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The Books We Can't Wait To Read This Year

Kate Leaver

What could be better than curling up somewhere cosy with a brilliant new book? Very little, if we’re honest. Reading is one of the great joys of life.

We’ve rounded up the most exciting books to read this year. Our pick includes memoirs, exciting debut novels and new stuff from old favourites.

The prices listed below reflect the cost of hardbacks, but most titles have cheaper options for digital download.

Sit back, pre-order and enjoy your new reading list.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2SB0uiw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins, Waterstones,</a> &pound;14.99
American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins, Waterstones, £14.99

A beautifully written and page-turner of a novel about a bookshop owner called Lydia, who escapes Mexico with her son. An important, elucidating book.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2HxjHvj" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, Waterstones,</a> &pound;20
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, Waterstones, £20

A powerful new novel set in Naples, from the international bestselling author of the Neopolitan trilogy novels. Anyone who loved My Brilliant Friend should pre-order quicker than you can say “pseudonym”.

<a href="https://bit.ly/37zDGE3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Grown Ups by Marian Keyes, Waterstones,</a> &pound;20&nbsp; &nbsp;
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes, Waterstones, £20   

What a treat. A new book from one of the best-loved authors on the planet (also one of the funniest people on social media). Marian Keyes gave us The Break, Rachel’s Holiday, and she is back with a story about family secrets.

<a href="https://bit.ly/37DLW6f" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Motherwell: A Girlhood by Deborah Orr, Waterstones,</a> &pound;16.99
Motherwell: A Girlhood by Deborah Orr, Waterstones, £16.99

A moving, masterful memoir that explores the mother-daughter relationship, written by the legendary late and great journalist Deborah Orr.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2HAmUKE" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Actress by Anne Enright,&nbsp;Waterstones</a>, &pound;16.99 &nbsp;
Actress by Anne Enright, Waterstones, £16.99  

This novel by Booker-winning author Anne Enright follows the life story of a famous actress — taking us through emotional highs and lows, by way of Hollywood and the West End — told from her daughter’s perspective.

<a href="https://bit.ly/37I16rf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Waterstones,</a> &pound;16.99&nbsp;
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Waterstones, £16.99 

A moving, important debut novel from the political writer who brought us Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power. It’s about a boy born on a Virginia plantation who discovers he has mysterious powers.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2u8kZtz" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain, Waterstones,</a> &pound;16.99&nbsp;
Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain, Waterstones, £16.99 

A man goes missing, presumed dead. Ten years later, with his mother dead and his siblings scattered all over the world, he reappears. That’s when the real drama starts.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2VcgoBZ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rootbound: Rewilding a Life by Alice Vincent, Waterstones,</a> &pound;14.99
Rootbound: Rewilding a Life by Alice Vincent, Waterstones, £14.99

A book about heartbreak, salvation, nature and balcony gardens. South London writer Alice Vincent mixes memoir with botanical history to explore how plants can heal us.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2SWBrFx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, Waterstones,</a> &pound;14.99&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, Waterstones, £14.99    

Dolly Alderton’s tender, funny debut novel is about a 32-year-old food writer who gets ghosted by a man on a dating app, right at the time when she’s trying to put her life together, keep all her friends and look after her parents.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2SSxZfo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Waterstones,</a> &pound;12.99 &nbsp;
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Waterstones, £12.99  

A clever, dark yet funny novel about what happens when a black woman is accused of kidnapping the white child she is babysitting.

<a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olive-Emma-Gannon/dp/0008382727/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Olive by Emma Gannon, Amazon,</a> &pound;14.99&nbsp;&nbsp;
Olive by Emma Gannon, Amazon, £14.99  

Journalist and podcast host Emma Gannon’s debut novel is about a woman who wants to live a different life from all her friends, just as they’re all starting to settle into their adult lives.

<a href="https://bit.ly/2vEkgkh" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Stretch by Sally Howard, Foyles,</a> &pound;14.99 &nbsp;
Home Stretch by Sally Howard, Foyles, £14.99  

Decades of feminism later and research repeatedly finds that women still do the majority of the housework. Sally Howard’s investigation into the domestic labour gap is enlightening and entertaining, and is an important read for both men and women.

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