September Fiction: Editor's Choices

September Fiction: Editor's Choices

There's something for everyone in September, from big literary titles to commercial bestsellers - and a certain Belgian detective...

A surfeit of riches this month, with new novels from a dozen or so literary big-hitters: Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith and David Mitchell. Some other literary names not to miss: Will Self follows the Booker Prize-shortlisted Umbrella with Shark based on a real Second World War incident; Howard Jacobson's is a dystopian tale of two lovers; Margaret Atwood has a new collection of short stories, The Stone Mattress; and Roddy Doyle returns to a Dublin pub for Two More Pints.

On the commercial side, no one writes romantic comedy quite as well as David Nicholls, as evidence by the huge-selling One Day, and his latest Us, should be another hit. Kate Mosse leaves behind medieval France for the Sussex coast in 1912 in The Taxidermist's Daughter and Victoria Hislop returns to the Meditteranean with The Sunrise set during the Cypriot crisis of the 1970s. 

Not forgetting crime, and there's much excitement about Sophie Hannah's The Monogram Murders, the new Hercule Poirot murder mystery which is set in 1920s London. 

Book of the Month: Us by David Nicholls (Hodder)
How do you follow a behmoth like One Day (two million sales, translated into 37 languages and the Galaxy Book of the Year in 2010)? The fourth novel from Nicholls is an absolute charm - a love story but not in the strictest sense. Douglas, a 54-year-old biochemist, is something of a dry stick. He has been told by his free-spirited wife that she plans to leave him now their son is flying the nest. In a bid to win her back he organises a final family holiday, a Grand Tour of Europe, which doesn't go to plan... A gorgeous read about love and families that I read in a single sitting.

Editor's Choices:

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom (Granta)
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher 
by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
- The Children Act by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Sceptre)
How to be both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)