Autumn’s reading hotlist

There’s no shortage of gripping reads to get stuck into this autumn. Here are the Family Life team’s top picks for your bookshelf.

I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK

By Michelle McNamara

Faber & Faber, £8.99

Buy here: www.waterstones.com

This true crime book follows the story of the hunt for the notorious Golden State Killer, who terrorised California for over 10 years. McNamara captures the devastating trail of destruction left by the killer, and the book has been praised for helping to uncover his identity, over 40 years later.

Lorne says: “Michelle’s writing is gripping, taking you directly back to the heart of the 1970s – anyone remotely interested in true crime needs to have this on their shelf.”

LORNE, EDITOR

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

By Tayari Jones

Oneworld Publications, £8.99

Buy here: www.waterstones.com

Celestial and Roy are newly married when suddenly Roy is accused of a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Trying to juggle their new circumstances with her blossoming art career, Celestial’s life is once again turned upside down when Roy’s conviction is overturned, and he returns home to resume the life they once had.

Saskia says: “Tayari Jones writes beautifully and her well-rounded characters take you through
a journey of love in the face of injustice.”

SASKIA, STAFF WRITER

OUR STOP

By Laura Jane Williams

HarperCollins Publishers, £7.99

Buy here: www.waterstones.com

After meeting on their daily morning commute, One Stop follows the lives of Nadia and Daniel, telling a tale of chance connections and love that blossoms on the 7.30 train to London Bridge. It’s a fantastic will-they-wont they journey that we can all relate to in some way.

Lucy says: “It’s light-hearted, and heart-warming – very easy to read. You’ll love the characters, laugh and cry in equal measures and it leaves you wanting more when it’s finished.”

LUCY, DESIGNER

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Simon & Schuster, £8.99

Buy here: www.waterstones.com

Evelyn, a famous, ageing Hollywood actress decides it’s time to open up about her scandalous life in the limelight, choosing an unknown reporter for the job of writing her memoir.

Emma says: “Written from the point of view of a struggling writer, and filled with secrets and glamour from an Old Hollywood star, I haven’t been able to put this book down since I opened it.”

EMMA, STAFF WRITER

I LOVE THE BONES OF YOU

By Christopher Eccleston

Simon & Schuster Ltd, £20

Buy here: www.waterstones.com

Focusing on his close relationship with his father, Ronnie – a relationship that shaped his entire career – I Love the Bones of You follows Eccleston’s journey through life: the highs and lows of his acting career, personal battles with anorexia and coping with Ronnie’s dementia diagnosis.

You can read our exclusive interview with him on page eight, to find out all about the book and his advice for others living with an eating disorder.

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