Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

In his writing debut, the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker pens a collection of short stories with characters and their seemingly haphazard lives in sharp focus. Follow protagonists including a Second World War veteran, a curious teenager and a small-town reporter as they find themselves in various situations, depicted by Hanks with vulnerability and warmth reminiscent of his most moving scenes on the big screen (William Heinemann, hardback £16.99).