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15 September 2016 | Lifestyle

Time flies when you're engrossed in a good book - making reading the perfect tonic to the daily commute.

Here are our five picks for new novels to keep you entertained.

'The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend' by Katarina Bivald

Page count: 384 pages

Buy: The paperback from Amazon or WH Smith, or the Kindle edition

A New York Times Bestseller and now a Richard & Judy Book Club Pick, ‘The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’ tells the story of Sara, who has never left Sweden but decides, at the age of 28, that the time has come.

So she cashes in her savings, packs her bags and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, where she sets up the town’s first bookstore.

'The Marble Collector' by Cecelia Ahern 

Page count: 384 pages

Buy: The paperback from Amazon or WH Smith, or the Kindle edition

The Marble Collector is the 12th novel from Cecelia Ahern, who – with two books adapted into films and 24m copies of her novels sold worldwide – boasts an impressive back catalogue.

This book tells the story of Sabrina Boggs, whose life is changed when she comes across a collection of her father’s belongings and is left searching for answers – as he can no longer remember his own story.

'The Chemist' by Stephenie Meyer 

Page count: 528 pages

Buy: Pre-order the hardback from Amazon or WH Smith, or the Kindle edition

Best known as the author of the internationally bestselling Twilight Series, Stephenie Meyer releases her new spy thriller novel The Chemist on November 8th.

Set to be a fast-paced read, the lead character is an ex-agent on the run from her former employers who must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

'The Light Between Oceans' by M L Stedman 

Page count: 464 pages

Buy: The paperback from Amazon or WH Smith, or the Kindle edition

Not technically a new read, as it was published in 2012 - but this novel is climbing up the fiction charts again because the cinematic adaption, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, is set for release in the autumn.

The Light Between Oceans tells the story of Tom and Isabel who, following Tom’s return from the Western Front, go to live on an isolated island, where Tom takes a job as the lighthouse keeper.

The couple are faced with a moral dilemma when, years later, a boat washes up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby – Tom wants to report it immediately, but Isabel wants to claim her as their own.

'All That Man Is' by David Szalay 

Page count: 448 pages

Buy: The hardback from Amazon or WH Smith, or the Kindle edition

One of the titles shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, All That Man Is comprises a series of short stories of nine men – including a billionaire, a bodyguard and a father-to-be – who are each at a different stage of life and away from home, striving to understand what it means to be alive, here and now. 


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