September is famously the month when publishing goes into overdrive and the biggest books from the best-loved names start to finally become available. With so many unmissable titles to choose from, our hand-picked guide to the creme de la creme is more indispensable than ever, so - deep breaths everyone - let's dive into a month of breathtaking bookish bounty.
Taking inspiration from a real-life nineteenth-century imposture trial, Smith's immersive first historical novel weaves together the stories of a Scottish housekeeper with a novelist cousin, a formerly enslaved valet unexpectedly thrust into the limelight of a legal case and the missing heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
The master of historical military fiction delivers another unputdownable entry in the mega-selling Sharpe series as Britannia puts her faith in our maverick hero to defend her troops from French forces in early nineteenth-century Spain.
Confronting prescient issues of surrogacy and medical ethics, the acclaimed author of Birdsong and Snow Country weaves a literary thriller revolving around a megalomaniacal tech entrepreneur and a very special – and unusual – child.
Returning to the bestselling Kingsbridge saga, master storyteller Follett weaves a sweeping story of industrial unrest, oppressive government and the spectre of revolution in the tinderbox of the late eighteenth century.
A novel with the quality of a spell, this mesmeric tale from the award-winning author of The Piano Tuner takes a single house in the woods of Massachusetts and those who inhabit it across four centuries to explore the countless ways in which the past lives on in nature, memory, language and the human heart.
From the author of the captivating former Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month Matrix comes a tour de force of historical storytelling, as a fleeing servant girl finds herself adrift in a world she can scarcely comprehend.
A woman discovers a collection of invaluable antiquities in her late-grandparents' flat in Athens, in this luminous, searching novel about passion, injustice and redemption from the bestselling author of The Island.
An exquisitely constructed novella from the celebrated author of Restoration and Islands of Mercy, Absolutely and Forever introduces a beguiling unreliable narrator and an ill-fated first relationship.
In this rich and absorbing tale of depravity, pleasure and class, the author of the former Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month The Manningtree Witches serves up another glorious evocation of the past, as a hungry peasant embarks on a curious crusade in revolutionary France.
Marrying dark gothic fairytale with a thrilling contemporary setting, this irresistible novel from the acclaimed author of Bunny follows a beauty-obsessed woman who discovers the lavish, cultish spa her late, estranged mother was devoted to.
As a strange smog ravages food crops and livestock around the world, a chef secures a position at an exclusive safe haven for the elite set in the Italian mountains in this virtuosic, sensuous meditation on finding pleasure amidst tragedy.
Combining poetry, song lyrics and the evocative imagery of collaborator Daniyel Lowden, the acclaimed singer-songwriter unleashes her debut collection, charged with her trademark lyricism and intelligence.
Filled with resilience and defiant joy, this luminous collection from the poet, playwright, comedian and acclaimed author of The Fire People and My Name Is Why brings together a decade’s worth of gems born out of the author’s daily poetry practice.
September is a bumper month for crime fiction, with the genre's biggest names out in full force. Richard Osman unveils the fourth instalment of his all-conquering Thursday Murder Club series, whilst Robert Galbraith spins another labyrinthine case for Strike and Ellacott and Stephen King brings fan-favourite Holly Gibney back into the limelight.
The geriatric sleuths of the Thursday Murder Club are faced with their most dangerous case yet when the disappearance of a highly dangerous package sends the body count spiralling in Osman's irresistible fourth crime caper.
Holly Gibney - star of Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and The Outsider - returns in another chilling masterwork from Stephen King, as the eponymous investigator is drawn into the orbit of two sinister professors harbouring a terrifying secret.
From the author of the bestselling Slough House series comes another mesmerising espionage thriller dripping in wry wit and unexpected twists, as a parliamentary inquiry into the intelligence services turns lethal with the appearance of the explosive OTIS file.
William Warwick is back and facing the biggest challenge of his life and career as a criminal genius attempts to steal the Crown Jewels, in this pulsating instalment from the master storyteller and author of Next in Line.
Mixing fact and fiction to page-turning effect, the second thriller from the popular journalist and broadcaster pitches an ambitious BBC hack into a deadly conspiracy against the background of the global credit crunch.
Fan favourite characters return for the opening instalment of a hugely exciting new trilogy set in the Shades of Magic universe, as Schwab spins an irresistible tale of piracy, spirits and a powerful artefact that many are prepared to kill for.
The Great Gatsby meets Swan Lake in another enchanting modern-day fairy tale from the author of Midnight in Everwood, as struggling artist Forster is drawn into the orbit of a cursed woman longing to be free.
A sumptuous gothic slice of dark academia from the author of the acclaimed The Wolf and the Woodsman, A Study in Drowning follows a young architecture student and a stodgy scholar as they uncover sinister secrets in a crumbling old manor house.
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The bestselling author of the Blood and Ash series weaves another saga of addictive fantasy romance as a baron, a prince and a girl whose intuition never fails find themselves at the mercy of dark forces massing outside the city gates.
This breathtaking sequel to Connolly's bestselling The Book of Lost Things revels once more in folklore and myth, as a comatose girl finds herself drawn to a mysterious property on her hospital's grounds.
Perfect reading for fans of Stephen King and Stranger Things, this pulsating coming-of-age horror from the pen of the Nordic crime maestro sees a small-town outcast pursue the otherworldly disappearance of his classmate.
Boasting memoirs from national treasures Peter Kay, Miriam Margolyes and Adrian Edmondson as well as fascinating music business insights from Bernie Taupin and a monumental new biography of Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson, September is simply huge for entertaining and illuminating life writing.
From making the tea at Granada to stardom and national adoration in Phoenix Nights and Car Share, the beloved comedian reveals stories, anecdotes and insights from his television career in his characteristically side-splitting fashion.
Ever outspoken, controversial and spectacularly entertaining, Britain's naughtiest national treasure and the author of This Much is True returns with more juicy, jaw-dropping stories from her eventful life and career.
From alternative comedy upstart to TV icon, Adrian Edmondson tells his barnstorming story of life in the limelight, musing on his repressive childhood, Norse heritage and legendary working relationship with Rik Mayall.
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The acclaimed biographer of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein turns his unwavering gaze to restless innovator, disruptor and mogul Elon Musk in this characteristically unputdownable and enlightening study.
Chronicling Kate Garraway's ongoing struggle in the wake of her husband Derek Draper's devastating Covid diagnosis, The Strength of Love makes for inspirational and ultimately uplifting reading, as she finds the courage to carry on and rebuild her and her family's lives.
Renowned actor Timothy West's memoir of his sixty-year marriage to the inimitable Prunella Scales is both a fascinating insight into decades of British theatre and television and a moving, inspirational account of caring for a partner with dementia.
Charting the highly respected newsreader's path from paper rounds in Bolton to the pinnacle of news broadcasting, Myrie's masterful memoir reflects on race, class and how he refuses to be defined by his background.
Tantalise your tastebuds or serve up the perfect gift for the foodies in your life with this month's great range of cookbooks. From the ever-reliable Nadiya Hussain and Tom Kerridge to fresh-faced gastronomic innovators like Sam Way and Julius Roberts, devour a banquet of wonderful recipes - and then work towards living your best life courtesy of Oprah Winfrey and James Norbury.
From managing emotions and expectations to strengthening friendships and family bonds, the global icon that is Oprah Winfrey teams up with Arthur C. Brooks to deliver an empowering volume to enhance personal happiness.
From a curious hare to a terrifying tiger, this uplifting book from the bestselling author of Big Panda and Tiny Dragon introduces a loveable cast of animal characters with a powerful message of the importance of peace and understanding at its heart.
Brimming with accessible, actionable and holistic advice, this empowering book from presenter and fashion and makeover expert Trinny Woodall focuses on the essential tools for improving one’s self-confidence.
An incisive and accessible guide to how to articulate yourself in front of an audience, this indispensable book from the BBC presenter and journalist is geared to improving confidence and clarity in all public speakers.
Armchair historians are spoilt for choice this month with hugely entertaining and important new books from Mary Beard, Michael Palin, David Mitchell and James Holland amongst others. In politics, meanwhile, former PM Theresa May and ex-MP Rory Stewart lift the lid on the current state of Westminster whilst the legendary Naomi Klein takes readers down the disturbing rabbit holes of cyberspace.
In her customary lively yet scholarly style, the eminent historian and author of SPQR presents an authoritative account of the role of Roman Emperor and the colourful personalities who occupied that position over the centuries.
Recounted with all of Michael Palin's customary storytelling verve, this moving and immersive volume combines biography, memoir, travelogue and history to create a rounded picture of the author's eponymous great uncle who perished at the Battle of the Somme aged just 32.
From King Arthur to Elizabeth I, the hugely popular comedian and author of Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse delivers a typically side-splitting yet highly informative history of England's most powerful rulers.
The acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Sicily '43 and Brothers in Arms delivers a propulsive, exhaustively researched account of the Allied invasion of Italy that brings every sound, smell and heartstopping moment of this vital World War II campaign to life.
Ranging from Artemis to Aphrodite and from Hera to Hestia, this exquisitely written and endlessly enjoyable volume from the bestselling author of Pandora's Jar and Stone Blind highlights formidable Greek goddesses.
From vestal virgins to martyrs and saints, Southon's breezily entertaining alternative history of the Roman Empire tells the whole grand narrative through the eyes of the women at the heart of the action.
Drawing from the most recent archival discoveries, Guy and Fox's magnificently readable account of Henry VIII's turbulent marriage to Anne Boleyn views the relationship as inexorably tethered to wider world events of the time.
Tracing the making of England through six bone chests that contained some of the country's most venerated remains, the author of former Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month River Kings puts a unique, endlessly engaging spin on our national story.
Covering the two and a half years that included Beatlemania, the Profumo Affair, the Cuban Missile Crisis and more, this superlative addition to Kynaston's groundbreaking history of post-war Britain brings the 'white heat' of political and social progress to life.
Deftly following the threads from online keyboard warriors to conspiracy theorists and the instability of democracy itself, this astounding work from the author of No Logo and This Changes Everything tracks the extreme views of a woman frequently mistaken for the author.
Railing against the corruption and self-enrichment she sees as endemic in modern Parliamentary politics, the former Prime Minister argues for a fairer, more altruistic exercising of power from the Westminster elite in this powerful, unflinching account.
The celebrated economist and bestselling author of Talking to my Daughter and Another Now lifts the lid on the global transformation that has replaced traditional capitalism with technofeudalism and asks what we can do to combat the threats it poses to social democracy, the environment, world peace and our freedoms.
A brilliantly concise and clear-headed primer on the legacy of Brexit and how the circumstances of the British nation have changed since 2016, Foster's volume proposes ways to ameliorate the economic and reputational damage done thus far.
From the human side of a scientific genius to the pastoral idyll of angling and an eye-opening treasury of fascinating phrases, here is the pick of September's popular science, nature and language books.
Awash with tips, history and anecdotes, this delightful celebration of fishing from legendary comedian and co-presenter of Gone Fishing Paul Whitehouse and angling expert John Bailey explores the eternal allure of the past-time.
With dazzling insight and novelistic flair, renowned fashion writer Charlie Porter traces the sartorial revolution of the early twentieth century through six members of the Bloomsbury group, revealing the myriad connections between art-making, philosophy, intimacy and the clothes we wear.