Best new books: October 2021
It’s October, which means autumn leaves, black opaques, Halloween parties … and a reading list worth staying in for. In this month’s non-fiction, two inspirational memoirs take us backstage at RuPaul’s Drag Race and New York City Ballet respectively, while Paul Morley’s biography of Tony Wilson recalls the heyday of the Haçienda. We have literary novels from prize-winning authors Sarah Hall and Elizabeth Strout, and a final thriller from John le Carré, published ten months after his death. Oh, and something that’s bound to crop up on many a Christmas list: a design book by Matt Gibberd, co-founder of The Modern House.