SJ Watson’s debut novel Before I Go To Sleep is a thriller soon to hit screens in a movie starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. It’s the story of woman with amnesia who wakes up each day not knowing where she is or who she can trust — including whether she can trust her husband, Ben. Usually it’s a good idea to read the book before you see the movie, so Before I Go To Sleep takes the number one spot on my To Be Read (TBR) list for September.
Ian McEwan now has more than 20 published books under his belt. Atonement (2001) and On Chesil Beach (2007) are probably my favourites. Of his more recent fiction, neither Solar (2010) nor Sweet Tooth (2012) held much appeal for me but the earlier works have stayed fresh in my mind and so The Children Act will certainly get a look.
While we await the final part of the trilogy that began with Wolf Hall and continued with Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel provides us with a collection of contemporary short stories in The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.
Set in post-war London in 1922, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters tells the story of the Wrays — a mother and daughter — forced by economic necessity to take in paying guests with life changing consequences. Waters has a strong reputation and the blurb for this one promises tenderness, tension and a compelling story.
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer — a novel about grief and mental illness written by a mental health nurse and published earlier this year to good reviews.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling is the second detective Corcmoran Strike crime novel — the first being The Cuckoo’s Calling.
Two Irish writers make it on to this list: The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry was published earlier this year and promises a haunting, sad read as Irish man Jack McNulty whose existence coincided with the founding of the Irish state and two world wars looks back on his life and loves. In October 2014, Colm Toibin’s new novel Nora Webster comes out. It’s the story of a 40-year old widow coming to terms with grief and finding independence and is set in County Wexford in the 1960s — a place and period Toibin has written about before.
I’ll be posting reviews here as I go and in the meantime, if you’re reading any of the above I’d love to hear from you!