Seven books you'll want to read in 2016

15 December 2015

We have a plethora of incredible new books publishing over the next few months, including some fantastic fiction debuts, eye-opening non-fiction titles and wonderful short story collections. Here's a sneak peek into what 2016 has to offer. 

Lisa Owens' Not Working

Claire Flannery has quit her job in order to discover her true vocation – only to realise she has no idea how to go about finding it. Whilst everyone around her seems to have their lives entirely under control, Claire find herself floundering and wondering where her own fell apart.

Funny, sharp, tender and brilliantly observed, Not Working is the story of a life unravelling in minute and spectacular ways, and a novel that voices the questions we've all been asking ourselves but never dared to say out loud. 

 
 

Ben Judah's This is London

Over one third of Londoners were born abroad, with half arriving since the millennium. This work explores the new London: an immigrant city. In Judah’s eyes a transformed capital, for better and for worse. 

'I've lived in London for three decades yet found something I didn't know about it on virtually every page.' – Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon the Great

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Anna Raverat's Lover

'Will have you reading till 3 a.m.' – Psychologies

When Kate discovers emails from her husband Adam – aka 'Prince Charming' – to another woman, she takes a long look at her long marriage. And once she starts, she finds all kinds of things she had been doing her level best not to see. 

Told with warmth and lightness, even as it also mines real depths of sorrow, Lover is a novel about the hand that life can deal you, and how to play it with grace. 

 

 

Gerard Woodward's Legoland

Many of Legoland's fifteen stories begin with Woodward's sharp and unflinching eye alighting upon an apparently everyday detail or situation, but then a sudden twist takes them to an unsettling place where life's normal rules no longer apply. 

'A comic sensibility closer to Alan Bennett or Tom Sharpe. Woodward's rueful amusement isn't frivolity, it's a world view.' Financial Times

Read a story from Legoland
 
 
 
 
 

Garth Greenwell's What Belongs to You

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia's National Palace of Cultre. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. And so begins a relationship that could tranform his life, or possibly destory it.

'A searching and compassionate meditation on the slipperiness of desire, the impossibility of salvation, and the forces of shame, guilt, and yearning that often accompany love, rendered in language as beautiful and vivid as poetry.' – Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life

 

Tim Winton's Island Home

For over thirty years, Tim Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character.  

Island Home is the story of how his relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Kohler's The Outside Lands

Jeannie is nineteen when the world changes, Kip only fourteen. The sudden accident that robs them of their mother leaves them adrift. Jeannie seeks escape in work and later marriage to a man whose social connections propel her into an unfamiliar world of wealth and politics. Meanwhile Kip's descent into a life of petty crime is halted only when he volunteers for the Marines.

The Outside Lands is the story of people caught in the slipstream of history, how we struggle in the face of loss to build our world, and how easily and with sudden violence it can be swept away. 

 

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