Books of the Month | WaterstonesOctober's crop of recommended reading provides both warnings and wisdom from the past, with a deftly executed novella about Europe's freefall into the Second World War and an anthology of eye-opening missives from history's good, bad and ugly. Elsewhere, we follow a compelling Nigerian tale of sisterly love and mass murder, and take our seats aboard the magical sleigh, Frostheart. Hitler's manipulative, insidious path to Austrian invasion told with dead-pan documentary realism and deliciously understated irony, The Order of the Day is a mordantly funny and darkly disturbing novella. Curated with immense skill and eye for intriguing juxtapositions by Simon Sebag Montefiore , the one hundred plus letters contained within Written in History provide a fascinating window into the private and public lives of history's greatest figures. Arranged thematically this collection of correspondence provides an enlightening parallel narrative to the linear march of conventional history, and includes missives by everybody from Rameses to Trump, by way of Elizabeth I and Nelson Mandela. Sharp, menacing and darkly funny, this debut novel from Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite is not just an inventive take on the serial-murder thriller but also a tender examination of sibling relationships in an oppressively patriarchal society.
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From novels anchored in the mess of Brexit to non-fiction discussing the vices and virtues of social media. Brexit, social media, a sociopathic sister and a fox with a poetic soul all feature somewhere in this round up of all the books you should be putting on your wish lists — or treating yourself to — right now. If anyone thought Brexit was no subject matter for literary fiction, Middle England is about to prove you dead wrong. It also showed me how brilliant Coe was at capturing so many different shades of Britishness — with a keen eye for class-related quirks. Back then, protagonist Ben Trotter was a sex-obsessed schoolboy.
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