Mel Taylor-Bessent, illustrated by Selom Sunu

HarperCollins. Oct 14, 2021

Middle grade.

The world’s most Christmassy family spread cheer and the magic of friendship.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with stencilled decorations on red sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Journey to the River Sea (Illustrated edition) by Eva Ibbotson, illustrated by Katie Hickey

Macmillan. Oct 14, 2021

Middle grade.

20th anniversary edition to celebrate this joyous Amazon adventure set in the lush nature of Brazil.

Illustrated edition: Fully illustrated UK hardback edition.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Loyalty by Martina Cole

Headline. Oct 14, 2021

Thriller.

In a world where a betrayal of trust can leave you dead in the gutter, loyalty is a very precious commodity.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with sprayed page edges (cover TBC).

Find it at Waterstones


Truth of the Divine (Noumena #2) by Lindsay Ellis

Titan. Oct 12, 2021

Science fiction.

Alternate history first-contact sequel to Axiom’s End, that considers the limitations of human rights and how societies come to terms with ‘the other.’

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition. Blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Titan) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (St Martin’s Press, deckle edge) at Amazon | Book Depository


Sherlock Holmes and the Three Winter Terrors by James Lovegrove

Titan. Oct 12, 2021

Historical fiction/Supernatural mystery.

In this volume of Lovegrove’s gothic reimagining of the Great Detective, Sherlock must solve a trio of supernatural riddles.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with gold sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Sin City Vol 1: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller

Dark Horse Comics. Oct 12, 2021

Graphic novel.

A special edition of the crime noir masterpiece that has gripped audiences for decades.

Deluxe edition: US oversized hardback edition. Housed in a cloth covered slipcase with foil stamping and printing, and book features a soft touch matte finish with spot gloss and foil stamping. Also includes a portfolio with deluxe print of new artwork by Frank Miller, exclusive print and sketchbook of never-before-published development art.

Notes: This will be the first of seven volumes. Each volume’s slipcase has a different letter from the logo, placed on the front cover in such a way that alone it looks like a splash of red wrapping around the slipcase. But when all seven volumes are together it will spell out “Sin City.”

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book DepositoryWaterstones


Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World (Aristotle and Dante #2) by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Simon & Schuster. Oct 12, 2021

YA Fiction.

Ari and Dante are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with sprayed page edges.

Notes: Waterstones also produced a matching paperback edition of the first book with sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Dune (SF Masterworks) by Frank Herbert

Orion. Oct 10, 2021

Science fiction.

A sand-blasted epic that details the internecine battles for control of the desert planet Arrakis and its precious resource, ‘spice’.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with introduction by Hari Junzru and purple stencilled edges with a space scene to match the cover.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Orion) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (St Martin’s Press, deckle edge) at Amazon | Book Depository


The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

Quercus. Oct 10, 2021

Space thriller.

The far side of the Moon, 1973. Three astronauts are trapped in a tiny Apollo module, and one of them has murder on the mind

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with exclusive endpapers.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Titan) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (St Martin’s Press, deckle edge) at Amazon | Book Depository


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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Headline. Oct 6, 2021.

Myth retelling.

A reimagining of the classic tale of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur from a female perspective.

Waterstones Exclusive: Signed UK hardback with alternate cover art.

Find it at Waterstones

★ Waterstones also have a signed edition of Elektra in the same series by Jennifer Saint

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Titan (UK); Tor (US). Oct 6, 2021.

Fantasy.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Collector’s Edition: New cover designs (US is blue, B&N special ed is red), new artwork, gold ribbon bookmark. US editions have a special note from the author. All first printings of UK hardbacks are signed, with forget-me-nots sprayed on the page edges.

Find UK collector’s edition at Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones | Blackwells

Find US collector’s edition at Amazon | Book Depository | Indie Bookstores | Blackwells

Find B&N collector’s edition at Barnes & Noble

★ See more editions in my Addie LaRue special editions roundup

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

Simon & Schuster. Oct 5, 2021.

Biography/memoir.

Recounts the wild times and music of Dave Grohl’s stellar career, from taking grunge into the mainstream with Nirvana to helming the Foo Fighters.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition features a piece written by Dave about David Bowie.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Simon & Schuster) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Day St) at Amazon | Book Depository

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Disney Press. Oct 5, 2021.

Adventure.

A contemporary retelling of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea from a female perspective.

Barnes & Noble exclusive: US hardback edition comes with a full-color laptop sticker of the Harding-Pencroft school crest and marine animal icons.

Find it at Barnes & Noble

Walmart exclusive: US hardback edition with exclusive cover design.

Find it at Walmart


Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Hodder & Stoughton. Oct 5, 2021.

Fantasy.

Emilia is on a fierce mission to finally uncovered what happened to her sister.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition, with blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones

B&N exclusive: US hardback edition, with alternate jacket, and bonus scene told from Wrath’s point of view.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Reprieve by James Han Mattson

Bloomsbury. Oct 5, 2021

Suspense/Horror.

A haunted escape room challenge takes a sinister turn when one of the contestants competing in the chilling Quigley House competition is murdered.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition, with blood splattered stencilled page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository or US edition (William Morrow, different cover) at Amazon | Book Depository.


If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

Titan. Oct 5, 2021

Mystery.

A murder mystery surrounding Oliver Marks, a former actor at the fictional Dellecher Shakespeare conservatory. Special edition of a title first published in 2017.

Signed special edition: Signed by the author, with black sprayed page edges and a new author introduction.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones


Alternatively, see the original 2017 edition (FlatIron, deckle edge) at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository.


The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Pan Macmillan. Oct 1, 2021

Historical.

Tracks the escalating tension between a young Dutch woman, her new husband and the sinister connection to a miniaturised version of their household.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback with exclusive cover and stencilled page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


September 2021

Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Hodder & Stoughton (UK) / Flatiron (US). Sep 30, 2021

Fantasy.

A young woman makes a dangerous bargain with the manipulative Prince of Hearts to snare the one she loves. 

UK First printings: All UK hardback first printings will feature one of four hidden cover designs embossed on the case under the dust jacket.

Note: To guarantee a first printing, I recommend preordering. Sometimes they are available online for a while afterwards, but it’s hard to tell without seeing the book if you are buying from a big retailer.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Blackwells | Waterstones

Barnes & Noble exclusive: Signed US hardback with bonus epilogue, interview between two characters, alternate (pink) cover and case stamp.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Frostheart: Rise of the World Eater (Frostheart #3) by Jamie Littler

Penguin Random House. Sep 30, 2021

Middle grade fantasy.

A terrifying Devourer is unleashed from its centuries-long imprisonment and Ash faces his biggest and most important challenge yet. Conclusion of the Frostheart trilogy.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback with decorative stencils on red sprayed page edges.

Note: Waterstones also released the previous two volumes in the series with similar sprayed edge designs, if you can find them.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Penguin) at Book Depository


Swarm Rising by Tim Peake and Steve Cole

Hachette. Sep 30, 2021

Middle grade science fiction.

Co-written by astronaut Tim Peake, this adventure finds humanity in danger from a supposedly benevolent alien hive mind and only Danny and his best friend Jamila can avert catastrophe.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with green sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Judas 62 by Charles Cummin

HarperCollins. Sep 30, 2021

Thriller.

Top-secret intelligence agency Box 88 investigates Chemical weapons, espionage and the ghosts of the Cold War.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with ‘exclusive features’ (TBC).

Find it at Waterstones


Cloud Cuckoo Land (LE) by Anthony Doerr

HarperCollins. Sep 28, 2021

Historical/contemporary fiction.

Follows three storylines all connected by a mysterious text: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city wall during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour and gentle octogenarian Zeno, in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for a distant exoplanet, decades from now.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with bonus Q&A

Find it at Waterstones

B&N exclusive: US hardback with bonus essay by the author

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo

DC Comics. Sep 28, 2021

Graphic novel.

Raven Roth has to find a way to get rid of Trigon for good, and Garfield Logan’s difficulty controlling his abilities send them both to Slade Wilson for answers.

Barnes & Noble exclusive: US paperback with bonus 8-page photo album and variant cover.

Find it at Barnes & Noble

Walmart exclusive: US paperback with 8 pages of bonus art.

Find it at Walmart


Horseman by Christina Henry

Titan. Sep 28, 2021

Horror/suspense.

A gloriously gruesome story of headless corpses and small-town superstition – a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with red sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Titan) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Berkley) at Amazon | Book Depository


Court (Crave #4) by Tracy Wolff

Entangled. Sep 28, 2021.

YA fantasy.

War is coming to a world filled with bloodthirsty vampires, immortal gargoyles, and an ancient battle between two gods

Indie exclusive edition: US hardback. Independent bookstore exclusive edition includes Gargoyle Court-themed endpapers plus exclusive content from the author that explores the origin story of a fan-favorite gargoyle character and a bonus scene.

Find it at your local independent bookstore (or try The Haunted Bookshop Mobile)

Indie exclusive edition: US hardback. B&N edition includes Dragon Court-themed endpapers plus exclusive content from the author that explores the origin story of a fan-favorite dragon character and a bonus scene.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard edition (Entangled) at Amazon | Book Depository


The Last Graduate (A Deadly Education #2) by Naomi Novik

Cornerstone. Sep 28, 2021

Fantasy.

El finds herself in even more danger from the dark school of magic as graduation looms and few will make it out alive.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with stencilled page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Pan Macmillan. Sep 28, 2021

Speculative fiction.

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own sparsely-attended funeral, he is given seven days to discover the meaning of a fun-filled existence.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with exclusive endpapers and blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Random House UK. Sep 28, 2021

Illustrated fiction.

A curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse find themselves together, in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. 

Dymocks exclusive: Australian limited edition. Bound in quarter green cloth, with gold ribbon marker and new rainbow drawing.

Note: This looks identical to the special UK edition Waterstones released in 2020, which is now sold out. I think it’s a delightful book, and featured it in my “most beautiful books of 2020” list. The original edition is bound in blue cloth, the ‘deluxe’ edition is bound in yellow, and Waterstones also released another exclusive edition bound in red.

Find it at Dymocks

★ Bonus, there is also a deluxe US hardback edition (special endpapers and yellow spine) at Book Depository


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Ebury) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (HarperOne) at Amazon | Book Depository


The Book of Form & Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Canongate. Sep 23, 2021

Literary fiction.

After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Book – a talking thing – who narrates Benny’s life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with white letters stencilled on black sprayed page edges.

Find signed edition at Waterstones (or unsigned)

Independent bookstore exclusive: Signed indie exclusive UK hardback edition with alternate blue dust jacket design.

Find it at your local independent, or try Forbidden Planet

Goldsboro exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with alternate orange dust jacket design and white letters on orange sprayed page edges.

Link to be provided


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Canongate) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Viking) at Amazon | Book Depository


Levithan Wakes (10th Anniversary Edition) by Alun Wyn Jones

Orbit. Sep 16, 2021

Science fiction.

The first book in the space opera series which introduces a captain, his crew, and a detective as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl.

Anniversary edition: New cover art on a reversible cover that features the original art on the other side, foiled design on the boards, magenta sprayed page edges, illustrated endpapers.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Belonging by Alun Wyn Jones

Macmillan. Sep 16, 2021

Biography.

Alun Wyn Jones is the most capped rugby player of all time.

Independent bookstore exclusive: Signed, limited independent bookstore UK hardback edition with patterned red sprayed page edges and exclusive endpapers with list of caps.

Find it at your local independent, or try Goldsboro


The Man Who Died Twice (Thursday Murder Club #2) by Richard Osman

Penguin. Sep 16, 2021

Mystery.

Our ageing heroes are enmeshed in an underworld escapade involving stolen diamonds and vicious gangsters.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with black foxes stencilled on the page edges.

Find it at Waterstones

Goldsboro exclusive: UK hardback edition with alternate blue dust jacket and black foxes stencilled on the page edges. Limited to 2000 copies.

Find it at Goldsboro

B&N exclusive: US hardback edition with 16 page bonus chapter and two-color end pages.

Find it at Barnes & Noble

Alternatively, see the standard UK edition  at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Pamela Dorman) at Amazon | Book Depository


Dragon City (Dragon Realm #3) by Katie & Kevin Tsang Ahern

Simon & Schuster. Sep 16, 2021

Middle grade fantasy.

After losing contact with their dragons, Billy and his friends are determined to track them down in the alternate reality Dragon City, even if it means putting their own lives at risk.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with green dragon scales stencilled on the side page edges.

NoteEarlier books in the series were also released with similar sprayed page edge designs in different colours by Waterstones if you can find them.

Find it at Waterstones


Endgame (Noughts and Crosses #6) by Malorie Blackman

Penguin Random House. Sep 16, 2021

YA Fiction.

The first Nought Prime Minister, Toney Durbridge, is about to go on trial for the murder of notorious ganglord, Dan Jeavons. Tobey insists he is being framed. There were ten seats at Dan’s dinner party the night he was killed and each guest had their own reasons for wishing him dead. Haunted by the idea that she didn’t do enough to stop the death of her first love, Callum McGregor, Sephy will not sit quietly and wait for accusations to fall on her now. 

Waterstones signed: UK signed hardback edition.

Find it at Waterstones

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with red sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Pan Macmillan. Sep 16, 2021

YA fantasy.

Whimsical tale about a case worker for magical children forced to choose between saving the world or dividing a family when he is sent to a mysterious residence housing half a dozen unique children.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with yellow sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Mother for Dinner by Shalom Auslander

Pan Macmillan. Sep 16, 2021

Fiction.

A dark comedy about modern life and its many difficulties.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with forks & knives stencilled on the page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Hodder & Stoughton. Sep 14, 2021

Fantasy romance.

Emilia – a streghe witch living amidst humans – embarks on a journey to bring the murderers of her beloved twin-sister Vittoria to justice.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with purple sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


New Kingdom by Wilbur Smith and Mark Chadbourn

Allen & Unwin. Sep 14, 2021

Adventure/historical fiction – start of a new series.

In the heart of Egypt, under the watchful eye of the gods, a new power is rising in the city of Lahun. Hui lives an enchanted life as the favoured son of a doting father, and ruler-in-waiting of the great city, until his brother Qen seizes power and casts him out.

Dymocks exclusive: Australian hardback edition with sprayed page edges and exclusive decorated endpapers.

Find it at Dymocks


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Zaffre) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (St Martin’s Press, deckle edge) at Amazon | Book Depository;


The Wisdom of Crowds – Joe Abercrombie (The Age of Madness #3) 

Orion. Sep 14, 2021

Fantasy.

The banks have fallen, the sun of the Union has been torn down, and in the darkness behind the scenes, the threads of the Weaver’s ruthless plan are slowly being drawn together.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with exclusive short story.

➤ Find it at Waterstones

Goldsboro exclusive: Signed UK hardback with green sprayed page edges. Limited to 500 copies.

➤ Find it at Goldsboro


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Orion) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Orbit, different cover art) at Amazon | Book Depository.


Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Faber & Faber. Sep 7, 2021

Contemporary.

Follows the lives and loves of a quartet of young friends in Dublin and the west of Ireland.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with yellow sprayed page edges and exclusive short story.

Indie bookstore exclusive: UK hardback with exclusive yellow dust jacket and decorative endpages.

B&N exclusive: US hardback with bonus short story “Mr Salary”.

Find it at your local Indie | Waterstones | Barnes & Noble


The Hawthorne Legacy (Inheritance Games # 2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Little, Brown. Sep 7, 2021

Mystery.

Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s not a Hawthorne by blood, but clues pile up hinting at a deeper connection to the family than she had ever imagined. As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Grayson and Jameson, two of the enigmatic and magnetic Hawthorne grandsons, continue to pull Avery in different directions.

B&N Exclusive: US hardback with deleted scenes from the perspective of all four Hawthorne brothers along with behind-the-scenes notes from the author.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Alternatively, see the standard US edition at Amazon | Book Depository.


The Magician by Colm Tóibín

Viking. Sep 7, 2021

Biography.

The story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction: he found himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but anticipated the horrors of Nazism in the second; he had six children and kept his homosexuality hidden; he wrote some of the greatest works of European literature, and won the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity.

Kenny’s Exclusive: Signed and numbered by the author. Limited UK hardback edition with exclusive afterword by the author.

Find it at Kennys


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Viking) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Scribner) at Amazon | Book Depository.


Misfits: A Personal Manifesto by Michaela Coel

Ebury. Sep 7, 2021

Non-fiction.

A passionate manifesto for greater transparency and honesty, inspired by the author’s Edinburgh Festival MacTaggart lecture.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with exclusive alternate orange cover and endpapers.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Ebury) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (Henry Holt) at Amazon | Book Depository


Lady Midnight (Anniversary Edition) (Shadowhunters Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Simon & Schuster. Sep 2, 2021.

YA Fantasy.

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai are partners in battle; best friends. Parabatai can be everything to each other – but they can never fall in love.

Anniversary edition: UK hardback edition with bonus material and new introduction by the author.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Slough House (Slough House #7) by Mick Herron

Hodder & Stoughton. Sep 2, 2021.

Thriller.

In the aftermath of a Novichok poisoning gone wrong, Jackson Lamb’s crew navigates the corrupt web of global finance, media and populist politics.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with bonus essay by the author.

Find it at Waterstones


The Song of Achilles [10th Anniversary] by Madeline Miller

Bloomsbury. Sep 2, 2021.

Myth retelling.

A captivating retelling of the Iliad

10th Anniversary Special Edition:Naked’ UK hardback edition with a decorative gilded cover redesign, patterned endpages, and a new foreword by the author.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | WaterstonesBlackwells


The Winter Garden by Alexandra Bell

Cornerstone. Sep 2, 2021.

Fantasy.

Beatrice enters a competition to design a spectacular pleasure garden, with a promise to revisit the magical place of her childhood if she wins.

Waterstones exclusive:K hardback edition with stencilled flowers on the page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


The Nature of Middle Earth [Deluxe Edition] by JRR Tolkien and Carl F Hostetter

HarperCollins. Sep 2, 2021.

Fantasy/history.

The first publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s final writings on Middle-earth, covering a wide range of subjects.

Deluxe Edition: Slipcased UK hardback, stamped in gold foil, ribbon marker.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | Waterstones Blackwells


Nina Simone’s Gum [Limited Collector’s Edition] by Warren Ellis

Faber & Faber. Sep 2, 2021.

Biography.

The unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum from award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis.

Limited Collector’s Edition: Bound and sewn by hand in shimmering gold fabric, recessed cover design and titles blocked in gold, signed and numbered limitation page, slipcased in purple cloth. Limited to 150 copies.

Find it at Blackwells


Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

Vintage. Sep 2, 2021.

Non-fiction.

The Sunday Times bestseller that explores how fungi make our worlds, change our minds and shape our futures.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with red, yellow or blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Edge of the Grave (Jimmy Dreghorn) by Robbie Morrison

Pan Macmillan. Sep 2, 2021.

Historical mystery.

When an influential shipbuilder is found with his throat slit in the River Clyde, Inspector James Dreghorn must look for answers in the dark and murky underworld of 1930s Glasgow.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with black sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Bloomsbury. Sep 2, 2021.

Gothic fantasy.

A darkly fantastical vision with a tale of a very singular house and its mysterious inhabitants.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks

Cornerstones. Sep 2, 2021.

Historical fiction. Set in Vienna during the First World War and in the looming shadow of the rise of Fascism, a small group struggles to come to terms with the destruction of an old world and the terrifying new shape of its successor.

Waterstones Exclusive: UK hardback edition with blue and green ombre sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

Canongate Books. Sep 2, 2021

Crime.

McIlvanney’s pioneering Laidlaw series of crime novels proved an immense inspiration to Ian Rankin and now the creator of Rebus completes his idol’s last, unfinished novel – and Laidlaw’s origin story.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with exclusive introduction from Val McDermid, and transcript of the authors in conversation at the 2013 Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.

Find it at Waterstones


Grimwood by Nadia Shireen

Simon & Schuster. Sep 2, 2021

Middle grade.

Two runaway foxes and a ferocious street-cat called Princess Buttons find a wild wood packed full of weird animal characters.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with blue sprayed page edges featuring googly eyes stencilled on the side.

Find it at Waterstones


Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

HarperCollins. Sep 2, 2021

Fiction.

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.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with digitally sprayed ‘freckled’ page edges.

Find it at Waterstones

Kennys exclusive: A limited edition UK paperback, signed and numbered by the author, with digitally sprayed ‘freckled’ page edges.

Find it at Kennys


Alternatively, see the standard UK paperback edition (HarperCollins) at Amazon | Book Depository.


Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, illustrated by Tom de Freston

Orion. Sep 2, 2021

Fiction.

Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer. But when her mother’s obsession finding the elusive Greenland shark threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope. Standard editions feature black and yellow illustrations in a deluxe hardback with tracing paper inserts.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed (by author and illustrator) UK hardback edition with extra content (‘Julia’s Notebook’) and birds stencilled on the page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Orion) at Amazon | Book Depository.


Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff, illustrated by Bon Orthwick

HarperCollins (UK); St Martin’s (US). Sep 1, 2021

Dark fantasy.

Gabriel de León, is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church from the vampiric “coldbloods”, and he has been imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king.

Features: All US hardback preorders will be signed by the author. B&N special edition has an alternate red dust jacket, Dymocks special edition (paperback) has a special foiled dust jacket. The EotV roundup has all the details.

Find UK edition at  Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository | Waterstones | Blackwells

Find US edition at Amazon | Book Depository | Indie Bookstores | Blackwells

Find B&N collector’s edition at Barnes & Noble

Find Dymocks collector’s edition at Dymocks

★ See more editions in my Empire of the Vampire special editions roundup


August 2021

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

Transworld. Aug 31, 2021

Crime.

Three women are brought into conflict through a brutal murder.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback with exclusive case design under the dust jacket, endpapers and black sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Spy School at Sea (Spy School #9) by Stuart Gibbs

Simon & Schuster. Aug 31, 2021

Middle grade adventure/mystery.

Ben Ripley faces his nemesis, Murray Hill, on the high seas.

B&N exclusive: US hardback with alternate foiled dust jacket with a map of the Emperor of the Seas on the reverse side, plus 12 pages of bonus content.

Find it at Barnes & Noble


Find the rest of the Spy School series at Amazon | Book Depository


Big Wednesday (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) by Denny Aaberg and John Milius

Rare Bird Books. Aug 26, 2021

Fiction.

Ben Ripley faces his nemesis, Murray Hill, on the high seas.

Deluxe Anniversary edition: US hardback with a photo insert, surfing map of Southern California, eight pages of the original script to the film, essays by Roger McGrath, Tatsuo Takei, Don James, and Peter Townend, John Milius’ original pitch letter to Lynn Nesbit, a surf term glossary, and new afterword.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


The Desert Prince (The Demon Cycle series) by Peter V Brett

Harper Voyager. Aug 17, 2021

Epic fantasy.

Fifteen years have passed since the demons were destroyed. Heroes have become legend, and those that remain live in their shadows.

Goldsboro Exclusive: Signed and numbered UK hardback edition with orange sprayed page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.

Find it at Goldsboro


Waterstones also has a signed edition. Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (HarperCollins) at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository, or standard US edition (Del Rey, different cover) at Amazon | Book Depository.


Rivers of London [Anniversary Edition] by Ben Aaronovitch

Orion. Aug 12, 2021

Urban fantasy.

Peter Grant is a probationary constable in the Metropolitan Police Service, until he tries to take a witness statement from a man who is already dead.

10th Anniversary Edition: UK hardback edition with four illustrations, a new map, illustrated endpapers, and a new introduction from the author.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


Bad Apples (Tuva Moodyson #4) by Will Dean

Point Blank. Aug 6, 2021

Crime.

As small-town Visberg closes ranks after a resident is found decapitated, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. 

Goldsboro exclusive: Signed and numbered UK hardback edition with sprayed page edges. Limited to 250 copies.

Find it at Goldsboro


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Oneworld) at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository.


The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy by Richard Pickard

Chicken House. Aug 5, 2021

Middle grade.

When Marina discovers a boy with a head of tentacles and crab claws for hands, she resolves to help him unravel the mystery of his past.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with blue tentacles stencilled on yellow sprayed page edges. 

Find it at Waterstones


Every Line of You by Naomi Gibson

Chicken House. Aug 4, 2021

Science fiction. 

Lydia has been creating her AI, Henry, for years and now she’s built herself the perfect boyfriend in a hard-drive filled with lines of code. But what is Henry really – and how far is he willing to go to be everything Lydia desires?

Forbidden Planet exclusive: UK paperback with pink sprayed page edges.

Find it at Forbidden Planet


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Chicken house) at Amazon | Book Depository; US HB edition at Amazon | Book Depository


A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris

Orion. Aug 4, 2021

Mystery.

A whodunnit set in St Oswald’s Grammar School.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback edition with green ivy stencilled on the page edges. 

Find it at Waterstones


The Faithful and the Fallen Set by John Gwynne

Pan Macmillan. Aug 1, 2021

Epic fantasy.

In the Banished Lands, where angels and demons wage war, young Corban is on a quest to become a warrior and protect the land from the forces of darkness. The completed quartet includes MaliceValourRuin and Wrath.

Broken Binding exclusive: Signed. Sprayed page edges. Ribbon. Hardback editions based on the UK first editions which are difficult to track down. Limited to 500 copies of each book.

Notes: Individual books can be purchased separately, but full set purchases (which are discounted over individual books) will be prioritised. Payment is taken immediately, but books will ship as they are released. 

Find it at The Broken Binding 
(*currently only UK shipping is available, but the store is in discussion with US publishers).


July

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

Harper Collins. July 8, 2021

Mystery.

A trio of unlikely provincial detectives are determined to bring a brutal killer to justice.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback with a ‘murder’ crossword printed on red sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Pan Macmillan. July 8, 2021

Historical fiction.

An atmospheric tale of self-sufficient womanhood and sexual suspicion in a tight-knit island community during the seventeenth century.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback with flowers stencilled on orange sprayed page edges. 

Find it at Waterstones


Body Work (Deluxe Writer’s Edition) by Ben Aaronovitch

Titan. July 6, 2021

Graphic novel/supernatural crime.

Grant is part of a very special London police unit. Full-time cop and part time wizard he works on rather unusual crimes – those that involve magic and the general weirdness that permeates London’s dark underbelly.

Deluxe Writers’ Edition: UK hardback with full script and unlettered artwork side-by-side. 

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Canongate. July 1, 2021

Essays.

Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive.

Independent Bookshop Edition: Signed UK hardback with blue sprayed page edges.

Find Indie edition at Blackwells and other independent stores

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with a bonus essay and gold design on the case under the dust jacket. 

Find bonus essay edition at Waterstones


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository; standard US edition (Penguin Life – different cover design) at Amazon | Book Depository


June 2021

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #3) by Jessica Townsend

Hachette. Jun 06, 2021

Middle Grade Fantasy.

Nevermoor is under threat from a terrifying new illness and only Morrigan Crow can save the day

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback with orange sprayed page edges.

Find at Waterstones


May 2021

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Faber & Faber. May 18 2021

YA romance.

Felix Love is a teenager grappling with identity as they fall in love for the first time.

First printings: First printings of the UK paperback edition feature floral sprayed page edges.

Find at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository*

* Unknown when first printings will run out.


The Yearbook by Holly Bourne

Usborne. May 13, 2021

YA contemporary fiction.

A sassy high school drama in which the editor of the yearbook serves up some incendiary truths about the school’s mean girls.

Waterstones exclusive: Paperback UK edition with gold flames stencilled on pink and green page edges.

Buy from Waterstones


April 2021

This One Sky Day by Leone Ross

Faber & Faber. Apr 15, 2021

Speculative fiction.

A magical realism journey that charts the troubled course of true love across an enchanted twenty-four hours.

UK First Printings: Hardback edition features multicolored sprayed page edges.

Buy from Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository*

* Unknown when first printings will run out.


Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

Cornerstone. Apr 1, 2021

Historical fiction.

In 1840, 23 years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, to find a cache of family letters which hold secrets she can never allow to be revealed.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with green leaves stencilled on the page edges.

Buy from Waterstones


The Khan by Saima Mir

Oneworld. Apr 1, 2021

Crime thriller.

A young British-Asian lawyer breaks away from her family’s criminal background after her father’s murder.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with blood splatters stencilled on the page edges.

Buy from Waterstones


Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly

Hodder & Stoughton. Apr 1, 2021

Psychological thriller.

Murderous ballet dancers would kill for the lead role in Swan Lake.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with white feathers stencilled on black sprayed page edges.

Buy from Waterstones


March 2021

His Only Wife by Adzo Medie

Oneworld. Mar 31, 2021

Contemporary fiction.

A young Ghanian woman embarks on a less than perfect marriage.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with multicolored sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Bloomsbury. Mar 30, 2021

Contemporary fiction.

Charts the relationship of a black babysitter with her liberal white employer, holding a mirror up to race, privilege and gender in twenty-first century America.

Dymocks exclusive: Paperback UK edition with blue sprayed page edges and bonus Q&A with the author.

Notes: This looks identical to the Waterstones edition that was released in the UK in Dec 2020.

Buy from Dymocks


Alternatively, see the standard UK edition (Bloomsbury) at Amazon | Book Depository; and standard US edition (GP Putnam’s) at Amazon | Book Depository


January 2021

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Simon & Schuster. Jan 21, 2021

Contemporary fiction.

The story of three unforgettable characters dreaming of a better future in contemporary India, whose lives are changed when they are caught up in the devastating aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with sprayed patterned page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Hodder & Stoughton. Jan 7, 2021

Fantasy.

A band of ordinary teens are pitched into a spectacular supernatural battle.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with decorative stencil on blue sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones


2020

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Bloomsbury. Dec 29, 2020

Contemporary fiction.

Charts the relationship of a black babysitter with her liberal white employer, holding a mirror up to race, privilege and gender in twenty-first century America.

Waterstones exclusive: Paperback UK edition with blue sprayed page edges and bonus Q&A with the author.

Notes: This looks identical to the Dymocks edition that was released in Australia in March 2021. A sprayed edges hardback edition was also released in January 2020.

Buy from Waterstones


Anna and the French Kiss [Collector’s Edition] by Stephanie Perkins

Bloomsbury. Oct 27, 2020

YA romance.

A sweet coming of age romance set in Paris.

Collector’s edition: Hardback collector’s edition with patterned sprayed page edges, annotated map, endpapers and bonus content.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU


The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Bloomsbury. Oct 1, 2020

Fantasy.

A Holmes and Watson-style duo operate in a Pirates Of The Caribbean-style universe, complete with a demon with a love for Faustian pacts, a secret invention called The Folly and a leper who has seemingly survived being consumed by flames.

Forbidden Planet exclusive: Signed hardback UK edition with black demon eyes stencilled on red sprayed page edges. 

Buy from Forbidden Planet


The Lost Book of the White (Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare

Simon & Schuster. Sep 1, 2020

YA Fantasy. 

Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are settling into domestic life with their son Max when the warlocks Ragnor Fell and Shinyun Jung break into their loft and steal a powerful spell book.

Easons exclusive: Purple sprayed page edges.

Buy from Easons


Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Victories by DC Comics

DC Comics. Jul, 2020

Graphic novel.

A graphic novel companion collection to the Wonder Woman 1984 movie.

Walmart exclusive: US paperback with bonus movie poster.

Buy from Walmart


Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein

Pan Macmillan. Apr 4, 2020

Reference.

A guide to organising your professional life.

Waterstones exclusive: Red sprayed page edges.

Buy from Waterstones


Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Orion. Apr 4, 2020

Contemporary fiction.

A fictional dissection of love and commitment in the international circles of contemporary Hong Kong.

Waterstones exclusive: Two-toned sprayed page edges and exclusive endpapers.

Buy from Waterstones


Sleepyhead [20th anniversary limited edition] by Mark Billingham

Little, Brown. Apr 2, 2020

Psychological thriller.

In DI Tom Thorne’s first case, Alison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck, completely unable to move or communicate. Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn’t Alison who is the mistake, it’s the three women already dead.

20th Anniversary Limited Edition: Signed, numbered hardback edition with red sprayed page edges featuring “Night Night” stencilled in black. New foreword by Lee Child.

Buy from Amazon | Book Depository


In the City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Titan. Mar 31, 2020

Science fiction. 

January is a dying planet – divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal.

Forbidden Planet exclusive: Paperback UK edition with blue sprayed page edges. Signed bookplate.

Buy from Forbidden Planet


Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente

HarperCollins. Mar 5, 2020

Middle grade fantasy.

Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks -useful, but not exactly exciting – until she has to find a missing day.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with gold stars on blue sprayed page edges.

Buy from Waterstones


Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Penguin. Feb 20, 2020

Contemporary fiction.

A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with exclusive endpapers and white stars on blue sprayed page edges.

Buy from Waterstones


The Water Dance by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Penguin. Feb 20, 2020

Historical speculative fiction.

A melancholic historical novel that merges the slavery narrative with the fantasy genre.

Foyles exclusive: UK hardback edition with blue cowrie shells stencilled on the page edges. Limited to 1000 copies.

Buy from Foyles

Older Books

Brambly Hedge [35th Anniversary] by Jill Barklem

HarperCollins. April 2016

Picture book.

An omnibus edition containing all eight well-loved, classic picture books featuring the mice of Brambly Hedge.

35th Anniversary: UK hardback edition in slipcase, with gilded cover accents.

Find it at Amazon | Amazon AU | Book Depository


Other ways to find special editions

Stalk the stores

There are a few stores that regularly release produce special editions, and you can visit their sites:

  • Waterstones (UK) have lots of signed editions, which often include sprayed edges and exclusive content. They ship internationally – it’s quite expensive for a single book, but if you’re buying a few shipping becomes really reasonable, and they send you a tracking number. There are typically between 1000-2000 copies of their exclusive editions.
  • Barnes and Noble (US) have lots of signed editions, which often include exclusive content and different dust jacket designs. They are a good store for US-based buyers, but it’s a bit hit and miss if they will ship books internationally – some books they will, some they won’t. You usually get a tracking number. There are typically a few thousand copies of their exclusive editions.
  • Goldsboro Books (UK) have special limited editions, sprayed edges and a couple of excellent book subscription programs – GSFF for science fiction and fantasy, and Prem1er for more general fiction (it includes a high proportion of crime fiction). They ship internationally – shipping is relatively cheap for a single book, but there is no discount for multiples, so it does add up. As a bonus, all their books are hand covered with protective dust jackets and they come incredibly well wrapped. No tracking number provided, but excellent customer service. The number of exclusive edition copies produced ranges between a few hundred and a thousand, and they are usually numbered.
  • Blackwells (UK) sometimes have signed editions, and international shipping is included in the price of the book. I’ve got some lovely Independent bookstore editions from here. No tracking number provided, but lovely customer service.
  • Indigo (Canada) have lots of signed editions and exclusive content, often replicating the B&N editions. International shipping may be cost prohibitive.
  • Target (US) have a few exclusive editions. Good for US buyers but international shipping is often not available or may be cost prohibitive.
  • BooksAMillion (US) have a few exclusive editions. Good for US buyers but international shipping is often not available or may be cost prohibitive.
  • Dymocks (Australia) have a few exclusive editions. Good for Australian buyers but international shipping may be cost prohibitive.

Subscribe to boxes

Some of the book subscription boxes do sell individual titles. (Their subscription books are also fantastic, but I tend not to find a use for all the added merch they come with, so they’re not super cost effective in my case.) The most popular boxes include:

  • FairyLoot (UK) often have signed books with exclusive covers and sprayed edges. Monthly subscribers get first opportunity to buy leftover stock, but some books make it to the shop and don’t usually last long.
  • Illumicrate (UK) have special edition boxes that can be purchased as a one-off, which have signed books with sprayed edges, or exclusive covers. Monthly subscribers get first opportunity to buy leftover stock, but some books make it to the shop and don’t usually last long.
  • LitJoy Crate (US) have signed books with exclusive artwork and special dust jackets. You can get a book-only crate which is a cheaper option.

Or just let me help you!

I’m on a lot of publisher’s mailing lists, and I often hear about upcoming releases before the general public. I’m also a collector, so I scour the shops for interesting books that will be coming out soon. Since preorders are often cheaper (and because special editions frequently sell out even before publication day), I decided to create this page to list all the special upcoming editions you can buy without subscribing to a book box or doing anything else – just preorder the book straight from a store. Where possible, I include links to shops that do international shipping (some of these are affiliate links that give me a few pennies to cover site hosting but don’t cost you extra – so thank you most sincerely if you use them!) but I always recommend buying from your local independent brick and mortar shop if you can.

I also have a list specifically for books with stencilled page edges, as well as video reviews I do for the most beautiful books published each year, and upcoming books that are on my radar, so check them out too if you think you might be interested. Otherwise, enough blather from me – go check out the books!

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