Words by Nicole Thomsen
November 6th, 2017
As the days become shorter and the evenings darker, now is better than ever to curl up with a good book and while away the time. From deeply personal memoirs to a dystopic future where evolution has reversed itself, take your pick of our top releases this month.
At four months pregnant, Cedar Hawk Songmaker is in danger. Time appears to be running backwards and evolution has gone haywire as woman after woman gives birth to a primitive species of humans. As Congress begins to confine pregnant women, Cedar must do everything she can to survive and protect her baby in a world where she has become a wanted woman. If you liked The Handmaid’s Tale, this is a must-read.
What makes people act mean? In her darkly funny coming-of-age memoir, Myriam Gurba tells her tale of growing up as a queer mixed-race woman in the ’80s. Covering everything from the time she was sexually assaulted to homophobia, and racism, Gurba tackles moments in her life with such wit and comedy you will be left both laughing and crying.
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to work at Vanity Fair? Offering a personal insight into her time as Editor-in-Chief of the Condé Nast publication, Tina Brown’s daily diary entries follow her arrival in New York in the Eighties tasked with the job of saving the then struggling publication and how she turned it in the glamorous ‘It’ magazine it became. Full of iconic cultural moments, backstabbing rivalries and inside stories from the magazine that sold millions.
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a mesmerising collection of twelve modern fairytales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls – and no, it’s not for children. Traversing a range of topics, each story is dark, unique and utterly engaging.
If you haven’t already, now is prime time to read Agatha Christie’s classic detective novel before its onscreen adaptation is released this month. Murder on the Orient Express tells the tale of thirteen strangers travelling on a train, one of which is detective Hercule Poirot. When millionaire Samuel Ratchett is found dead in his compartment with the door locked from the inside, everyone becomes a suspect. But which of his fellow passengers is the killer?
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