September has set the benchmark even higher with a rapid-fire of new releases that should have every reader sprinting to their favourite bookstore. The author list is star-sparkled: Fiona Palmer, Jane Harper, Stephen King, Ken Follett, Marian Keyes, Wilbur Smith – oh, the list goes on.
And as always we have our attention set on up-and-coming writers, especially from Australia, and the likes of Tania Blanchard and Kaira Rouda and even the Norwegian novelist Maja Lunde are definitely worth a read.
But don’t take it from us, go find out for yourself! Here’s a list of our 20 picks for September:
The Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner: A new story of psychological suspense that tells the story of Kyra, an amnesiac, who is trying to piece together her life after a traumatic accident. As she regains shards from the past, she grows paranoid, and wonders whether those she loves are lying to her in order to keep their dark secrets buried . . .
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda: Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter towards its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.
The Girl From Munich by Tania Blanchard: But in 1943, the tide of the war is turning against Germany, and Lotte’s life of privilege and comfort begins to collapsing around her. As Hitler’s Reich abandons Germany and the country falls to the Allied forces, Lotte is forced to flee from the unfolding chaos to the country with the darkly attractive Erich Drescher, her Luftwaffe superior.
Gimme Shelter by Paul Field: For many returned service men and women, coming home is when the battle really begins. These are the stories of those who’ve seen it all, and fought to find a way to live with the aftermath of their experiences.
Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer: Secrets Between Friends is a poignant novel of romance, family dynamics and friendship. Through her highly relatable, sympathetic characters, beloved Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer writes about issues, experiences and emotions we have all faced while posing the ultimate question: What is really important in this life?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde: Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is as much about the powerful bonds between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
Venom by Brendan James: Venom is an examination of European settlers’ troubled and often antagonistic relationship with the land, seen through the lens of the desperate scramble for an antivenom, and highlighted by the story of George Rosendale, a taipan bite victim of the Guugu Yimithirr nation.
Wish You Were Here by Sheridan Jobbins: Raw, sharply funny and heartfelt, Wish You Were Here is a girl’s own adventure with bite, a hilarious rollercoaster ride that will make you itch to escape the everyday and hit the road with this irresponsible and irresistible adventurer. Reeling from the devastating collapse of her marriage to the man she thought was the love of her life, after a late night enjoying smashing all her china a little too much, Sheridan Jobbins decides she needs to do something drastic to save her sanity.
Minefields by Hugh Riminton: Minefields is Hugh’s fascinating story of over forty years on the frontline of the news game. Over nearly 40 years he has been shot at, blown up, threatened with deportation and thrown in jail. He has reported from nearly 50 countries, witnessed massacres in Africa, wars and conflicts on four continents, and every kind of natural disaster.
Force of Nature by Jane Harper: Aussie crime writer Jane Harper returns to the scene with her long-awaited second book! Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.
Sleeping Beauties by Owen and Stephen King: In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place…
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: Historical fiction master Ken Follett brings us a book from his Kingsbridge series, set during the Tudor period. Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. Europe is in turmoil and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.
The Break by Marian Keyes: A hilarious and insightful tale about a runaway husband from the internationally bestselling writer of smart, funny fiction.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill: For single mum Kate O’Hara, there was no decision to make. Her daughter Rosie is one of a small percentage of Irish children with a disorder that prevents her from being vaccinated against measles. All Kate can do is hope that herd immunity keeps the disease at bay, and her little girl safe. A stunning and addictive powerful new book club read that explores every mother’s worst fear and hardest decision from beloved Irish bestselling author Melissa Hill.
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch: Yet another great addition to the PC Grant series. There’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.
The Tiger’s Prey by Wilbur Smith: The Tiger’s Prey takes readers on an epic journey from the southernmost point of Africa, through the perilous waters of the Arabian Sea, to the lush Indian coastline. It is an incredible and breathless tale of intrigue and family betrayal from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi: On a quest to explain how and why his father mysteriously disappeared twenty years ago, a writer embarks on an epic journey in search of a stolen bicycle and soon finds himself immersed in the strangely overlapping histories of the Japanese military during World War II, Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, and the secret world of antique bicycle collectors in Taiwan. The result is a surprising and moving meditation on memory, loss, and the bonds of family.
The Fatalist by Campbell McConachie: The largely untold story of Australian multiple murderer Lindsey Rose – by someone who had no idea his mate was a killer.