In our opinion, happiness is a good book and enough time to read it. While we can’t always help with your ability to manage your reading vs non-reading time, we most definitely can help you find your next great read.
If you’re a fiction fan then you’re in luck this month because September has already served up some of the best fiction books we’ve read all year, and we are only halfway through the month with many more new releases to come.
(When there is a new novel from both Graeme Simsion and Hannah Kent within the same fortnight, you know it’s going to be an excellent month!)
Our well-read team have selected their top picks from across the country and around the world for September, so be prepared to add a book or two or five to your TBR pile. We’re not even sorry about it.
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
by Melina Marchetta
When we heard there was an adult novel coming from Melina Marchetta, we were beside ourselves with joy. Her first foray into adult crime fiction doesn’t disappoint, and it’s the perfect mix of suspense and drama with a cast of utterly unforgettable characters. Melina was selected as our author of the month for a reason, and we challenge you to put this down once you’ve started it!
The Best of Adam Sharp
by Graeme Simsion
The international best-selling author of The Rosie Project
is back with a novel about love, music, and coming to terms with the past. The titular character Adam is on the cusp of turning fifty; he has a loyal partner, he earns good income, and he is the music trivia expert at quiz nights… but something is missing. We follow Adam as he attempts to shake off his nostalgia for what might have been had he done one key thing differently.
by Ann Patchett
is a brilliant novel about family, love, and betrayal. It is the story of two families brought together in the wake of an affair and torn apart by tragedy. It is a moving account of how perspectives change with age, and how one incident can affect the lives of family members in vastly different ways. Everyone in our office who has read this book has absolutely adored it and you don’t have to be an Ann Patchett fan (though how can you not be?) to enjoy this book.
Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue
Behold the Dreamers
is a book that our fiction buyer Alexandra had heard whisperings of long before she got her hands on a copy, largely due to the seven-figure sum that was paid for a debut novel. Imbolo Mbue’s debut surpassed her expectations and is a compulsively readable novel about marriage, immigration, class, rate, and the trapdoors of the American Dream. We already can’t wait for her next book.
by Ian McEwan
The voice of the narrator is key to whether readers love (or not-love!) a book, and the latest from Ian McEwan has the most unique narrator we’ve come across in many years. Trudy has betrayed her husband and is now living in her marital home with her husband’s brother, Claude. What follows is a thrilling tale of murder and deceit, told from the perspective of the nine-month old baby in Trudy’s womb. Bet you didn’t see that one coming!
by Meredith Jaffe. A brilliant debut novel from an exciting new voice in Australian fiction about domestic disputes and the lengths people will go to when fighting for what they think is right.
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead. This was Oprah's first book club pick in nearly two years, and Oprah has burst back onto the bookish scene with a bang. Colson Whitehead's book is absolutely magnificent and wholly deserving of the praise it has attracted recently.
The Rules of Backyard Cricket
by Jock Serong. Fans of Peter Temple will devour the latest from Jock Serong, but the outstanding writing and gripping story will appeal to all fans of suspense and mystery.
The Good People
by Hannah Kent. We're kind of cheating by putting this one on here because it's not out yet but PSA: the next novel from Hannah Kent will be hitting our shelves on Tuesday 27 September. Her fans have been waiting a long time for this, and we promise you won't be disappointed.
What great fiction have you been reading a loving lately? Leave us a comment and let us know!