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The Waterstones Round Up: September's Best Books

Posted on 31st August 2021 by Mark Skinner

September is the month when publishing ramps up a notch - actually, make that several notches - and a bevy of the year's most eagerly anticipated books are released. We've got Richard Osman's follow-up to his record-breaking crime debut The Thursday Murder Club. We've got Sally Rooney's first new novel since former Waterstones Book of the Year Normal People. We've got a new Sharpe adventure - the first from Bernard Cornwell since 2006. We've got Jamie Oliver, Michaela Coel, Bob Mortimer, Anthony Doerr, Katherine Ryan and Jay Kristoff. And that barely scratches the surface of the wonders on offer. Don't believe us? Then just take a look below...

 

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One of contemporary literature’s brightest talents follows up the former Waterstones Book of the Year Normal People with an incisive and affecting dissection of the lives and loves of a quartet of young friends in Dublin and the west of Ireland.
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A luminous feat of imagination from the acclaimed author of All the Light We Cannot See, Cloud Cuckoo Land traces five unforgettable characters through three distinct time periods, all connected by a prized copy of a mysterious ancient text.

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All set for fresh adventure, Richard Sharpe returns in spectacular, swashbuckling style in the first novel in Bernard Cornwell’s mega-selling series since 2006.
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Set in a richly evoked 1960s Harlem, the award-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys spins a meticulously plotted and paced tale of petty criminals and failed heists, which masks a deeper meditation on morality versus expediency and the difficulty of leading a good life in a bad world.
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As everyday objects start talking to fourteen-year-old Benny in the wake of a family bereavement, he seeks refuge in a library populated by unforgettable characters in this breathtakingly original and compassionate novel from the author of A Tale for the Time Being.
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The author of The Overstory returns with an arresting tale about the need to keep those we love safe that follows a widowed young father, faced with the task of bringing up his son who has a little-understood health condition.

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From the internationally bestselling author of P.S. I Love You comes a much-anticipated, life-affirming novel about kinship, connection and finding the people through whom you find yourself.
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An enticing short fiction collection from the bestselling author of The Six Tudor Queens series leads the reader on a journey of discovery through the carefully guarded secrets of the Tudor court.
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Set in Vienna during the First World War and in the looming shadow of the rise of Fascism, Faulks’s elegant, psychologically acute novel tracks a small group of individuals as they struggle to come to terms with the destruction of an old world and the terrifying new shape of its successor.
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A talking cat enlists a high school student’s help on a wild book-saving mission in Natsukawa’s spellbinding story featuring unwitting book torturers, greedy publishers and a whole lot of literary magic.

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This quietly unsettling novel from the author of the internationally bestselling My Struggle series sees a group of ordinary people witness a mystifying phenomenon in the morning sky and find their lives altered by something they cannot explain.
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Having brilliantly reconstructed the final years of Henry James in The Master, Toibin turns his attention to Thomas Mann in this lyrical evocation of the life of a twentieth-century literary titan.

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In this heart-warming collection from the beloved poet, Ayres celebrates her love of animals, accompanying her lyrical work with new introductions and illustrations.
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Lovingly curated and expertly introduced by the author of A Little History of Poetry, this beautiful volume presents one-hundred greatest poets from Homer to Maya Angelou along with samples of their unforgettable verse.
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The follow up to Richard Osman’s bestselling phenomenon The Thursday Murder Club finds our ageing heroes enmeshed in an underworld escapade involving stolen diamonds and vicious gangsters.
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McIlvanney’s pioneering Laidlaw series of crime novels proved an immense inspiration to Ian Rankin and now the creator of Rebus completes his idol’s last, unfinished novel - and Laidlaw's origin story - in reverent yet typically compelling prose.
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The king of Nordic Noir proves just as adept at spinning short stories packed with suspense and intrigue as he is at penning edge-of-the-seat crime novels, and this collection is sure to have readers racing through the pages at a rate of knots.
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Deliciously sinister and engrossing, Day’s atmospheric novel of motherhood, greed and obsession places a happy couple trying for a baby in the orbit of a woman who takes an unhealthy interest in their personal lives.
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A deliciously sinister thriller from the masterly pen of Liane Moriarty, Apples Never Fall puts a seemingly idyllic family under the spotlight as their matriarch disappears.
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Faced with a mysterious case which could have repercussions on his own family, Detective Matthew Venn must tread carefully as he investigates the murder of a man killed with a shard of glass in the second instalment of Cleeves’s Two Rivers series.
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The debut thriller from the former Home Secretary and author of This Boy is a gripping slice of contemporary espionage that takes in shadowy conspiracy, the Russian mafia and a beautiful woman on a train who may not be all that she seems.
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The sixteenth-century murder of David Rizzio, Italian secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, is retold in Mina’s characteristically compelling style which brings the intrigue and machinations of a key moment in Scottish history vibrantly to life.
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Chemical weapons, espionage and the ghosts of the Cold War loom large in the second instalment of Charles Cumming’s enthralling series that revolves around the top-secret intelligence agency Box 88.
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The worlds of media and power politics entwine dangerously in this gripping, 1990s-set political thriller from the award-winning journalist and author of WTF?
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Drawing from a vast amount of research and lacing their prose with humour, the popular true crime podcasters Bala and Maguire explore the drivers – behavioural, societal and cultural – that turn people into killers.
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Set in a future society where multiple minds can inhabit one body, Morpus’ breathtaking mix of science fiction and crime thriller is based upon a dazzling central conceit that renders the novel truly unputdownable.
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From James Lee Burke to Stephen King, Lee Child introduces twenty masterpieces of the crime short story from a host of the most accomplished writers of suspense around.
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From Elvish immortality to a litany of beards, further deep dives into the intricately constructed world of Middle-earth in this beautifully produced posthumous volume from the iconic author of The Lord of the Rings.
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The Age of Madness trilogy concludes in spectacular style, as riots engulf Abercrombie’s finely wrought world and the Weaver’s ultimate plan comes to chilling fruition.
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The pulsating sequel to A Deadly Education finds El in even more danger from the dark school of magic as graduation looms and few will make it out alive.

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From the author of the Caraval series comes a bewitching new world to immerse yourself in, as a young woman makes a dangerous bargain with the manipulative Prince of Hearts to snare the one she loves.
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A mesmerising, stunningly crafted story of loss and the importance of dreams, The Winter Garden sees a young woman enter a competition to design a spectacular pleasure garden, with a promise to revisit the magical place of her childhood if she wins.
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The author of The Left Hand of God returns with a brilliantly realised fantasy epic centred on the maverick individual sent to destroy mankind and the compelling moral dilemma that could either damn humanity or redeem it.
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From the author of the bestselling Nevernight series comes a gripping new saga to sink your teeth into, as a lone warrior captured by victorious vampires tells his chilling, unputdownable tale.
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A freewheeling, fantastical spectacular set on the streets of an alternate Mexico, Certain Dark Things finds the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic smuggling an unconventional love story into an exhilarating page-turner about vampires on the run.
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A gloriously gruesome story of headless corpses and small-town superstition, this chilling slice of period horror is a devilishly clever twist on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from the author of Near the Bone.

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With the emphasis firmly on sharing delicious meals together rather than spending all your time stressed in the kitchen, Jamie’s mouthwatering cookbook is packed full of tasty, comforting dishes that require minimum preparation.
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Centred around the concept of cooking stunningly flavoursome dishes with minimum stress and fuss, Shelf Love is a mouth-watering compendium of recipes that pay homage to humble kitchen cupboard essentials from Yotam Ottolenghi and his superb Test Kitchen team.
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Another mouth-watering addition to the beloved series, The Sweet Roasting Tin features seventy-five delicious and fuss-free recipes for amazing cakes, cookies and bakes for easy entertaining and week-night treats.
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Known and loved for his culinary travels, Rick Stein focuses on the joys and comforts of his home kitchen in this wonderful treasury of inspiring recipes, memories and food stories.
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Adorned with stunning photography and indispensable chef’s tips, Wagamama Your Way is filled with nourishing recipes, from prawn tempura ramen to mandarin and sesame salad, and features a host of plant-based dishes.
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From banana waffles to beer-battered fish and rosemary salt chips, Monica Galetti shares her most beloved recipes for relaxed home cooking, arranged in inspiring menus for breakfast, quick weeknight meals and unforgettable family get-togethers.
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One of our best-loved food writers and an iconic promoter of Mediterranean cuisine in Britain delivers a stunning compendium that features beautifully simple dishes bursting with flavour, complete with unforgettable stories and insights gathered during a lifetime of travelling.
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A delicious and inspiring collection of 150 brand-new cocktail ideas from world-leading mixer maker Fever-Tree, these recipes utilise everyday ingredients to create simple and stunning drinks to enjoy at home.
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This unbeatable annual from Hugh Johnson guides the reader through 2022 in the world of wine, brimming with information on growers and regions, and complete with pairing suggestions and a colour supplement called ‘The Ten Best Things About Wine Right Now’.
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In A Book of Secrets, the bestselling author of Happy writes about the meaning of difficulty in our lives, shifting focus from self-improvement clichés onto the importance of how we interact with those around us.
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Recounting how he ‘rebuilt’ his body after a horrendous injury and went on to complete a world record swim, Edgley’s inspirational extreme fitness guide shares the regime and techniques he used during his extraordinary journey to physical recovery.
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Pop phenomenon Ellie Goulding introduces readers to her holistic approach to both physical and mental wellbeing, prioritising flexible and attainable programs over rigid fitness regimes and delicious, nutritious food over crash diets.
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Refusing to reduce the complications and challenges of life to meaningless platitudes, wildly successful singer-songwriter Anne Marie delivers a self-help guide that is unafraid to voice honest truths and share no-nonsense advice.
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Bursting with the unique comic imagination that makes him such a beloved entertainer, Bob Mortimer’s memoir takes in his numerous misadventures on the path to fame yet doesn’t shy away from moving reflections on the death of his father and his own diagnosis with a serious heart condition.
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Sparkling with insight and its titular audacity, Katherine Ryan’s memoir charts her path to comedy stardom through a wealth of observations about life that are as perceptive as they are hilarious.
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Reliably outrageous and always entertaining, the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes holds forth about her extraordinary life in a riotous memoir jam-packed with jaw-dropping anecdotes.

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One of the nation’s favourite funnymen looks back upon his quirky rural childhood in the 90s whilst offering hilarious commentary on all the cult TV shows, from Neighbours to Gladiators, that shaped him as a person.
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Warm, inspiring and of course very funny, stand-up and social media star Gilligan's memoir takes in South London schooldays, career beginnings and how he has coped with the success and plaudits that have come his way.
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A treasure trove of jokes and insights from one of our top comedians, Before & Laughter serves up an extraordinary spread of humour and smile-inducing tips for how to feel more at ease with yourself.
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Filled with humour and valuable life lessons, this extremely entertaining memoir from the much-loved Scottish drag artist and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race UK encourages everyone to dream big.
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Unflinching, courageous and written with a crisp eloquence, actor Harewood's account of his psychotic breakdown at the age of 23 sheds stark light on the devastating effect of systemic racism on Black mental health and what can be done to bring about positive change.
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BAFTA award-winning film maker, photographer, frontline worker and refugee rights activist Hassan Akkad draws from his own experience to raise awareness and bring people together through the empowering message of kindness and unity.
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Bringing all his trademark flamboyant prose to a memoir of childhood and panorama of post-war Britain, Gyles Brandreth's rollicking autobiography is a wonderfully witty and truly addictive read.
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Packed full of wise and witty vignettes on everything from the passing of pets to 'judgmental women', the two beloved broadcasters put the world to rights with insight, intelligence and compassion.
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A treasure trove of satire from the pages of Private Eye, this sumptuous volume is a history of the past 60 years through the most acerbic cartoons, columns and spoofs in the land.
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In the irresistible vein of the Taskmaster game show, this gloriously entertaining volume from Alex Horne serves up a shedload of missions to keep everyone entertained in the race to find The Taskmaster's Head.

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In an inspiring account of musical genius, artistic devotion and creative connection, Ellis describes how a piece of gum chewed by the legendary performer Dr Nina Simone became an unassailable totem for him throughout a long and turbulent career.
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Covering the breadth of his career, from his earliest games in the Danish youth leagues to his career prime at Manchester United, One offers a unique insight into both Peter Schmeichel's life and the inside world of Alex Ferguson’s record-breaking side.

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In this unflinching memoir of a challenging childhood and a remarkable but turbulent career, the Watford FC captain Troy Deeney looks back on his life, reflecting on what can be achieved through resilience.
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Charting his path from watching the 1997 Lions Tour of South Africa as a schoolboy to being named the 2021 Lions Captain, Belonging is the powerful, inspiring memoir from one of Wales’s greatest gifts to rugby.
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The bestselling author of Normandy ’44 recounts the heroism of the Sherwood Rangers, an elite tank regiment blooded in the deserts of North Africa, who played a pivotal role in D-Day and the final months of the Second World War.
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With his customary swashbuckling elan, Jones embarks upon a thunderous new history of the Middle Ages that thrillingly chronicles the tensions between East and West that shaped the modern world.
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One iconic polar explorer pays fitting tribute to another in this vivid, page-turning account of Ernest Shackleton’s dramatic 1915 expedition to the South Pole and his team's remarkable escape from the jaws of almost certain death.

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Art historian and printmaker Amy Jeffs brings a fresh perspective to the mythology that flows through Britain for an enlightening, transporting survey of the stories that suffuse our landscape and have shaped its people.
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Providing a network of connections between cultures across time, Neil Oliver brings his talent for observing and curating the past to a revelatory and engaging new anthology of personal life stories that reveal a unique perspective on specific historical events.
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From the author of Crucible of Hell comes a remarkable story of improbable heroics and derring-do in the first ever authorised history of Britain’s Special Boat Service which helped to turn the tide of the Second World War.
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Breathtakingly ambitious and original, Stavrakopoulou examines the origins of the God of the great monotheistic religions as well as how the Bible and Western culture has shaped our concepton of the deity through a forensic discussion of God's body parts.
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Inspired by her acclaimed Edinburgh Festival lecture, Michaela Coel’s passionately argued and devastatingly articulate manifesto for greater transparency and honesty is a clarion call for speaking truth to power.
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Taking a wide-ranging and multi-layered look at what it means to be transgender in modern Britain, Faye’s compellingly argued work calls for greater harmony between marginalised people to effect radical, enduring change.
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A highly welcome tonic for troubled times, the creator of Information is Beautiful deploys his wonderfully eye-opening infographics to highlight positive news stories from around the world in this gorgeously presented volume.
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An essential guide for all those looking to reach a clearer understanding of racial injustice and white privilege, The Good Ally provides the tools required to combat systemic racism and bring about change in society.
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The revered thinker tackles the subject of rationality, asking how supreme human achievement can co-exist with wilful belief of outlandish conspiracy theories and fake news and expounding on the intellectual tools required to make modern life more rational.
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A powerful manifesto for tackling the environmental crisis with collective action, this impassioned book introduced by HRH Prince William highlights the role of innovation, problem-solving and optimism and boasts contributions from Sir David Attenborough, Christiana Figueres and many more.
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The well-loved television presenter welcomes us onto his family farm for a fascinating journey through the seasons in this delightful blend of nature writing and memoir.
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The bestselling guide to the natural rhythms of the year and the underlying folklore of the seasons returns for its spellbinding 2022 edition.
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Bentalls Centre

Do you have Faulk's most recent book about poar WWI IN GERMANY OR AUSTRIA - it has 'snow'in the title I think
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snow country

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