October 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for October. The Book of Two Ways, Midwinter Murder and Home Stretch are all out in October.

The Book of Two Ways

Jodi Picoult has written twenty-four bestselling novels and she is best known for My Sister’s Keeper and Small Great Things. Her latest novel is called The Book of Two Ways, which questions life, death and missed opportunities. The reader meets Dawn, a woman who helps people in their final journey towards a peaceful death. She is confident in those difficult situations but when she nearly dies in a plane crash, she starts to question her own life decisions. What would her life have been like if she had made different choices fifteen years ago? What if she had stayed with the man she loved and persued a career in Egyptology? Can she still choose between two possible futures?

The Sunday Times review: “Her intelligent, meticulously researched novels explore ethical dilemmas through heartrending, headline-grabbing scenarios.”
The Book of Two Ways is published on 22 October by Hodder & Stoughton.

Midwinter Murder

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie remains the best selling fiction writer of all time. Her 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections and her play, The Mousetrap, have sold more than two billion copies. From the queen of the genre comes a posthumous winter-themed collection of short stories called Midwinter Murder. Some of the stories feature the famous detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and the all the usual suspects are there too; mysterious guests, dangerous gifts and deadly poison. The collection ends with a story called Christmas Adventure and what could be more suitable in the run up to the festive season?

American-Irish writer and actor Tana French says: “Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction.”
Midwinter Murder is published by Harper Collins on 1 October.

Home Stretch

Home Stretch is written by one of the UK’s most popular comedians and TV presenters, who just happens to be also a Sunday Times bestselling author. Graham’s third novel is set in 1987, in a small Irish community. The plot opens with preparations for a wedding and a group of friends drive to the beach the day before the ceremony. A car accident leads to three deaths. Three others survived. Conor got lucky but he blames himself as he was the driver. Unable to stay in the village, he starts travelling and a new life flashes in front of him. But sooner or later, he will have to face his past.

Author Marian Keyes reviewed it as: “Magnificent… his writing is evocative and perfect. His grasp of human loneliness and longing is beautiful and comforting.”
Home Stretch is out on 1 October, published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Annakarin Klerfalk

Anna is a literary agent based in Chiswick who is keen to hear from authors trying to get their books published. Contact her on anna@intersaga.co.uk. She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here.

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