50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2016 (Part 5)


  1. Patience, Daniel Clowes’ first new graphic novel in almost half a decade is “an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.” We are very VERY excited about this one.
  2. “Jeffrey Lockhart’s father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say “an uncertain farewell” to her as she surrenders her body.” This is all we know about Zero K, the new Don DeLillo, due out in May 2016. But you know: it’s the new Don DeLillo. We could just write that. A new Don DeLillo doesn’t need much to make it appealing.
  3. Another highly anticipated book by one of our absolute favourites: The Terranauts by TC Boyle is (according to author on his website) “causing a preliminary stir, though it won’t be offered round till after the Holidays.” We don’t know much about it beyond the fact that it clocks in “at a nice svelte 429 pages”, it’s a “tumultuous and grimly comedic novel”, and it “is a book with three first-person narrators”. Lastly, “(BTW: does this sound like a sci-fi title? Well, it is, but not really, as you will eventually see.)”  We are big fans of T Coraghessan and we will lap this up like a thirsty cat laps up milk.
  4. Ron Rash’s sixth novel Above the Waterfall “is the story of Sheriff Les Clary. A man on the verge of retirement, he is plunged into deep and dangerous waters by one final case. A case that will draw him to the lyrical beauty of his surroundings and, in doing so, force him to come to terms with his own past.” We’ve had a bit of up and down with Rash in the past, but the highs are certainly captivating enough to draw us in for this one too.
  5. Our Tamim has already made it from one side to the other of The High Mountains of Portugal the latest by Yann Martel and early reports are that this tale of a young man named Tomás who discovers an old journal in Lisbon in 1904 is far more of a Life of Pi than a Beatrice and Virgil, so it would seem that this is one that Martel fans can look forward to…
  6. It may be that you don’t share our love for CJ Box but we don’t care. He should be a household name, he should be outselling the likes of Lee Child about 10 to 1, his Joe Pockett series is one of our most reliable pleasures and we genuinely don’t care what you think (sticks out tongue). Off the Grid centres on Joe’s mate Nate and a promise by some elite sorts to expunge his record in return for one last job. It takes precisely nothing away from the book to know that Nate is probably in for a hard time and the elite sorts are probably villainous.
  7. The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes’s first novel since his Booker-winning The Sense of an Ending, is a story “about the collision of Art and Power, about human compromise, human cowardice and human courage,” which centres on “a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return”. We have a Netgalley proof on the old Kindle as we speak and we’ll have a review up in time for publication in January.
  8. Another highly anticipated graphic novel from the husband and wife (or should that be wife and husband) team responsible for The Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette), Bryan and Mary Talbot. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia “chronicles the incredible and outrageous life of Louise Michel, the revolutionary feminist dubbed ‘The Red Virgin of Montmartre’. A utopian dreamer, notorious anarchist, teacher, orator and poet, she was decades ahead of her time.”
  9. Like a great many people, we were saddened to learn of the death of Henning Mankell earlier this year and we are sure his memoir, which engages with the cancer that eventually killed him, is unlikely to cheer us up much, but we will read Quicksand, we are sure, as if we were drowning in it.
  10. And last but by no means least: Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving. There was a time when we loved John Irving, when he was one of our favourites, when we read and re-read and often re-read again, a third and a fourth time. At some point, we grew apart and then we tried to reconcile and it’s been a bit of a rocky road this last few years, enduring the likes of Until I Find You to get to Last Night in Twisted River. The story – “what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past – in Mexico – collides with his future” – makes us nervous (don’t be as bad as Until I Find You, don’t be as bad as Until I Find you), but provided Doubleday send us a copy we will review as honestly as we are able.


Look out for the full list of our 50 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2016 list tomorrow. Or read the previous 4 parts of our 50 books list (here, here, here and here). And let us know, in the comments, the books you are looking forward to 🙂


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