One eye is on my reading stack and another is on all those shiny new books that are forthcoming. I do try and ignore them, but the moment I start looking they seem to be all over the place. One book leads to another and another and another. My wishlist seems to have grown exponentially this past week. Drat all those mailing lists I am on. Talk about being led into temptation. Of course looking and writing down titles is not a problem. And I really do try and avoid buying new books in hardcover. And I have been far more discerning when it comes to what I borrow from the library. So maybe if I just share a handful of new books that look quite good to me here it will be enough to stave off actually trying to obtain copies? Besides some of them aren't actually going to be published for months yet. But it is hard not to be excited by some of those new books with intriguing stories that I want to read. You never know where you might find a favorite, too. So, to end the work week (or start the weekend off with) a handful of new books I can't wait to see up close (and maybe read!):
Woolf: A Guide for the Perplexed, Kathryn Simpson -- Okay, this is more a helpful sort of book than a escapist read, but as I really do plan on reading something by Virginia Woolf this year, this might well come in helpful.
Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature, Meredith Maran -- Since this might well be a year of biographies and memoirs for me, this sounds like a perfect accompanying read.
The English Girl, Katherine Webb -- "Joan Seabrook, a fledgling archaeologist, has fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Arabia by travelling from England to the ancient city of Muscat with her fiance, Rory. Desperate to escape the pain of a personal tragedy, she longs to explore the desert fort of Jabrin, and unearth the treasures it is said to conceal. But Oman is a land lost in time - hard, secretive, and in the midst of a violent upheaval - and gaining permission to explore Jabrin could prove impossible. Joan's disappointment is only alleviated by the thrill of meeting her childhood heroine, pioneering explorer Maude Vickery, and hearing first-hand the stories that captured her imagination and fuelled her ambition as a child.
Jezebel's Daughter, Wilkie Collins -- How exciting--a 'new' novel by Wilkie Collins, one of my favorite authors! "Reminiscent of Collins's blockbusters The Woman in White and Armadale, this suspenseful case study in villainy is set against the financial world of 1820s Frankfurt and tells the story of two widows, one of them devoted to realizing her husband's social reforms, the other equally devoted to the pursuit of her daughter's happiness."
Noonday, Pat Barker -- "Completing the story of Elinor Brooke, Paul Tarrant and Kit Neville begun with Life Class and continued with Toby's Room, Noonday is both a stand-alone novel and the climax of a trilogy. Writing about the Second World War for the first time, Pat Barker brings the besieged and haunted city of London into electrifying life in her most powerful novel since the Regeneration trilogy." I've read Toby's Room and now must pick up Life Class, soon!
The After Party, Anton Disclafani -- "From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all."
The Ballroom, Anna Hope -- "Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, The Ballroom is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which."
The Muse, Jessie Burton -- "From the bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that links them together."
Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave -- " . . . a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London."
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer, Kate Summerscale -- "At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Kate Summerscale recreates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past."
Smoke, Dan Vyleta -- "An elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright. Teachers with mysterious ties to warring political factions at the highest levels of government. Three young people who learn everything they’ve been taught is a lie—knowledge that could cost them their lives. A grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories. A love triangle. A desperate chase. Revolutionaries and secret police. Religious fanatics and coldhearted scientists. Murder. A London filled with danger and wonder. A tortured relationship between a mother and a daughter, and a mother and a son. Unexpected villains and unexpected heroes. Cool reason versus passion. Rich versus poor. Right versus wrong, though which is which isn’t clear."
Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild -- "Wickedly funny, this totally engaging, richly observed first novel by Hannah Rothschild is a tour de force. Its sweeping narrative and cast of wildly colorful characters takes you behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant eighteenth-century-style dinner party, and into a modest living room in Berlin, among many other unexpected settings."
What We Become, Arturo Perez-Reverte, " . . . an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. A story of romance, adventure, and espionage, this novel solidifies Pérez-Reverte as an international literary giant."
Oh my! Here's me falling over backwards in a state of Happy Anticipation! Several authors on the list have books already published and in my reading stacks so maybe I can satisfy my desires by picking up those 'other books'? And this just skims the surface of my wishlist . . .