6 More Must Read Autumn Books
Make a cup of tea, grab a blanket, jump on the couch for some you time. Here are some fabulous books to snuggle up with and take you on brilliant adventures.
The Jade Lily
By Kirsty Manning
Author of The Midsummer Garden and supporter of Cazinc Blog. This book has had rave reviews.
In 2016, fleeing London with a broken heart, Alexandra returns to Australia to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm, when her grandfather is dying. With only weeks left together, her grandparents begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for more than half a century. In 1939, two young girls met in Shanghai, the 'Paris of the East': beautiful local Li and Viennese refugee Romy form a fierce friendship. But the deepening shadows of World War Two fall over the women as Li and Romy slip between the city's glamorous French Concession and the desperate Shanghai Ghetto. Eventually, they are forced separate ways as Romy doubts Li's loyalties. After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents' past. As she peels back the layers of their hidden lives, she begins to question everything she knows about her family - and herself.
Book Of Colours
By Robyn Cadwaller
Author of The Anchoress
London, 1321: In a small stationer's shop in Paternoster Row, three people are drawn together around the creation of a magnificent book, an illuminated manuscript of prayers, a Book of Hours. Even though the commission seems to answer the aspirations of each one of them, their desires and ambitions threaten its completion. As each struggles to see the book come into being, it will change everything they have understood about their place in the world. In many ways, this is a story about power - it is also a novel about the position of women in the roiling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century; what power they have, how they wield it, and just how temporary and conditional it is. Rich, deep, sensuous and full of life, it’s also, most movingly, a profoundly beautiful story about creativity and connection, and our instinctive need to understand our world and communicate with others through the pages of a book.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
By Stuart Turton
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Marie Claire, Australia's 10 Books You Absolutely Have to Read in 2018
Pop your favourite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog's Day, and you'll get this unique murder mystery. The twisting, cleverly-written debut revolves around Aiden Bishop, forced to relive the day of socialite Evelyn Hardcastle's murder over and over until he can track down her killer and break the cycle. The trick? Each day Aiden finds himself reliving things in the body of a different guest at Lord and Lady Hardcastle's masquerade, making the information he's able to gather and the relationships he forges in his search increasingly complicated.
By Leni Zumas.
If you loved Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or enjoyed Naomi ALderman's The Power, then this is one for you.
In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom. Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homoeopath, or "mender," who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.
By Christine Mangan
About to be made into a movie, starring Scarlett Johansson.
The thriller that everyone will be talking about, Tangerine is one of those sinuous, Hitchcockian tales that disorients in the best way. Set in Morocco in the 1950s, Christine Mangan’s hypnotic debut concerns two college friends who reunite in Tangier and their differing points of view about their unique relationship.
By Tim Winton
In one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There's just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he'll have to cross the vast salt lands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.
The Shepherd's Hut is a searing look at what it takes to keep love and hope alive in a parched and brutal world. A rifle-shot of a novel - crisp, fast, shocking - The Shepherd's Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, an unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.
Natasha from Book Bonding.
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.