5 Books to beat the Autumn chills


The nights are drawing in, the air is turning colder, the trees display the muted beauty of Autumn leaves, and at MYVLF.com, we’re all about being cosy.

Grab your favourite drink, snuggle up and settle down with 5 Books to beat those Autumn chills.

Postscript – Cecilia Ahern

Can you believe it’s been fifteen years since we lived through Holly’s heartbreak in PS, I Love You? In Postscript, Cecilia Ahern’s long-awaited sequel, seven years have passed since Holly became a widow and six since she read her late-husbands final letter.

She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

Reluctantly, Holly beings a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

Note to readers: please keep a box of tissues handy! Moving, heart-breaking, emotionally-charged and uplifting.

You can see an interview with Cecelia when she talks about why she decided to write Postscript, in the MYVLF.com Theatre. It’s free.

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The Secrets We Kept – Lara Prescott

This debut has received a lot of interest; it’s not difficult to see why


 1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation. 

 In Washington DC, the CIA is planning to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

 Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.

 It will not be easy. There are people prepared to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail – as this book has the power to change history.

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The Dutch House – Ann Patchett

Published September 24th, the latest from Ann Patchett has been highly rated by advance readers and named a book to watch out for this autumn.

“‘Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?’ I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer.”

 Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. Life is coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house’s former owners in the frames of their oil paintings.

 Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve’s lives. The siblings are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own exile is that of their mother’s: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.

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The Woman in the White Kimono – Ana Johns

A beautifully written, tour-de-force of clashing cultures, forbidden love, and a woman’s search for the truth hidden deep amongst stories of the past.

In the Japan of 1957, seventeen-year-old Naiko makes a choice, one that will change her life, and that of her family, and reverberate through the years.

In modern-day America, Tori is grieving and sets out on a journey of discovery that takes her to a remote seaside village in Japan. She follows a trail of breadcrumbs; seeking the past in her father’s tales of another time, another life.

This is a book to read, time and time again.

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Imposter – LJ Ross

The phenomenal LJ Ross, bestselling author of the DCI Ryan books, has a new series on the way and the main character is someone we already met in the Ryan books – Dr Alex Gregory. The first book, Imposter, will be published on 31st October.

There’s a killer inside all of us…

Gregory, a forensic psychologist, delves into the deepest recesses of the darkest minds. Here’s a snippet of what’s to come:-

In the beautiful hills of County Mayo, Ireland, a killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice?

LJ Ross can do no wrong with great plots, characters to believe in and stories that thrill.

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