This collection brings together nine imaginative new tales from the author of Alias Grace, including a woman mistaken for a vampire and a fantasy writer communicating with her dead husband on a stormy winter night. As always, Atwood slips between genres with a masterful touch.
£18.99 (Bloomsbury) 28th August
If you loved The Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell’s latest novel is just as spellbinding and mind-bending. This metaphysical thriller follows the life of Holly Sykes, who, as a teenage runaway, seeks asylum from a strange woman, and is forever scarred by the touch of another reality.
£20 (Sceptre) 2nd September
A household name for his prize-winning novels, including On Chesil Beach and Atonement, Ian McEwan can rest assured that his latest book will shift a fair few copies. The Children Act tells the story of a leading family court judge who becomes tangled up in the fate of a dying 17-year-old boy whose parents are refusing him medical treatment on religious grounds.
£16.99 (Jonathan Cape) 2nd September
If you’re a fan of the international bestselling Japanese author but not a master of the Japanese language you may have been anticipating this book since its original release in 2013. The English translation finally arrives, and it’s an intriguing tale about a man investigating why four of his school friends one day announced that they never wanted to see him again.
£20 (Harvill Secker) 12th August
The bestselling author of Tipping The Velvet and Fingersmith made her name in Victorian novels, but now she turns her attention to the 1920s, with a tense and beautifully written mystery set in a house in Camberwell. A widow and her daughter take in lodgers in order to make ends meet, but the arrival of the young, modern couple ushers in bewildering changes and uncovers dark secrets.
£20 (Virago) 28th August
The son of Kingsley is known as much for his famous father and his controversial off-the-page comments as for his books, and his acerbic writing style isn’t to everyone’s tastes. But the bestselling author’s new book is sure to get people talking, if only for its challenging subject matter – a Nazi official who falls in love with a concentration camp commandant’s wife.
£18.99 (Jonathan Cape) 28th August