Monday, 6 February 2017


With the arrival of a new year comes an influx of gym memberships, a mass increase in the sale of spiralisers, and the joy of new book releases, and 2017 is no exception. 2017 is a year with a plethora of fantastic book releases, so many so that I found myself hard wrought to narrow down my most awaited releases. Somehow, I managed it, and below I have curated my top three anticipated releases in five categories, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short-stories, and young-adult. Check them out below!

Made for Love - Alissa Nutting
An intriguing tale from the writer of Tampa; Made for Love follows the life of Hazel as she moves in with her father, and his very realistic sex doll Diane, after running away from her husband Bryan Gogol, CEO of Gogol industries. After Bryan attempts to “mind-meld” himself and Hazel via computer chips he has developed Hazel realises the clinical and isolated life she has been subjected to is now too much. As Hazel attempts to create a new life for herself in a world she isn’t used to, she must also face the threat of Bryon’s relentless pursuit to bring her ‘home’.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
A highly anticipated debut from Gail Honeyman about a woman named Eleanor as her carefully constructed life is interrupted by Raymond, her colleague. The two bond, despite Eleanor’s struggles with social interaction and tendency to say whatever she is thinking, as well as her carefully scheduled life. The two meet Sammy, an elderly man they assist after he falls in the street; what follows is a story of the trios’ friendship as they help ease each other’s loneliness, and help Eleanor learn the importance of love.

Everything Belongs to Us - Yoojin Grace Wuertz
Everything Belongs to Us documents the story of two women in South Korea of vastly different backgrounds as they struggle to make their own way during South Korea’s “economic miracle” in Seoul, 1978. Childhood friends Jisun and Namin wish to change their lives, Jisun by rejecting her privileged background and focusing on her schoolwork, and her underground activism, and Namin by working tirelessly in the hopes to bring her family out of poverty. However, the meeting of Sunam, a student, and member of the prestigious club ‘the Circle’, and his mentor Juno intertwines the fours’ lives in ways that impact their lives forever.

The Otter’s Tale – Simon Cooper
Simon Cooper regales us with the tale of a family of otters he came to share his recently bought mill with in the South of England. Cooper developed an extraordinary bond with the otter family, being able to intimately document their usually secretive lives into this book, focusing on the story of the female otter Kuschta. Interspersed with Kuschta’s tale is the history of the otter, including its near extinction to the extent of the conservation efforts entailed to rescue one of the world’s favourite, but most elusive, mammals.

Emergency Admissions - Kit Wharton
Emergency Admissions is a frank, shocking, and at times funny collection of stories form the experiences of Kit Wharton, an ambulance drive for over a decade. In a time in which our NHS I under immense stress and critique, Wharton opens the reader eyes to the reality of the ambulance service, detailing the highs and lows, including; nuisance calls, sex parties gone awry, heart-breaking, and equally heart-warming stories of the patients he has attended to. Mixed in with the tales of discharges and broken bones is Wharton’s own unusual childhood that he accounts prepared him for the often bizarre nature on the front-line of British healthcare.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
An immensely successfully Kickstarter project, raising more than ten times the originally $40,000 goal, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a collection of 100 stories of the live of 100 extraordinary real life women, illustrated by 100 different female artists. A spin on the usual bedtime story fodder of princesses in towers waiting to be saved, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls focuses on past and present inspiring women, from the Bronte sisters, Frida Kahlo, to Serena Williams. This is a book that celebrates women and their achievements, and highlights them in a format that is accessible, beautiful, and enjoyable.

The Unaccompanied – Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage is a well-known figure in the world of British poetry, with his most recent works Seeing Stars, The Last Days of Troy, and Pearl receiving rave reviews. His lastest collection, The Unaccompanied returns to his contemporary lyricism, bringing warmth, brutal honesty to his already divers and engaging set of works.

British Museum - Daljit Nagra
British Museum is Nagra’s third collection of poetry, it consists of his retelling of the epic Indian poem Ramayana. His usual wit and joviality are present in a series of poems that meditate on the idea of heritage, in this case British, and the institutions that define this, such as the BBC or the British Museum, the namesake of the collection. British Museum pushes the reader to recognise and question personal morality and responsibility in light of a their sense of a national identity that is, at this time, greatly challenged.

the princess saves herself in this one - Amanda Lovelace
Lovelace gives us an intriguing poetry collection that is set into four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and “you”. This collection brings together the life of Lovelace, but also engages directly with the reader, exploring the ideas of loss, love, grief, inspiration, and empowerment.

Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami
World-renowned author Haruki Murakami returns with seven tales of men who have found themselves without women, and are left inexplicably alone in their absence. Included are stories of disappearing cats, baseball, lonely hearts, and the Beatles, along with Murkami’s signature wry wit and humour.

I’d Die for You – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’d Die for You encompasses the last of Fitzgerald’s unpublished works, the author renowned for the timeless classis that is The Great Gatsby. Included are stories originally published in magazines in the 1930s, movie scenario’s originally destined for movie studios, and some stories that, due to their subject matter, were never published, and perhaps may never have been if not for this new collection. Readers will experience the real, uncensored life of young men and women in the 1930’s, often inspired by Fitzgerald’s own tumultuous life, in a collection that spans his entire writing career.

all the beloved ghosts – Alison Macleod
Alison Macleod, a Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of blends fiction, biography and memoir into an evocative collection of short stories that take us into history, literature, and the lives of iconic figures. Stories include; a woman in 1920s Nova Scotia emerging from mourning and wears a new fur coat that will change her entire life; a teenager looking for a lost love in the summer of 2011, in a riotous London; an author visits the gravesite of Sylvia Plath's, making an unusual and unexpected connection in the past. In a set of stories that capture the idioms of memory, media and mortality, Macleod has crafted a collection that captures the truth and experience of human existence.

One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
One of Us is Lying is a Young-Adult thriller telling the story of how five strangers attend detention, but only four leave it alive. In a story that plays on and explores the idea of school-age cliques and personas, McManus delves into the human psyche to show that, whether jock, nerd, ‘beauty’ or outcast, everyone has something to hide, and that more meets the eye that trivial labels.

Wicked like a Wildfire - Lana Popović
The women in Iris and Malina's family are born with a ‘gleam’, aa unique ability to manipulate different forms of beauty through magic. Iris sees flowers as fractals turning her visions into beautiful glassworks, her sister Malina interprets moods as music, while their mother, Jasmina, bakes intricate and beautiful sceneries into baked goods. Jasmina warns the girls against using their powers publically, and falling in love, as both risk the safe and quiet lives they have created. However, their peaceful lives are upturned as Jasmina is attacked and left between life and death, as the girls discover that there is more to their powers than they realised, and that powerful curse haunts their bloodline. This is the start of a duology about magic, love, and the qualities of beauty.

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls - Lauren Karcz
The Gallery of Unfinished Girls follows Mercedes Moreno, a struggling artist who has failed to pain since her award-winning art piece a year ago. The reason for her lack of inspiration could be her ailing abuela, who is comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or perhaps it is due to Mercedes feelings for her best friend Victoria, whom she is in love with, but refuses to reveal said fact. While she struggles with her artistic integrity; art comes to her in the form of a neighbour who invites her to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate. The Estate enlivens Mercedes creativity, allowing her to reveal her deepest secrets somewhere he feels safe, but the benefits she feels while at the Estate dwindle as she leaves. As her life outside of the Estate crumbles Mercedes finds herself torn between two live: a perfect world of art, or a messier reality.

So that's my list of anticipated releases for 12017. What books are you most excited for in the oncoming months? I’d love to hear from you! Please don't hesitate to comment or get in touch with one of my social networks below!


- Georgia xo

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