From the chilling depths of Bella Mackie’s How to Kill Your Family to the more comforting work of Matt Haig, our bedside table is piling high with the best books for the winter season.

How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

When I think about what I actually did, I feel somewhat sad that nobody will ever know about the complex operation that I undertook. Getting away with it is highly preferable, of course, but perhaps when I’m long gone, someone will open an old safe and find this confession. The public would reel. After all, almost nobody else in the world can possibly understand how someone, by the tender age of 28, can have calmly killed six members of her family. And then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing.

How to Kill Your Family is a wickedly dark romp about class, family, love… and murder.

How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.

Hand Luggage Only: Great Britain by Yaya Onalaja-Aliu and Lloyd Griffiths

Hand Luggage Only: Great Britain is more than a travel guide, it’s a celebration of Britain’s finest travel destinations.

There’s so much about the UK that even Brits don’t know, so travel bloggers Yaya and Lloyd are here to share all of their insider tips. Featuring stunning photos, their book covers everything from incredible hikes, amazing castles, beautiful road trips and even surprising spots in the UK, all based on their own tried-and-tested experiences. Yaya and Lloyd will help you see Great Britain in a new light and ensure you make the most of the many places awaiting discovery.

Hand Luggage Only: Great Britain by Yaya Onalaja-Aliu and Lloyd Griffiths. Published by Hardie Grant Explore.

The Echo Chamber by John Boyne

A mobile phone is at once, a gateway to other worlds – and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept. The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a ‘national treasure’ (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, are all various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up, you only need a phone.

The Echo Chamber is a satiric helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence,poised somewhere between farce, absurdity and oblivion aspect of your life.

The Echo Chamber by John Boyne. Published by Transworld Publishers Ltd.

A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris

A Narrow Door is a psychological maze, deliving deeper and deeper into a dark world of emotional complexity and betrayal. It’s an incendiary moment for St Oswald’s school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. As the new regime takes on the old guard, the ground shifts. And with it, the remains of a body are discovered. But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She’ll bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before. After all…
You can’t keep a good woman down.

A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris. Published by Orion Publishing Co.

We Need to Talk About Money by Otegha Uwagba

An extraordinarily candid personal account of the ups and downs wrought by money, We Need To Talk About Money is a vital exploration of stories and issues that will be familiar to most. This is a book about toxic workplaces and misogynist men, about getting payrises and getting evicted. About class and privilege and racism and beauty. About shame and pride, compulsion and fear. In unpicking the shroud of secrecy surrounding money – who has it, how they got it, and how it shapes our lives – this boldly honest account of one woman’s journey upturns countless social conventions, and uncovers some startling truths about our complex relationships with money in the process.

We Need to Talk About Money by Otegha Uwagba. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.

Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn

After years of feeling that love was always out of reach, journalist Natasha Lunn set out to understand how relationships work and evolve over a lifetime, thus creating Conversations on Love. She turned to authors and experts to learn about their experiences, as well as drawing on her own, asking: How do we find love? How do we sustain it? And how do we survive when we lose it?

Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn. Published by Penguin Books Ltd.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

It’s a strange paradox that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learned when we’re at our lowest. But then, we never think more about food than when we’re hungry and we never think about life rafts more than when we’re thrown overboard. The Comfort Book is a collection of consolations learned in hard times, and suggestions for making the bad days better. This is for when we need the wisdom of a friend or a reminder that we can always nurture inner strength and hope, even in our busy world – it’s a book of timeless comfort for modern minds.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig. Published by Canongate Books Ltd.