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September top ten books

Books to read this autumn all from Surrey libraries

Back to work and school reads for all ages

More Surrey libraries have now re-opened, please see Surrey Matters article for details on what measures are now in place when you visit.

In the meantime, here's September's top ten books available for you to borrow from some libraries. From hit trilogies like Twilight, talking animals and scintillating biographies, there is something for everyone to help ease back to work and school. If you are still looking for some e-books or audiobooks all you need to do is register online, or download the app and register within the app to download your choice for free.

1. Starting off this month with a read for older children, Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens, the ninth and final novel in the hugely popular "Murder Most Unladylike" series is out now. Detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a cruise along the Nile. They are hoping to see some ancient temples and a mummy or two; what they get, instead, is murder. But there is danger all around, and only one of the Detective Society will make it home alive.

2. When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun. This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life.

3. The Sahar Peninsula lies just beyond the horizon, but it isn't the easiest place to get to. Aisha Busby and Racheal Dean's Voyage of the lost and found follows 12-year-old Amira who has only known a life at sea with her sea-witch mothers. So when their ship is wrecked in a great storm, Amira is delighted to have an opportunity to explore land - accompanied by her best friend Namur - a jinn in cat form. Amira will also discover her own destiny and find out what it truly means to be a Moonchild.

4. The legendary Aretha Franklin joins the bestselling Little People, Big Dreams biography series by author Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara. Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul', was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was also an important activist for civil rights and women's rights. This book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the singer's life.

5. Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Steve Small's I'm sticking with you; takes children into the wonderful world of animals. Tiny Squirrel and lumbering Bear may seem unlikely friends, but wherever one goes, the other follows. How will their relationship cope when Squirrel needs space? Bouncy rhymes and sweet, expressive art make for an endearing celebration. This is a warm, funny book about everything a friendship can be - for anyone who's ever had a friend.

6. For some people, trouble just finds them. We begin at the end by Chris Whitaker follows Vincent King, who thirty years ago, became a killer. Now, he's been released from prison and is back in his hometown. Not everyone is pleased to see him; like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed. Duchess Radley, Star's thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.

7. This book presents a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. Helen Macdonald, bestselling author of H is for Hawk, brings together a collection of her best loved pieces in her new novel Vesper Flights, along with new essays on topics and stories ranging from nostalgia and science fiction to the true account of a refugee's flight to the UK.

8. Looking for something dark and tantalizing to dive into? Sisters by Daisy Johnson follows sisters; July and September. Something unspeakable has happened to them. Desperate for a fresh start, their mother Sheela moves them across the country to an old family house that has a troubled life of its own. Noises come from behind the walls. Lights flicker of their own accord. Sleep feels impossible, dreams are endless. In their new, unsettling surroundings, July finds that the fierce bond she's always had with September is beginning to change in ways she cannot understand.

9. Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Lowborn is Kerry's exploration of where she came from, her life and a discovery of what being poor means in Britain today. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. Twenty years later, Kerry's life is unrecognisable. She's a prizewinning novelist who has travelled the world. But she often finds herself looking over her shoulder, caught somehow between two worlds.

10. Take a journey to America with David Reynold's Slow road to San Francisco. From Ocean City, Maryland to San Francisco, Reynolds traverses the back roads and small towns of the continent, taking the pulse of Trump's America as he goes. With remarkable honesty and insight, not to mention a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye, he observes the US today.

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