Our ultimate book list

  • Lifestyle
  • February 27, 2017
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As temperatures turn cooler we’ve put together the ultimate autumn book list for all the bookworms out there!

Or even if you’re a ‘page a day’ kind of reader, take your pick from the options as there’s sure to be something to keep you cosy.

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This is not a definitive list, so feel free to get in touch or add a comment if you think there’s a book we’ve missed out on.

So, here we go…


  • // Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish (a complicated story reflecting far too much of the reality of American life in the 21st century).
  • // The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (a moving tale of ‘death decay and disaster’).


  • // Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (storytelling that will stay with you – this book will make you feel human, be sure to read alongside a tissue box).
  • // Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (a biographical and beautiful thought-provoking tale of mentorship).
  • // Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (a crash-course on leadership and life hacks on really “standing out”).


  • // Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel (a case-study account on how to maintain passion in a relationship, where the author controversially suggests in order to develop intimacy between two people, there needs to be some separateness).


  • // All the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling (can’t deny you love these stories, and you can’t beat the “draw back the curtain” final book in the series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).


  • // The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (telling a first hand account of the Indian “love laws” you can’t help but experience a vague sense of foreboding, a prickly fear in the back of your neck when reading this one).
  • // All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (World War 2 historical sensation written with rich details that fill all five senses simultaneously).
  • // Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates (a bold reimagination of the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Marilyn Monroe).
  • // Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari (a cult-read recounting the history of the human species).
  • // The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (the story is centred around a red tent in which tribal women take refuge while menstruating or giving birth, and where they find mutual support and encouragement from their mothers, sisters and aunts).


  • // The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm (a more serious read in which the author presents love as a skill that can be taught and developed).
  • // Option B by Sheryl Sandberg (a practical story about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks).


  • // The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (an Australian best-seller unravelling a twisted mystery revolving around three everyday women). Also popular: Big Little Lies


  • // Cloudstreet by Tim Winton (an Australian classic – an examination of the human heart’s capacity for sorrow, joy, and endless gradations in between).
  • // What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt (a realistic insight into the difficulties of parenthood and relationships).
  • // The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (a magical realism tale where a lot happens within its 448 pages).

Womens literature

  • // Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (her stories revolve around dark themes often drawn from the author’s own experiences, including domestic violence, drug abuse, mental illness, divorce and alcoholism).
  • // The Neapolitan Novels series by Elena Ferrante (an Italian coming-of-age four part series tracing childhood to adulthood).
  • // I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (an honest and moving personal recount of a 16-year old student and her plight to escape the Taliban).