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From gripping crime fiction to beautiful poetry: 10 brilliant books to curl up with this September

Things start really hotting up in September on the books front, with autumn heralding the start of the Christmas book season (sorry for mentioning the C-word).

In fiction, Omar El Akkad’s American War is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and an extraordinary and prescient look at a very possible future world. Also taking on politics is Kamila Shamsie’s Man Booker Prize longlisted Home Fire.

September’s books are not afraid to tackle difficult topics. Carrie Fisher’s reissued Postcards from the Edge looks at addiction while Roddy Doyle’s Smile focuses on abuse in an Irish church school. In non-fiction, Adam Kay looks at life and death in diaries from his time as a junior doctor in obs and gynae, while Edith Eger’s The Choice recounts how the author survived the Holocaust and went on to save lives as a psychologist.

For crime lovers Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird is both a mystery and an astute look at race relations in the US, while Patrick McGrath’s The Wardrobe Mistress is a post-Second World War-set story. In poetry, Yrsa Daley-Ward’s Bone is a raw look at topics including gender, love and faith.

And finally, Fight Like a Girl is full of inspiration and aspiration for women everywhere.

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