ORIGIN, BY DAN BROWN October
The fifth instalment of the Robert Langdon series may not have the impact of The Da Vinci Code, but it’s sure to add a few digits to the 100 million books the American author has already sold. It all kicks off when our hero visits the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and encounters an inventor who may be about to change the world. Cue the unleashing of dark forces and more religious conpiracies that force Langdon to flee to Barcelona.
IN THE MIDST OF WINTER Isabel Allende, October 31
Isabel Allende is now 75, but her fiction releases still cause a stir across the world. You won’t have to dig deep to spot aspects of her own life in this novel, as one of the main protagonists is a courageous Chilean journalist. The author has experienced plenty of pain through the years, but she wrote recently on her website how her reflections are mostly positive: “I look back at my life and feel satisfied because few days went by without me at least trying to make a difference.”