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September's top ten books

Books to read this autumn all from Surrey libraries

A round up of September's best reads

1. First up is a thriller from number one Sunday Times best-selling author Clare Mackintosh. Hostage is a captivating story about a flight attendant called Mina who faces an impossible decision when she receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. This book is a true page-turner and a brilliant read.

2. Next is Black Teacher, a powerful memoir from Beryl Gilroy which details not only the author's rise to become one of Britain's first Black headteachers but also the focus and ambition that ensured success against the odds. First published in 1976, this is a rediscovered classic and a testament to how one woman's dignity, ambition and spirit transcended her era.

3. Our next read, Wild Child: A journey through nature, is for younger readers. This inspiring book, illustrated in full colour by Barry Falls, is divided into five sections: looking out of the window, venturing out into the garden, walking in the woods, investigating heathland and wandering on the riverbank. Each section contains a discovery and activity section where you can explore local habitats, wildlife and plants and get involved in your own projects.

4. Judas Horse is the second book in a series by author Lynda La Plante. Following on from the first book Buried, Judas horse is another gripping thriller that follows Detective Jack Warr in a blood-soaked tale of brutality in the picturesque Cotswolds countryside. As Jack Warr investigates, he discovers locals with dark secrets, unearths hidden crimes - and hits countless dead ends. Will he be able to stop them?

5. Another great book for kids is Oi Aardvark, brought to you by the team behind the bestselling favourite OI FROG! This hilarious picture book is guaranteed to get little ones laughing out loud. Join in with the fun and silliness, and meet a whole host of crazy creatures from aardvarks to zebras, along the way. Oi Aardvark

6. Up next is fiction debut Ghosts from Dolly Alderton which follows the life of a 32-year-old woman named Nina Dean and the unravelling of her seemingly successful life. Her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. This award-winning novel is funny and relatable and not one to be missed.

7. How to be brave follows a girl named Calla on a boarding school adventure as her and her friends take on a dictatorial headteacher. Her school is staffed by nuns whose preferred subjects include light aircraft maintenance, camouflage skills, and cake - lots of cake – and Calla is about to discover her bravery, and to learn that when trouble comes, there's no better back-up than a Blessing of Nuns.

8. From the best-selling author of Chasing the Dead, Tim Weaver presents Missing Pieces - a brilliantly twisty thriller about a woman named Rebekah trapped on an island with a killer on her trail and a detective with one last case to solve – both will have to risk everything to get to the truth. This book is full of twists and surprises and a book you won't be able to put down.

9. Our next read is another exciting edition in a children's book series that follows a group of hyenas, The Bolds, on their adventures. In the Bolds go green, an eventful trip to the charity shop leads to a new rescue adventure for the Bold family, and an old friend returns with an unexpected list of demands. Can the Bolds keep their cool as temperatures rise?

10. Last up is The Mercies, which is a novel inspired by the real events of the Vardo storm and the 1621 witch trials. It's a captivating story about how suspicion can twist its way through a tight-knit island community during the seventeenth century, and a love that may prove as dangerous as it is powerful.

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