Monday, 15 September 2014

The September Bookshelf

September is a massive month for new release books as publishers release some of the best books of the year at this time. So, I've done my research and come up with a short list of the titles I'll be reaching for at the end of this month.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby. Pop culture, '60s youth, fame and old age pepper Hornby's latest novel. Sophie Straw has left her old life behind and reinvented herself to become a comedy star and darling of British television during the swinging 60s. The cast and crew are living the high life until life starts to imitate art a little too closely.

Us by David Nicholls. A romantic comedy exploring parenting, marriage and relationships. If there is one thing harder than finding the right person to marry, it might just be keeping a marriage alive. Douglas Peterson's son is about to leave home for University and his wife Connie is planning on leaving him not long after. Douglas plans a grand tour of Europe during the summer holidays in the hopes of repairing his relationship with his son and winning back the love of his wife.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. The Girls star, writer and director shares stories on life, love, sex and making it in the business world in this heartbreakingly honest and funny account. I'm intrigued to read about the real Lena Dunham after laughing, crying and cringing over Hannah's behaviour in Girls.

The Drop by Dennis Lehane. You all know my love for Lehane's novels and this complex crime/romance story certainly sounds like it's going to deliver. A lonely bartender looking to do a good dead rescues an abused puppy from the street and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with a cast of eccentric and dangerous characters. 

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. It wouldn't be a complete book list without some historical fiction thrown in. 1922 Britain is still tense after years of recovering from the Great War. In a quite villa in South London a widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter are obliged to take in lodgers. But the new tenants shake up the lives of everyone in the Wray household to alarming affect.

The Taxidermists Daughter by Kate Mosse. Murder, suspicion, secrets and stuffed birds are woven into this story set in Sussex, 1912. The taxidermist's daughter, 22-year-old Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house a once world-famous museum of taxidermy. But there are many mysteries surrounding the events that lead to the museum's closure. When a woman is murdered in the town Connie struggles to find the truth to both the murder and what lies at the heart of her father's workshop.

Each and Every One by Rachel English. A family drama perfect for the boomerang generation or anyone who has relied on their parents for too long. For the Shine family's four adult children life has always been pretty good. Their parents hard work has allowed luxuries into their lives that their parents never had. But when post-recession the money stops flowing as it once did, the Shine children must finally learn what it means to be a grown up and stand on their own two feet.

Two More Pints by Roddy Doyle. I'm a huge fan of The Commitments (which Doyle wrote) and this short but funny read sounds perfect for when I'm in need of a laugh or two. Featuring two Irish friends who meet regularly in a Dublin pub to ponder and solve the ways of the world, this is the follow up to Doyle's Two Pints. This time it's Beckham's tattoos, a naked Kate Middleton, the financial crisis, Jimmy Savile and horsemeat burgers that all get a look in.

What books are you most looking forward to being released this month?

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