The New Year break is well and truly behind us and 2020 is in full swing. We thought we’d give you a taster of some of the big titles to come in the first half of the year.
February kicks off with Grown Ups by Marian Keyes, a hilarious and jaw-dropping read about the repercussions when everyone’s secrets are revealed at a family gathering, from one of Britain’s funniest and best-loved authors. Miles Franklin Award-winner, Evie Wyld returns with The Bass Rock, a story about the lives of three women weaved together across four centuries. And Dervla McTiernan’s third novel, The Good Turn is released. The unputdownable new novel from the bestselling author of The Ruin and The Scholar is about police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl’s silence – three unconnected events that will prove to be linked by one small town. And Fiona Lowe fans will be thrilled with Just an Ordinary Family, utterly addictive storytelling that will have you questioning your own perceptions of what family is.
March is a mammoth month, with The Mirror and the Light, where Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Also in March is Kate Elizabeth Russell’s book that everyone is already talking about: My Dark Vanessa. Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher. Was it rape, or was it love? Nearly twenty years later, Vanessa is asking herself that question.
Isabelle Allende fans will be looking forward to April, with the release of Long Petal of the Sea, a masterful work of historical fiction that soars from the Spanish Civil War to the rise and fall of Pinochet. Also out is the wonderful, Gulliver’s Wife – Death, wonder … One woman’s journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver, Lauren Chater. Another one for your list is The Dictionary of Lost Words, a debut novel by Australian author, Pip Williams, set in Oxford over a century ago about a girl who took up a covert fight to give women’s words their proper place in the English language. It was one of the breakout hits of the Frankfurt Book Fair, with international rights snapped up in fiercely competitive auctions.
May madness hits with many great titles, including Code Name Helene, the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author Ariel Lawhon, featuring the astonishing true story of a woman who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII.
And June is when every book lover in Australia will be lining up for Trent Dalton’s eagerly awaited second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies – a story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves. It is an odyssey of true love and grave danger, of darkness and light, of bones and blue skies; a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel abrim with warmth, wit and wonder; and a love letter to Australia and the art of looking up.
That’s just a taste of some of the wonderful titles we have coming up in the first half of 2020. What books are you looking forward to reading?