So before we say goodbye to 2014 (and you can see what some of our faves were here with our people’s choice and here with our men reading women favourites) we thought we’d round up some of our most anticipated books of 2015.
We’ve already highlighted one hugely anticipated book in The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (which you can win advance copies of), but here are a few more much anticipated books from the first half (or thereabouts) of the year to add to your reading lists and get excited about.
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
Mentioned a few times in our Men Reading Women faves, you don’t have long to wait for this one – it’s out in January.
We could tell you about it, but we’re not sure we can say it any better than A.M. Homes:
A book that must be read, a book that must be purchased – in duplicate – one for you, one for a friend. Don’t think you can loan this book – you’ll never get it back
Bad Behaviour by Rebecca Starford
Out in March, Bad Behaviour is an extraordinary and painfully honest memoir from Rebecca Starford. Lifting the lid on teenage life at an elite country boarding school, the friendships and fallouts, and how the bad behaviour and bullying has impacted the rest of her life.
The Wonder Lover by Malcolm Knox
We can’t wait to unleash a new Malcolm Knox novel on the world, and it’s a real treat. The Guardian said of Malcolm Knox’s last book Jamaica “If Winton is an aria, Knox is early Rolling Stones”, but this time he’s returned with a full orchestra in this stunning, sophisticated, smart, funny and very moving novel The Wonder Lover.
The story of John Wonder, a man with three families, each one kept secret from the other, each one containing two children, a boy and a girl, each called Adam and Evie. As he travels from family to family in different cities, he works as an Authenticator, verifying world records, confirming facts, setting things straight, while his own life is a teetering tower of breathtaking lies and betrayals. An extraordinary, dazzling new novel from one of Australia’s greatest writers.
The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon
After tantalising with The Tea Chest, Josephine Moon returns withanother tasty treat in The Chocolate Promise. Set across Tasmania, Paris and Provence, this is a glorious novel of a strong creative woman, the proprietor of a specialist chocolate shop, who must learn that some rules are meant to be broken to find her own magic.
The Secret Life of Luke Livingstone by Charity Norman
What do you do when you find that your husband – your father, your son – is not who you thought? Can you ever love him again? That’s what Charity Norman delves into with this beautifully written, sensitive and witty novel of a family in utter chaos.
Leap by Myfawny Jones
Funny, moving, quirky and original, Leap is an effortlessly enjoyable novel set in Melbourne that quietly creeps up on you until its final jaw-dropping pages with a narrative twist that will take your breath away. We can’t wait until readers leap into this one and join us on the other side, as it’s sure to get readers talking.
Stay with Me by Maureen McCarthy
From the author of The Convent, Maureen McCarthy returns with a fantastic new Australian YA read which radiates her characteristic warmth and deep emotion, amidst tricky and important subjects such as domestic violence.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
After a long wait for the follow up, we’re super excited about the second book in the Libba Bray’s bestselling Diviners series, with Lair of Dreams showcasing a new evil descending on New York City.
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
After this year’s huge bestseller Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult returns with a follow up to Between the Lines, written with her daughter Samantha. Although a companion, Off the Page is equally enjoyable as a stand-alone read. Full of humour and witty commentary, it is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending amidst this story of love, romance and relationships.
Young Adult series
2015 marks the final chapters of a number of exciting YA series that have been building up to some epic endings, so if you’ve not yet tried any of these then now is the time.
In March Every Move by Ellie Marney will bring her Sherlock inspired Mycroft and Watts into even bigger danger, while on the apocalyptic front, we’ll visit The Last Place with Michael Adams and Barry Jonsberg offers up Pandora Jones: Reckoning.
Later in the year we’ll have the last instalment in Sean Williams’ Twinmaker series with the ominously named Fall following on from Jump and Crash, and the end of 2015 seems far too long to wait for the finale of Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner’s Starbound Trilogy.
So that’s a snapshot of some of what’s to come from us in 2015, whats on your wishlist?