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5 books to read in October: From Tom Hanks’ short stories to Nawazuddin’s memoir

If you love reading books, there’s a lot to look forward to in October. Here are the books that have got us excited.

books Updated: Oct 01, 2017 08:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
An Ordinary Life: A Memoir,Nawazuddin Siddiqui,Rituparna Chatterjee
Here’s our list of books to watch out for in October.(Shutterstock)

Dan Brown returns with Robert Langdon’s latest adventure, Philip Pullman to the world of Lyra Belacqua in La Belle Sauvage. Two actors try their hand at storytelling – Nawazuddin Siddiqui through nonfiction and Tom Hanks with short stories. Insta-poet Rupi Kaur brings out another collection. If you love reading books, there’s a lot to look forward to in October. Here are the books that have got us excited:

An Ordinary Life: A Memoir by Nawazuddin Siddiqui with Rituparna Chatterjee

How did a boy with ordinary looks from a family of farmers in a small town in Uttar Pradesh become one of the most sought-after actors in Bollywood? Nawazuddin, who graduated from the National School of Drama in 1996, got his first big break in films only in 2010 with Peepli Live. His memoir tells the story of his struggle. The actor is known for his simplicity and candidness, and one expects or hopes to get the same from his autobiography.

Origin by Dan Brown

Professor Robert Langdon returns for yet another globe-trotting adventure in Dan Brown’s newest novel Origin. Edmond Kirsch, a billionaire computer scientist and futurist, also Langdon’s former student, is on the verge of making an announcement that would shatter the foundations of world religions. If the initial excerpts are anything to go by, Origin promises to be a page-turner.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Actor Tom Hanks’s debut book is inspired by his love for typewriters (he owns over a 100). Each of the 17 stories that make Uncommon Type features one. The subjects of the stories range from time travel, space travel, love, friendship to immigration, war and the trauma it entails. His first-ever short story Alan Bean Plus Four, which was published in The New Yorker in 2014, is also part of this collection. Will the Oscar-winning actor prove to be as good a writer? We shall soon find out.

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

For fans of Philip Pullman and his fantasy fiction trilogy His Dark Materials, this is a much-awaited book. Twenty-two years after Northern Lights was first published in 1995, Pullman is back with what he calls an ‘equel’ – a companion trilogy. The first book in the trilogy titled The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage – is set 10 years before the events of His Dark Materials and centres on an 11-year-old boy called Malcolm Polstead. In this outing, Lyra is still a baby. The books that follow are set 20 years after Lyra and Will’s adventure in the Arctic.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Insta-poet Rupi Kaur’s bestselling first collection of poems Milk and Honey explored the themes of love, hurt, abuse, healing. Her simple yet powerful verse found an instant connect with millions of readers across the world. Her second poetry collection, also illustrated by Kaur, promises to be “a celebration of love in all its forms”. Written as five chapters, The Sun and Her Flowers “is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming”.

First Published: Oct 01, 2017 08:32 IST