Top picks for September

Well, here we go. It’s almost September and we all know what that means for publishing… literally hundreds of books being published over the month. How do we pick what to read out of this immense selection of fiction and non-fiction?

Well do not fear! I’ve gathered my top picks for September. Yes, they are all being published on the 3rd… but as we all know, that seems to be a popular choice of date! A range of non-fiction and fiction, thriller and romance, there should be something for everyone here. So, start browsing!

FICTION

1. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.
But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late?
I’m sure a lot of you have seen this one! The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman is out on September 3rd, published by Viking. It looks to be an excellently unique and fresh crime novel, certainly different to a lot of the market. Plus, Richard Osman himself gives me great faith that his writing will be excellent!
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2. House of Correction by Nicci French

She’s a murderer. Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees – why else would his dead body be found in her shed?
So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial. Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn’t fit in then, and she doesn’t fit in now. That day is such a blur, she can’t remember clearly what happened.

There is something she is missing, something important… She only knows one thing.
She is not capable of murder.
And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself.
So she must fight. Against the odds.
For her life. 
Not only does this come with an author who we know can execute a brilliant thriller, the description looks truly intriguing. Nicci French is truly the master of suspense, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this one. The House of Correction by Nicci French is published on September 3rd by Simon & Schuster UK.
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3. The Darkest Evening

Driving home during a swirling blizzard, Vera Stanhope’s only thought is to get there quickly. But the snow is so heavy, she becomes disoriented and loses her way. Ploughing on, she sees a car slewed off the road ahead of her. With the driver’s door open, Vera assumes the driver has sought shelter but when she inspects the car she is shocked to find a young toddler strapped in the back seat.
Afraid they will freeze, Vera takes the child and drives on, arriving at Brockburn, a run-down stately home she immediately recognizes as the house her father Hector grew up in.
Inside Brockburn a party is in full swing, with music and laughter to herald the coming Christmas. But outside in the snow, a young woman lies dead and Vera knows immediately she has a new case. Could this woman be the child’s mother, and if so, what happened to her?

I’ve been a fan of Vera ever since ITV brought her to life in the TV show. I know, I know, I didn’t read the books first! But sometimes we need that push and for me the push to pick up this series was the show. I loved the setting, Vera’s attitude, her team, everything. I’m definitely looking forward to the next in the series which I am confident will be as excellent as the others. The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves is out on September 3rd by Macmillan.
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4. Us Three by Ruth Jones

Friends forever is a difficult promise to keep…
Meet Lana, Judith and Catrin. Best friends since primary school when they swore an oath on a Curly Wurly wrapper that they would always be there for each other, come what may.
After the trip of a lifetime, the three girls are closer than ever. But an unexpected turn of events shakes the foundation of their friendship to its core, leaving their future in doubt – there’s simply too much to forgive, let alone forget. An innocent childhood promise they once made now seems impossible to keep . . .

Anyone who knows Ruth Jones’ writing undoubtedly loves it, as far as I know! She’s an outstanding writer and having loved her debut, I’m definitely keen to pick up Us Three. The reviews I’ve seen for this so far have also made me even more keen to get reading. Described as funny, uplifting and moving, it’s exactly the sort of book I love. Us Three by Ruth Jones is out on September 3rd by Bantam Press.
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5. The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .
London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, Bess is astonished to be told she has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.
Less than a mile from Bess’s lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.
From the bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds . . .

I should admit that I’ve not actually read Stacey Hall’s debut The Familiars – but it has been on my TBR for AGES and now her second novel is too. I love historical fiction that tells a unique story, so both her books are ones I’m very keen to read. Also, this is already out in hardback but you can pick up the paperback from Zaffre on 3rd September
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6. The Queen’s Rival

One family united by blood. Torn apart by war…
England, 1459: Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, is embroiled in a plot to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the Battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily’s family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own.
Cecily can only watch as her lands are torn apart and divided up by the ruthless Queen Marguerite. From the towers of her prison in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit – one that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV.
This is a story of heartbreak, ambition and treachery, of one woman’s quest to claim the throne during the violence and tragedy of the Wars of the Roses
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I LOVE this era of history, so I’m really excited to get stuck into this. It looks to be an exciting and intriguing historical novel with lots of drama and a good pace. I know a lot of the characters in this book anyway so I’m interested to see how O’Brien brings them to life – I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic! The Queen’s Rival is published on September 3rd by HQ.
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NON-FICTION

1. Once Upon a Tyne by Ant & Dec

Ant and Dec hold a special place in the hearts of TV viewers everywhere. This is their epic story, with never-before-seen photography and the very best tales from their 30 years in TV.
From their modest beginnings in Byker Grove through to their “unique” time as pop stars and an award-laden TV career, those three decades have flown by in the blink of an eye. They’ve also featured an incredible cast of supporting characters, including their first scriptwriter (an unknown comedian called David Walliams), Saturday night fun and games with countless Hollywood A-listers, and celebrities they torture – sorry, work with – every year in the jungle. Told through the lens of every TV show they’ve made, as well as everything they’ve learnt along the way, this is the riotously funny journey of two ordinary lads from Newcastle who went on to achieve extraordinary things.

Published on 3rd September by Sphere, many of us will be looking forward to Ant & Dec’s autobiography. It’s sure to be amusing, interesting and full of their typical banter. I love a good autobiography and sometimes I just want one that will make me chuckle – this is sure to achieve that!
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2. Dear Life by Rachel Clarke

As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable.
Rachel’s training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing – even the best palliative care – can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love.
And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life – more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion – than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world.

This is another book that is already out in hardback but the paperback version is coming out on 3rd September by Abacus. Although often heavy and emotional, I love medical non-fiction or biography. It’s a fascinating insight and an important focus on the people that provide care for us and our families – this has been on my TBR for a long time, but I’m planning to finally get started with this in September.
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And that’s a wrap! I hope you found something you liked the look of from this list! See you for my October picks next month,

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