The best new books of 2017

05 January 2017

If your new year’s resolution is to do more reading, you’re in luck, as we’re publishing some very exciting new books this Spring.

From gripping debuts to essential non-fiction, there’s sure to be something here to kick start your 2017 ‘to read’ pile. 

FICTION

Little Deaths
Emma Flint

A gripping debut novel about love, morality and obsession, exploring the capacity for good and evil within us all.

Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive - is she really capable of murder? 

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Innocents and Others
Dana Spiotta

Meadow Mori and Carrie Wexler grew up together in Los Angeles, and both became film-makers. The two friends have everything in common - except their views on sex, power, movie-making and morality. And yet their loyalty trumps their different approaches to film and to life.

Until, one day, a mysterious woman with a unique ability to cold-call and seduce powerful men over the phone - not through sex, but through listening - becomes the subject of one of Meadow's documentaries.

An astonishing novel about friendship, identity, loneliness and art.

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The Nix
Nathan Hill

An ambitious, sprawling, hilarious, moving and acidly satirical read, this debut novel explores fifty years of American history and American radical protest through the story of a son and the mother who left him as a child.

It moves from the rural Midwest of the 1960s, to New York City during Occupy Wall Street, back to Chicago in 1968 and, finally, to wartime Norway, home of the mysterious Nix.

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The Good People
Hannah Kent

Based on a real case in nineteenth-century Ireland where a woman was acquitted of a serious crime because she claimed she had been trying to banish a fairy.

Hannah Kent’s long-awaited follow-up to Burial Rites takes us to a lost world of folklore and belief, ritual and stories where three women are drawn together in the hope of saving a child.

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The Good Lieutenant
Whitney Terrell

A remarkable novel of the Iraq War, The Good Lieutenant, literally starts with a bang, as an operation led by Lieutenant Emma Fowler goes spectacularly wrong. From here Terrell unspools backward in time as Fowler and her platoon are guided into disaster by suspect informants and questionable intelligence. We hear the voice of Lieutenant Fowler but also those of jaded career soldiers and Iraqis both innocent and not so innocent.

Ultimately, as all these stories unravel, Terrell reveals what can happen when good intentions destroy, experience distorts, and survival becomes everything.

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Christodora
Tim Murphy

This vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora.

A bold and poignant portrait of the bohemian Manhattan of sex, drugs, art, and activism, from the early 1980s into the near future.

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NON-FICTION

Letters to a Young Muslim
Omar Saif Ghobash

In a series of personal letters to his sons, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia, offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father.

These letters serve as a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today's world.

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Fathers and Sons
Howard Cunnell

As a boy Howard Cunnell's sense of self was dominated by his father's absence. Now, years later, he is a father, and his daughter is becoming his son.

Deeply thoughtful, searingly honest and exquisitely lyrical, Fathers & Sons is an exploration of fatherhood, masculinity, authenticity and family.

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POETRY

Useful Verses
Richard Osmond

A fiercely inventive, darkly witty and brilliantly observed debut from a voice unlike any other you have read before. 

Chamomile is discussed through quantum physics, ants through social media and wood sorrel through online gambling – Richard Osmond's writing is as far from any quaint and conservative notion of 'nature poetry' as it is possible to get.

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