Autumn Reads

Katherine, September 21 2018

Autumn is here! The evenings are drawing in, the temperature is dropping and the leaves are beginning to fall off the trees – Which also means it’s time to get cosy, under a blanket with a cup of tea and a book!

Here are some books to get your started for the season.

A world on fire, James Heneage

Their revolution would ignite a continent…An epic novel set during one of the most savage and dramatic moments in European history.Greece, 1824In the wild south, the people of the Mani have risen up against four hundred years of Ottoman rule. But initial triumph leads to bitter feuding among the Greek victors and the Sultan sends his vassal, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, to invade. Burning everything in his path, he is on the point of victory. Only the intervention of the Great Powers of France, Russia and Britain can save Greece.

Young Jane Young, Gabrielle Zevin

The author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry returns with a witty, moving novel about what it means to be a woman – especially in the Google age where no secret is safe for long. Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida, makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss – who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married – and blogging about it.

An autumn crush, Milly Johnson

Four friends, two crushes and a secret … After a bruising divorce, headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate, little believing that in her late thirties she’ll find anyone suitable. But along comes self-employed copywriter Hattie, raw from her own relationship split, and the two woman hit it off. When Juliet’s twin brother Guy meets Hattie, he is overcome with a massive crush, just as his friend Steve develops the hots for Juliet. But being a shy, gentle giant, Guy communicates so clumsily with Hattie as to give her the opposite impression. Can he turn Hattie’s affection for his family into love for him? And then Juliet makes a discovery, which will turn their lives upside-down …

The nature of autumn, Jim Crumley

In autumn nature stages some of its most enchantingly beautiful displays; yet it’s also a period for reflection, melancholy even, as the days shorten and winter’s chill approaches. Taking in September to November, Jim Crumley tells the story of how unfolding autumn affects the wildlife and landscapes of his beloved countryside. Along the way, Jim experiences the deer rut, finds phenomenal redwood trees in the most unexpected of places, and contemplates climate change, the death of his father, and his own love of nature; thus painting an intimate – and deeply personal – portrait of a moody and majestic British autumn.

I love pumpkin

Cook yourself cosy with these 55 heart-warming recipes perfect for colder months, from wholesome savoury soups and stews to delicious desserts like pumpkin pie. A blustery autumnal evening calls for a large helping of something hearty, nourishing and warming – and pumpkin is the ideal ingredient in such dishes. Filling enough to leave you satisfied but ultimately a highly nutritious vegetable, it is a wonderful ingredient for feeding a family and a tonic for a cold grey day.

The hurley maker’s son, Patrick Deeley

Patrick Deeley’s train journey home to rural East Galway in autumn 1978 was a pilgrimage of grief: his giant of a father had been felled, the hurley-making workshop silenced. From this day, Patrick unfolds his childhood as a series of evocative moments, from the intricate workings of the timber workshop run by his father, to the slow taking apart of an old tractor and the physical burial of a steam engine; from his mother’s steady work on an old Singer sewing machine, to his father’s vertiginous quickstep on the roof of their house. With his descriptions of the natural world and delightful cameos of characters and incidents from a not-so-long-ago country childhood, Patrick pays homage to the fields and townlands of his youth.

Autumn reads for children

Toffee apple night, Tracey Corderoy

The perfect autumn story, especially for bonfire night. Filled with gorgeous illustrations. Ideal for reading together or for children who are just starting to read alone. Willow Valley is a very special place. Nestled in a hidden valley, trees of all shapes and sizes grew on the rolling green hills and pretty flowers dance in the meadows. It’s the night of the firefly festival and Riley the mouse, Starla the badger and Horatio the hedgehog are very excited! It’s going to be lots of fun and there will be plenty of yummy toffee apples to eat!

The girl in the graveyard and other scary stories, Michael Dahl

On the way home from a friend’s house late one night, Bradley takes a shortcut through the graveyard. A mysterious girl keeps popping up from behind the gravestones and her face resembles a doll that belonged to Bradley’s sister, a doll he stole from her as a prank. Could the spooky doll be back for revenge? Find out the answer to this question and many more in this collection of scary tales.

A year without autumn, Liz Kessler

If you could see into the future – would you look? Jenni Green doesn’t have a choice. On her way to visit her best friend, Autumn, Jenni suddenly finds she’s been transported exactly one year forward in time. Now she discovers that in the year that’s gone by, tragedy has struck and her friendship with Autumn will never be the same again. But what caused the tragedy? How did Jenni skip a year? And can she find her way back to the past to try to change what lies ahead?

10 minute crafts for autumn, Annalees Lim

Make a pinecone squirrel, a harvest collage, a leafy bookmark and a pumpkin painting! Using readily available, seasonally related materials, this series is an ideal and fun introduction to the autumn season for young children. The crafts are explained in easy to follow step-by-step instructions, and are perfect for teachers looking for original ideas as well as time-poor parents.

Flower fairies of the autumn, Mary Cicely Barker

One of the new editions of flower fairy books, featuring the flower fairies of the autumn. Each watercolour is accompanied by a poem. The book is aimed at children.

Autumn, Stephanie Turnbull

Autumn is the season of change where the leaves on the trees turn red, yellow and orange. Crops are harvested and some animals prepare for the winter months by eating lots of food. A variety of information about the autumn months, including the types of weather we experience and what people and animals do during this time. A series of four books designed for younger readers, or children studying the seasons at KS1.

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