10 Brilliant Books Still To Come in 2019

By September 14, 2019New Releases

We’ve well and truly tipped into the second half of the year now and here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s started to feel decidedly Autumnal. Thankfully thoughts for Christmas are still a way away yet, but I was wondering this week what new releases are still to come in the world of literature this year.

Of all the big books tipped for fame, awards, and the bestsellers list this year, many were released this month including Margaret Atwood’s follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, and the Institute from Stephen King. However, the year isn’t over yet and so today we’re recommending ten brilliant books still to come before 2019 is out!

Here they are, along with the release dates to allow you to get ahead of your TBR!

Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson

17th September, 2019

Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson’s taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.

Red at the Bone

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Sontag – Benjamin Moser

17th September, 2019

Over 800 pages is a hefty read and it still doesn’t seem enough to capture what it claims to, the life of literary genius, Susan Sontag. Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture.


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The Dutch House – Ann Patchett

24th September, 2019

One of the best loved authors of our time is back with The Dutch House, which may be her most powerful novel to date. A rich store that explores the indelible bond between siblings and the past.

The Dutch House

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Make it Burn, Make it Scream – Leslie Jamison

24th September, 2019

With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in Make It Scream, Make It Burn explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.

Make it Scream, Make it Burn

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How We Fight For Our Lives – Saeed Jones

8th October, 2019

Saeed Jones is an established poet and that beautiful prose shines in through this haunting memoir. How We Fight For Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age story of a young, gay, black man from the South trying to carve out a place for himself, within his family, in his country and within his own hopes and desires.

How We Fight For Our Lives

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The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes

22nd October, 2019

Jojo Moyes’ latest novel is out in October and is a historical fiction following the life of Alice Wright who marries an American in a hope to escape her stifling life in England. However, she doesn’t find her small town Kentucky life any better until she stumbles upon an opportunity to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library.

The Giver of Stars

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Olive Again – Elizabeth Strout

1st November, 2019

This November, Pulitzer Prize winning Elizabeth Strout releases Olive Again, a follow up to Olive Kitteridge but suitable to stand alone too. Olive has indeed returned, as indomitable as ever, navigating her next decade and the changes — sometimes welcome, sometimes not — in her own life.

Olive Again

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The Revisioners – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

5th November, 2019

After winning the National Book Award with her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is back with this elegant historical fiction, a story of survivors and healers, of black women and their sons, set in the American South.

The Revisioners

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In the Dream House – Carmen Maria Machado

5th November, 2019

In Her Body and Other Parties, Machado slayed the short story genre, and was nominated for a National Book Award. Now she’s back with a memoir of domestic abuse and life in a volatile relationship.

In the Dream House

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Reputation – Sara Shepard

3rd December, 2019

This looks likely to be the thriller of December. Reputation is everything, until Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people’s e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database.


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We hope you find some good suggestions there and we’ll be back with more recommendations lists soon. If you want to ensure you never miss any of these, subscribe now.

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