September 2020 Books

September 4, 2020 / by Annakarin Klerfalk

Here are my picks for the month. Only Human, The Gifts of Reading and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars are all out in September.

Diane Chandler, who won the People’s Book Prize in 2016 for her debut The Road to Donetsk, is back with her third novel called Only Human.

Welcome to Chiswick. A community where people care for each other and where the cultural pulse beats loudly. And life was wonderful for Anna Bond, her husband and her daughter – until one summer when secrets and lies were shockingly exposed.

Into their family walks Jack, teenage Sophie’s first boyfriend, and he is a new, exciting chapter for all of them. Anna finally feels like her own life has a meaning again. But their relationships are threatened by deceit and Anna faces a chance encounter of her own.

Diane Chandler lives and works in Chiswick. Only Human is published by Blackbird Books on 8 September.

Images above: Diane Chandler, Only Human

The Gifts of Reading is a collection of stories inspired by Robert Macfarlane, curated by Jennie Orchard and with contributions by William Boyd, Candice Carty-Williams, Roddy Doyle, Salley Vickers and many, many other fantastic writers.

Robert himself wrote: “This  story, like so many stories, begins with a gift. The gift, like so many gifts, was a book.”

The anthology opens borders into other languages and countries and makes its way into people’s hearts. The poems, novels, essays and nonfiction pieces give out a promise to change readers for a year of even for a lifetime.

The Gifts of Reading is published by Orion on the 17th of September, to coincide with the 20th anniverary of global literacy non-profit, Room to Read.

Images above: Robert Macfarlane, The Gifts of Reading 

Christopher Paolini, the author of the iconic Eragon series, is back with an epic science fiction novel called To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.

Kira Navarez finds an alien relic during a routine survey mission, on an uncolonized planet. Her delight quickly turns into terror when it starts to move and Kira faces her own limits of being human. At the same time, Earth itself is about to be destroyed. Is Kira humanity’s last hope?

New York Times Book Review said it’s “An authentic work of great talent” and Kirkus Reviews praised it as “A fun, fast-paced epic that science fiction fans will gobble up.”

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is out on the 15th of September, published by Pan Macmillan.

Images above: Christopher Paolini, Sleep in a Sea of Stars

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 She used to run the Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick. You can read more about her and Intersaga here.

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