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New books to read in September

September is a great time to read. The weather is starting to get chilly but there’s still enough sunlight around to enjoy the last moments of alfresco reading. And, if not, it’s a legitimate time to dig out your scarf collection and begin your winter layering.

There are some wonderful literary fiction releases this month and I’ve picked four to keep you occupied in September.

Let’s take a look at what’s being released this month.

The Beast by Alexander Starrit

The Beast

This satirical gem unpicks the murky world of the British tabloid press, and explores the rivalries and immorality of the newsroom. Terrorism, multi-culturalism and Britishness go under the spotlight as the editor moves to protect the perceived threat on Middle England.

Strikingly contemporary and poignant, The Beast takes a wry look at modern media. You can read an extract here. 

The Beast is published by Head of Zeus on 7 September.

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

Innocents and Others

An insightful novel that explores loneliness, art and identity through the friendship of two film-makers, Meadow and Carrie. One is a documentary maker, the other produces feature films and their work and personal worlds collide when a mysterious woman enters their lives.

It’s a sensuous, tense and thrillingly dark book. Read an extract here. 

Innocents and Others is published in paperback by Picador on 7 September.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

This endearing book looks at the lives of Ernest and Maisie and the unconventional circumstances of their romance. Reminiscing with his daughter, Ernest recounts his life with Maisie and their tragic past starts to unravel.

It’s a romantic, heart-wrenching tale that is delivered with Ford’s beautiful writing style. Read an extract here.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes is published by Allison and Busby on 12 September.

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Bluebird, Bluebird

This is the first book is a series about the cost of justice in the American South. It follows Darren Mathews, a black Texa Ranger working on Highway 59, who must juggle the duty of his post and loyalty to this state with the racism his faces on an everyday basis.

Tension simmers in this book that explores race relationships in America – with obvious comparisons to contemporary issues currently at play.

Bluebird, Bluebird is published by Serpent’s Tail on 28 September.

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