The Book of Longings

Written by Sue Monk Kidd, the author of The Secret Life of Bees takes readers back to the first century in her novel. It tells the story of rebellious Ana, a teenager who is resisting her marriage to an older widow. He dies before they can be wed and Ana, despite never having known the man, is ostracised for not properly mourning his death. This leads her to pursue a relationship with – Jesus. Influenced by narratives in the Bible, Kidd’s latest charts a young woman’s struggle to confront the ways in which society dictates what she can and cannot do.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Written by Cho Nam-Joo, it was published in 2016, this debut novel has sold more than one million copies. Now, a new edition will introduce the titular character of Kim Jiyoung to an even broader audience. The book follows a woman crushed by the expectations of her gender, feelings which lead to harrowing conversations with her therapist. As she unveils the lifetime of misogyny her protagonist has faced in South Korea, Cho Nam-Joo points to a universal dialogue around discrimination, hopelessness and fear.

The Moment of Tenderness

Written by Madeleine L’Engle, this collection of 18 short stories, most of which are being published for the first time, brings readers a new glimpse inside the mind of author. The beloved novelist bounces around genres, from science fiction to fantasy, in narratives that explore everything from summer camp drama to life on another planet. Many of the stories were written in the 1940s and 50s, allowing readers to track the evolution of the writer before her award-winning young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time debuted in 1962.