Welcome to the first Booktime of 2021!

If you are collecting orders from the bookshop during lockdown you can also pick up a copy of Booktime, or you can read the digital edition here by clicking on the cover image.

This issue has a wealth of new books to recommend and lots of author interviews, including the debut novel by Eleanor Ray, Everything is Beautiful – an uplifting story about a lonely woman who finds a fresh lease of life when a new neighbour moves in next door.

There’s also a book quiz with the chance to win the original debut thriller Girl A by Abigail Dean and a copy of Rutger Bergman’s hopeful history of humanity, Humankind.

Booktime is published 6 times a year and is available exclusively from independent bookshops.