Just as Ashling and Robyn are welcoming in a new season for fashion and beauty, so am I. Packing away the lighthearted beach reads suitable for sun-kissed holidays, I’m filling my bookshelves with darker, heavier literary hits that best suit the onset of Autumn. As such, I’ve rounded up this month’s 3 guaranteed best-sellers which should be at the top of any woman’s stylish book list this season.
3 must-buy books of the month
1. the much-anticipated author memoir
An unexpected-but-welcome foray into non-fiction from one of our most lauded writers of fiction. Taking an unconventional, non-chronological route, Maggie charts her life through a series of traumatic events in which she experiences near death. The result is an elegant, all-encompassing and unforgettable series of essays that provides a lingering, emotionally enlightening insight into her life.
2. the commercial fiction hit
Yes, it’s the new release from our most-loved author of commercial fiction, Marian Keyes! And this, her thirteenth novel, will wrap you in the familiar embrace of her warm and witty writing style in which she examines human relationships with the kind of humour and emotional insight that’s become Keyes’ much copied (but never bettered) calling card. In The Break, Amy’s husband Hugh decides he wants a break – from their marriage. their children, their life. As he travels to Thailand for 6 months, Amy is left to manage the repercussions of his mid-life crisis with her family, friends and local gossips and finds herself on the edge of a break herself: a break down. Trust me, this is truly Marian at her best.
3. the foreign literary fiction
This timely epic and expansive literary international bestseller imagines the effect of the potential extinction of bees and is top of my TBR now I’ve finished Maggie and Marian. Taking us from 1850s Hertfordshire to 2007 America (where bee-keepers are facing a mass bee exodus) and on to 2098 China and a dystopian future where the global repercussions of the extinction of bees (which includes war and starvation) are felt by the human workers who have now replaced them. It’s sure to be a chilling must-read in this challenging time of climate change.