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Autumn Reads

A look at the up coming book releases worth picking up this Autumn

THE TEMPTATION OF GRACIE
SANTA MONTEFIORE
Simon and Schuster, £14.99. Out now.

Bestselling author, Santa Montefiore, returns with an unforgettable tale of love lost and rediscovered, set across the beautiful landscape of Italy. When Gracie Burton stumbles upon an advertisement for a week-long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, she cannot resist, and ploughs her life savings into the trip. Her only family – daughter Carina and granddaughter Anastasia – are hesitant about what has prompted this seemingly random venture. But what they don’t know is that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them.

USELESS MAGIC:LYRICS AND POETRY
FLORENCE WELCH
Fig Tree, £20. Out now.

In the preface to her new book the woman who is the creative force of Florence and the Machine says: “Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don’t know what I’m trying to say until years later.” It’s the reason why she has now gathered her various jottings, scribbles and complete lyric sets from over the years into one book. A fascinating collection and a real insight into the mind of one of music’s most exciting voices.

CARELESS LOVE: DCI BANKS 25
PETER ROBINSON
Hodder & Stoughton, £20. Out now.

Hard to believe that this is the 25th instalment of DCI Banks, but then Peter Robinson has always been pretty prolific. This time around the action begins with two deaths – an apparent suicide of a young student and a man in his 60s whose body is found on wild moorland. Add in the return of an old enemy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants and this is trademark page-turning stuff from the Leeds-born author.

THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS
LAURENCE CANE-HONEYSETT
Eye Books, £30. Out now.

Founded in 1968, as part of a deal with Island Records, Trojan’s mission was to bring Jamaican music to the world. Over the subsequent half a century it has done just that, releasing many of the defining albums of ska and reggae from the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. Trojan is now celebrating its 50th and this book is the definitive history of the label.

One for music fans, it features profiles of artist

and producers as well as hundreds of images of

those who made music history.

WILD FIRE
ANN CLEEVES
Macmillan, £16.99. Out September 6th.

We are back in Cleeve’s Shetland series and it is as wild and remote as ever. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. He knows that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, but as events become increasingly disturbing no one is prepared for what’s to come.

I INVITED HER IN
ADELE PARKS
Harper Collins, £7.99. Out September 20th.

We all have one of those long-lost friends from the past, but if you’ve ever dreamed of a beautiful reunion this is one book guaranteed to make you run a mile instead. It’s been 17 years since Mel has last seen Abi and since they were friends as students their lives have taken very different paths. When Mel hears Abi is down on her luck she invites her into her home, but it’s not long before she regrets introducing her old friend to her three children and once supportive husband.

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