1. Gavin Extence: The Universe Versus Alex Woods
The buzz surrounding this debut novel from erstwhile chess prodigy Gavin Extence is building nicely. Alex Woods is a 17-year-old misfit, struggling to make his way in the world. That’s until he meets elderly Mr Peterson, a temperamental widower who urges Alex to embrace the world. What follows is a comic tale of friendship and the nitty gritty of life.
Release date: 31 January