Here are my picks for the month. The Testaments, The Confession and Breaking and Mending: A Memoir of Burnout, Recovery and the Journey to Become a Doctor are all out in September.
The Testaments is the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale and also one of the most exciting publishing stories of the year. The Testaments picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown and three female narrators bring different perspectives on the life in Gilead. Margaret Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty-five countries and she has written over fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays and graphic novels. She has received numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. Atwood’s editor, Becky Hardie, said “Atwood has truly expanded her world for us, and her legendary vision. She has created a novel for the world we live in today. It’s a phenomenal achievement and I cant wait for you to be able to read it and start talking about it.” Drum roll for the 10th of September!
From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist (Waterstones Book of The Year 2014) and The Muse, comes The Confession, Jessie Burton’s third novel. The Confession is told through two parallel narratives – 1980s Hollywood and present-day – London and it is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship. One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise meets Constance and quickly falls under her spell. Three decades later, Rose is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. The last person who saw her mother was Constance and Rose is drawn to her house in search of a confession… The Confession is out on the 19th of September.
Breaking and Mending: A Memoir of Burnout, Recovery and the Journey to Become a Doctor is Joanna Cannon’s first work of non-fiction. She is known for her bestselling books The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie.
“A few years ago I found myself in A&E. I was mentally and physically broken but I knew I had to carry on. Because I wasn’t the patient. I was the doctor.”
Joanna Cannon’s memoir from her time as a medic, articulates the need for better care for those we rely on to care for us. Cannon has included case studies of some of the patients who provided her with what she calls “Kodak moments”. Breaking and Mending is out on the 26th of September.
Anna Klerfalk runs the literary agency Inter-Saga