Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2017 (Part 3)


  1. We liked Then We Came to the End a whole lot. We liked The Unnamed even more. We didn’t altogether get along with To Rise Again at a Decent Hour but the rest of the world went cock-a-hoop for it so what do we know? Well we know we like short stories and we know that The Dinner Party & Other Stories collects short stories Joshua Ferris has written over the last decade or so. Expectations are Angel Esmerelda high.
  2. And while we are on the subject of writers we like, ladies and gentlemen, let us return, as us Bookmunch are wont to do, to Ian Sansom who is treating us to the latest County Guide early in 2017. Essex Poison follows The Norfolk Mystery, Death in Devon and Westmorland Alone – three books we LOVED – and resumes the story with a certain character having discovered they might, you know, be a murderer..
  3. James Lasdun has been busy writing blinding books for years – we’re talking novels like The Horned Man, story collections like It’s Beginning to Hurt and nonfiction like Give Me Everything You Have. The Fall Guy, which concerns “a household in the grip of uncontrollable passions”, actually sounds a little bit Rupert Thompson but we love Rupert Thompson so that is no bad thing…
  4. We’re not really sporty sports here at Bookmunch (could you tell?), and so Ross Raisin’s latest, A Natural, which “delves into the heart of a professional football club: the pressure, the loneliness, the threat of scandal, the fragility of the body and the struggle, on and off the pitch, with conforming to the person that everybody else expects you to be” wouldn’t normally make the list. Except we liked God’s Own Country and Waterline to distraction so. We will give him the benefit of the doubt.
  5. Elanor Dymmot has chosen to follow Every Contact Leaves a Trace with Silver & Salt, a book whose tale involves two sisters whose fragile haven in Greece is shattered by the arrival of an English family at a neighbouring cottage, and one young girl in particular, who triggers a chain of events that will plunge both women back into the past, with shocking and fatal consequences…
  6. Another writer that the Bookmunch writers cannot seem to get enough of is China Mieville and he is back (before we even knew he was away, his last book Three Moments of an Explosion seemed to be published about 10 minutes ago) with The Last Days of New Paris, “a thriller of a war that never was…”
  7. We liked Hannah Berry’s last graphic novel Adamtine enough to look forward to her next, Livestock, “a razor-sharp satire on our relationship with the media”, which is set to be published by Jonathan Cape in April of next year…
  8. Writing in the New York Times about Ocean Vuong’s poetry collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Michiko Kakutani said, “The poems in Mr. Vuong s new collection, possess a tensile precision reminiscent of Emily Dickinson’s work, combined with a Gerard Manley Hopkins-like appreciation for the sound and rhythms of words.” Comparisons with Dickinson and Hopkins set our pulses racing.
  9. We loved The Possessed a whole lot (we called it “a wonderful discovery”) so the arrival of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot, a novel which  (according to Joseph O’Neill) “not only captures the storms and mysteries and comedies of youth but, in its wonderfully sensitive portrait of a young woman adventuring across languages and cultures…”
  10. Last but not least for today, we have a new novel by the mighty Laird Hunt. The Evening Road is “the story of two remarkable women on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, eager to flee the secrets they have left behind.”


Join us again tomorrow for Part 4, which features Tracy Chevalier, George Saunders, Alison Macleod, Magnus Mills and Jon McGregor amongst others…

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