There is an embarrassment of riches in 2010…
All of our favourite authors are releasing books this year. It will be hard to keep up.
I’ve dipped into the vast ocean of new releases and have lifted out a ladle-full of titles we must not miss. Time to start a new pile next to the bed.
Books you’ll have to wait a bit longer for:
61 Hours By Lee Child : Lee Child’s series (61 Hours is the fourteenth) featuring the enigmatic nomad Jack Reacher is the top of the tree of adult boy’s own adventure. All the hallmarks are there. He defends the weak, he’s smart, laconic and a fearless and lethal fighter. And a drifter. 18th March 2010
Solar by Ian McEwan: This is a bit of a departure in style for the Man Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan and while his lightness of touch and wry humour may put some of his traditional readers off, this new approach should endear him to a whole new readership. That is not to say that McEwan is dumbing down. Far from it. Solar is as elegantly written, insightful and as engrossing as his earlier books. 18th March 2010
Caught by Harlan Coben: Harlan Coben returns with CAUGHT, a new pulse-pounding thriller that promises to keep his many fans compulsively turning the pages late into the night. Expect action, shocks, twists and turns like never before. This is Harlan Coben at his very best. 1st April 2010
So Much For That by Lionel Shriver: Lionel Shriver′s brilliant and affecting new novel takes a hard look at America′s health-care system and asks the uncomfortable question: how much money is one human life worth? 1st April 2010
Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel: With the imaginative reach and spirit that helped Life of Pi delight over seven million readers around the world, Beatrice and Virgil asks profound questions about violence, kindness, and the power of stories to change us. 14th April 2010
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell: Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, crushing all vestiges of Christianity, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas. The narrow window onto this nation-fortress is a walled, artificial island attached to the mainland port and manned by a handful of traders. Locked as the land-gate may be, however, it cannot prevent the meeting of minds – or hearts. The nation was Japan, the port was Nagasaki and the island was Dejima, to where David Mitchell’s panoramic novel transports us in the year 1799. For one young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, a strage adventure of duplicity, love, guilt, faith and murder is about to begin – and all the while, unbeknownst to the men confined on Dejima, the axis of global power is turning… 1st June 2010
Beautiful Malice By Rebecca James: Katherine has moved away from her shattered once-perfect family to start a new life in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic Alice, and her life takes her in new directions. But there is a dark side to Alice, and as we learn the truth of Katherine’s sister’s death and Alice’s background their story spirals to an explosive finale. A potent, intense and simply unputdownable psychological thriller from an exciting voice. 1st May 2010 (Click here to read Rebecca’s Answers to the Ten Terrifying Questions)
And Later In The Year Look Out For:
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis & Freedom by Jonathan Franzen & IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
Books you can read right now:
Point Omega by Don DeLillo: Point Omega is a deeply unnerving and brilliant work from one of our greatest living writers.
The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis: The Pregnant Widow is a comedy of manners and a nightmare, brilliant, haunting and gloriously risqué. It is the most eagerly anticipated novel of the year and Martin Amis at his fearless best.
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey: A dazzlingly inventive reimagining of Alexis de Tocqueville’s famous journey, Parrot and Olivier in America brilliantly evokes the Old World colliding with the New. Above all, it is a wildly funny, tender portrait of two men who come to form an almost impossible friendship, and a completely improbable work of art.
Trespass By Rose Tremain: Set among the hills and gorges of the Cevennes, the dark and beautiful heartland of southern France, Trespass is a thrilling novel about disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge.
The Piper’s Son By Melina Marchetta: Melina Marchetta’s brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca – only this time it’s five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.
Handle with Care By Jodi Picoult: Handle with Care is an absorbing narrative which also questions the basis of medical ethics and of personal morality. What rights do parents or doctors have to terminate a life? How disabled is too disabled? As a parent, how far would you go to save someone you love?
Mr Rosenblum’s List By Natasha Solomons: Jack Rosenblum is five foot three and a half inches of sheer tenacity. Through study and application he intends to become a Very English Gentleman. Jack is compiling a list, a comprehensive guide to the manners, customs and habits of his new home. And he never speaks German, apart from the occasional curse. Assimilation, he’s convinced, is the secret of success. But the war’s been over for eight years and despite his best efforts, his bid to blend in remains fraught with unexpected hurdles. Including his wife. Sadie finds his obsession baffling. She doesn’t want to forget who they are or where they come from. She’d rather bake cakes to remember the people they left behind than worry about how to play bridge. But Jack is convinced they can find a place to call home. In a final attempt to complete his list, he leads a reluctant Sadie into the English countryside. Here, in a land of woolly pigs, bluebells and jitterbug cider, they embark on an impossible task…
Tuscan Rose By Belinda Alexandra: Belinda Alexandra’s new novel, TUSCAN ROSE, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.
The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers By Paul Torday: The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers contrasts two smooth talkers both of whom are desperately trying to make a go of it – Eck has thrown his lot in with the fast crowd as the financial market plunges headlong into sub-prime crisis, and Charlie, whose life as a well meaning minor conman lurches from disaster to disaster. A string of chance encounters propels the action along as the fates of these two men, so similar in many ways but separated enormously by the accident of their births, teeter in the balance.
Blue Bloods By Melissa de la Cruz: They’re Young, Fabulous and Fanged… And they rule Manhattan from the trendy uptown clubs to the downtown boutiques. Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Van Alen has never quite fit in at her exclusive prep school, she’s more of a vintage than a Versace girl, but all that’s about to change… Because Schuyler has just found out she’s a Blue Blood. The Blue Bloods are the city’s glamorous and secret vampire elite. They’re young, beautiful and powerful. But now they’re being murdered. And Schuyler must find out who or what is behind it before she’s next.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.