Last week I posted: The Best Books of 2012? Part 1: Debut Authors
This time it is the turn of the authors that we are already familiar with. Here are the 2012 books I am looking forward to reading:
Note: UK release month shown in brackets, date may be different in other countries.
In by Natsuo Kirino (August, Harvill Secker)
Out by Natsuo Kirino is my favourite thriller so I’m very excited that her new book is going to be published here later this year. In contains an investigation into a best-selling author and promises to question the differences between life and literature. I hope it lives up to my exceedingly high expectations.
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (May, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Alison Bechdel’s darkly comic memoir, Fun Home, introduced me to the graphic novel. She returns with a graphic novel about her mother. I’m sure this will be one of the most talked about books next year.
The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore (February, Hammer)
The Siege by Helen Dunmore is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I’ve ever read. The Greatcoat is described as a chilling and atmospheric ghost story set in 1950s Yorkshire and my only hope is that her amazing writing skills don’t scare me too much!
The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey (April, Faber and Faber)
An automaton brings two strangers together. Using clockwork objects as the basis for a story worked for Hugo Cabret – I think this sounds wonderfully original and I look forward to trying it.
Arcadia by Lauren Groff (April, William Heinemann)
The author of The Monsters of Templeton returns with a new book about a group of people who set up a commune in the grounds of a decaying mansion. The premise doesn’t sound that exciting, but Groff has the ability to turn very ordinary situations into engaging reads so I think this is one to look out for.
All Is Song by Samantha Harvey (January, Jonathan Cape)
The Wilderness was one of my favourite books in 2010 so I’m looking forward to reading her second novel. A few people suggested that this one about brotherhood is even better than her first. I’m not sure that is possible, but I look forward to finding out.
The Child Who by Simon Lelic (January, Mantle)
Rupture is one of the best novels published in recent years. I love the way Simon Lelic forces the reader to look at difficult situations in a different light and this book about a solicitor defending a child murderer promises to be just as compelling. I’m lucky enough to have an ARC of this book and look forward to reading it over Christmas.
Phantom by Jo Nesbo (March, Vintage)
Jo Nesbo returns with the 7th book in the Harry Hole series.
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (May, 4th Estate)
I wasn’t a big fan of Wolf Hall, but if you were you’ll be excited to learn that the sequel is out next year.
Other books to look out for:
The Red House by Mark Haddon (May, Jonathan Cape)
Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis (July, Jonathan Cape)
Capital by John Lancaster (March, Faber and Faber)
Mo Said She Was Quirky by James Kelman (July, Hamish Hamilton)
In One Person by John Irving (May, Doubleday)
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer (May, Little, Brown)
If you’re in the US then you’ll be happy to know that Harper recently announced that it will be publishing new books from Michael Chabon and Barbara Kingsolver in the Fall. Unfortunately those of us in the rest of the world will have to wait a little bit longer for them.
Which 2012 books are you looking forward to?