Books for autumn 2021

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Books to look forward to this autumn

Where to start?? New releases are queueing up to secure a place at your bedside table. It’s tough to know where to begin when you have a list of books like this. Good luck choosing!

Sally Rooney – Beautiful World, Where Are You. Author of acclaimed Normal People. Can she do it again? I’m certainly going to find out. (7th September).

Colson Whitehead – Harlem Shuffle. Set in Harlem, NY in the 1960s, a seemingly respectable furniture salesman turns crook in this family-saga-cum-crime-novel. I loved The Underground Railroad, but was less sure about his next book The Nickel Boys. Will he be back on form this time? (14th September).

Lauren Groff – Matrix. Set in the 12th century, Matrix tells the story of a wild 17-year-old expelled from the French court and sent to England to become the prioress of an impoverished abbey. (23rd September).

Colm Toibin – The Magician. A novel based on the life of Thomas Mann, incidentally one of my favourite writers. (23rd September).

Anthony Doerr – Cloud Cuckoo Land. Author of bestseller All the Light We Cannot See is back with a story set in 15th century Constantinople, in a small town in present day Idaho and on an interstellar ship decades from now. An ambitious mix of historical and science fiction by the sounds of it. Curious about this one. (28th September).

Jonathan Franzen – Crossroads. The first in a trilogy, Crossroads tells the story of an American Midwestern family against the social and political backdrop of the past 50 years. After his first two mega-successes, Freedom and The Corrections, his third, Purity, was a bit disappointing. I’ll be very curious to see which camp Crossroads belongs to. (5th October).

Rebecca Solnit – Orwell’s Roses. Inspired by roses planted by Orwell in his garden, Solnit takes us on a journey through Orwell’s life. (21st October).

Amor Towles – The Lincoln Highway. Two brothers venture across 1950s America. A Gentleman in Moscow was a total delight. Can’t wait for this one. (21st October).

Mario Vargas Llosa – Harsh Times. Peruvian Nobel Prize winner Vargas Llosa’s latest novel is about the CIA-backed military coup in Guatemala in 1954. (2nd October).

Sarah Moss – The Fell. I absolutely adored Moss’ last novel Summerwater so this story of a quarantine breaker is a must-read for me. (11th November).

Olga Tokarczuk – The Books of Jacob. The Nobel Prize winner’s masterpiece, finally in English translation, deals with a young Jew who goes on to reinvent himself across countries and religions during the Enlightenment. Tokarczuk’s writing in Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead convinced me of her incredible talent. (15th November).

Dave Eggers – The Every is a satire on the world’s dominant tech companies and a continuation of the themes in The Circle. Eggers has been a bit hit and miss lately. But it might be as good as A Hologram for a King, The Circle and The Parade, so I’m definitely giving it a go. (16th November).

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