Autumn reads: A stellar line-up

31 August 2017

Big-name authors return with spy and crime thrillers, psychological mysteries and a very modern mid-life crisis, chosen by Sue Price.



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The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Rushdie's hugely entertaining thirteenth novel follows the fortunes of septuagenarian Nero Golden, a mysterious billionaire property tycoon, who emigrates to America with his three sons. He rockets to the top of Manhattan society, acquiring a mansion and an expat Russian wife along the way. But soon there are betrayals and Nero's high-life slowly unravels. Told against a backdrop of American politics and culture between Obama's inauguration and the 2016 presidential election, it's an extraordinary powerful tale of our times.

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A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Spymaster George Smiley returns for the first time in 25 years in a tense, intricately plotted espionage thriller, which links the present with the Cold War's murky past. Peter Guillam, once Smiley's protege in the British Secret Service - aka the Circus - is summoned back to London from retirement in Brittany. He and fellow spooks, including Smiley, are being investigated for misdemeanours committed during less scrupulous times and someone must pay. Sheer genius from le Carre.

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The Break by Marian Keyes

This is vintage Keyes: wise, hilarious and full of lovable characters. Amy is devastated when husband Hugh sets off for six months' backpacking around Asia. Left to cope with a chaotic job, three teenagers, a feisty mother and a father with Alzheimer's, she's forced to reassess. Will she stay loyal to Hugh? Well, if he's taking a sabbatical from marriage, why shouldn't she? Modern middle-aged life and love at its funny, dilemma-filled best.

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Smile by Roddy Doyle

Every evening Victor Forde enjoys a quiet pint at his local. One night his peace is shattered by a man who claims they went to the same Christian Brothers' school 40 years ago. Victor can't quite place him, but their conversation stirs up dark memories of those childhood days and of one Brother in particular. This is a deeply moving story about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past, driven by Doyle's trademark sharp, witty dialogue.

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The Seagull by Ann Cleeves

From the queen of detective fiction writing comes the most personal case yet for unorthodox DI Vera Stanhope. An old enemy trades information about the disappearance of wheeler-dealer Robbie Marshall. Trouble is, Vera's late father, the shady Hector, was one of the last people to see Marshall alive. The wonderful, windswept Northumberland landscape adds to the heart-thumping menace.

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The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath

The author draws on the oppressive world of half-ruined, post-war London for this terrific tale of intrigue and heartbreak. It's January 1947, one of the coldest winters in history, and Joan, the wardrobe mistress, is mourning the death of her husband Charlie Grice, a leading actor. Then she discovers Grice's awful secret. A badge hidden under a lapel reveals he was a fascist. Absolutely superb - and there's a ghostly element, too.

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Non-Fiction Choice

The Longevity List by Professor Merlin Thomas

There's so much contradictory information about increasing lifespan. Red wine is good for you. Don't drink alcohol. Cut out fat. Eat good fats. This engaging book provides the facts about the effectiveness of lifestyle trends such as quitting sugar, reducing booze and eating more veg, and pinpoints what really makes a difference to long-term health. It also demystifies concerns such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Sensible stuff.

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Big Beast of the Natural World

Zoo Quest The Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Zoo Quest, which began in 1954, was one of the most popular television series of its time. It was the first big TV hit for the then rookie wildlife presenter David Attenborough. He made us look at the natural world differently and is still doing so today. The Zoo Quest books, published in the 1950s, are the stories of his adventures. Two volumes are being republished to mark the 65th anniversary of Sir David joining the BBC. This first volume, with a new intro by the great man himself, charts his exploits in Indonesia and Paraguay; the second, due in February, centres on Australasia.

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