After two weeks of constant rain and fog, I think it’s safe to say that summer is well and truly over. Despite the cold and the long nights, though, I love this time of the year. I always see the chilly weather as the perfect excuse to curl up in bed with a mug of tea, a soft blanket and a good book. There’s something about this season that always makes me want to pick up a good mystery or horror (especially as we’re nearing Halloween), but if you’re looking for something else to read this autumn, I collected 5 new book releases for you that I’m really looking forward to – and you should too!
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
6 November 2014, Michael Joseph – £18.99
Stella Sweeney is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband Ryan and their two teenage kids in Dublin. She works with – or really for – her terrifyingly ambitious sister Karen in their beauty salon. Nothing to get excited about here. Nothing to make her particularly unhappy. Or happy… No-one would be interested in stealing her life. But then things started to happen… One day, Stella, attempting a good deed, causes a little car accident and faces down a bad tempered, handsome stranger. She hardly gives it much of a thought. But karma is hovering, and is about to take over, swoop in and change Stella’s life for ever. For better or worse. Suddenly Stella has a life. A thrilling glamorous one. A life that other people might start to covet… ”
I absolutely adore Marian and her writing, and I have no doubt in my mind that The Woman Who Stole My Life is going to be another brilliant read.
The Best of Miranda by Miranda Hart
23 October, 2014, Hodder & Stoughton – £14.99
Your favourite, number one best-selling comedian Miranda Hart is giving you an access-all-areas VIP backstage pass to her award-winning sitcom. The Best of Miranda contains the full scripts of Miranda’s six favourite episodes (including her original revises and annotations) so that you can, if you wish to, cast your family to re-enact choice moments in your living room. The book also includes Miranda’s own account of just what goes in to the process of writing, rehearsing and filming, hilarious gossip from the making of the sitcom, previously unpublished photographs and material which didn’t make the final edits. Other extras include recipes for Gary’s favourite cakes, cringe worthy childhood photos of our favourite comedian, a step-by-step guide to making your own Fruit Friends and Vegetapals and a Marry Gary Board Game.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for Miranda’s TV show. I don’t deny the fact that I’ve seen every single episode at least 25 times and it still makes me laugh. So getting a glimpse of how they filmed the series and what happened behind the scenes makes me giddy with excitement. And if her previous book, Is It Just Me?, is anything to go by, it’s going to be bloomin’ marvellous.
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
25 September, 2014, Bantam Press – £12.99
Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars … or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing. There’s so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some…er…help.
Becky sets her heart on a new career – she’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinseltown. Luckily her best friend Suze comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on the Hollywood insider trail. But somehow…things aren’t quite working out as they’d hoped. Then Becky’s big chance comes, and it’s an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much?
Although chick-lit is something I tend to avoid, the Shopaholic series is one of my favourite series ever. Becky is just hilarious so if you’re looking for a happy and light hearted read this autumn, I would definitely recommend this one.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (film tie-in)
25 September, 2014, Orion – £8.99
Who are you? What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?
With the movie hitting cinemas earlier this month, it’s time to pick up the book and find out how it all began. The book’s darker theme is perfect for this season!
A Trick of the Mind by Penny Hancock
11 September, 2014, Simon & Schuster – £12.99
Have you committed a crime … or are you the victim of one?
Driving down to the cottage in Southwold she’s newly inherited from her Aunty May, Ellie senses she is on the edge of something new. The life she’s always dreamed of living as a successful artist seems as though it is about to begin. So excited is she that she barely notices when the car bumps against something on the road.
That evening Ellie hears a news flash on the radio. A man was seriously injured in a hit and run on the very road she was driving down that evening. Then Ellie remembers the thump she heard. Could she have been responsible for putting a man in hospital? Unable to hold the doubts at bay, she decides to visit the victim to lay her mind to rest, little knowing that the consequences of this decision will change her life forever.
Autumn wouldn’t be the same without a good ol’ mystery and Penny Hancock’s latest sounds like a perfect autumn read.
What books are you planning to read in the next couple of weeks? Any recommendations?