From Tom Hanks' debut as an author to a modern spin on King Lear, this season's fiction reads have plenty to offer. Here, seven books you need to add to your reading list.


When asked to pen a blurb for his pal Tom Hanks' first work of fiction, comedian and fellow author Steve Martin offered the following assessment: "It turns out that Tom Hanks is also a wise and hilarious writer with an endlessly surprising mind. Damn it." This month, Hanks, 61, a two-time Oscar winner and avid typewriter enthusiast – he owns more than 100 and created a typewriter-themed smartphone app – enters the literary fray, much to Martin's dismay, with the short story collection Uncommon Type, wherein each tale involves a typewriter.

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