2015 Highlights: Books
Featuring: Iain Banks, Kirsty Logan, Curtis Sittenfeld, John Green and, hopefully, George RR Martin
Poems – Iain Banks and Ken Macleod
Iain Banks’ death in 2013 has left a tangible absence in the world of Scottish books, and this new volume of poetry – including many previously unpublished poems – will be welcomed by fans of his work. They have been collected by his friend Ken MacLeod and published alongside some of MacLeod’s own poems.
Published in Feb by Little, Brown.
The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan
Logan’s first work, The Rental Heart and Other Fairy Tales attracted a slew of award nominations this year, including the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and the Green Carnation Award. So there’s plenty of anticipation ahead of her debut novel, a fairytale-like story of two girls who meet in a world where the sea has flooded the earth.
Published in May by Harvill Secker.
Pride and Prejudice – Curtis Sittenfeld
The first three instalments of the Austen Project – Joanna Trollope’s Sense and Sensibility, Val McDermid’s Northanger Abbey and Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma – have left fans of Jane Austen with much to say, and little of it good. So what will they make of Sittenfeld’s take on her most famous novel? Even if the book doesn’t entertain, many an Austen fanpage certainly will when it’s out.
Published in Aug by the Borough Press.
The Racket – John Green
All we know about this one is what Goodreads tells us: that Green’s new novel is called The Racket and that the estimated release date will be 31 Dec 2015. But that’s enough to send The Fault in Our Stars author’s enormous fanbase into a frenzy of excitement. Expect plenty of speculation from nerdfighters (Green’s legion of online fans) until more details are revealed.
Published in Dec by Puffin, says goodreads.com.
The Winds of Winter – George RR Martin
OK, it’s a longshot but the sixth novel in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – on which HBO’s phenomenally popular Game of Thrones is based – is supposed to be released sometime between 2015 and 2017. So there’s still the ghost of a chance we’ll see it in the next 12 months. Until then, maybe the fifth series of the TV show will give us a few hints at the next book’s direction.
Published sometime in 2015 by Harper Voyager, we hope.