Every month, The Bookseller's expert previewers highlight a selection of the new fiction, non-fiction, children's and paperback titles coming out. Here, we share their top picks for September's new releases.
Fiction Book of the Month
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Chatto & Windus, £20.00, 10th September 2019, 9781784742324
Books editor Alice O'Keeffe describes Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale as the single most exciting publishing event of the year". The Testaments is set 15 years after the end of The Handmaid's Tale and has three female narrators, who bring different perspectives on life in Gilead.
Atwood's editor Becky Hardie has said: "The Testaments has a different feel and scope, and a different drive and energy, from its predecessor. Atwood has truly expanded her world for us, and her legendary vision. She has created a novel for the world we live in today."
Roll on 10th September!
Non-Fiction Book of the Month
A Short History of Falling: Everything I Observed About Love Whilst Dying by Joe Hammond
Fourth Estate Ltd, £12.99, 19th August 2019, 9780008339906
Non-fiction previewer Caroline Sanderson's Book of the Month is a "beautiful, devastating and stunningly written" memoir by Joe Hammond, who is living with—and slowly dying from—motor neurone disease.
A Short History of Falling is an expansive account of what it feels like to confront the fact that your family will persist through time without you. Hammond takes readers with him as his body slowly disconnects from a mind that is still pin-sharp, demonstrating on each and every page his awe-inspiring mental ability to reach for the truest words with a precision that his physical self can no longer muster.
Children's Book of the Month
The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta
Usborne Publishing Ltd, £6.99, 5th September 2019, 9781474940672
Sophie Anderson's debut, The House with Chicken Legs, introduced her as one of the most exciting new talents in children's books. Happily, according to children's previewer Fiona Noble, her sparkling second adventure is even better.
The Girl Who Speaks Bear tells the story of 12-year-old Yanka, who has always felt out of place in her village. Abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, the forest calls out to her, and when she wakes to find her legs have become bear legs, she sets out on a journey of discovery.
This is an epic fantasy adventure of princesses, dragons and even a house with chicken legs, but it is also a book about what it means to be human, about finding your place in the world, and how we define family.
Paperback Book of the Month
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
Black Swan, £8.99, 3rd September 2019, 9781784163464
The "sweet and moving" debut from Anne Youngson-who was 70 at the time of publication-is paperback previewer Alison Flood's Book of the Month.
It is an epistolary novel, following the correspondence between a woman in her sixties trapped in an unhappy marriage in East Anglia, and a widowed museum curator in Denmark. In it, Youngson beautifully evokes the realities and pains of everyday life, gently exploring how a person can end up living a life they never planned.
Flood calls it "up-lit for the discerning reader".
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