5 Hot Fiction Books For Autumn
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Here are Natasha's tips for the hottest books for you to snuggle in and enjoy over autumn.
There is something for everyone on this list.
1. THE RUIN
Written by Dervla McTiernan
For those who love a page-turner.
Responding to a call that took him to a decrepit country house, young Garda Cormac Reilly found two silent, neglected children - fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lay dead upstairs. Since then Cormac's had twenty high-flying years working as a detective in Dublin, and he's come back to Galway for reasons of his own. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him. What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac trust? Betrayal is at the heart of this unsettling small-town noir and the Ireland it portrays. In a country where the written law isn't the only one, The Ruin asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't.
2. LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART
Written by Holly Ringland
A fabulous book for fans of The Choke - one of Cazinc's favs of 2017.
After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak. Under the watchful eye of June and the women who run the farm, Alice settles but grows up increasingly frustrated by how little she knows of her family's story. In her early twenties, Alice's life is thrown into upheaval again when she suffers devastating betrayal and loss. Desperate to outrun grief, Alice flees to the dramatically beautiful central Australian desert. In this abstract landscape, Alice thinks she has found solace until she meets a charismatic and ultimately dangerous man. Spanning two decades, set between sugarcane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, it follows Alice's unforgettable journey, as she learns that the most robust story she will ever possess is her own.
3. LUCKY GALAH
Written by Tracy Sorensen
For those who want something different.
A magnificent novel about fate, Australia and what it means to be human... it just happens to be narrated by a galah called Lucky. It's 1969, and a remote coastal town in Western Australia is poised to play a pivotal part in the moon landing. Perched on the red dunes of its outskirts looms the great Dish: a relay for messages between Apollo 11 and Houston, Texas. Radar technician Evan Johnson and his colleagues stare, transfixed, at the moving images on the console - although his glossy young wife, Linda, seems distracted. Meanwhile, the people of Port Badminton have gathered to watch Armstrong's small step on a single television sitting centre stage in the old theatre. The Kelly family, a crop of redheads, sit in rare silence. Roo shooters at the back of the hall squint through their rifles to see the tiny screen. I'm in my cage on Kelly's back verandah. I sit here, unheard, underestimated, biscuit crumbs on my beak. But fate is a curious thing. For just as Evan Johnson's story is about to end (and perhaps with a giant leap), my journey prepares to take flight.
4. THE SEALWOMAN’S GIFT
By Sally Magnusson
For fans of Burial Rites - Hannah Kent's award-winning book.
In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland & abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were mostly silent. In this brilliant reimagining, Sally Magnusson gives a voice to the pastor's wife, Asta. Enslaved in an alien Arab culture Asta meets the loss of both her freedom and her children with the one thing she has brought from home: the stories in her head. Steeped in the sagas and folk tales of her northern homeland, she finds herself experiencing not just the separations and agonies of captivity, but the reassessments that come in any age when intelligent eyes are opened to other lives, other cultures and alternative kinds of loving. It’s about the eternal power of storytelling to help us survive.
5. THE IMMORTALISTS
Written by Chloe Benjamin
An instant New York Times Bestseller
For fans of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES and FATES AND FURIES.
It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to listen to their fortunes. We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day. The book is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life, or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time?
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As an ex-secondary school teacher of 11 years and now the co-owner of Book Bonding Independent Bookstore for the past 10 years, Natasha Boyd loves sharing her passion for books with a range of customers. Her focus has always been on providing good quality reading for children and teens both in store and direct to schools, as well as putting engaging fiction and non-fiction books into the hands of adults. For Natasha, the best thing about reading is escaping to another world, learning something new or discussing ideas and writing with other passionate readers which has been fulfilled through running four literary book clubs, two foodie’s groups and running special authors events. Natasha's other passions when she is not reading are theatre, travel, collecting teapots and spending time with her two gorgeous fur babies, Jasper and Chobe.