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5 books to add to your Autumn reading list

PUBLISHED: 15:29 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 06 October 2017

Books by Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, and Tessa Hadley (Picture: Mariah Feria)

Books by Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, and Tessa Hadley (Picture: Mariah Feria)


October sees the start of that wonderfully cosy season, and what’s a better way to kick off Autumn than with a cup of coffee and a good old-fashioned book?

Here’s five to add to your reading list this season.

1. ‘Autumn’ by Ali Smith

Ali Smith has long been associated with Norwich, receiving an honorary degree from UEA in 2016. Her latest book, Autumn, is the first of four seasonally titled books. It deals with a tense ‘post-Brexit’ UK, and explores the issues surrounding our countries decision.

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2. ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ by Peter Wohleben

Non-fiction now, and into the world of trees with Peter Wohleben. Autumn is a transformative season for our nations wildlife, so take the time to read up and educate yourself about our supposedly ‘social network’ of trees.

3. ‘The Past’ by Tessa Hadley

Set over a families summer holidays, Hadley’s ‘The Past’ give us a chance to remember the summer once gone. A beautifully hazy, mesmerising piece of prose, it’s sure to evoke some memories of your own as you journey through the English countryside.

4. ‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith.

A story spanning almost an entire lifetime, Smith’s latest book combines dance, identity, and friendship to form a wonderful mash of images. ‘Swing Time’ is about the different paths that a person takes, and the consequences that come with them.

5. ‘The Complete Tales and Poems’ by Edgar Allan Poe

Would any Autumn reading list be complete without some spooky stories, and more specifically, some Poe? Famed for both his terrifying poetry and horror-filled prose, dip into classical delights such as ‘The Raven’ and ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ in this collection.

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