5 new books to curl up with this November

From love to liberty and life, these fictional narratives will keep you enthralled.

Now that summer’s officially over, we’re spending more time curled up on the sofa at home. If you’re looking for things to do, I suggest you make a hot cup of tea and grab a blanket and one of these November must-reads.

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

Filled with twists and turns, this 1970s novel takes you through the streets of New York. There’s arson, heists, hijackings, robberies, and much more to keep you holding onto the edge of the seat as Carney and Pepper set off to solve the latest violent mystery.

A Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand

This nail-biting horror novel sees Holly Sherwin, an aspiring playwright, working towards her big break when she stumbles across Hill House. Together with her girlfriend, Nisa, she rents the house for a month. They are soon joined by a group of actors along with disturbing echoes, strange creatures, and other terrors.

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

This book tells a nostalgic love story that triggers two young ladies to analyse their own lives. The comparison of then and now, Tom Lake makes one wonder about the lives previous generations lived as opposed to today’s fast-paced chaos.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder, by David Grann

It’s 1742 and a vessel filled with thirty men shows up on the Brazilian coast. Survivors of His Majesty’s Ship the Wager, they said. Six months later a second vessel turns up on the coast of Chile. This one contained three men who told a very different story. Dive into this non-fiction novel about human behaviour as the two groups fight against charges of murder and treachery.

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey From Slavery to Freedom, by Ilyon Woo

Posing as a master and slave, Ellen and William escape slavery and travel over 1,000 miles from Georgia to the free states of North USA. Dodging slave traders, military officers, and anyone who may recognise them, this true story tells a tale of love, life, liberty, and justice. Are you ready for the ride?

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