The best fiction reads this Autumn

Top Fiction Books Autumn 2018

As the Summer slowly fades, below are my top picks for this Autumn. From the much anticipated novel by The Book Thief author Markus Zusak to a Man Booker longlistee, each book will leave you wanting more. Pre-order your copies now and stock up on the coffee for some late-night reading during those chilly autumn nights.

Normal People (Novel) by Sally Rooney

A Man Booker prize nominee and Sally Rooney’s second novel exquisitely narrates a human story about two romantically-linked young adults, finding their place in the world amongst societal and family pressures to fit in. An intimate coming of age story filled with humour and heartfelt romance. Rooney’s writing will make you feel you are part of the story.

Grab your copy here.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson
After the success of Life after Life, Kate Atkinson brings us this fabulous spy novel set post World War II. Impeccably researched, capturing the horrors and trials of war so meticulously, the story tells the tale of Juliet Armstrong, a BBC producer, who is recruited by MI5 to listen to World War II archived tapes and transcribe the dialogue into reports.

As she listens, she discovers secrets of undercover agents and fascist traitors and is forced to reckon with unfinished consequences even after the war is over. Dark humour, haunting and harrowing, this book time travels to different decades and is a fresh take on a World War II story.

Releasing on 25 September 2018, pre-order a copy here.

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

My favourite Japanese author, Murakami brings forth his latest offering after four years of solid writing about a Tokyo artist who paints portraits and embarks on a journey of self-discovery after running away from his divorce-seeking wife. He seeks comfort at a mountain retreat owned by the famous father of an artist friend who suffers from dementia. Here he discovers a painting that moulds reality into odd shapes.

With an intriguing plot about the friend’s father, a teenage girl and the supernatural, he discovers truths about love, art, war and loneliness. A feast for your imagination, the novel draws haunting parallels with the Great Gatsby.

Releasing on 9 October 2018, pre-order a copy here.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Eleven years since The Book Thief , Zusak entertains us with Bridge of Clay, a novel about five young brothers who are reunited with their father after a long absence having lived on their own with no adult guidance. An emotional tale about family, forgiveness and loss as they discover the secret behind his disappearance. A life-changing literary remedy for life itself.

Releasing on 9 October 2018, pre-order a signed copy here.

Any other books I should include here? Do share below!

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Bijal A Shah

Bijal A Shah

Bibliotherapist, author, poet & founder of Book Therapy - therapy using the power of literature: and