Six books everyone is reading this autumn

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Looking for a great book to snuggle up with this autumn? Over in What we're reading, Mumsnetters are always sharing recommendations for the best books to read. Here's a selection of the books everyone's reading right now

1. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Amazon, from £6.99

“Can completely see why this one made the Booker longlist. A beautifully crafted tale, an unexpected love story set against the backdrop of the 1800s Indian Wars, and American Civil War.”

“I really enjoyed this. I did find the narrator's Huck Finn-esque voice jarred a bit, and twice I lost the thread of the narrative (and wasn't completely clear even on rereading). But overall, it was really well done.”

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2. Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Amazon, from £6.29

“I am bowled over by the writing.”

“It's a book about spies in the Cold War era but very focused on the relationships between the protagonists so it's not at all like your typical 'espionage-style' book. I think Dunmore is a clever writer – she is very subtle. She manages to convey so many sentiments in a few carefully crafted sentences.”

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3. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Amazon, from £9.99

“Gentle and joyous comfort reading. Read the whole series while on maternity leave with my first son, and used to watch the TV series with my lovely grandad, who was a farmer. You need to read books like this every now and then – balm for the soul.”

“The memoirs of a newly qualified country vet in the 1930s. More fun than it sounds, and twice as messy. Really warm and gentle. The book equivalent of a hot bath.”

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4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Amazon, from £2.00

“I really loved The Hate U Give – finished it a couple of weeks ago and I still find myself thinking about it.”

“I really loved this one. I thought it was very convincingly written, never dragged, and was a really important read, without ever preaching.”

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5. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Amazon, from £8.99

“Absolutely amazing. Heartbreaking, beautifully written. Nothing else I could say would do justice to this book.”

“It is a devastating masterpiece.”

“All Quiet was a library loan that I immediately went out and bought because I know I'll read it again and again. The quality of the writing is phenomenal.”

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6. The North Water by Ian McGuire

Amazon, from £8.99

“A 19th century whaling journey into the frozen north was never going to be delicate or genteel, but this book tests the limits of depravity, grimness and desperation. Despite this, the brilliant writing actually made this a real page-turner. I don't quite understand how a book so repulsive could be so outstanding, but it was.”

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What we're reading at MNHQ…

Ursula – Mumsnet Books team

“I've just finished Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney ( Amazon, £10.49 ). The honesty and possibility in the writing really drew me in and I'm tired and grumpy today because I stayed up late to finish it. I felt like I really recognised the characters- they're so human! They do stupid things and make mistakes and can't really explain why except that they're driven by passion – from love, anger, youth, fear and friendship.”

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