11 Must Read Book Releases Of September 2020

September marks the start of the colder months, when we want to start spending more time indoors again and indulge in all things cosy. So, having a selection of good books to read always comes in handy on an afternoon spent at home in autumn. This month, we want to give you a look ahead at some of the best book releases coming throughout September 2020 – and some of them are actually already out now so you can start reading today. Keep scrolling to discover our top eleven in fiction and non-fiction…


1. We Are Family by Nicola Gill

Jess and Laura might be sisters, but they’re very different people. They’re family, but they’re not exactly friends. When their mum dies, the sisters struggle to agree on anything, from where to scatter the ashes to whether “passed away” is an acceptable term. But as life forces them together, Laura and Jess realise: the only way through this is as a team…

Out on 3rd September 2020

2. My Darling by Amanda Robson

I watched you move in and thought we might be friends. I saw you watching from the window – and knew I’d have to keep you away from my husband. I started to trust you. Confide in you. I started to mistrust you. Suspect you. I was confused when I blacked out after an evening at your place. Was I really that drunk? I came up with a plan. A plan to make you both pay…

Out in ebook on 24th and paperback on 3rd September 2020

3. What Are Friends For by Lizzie O’Hagan

Eve doesn’t have time for dating, but having watched her best friend and flatmate have her heart broken one too many times, she reluctantly volunteers to play her Cupid. Max is a hopeless romantic but he lives with his romantically-challenged best friend who desperately needs his advice. As both become more involved in their best friends’ relationship, they quickly realise there is a fine line between instruction and imitation, especially when they find they can’t stop thinking about their best friend’s date…

Out on 17th September 2020

4. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

When Margot makes a surprise trip home to Koreatown in LA, she realises how little she knows about her mother, Mina. Thirty years earlier, Mina steps off a plane to take a chance on a new life in America. Through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, Margot and Mina’s story unravels the unspoken secrets that can drive two people apart – or perhaps bind them closer together.

Out now 

5. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family’s struggle to forge a new future and it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog’s life his mother has never known…

Out now 

6. The Cutting Place by Jane Casey

Everyone’s heard the rumours about elite gentlemen’s clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are outrageous and what goes on behind closed doors is darker than you could possibly imagine. Paige Hargreaves was a young journalist working on a story about a club for the most privileged men in London. She was on the brink of exposing a shocking scandal. Then she disappeared…

Out on 3rd September 2020

7. The Education of Ivy Edwards by Hannah Tovey

Ivy Edwards is currently trying not to cry in the office toilet. Partly because she’s just run out of money for fags, a bit because her mum continues to annoy her and definitely not because she’s just been dumped by her fiancé. With her London life in shambles and her family miles away in the Welsh valleys, Ivy doesn’t actually feel like she belongs anywhere. Embarking on a journey of singlehood, she is about to discover that sometimes, having your life fall apart can be surprisingly fun.

Out now 

8. All The Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather for a family dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. But the evening ends in horror when Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Armand is convinced is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on an elderly man’s life….

Out now 


9. Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Taking us from Southern California to the Arizona desert to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis and the hospital room of a valued mentor, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery.

Out on 24th September 2020

10. The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes

The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned. The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access.

Out now 

11. Work by James Suzman 

A revolutionary new history of humankind through the prism of work, from the origins of life on Earth to our ever-more automated present, that challenges some of our deepest assumptions about who we are. The work we do brings us meaning, moulds our values, determines our social status and dictates how we spend most of our time. For too long, our notions of work have been dominated by economists obsessed with scarcity and productivity. As an anthropologist, James Suzman is here to change that…

Out now 


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More of a binge-watcher than a reader? Don’t worry, here’s what you can watch on Netflix this September 2020