Books to while away those long autumn evenings

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WELL the summer holidays are over, the children are back at school and maybe, just maybe you will find some time to sit and read a really good book.

Here at Waterstones Morpeth we are always looking out for the next good read and we love to pass on our recommendations to you.

Haunted, by James Herbert

If you love your deliciously dark, unnerving read, then look no further than James Herbert. Haunted is the first of the David Ash novels, and it introduces us to this paranormal investigator whose mission is to uncover phoney mediums and to seek out rational explanations for unusual ‘ghostly’ apparitions.

Ash is called upon to look into the alleged haunting of Edbrook House, an isolated manor house whose occupants claim to be experiencing supernatural phenomena.

This is a great old fashioned ghost story which manages to maintain a level of eeriness throughout. If you enjoy this check out The Ghosts of Sleath and Herbert’s new long awaited novel Ash which has just been released.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson

Meet Allan Karlsson who lives in a nursing home and is just about to celebrate his 100th birthday with a party he doesn’t really want.

Everyone of importance is going to be there but as the title of the book suggests, the guest of honour decides to escape out of the nearest window and sets out on an adventure of a lifetime involving crooks, murders and a suitcase full of cash.

As Allan’s story unfolds, we learn about a man who just happens to have witnessed or participated in some of the key events of the 20th century, meeting everyone from Oppenheimer to Mao along the way.

This novel will delight and entertain as the nights start to close in and it endeavours to highlight the fact that you are never to old to make new friends and have some fun and adventure to boot. If you are in a reading group this is a great book to consider.

The Submission, by Amy Waldman

Another great book group read is The Submission – a debut novel from American journalist Amy Waldman. A jury has gathered in Manhattan to choose a memorial for the victims of a terror attack.

The selection process is anonymous and when the envelope is opened the jurors discover they have chosen an American Muslim, which immediately causes opposition and debate into whether another architect should be selected instead.

As news of his selection is leaked the outcry and debate which ensues threatens all who are involved.

This is a thought-provoking read which is tightly plotted, showing the views from all sides as we deftly see the action through the eyes of a large cast of characters. For a debut novel this reads like a dream, it is a subtle read which shows how one’s actions and reactions can cause huge ripples within and around our world.

Finally, we want to remind everyone of one of the big events in the book calendar for September – the release of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy which is out next Thursday.

This is her first adult novel and everyone will be talking about the “blackly comic, thought-provoking, and constantly surprising” (in the words of her publisher) story.

You can guarantee your copy by pre-ordering it at Waterstones Morpeth, this will also mean that you get it for half price.