2014 was a fantastic year for new books by some of my favourite authors including ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage‘ by Haruki Murakami, ‘The Paying Guests‘ by Sarah Waters, ‘Us‘ by David Nicholls and ‘The Book of Strange New Things‘ by Michel Faber. 2015 is also shaping up to be a bumper year for long-awaited new novels from both established authors and debut novelists alike. Here are the ones to watch in 2015:
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson isn’t exactly a sequel to ‘Life After Life‘ which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2013 but will be more of a companion novel focusing on Ursula Todd’s younger brother, Teddy. Due out in May, it hasn’t been confirmed yet if Teddy will live his life several times over like Ursula.
The Buried Giant will be Kazuo Ishiguro‘s first novel in a decade since ‘Never Let Me Go’ is due out in March. Set in a post-Arthurian Britain, it seems likely it will be just as mindbending as ‘The Unconsoled‘.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is tipped to be this year’s ‘Gone Girl’ and I will be posting my review later this month. Other debut novels to watch this year include The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer and Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. I’m particularly intrigued by Disclaimer by Renee Knight which tells the story of a woman who starts reading a novel about a day in her own life twenty years ago.
Following the publication of a short story ‘The Strange Library’ in November, retranslations of two early novels by Haruki Murakami will make an appearance this autumn. Pinball,1973 and Hear the Wind Sing have both been out of print in English since the 1980s and original copies currently change hands for hundreds of pounds on eBay.
For crime fiction fans, the third novel Camille in the Camille Verhoeven trilogy by Pierre Lemaitre will also be out this spring. When ‘The Silkworm‘ was published last year, it was revealed that the third instalment of the Cormoran Strike series Robert Galbraith should be on its way soon. There hasn’t been any official confirmation from Little, Brown Book Group yet but hopefully this will make an appearance this year.
A date also hasn’t been confirmed yet for The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel to conclude her Thomas Cromwell trilogy but it is widely expected to be published next autumn.
Other novels by established names include family saga A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler out in February and Purity by Jonathan Franzen about a girl in search of her father’s identity. The novel will be out next autumn and reportedly moves away from Franzen’s usual realist style. Zadie Smith will also be back with a new novel Out of Place this summer.
Which books are you looking forward to reading in 2015 (new or old)?