Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joseph Sumner – I know very little about this book. But I do know that it’s a graphic memoir from the author of two of the best novels of recent times. And that her very talented illustrator friend will be drawing the pictures. And that is has something to do with sharks. That’s enough for me.
Reservoir by Jon McGregor – Another one that excites more because of the writer than anything we know about the actual book. But this is Jon McGregor. It will, like his previous four books, be beautiful and brutal and brilliant and some other words that don’t begin with B. It’ll probably be the best book of the bloody year.
The Fireman by Joe Hill – Hill’s last novel saw him step into the universe created by his father, Stephen King. The Fireman will feature a world at threat from a deadly virus. The Stand, anyone? Expect this to be another forward step in an exciting career.
The Way Things Were by Aatish Taseer – Given that The Booker Prize seems so keen on shortlisting novels about Indian history, don’t be surprised to see this one in the running next year. Focusing on a Delhi family from the 70s to the 90s, let’s hope this is more The God of Small Things than The Lives of Others. Taseer’s previous work suggests it will be.
All Involved by Ryan Gattis – Gattis has received some attention for his work so far, but many are predicting that All Involved will take him to the big leagues. Is that because of the writing? Or is it because the novel focuses on the infamous case of the Rodney King beating? Hopefully both.
Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman –There’s a fair bit of buzz around this one. Born out of a Shelley and Byron esque weekend in the Peak District, this graphic novel uses watercolour, digital art, photography, collage, and illustration to investigate how growing up kills our inner artist. It’s going to be a beauty.
At Hawthorn Time by Mellissa Harrison – If this is even half as good as Clay, Harrison’s 2013 debut, it’ll be a book of the year contender. It seems to follow similar themes of intersecting lives and the effect of community, and it’ll undoubtedly feature the same fantastic prose and sense of foreboding.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig – Despite mixed feelings on his fiction and his tweets, I can’t exaggerate how important this book could be. Haig almost killed himself at age 24 – depression had become too much and a cliff face came close to tempting him. But he survived. Here, he’ll talk about that – and he’ll talk about depression in general. There’s still a huge stigma around the subject, especially in young men. If this can cause even one person to open up, it’ll be a success.
The Green Road by Anne Enright – The Booker winner returns with her first novel in a few years. Her back catalogue is a mixed bag, but this dark family drama set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast has all the makings of her better books.
Scorper by Rob Magnuson Smith – Billed as a ‘tale of twitching curtains, severed hands, and peculiar sexual practices’ with ‘added bird bones,’ Smith’s second novel sounds like it could live up to the promise of his first.
Coming up in part four tomorrow: new JD Salinger! new Miranda July! new Dave Eggers! new Alan Moore! plus lots of other good stuff!