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Gollancz Fantasy HB November £12.99 256pp 978 1 473 22218 2 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 473 22220 5 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 17306 9 / 6 hrs

JOANNE M. HARRIS Pocketful of Crows a perfect autumn and Christmas read, this combines the harshness of nature with the spookiness of a ghost story and the comfort of a great folk tale.

Joanne M. Harris has written a beautiful and powerful stand-alone novella which springs from the page as a haunting, lyrical and utterly compelling modern fairy tale. Inspired by the Child Ballads, it’s a superb tale of love, loss and revenge.

Joanne M. Harris is the author of the Whitbreadshortlisted Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and many other bestselling novels.

Gollancz Science Fiction TPB November £16.99 400pp 978 0 575 12007 5 eBook: £8.99 / 978 0 575 12024 2

SIMON INGS The Smoke an intense meditation on loneliness, capital and cognition by the author of Wolves.

A new ray has split the human family into different species. Each kind of human is looking for a place to be itself, alone.

For you that means a train journey back to Yorkshire and the town of your birth, where factories churn out parts for gigantic spaceships. You’re done with the pretentions of the capital, its incomprehensible media and curvilinear mathematics. You’re done with the people of the Bund, their easy superiority and unstoppable spread from the City of London to the Vale of Vision south of the Thames. You’re done with Georgy Chernoy, his magical medicine and his defeat of death. You’re done with his daughter. You’re done with Fel, and losing all the time. You’re done with love.

simon ings is the author of eight previous novels and two works of non-fiction. He is the arts editor of New Scientist.

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