New books coming soon

David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks, the new novel by Cloud Atlas author Mitchell [below], will be published by Sceptre in September 2014.

[:photo Murdo Macleod]

[:photo Murdo Macleod]

It tells the story of Holly Sykes who in 1984 runs away from home; 60 years later she is living in Ireland with her granddaughter as the world’s climate collapses. The story follows the arc of Holly’s life, from a Swiss resort where she is a barmaid, via the Iraq war in 2003, and then a widower.

Peter Matthiessen
In Paradise, the final novel from 86-year old US novelist Peter Matthiessen who died on April 5, has just been published by Oneworld after its publication was brought forward following his death. Previously scheduled to be published in June, In Paradise is about a group of people at a meditation retreat at the site of a Second World War concentration camp and the subsequent revelations that surface.

A Yi
A Perfect Crime by A Yi, a Chinese novel about a teenager who murders his best friend, will be translated by Anna Holmwood and published by Oneworld in early 2015.

Vanessa Manko
Manko’s novel The Invention of Exile follows the life of a Russian émigré when he is deported from America during the Red Scare and follows him to Mexico City where, stateless and alone, he lives amid ghosts.

[photo: vanessamanko.com]

[photo: vanessamanko.com]

The story is based in part on the author’s grandfather. The Invention of Exile will be published in the UK in July 2014.
To read reviews of the American edition of The Invention of Exile, click here

Stieg Larsson
The fourth book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series is to be written by Swedish author David Lagercrantz and published in the UK by Quercus in August 2015. Larsson died in 2004, before he saw his trilogy of novels, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, become an international publishing phenomenon. Lagercrantz is the co-author of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Penguin], the 2013 autobiography of the Swedish footballer, and has also written fiction.

[photo: Wikipedia]

[photo: Wikipedia]

Larsson’s original Swedish publisher Norstedts Förlag announced the deal with Lagercrantz to write a fourth, stand-alone story about Blomkvist and Salander. Norstedts Förlag said the books had sold more than 73m copies around the world. Larsson’s partner Eva Gabrielsson said in 2011 that Larsson had written ‘about 200 pages’ of a fourth novel at the time of his death.

David Barnett
The second and third Gideon Smith steampunk novels by David Barnett will be published in the UK by Snowbooks. Journalist Barnett’s first in the series, Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, was published in September 2013. The second in the series, Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, will be published in September this year followed by the third a year later. Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett 1-4-14To read more at the author’s website, click here
To watch the book trailer for Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, click here
To find out more about the sub-genre of steampunk, click here

Joanna Rees
Three more novels by Joanna Rees [below] will be published by Pan Macmillan which previously published Rees’ A Twist of Fate.

[photo: Pan Macmillan]

[photo: Pan Macmillan]

The first of the three new titles is Burning Paradise, scheduled for publication in early 2016. Rees’s second novel for PanMac, The Key to it All, was published in February this year. the key to it all by joanna rees - cover 1-4-14

Comments

  1. I loved Larsson’s trilogy, but I don’t think I can bring myself to read the fourth book. The Bone Clocks will definitely go on my to-read list, though.

  2. The Larsson-Lagercrantz topic is interesting. It does not really matter if David uses something already written by Stieg. The result may be surprising. David might do a great job and the protagonists still behave as we know them. David might do a great job and present the protagonists differently. Or David might do just a mediocre job.
    There is always pressure: publishers vs authors, publishers vs readers, money…

  3. Do you know if David Lagercrantz will be using the 200 pages already written by Stieg Larsson? I so loved that trilogy but wonder how it will turn out written by someone else….