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From family dramas to dark page turners, the best new books of September

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

September is bursting with good books so it’s a rather delicious case of being spoilt for choice. Both William Boyd and Sebastian Faulks offer us a look at the 20th century through the eyes of their characters living through it in Sweet Caress and Where My Heart Used to Beat. After You by Jojo Moyes and Grief is a Feathered Thing by Max Porter are tender and funny explorations of grief and Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg examines the aftermath of a terrible family tragedy. Family is the theme of Tessa Hadley’s sharply delicate novel The Past and also Jonathan Franzen’s wonderfully boisterous Purity, and Lucia Berlin’s darkly mischievous collection A Manual for Cleaning Women. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah has a thrillerish tension that will keep you turning the pages late into the night. My last word is for Elena Ferrante and the triumph that is The Story of the Lost Child, the final novel of her Neapolitan series. If you’ve yet to experience the dark joy of her writing then I envy you and urge to it.

Happy reading.

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