It’s time to look ahead at what literary delights 2018 has in store from old favourites and new faces. From tantalisingly dark fairytales and cultural insights from the brightest minds to rib-tickling, light romance, here are ten books to put on your reading list..
The Only Story by Julian Barnes, £11.89 |
No one does quiet, mournful reflection like Barnes, and
The Only Story is no different. It charts the romantic life of Paul, from teens to middle age, with insight and truth.
The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg, £11.62 |
Mallory Ortberg has put a darkly playful spin on a host of classic fairy tales, based on a feature popular on her celebrated site The Toast.
The Merry Spinster updates these traditional stories with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief. Fans of The Bloody Chamber look no further.
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris, £19.51 |
Jasper has synaesthesia, which means his senses are all muddled up, painting his world in colours no one else can see. One night, he discovered a new colour – the colour of murder. One for fans of Mark Haddon’s modern classic
The Curious Incident…
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse, £17.60 |
There’s a lot of excitement bubbling around Mosse’s return to historical fiction. Set in 1500s south of France,
The Burning Chambers has all you could want: fiery love and betrayal, war and adventure, conspiracy and mysteries. Not to be missed.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes, £10 |
Amazon Me Before You was a much-loved romance turned big-screen hit. Still Me – the third instalment in the series – catches up with Lou as she gears up for a new life in New York filled with hope and ready for an adventure. But soon a host of obstacles come her way – not least how to keep her relationship alive across thousands of miles.
Not That Bad ed. by Roxane Gay, £11.96 |
Gay is a powerful, inspiring voice whose
Difficult Women was one of our stand-out books of 2017. She shows no sign of slowing down, now editing Not That Bad, an anthology of essays that look at how woman can respond to a world in which they are routinely “belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted [and] bullied”.
by Akwaeke Emezi, £15.60 | Amazon
Emezi’s stunningly original debut novel is told from four distinct perspectives, all located in the mind of one girl – Ada – whose personality shatters following a traumatic event. A fascinating, dangerous tale told with magnificent style.
Feel Free by Zadie Smith, £13.60 |
Smith is one of the best-beloved authors of her generation, as last year’s
Swing Time proved. Feel Free brings together her keen wit and piercing eye in a collection on essays surveying important recent events in a vibrant clash of the personal and the political. What is Facebook really about? Why do we love libraries? Reading Smith’s insight promises to be a joy.
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch, £11.89 |
Amazon Brit(ish) is a ground-breaking look at everyday racism in modern Britain – a nation Hirsch compellingly argues is in denial about its past and present. An important book about the British tendency to awkwardly avoid the subject of race and an urgent call for a shift in perspective.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, £11.93 |
Newly married, burgeoning artist Celestial things she has her life nicely tied up until her husband Roy is convicted out of the blue for a crime he didn’t commit. As the years pass, she finds herself unmoored in her ghost of a marriage, which becomes only more challenging when Roy is released.
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