Friday, February 13, 2009

Notes to Myself | Books to look out for in 2009

Updated 13 February 2009: Added Geoff Dyer's new novel, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi for April release. Also added a note on Rebecca Solnit's new book - which is supposed to be out later this year.

I'm just doing a rough timeline of major releases (that I actually give a damn about - well, or maybe not) coming out in 2009. As default I pick the UK editions - because comparatively, UK to Dubai freight are usually more cost-effective and faster

The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell
Drood, Dan Simmons

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, Geoff Dyer
Fail Better, Zadie Smith (Beckett reference? Woah.)
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton
The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Winner Stands Alone, Paulo Coelho (actually, I don't give a damn about his books. But he sells by the truckloads - so professionally, I need to pretend I give a damn)

The Children's Book, A.S. Byatt
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, Kazuo Ishiguro
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

The Library of Shadows, Mikkel Birkegaard (it just looks fun)
The Angel's Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (I love Sarah Waters)

We Are All Made of Glue, by Marina Lewycka

God's Gardeners, Margaret Atwood

The Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett ('nuff said!)
A Dance with Dragons: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin (this better happens this year!)
A Memory of Light: The Majestic Conclusion to the International Bestselling Wheel of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (Author), Brandon Sanderson (Contributor)
The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson

Forthcoming with no confirmed date:
A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit


Danielle said...

I can't wait for the Sarah Waters either! I actually tried begging a review copy from the publisher, but so far I've only gotten "galleys are pretty limited', which I am sure means you don't have enough readers for such a big time author and we're sending our copies to places like The new York Times. So, will try and be patient. I actually did get a copy of the Littell book, which is waiting for me--it's very large, so I had better finish a few other books first....

Chris said...

*sigh* You've just added entirely too much to my wishlist....bad Dark Orpheus! Bad!

Stefanie said...

Look at all those great books to look forward to! Why can't they all be published now?