Sloane Square is already awash with rusty-colored leaves on the ground and there’s a chilly fog hanging over the River Thames on those crisp, sunny mornings in London town. Halloween will be here before we know it, we’re snuggling in our chunky fisherman sweaters at Sloanie HQ, and Starbucks is already doing a roaring trade in Spiced Pumpkin Lattes both sides of the pond. Yep, fall is well and truly upon us. This time of year is all about cosy comfy style and hibernating a little after the revelry of the summer months, so there’s no better time than now to stock up on some good reads for your nightstand or Kindle. Here are a couple of our favorite books to snuggle down with this fall:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
If you haven’t read this yet WHERE EXACTLY HAVE YOU BEEN?! With a blockbuster movie out already starring Ben Affleck and Sloanie Brit Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl is a thriller like no other that kept us up reading way into the small hours by torchlight on many a night. Nick Dunne is married to beautiful and witty Amy, but their marriage isn’t all that it seems. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy suddenly disappears – seemingly, without trace. We loved the way this novel kept us guessing right up until the end. Disturbing, thought-provoking and thoroughly gripping from start to finish.
The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy
This is one for keen history lovers and those who enjoy delving into novels of letters and diary entries. From the late 19th century many of Britain’s most eligible Sloanie bachelors travelled to Colonial India to work as soldiers and businessmen. Thousands of young British women soon followed in their wake, shipped out to India to find themselves a husband due to a lack of ‘good men’ in London. These women were known as The Fishing Fleet. Fast forward to the early twentieth century and India was a hectic social hub of dinners, dances, dates and picnics – all in the name of matchmaking. This is a tale of many voices, created out of unpublished memoirs, diaries and letters rescued from dusty trunks and attics all over the world. A vivid evocation of a vintage bygone age.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
From the author who brought us The Secret History comes her latest masterpiece and the perfect novel for losing yourself in on a gray-skied day. The story follows the trials and tribulations of Theo, whose life is changed forever in more ways than one as a result of a terrorist attack on a gallery he is visiting in New York City. What follows is a richly textured tale of love, family and friendship; of loss, of art and of learning. Deeply gritty at times and positively glowing with simple beauty in others, this is one of those novels that makes you look at things a little differently forever afterwards.
What’s on your fall reading list, Sloanies? Share your top tips below or Tweet us your fave titles for fall.