New Fiction for the New Year

2020 is shaping up to be an exceptionally good year for fiction (now we just need to work on the reality!) Why not escape fires, Iran, Trump, royal drama and Brexit with some top notch writing. In the first few months we will be seeing works from two giants of the literary world – Maggie O’Farrell and Hilary Mantel. Mantel will be finally releasing The Mirror and The Light, the last book in the Wolf Hall Trilogy. If you have not read the first two books in the series, Wolf Hall, and Bring Up the Bodies, rush in and grab a copy. Both of them are amazing works of literature and all-time favourites here in the shop. Maggie O’Farrell, another shop favourite, is back in March with the exquisitely written Hamnet, a departure for her as this is a work of historical fiction. I’m currently reading an advance copy at the moment and it is wonderful. But what to read while we are waiting for those to hit our shelves? To continue on the wolf theme, the answer is Lucy Treloar’s Wolfe Island which I read over the summer break. This is simply a wonderful book that has big ideas, indelible characters and perfect sentences. I loved it and expect it to still be on my favourites of 2020 at the end of the year even though I read it start of January. Kitty Hawke is the last inhabitant of a drowning island, that is sinking into Chesapeake Bay. Solitary, with only the company of her wolfdog, her world is turned upside down when her granddaughter arrives in the midst of a storm, begging for sanctuary for herself and her friends. Trouble follows in a world that has already troubled. This book has so much to say about the world that surrounds us as well as our ability to survive and love in the most difficult of circumstances. Highly recommended.

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