2015 saw a lot of great novels released with Trail of Broken Wings By Sejal Badani, The Kind Worth Killing By Peter Swanson. 2016 promises to be an exciting year ahead with the last book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, Yann Martel’s of The Life of Pi fame’s new book and acclaimed debut novelist Jesse Burton’s next. Here are some eagerly awaited fiction and non-fiction books to be released in the next year.
1. Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the True Enemies of Free Expression
Stéphane Charbonnier, editor-in-chief of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was one of the 12 people murdered by Islamist terrorists in the magazine’s Paris office on January 7th earlier this year. It is a defence of the Charlie Hebdo view of the world and delivers a strong argument for free speech and a hatred of white-classist paternalism. The book also delves into Islamophobia.
2. The Hatred of Music, (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Pascal Quignard organised the International Festival of Baroque Opera and Theatre at Versailles in the early 1990s. In 1994 he left music all of a sudden. The Hatred of Music is Quignard’s exploration of the power of music and it’s ability to manipulate and mesmerize. He reveals truths about the role music played in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.
3. The Winds of Winter
George R.R. Martin’s sixth novel, in the Song of Ice and Fire series is finally expected to be released in the middle of next year. It has been a long wait for the series’ fans since 2011’s A Dance with Dragons. The book is expected to focus on the Starks and Greyjoys.
4. The High Mountains of Portugal
Yann Martel, the author behind the epic The Life of Pi returns with The High Mountains of Portugal, a searing novel set in 1904 Portugal is about Tomás discovers an old journal which describes an artifact which will redefine history if he finds it. The quest spans a century and moves on to a Portuguese pathologist and Canadian senator.
5. The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s novelist John le Carrés first memoir and his first work of non-fiction. It should be quite interesting as le Carré was a former British intelligence officer.
6. The Clifton Chronicles
The last two novels in best-selling author Jeffrey Archer seven-part series The Clifton Chronicles are expected to release next year. The saga about two families from Bristol released in 2010 and have topped bestseller lists around the world.
7. The Muse
Jessie Burton, the young English author and actress first book, The Miniaturist was the subject of a bidding war between publishers and sold a million copies worldwide. She returns with her next, The Muse set in 1930s Spain and 1960s London, about a young Caribbean immigrant, a bohemian artist and the mysterious painting that connects them all. It is expected in July 2016.
8. The Lesser Bohemians
Eimear McBride’s first novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, an account of Irish girlhood won plenty of accolades including the Bailey’s Women Prize For Fiction. Her next, The Lesser Bohemians is about an affair between an 18-year-old Irish girl and an older actor set in 1990s London.