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From creepy Halloween tales to the latest Robert Galbraith novel, the best new books of October

Author, self-confessed bookworm and books editor at The Bookseller Cathy Rentzenbrink tells us about the hot new books that should be on your buy, beg or borrow list this month

Surely the only consolation for the nights drawing in is that curling up with a good book is an even better use of our time when it is cold and dark outside. Let’s start with something seasonal: in David Mitchell’s new novel, a guest is summoned to Slade House on the last Saturday in October once every nine years. The story concludes on 31st October 2015 – perfectly spooky Halloween reading wrapped up in a gorgeous cover.

There’s more mystery and intrigue on offer from Garth Risk Hallberg in the hotly tipped City on Fire, and from Robert Galbraith and Kate Morton. Two slender novels: a slice of beautifully written sadness from Sara Baume in Spill Simmer Falter Wither and an amuse bouche of Gallic decadence in Pétronille by Amélie Nothomb. Looking at non-fiction, we’ve the life of a poet with a hefty sideline in philandering, an inspirational modern odyssey across Europe, a history of perfume and a new biography of the endlessly fascinating Mitford sisters. Happy reading.


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