Because of National Poetry Day October always sees a bumper crop of new poetry. Don Paterson and Sean O'Brien join forces to bring us Train Songs; the Poet Laureate pairs new poems with old in 1914: Poetry Remembers; Daljit Nagra gives us a new Ramayana; and we welcome a new Forward Poetry compilation. More in Poetry.
Collected together for the first time, the stories in Edna O'Brien's The Love Object dazzle and bewitch. Another great exponent of shorter fiction is Sarah Hall, who continues to earn plaudits for The Beautiful Indifference. Other fiction highlights include David Peace's imperious Red or Dead. More in Fiction.
'Liam McIlvanney's shows himself to be in the same league as his illustrious compatriots'. By comparing him to the likes of Ian Rankin and Denise Mina, Marcel Berlins puts the author of the Conway Trilogy in the company he deserves. There's new books too from Peter Leonard and Adam Creed. More in Crime.
Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? These and many other puzzlers are answered in Marcus Chown's fun and informative What a Wonderful World. Also published: Afterliff, a cycling supremo's memoir, the story of Wikileaks, Graham Farmelo on Churchill's Bomb, and the story of HBO's smash-hits. More Non-fiction.
Looking in-depth across six decades and not just at isolated scenes and eras, Bob Stanley's Yeah Yeah Yeah is an 800-page long player, benefitting from his encyclopedic knowledge. Great experience is lent also to Michael Blakemore's Stage Blood, Nicolas Roeg's The World is Ever Changing, and Alfred Brendel's A Pianist's A-Z. More in Music, Stage & Screen.