50 Books We’re Looking Forward To in 2013 (Pt 2)

hanacHere & Now by Paul Auster and JM Coetzee

So it turns out that one of our favourites Paul Auster has been regularly communicating with double Booker winner JM Coetzee in recent years about life, the universe and everything and now we’re going to get a bit of a peak behind the door. Here & Now started out after Auster dropped Coetzee a line and said, ‘Let’s strike sparks off each other…’ Let’s see if the sparks make it all the way to the reader’s door…

Mr Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo’s latest concerns a gentleman called Barrington Jedidiah Walker, a 74 year old who leads a double life, family man on the one hand, secret homosexual on the other. The press release trumpets a tragic-comic tale of gay love. Knowing the oomph Evaristo can pack into the page, we’re expecting a lot more…

Dr Sleep by Stephen Kingdssk

The first and arguably the biggest of two Stephen King novels set for publication in 2013 – this is King’s Shining sequel, which he’s read portions of in various places and which apparently revolves around a grown-up Danny Torrance who these days works in an old folks’ home, helping those who want to go get to the other side. Not that King is reimagining Harold Shipman, mind you. Dr Sleep‘s real enemy is apparently of cadre of vampires. So very much business as usual in King Towers…

Town & Country ed by Kevin Barry

Although it looks like we won’t be getting a new book from Kevin Barry in 2013, we are being promised a Kevin Barry curated anthology of fiction, which is the next best thing in our book. What we’ll be getting here is a mixture of established names and newbies and as the last incarnation of this volume (edited by Joseph O’Connor) launched Kevin Barry himself on an unsuspecting world, we think the bar has been set pretty high…

Everland by Rebecca Hunt

First of all – we loved Rebecca Hunt’s debut, Mr Chartwell. Second of all – her new novel sounds like a TC Boyle novel (particularly San Miguel), telling as it does the tale of two trios of people, separated by a hundred years, on the same Antarctic island. Colour us very excited indeed about this one. Hunt is top of our new voices we want to hear a lot more from list…

tbmgnaThe Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam

Seems like the last ten years have been filled with New York novelists writing books about life in New York post 9/11 – but we don’t seem to have been overwhelmed by novels that aim to engage with what life was like in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11. Nadeem Aslam, who you’ll remember was nominated for the Booker Prize for Maps for Lost Lovers, is back with a book that aims to do just that.

Carnival by Rawi Hagecrh

Carnival is the latest from Cockroach author Rawi Hage and promises a ‘Carnival city [in which] there are two types of taxi drivers: the spiders and the flies. The spiders patiently wait for the calls to come. But the flies are wanderers–they roam the streets, looking for the raised flags of hands. Fly is a wanderer, raised in the circus, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying-carpet man. From his taxi he sees the world in all its carnivalesque beauty and ugliness. Hunger and injustice claw at the city, and books provide the only true shelter. And when the Carnival starts, all limits dissolve, and a gunshot goes off. . . .’

Unexploded by Alison Macleod

Ever since the very lovely Alison Macleod contributed an excellent story to our Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction inspired by The Smiths anthology, we’ve been waiting eagerly for a new un, and here it finally is. Unexploded. Set in Brighton in 1940, this is a war-time tale with a twist, as various relationships become ‘as urgent as a trembler-fuse in one of the town’s buried bombs . . .’ The literary equivalent of a big bowl of ice cream for your brain. If this doesn’t make the Booker list, we’ll impotently grumble about it!

tpotjrThe Professor of Truth by James Robertson

His novel The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, picked by Richard and Judy’s Book Club, and shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year award, and his most recent And the Land Lay Still was the winner of the Saltire Book of the Year Award 2010. So The Professor of Truth which concerns a university professor Alan Tealing’s search to get to the bottom of the Lockerbie bombings that killed his wife and daughter should be something to really get our teeth into…

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

On the surface, Louise Doughty’s seventh novel – the story of a geneticist who finds herself in hot water after having it off with a stranger in the Houses of Parliament after giving evidence to a Select Committee – sounds a bit Jodie Picoult (it ends with a courtroom drama) but we know Doughty is cut from sturdier stuff than that. It’s ‘part literary investigation of personal morality [and] part psychological thriller’ apparently. We’ll wait and see…

Look out for Part 3 of our Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2013 tomorrow – featuring the likes of Jonathan Lethem, Philip Roth, Jenn Ashworth, Nicholas Royle and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichi, among others…


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