As the nights get darker and the temperature gets cooler, nothing beats turning up the radiator and snuggling under your duvet to read the latest page-turner.
September brings a slew of new and enthralling novels to read – but which one to go for?
From wunderkind Sally Rooney’s second novel, to an investigation by Isabel Hardman into why we distrust our politicians so deeply – there are some truly great reads out there.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best new books for September below.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney’s sophomore novel is the follow-up to her highly-praised debut, Conversations with Friends. Normal People is a love story that follows two Irish teenagers through school and beyond. It is so good, in fact, that our Literary Editor, David Sexton, detailed why Rooney should win the Man Booker Prize in a recent piece.
He wrote: “Although Rooney may seem to have quite a spare and self-effacing style, it is actually very highly worked — such directness is not easily achieved — and when she does turn to greater lyricism, it’s memorable.”
Normal People by Sally Rooney is currently long listed for the Man Booker Prize. You can buy it here.
The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Francis-White
Deborah Francis-White, the host of popular podcast The Guilty Feminist, will release a book of the same name this month. The perfect accompaniment to her audio series, it embraces feminism but also comments on its imperfections.
The book includes interviews with activists like Amika George and is well worth a read.
You can buy the book here.
The End by Karl Ove Knausgaard
The sixth and final volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle’ series sees the Norwegian author examine the fallouts from his earlier books along with life, death and love.
If you have read his previous works, this is a must. If you haven’t – welcome to your new favourite book series…
The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts
Described as an ‘upper-class Bridget Jones’, The Plus One centres around Polly Spencer who just turned thirty and whose sex life is … lacking.
Polly is determined to get her life together in this heart-warming piece of chick-lit that you won’t be able to put down.
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
On a similar vein to Netflix’s renowned Orange is the New Black, Rachel Kushner delves into life inside a maximum-security women’s prison.
The novel centres around Romy Hall, who we meet at the start of two consecutive life sentences, attempting to adjust to her new life behind bars. We follow her as she struggles to do the right thing by her young son, who is now being looked after by her estranged mother.
Love as Always, Mum xxx by Mae West with Neil McKay
The much-hyped memoir by Mae West, daughter of serial killers Fred and Rose West, was released earlier this month. West recounts the day police showed up at her house with a warrant to search the garden for the remains of her older sister she didn’t know was dead. She was 21-years-old at the time.
They end up discovering multiple remains and thus a real-life nightmare ensues. Over 25 years later, West recalls her violent childhood as the daughter of two serial killers, in this already best-selling novel.
You can buy it here.
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
Kate Atkinson’s eleventh novel follows 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong who is recruited into an obscure department of MI5 and asked to monitor the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers.
The novel skips to 10 years later, when Juliet is a producer at the BBC and is confronted by a note threatening to seek revenge.
Evening Standard contributor Claire Harman wrote: “There are plenty of twists and turns in this terrific page-turner.”
Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger
The former editor of The Guardian delivers an agenda-setting examination of the press from the past to the present and his predictions for the future. With a certain President branding everything he doesn’t agree with as ‘Fake News’, Rusbridger divulges where we can find trustworthy sources of news – and what this fake news shift means for democracy.
Rusbridger also reflects on his two decades as editor of The Guardian, and his experience breaking some of the most significant news stories of the 21st century.
You can buy Breaking News here.
Why We Get the Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman
Lifting the lid on Westminster, in her new book Isabel Hardman asks why we end up with politicians we don’t like.
The award-winning journalist looks at the UK’s politicians of today and questions why they are consistently voted the least trusted professional group by the UK public. A must-read for anyone who wants to change the way they think about politicians and how they vote.
You can buy Why We Get the Wrong Politicians here.
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