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5 must-reads we can’t wait for this autumn


By Jennifer McShane
28th Aug 2021

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5 must-reads we can’t wait for this autumn

A new season means a new selection of books to devour. Here's a selection we can't wait for.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney 

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Sally Rooney’s highly anticipated new novel forgoes the surrounds of Trinity and instead focuses on four friends with bigger problems – they must navigate the pressures of work and relationships against the backdrop of political turmoil and economic uncertainty.

Faber & Faber, approx €13.99, out September 7

Comrades: A lifetime of Friendships by Rosita Boland

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The award-winning journalist has penned a beautiful collection of essays about the many friendships (both real and imaginary) that have shaped her life, brought companionship and joy, as well as those she lost.

Doubleday, approx €16.99, out September 30

Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle

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In a collection that is as timely as anything from Doyle, he has written an eye-opening portrait of our pandemic lives, told in the form of short stories. A collective look at life changed for everyone during Covid, as only this Irish writer knows how. 

Vintage, approx €14.99, out October 7

The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting by Evanna Lynch

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Irish actress and activist Evanna Lynch pens a compelling new memoir in which she details her highs and lows; the “messiness of adulthood” as she calls it. From her star-making turn as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter to her anorexia recovery and pursuit of creativity.   

Headline, approx €12.99, out October 14

 Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

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We return to the beloved Lucy Barton, now a successful writer living in New York, navigating the second half of her life as a widow and parent to two adult daughters. A surprise encounter leads her to reconnect with William, her first husband- and longtime, on-again-off-again friend.

Viking, approx €17.99, out October 21