January 2019 : New Titles
A personal selection from a plethora of titles …
Latest from the Mozambican writer, a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, is set at the turn of the 19th century and follows 15-year-old Imani, struggling with her cultural identity as she is torn between her Vachopi roots and the occupying Portuguese.
World Editions Ltd, £11.99, 21st February 2019, 9781642860399
I’ve had nothing to read sadly, but the anticipation is sky-high for this, the follow-up to James’ Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings. It’s the first in the Dark Star trilogy, which follows the mystery of a lost child and a murder. Each novel will focus on one witness’ testimony, but none of the testimonies will match, and the reader must decide what is true. His new publisher, Hamish Hamilton, is billing this as “an ancient African Game of Thrones”, as it draws on African history and mythology, combining with a “gripping” mystery plot. Sounds amazing— and the jacket is gorgeous.
Hamish Hamilton, £20.00, 28th February 2019, 9780241315545
December 1940, and in the chaos of the evacuation of Southampton, newly married Ellen Parr finds a little girl asleep at the back of a bus, seemingly abandoned, and takes her home.
Fourth Estate Ltd, £14.99, 21st January 2019, 9780008280130
A bestseller in Germany, this satire of the EU Commission-in which the directorate-general for culture is tasked with organising the 50th anniversary celebrations of the commission-has at its heart a powerful pro-European message, says Maclehose. Publishing on the eve of Brexit, obviously.
MacLehose Press, £15.00, 21st February 2019, 9780857058621
A man returns to his childhood home on a small island off the Norwegian coast to sort through the belongings of his late foster father, and uncovers the mysterious truth about his family’s past. From the author of The Emperor of Lies. “You don’t so much read Sem-Sandberg as stand in the fiery wind of his prose,” reckons Sebastian Barry….
Faber & Faber, £12.99, 21st February 2019, 9780571334513
Long-awaited new novel from the author of The Age of Miracles (2012). In a college dorm in California, a student discovers she cannot wake her roommate who seems to be deeply asleep. The girl is taken to hospital, but soon the sleeping sickness spreads far beyond the campus to the local town. Nobody knows what the sickness is, or how to cure it. As with her earlier novel, Thompson Walker takes an unfolding catastrophe and explores its effects on individuals as
they struggle to continue with everyday life in the midst of the chaos. One for fans of Station Eleven….
Scribner, £14.99, 7th February 2019, 9781471173561