Top 5 new book releases this autumn
Including David Nicholls, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Lena Dunham
David Nicholls – Us
(Hodder & Stoughton)
Flushed by the success of the intensely loveable One Day and creditably not put off by the poorness of the film version which followed, David Nicholls here swaps youthful romance for lived-in, mature love, as a couple and their teenage son go on what could be their final holiday together.
Ian McEwan – The Children Act
Witness the middle classes in turmoil again, as Ian McEwan turns to a subject pulled from the news for his latest novel. Fiona Maye is a childless High Court judge whose marriage is in trouble, and whose charge of deciding whether a teenage boy named Adam should be medically treated against his parents’ religious faith opens a can of worms.
Val McDermid – Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
Kirkcaldy crime novelist Val McDermid sets aside fiction for fact with this, her latest book, which investigates the history and current application of forensic science from a personal perspective.
Ian Rankin – The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories
Autumn wouldn’t be autumn without a new offering from Ian Rankin, but in the midst of a year in which his professed desire has been to take it off and do something else, how to fill the gap? With this, it turns out, a collection of Inspector Rebus shorts from across different media and periods in his famous character’s life, including two new stories.
Lena Dunham – Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’
It’s all too easy to mock memoir and autobiography written by people who are too young to have reasonably gained more than a couple of chapters of life experience, but 28-year-old hipster child celebrity, filmmaker, actress and creator and star of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham must be an exception. Expect tales of sex, love and feminist awakening.