Books of the Month: September 2020

Books of the Month: September 2020

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.

Please note, given the present COVID-19 situation, all publication dates are subject to change.

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    Fiction Book of the Month

    The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
    Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
    RRP: £20
    Publication date: September 1st 2020
    ISBN: 9781787702363

    Books editor Alice O'Keeffe selected Elena Ferrante's The Lying Life of Adults as her September Book of the Month. This eagely awaited follow up to the Neapolitan Quartet opens in early 90s Naples, with 12-year-old narrator Giovanna, who is becoming aware of the deep rift within her family. The novel follows Giovanna into her teenage rebellion, where she rejects her parents' values.

    O'Keeffe said: "An exhilaratingly honest coming-of-age tale alive to the mercurial passions of adolescence."

    Subscribers can read the full September 2020 Fiction Previews here.

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    Non-Fiction Book of the Month

    Burning the Books by Richard Ovenden
    Publisher: John Murray
    RRP: £20
    Publication date: September 3rd 2020
    ISBN: 9781529378757

    "Enthralling" and "galvanising" are the words Caroline Sanderson used to describe her September Book of the Month, Richard Ovenden's Burning the Books

    In this "manifesto", the director of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries writes about the importance of libraries and archives to civilisations across 3,000 years of history. 

    Subscribers can read the full September 2020 Non-Fiction Previews here.

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    Children's Book of the Month

    Tamarind & the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan
    Publisher: Chicken House
    RRP: £6.99
    Publication date: September 3rd 2020
    ISBN: 9781913322175

    "A powerful story of loss and identity, home and family is woven into a thrilling adventure, infused with magical realism. A hugely talented rising star of children's books," says Fiona Noble about her September Book of the Month. 

    Jasbinder Bilan's Tamarind & the Star of Ishta follow's Tamarind, who lives in Bristol with her father, but she never met her mum, Chinty who died shortly after she was born. When her father remarries, Tamarind is sent to India to stay with the family she has never met. 

    Bilan's debut, Asha and the Spirit Bird, won both the Times/Chicken House Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book of the Year.

    Subscribers can read the full September 2020 Children's Previews here.

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    Paperback Book of the Month

    The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
    Publisher: Viintage 
    RRP: £8.99
    Publication date: September 1st 2020
    ISBN: 9781784708214

    Alison Flood chose Margaret Atwood's The Testaments as her September Book of the Month. The hugely antipicated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale was released in September 2019.

    The Testaments picks up 10 year's after the open ended conclusion of the first book, with reader's left asking "What happened to Offred?". This installment shows Gilead through the eys of three women: a girl brought up within the country, another on the run beyond its walls and a woman at the very heart of the regime. 

    Flood describes this sequal as "more thriller-ish" than says "It'll be massive, obviously, and rightly so."

    Subscribers can read the full September 2020 Paberback Previews here.