The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited
Indie Book of the Month - November 2020


The Booksellers Association has announced Toto Among the Murderers by Sally J. Morgan as its Fiction Book of the Month for November and Where Snow Angels Go written by Maggie O’Farrell and illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini as its Children’s Book of the Month for November.
  
Inspired by Sally’s own experience of living in Leeds and being offered a ride by the Wests, Toto Among the Murderers is the story of wild child  Jude – known to her friends as Toto – who has graduated from art school in 1973 and decides to hitchhike around the country, not wanting to stay in one place for too long. As reports of attacks on women come in, Jude is unaware that violence is coming closer. Infamous murderers Fred and Rosemary West are stalking the country, and they’re looking for girls just like Jude. Toto Among the Murderers is published by John Murray Originals and is available in bookshops now.
 
Author Sally J Morgan commented, “I’m delighted and honoured to have my debut novel, Toto Among the Murderers, selected as Fiction Book of the Month for November 2020. Independent bookshops have been the mainstay of my development as a writer since I was a child. Whenever I’m in a new town I go looking for them. They are to be found hidden on side-streets with window displays full of the unexpected and enticing. Going through their doors is like stepping into the Magic Theatre, or the Secret Garden. Hidden treasure. Obscure gems. Parallel worlds." 

Amy Vale, bookseller at Book-ish said, “A new favourite of the year, Toto Among the Murderers was a gripping tale, full of well-formed characters and the shadow of something slightly sinister throughout.

The first children’s book from the Women’s Prize winning author of Hamnet, Where Snow Angels Go tells the story of Sylvie, a little girl who wakes up to find a Snow Angel in her bedroom, there to protect her. Months later, she longs to find her Snow Angel again to thank him and tell him everything that has happened. Will he ever come back? And how can she make sure everyone has a Snow Angel to look over them? Where Snow Angels Go is published by Walker Books and is available in bookshops now. 

Author Maggie O’Farrell said on the book’s selection, “Over the past few months, during discussions about what we were most looking forward to when lockdown ended, browsing in a good independent bookshop came pretty high on my list, every time.  What is it that makes a independent bookshop so beguiling? The smell, perhaps, of fresh paper and newly printed ink. The tables of hand-picked, much-loved reads, stacked up and waiting. The individuality of the décor, wall art, armchairs, rugs. The lure of the well-stocked, carefully curated shelves. The opportunities to covertly people-watch and eavesdrop on other customers. More than anything, of course, it’s the booksellers themselves: committed, driven, hard-working, inspiring experts whose aim in life is to put the right book into your hands. I have discovered many favourite reads by asking these people what they recommend; my shelves at home would be seriously denuded without their input. So thank you, independent bookshops. I’m glad your doors are open once more.”

 Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting Toto Among the Murderers and Where Snow Angels Go throughout November. The Booksellers Association will also support the promotion of the Fiction Book of the Month and Children's Book of the Month through social media and the provision of promotional material.
 
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