September: A Month in Books

Category: Reading

As the nights start to draw in and a chill appears in the air, what's nicer than to settle down with a book or head to the cinema? Check out our picks of the new releases for September.


Big New Book Releases

Nutshell, Ian McEwan, 1 September

McEwan’s much anticipated next novel is here and it promises murder and deceit from a very unlikely perspective.

The Lesser Bohemians
, Eimear McBride, 1 September

McBride is back with her second novel; a tale of the dark side of love and troubled pasts, when a young Irish girl falls in love with an older man in London.

Precious and Grace (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency), Alexander McCall Smith, 1 Sept

This is the seventeenth instalment of the series, join Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi for a new case.

The BFG, Roald Dahl, 1 September

We all know Roald Dahl’s classic tale of The BFG, but it’s out in a beautiful new hardback edition to celebrate Dahl’s birthday later in the month.

Revenger, Alastair Reynolds, 15 Sept

Join Captain Rackamore and his crew for a science fiction adventure story set in a futuristic solar system of space pirates and buried treasure.  


Book Festivals

Bloody Scotland Book Festival, 9–11 September

Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival featuring big names such as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Martina Cole and Chris Brookmyre amongst others.

Spirit of Moray Book Festival, 13-17 September

This year boasts a five-day programme including Alan Bissett, Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid.

Tidelines Book Festival, 23-25 September

North Ayrshire's line-up promises something for everyone from Denise Mina and Mark Beaumont.

Wigtown Book Festival, 23 September–2 October

Dumfries and Galloway's very own book festival will feature appearances by Michel Faber, Susan Calman and Juno Dawson amongst a host of others.


Film & TV

Poldark, 4 September (BBC 1)

Season 2 is back on Sunday evenings, based on the novels by Winston Graham.

Ben-Hur, 7 September

Action film based on the novel by Lew Wallace; a prince seeks revenge after being wrongly accused of treason by his brother.

Bridget Jones’s Baby, 16 September

The third in the Bridget Jones series, based on Fielding’s fictional columns.

The Girl with All the Gifts, 23 September

The novel by M.R. Carey was snapped up by film producers not long after it came out; think dystopian future where a fungal disease threatens to wipe out the human race.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, 30 September

Based on Ransom Riggs' debut novel, telling the tale of a rather peculiar island orphanage. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Eva Green.


Other Dates for Your Diary

The Man Booker Prize shortlist, 13 September

See the longlist of 13 whittled down to 6 books, in advance of the winner being announced in October.

Roald Dahl Day, 13 September

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birthday!



To celebrate Dahl Day, we are welcoming Matthew Fitt to Authors Live on 15 September to talk about translating Dahl’s most popular stories into Scots. Schools and libraries can sign up to watch the broadcast live.


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