10 Books to Look Forward to in 2015

10 books to look forward to in 2015
Category: Reading

2015 is finally here. It’s the International Year of Light. It’s the year that NASA’s spacecraft Dawn will land on the dwarf planet Ceres. It’s the year Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. And as if that wasn't enough to get excited about, there's also a rather thrilling line-up in the publishing pipeline. Here are 10 much-anticipated books to look forward to in the first half of 2015.

 

 

Johann Hari - Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Bloomsbury, January 2015

Most renowned for his controversial journalistic career, Hari is back with a book examining the last 100 years since the prohibition of drugs. Chasing the Scream delves into the stories of those on the drug frontline and follows Hari on his 3 year long, 30,000 mile journey. Promising to be an eye-opener and address our fundamental preconceptions about the topic, this is one to pick up.

 
 

Neil Gaiman - Trigger Warning

William Morrow, February 2015

With a mind-boggling back catalogue (from Coraline to The Sandman) and a list of awards longer than a giraffe’s socks, Gaiman is always one to watch. It’s been almost 10 years since this literary powerhouse released a collection of short fiction for adults and Trigger Warning boasts Doctor Who and American Gods stories to boot.

 

 
 

Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant

Faber & Faber, March 2015

There’s a lot of hype around this one. It’s taken the four times Booker Prize nominee the best part of ten years to produce his latest offering, largely because his wife panned the first draft. The Buried Giant has all the key ingredients of a hit, including “lost memories, love, revenge and war”, and we hope it’s been worth the wait.

 
 

Peter Ackroyd - Alfred Hitchcock

Chatto & Windus, April 2015

Ackroyd is no stranger to writing about the people who have shaped our world – T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens and William Blake to name a few – and now he’s turning his hand to the "master of suspense", filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. As his childhood penchant for plotting imaginary journeys across Europe by train from his bedroom shows, there's clearly a lot to learn about this genius director.

 

 
 

Noam Chomsky - Because We Say So

Hamish Hamilton, April 2015

As linguist, philosopher and political commentator, there is little the father of modern linguistics hasn’t tackled in his back catalogue of over 100 published titles. This latest work takes on the controversial topic of American hegemony and guarantees, as ever, to be an enlightening read.

 

 
 

Toni Morrison - God Help the Child

Knopf, April 2015

The Nobel laureate is 84 years old this year and releasing no less than her 11th novel. Morrison isn't known for shying away from hefty themes, and this book promises to be no different. Charting the life of protagonist Bride and the effects of childhood trauma on adulthood, this may be one of her best yet.

 

 
 

 

Irvine Welsh - A Decent Ride

Jonathan Cape, April 2015

Welsh is back in Edinburgh for this dark and seedy tale after his jolly to Florida for 2014’s The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Think sex, drugs and taxi drivers on this rollercoaster tour of the underbelly of society. It’s billed as “his funniest, filthiest book yet”.

 
 

Kate Atkinson - A God in Ruins

Doubleday, May 2015

Whitbread award-winning MBE recipient Kate Atkinson has her work cut out to top Life After Life which was one of 2014’s bestsellers. Her new novel is a companion volume focusing on Ursula Todd’s younger brother Teddy – poet and RAF bomber pilot – as he traverses the 20th Century.

 

 
 

Judy Blume - In the Unlikely Event

Random House, June 2015

Are you there Twitter? It’s me, Judy. The much-loved and highly controversial author is very active on the micro-blogging platform and is about to release her first adult novel in 16 years. She’s often made it onto the ‘banned books’ list throughout her career so we’re intrigued by her new work based on real-life airplane crashes during her teenage years in 1950s New Jersey.

 

 
 

 

China Miéville - Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

Macmillan, June 2015

It’s been a few years since king of ‘weird fiction’ Miéville has published anything and the contents of his new collection of short stories is rather hush hush at the moment. We know it contains some previously seen stories and some brand spanking new material and we know that we want to read it.

 

 

 

Which new releases have you pre-ordered for 2015? Tell us which books you’re excited about and add to our list below.

 

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