2014 promises to be as rich a literary year as 2013 with new books due out from authors such as Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Joyce Carol Oates (February), Emma Donoghue (April), Haruki Murakami and possibly Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, the third part of her Wolf Hall trilogy, although her publishers are hinting it may be delayed until early 2015. Here in Australia, local authors David Malouf, JM Coetzee, Tim Winton, Richard Flanagan, Alexis Wright, Alex Miller, Christos Tsioklas and Tom Keneally all have new books scheduled as does Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre with a horror-thriller novel.
Lots of action on the crime scene with Harlan Coben releasing Missing You (Orion, March), in which a New York detective’s past comes back to terrorise her, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher returns in Twenty Seconds Ago (Random, August) and Jo Nesbo’s The Son (Harvill Secker) will be out in April. Hanif Kureishi’s The Last Word will be published next month by Allen & Unwin and Boyhood Island, the third of the six-part autobiographical novel by Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard is due out in translation from Random in April. Also in April is Siri Hustvedt’s new novel, (Sceptre.) This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I so expect a barrage of topical books, fiction and non-fiction.
For a much more detailed list of what’s coming up go to the excellent article by Steve Romei, Literary Editor on The Australian.