We can’t get enough of books here at W&W HQ. So here’s our run-down of the books you should be reading this year…
Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley (Tinder Press, March)
Amity and Sorrow are the two daughters of Amaranth, who flees the cult her husband ran. One daughter will embrace freedom; the other long to return. Feeding into our fascination with cults. Riley describes it as a “book about God, sex and farming”. Kind of like Anna Karenina, then, with a Witness-esque twist. Download a sample here.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Penguin, April)
Subject of furious pre-publication awe and rapture, The Rosie Project netted Simsion a ginormous £1.2m advance. Yep, you read that right. We’ve got our hands on a preview copy and it’s worthy of the hype. Don Tillman, an undiagnosed Asperger’s sufferer and genetics professor, sets out to find a wife, aided by a “scientific” questionnaire. It’s touted as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time meets One Day. All we can say, most emphatically, is this is the book you will be falling in love with and talking about this year.
The Hive by Gill Hornby (Little, Brown, May)
Unless of course, nefarious schoolgate politics are your thing, In which case, you will devour this clever, witty dissection of the power play, rivalry and ‘how to get into the cool gang’ by Gill – yes, she is sister of Nick – Hornby.
Two for June: The Lies You Told Me by Jessica Ruston (Headline)
Loved Gone Girl. Wish Rosamund Lupton would just HURRY UP and publish her next book. Well, this is the one for you. A daughter searches for the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the mother she never really knew. Klara’s mother vanished when she was six. Raised by her father she tells herself she has come to terms with her motherless state….until she is sent a letter signed N.R. and key to a garage wherein she finds her mother’s diary. Gripped already?
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani (Tinderpress)
Set in the 1920s, featuring a heroine who is sent to the Camp after a Mysterious Incident, this is a gorgeously written, compelling coming-of-age tale which we love (and think you will, too.) Curtis ‘Prep’ Sittenfeld is championing it – which gives you a clue to it’s tone and feel. Warning: cancel all arrangements before you start reading.
The State We’re In by Adele Parks (Headline, July)
No, not Will Hutton’s best-selling, explosive analysis of British society, a new novel from Adele Parks. It promisers to be a departure from her usual fare – a dark look at a relationship. Word on the literary street is that it’s good. Really good.
EXPO 58 by Jonathan Coe (Penguin, September)
Oo, a new book by Jonathan Coe. Always a good thing. This romantic espionage comedy is set at the World Fair held Belgium in 1958. A naïve civil servant is plucked out of his Whitehall job to run the pub on the British stand. The author describes it as “John Le Carré meets Evelyn Waugh” We’re in.
Plus…there’s a new Bridget Jones novel due out at the end of the year. What Bridget Did Next? Bring it on.
Want something to read right now? The Last Runaway by Tracey Chevalier is out next week – and receiving glowingly warm reviews from the likes of Maggie O’Farrell and Rose Tremain. A young Quaker girl is caught between the demands of her faith and her conscience; if you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies – why not? And, speaking of historical fiction, bring on the new Philippa Gregory, The Kingmaker’s Daughter.
Images: Gilles Marcil, Headline, Amazon, Penguin, Little, Brown.