50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2015 (Part 4 brought to you by Peter Wild again)


Miranda July’s first novel, The First Bad Man, arrives on a positive wave of adulation from the likes of AM Homes, Dave Eggers, George Saunders Dana Spiotta, Chris Ware and Lena Dunham, among others. We loved her short story collection No-one Belongs Here More Than You, didn’t quite get along with her odd, slightly indulgent bit of nonfiction It Chooses You but are keen to see what she’s done here…

We loved Wildwood, we loved Under Wildwood and I expect we’ll love the third and final part of Decemberist Colin Meloy’s Wildwood Imperium. We’ve been looking forward to this one ever since we included it in Books We’re Looking Forward to… last year. That anticipation is at fever pitch now. Get with the copies, Canongate!!

“For almost twenty years, Dave Eggers has been travelling widely and chronicling his interactions with the countries and people he has encountered during his journey across continents. Visitants is his first collection of travel writing, one that spans his entire career and includes pieces on Sudan, China and a dozen other destinations.” Is it too much too hope for a book as engaging as Denis Johnson’s Seek?

Ostensibly a sequel to Neonomicon, Providence has already been described by Alan Moore as “starting from – if Lovecraft’s characters, if Lovecraft’s monsters, if Lovecraft’s locales actually existed in A Real World, then what would they really be like, and what would the world be like?”  A graphic novel that involves more research than Moore has done since From Hell, already drawing comparisons with the likes of Watchmen, this is one for comics buffs to be very, very excited about.

Although we couldn’t dig up much in the way of info (beyond the fact it’s being published by Sceptre in the UK), Aussie writer Steve Toltz, who wrote the epic A Fraction of the Whole some years ago, is back with his second novel Quicksilver in 2015.  We didn’t quite agree with all of the Confederacy of Dunces’ comparisons dumped on his debut but it was still a corker. So we’ve got high, high hopes for this one.

Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction-stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013 – as well as ‘Black Dog’, a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods.

It wouldn’t be a Books We’re Looking Forward to… list without at least one new Stephen King book (and we already know that there may be another, a collection of short stories before the year end) but Finders Keepers returns to the world of Mr Mercedes, and specifically the car ploughing into a crowd that kicked off that book. King promises this to be the second in a trilogy…

We’re big fans of Sonic Youth here at Bookmunch towers and we are keen as all hell to see what shape Kim Gordon’s memoir Girl in a Band will take.

We know that there are a body of JD Salinger books waiting in the wings and we’ve been promised that they will be published over the course of the next five years – starting in 2015. Will we get the spy novel? The Holden Caulfield stories? The Glass family omnibus? Or… uhm… the meditation book? (Publishers, if you’re listening, you’re welcome to save the meditation book to last.) Whichever we get, we’ve been waiting a looooooooooooooooooong time for this.

Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel Purity has been described as both ‘a multigenerational epic’ and ‘a departure for the author’. We’ll see if the story of Purity Tyler, a young woman searching for her father, moving from America today to South America and East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, proves to be the case…


Coming up in the fifth and final part of BWLFTI2015: new Hilary Mantel! new Kelly Link! new Sarah Hall! new China Mieville! and more!


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