- All the Light That We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Anthony Doerr’s last collection of short stories, Memory Wall, blew us away – that’s BLEW. US. AWAY! – and so of course we expect great things from him new collection – GREAT. THINGS! If you’ve yet to dabble you all have a couple of months in which to play catch up. Off you go.
- Sally Heathcote Suffragette by Bryan and Mary Talbot and Kate Charlesworth – The powerhouse combination that is Bryan and Mary Talbot is back – you’ll remember them from the terrific graphic novel they wrote together earlier this year, The Dotter of her Father’s Eyes. – only this time they have added Kate Charlesworth into the mix. We are promised a ‘gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women’. Where do we sign up?
- A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin – Another novelist who, we feel, should have been massive a heck of a lot sooner (hello! Tideland!!), Cullin is back with a novel that already has a movie adaptation on the way. This time he takes on Michael Chabon and looks to write the final days of Sherlock. In the Death Match will The Final Solution take the plaudits – or A Slight Trick of the Mind? We know who our money is on…
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris – ‘Paul O’Rourke, 40 year-old slightly curmudgeonly dentist, runs a thriving practice in New York. Yet he is discovering he needs more in his life than a steady income and the perfect mochaccino. But what? As Paul tries to work out the meaning of life, a Facebook page and Twitter account appear in his name. What’s at first an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something more frightening: the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the man in the flesh. Who is doing this and will it cost Paul his sanity?’ Sounds good to us. Oy, Penguin. Send us a copy please!
- The Message by Naomi Klein – Or ‘what climate change is telling us about how our species must evolve’. After the powerful anti-corporate message of The Shock Doctrine, Klein is getting all eco on our ass. New Naomi Klein is event worthy.
- In the Approaches by Nicola Barker – Set in 1984, ” which seems almost as distantly located in the past as Orwell’s was in the future”, Barker’s 10th novel offers “a captivating glimpse of something more shocking than any dystopia – the possibility of faith.” We’ll see eh?
- The Devon Mystery by Ian Sansom – We know that we here at Bookmunch towers can be Ian Sansom bores at times but the truth is, we have loved everything he has done since Ring Road. He can’t put a foot wrong and his most recent novel The Norfolk Mystery was so erudite, so amusing, so different from what has gone before (whilst still retaining that Sansomian zinginess – like an Ian Sansom book wearing a Mission Impossible style disguise) that we’ll be camping outside Waterstones on the eve of publication (or loitering at the postbox waiting for the review copy at any rate…)
- Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakani – It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a new Murakami novel in translation in 2014* but this might be the next best thing. Listen to this: ‘Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally to share food and drink sake, and as the seasons pass – from spring cherry blossom to autumnal mushrooms – Tsukiko and Sensei come to develop a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love. Perfectly constructed, funny, and moving, Strange Weather in Tokyo is a tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance.’ Sounds good eh?
- Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – Another riff on the tale TC Boyle told in The Tortilla Curtain, Book of Unknown Americans concerns a family called the Riveras, who leave Mexico after their daughter suffers a near fatal accident, settling in America but confounded by a world in which every task seems to confront them with language, racial, and cultural obstacles. Colour us intrigued…
- We Live in Water by Jess Walter – Another writer we have followed for a wee while (Bookmunch even commissioned Jess twice to appear in some of the unpopular books we like to publish from time to time – and one of those stories appears here, taken straight from the pages of The Flash – we even get mentioned in the acknowledgements – which is always nice), We Live in Water is a collection of stories. If it’s half as good as Beautiful Ruins, which was one of THE books of 2013 in case it slipped your attention, it will be awesome.
Tomorrow: Part 3 of 50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2014 brings us new Sarah Waters, new Charles Burns, new Hanif Kureishi and an intriguing book about Philip Roth by Claudia Roth Pierpont…
* Which just goes to show what I know! Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami is due in August 2014