8 Books To Read This October

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  • woman&home books editor, Fanny Blake, shares eight fantastic new books you won’t want to put down this month…

    QUIRKY PLEASURE

    Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (W&N)
    On
    the day Eleanor Flood resolves to improve her life in all areas,
    everything possible goes wrong and sabotages her resolutions – from her
    bullied son to her missing husband, and a visitor from the past. Wild, wacky and fun.

    COMIC DELIGHT

    Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth)
    In this inspired and witty reimagining of The Tempest, dismissed theatre director Felix Phillip teaches Shakespeare in a men’s prison, and plans to stage The Tempest as a vehicle for his revenge.

    CRIMINALLY GOOD

    The Devil’s Feast by MJ Carter (Fig Tree)
    London,
    1842. The prestigious Reform Club is desperate to cover up a gruesome
    death in its premises. Captain William Avery is appointed to discover if
    there’s been foul play. I love this mystery series – it just gets
    better and better.

    FEMINIST SCI-FI

    The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
    When
    women develop the power to electrocute people at will, killing them if
    necessary, the world looks a very different place. If you enjoy Margaret
    Atwood’s dystopian fiction, this strong, substantial novel is for you.

    GHOST STORY

    Thin Air by Michelle Paver (Orion)
    A mountaineering attempt on Kanchenjunga in the footsteps of an earlier expedition is fraught with superstition and terror. As the tension mounts so does the overwhelming dread. Chilling in every sense.

    SPINE-CHILLING CRIME

    Out of Bounds by Val McDermid (Little Brown)
    The
    DNA of a teenage joyrider may hold the key to a 20-year-old unsolved
    murder. DCI Karen Pirie is on the case. A thrilling, convoluted plot
    twister that shows McDermid is dubbed “Queen of Crime” for good reason.

    GALLIC CHARM

    French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain (Gallic)
    Dr
    Alain Massoulier receives a letter 33 years too late, offering his
    erstwhile band a recording contract. Overcome with nostalgia, he sets
    out to track down his former co-musicians. Witty, nostalgic – I was
    completely charmed.

    BLOOD-CURDLING TALES

    The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill (Profile)
    Four ghostly stories revolving round a disappearing research assistant, a strange new colleague, a charitable act and a lonely boy. Susan Hill proves yet again that she really is the master of the supernatural.