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The Binge | BOOKS

By James Shackell
7th Sep 2018

We’re kicking off a new Book Club series today, so settle down and get comfy. Maybe pop the kettle on. Every month we’ll be checking out a handful of hyped new releases in the literary world, and September is looking like a bumper month. We’ve got J.K. Rowling’s new thriller, a Homeric saga from Pat Barker, and Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ scathing biography of her late dad, Steve. (You know Steve, right?)

Here’s 5 new books to read in September.

Lethal White

By Robert Galbraith

Okay, so we know it’s not really Robert Galbraith by now right? It’s J.K. Rowling. She of the castles and Quidditch and so on. This is the hotly anticipated fourth book in Rowling’s Strike series, and we’ve been waiting for what feels like eternity. If you haven’t picked up Strike yet, give it a crack—the characters are fantastic, although you occasionally cringe at J.K.’s attempts to be ‘gritty’ and ‘real’. This book centres on a kid named Billy with a troubled past (is there any other kind of past?). It could also be the book where we finally see Strike and Robin hook-up, so there’s that. Lethal White is dropping on 18 September.

Sea Prayer

By Khaled Hosseini

Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini is back with a new novel, which is pretty big news in the literary world. This one’s called Sea Prayer, and it’s basically Khaled’s response to the current Syrian refugee crisis. There aren’t many authors you’d trust with that source material, but Hosseini is one of them. Sea Prayer is an illustrated book, composed as a letter from a father to his son. Hosseini was inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the beach in Turkey back in 2015. Heavy going, sure. But it’s a book everyone should read. Sea Prayer is out now.


By Courtney Summers

Time for a good thriller, and Courtney Summer’s new novel, Sadie, might be just the ticket. It’s got all the ingredients you want these days: missing girl, true crime podcasts, page-turning mysteries and a proper who-dunnit. It’s also the first book we’ve seen that interweaves podcast transcripts throughout the text. Ultimately, Sadie isn’t just about crime—it’s a reflection on our reaction to crime (and potentially unhealthy addiction to true crime stories). The book just dropped (4 September), and the hype is pretty real.

Small Fry

By Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Want to read a memoir from Steve Jobs’ own daughter? Thought so. Small Fry has been making waves before even hitting the shelves, with people (particularly Jobs’ widow, Lauren Powell Jobs) accusing Lisa of painting Steve in a rather unflattering light. Let’s be honest though, when was the last time you heard a first-hand account of Jobs that said, “You know what? Just a really lovely guy.” If you’re a fan of tell-all biographies (or just curious about the man behind your Macbook Pro), give this one a go. It’s up on Amazon now.

The Silence Of The Girls

By Pat Barker

When a Man Booker prize-winner releases a new novel, people sit up and take notice. And that’s what’s happened with Pat Barker’s new book, The Silence Of The Girls. It’s essentially a twist on Homer’s Iliad, told from the perspective of Briseis, the Princess of Lyrnessus. Unlike 99% of stories concerning the fall of Troy, Barker actually takes a look at the great conflict from a female perspective (about time, really). If you haven’t read Barker’s 1995 Booker winner, The Ghost Road, add that to your bedside pile as well. It’s the third book in her famous Regeneration trilogy.

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