Apparently, it’s September.


No, we’re not sure what happened to summer either. But, it’s official nonetheless – autumn has arrived.


While we’re all still mourning the sun-drenched beach read that wasn’t meant to be, September is the perfect time to settle in with a brand new book. And, there’s plenty to be keeping busy with. From memoirs that will leave you in tears, to a rom-com that’s made to be read in the bath, you’ll want to dive right into these autumnal reads.


So, we’ve rounded up eight of the best new releases to snuggle up with this September – fluffy blanket and hot chocolate not provided.


Beautiful World, Where Are You

Sally Rooney

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Ready for a new Sally Rooney book to obsess over? The author of Normal People is back with a brand new story following four friends. Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young – but life is catching up with them. Covering breakups and make-ups, desire and delusion, will they ever find a way to believe in a beautiful world?


Coming September 7, published by Faber & Faber. Pre-order your copy here


The Night She Disappeared

Lisa Jewell

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A small town is shaken after two teen parents disappear and never return. A year on, new resident Sophie starts to discover where they’ve gone, and why they haven’t come home – but the answers could cost her more than she could ever imagine. A twisty and dark thriller from the author behind Invisible Girl.


Out now, published by Cornerstone. Buy your copy here



Jessie Cave

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Sisters Ruth and Hannah, while bonded by love and friendship, are perplexingly different characters – and after a tragedy occurs on a sun-drenched summer holiday, nothing will ever be the same again for either of them. Effortlessly blending laugh-out-loud comedy with heartbreak, we guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for this glorious ode to siblings.


Out now, published by Welbeck. Buy your copy here



Aja Barber

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Split into two halves, activist and campaigner Barber’s Consumed exposes you to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries – and then challenges our continuing need to shop. An essential and powerful read, this is a no BS guide to consumerism and a clear call for change.


Coming September 23, published by Octopus Publishing Group. Pre-order your copy here


My Mess Is A Bit Of A Life 

Georgia Pritchett

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Award-winning comedian and writer Georgia Pritchett (Veep, Succession), knows a thing or two about anxiety. In this bitterly funny and deeply relatable memoir, she explores how to exist, live and most importantly, thrive, with all that nervous energy keeping you awake at night. We can’t promise it’ll help – but it’ll definitely make you feel less alone.  


Out now, published by Faber & Faber. Buy your copy here


How To Kill Your Family 

Bella Mackie

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How can someone, by the tender age of 28, have calmly killed six members of her family? How can that same person have then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing? Journalist turned author Bella Mackie delivers the answers in this scorchingly black satire of family dysfunction, classism and the media’s obsession with murder.


Out now, published by HarperCollins. Buy your copy here


The Good Ally

Nova Reid

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More than a year on from Instagram’s black squares, anti-racism educator and campaigner Nova Reid’s blistering exploration of persistent racial injustice, systemic discrimination and unconscious bias aims to answer the question on everyone’s lips – ‘what next?’ – before guiding us all towards more effective changemaking.


Coming September 16, published by HarperCollins. Buy your copy here


My Child and Other Mistakes

Ellie Taylor

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Stand-up comic and actress Ellie Taylor offers a hilarious and moving account of the whys and hows of having a baby. A brutally honest lowdown on motherhood and all its grisly delights, this asks all the questions no one wants to admit to asking themselves – including ‘Do I wish I hadn’t had one and spent the money on a kitchen island instead?’


Out now, published by Hodder Studio. Buy your copy here


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