The best fiction books to buy this autumn

Following on from last week’s non-fiction literary lowdown, this week we look at some of the very best new novels, short stories and poetry out in the next few months. There is a huge amount of new writing from the literary big guns plus some extraordinary fiction from up-and comers. This list is by no means exhaustive as there is SO MUCH being published at the moment. Instead these are our picks of very best – the titles that we are itching to read or already love.

Inside Story – Martin Amis
Exciting autofiction that has the book world all a-flutter. Amis tells tales of youthful sexual escapades and gives frank portraits of friendships with other literary greats.

Trio – William Boyd
Yes! A new Boyd novel for us to sink into. Please can this be in our stockings at Christmas…

V2 – Robert Harris
The second world war thriller that every dad in the land will be wanting (and getting) for Christmas.

The Lying Life of Adults – Elena Ferrante
To say there is a stampede of interest in this book would be an understatement. More Neapolitan life from the Italian bestseller.

Islands of Mercy – Rose Tremain
Reviews are five star for this absorbing novel that travels from 19th century Bath to Dublin, Borneo and Paris.

Jack –  Marilynne Robinson

Fans of Gilead rejoice. This rare new novel returns to the same world in a story of post-war interracial love.

Just Like You – Nick Hornby
A young love affair explored by the comic master.

Red Pill – Hari Kunzru
A disturbing state of the world novel that delves into the alt-right, online culture and the role of history. Extraordinary writing.

Summerwater – Sarah Moss
We love this disconcerting tale of twenty four hours in the Scottish Highlands. Moss is a fantastic writer.

Must I Go – YiYun Li
Family tragedy explored in a cleverly devised epistolary novel by a wonderful storyteller. Meg Wolitzer loves her and so do we.

Ghosts – Dolly Alderton
For fans of the High Low podcast, a funny and clever debut novel from Pandora Sykes’ co-host.

The Silence – Don Delillo
Moving, prescient, illuminating – and all in 128 pages. Classic, perfect Delillo

And in case you have been waiting, the last two unpublished novels from the Booker long list have finally been released

Who They Was – Gabriel Krauze

The New Wilderness – Diane Cook

In the world of crime and thrillers…

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman
This has been the biggest seller so far in this autumn’s rush of publishing and everyone is falling themselves to get a piece of the Pointless co-host.

Troubled Blood – Robert Galbraith
JK Rowling alter ego delivers once again with the next in her Cormoran Strike series.

Snow – John Banville
A lovely country house mystery by the master storyteller.

The Searcher – Tana French
American reviews have raved about this latest from the author of The Witch Elm.

There are times when a short read, or something to dip into, is what is needed. These are all perfect for those moments.

Daddy – Emma Cline
Author of The Girls brings her best to this short story collection

Reality and Other Stories – John Lanchester
Chilling tales to cool the blood. Excellent reading to freak you out at Halloween.

Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grapes – Lana Del Rey
A fabulous poetry debut from the singer/songwriter. This edition is attractively produced with original photography and typewritten manuscript.

Clemmie Jackson-Stops runs Vellum Libraries, curating book collections and libraries for individuals and discerning businesses.  Check out their Lockdown Libraries – five books, chosen to suit the reader’s taste, gift-wrapped and sent with a handwritten note.

The best fiction books to buy this autumn
— Francesca
9th September 2020

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