Last week I posted: The Best Books of 2014?: Authors We Know and Love
This week it is time for the debut authors.
Here are the 2014 releases that caught my eye:
Five words from the blurb: teacher, accident, tumor, fraud, brain
You Disappear investigates brain injuries, free-will and what makes up our true self. Scientific research is wrapped up in a compelling psychological drama, packed with twists. You Disappear was originally published in Denmark, but will be available in English for the first time next year.
Five words from the blurb: boy, madness, 1970s, free, space
We Used to be Kings is the story of a young boy’s descent into madness. It promises to be funny and heartbreaking, whilst also letting us reminisce about the 1970s.
Five words from the blurb: biology, teacher, Darwin, climate, depopulation
A wonderfully cruel central character? A husband’s obsession with breeding ostriches? A biology teacher educating children about evolution and climate issues? Sounds like a fantastic mix of ideas!
Five words from the blurb: Tourette’s, year, live, swearing, stressed
This book is described as a cross between The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, but with Tourette’s. I haven’t read a book containing a character with Tourette’s before so I’m interested to see how it’s handled.
Five words from the blurb: stopped, sleeping, panic, desperation, gift
Black Moon describes a world without sleep. It is such a simple concept, but it sounds like it will be a wonderfully compelling read.
Five words from the blurb: psychological, battle, unequal, particular, women
This book has been getting more advance praise than any other 2014 release. The hype for this book is going to explode soon. I’m looking forward to finding out how a simple story about two women living together can cause so many people such excitement!
Five words from the blurb: computer, re-sorts, novel, lovers, destiny
Balestrini isn’t a debut novelist, but he isn’t very well known in the UK. Tristano is an experimental novel which was first published in Italy in 1966. It is comprised of ten chapters, each with the fifteen pairs of paragraphs. These are then randomly ordered in each copy of the printed book; meaning that no reader has the same experience. I’m not sure it will work, but I’m intrigued to find out!
Five words from the blurb: Hitler, 2011, YouTube, viral, star
Hitler reappearing in 2011 and becoming a YouTube star? It’s such a mad idea! I really need to know why so many German people loved this book!
Other books to look out for:
Do you like the sound of these books?
Which 2014 books are you looking forward to?