Once Upon A Tyne
by Ant And Dec (Little, Brown)
Subtitled Our Story Celebrating 30 Years Together On Telly, this is unlikely to be a warts’n’all tell-all including that drink-driving scandal. More probable is a chummy behind-the-scenes waltz through the pair’s every TV collaboration, right from that very first appearance on Byker Grove.
To Be A Gay Man
by Will Young (Ebury)
The first (and greatest) Pop Idol winner, chart-topping singer and Olivier nominee tackles gay shame, addictive behaviour patterns, his 2012 breakdown and miserable years as a closeted teenager at boarding school in his trademark chatty style.
Just Ignore Him
by Alan Davies (Little, Brown)
Early reviews for this highly personal memoir by the Jonathan Creek star praise its honesty and power, as Davies looks back with his signature deflecting sense of the absurd on a 1970s childhood indelibly marked by the death of his mother when he was six years old.
The Wild Silence
by Raynor Winn (Michael Joseph)
Winn’s first book, The Salt Path, followed the story of her and her husband Moth, who embarked on a 630-mile walk around the British coastline after they were made homeless and Moth was given a terminal diagnosis. It was one of the most critically acclaimed books of 2018 and in this sequel, Winn recounts what happened next.
More Than A Woman
by Caitlin Moran (Ebury)
The journalist who brilliantly showed a generation how to be a woman is back with a new memoir-cum-manifesto for readers now navigating the unexpected complications of middle age in all their flabbier, post-children glory. Expect a lot of no-nonsense feminism and plenty of excellent jokes.
THE BEST FICTION
The Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman (Viking)
An octogenarian bunch of friends with a passion for unsolved murders get more than they bargained for when a real-life murder is committed inside their retirement village, in the hotly tipped debut comic caper from the presenter of Pointless.
by Ruth Jones (Bantam)
Gavin & Stacey screenwriter Ruth Jones knows a bit about the comedy and pathos to be found in the relationships among close friends. In her second novel following the bestselling Never Greener she tracks three female friends who find their childhood pact tested to the limit following a holiday of a lifetime.
Who They Was
by Gabriel Krauze (Fourth Estate)
One of eight debuts on this year’s Booker Prize longlist, this semi-autobiographical novel promises an unvarnished portrait of life as a member of a London gang, where unbreakable codes of brotherhood and violence rule and few have anything to lose.
by Andrew O’Hagan (Faber)
The euphoric beat of Manchester in the 1980s forms the soundtrack to O’Hagan’s latest novel, which looks back on two working-class boys from Scotland coming of age over one weekend in 1986 from the poignant perspective of middle age.
by Megan Hunter (Picador)
A marital betrayal prompts a dangerous game of justice and revenge between a couple living in a remote rural house in the second novel from the author of the dystopian The End We Start From. A dark fairy tale examining love, marriage, power and metamorphosis.