October: A Month in Books

autumn leaves in the grass
Category: Reading

Big New Book Releases

Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold
, Margaret Atwood, 6 October

Atwood's reimagining of Shakespeare's play takes us on a journey with Felix, an artistic director of a theatre festival. Expect treachery and a double helping of revenge.

Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz, 6 October

Horowitz presents a crime novel that's not what it seems...

Autumn, Ali Smith, 20 October

Bailey's Prize-winner Smith is back with the first of four novels named after the seasons. A meditation on today's world. 

The Whistler, John Grisham, 25 October

A new thriller: corruption, secrets and trying to win over the law.


Book Festivals

Bookmark: Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens, 7 – 9 October

Highlights include literary goodies such as Maggie O’Farrell, James Naughtie, Stuart MacBride and Sally Magnusson.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival, 21 – 31 October

Now in its 27th year of celebrating live storytelling and imagination, this year’s theme is Festival of Dreams, with a wide and varied programme for all.

Dundee Literary Festival, 19– 23 October

James Kelman, Liz Lochhead, Alan Cumming and Jenni Fagan amongst others will be heading to the City of Discovery.


Film & TV

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train
, 5 October

Based on Paula Hawkins's bestselling novel, starring Emily Blunt.

Inferno, 14 October

Mystery thriller starring Tom Hanks. Sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, based on the novel by Dan Brown. 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, 21 October

Based on Lee Child's 18th Reacher novel, starring Tom Cruise.

Doctor Strange, 25 October

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Marvel Comics superhero.


Book Prizes

The Man Booker Prize, winner announced 25 October

The lucky recipient of £50,000 and the prestigious Man Book award will be announced at the end of the month.

The National Book Awards, finalists announced 13 October

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