Brighten the colder months ahead with these exciting new books set to hit shelves this Autumn. Whether you're a convert to the best e-readers, or you still prefer the company of a good old-fashioned hardback, these brilliant new releases will see you through the season.
Autumn doesn't just mean new beginnings – it also means new books. Lots of them. From literary fiction to romance to recipes, some of the most anticipated books of the year are dropping along with the leaves.
Whether lockdown saw you tear through the classics and hoover up the bestsellers lists, or you're just getting back into your reading mojo after months of Netflix – Autumn 2020's list of new releases is sure to have you hitting the pre-order button stat.
With new books forthcoming from names as big as Nick Hornby and Elena Ferrante, you won't be stuck for something to get lost in over the next few months.
See our picks for the Best Books 2020
And, with all the eagerly-awaited books that were delayed because of lockdown to look forward to as well, we'll be too busy reading to care about the weather.
Here's our pick of the best books to buy or pre-order now. Trust us, they're worth getting excited about.
The best books hitting shelves this Autumn
Just Like You by Nick Hornby
PRE-ORDER NOW: Just Like You by Nick Hornby, £11.55, Amazon
From the author of About a Boy (the film adaption of which starred Hugh Grant) and High Fidelity – which was adapted for the small screen by Hulu earlier this year. Nick Hornby's hilarious and heart-wrenching new novel explores what it means to be somebody's perfect match, and why this notion of perfect compatibility is an absolute disaster when it comes to love.
Orfeia by Joanne Harris
A thoroughly moving modern fairy tale, Joanne Harris' novella centres on a heartbroken mother who sets out to save her lost daughter – moving through the realms of the real, of dream, and the underworld. Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is one to keep on the coffee table. Joanne will be in conversation with woman&home's books editor Zoe West on Wednesday 16 September, as part of our exciting woman&home Book Club series. Register for the free event here.
The Searcher by Tana French
PRE-ORDER NOW: The Searcher by Tana French, £12.99, Waterstones
The most hotly-anticipated mystery of 2020, Tana French's latest novel is a page-turning psychological thriller that explores family, memory, and the complicated distinction between what's right and wrong. Set in a remote Irish village that might seem idyllic, cracks quickly begin to form in the village's veneer when a local child goes missing. This one will have you hooked.
GIRL: Essays on Black Womanhood by Kenya Hunt
Essays curated by the award-winning journalist and fashion director on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world. With contributions from Candice Carty-Williams, Jessica Horn, Ebele Okobi, Funmi Fetto and Freddie Harrel, this is a book that everyone should take time out to read.
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
SHOP NOW: The Lying Life of Adults, £14.99, Amazon
Elena Ferrante's newest novel was released in Italian last year, but the eagerly-awaited English translation of The Lying Life of Adults was only given its UK release this September. Focusing on teenager Giovanna, the brilliant novel dissects Italian family life and what it means to be young. For newcomers and loyal Ferrnate fans alike, The Lying Life of Adults won't disappoint. Read it in time for the upcoming screen adaption of Ferrante's The Lost Daughter – set to star Olivia Coleman.
Daddy by Emma Cline
SHOP NOW: Daddy Emma Cline, £12.99, Waterstones
Daddy is Emma Cline's debut collection of short stories. The Californian author of 2016 bestseller The Girls, Cline's first collection crackles with the darkness inherent in everyday relationships. Examining everything from masculinity, male power and the small misunderstandings that can have life-changing consequences, we've a feeling that this one is going to be cropping up in stockings everywhere come Christmas.