September through to December promises the release of a fantastic collection of titles in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s genres. I am overwhelmed by the volume of new titles soon to be released! However, to avoid a ridiculously long post I have selected three titles I am especially anticipating. I urge you to keep a close eye on the new releases shelf in your local bookshop because I’m sure something is going to catch your eye in the coming months.
Us by David Nicholls Released: 30th September 14 Long Listed for the Man Booker Prize 2014
I am super excited about this release! David Nicholls is quite possibly my favourite contemporary author, and I have completely exhausted his collection of writing so far. So I thank him for releasing something new! Upon finding out about Us I quite literally lost my breath and I don’t care who knows. Call me obsessed, but I cannot stop fantasising about September 30th when I can devour the book and place it beside its predecessors. If David Nicholls has written this with the same refined humour, outstanding characterisation, and exquisite dialogue that he has demonstrated time and time again, it will be a very enjoyable, heart-warming read. It will also be a book I will have to read in private seeing as Nicholls never fails to make me laugh aloud one minute and weep the next.
This is the description of the book from the booker prize foundation: “Us by David Nicholls tells the story of Douglas Petersen, whose marriage of twenty-one years to Connie is almost over. When autumn comes around, their son Albie will leave for university. Connie has decided to leave soon after. But there’s still the summer holidays to get through – a Grand Tour of Europe’s major cities – and over the course of the journey, Douglas devises a plan to win back the love of his wife and repair his troubled relationship with his son. Forced to understand why his marriage is in tatters, he looks back to the beginning of their relationship and learns once again whom he fell in love with. Us is the history of a family, recounted over the course of what may well be their final weeks together. It’s a comedy about the demands of living together, about parenthood, about the relationship between reason and emotion, art and science, parents and children, middle-age and youth”
Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion by Sali Hughes Released: 25th September 2014
To be pretty honest this isn’t usually the type of book that I would anticipate. I really need to quite with the awful puns. I am drawn to this book because Sali Hughes journalist and broadcaster is the author. I am interested to see whether or not she will succeed in creating a non-fiction book about beauty that isn’t full of gimmick and holistic practices because it’s been done too many times now. The description of the book by Waterstones does it a huge favour in that it really emphasises the thorough research Hughes has ploughed through to produce this book. Here is an extract from the description: “In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.” If it’s anything like the description promises I will certainly be adding this book to my non-fiction shelf.
The Strange Library by Haruki Marukami Released: 2nd December 2014
I will definitely be reserving a place on my bookshelf for this release. The Strange Library, due to be released this December (if anyone wants to buy me a Christmas present…) is going to be a beautiful book. It’s being boasted as being specially designed, with illustrations throughout. Here is a blurb from Foyles: “All I did was go to the library to borrow some books’. On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. This is his first mistake. Led to a special ‘reading room’ in a maze under the library by a strange old man, he finds himself imprisoned with only a sheep man, who makes excellent doughnuts, and a girl, who can talk with her hands, for company. His mother will be worrying why he hasn’t returned in time for dinner and the old man seems to have an appetite for eating small boys’ brains. How will he escape?” A special reading room with a sheep man who makes excellent doughnuts! Totally sold already.