50 Books We Are Looking Forward to in the Second Half of 2016 – Part 3

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  1. Ben Lerner – the acclaimed author of Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04 – is back with his first collection of poetry, No Art. Bringing together his three volumes of poetry, along with a handful of newer poems, you can guarantee this December release will be providing a welcome stocking filler to the poetry fan in your life…
  2. Another terrific collection of short stories is heading our way in the form of The Purple Swamp Hen by Penelope Lively which features, “A dream house that is hiding something sinister; two women having lunch who share a husband; an old woman doing her weekly supermarket shop with a secret past that no one could guess; and a couple who don’t know each other at all even after fifteen years together…” amongst other things…
  3. Booker winner Aravind Adiga is back with Selection Day, which concerns Manjunath Kumar, a teenage who “knows he is good at cricket – if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling and is fascinated by the world of CSI and by curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know…”
  4. Also possibly throwing herself into the Booker melee this year is Emma Donoghue whose intriguing new book, The Wonder, is set in Ireland in the 1850s and was “inspired by numerous European and North American cases of ‘fasting girls’ between the sixteenth century and the twentieth”. What we can expect is “a psychological thriller about a child’s murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes…”
  5. Another timely slice of nonfiction in the shape of Walls Come Tumbling Down which “charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain’s musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and ‘the political persuasion of musicians was as important as the songs they sang’.” Let’s hope people read this and good things start to happen again eh?
  6. We’ve been quietly following Cynan Jones for a while now (see our review of Everything I Found on the Beach) and we’re excited to get our hands on Cove which concerns a man who is struck by lightning and piques our interest in the same way that Paul Kingsnorth’s Beast did. High hopes for this one. High hopes.
  7. And while we are talking about Paul Kingsnorth, he has blurbed the latest book from Benjamin Myers  (whose Pig Iron did so well a wee while ago). “Benjamin Myers is the master of English rural noir, and with Turning Blue, he has created a whole new genre: folk crime. I don’t read many crime novels, but this one is by turns gripping, ghastly and unputdownable. I’m already looking forward to the sequel.”
  8. “Adrien Bosc’s magnetic debut novel [Constellation] is a memorial to an air disaster that happened half a century ago. But it is also a love song to the forgotten lives that every tragedy scatters around it like so much debris, and a poignant investigation into the nature of collective tragedy.”
  9. If you’re looking for “a pitch perfect rendering of Dublin today and yesterday” (according to Paul Murray) you’ll want to check out the chunky debut from Mia Gallagher called Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland. Could be 2016’s Glorious Heresies is what we are thinking…
  10. And last but not least for today, we have Rotten Row by Petina Gappah, a collection of stories from the author of The Book of Memory, which we thought was “nothing less than a firestarter…”

 

Coming up in Part 4 of our “50 Books We Are Looking Forward to in the Second Half of 2016”, we’ll be hearing from Ron Rash, Serafina Madsen, Richard T Kelly, Mary Gaitskill and Riad Sattouf…


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