Hotly-anticipated books out in 2021
New books coming in hot. Make room on bedside table or clear your Kindle, Hungerford Bookshop shares its pick of page-turning new titles out in 2021.
Step away from the remote, give those screen-weary peepers a rest and dive into a new book. The literary world has used lockdown to let their creative juices flowing.
Hungerford Bookshop has put together a list of fiction published in 2021 they itching to get their mitts on. It includes new titles from literary heavy-weights Kazuo Ishiguro, the Booker-winning Richard Flanagan and Edward St Aubyn. Historical novelists Kate Mosse, Andrew Taylor and the award-winning Laura Shepherd-Robinson also feature. Those that love a page-turner will want to read the hotly-anticipated thriller Girl A (hailed as the most exciting thriller since Gone Girl), and the gothic masterpiece Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward will be sure to give you the creeps.
News just in, a Sebastian Faulks’s new novel Snow Country will be published on 2 Sep and a new Sally Rooney (author of Normal People) will be out on 7 Sep. It’s a bit early to pre-order, but keep your eyes peeled.
Girl A by Abigail Dean – out 21 Jan
To say there's a little bit of excitement swirling around Abigail Dean's debut novel is an understatement. It's been described as the book that will define a decade and the biggest mystery thriller since Gone Girl. A TV series, directed by Johan Renck (Chernobyl), is in development and the critics have gone nuts for the beautifully written crime thriller. Lex Gracie is Girl A. The girl who escaped a House of Horrors. But now has to face her past.
The City of Tears by Kate Mosse – out 19 Jan
Binge-watched Bridgeton and hungry for more historical fiction? The City of Tears is the second volume (Read The Burning Chambers first) in Kate Mosse's planned sequence, largely set in the 16th century French Wars of Religion. is a breath-taking novel of revenge, persecution and loss. as star-crossed lovers Minou Joubert and Piet Reydon are now married with a family and an estate in the Languedoc. But an invitation to a royal wedding intended to cement the allliance between rival Catholic and Protestant dynasties, leads to tragedy.
Beautiful World by Where Are You, Sally Rooney – out 7 Sep
The book world went into combustion when this new book from the author of Normal People was recently announced. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. We can't wait! Out 7 September.
Lamplighters by Emma Stonex – out 4 Mar (pre-order)
There's lots of buzz around this novel inspired by real events. Three lighthouse keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse, miles from the Cornish shore, in the early 1970s. Mysteriously, inside the lighthouse the table is set for only two and two clocks have stopped at exactly the same time. Years later a novelist speaks to their wives to try to finally understand what happened. Moving and full of suspense.
Animal by Lisa Taddeo – out 24 Jun (pre-order)
Fans of Three Women, Lisa Taddeo’s compelling narrative about female desire, will be eager to read her first novel Animal which centres on Joan, a self-confessed “depraved” narrator.
Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor – out 29 Apr (pre-order)
McGregor's last book was the Costa Award-winning Reservoir 13 and this looks to be just as good. When an Antarctic research expedition goes wrong, the consequences are far-reaching - for the men involved and for their families back home. A novel that unpicks the notion of heroism and explores the indomitable human impulse to tell our stories - even when words fail us.
Luster by Raven Leilani – out 21 Jan
Raven Leilani's razor sharp debut novel, powered intoThe New York Times Bestseller list – and rightly so. It's a brutal, brilliant and funny novel about being young now. Edie's messing up in her dead-end admin job, is sleeping with all the wrong men, and has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her, painting. Then she meets Eric, a white, middle-aged archivist with a wife who has sort-of-agreed to an open marriage and an adopted black daughter. A tender, provocative page-turner.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro – out 2 Mar (pre-order)
As literary pedigrees go, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is about as big as it gets. Kazuo Ishiguro – author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains Of The Day – will publish a new novel this Spring that explores what it means to love as an Artificial Friend goes in search for a human owner.
Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden – out 28 Jan
Mrs Death is beleaguered. Her job – as Death – is endless and exhausting. When young writer Wolf Willeford meets Death in person – a black, working-class woman – he is mesmerised, and decides to write her memoir. Told in sparse, affecting prose interspersed with poetry, Salena Godden produces a thought-provoking novel that questions the value of life, the experiences of womanhood, and grief in all its forms.
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan
Booker winner Richard Flanagan has described his eighth novel – a magical realist tale of ecological anguish – as 'a rising scream'. Set amid Australia's Australia's great fires, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, is about a family in crisis as the world burns. It combines the moral righteousness of a fable, the wounded grief of a eulogy, and the fury of someone who still reads the news.
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward – out 18 Mar (pre-order)
When Stephen King, the prince of darkness himself, describes a book as the most exciting thing he has read since Gone Girl, you know you’re onto a good thing. This horror masterpiece is the story of a serial killer, a stolen child and revenge. Ted lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. In the dark forest something lies buried. But it's not what you think...
A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago – out 4 Feb (pre-order)
Described as 'Thelma and Louise of the 17th century', A Net For Small Fishes, is based on the true scandal that rocked the court of James I. If you like your history spiced with sex, scandal and the sweet sensibilities of female friendship, this will be the most gripping novel you'll read this year – an exhilarating dive into the pitch-dark waters of the Jacobean court,
I Couldn't Love You More by Esther Freud – out 3 Jun (pre-order)
An unforgettable novel of mothers and daughters, wives and muses, secrets and outright lies as author Esther Freud imagines a schoolgirl’s affair with a famous sculptor. The relationship soon loses its romantic lustre, leaving the girl lonely, desperate and seeking help.
Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal - out 13 May (pre-order)
From the author of The Doll Factory (described as a 'lush Victorian fiction), Elizabeth Macneal's new novel follows hard on its heels.In Circus of Wonders, Nell is sold to the circus by her father because of teh leopard-spot birthmarks that speckle her skin. The ultimate betrayal but crowds flock to see her. Moving from the pleasure gardens of Victorian London to the battle-scarred plains of the Crimea, this is a story about power and ownership, fame and the threat of invisibility.
Double Blind by Edward St Aubyn – 18 Mar (pre-order)
Double Blind follows three close friends and their circle through a year of extraordinary transformation. Set between London, Cap d'Antibes, Big Sur and a re-wilded corner of Sussex, this thrilling, ambitious novel is as compelling about ecology, psychoanalysis, genetics and neuroscience as it is about love, fear and courage.
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood – out 16 Feb (pre-order)
Dubbed the 'Poet Laureate of Twitter', Patricia Lockwood's debut novel is a genre-defying love letter to the social media scroll. Her book is about a woman who's found social media fame and embarks on her own world tour to meet her adoring fans but becomes overwhelmed by the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices are now dictating her thoughts.
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller – out 25 Mar (pre-order)
A novel of resilience and hope, love and survival – themes we're all more than familiar with by now. Claire Fuller's sharply-written novel explores how the truths closest to us are often the hardest to see. When twins Jeanie and Julius's mother dies, the threats to their livelihood start raining down and secrets start to unravel.
The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley – out 18 Feb 2021 (pre-order)
She won the Pulitzer Prize for her A Thousand Acres, now Jane Smiley brings us The Strays of Paris – a captivating story of a group of extraordinary animals and one little boy whose lives cross paths in Paris. It's a heart-warming tale where kindness is king. If you need a literary hug, read this.
Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford – out 4 Feb (pre-order)
From the bestselling, prize-winning author of Golden Hill, comes an absolute belter. Light Perpetual is about the imagined future lives of five people killed by a German rocket in the Blitz. It has got Sliding Doors vibes as Spufford takes their lost futures and maps out an alternate reality where their would-be's and could-be's are still may be.
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson – 18 Feb (pre-order)
From the pleasure palaces and gin-shops of Covent Garden to the elegant townhouses of Mayfair, Laura Shepherd-Robinson ' s Daughters of Night follows Caroline Corsham as she seeks justice for a murdered woman whom London society would rather forget…
The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porter – out now
Max Porter is an English author best known for his 2015 debut novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers.. In his new novel, Max translates into seven extraordinary pictures the explosive final workings of workings of the surrealist artist Francis Bacon' s mind.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah – out 2 Feb (pre-order)
Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds is already being hailed an American classic. A deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter it will leave you feeling you emotional wrung out. But a bit of fictional heart break and tears are all the hallmarks of damn good read.
London Burning by Anthony Quinn – out 8 Apr
London, Burning is a novel about the end of the 1970s, and the end of an era. It concerns a nation divided against itself, a government trembling on the verge of collapse, a city fearful of what is to come, and a people bitterly suspicious of one another. In other words, it is also a novel about now.