Special Editions – 2021

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Special editions released in 2021

If you want to see the list of current or preorder books, visit the page of current/upcoming special editions…

This page is an archive of special releases from 2021 – some are OOP but others are still available!

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List last updated April 19, 2022.


December 2021

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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


November 2021

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

November 25, 2021.

Fiction. In the breathtaking beauty of the Galapagos Islands, Diana will learn who she really is, and the person she wants to become.

Dymocks exclusive: Australian paperback with short story prequel “Broken Things”.

Find it at Dymocks


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


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


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


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


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


Terciel & Elinor by Garth Nix

Nov 1, 2021.

Fantasy. A thrilling, atmospheric dive into the history of the Abhorsen, featuring Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor.

Forbidden Planet exclusive: Signed UK hardback with blue sprayed page edges, foil embossed jacket and spot UV on the jacket. Matches the original UK series cover design (standard editions have been redesigned).

Find it at Forbidden Planet


October 2021

How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

HarperCollins. Oct 28, 2021.

Fiction. A scorchingly black satire of family dysfunction and the media’s obsession with murder, as the engaging anti-hero Grace reveals the full extent of her gleeful homicidal spree.

Waterstones exclusive: Signed UK hardback with alternate cover and pink sprayed page edges.

Find it at Waterstones

➤ Unsigned exclusive edition also available at Waterstones


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.

Find it at Waterstones

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


Judas 62 by Charles Cummin

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

★ Bonus: a signed exclusive B&N edition is also available

B&N Collector’s Edition: US hardback with full cloth binding, gold stamping on the cover and spine, gold end-papers and a navy blue ribbon marker

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


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

Barnes & Noble 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


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

Barnes & Noble exclusive: US hardback includes the bonus feature, “A Reaper’s Guide”.

Find it at B&N


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


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


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


Wintering (Gift Edition) by Katherine May

Ebury. Sep 23, 2021

Essays.

A poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves.

Signed gift edition: UK hardback signed by the author with an alternate cover and exclusive foreword by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository | Blackwells


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 or Goldsboro

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

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


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


Levithan Wakes (10th Anniversary Edition) by James A Corey

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 Indie


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


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


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;


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


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.


Among Thieves by M J Kuhn

Sep 9, 2021.

Fantasy. Ryia ‘the Butcher’ Cautella has earned her reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the city, but a deadly secret has kept Ryia in hiding, running from city to city, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster – sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms. GSFF Sep 21.

Goldsboro exclusive: UK hardback, signed by the author, with decorative sprayed page edges. Limited to 2000 copies.

Find it at Goldsboro


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 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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


Deltora Quest Anniversary Edition by Emily Rodda, illustrated by Kate Rowe

Scholastic Australia. Sep 1, 2021.

Middle grade fantasy. An omnibus edition of the first series of Deltora Quest, released for the 21st anniversary. Three companions – Lief, Barda and Jasmine-are on a perilous quest to find the seven lost gems of the Belt of Deltora. Only when the belt is complete will the evil Shadow Lord and his rule of tyranny be overcome. 

Anniversary edition: Australian hardback bind-up.

Note: The first printing copy that I saw had Lief mis-spelled on the back copy and the gems out of order on the spine, which implies not the best copy-editing for this edition.

Find it at Book Depository | Dymocks


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


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.


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


Rivers of London [Anniversary Edition] by Ben Aaronovitch

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


True Story by Kate Reed Petty

Quercus. Aug 8, 2021

Fiction. After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they’ll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what truly happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick – a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by – will never forget.

Waterstones exclusive: UK paperback edition with black sprayed page edges and a bonus essay “We are all bystanders”. 

Find it at Waterstones


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.


Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

Aug 5, 2021.

Fiction. In the breathtaking beauty of the Galapagos Islands, Diana will learn who she really is, and the person she wants to become.

Dymocks exclusive: Australian paperback with short story prequel “Broken Things”.

Find it at Dymocks


The Gauntlet and the Fist by Ian Green

Aug 5, 2021.

Fantasy. An action-packed fantasy adventure, featuring General Floré and a quest to save her abducted daughter.

Goldsboro exclusive: UK hardback, signed by the author with lightning sprayed page edges. Limited to 1500 copies. GSFF August 21.

Find it at Goldsboro


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


Sabriel (25th Anniversary) by Garth Nix

Allen & Unwin (Aus), Aug 5, 2021

Mystery. Sabriel must cross over into the Old Kingdom to find her missing father, the Mage Abhorsen. 

Anniversary editions: All editions have exclusive artwork and additional content. Australian edition has an exclusive cover, while US and UK editions reproduce the first edition artwork by the Dillons.

Find Australian edition at Amazon AU | Book Depository

➤ Find US edition at Amazon | Book Depository

➤ Find UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository


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 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

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

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

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

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.

➤ OOP. 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


The Last Hours (Chain of Iron) by Cassandra Clare

Mar 2, 2021

Cordelia and the Merry Thieves pursue a vicious killer through the streets of Edwardian London, all the while battling with their own inner demons.

Waterstones exclusive: UK hardback edition with a wibalin and gold foil cover, yellow endpapers, and stamp of Cassandra Clare’s signature, all of the bonus content found in the first edition of the book, plus an additional short story exclusive to this edition: a scene from Chain of Gold written from Cordelia’s perspective.

Find it at Waterstones
➤ OOP. Try Abes or eBay


January 2021

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

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

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


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