Ones To Watch Out For – or otwofs – are books the team have read – usually well ahead of publication – that we think are especially deserving of your consideration.

Below this point there are more than 50 otwofs recommended by the team since Jan 28, 2016. Obviously, it is a massively varied selection but there’s something exceptional about each that we feel makes it a terrific list to add to your ‘to be read’ list.


The Gardens of Consolation by Parisa Reza





The Gardens of Consolation by Parisa Reza (BookHugger) Paul Burke


School of Velocity by Eric Beck Rubin






School of Velocity by Eric Beck Rubin (BookHugger) Mel Mitchell


91rkyp35qol Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land (BookNoir) Sheila A Grant



51epqzlwapl The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (BookHugger) Sheila A Grant and Phil Ramage


Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler






Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (BookHugger) Paul Burke


An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney






An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney (BookDiva) Sara Garland


Miss Jane by Brad Watson






Miss Jane by Brad Watson (BookHugger) Phil Ramage


The Trespasser by Tana French






The Trespasser by Tana French (BookNoir) Mike Stafford


The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence






The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence (BookHugger) Jade Craddock


51M-CrWf1RL   Himself by Jess Kidd (BookHugger) Phil Ramage

41SWnUMeFyL   Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (BookHugger) Phil Ramage

51SBpTPoDvL  Every Exquisite Thing  by Matthew Quick (BookHugger) Jade Craddock

Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore






Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore (BookHugger) Mel Mitchell

22Mar_CrimeWriter_demy_hb.indd   The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson (BookNoir) Mel Mitchell

51dB-KBmhAL  A Very Special Year – Thomas Montasser (BookDiva) Phil Ramage

joe-speedboat  Joe Speedboat – Tommy Wieringa (BookHugger) Phil Ramage

416faWvNdiL  Lingua Franca – William Thacker (BookHugger) Guy Pringle

The Museum of You by Carys Bray





The Museum of You – Carys Bray (BookHugger) Mel Mitchell



41oBVkBRPELThe Truth about Julia – our first Real Readers verdict


71Pj4QBDyHLNow In November – Josephine Johnson (BookHugger) Phil Ramage


tall-oaks-coverTall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (BookNoir) Phil Ramage


51jyN3HcJVLSoft in the Head by Marie-Sabine Roger (BookDiva) Guy Pringle


freyaFreya by Anthony Quinn (BookHugger) Phil Ramage


41Yx-8EJJ6LRebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Lange (BookGeek) Jade Craddock


Landskipping_coverLandskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places by Anna Pavord (BookLife) Paul Cheney


51ucxqUsQ3LJonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts by AK Benedict (BookGeek) Phil Ramage


812JKB84BdLEichmann before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth (BookChap) Reg Seward


51X1YANCWYLGold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins (BookHugger) Phil Ramage


71BikVyc7nLThe Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles Neider (BookHugger) Guy Pringle


51LPxyGTYuLThe Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson (BookHugger) Phil Ramage


61cGTmUxVaLInvincible Summer by Alice Adams (BookDiva) Guy Pringle


91665cSyaULHow to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster (BookHugger) Sheila A Grant


41cMq0NCxBLBefore the Fall by Noah Hawley (BookNoir) Guy Pringle


71cCMUdP4jLLover by Anna Raverat (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
91B9H5NzXnLEveryone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (BookHugger) Alastair Giles
81XCOt2jIzLThe Song Collector by Natasha Solomons (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
41NrKGwrT5LThe Long Room by Francesca Kay (BookHugger) Guy Pringle
the-trouble-with-goats-and-sheepThe Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon (BookHugger) Mel Mitchell
5185mu+yrVLTrading Futures by Jim Powell (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
31hVswIczuLShtum by Jem Lester (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
the-widow-fiona-barton-coverThe Widow by Fiona Barton (BookNoir) Mel Mitchell
51YtCGBB0rL-1Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (BookHugger) Guy Pringle
fates-and-furies-lauren-groffFates and Furies by Lauren Groff (BookDiva) Mel Mitchell

These Shallow GravesThese Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
51O61+Uu0pLWhat I Tell You in the Dark by John Samuel (BookNoir) Guy Pringle
81tJWm9bqaLFishbowl by Bradley Somer (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
the-other-side-of-the-worldThe Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
51oFBzGqnRLSilence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
51AnqgEZz+LReunion by Fred Uhlman (BookHugger) Guy Pringle
THE SPIDER IN THE CORNER OFTHE ROOM.inddThe Spider in the Corner of the Room by Nikki Owen (BookNoir) Guy Pringle
5172vuEdEOLThe House of Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
The Truth According to Us 640x640The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
imgres-2Based on a True Story by Elizabeth Renzetti (BookDiva) Guy Pringle


The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me by Sofka Zinovieff

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me by Sofka Zinovieff

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me by Sofka Zinovieff (BookLife) Guy Pringle
Hold the Dark by William GiraldiHold the Dark by William Giraldi (BookNoir) Mel Mitchell


the-versions-of-us-laura-barnettThe Versions of Us by Laura Barnett (BookDiva) Guy Pringle
91W3oOh1fNLThe Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger (BookNoir) Guy Pringle
All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (BookHugger) Alastair Giles/Guy Pringle
The Readers of Broken wheelThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (BookDiva) Guy Pringle