It’s the beginning of a brand new publishing year, and so all of the major news outlets seem to be putting out definitive lists of the books that their reviewers are excited to read over the next 12 months. As always, it’s a case of so many amazing books, so little time, but here is a selection of the titles we’re keen to get our mitts on, as well as links to pre-order them if that’s possible yet.
(It’s almost as hard to choose favourite books in Australia as it is to choose which limb you’d least like to lose (to badly paraphrase Neil Gaiman), so I’ve just chosen an arbitrary number of books to feature, and put the books in no particular order.)
Available JulySadly, delayed until later this year, Fragments is a collection of essays by best selling Italian recluse Elena Ferrante. We loved her Neapolitan Quartet in 2015, and celebrated selling our 100th copy of My Brilliant Friend in December.
3. Leaving Elvis and Other Stories by Michelle Michau-Crawford
A collection of stories from the ABR/ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize winning author, published by UWA Press. Short fiction is undergoing some exciting changes and I am excited to see which new writers are published because of it. If the titular story is anything to go by, I think this collection is going to be a best seller.
4. Feel Free by Zadie Smith
As a recent Zadie Smith fan, and someone who has seen the power of her speaking live, I am very keen to read some essays by this smart, classy writer.
5. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Those who saw Maxine Beneba Clarke at the 2015 Perth Writers Festival, or those who have read her award winning collection Foreign Soil, know that she is a force to be reckoned with. This memoir is sure to be charged with passion, zeal and a little bit of anger, and is sure to be written in such a way as to knock your socks right off.
6. A Kiss for Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester
Another local author (hooray!), this time the TAG Hungerford award winning author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Over, After. Yes, we are talking Fitzgerald as in F. Scott.
New York, the 1930s, flappers, and a heroine ahead of her time. This book sounds (and looks) amazing.
7. The Muse by Jessie Burton
I hope this one isn’t only going to be released in the UK because that would break my heart. I loved The Miniaturist, which was my top read for 2014 and can’t wait to see what’s next.
8. What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
If you haven’t read White is for Witching, get yourself in store right now and remedy that. Helen Oyeyemi’s work treads the line between magical realism and contemporary fairy tales, so a new short story collection from her is a cause for celebration. No release date for Australia yet, but we live in hope.