An exciting autumn of publishing at Penguin Random House

This autumn sees the release of some of our biggest books of 2019 – from some of this year’s most highly anticipated novels to thought-provoking non-fiction 

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With the summer now behind us, we are gearing up for an exciting autumn of book launches across each our eight publishing houses. 

We want all readers, everywhere, to find something for them on our list: from Margaret Atwood’s hotly-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, to the next instalment in Philip Pullman’s spell-binding Book of Dust trilogy; and the brilliant Zadie Smith’s first ever collection of short stories, to Jung Chang’s gripping history of three women who shaped twentieth-century China.

Here we bring together some of the very best new books we are publishing this autumn, which we hope will inspire, enthral and engage readers of all ages.

New fiction from some of the biggest and best-loved names in writing

This autumn sees new books from some of the best-loved contemporary British writers – from one of the greatest chroniclers of our age, John Le Carré (Agent Running in the Field) to bestselling authors Jojo Moyes (The Giver of Stars), Robert Harris (The Second Sleep) and Zadie Smith (Grand Union). Hero Jack Reacher returns in Lee Child’s latest thriller, Blue Moon, whilst Elizabeth Strout, described time again as one of America’s finest writers, introduces readers to the story of Olive Kitteridge in Olive, Again. Margaret Atwood brings the iconic story in The Handmaid’s Tale to a dramatic conclusion in her riveting and highly-anticipated sequel, The Testaments.

Topical, thought-provoking non-fiction from leading global commentators

A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson’s newest book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant guide to understanding the miracle of the human body. Simon Sinek applies game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-lasting success in The Infinite Game, whilst Stuart Russell explores the threat posed by artificial intelligence in Human Compatible. This season’s historical must-reads are Jung Chang’s Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister and The Brothers York: An English Tragedy by Thomas Penn. Britain’s best-loved travel writer, Michael Palin gives readers a glimpse into the world’s most secretive country, North Korea, whilst Gary Lineker and Danny Baker share their experiences about what life in football is really like. Meanwhile, we also have new cookery books from Rick Stein, Cerys Matthews and Jamie Oliver also published across the season.

Fascinating memoirs and biographies

We are given exclusive access into the lives of two of the music industry’s biggest superstars with Wham! George & Me by Andrew Ridgeley and Prince’s exquisite memoir, The Beautiful Ones, featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets. From one of Britain’s most popular comedians, Russell Kane, comes a hilarious and deeply moving memoir of life with his father, Son of a Silverback; and Tyson Fury tells the extraordinary story of his rise and fall, and rise again, in his new autobiography, Behind the Mask. Recently rediscovered after seventy years, Renia's Diary is already being described as a classic of Holocaust literature, writen by Renia Spiegel - a young Jewish girl living in Poland in 1939. And Charles Moore publishes the third part of his biography of Britain's most important peacetime prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, in Herself Alone - Margaret Thatcher: The Authorised Biography.

Enchanting tales for younger readers

We have magical seasonal tales from Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton, who bring out a new bedtime adventure for little ones in Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn’s Christmas, whilst Tom Fletcher’s The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch is an enchanting read for all the family. The wait for fans of Philip Pullman is finally over with the publication of The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two, which sees the return of Lyra Belacqua as a twenty-year-old student in Oxford. Other exciting publications are Frostheart by Jamie Littler, a rip-roaring adventure set in a far-away land, and It's Not OK to Feel Blue (And Other Lies), a new anthology of essays from inspirational people on mental health, curated by Scarlett Curtis.

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