If your bedside table is looking a little bare in the books department, there are plenty of new tomes to keep bona fide bookworms busy from now until Christmas. From witty memoirs to the new thriller everyone’s talking about, no matter what you’re into here are the best new releases to curl up with this October.
by Adam Kay
A follow up to his hugely celebrated This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, which sold a whopping 1.5 million copies and simultaneously made us all terrified of going to hospital but appreciate the NHS and its courageous staff like never before. The sequel, from the ex-doctor, takes a look at the UK’s hospitals over the festive season, from Christmas babies to one too many at the office party. Hilarious, horrifying and often heart-breaking; you won’t be able to put it down.
by Jeanette Winterson
One of those books that’s practically impossible to explain, it essentially uses the different themes of Frankenstein’s mythology and puts them into the modern day. From the downfalls of artificial intelligence to conversations around transgender and even Brexit (is there any getting away from it?), this is an utterly brilliant book from one of the most talented writers of the moment.
by Jasmine Guillory
If a bit of shameless chick lit is your thing, get stuck into Jasmine Guillory’s new tome. The follow up to the hugely popular The Proposal, Royal Holiday is inspired by Meagan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland (bear with us). The story centres around American Vivian Forest, who gets the opportunity to visit England on one of her daughter’s work trips to style a member of the royal family. Here she meets the Queen’s private secretary and well, you can guess what happens next… Fans include Reese Witherspoon and even Oprah, plus it’s a New York Times bestseller – no wonder Guillory is being coined as the new name in romantic fiction.
by Vanessa Lillie
In addition to the creepy name, this is being heralded as one of 2019’s top thrillers. Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she hears of her best friend’s murder. The police name another friend as the top suspect, but Devon’s intuition leads her to believe something else. Despite the fact that she’s going through recovery and dealing with postpartum problems, she is relentless in finding the truth. A page turner that will keep you up until the small hours.
by Megan Phelps-Roper
From anti-Semitism to aggressive homophobia, denial of natural disasters and the questioning of AIDs, the Westboro Baptist Church were famed for demonstrating their extreme fire-and-brimstone beliefs. Author Megan Phelps-Roper was brought up inside the church and having left it and her family behind, she tells the tale of growing up there. A fascinating tale that’s hard to believe it’s true in parts.
by Zadie Smith
The first collection of short stories from the hugely celebrated and multi-award-winning author, Zadie Smith does not disappoint as per. With a dialogue that is always on the money when it comes to social justice and topics of race, gender, class and politics, this book delves into multiple stories, from disgraced policeman to the upper echelons of New York City, this rich book cleverly interweaves fascinating tales and is some of her best work to date.
curated by Scarlett Curtis
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few weeks you will have probably seen the noise being made around this book… and warranted noise it is. Journalist and women’s rights campaigner Scarlett Curtis has put together a collection of inspiring anecdotes, opening up about mental health from the likes of A-listers Emma Thompson and Emilia Clarke, TV personalities Fearne Cotton and Davina McCall, writers Elizabeth Day and Bryony Gordon and many more. Stephen Fry called it “the freshest, most honest collection of writing about mental health I’ve read.” A must for the Christmas list.
by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You Author Jojo Moyes returns with what might be her best work to date. Set in 1930s England, Alice is stifled, bored, and misunderstood until she is swept off her feet by American, Bennett Van Cleve. They move to the U.S and it’s not quite what she envisaged it to be. That is until she meets a group of feisty women who are brought together by books. A gripping novel that’s not just a love letter to reading but one to female friendship, too.
by Stephen Chbosky
Twenty years on from his first and only novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Chbosky is back and turned his hand from coming-of-age novel to thriller. A chilling page turner, the story follows a young boy who goes missing and comes back only to find his whole world is in danger.
by Ali Wong
Netflix star, comedian and now author Ali Wong writes a real-talk handbook through a series of letters to her daughters. Covering everything from disastrous dating to breaking the glass ceiling, this book is laugh-out-loud funny, smart and makes us want Ali as our best friend. Don’t blame us if you’re caught LOLing on the tube.
by Charlie Mackesy
Charlie Mackesy has earned a cult following thanks to this charming illustrations that come with a moral message. He’s worked with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Richard Curtis and his drawings have been shared all over the world and even turned into tattoos. This beautiful book gives adults and children alike some hope in these uncertain times, as it looks at the most important things in life through the eyes of four unlikely friends.