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What I’m looking forward to reading this autumn

Autumn: cosy nights in, woolly socks, log fires (because no-one can afford to heat their houses) and a good book. Bliss!

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The Skeleton Key, Erin Kelly
Every autumn needs a gothic mystery and this one is a twisty turny treat. Right up there with Kelly's bestselling debut, The Poison Tree (Opens in a new window), The Skeleton Key riffs off the 1970s treasure hunt picture book Masquerade to tell the story of two families – the Churchers and the Lallys – perilously entwined and riven by  fame, lies and greed. (Out now.)
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The Marriage Portrait, Maggie O’Farrell
After the critical and commercial success of Hamnet (Opens in a new window)(her award-winning reimagining of the life of Agnes Hathaway aka Mrs Shakespeare) Maggie O’Farrell is on a historical roll. Based on the short life of Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, the subject of Robert Browning’s poem, My Last Duchess, in which a duke pulls back a curtain to reveal his wife’s portrait while recounting how he murdered her, The Marriage Portrait shows O’Farrell as a writer at the height of her storytelling powers. (Out now.)
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