18 of the best books to read this autumn

We take you on a journey through autumn's must-reads, from highly-anticipated books from Sebastian Faulks and Jodi Picoult to debut stories you won’t want to miss. We also asked readers like you which books were on their lists, and featured them below, too!

Early Riser


Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Team National Book Tokens are excited that the king of hilariously inventive fantasy has returned! In Early Riser, 99.9% of the human population go into hibernation every winter (that sounds about right to us...). Psst, we’re also giving away all 14 of his books!

Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

From the author of The Kite Runner, this promises to be a heart-wrenching story. Khaled Hosseini is also donating his author proceeds from the book to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.


Vox by Christina Dalcher

Vox is set in a world world where women across America are not allowed to speak more than 100 words a day, and was chosen by Alison MacConnell, over on our Facebook: "Ever since reading The Handmaid's Tale, I've been chasing that same punch of impact. Vox sounds like it could be the 21st century answer to Atwood's classic, and relevant for the times in which we live".

Washington Black

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

We can't wait to read this epic story of a young slave who escapes his plantation in a hot air balloon, going on to travel the world in search of a place to call home. And to celebrate Esi Edugyan's incredible Man Booker Prize-longlisted novel, we're giving you the chance to win a signed copy and a hot air balloon ride for two!

Normal People


Normal People by Sally Rooney

As fans of Conversations with Friends, we'll be picking up Sally Rooney's latest. Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, and both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin. Normal People is also another title longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize!

Paris Echo

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

In Paris Echo, we meet American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq. In this highly-anticipated book, Sebastian Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits

The Labyrinth of the Spirits (The Cemetary of Forgotten Books #4) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind captured the hearts of 18 million readers (including Team National Book Tokens) the world over. This year, we're invited to return to the heart of Barcelona. The Labyrinth of the Spirits is a book of plots within plots, where even the shadows have a story to tell… Don't miss out on entering to win the complete The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series!


The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton & Angela Barrett

Don't miss out on delving into this dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale, from the author of The Miniaturist.

The Restless Girls was chosen by Karen (@amusedbyshowbiz): "I'm very excited about this as I'm giving it to my little granddaughter, Isabelle, so that we can read it together. I just love Jessie's writing and Angela's illustrations look so beautiful".

Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach (Bookshop Girl #2) by Chloe Coles

After reading Bookshop Girl, written by a real-life bookseller, Chloe's back with the second book in this sparkly teen series. This time, Holly and Paige head off literary festival in Skegton-on-Sea. It's perfect for fans of Holly Bourne and Louise Rennison... Keep an eye out for our new National Book Token gift card design this autumn, too!

Lethal White

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith

When a troubled young man comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he witnessed as a child, Strike sets off on a twisting trail, taking him from the backstreets of London to a sinister manor house in the countryside. We know that many Caboodlers are looking forward to this next book in the series!

The Corset

The Corset by Laura Purcell

Last year we were entranced by The Silent Companions and now Laura Purcell has a new Victorian chiller for us: Is prisoner Ruth Butterham mad or a murderer? Victim or villain?

The Corset was chosen by Lauren Thompson, over on our Facebook: "After reading The Silent Companions, I was really excited to discover that Laura Purcell was writing another gothic thriller, this time set in the Victorian Era. Laura's writing style is gripping and it's easy to become absorbed in the stories she weaves."

My Mum Tracy Beaker


My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

This sounds perfect for adults who grew up reading her books and children alike! Tracy Beaker is a mum now - and it's her daughter Jess who's telling the story.


A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

In Jodi Picoult's upcoming novel, a lone protester with gun takes staff, patients and visitors of the centre for women's reproductive health hostage.

A Spark of Light was chosen by Katie (@katiemarieuk): "Jodi Picoult is an author who isn't afraid to tackle difficult and hard-hitting subjects, and she always writes about them with sensitivity and grace. Each novel she writes is uniquely different whilst retaining a common style (and the occasional recurring character) and I love nothing more than curl up on the sofa with a large mug of tea and one of Jodi's books".

We’re also giving you the chance to be one of the first 100 to read it with Caboodle Firsts!


Born Lippy

Born Lippy: How To Do Female by Jo Brand

This guide to life by one of our favourite comedians is a must-read. A century after women got the vote (albeit married women over the age of 28), it's time to take stock of exactly what it means to be female today.

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

If you thought The Book Thief was powerful and poignant, like us, this will be one of your most anticipated reads. Bridge of Clay centres around a boy who's intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be, and is written in Markus Zusak's distinctive style. 



Sincerity by Carol Ann Duffy

This is Carol Ann Duffy’s final collection as Poet Laureate: a frank, disarming and deeply moving exploration of loss and remembrance in their many forms.


Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

We’ve seen a lot of buzz about this promising debut: Ada was born with one foot on the other side. Having prayed her into existence, her parents Saul and Saachi struggle to deal with the volatile and contradictory spirits peopling their troubled girl.


Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Roar, written by the beloved author of P.S. I Love You, is made up of 30 touching and often hilarious stories, from The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband.

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Congratulations to Donna H.!

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