This post is inspired by the excellent list produced on Bookmunch. I have always been frustrated by how difficult it can be to cobble together a list of books released in the future so am delighted that someone has already done the hard work and saved me the hassle! I have simply added three additional titles, and some comment to the ones I am particularly excited about.
- The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
- The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner
- Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor
- The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman does my head in at times, with his endless hatred of C.S. Lewis and his militant hit-you-over-the-head-with-it atheism. But he remains a wonderful storyteller and any new book from him promises a wonderful adventure. Billed as being particularly aimed at those who know their gospels (which I don't!), I'm nonetheless looking forward to learning something more about a subject (theology) which I find endlessly fascinating but can easily become dense and dull. Basically, Pullman is doing what I wish everyone would do: putting non-fiction into fiction, so that my impatient brain can take it in and enjoy the process at the same time.
Bring on April!
- Naming the Bones by Louise Walsh
- Known to Evil by Walter Mosley
- Monster 1959 by David Maine
- Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
- It Feels So Good When I Stop by Joe Pernice
- Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- Nemesis by Philip Roth
- Wild Child by TC Boyle
- Three Days Before the Shooting by Ralph Ellison
- Solar by Ian McEwan
I was lucky enough to hear Ian McEwan reading from this in June of this year, and it is genuinely very funny. I was in a horrible mood going into the talk, but somewhere in the almost campus-novel comedy of his reading, my perception of Ian McEewan as a 'serious' writer was blown completely out of the water. An early tip for Booker success next year, I think.
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
- Point Omega by Don DeLillo
- The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
- The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
- Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
No author reminds me why I love reading quite as well as Murakami.
- The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell
- This Party’s Got to Stop by Rupert Thomson
- Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel
Well, it's Martel's first novel since the 2002 Booker winning phenomenon that was Life of Pi. Promising another mix of fable, fantasy, and theology this is a book that will attract huge public attention whenever it is released in 2010
- All That Follows by Jim Crace
- The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle
- Little Hands Clapping by Dan Rhodes
- Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
- The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
- Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
- Castle J Robert Lennon
- Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
- The Canal by Lee Rourke
- Canada by Richard Ford
- The Leaping by Tom Fletcher
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Not published here until Spring 2010, I am hoping that one of the many lovely people I know in the states might see fit to send it to me for Christmas this year (hint hint, wink wink!)
- King Death by Toby Litt
- Light Boxes by Shane Jones
- The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
- The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Simm by Jonathan Coe
- The News Where You Are by Catherine O’Flynn
- The Greek Affair by Simon Van Booy
- Nazi Literature in the Americas – Roberto Bolano
- Rupture by Simon Lelic
- The Art of Pho by Julian Hanshaw
- George Sprott by Seth
- Taurus by Joseph Smith (author of The Wolf)
- The Widow’s Tale by Mick Jackson
- The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan
- In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
- Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
The Sequal to Haround and the Sea of Stories, Luka promises another fable on the power of stories, and a life-affirming quest for life and passion. Published in October 2010 by Jonathan Cape, CCV publisher Dan Franklin has described it as “brilliant... as good as [Philip Pullman’s] Northern Lights”. I'm a huge Rushdie fan, next October can't come soon enough for me now.
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
The final part of Patrick Ness's excuisite Chaos Walking trilogy, Monsters of Men promises another morally nuanced and occasionally disturbing tale of Todd and Viola, not to mention the very fate of New World itself.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the most exciting and thrilling young adult novel I have read in many years and The Ask and the Answer was a worthy sequal. Told in a gritty acerbic voice, and shot through with moments of utter beauty, Chaos Walking will be a classic trilogy read for many many years to come.
- Ellipsis by Nikki Dudley