Favourite Autumnal Books
Today I’m feeling particularly Autumnal, so thought it would be perfect to share my favourite autumnal books. As always, these are open to change year on year – just like the seasons. But this year my favourites are…
For the history fiends among you, I highly recommend The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. This book gives voice to the women supposedly killed by the infamous Jack the Ripper. Taking into account the lives of their parents all the way to their deaths, it brings to live five forgotten women and brings into question our love of Jack the Ripper memorabilia, tours and pubs.
A harrowing memoir about the holocaust. Elie Wiesel was one of many Jews rounded up and sent to Auschwitz during the latter years of the Second World War. He lost his mother, father and youngest sister to the terrible treatment. His memoir serves as an honest and utterly heart-wrenching account of life from a 13-year-old in various concentration camps.
This is Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery of all. A standalone, outside of the Marple and Poirot series, And Then There Were None is a story of intrigue and dark murders. When a group of strangers are gathered on a remote island, one by one they each start to die. But there’s no one else on the island – so who’s killing them?
If you like slightly quirky, spooky stories then I highly recommend Horrorstor. This books riffs of the idea of a chain of stores – very similar to well-known brand IKEA. When mysterious things happen overnight, three co-workers are tasked with sleeping in the store for one evening to see if they can catch the culprit. The result is seemingly deadly.
A cosy fan favourite for anyone looking to just feel at ease this Autumn. Yes, J.K Rowling is a problematic topic to discuss right now (I’m not happy with her!) but Harry Potter is bigger than it’s author now and I still think it’s a brilliant read.
The ultimate gothic thriller – in my opinion – Rebecca tells the story of a widower and his new wife, only ever referred to as Mrs De Winter. She’s married up and is living at grand Manor House, Manderley, but everyone keeps mentioning Rebecca, Mr De Winter’s previous wife, and how wonderful she was and how tragic her death was. But there’s something no one knows that is going to rip the household apart…
And finally, another classic, but one of my favourites. Northanger Abbey is one of my favourite Austen novels as it feels much more like a Young Adult gothic romance than her more traditional middle-England romance. The heroine is Catherine Morland and she is obsessed with gothic romances and great mysteries. She reads the contemporary fiction of the day – The Monk and The Mysteries of Udolpho – and invents great intrigues in her imagination which get her into heaps of trouble. A wonderfully atmospheric and romantic Autumnal read.
Those are my favourite Autumnal books, but what are yours? Let me know in the comments below.