Our Books of the Month for October
From a Massachusetts plantation to the outer reaches of the solar system; our pick of the month's best books
A touchingly humane exploration both of our world and those beyond the stars; hysteria and persecution in 17th-century America; a page-turning retelling of a famous author's vanishing; and a vivid children's fantasy suffused with the danger and darkness of prehistory. Discover our sensational quartet of Books of the Month for October.
Fiction Book of the Month
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.
Non-Fiction Book of the Month
Charting the events and psychological effects of witch-hunting in a small community of early settlers in 1650s Massachusetts in gripping and thought-provoking prose, The Ruin of All Witches reads like a haunting real-life folktale.
Thriller of the Month
Taking Agatha Christie's 11 day disappearance in 1926 as a jumping-off point, de Gramont's deftly constructed mystery is a delight for fans of both the Queen of Crime and Golden Age whodunits in general.
Children's Book of the Month
Packed full of unforgettable characters and compelling plotting, Fowler’s electrifying debut is set in a richly imagined prehistoric world where a courageous young Huntling braves the forbidding Northern forests in search of a missing girl.
Scottish Book of the Month
Splendidly sinister and shrouded in forbidding atmosphere, Hinchcliffe's assured second novel is a slice of wintry folk horror featuring witchcraft, curses and incipient madness.
Welsh Book of the Month
A groundbreaking nature writing classic penned on the eve of World War II, Firbank's engrossing account of how he and his wife transformed a farm in the mountains of Snowdonia has had an enduring legacy on the tropes of the genre.
Irish Book of the Month
Set against the backdrop of the Irish war of independence, The Winter Guest is an irresistible mix of atmospheric ghost story and classic murder mystery, complete with a gloomy country house filled with haunting secrets.
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