5 Books You Should Read This Month

You'll want to read every single one of these

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Words by Nicole Thomsen
September 6th, 2017

Kick off the new term with our selection of the best new releases to add to your reading list this month. Whether you’re a fan of political commentary, a crime solving thriller or you can’t resist a good coming-of-age story, there’s something for every type of reader.

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Things That Happened Before the Earthquake

Chiara Barzini

Weeks after the Los Angeles riots of 1992, Italian teenager Eugenia’s own life is uprooted when she is forced to move to California by her filmmaker parents in pursuit of their dream of ‘making it’. Left to navigate her new public high school where gangs are rife and tensions are high, Eugenia finds herself on shaky grounds in this coming-of-age story set in Nineties’ Hollywood.

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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

David Lagercrantz

The girl with the dragon tattoo returns in David Lagercrantz’s continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, and she wants revenge. Confined to the secure unit of Flodberga prison, Lisbeth Salander sees a chance to uncover the elusive secrets of her corrupt childhood, enlisting the help once again of Mikael Blomkvist to discover her past and stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost.

Due to be published 7th September.

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What Happened

Hillary Rodham Clinton

In the aftermath of the most talked about, controversial presidential election the world has ever played witness to, Hillary Clinton is “letting her guard down” in the aptly titled memoir, What Happened. In this personal and cautionary account, the former US Secretary of State details what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, and the external factors that played a detrimental role in her election bid.

Due to be published 12th September.

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Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie

This Man Booker-longlisted novel tells the tale of Isma, a Muslim woman living in the UK, and her two siblings, Aneeka, her headstrong sister, and Parvaiz, Isma’s docile twin. After years of watching out for her family, Isma is given the opportunity to pursue her dream-on-hold in America. But when Parvaiz disappears from London to join Isis and prove his worth to his Jihadist father, Isma’s family is torn apart. Home Fire is a searing, heartbreaking look at modern life in the UK for Muslims and the depths of family loyalty.

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Tangleweed and Brine

Deirdre Sullivan

Think you know the story of Cinderella? Deirdre Sullivan’s feminist renditions of the classic fairy tales you know and love will make you think again. Tanglewood and Brine is a collection of thirteen fairy tales from Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin retold with a feminist twist. These stories put the witches, wicked queens and “damsels in distress” at the heart, giving them a voice and making you reconsider the story as you know it.

Due to be published 7th September.