Essential reads for Autumn 2016

23 September 2016

Our pick of the best new books coming out this Autumn, because longer, darker nights are the perfect excuse for more cosy evenings in with a good book. 

   Fiction

The Wonder
Emma Donoghue

The new novel from the bestselling author of Room is a psychological thriller inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth. 

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Selection Day
Aravind Adiga
 
Not only one of the one of the finest novels written about cricket in recent times but an engrossing and nuanced coming-of-age-novel from the Man Booker Prize winning author of The White Tiger. A story of adolescence, ambition and self-realization, of fathers and sons, set in contemporary Mumbai.
 
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His Bloody Project
Graeme Macrae Burnet

Based on a triple-murder in a remote Highland crofting community, which gripped the British public in 1869, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s ingenious thriller is leading sales of Booker Prize shortlisted books by a significant margin.

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Miss Jane
Brad Watson

A remarkable, immensely moving and beautiful novel exploring the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central ‘uses’ for a woman in that time and place - namely, sex and marriage.

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Nutshell
Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan’s latest is a classic tale of murder and deceit set in a North London townhouse. Trudy has betrayed her husband, John and is plotting against him. But there is a witness to her scheming: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.
 

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The Tobacconist
Robert Seethaler, translation by Charlotte Collins

Fans of Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life will be delighted to hear that his previous novel The Tobacconist, a deeply moving story of ordinary lives profoundly affected by the Third Reich, will be available in English for the first time this year.

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Swing Time
Zadie Smith

The new novel from the award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty is the story of two childhood friends who dream of becoming dancers - but only one has talent. It's a close but complicated relationship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

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The Lesser Bohemians
Eimear McBride

The much-anticipated follow-up to McBride’s extraordinary debut, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, is a novel about about sexual passion, innocence and the loss of it. It follows an eighteen-year-old Irish girl who arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor with a disturbing past.

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   Non-fiction

 A Rage for Order
The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS 
Robert F. Worth

New York Times correspondent, Robert F. Worth captures the psychological and actual civil wars raging throughout the Middle East and explains how the dream of an Arab renaissance gave way to a new age of discord.

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The Good Immigrant
edited by Nikesh Shukla

This collection of 21 essays by black, Asian and minority ethnic writers explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be 'other' in a country that doesn't seem to want you, doesn't truly accept you - however many generations you've been here, unless you have managed to transcend into popular culture, like Mo Farah, Nadya Hussain or the other ‘good immigrants’ out there.

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 I Read the News Today, Oh Boy
The short and gilded life of Tara Browne, the man who inspired The Beatles’ greatest song
Paul Howard

Few people rode the popular wave of the sixties quite like Tara Browne. One of Swinging London's most popular faces, he lived fast, died young and was immortalized for ever in the opening lines of 'A Day in the Life'. But who was John Lennon's lucky man who made the grade and then blew his mind out in a car? Paul Howard has pieced together the extraordinary story of a young Irishman who epitomized the spirit of the times.

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How to Survive a Plague
The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS
David France

The riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.

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Walls Come Tumbling Down
Daniel Rachel

Through the voices of campaigners, musicians, artists and politicians, Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together as never before to challenge racism, gender inequality and social and class divisions.

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   Poetry

Let Them Eat Chaos
Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest's new long poem, set on a London street during a great storm, has been written especially for live performance and works as a companion piece to her album release of the same name. It is call to action, and, both on the page and in Tempest's electric performance, one of the most powerful poetic statements of the year.

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The King of Christmas
Carol Ann Duffy

You might not be feeling festive just yet but, for us at least, Carol Ann Duffy’s Christmas poem appearing in the shops always signifies the start of the holiday season. Inspired by the medieval tradition of appointing a Lord of Misrule, The King of Christmas takes us into a topsy-turvy world of festivity and celebration, where rules no longer apply.

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