Eyes starting to shrivel up? Might be time to ditch the screens and try something a bit more...analogue. We’ve got some crackerjack new release books in October, too. Michael Palin’s history of Erebus, a new polemic from Clementine Ford and Lily Allen’s autobiography (that is one interesting life).
Here’s all the new books worth bingeing in October.
By Michael Palin
In 1848, the British ship Erebus disappeared mysteriously somewhere in the Arctic ocean. The wreck wasn’t found till 2015. This is the true story of what happened, or more accurately, what went wrong. Palin’s always been an excellent storyteller (if you haven’t read his Python Diaries, put them at the top of your list) and this time you can tell he’s having an absolute ball. One for the history buffs. Check it out here.
Any Ordinary Day
By Leigh Sales
Is there anything Leigh Sales can’t do? When she’s not busting crooked politicians and dominating 7:30, she’s writing non-fiction books like Any Ordinary Day. This is Sales’ digging into human resilience: just how do people deal with fucked up scenarios? Death, destruction and mayhem. Some of it’s heavy going, but the best passages are Sales’ reflections on her own personal demons. Check it out here.
Rage Becomes Her
By Soraya Chemaly
We’re always told that anger is destructive, but can it be a useful tool for modern women? How do you effectively channel rage? That’s the big question Soraya Chemaly poses in her new barnstorming essay collection, Rage Becomes Her. You can almost feel the anger simmering in these pages, but at Soraya says, that’s okay. What’s wrong with venting frustration anyway? Check it out here.
Boys Will Be Boys
By Clementine Ford
Backing up the smash-hit Fight Like A Girl, Clementine Ford is tackling a different side of feminism this time: how do you raise your son to be a feminist? In typical Ford style, it’s an unapologetic, no-holds-barred, swing for the fences polemic, but there are some serious smarts in the writing. If you can feel your hackles rising already, that’s probably an indication you really need to read this. Check it out here.
My Thoughts Exactly
By Lily Allen
Lily Allen’s much-hyped autobiography hits the ground running: “I’m strong. I can be tough. I’ve been broken. I’m opinionated. I’m a people-pleaser. I’m spoilt. I’m needy. I contradict myself. I try to do good. I want to do good. I’m impassioned. I’m observant. Most importantly, I tell the truth. And this is my story.” Obviously, fans of Allen’s music will inhale this one pretty quickly, but the writing’s tight enough (and the story compelling enough) to offer something for even passing fans. Check it out here.
By Kate Atkinson
They’re calling this one “a major publishing event”, which is pretty much industry code for “awards jackpot”. Not surprising from English author Kate Atkinson, who has basically won the Costa Book Award three times (1995, 2013 and 2015). Transcription is her new blockbuster novel, tracing the story of Juliet Armstrong, an 18-year-old who gets recruited by MI5 in the 1940s. It’s a split-time narrative too (if that bugs you, maybe give this one a miss). Check it out here.
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