8 Biggest New Books Of September 2018

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Alas, the trees outside my house are beginning to turn yellow – summer may be coming to an end, but the crop of glorious new releases is still blooming. From the flowers about to burst I have picked eight of the brightest. We’ve seen some consistent themes this year, and September is continuing the trend with old stories made new and fantastic non-fiction books seeking to explain what exactly is happening to the world we live in.


1. Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why it Matters Now | Alan Rusbridger

Out 6th September

How much can we trust our news sources? And does what our politicians think of broadcasters and newspapers alter how we perceive them? Alan Rusbridger was the Guardian’s editor-in-chief for twenty years. He has seen the rise of social media and online reporting, and has broken some of the biggest stories of our age, including the Wikileaks and phone hacking scandals. Described by critics as ‘powerful’, ‘brave’ and ‘essential’, this book is a must-read for anyone who reads the news and wonders who is actually controlling our headlines.


2. Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton | Tilar J. Mazzeo

Out 18th September

At this point, it’s unacceptable if you haven’t heard at least one Hamilton song. After living in two households that played the soundtrack on constant repeat, I’m sure I sing it in my sleep. But while the musical painted Eliza as the devoted wife and loving sister, it did not share enough of her story. Now New York Times bestselling author Tilar J. Mazzeo pulls Hamilton’s wife into the spotlight she deserves, telling the full tale of her extraordinary life before her marriage, within Hamilton’s lifetime and beyond his death. This is the ideal read for any history buff or Hamilton nerd, if you’re willing to wait for it.


3. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle | Stuart Turton

Out 18th September

Ever wondered what would happen if Agatha Christie had set Groundhog Day in Downton Abbey? Apparently, this is what awaits you in Stuart Turton’s thrilling novel. Aiden Bishop is too late to stop Evelyn’s murder – over and over again. He must relive the day of the gala party as a different guest until he is able to find the killer. Murder mystery fans get ready for this unique debut.


4. Lethal White (Cormoran Strike, #4) | Robert Galbraith

Out 18th September

This month includes an eagerly anticipated new release from Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling – you might have heard of her). In the fourth installation of the Cormoran Strike series, the ornery private eye takes a twisting journey through Parliament, into the back alleys of London and deep into the countryside as he seeks the truth for a troubled young man who may have witnessed a crime as a child.


5. Transcription | Kate Atkinson

Out 6th September

Compared to both Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, Kate Atkinson’s previous novels have proven her skill in wit and satire. She is a best-selling, award-winning, critically-acclaimed, TV-adapted powerhouse of an author. Do you need any more reason to dive into her latest novel? The cost of idealism is explored through the eyes of Juliet Armstrong, who is recruited by the secret service during the Second World War.


6. Poems to Live Your Life By | Chris Riddell

Out 20th September

T.S. Eliot once wrote that ‘genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood’. This often trivialised art form is easy to dismiss, but difficult to forget when it is done well. Within the pages of his collection, Chris Riddell has gathered the best humankind has been able to produce. As is to be expected, there are appearances from William Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti and Lewis Carroll. But this is not just a journey of classic couplets. The treasure trove also contains more modern work by Neil Gaiman, Carol Ann Duffy and Nick Cave.


7. People Kill People | Ellen Hopkins

Out 4th September

People kill people. Guns just make it easier. With headline after headline announcing the constant losses to gun violence, and white supremacy frighteningly on the rise, Ellen Hopkin’s contemporary YA certainly seems to arrive with a cautionary label attached. Six teenagers in a fraught town come into contact over the course of one week. Who will survive?


8. And the Ocean Was Our Sky | Patrick Ness

Out 4th September

Patrick Ness is incapable of writing anything that is less than stunning. Here he enters the rewriting club with And the Ocean Was Our Sky. This is not just a modern retelling of Moby Dick, but also an inversion. Here the whales hunt with harpoons strapped to their back, attacking the ships floating on the Abyss above. Expect ‘epic triumph and devastating fate’.

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