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The Waterstones Round Up: September's Best Books

Posted on 2nd September 2020 by Mark Skinner

Brace yourselves for an autumn like no other in publishing. Starting this month, the floodgates are well and truly opened as hundreds of stellar books are released at a heady pace. We couldn't possibly feature every noteworthy September title in this humble blog, but this is our pick of the truly unmissable and unbeatable, from Elena Ferrante to Raynor Winn and Ant Middleton to Ant & Dec.    

 
 

Fiction

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Following the fortunes of an adolescent girl through changing family dynamics and growing self-realisation, The Lying Life of Adults is a pitch-perfect dissection of Italian family life and the follies of youth.
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The bestselling author of Fatherland and Munich delivers another gripping story of espionage that focuses on the deadly Nazi V2 rocket programme.
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A stunning prequel to The Pillars of the Earth that delivers an enthralling slice of epic fiction in its own right, The Evening and the Morning tells the story of one man’s unquenchable ambitions for his abbey.
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Weaving a rich gothic atmosphere, the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell mines a darkly fantastical vision of a very singular house and its mysterious inhabitants.

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A deep dive into artistic obsession and twenty-first century politics, Red Pill is an audacious attempt to understand the present cultural moment by exploring the lessons of the past.
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Exploring themes of love, racism and religion in post-war, small-town America, Jack is another dazzling examination of faith and pastoralism set in the richly imagined community of Gilead.
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Another heart-warming gem from the bestselling author of Never Greener, Us Three takes a wry, empathetic look at the bonds of friendship and the challenges of time and circumstance.
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An unflinching depiction of the perpetual violence of London’s streets written from brutal first hand experience, Who They Was deconstructs honour and revenge, brotherhood and betrayal with great emotional honesty.
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With Hornby’s hallmark mischief and piercing observations about human nature, Just Like You is an artful portrayal of the benefits and dangers of head-over-heels attraction.

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Deploying his own life story in the service of his most audacious work of fiction yet - and featuring some of the greatest literary and artistic figures of the twentieth century - Amis reimagines his past and the events that have shaped his life and work.

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As a disparate group of individuals are caught up in the conflagration of the First World War, Afterlives probes both the personal and political cost of rebellion.

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Elegant and subtle, Miller’s portrait of a marriage in the dog days of late middle age embraces betrayal and emotional sterility with great power.
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From the tea-rooms of Bath to the rainforests of Borneo, Tremain’s nineteenth-century, globe-spanning epic throws a reluctant healer and a flawed philanthropist together in a grand narrative of refuge and belonging.

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The mysterious disappearance of the letter D from the alphabet sets off an enchanting story of friendship and courage in a precarious world.
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Crime & Thrillers

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The fifth installment of J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed pseudonymous crime series delivers more skilful misdirection as Strike and Ellacott confront a serial killer at large and a baffling case over four decades old.
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Laced with killer one-liners and artfully constructed twists, the debut novel from the telly puzzle favourite centres on a posse of pensionable Poirots investigating the suspicious demise of a property developer.

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A rollercoaster of a standalone novel from Norway’s King of Crime, The Kingdom probes dark family secrets and festering small-town animosity.
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Merging the classic country house whodunit with Cleeves’ trademark police procedural, The Darkest Evening finds Vera Stanhope confronted with an abandoned toddler and a female corpse in the grounds of a stately home.
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Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Conspiracy and betrayal run rampant in this energetic piece of high fantasy, the second instalment in Abercrombie’s magnificent The Age of Madness trilogy.

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From the author of the iconic Eragon cycle comes an epic space opera of first contact and interstellar battles for the fate of humanity.
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Set in an austere school for the magically gifted, A Deadly Education weaves together sorcery, monsters and humour into an intoxicating literary brew.
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From the bestselling master of YA fantasy comes a richly imagined story of intertwining quests and mysterious booksellers in an alternate 1980s London.

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Biography 

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Continuing the inspirational story of The Salt Path, Winn's tender sequel recounts what happened when her and Moth's odyssey came to an end.
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The nation’s favourite TV duo share the incredible story of their 30-year journey through the world of showbiz.
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A decade on from the landmark How To Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran returns with a bitingly brilliant sequel addressing crucial issues of feminism, motherhood and general everyday life.
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From the battlefields of Burma to the final astonishing lap of his garden as a centenarian to raise money for the NHS, this is the story of an incredible life of service from Captain Tom Moore.
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The author of the bestselling The Language of Kindness returns with another life-affirming meditation on the incredible breadth of the nurse’s work.
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Told with immense emotional depth, Davies’s memoir is an arresting and devastatingly honest account of childhood trauma, the quest for belonging, and the complex role of humour in overcoming adversity.
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Generous and extremely funny, comedian Adam Buxton’s memoir explores the unexpected joys of letting your mind wander.
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Spiced with Halford’s unparalleled deadpan humour, the legendary frontman of Judas Priest lays bare his five decades in the music industry.

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The pop megastar’s remarkable life in her own candid, searchingly honest words, The Meaning of Mariah Carey soars from troubled childhood to international fame.
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A globetrotting tour of angling’s best hotspots with the legendary guitarist of Iron Maiden throws up some tremendous anecdotes and jaw-dropping stories.
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History, Politics & Law

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A pivotal investigation into the role Black Britons have played in the island’s history over the past thousand years, that brings many unjustly neglected figures vividly to life.
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From the bestselling author of The Spy and the Traitor comes the gripping true story of the most remarkable female spy in history – a dedicated communist who lived under the cover of a respectable Oxfordshire housewife.

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Based on extensive research, Sicily ’43 is a penetrating account of one of the most critical junctures in the Second World War, told with pace and insight.

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Illuminating and absorbing, Black Spartacus is a definitive new biography of Toussaint Louverture – a revolutionary slave hero, military mastermind and the first leader of the independent Black state of Haiti.
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From the author of the acclaimed Nothing to Envy, Eat the Buddha is an intimate account of the people of a Tibetan town, from Mao’s Cultural Revolution to the present day.
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From the meteoric rise of grassroots activism during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to Labour’s catastrophic defeat in the 2019 election, the author of Chavs and The Establishment offers an unprecedented insider’s view into the rise and fall of the Left.
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Star economist and author of Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis returns with a compelling vision of what a new post-Capitalist society might look like.
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An unnerving exposé of the dark fraternities of extreme misogyny, Men Who Hate Women is a timely volume from the author of Everyday Sexism and Girl Up.
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PART OF BBC2'S BOOK CLUB BETWEEN THE COVERSIn To Be a Gay Man, Will Young speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it, and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy.We know Will as a multi-platinum recording artist, Olivier-nominee, and the first winner of the Idol franchise. But h...
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The legendary political journalist delivers another unflinching account of the Trump presidency, focusing on the multiple crises and provocative flashpoints of 2020.
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Pogrund and Maguire’s definitive dissection of Labour under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn charts a dizzying path from the highs of the 2017 general election to the desperate lows of its 2019 counterpart.
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Former Waterstones Book of the Year-shortlisted The Secret Barrister unmasked the corruption and deficiencies of a broken British legal system, and now Fake Law exposes the lies and misinformation spread by those who would seek to keep the general public in ignorance of their rights.
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Popular Science & Nature

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From the beloved author of The Shepherd’s Life, English Pastoral chronicles the life of three generations on a small farm and their relationship with the land.
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Full of warmth and affection, the nation’s favourite gardener's touching meditation on our relationship with the natural world.
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From redefining the boundaries of intelligent life forms to providing us with the building blocks of foodstuffs and medicines, Entangled Life demonstrates just how integral fungi are to sustained living on this planet.

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A brilliant compilation of lore and the rhythms of the natural world, The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2021 provides an inspiring compass for the upcoming year.
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The author of the bestselling All That Remains, forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black returns with a fascinating examination of the endless details recorded in our bones.
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Food & Drink

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Together with his co-writer Ixta Belfrage, Yotam Ottolenghi reveals those little magical combinations that will elevate a meal to extraordinary heights, while still keeping cooking relaxed, enjoyable and speedy.
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The Great British Bake-Off star Nadiya Hussain returns to her roots with this beautiful book bursting with brilliant bakes.

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Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts finds the beloved cook and national treasure sharing some of her most popular meals, guaranteed to fill the stomach and warm the soul.
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The inimitable BOSH! duo return with an inspiring new cookbook featuring delicious and inventive vegan meals, express style.
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Self-Help & Lifestyle

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The former elite soldier offers the benefit of his experience on positive thinking in this invaluable self-help guide aimed at transforming negativity into a productive force.

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Funny and inspiring, this short book finds the legendary John Cleese exploring the creative process in a practical and accessible fashion.
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One of the most popular vloggers and podcasters in the world, Jay Shetty gathers together all of the sage advice he learned whilst a practicing Vedic monk.
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