The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Indie Books of the Month for September announced

01/09/2023
The Booksellers Association has today announced The The Turnglass by Gareth Rubin as Fiction Book of the Month, and Tapper Watson and the Quest for the Nemo Machine by Claire Fayers as Children’s Book of the Month for September.
 
Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting The Turnglass and Tapper Watson and the Quest for the Nemo Machine throughout September on social media and in-store. The Booksellers Association will be supporting the promotion of the Indie Books of the Month through social media and promotional material.

Stuart Turton meets The Magpie Murders in Gareth Rubin’s The Turnglass – an immersive and unique story for fans of clever crime fiction. It's a tête-bêche novel, beloved of nineteenth-century bookmakers. It's a book that is two books: two intertwined stories printed back-to-back. As you open the book, the first novella begins, only to end at the middle of the book. When you flip the book over, head to tail, you can read the second story in the opposite direction. The Turnglass is published by Simon & Schuster on 31 August and is available to buy in bookshops now.
 
Gareth Rubin said: "What worlds we find in independent bookshops! What seas! What horizons! They are an author's dream. Places where you can discover and be discovered!"
 
Tapper Watson is just an ordinary Erisean boy who loves adventure stories. But when one of his sixty-seven cousins sends him away on a smugglers’ submarine through the River Lethe to other worlds, he just wants to go home again. On an unscheduled visit to Earth he meets Fern Shakespeare and a talking plant called Morse, and their adventures begin. But chased through worlds by a pair of trigger-happy lobster mobsters in search of the mysterious Nemo Machine, Tapper begins to realise that he might not be so ordinary after all… A joyous and wildly imaginative mash-up of Greek myth and science-fiction, Tapper Watson and the Quest for the Nemo Machine is filled with extraordinary worlds and characters. Tapper Watson and the Quest for the Memo Machine is published by Firefly Press on 7 September and is available to pre-order from bookshops now.
 
Claire Fayers said: “Indie bookshops are community hubs: places of inspiration and inclusivity, reaching out beyond their walls and bringing people together through a shared love of stories. Shopping in an indie means a warm welcome, shelves full of reading treasures, and a chance to support your local community.”
 
The Indie Book of the Month titles are selected by panels of booksellers from publisher submissions. The Children’s panel for September comprised members from Owl & Pyramid; How Brave is the Wren; Nantwich Bookshop; Four Bears Books; Padstow Bookseller and Wonderland Bookshop. The Fiction panel were from Small City Bookshop; City Books; Goldstone Books and The Berwyn Bookshop.
 
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