I’m not one of these bloggers who knows or cares about upcoming releases, because unless it’s an author I already love, how do I know to be excited for it? However this year there are a few books coming from my favourite authors, so I thought I’d mention those to you today, in order of when they’ll be published.
Not very far from now, we’ll be treated to a new novel from Fredrik Backman called Beartown. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about – it sounds like it’s not really about very much at all. But that’s what I love about Backman’s works: the fact that you can’t really explain to people what the story is, because they are just about ordinary people living ordinary lives, but they affect the people around them in extraordinary ways.
I’ve already pre-ordered The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey, which comes out in May. We don’t know much about the plot yet, or if it’s a sequel or more of a spin-off, but we do know that it’s a return to the world of The Girl With All The Gifts by the same author. I loved that book so am exceptionally looking forward to a new story within that world.
I still haven’t read Philippa Gregory’s most recent book, Three Sisters, Three Queens, because the storyline doesn’t appeal to me that much. However, I can’t wait to see how Gregory deals with the story of Lady Jane Grey when she publishes The Last Tudor in August.
It’s been a long time coming. Gregory is famous for giving voices to the women of history, and I’ve often wondered why she hadn’t turned her hand to the story of Lady Jane. I thought maybe she just didn’t want to do it because it had already been explored so often. It’s such a well-known, real-life tragedy that I thought she just didn’t see the point in adding to it. But I’m so glad we’re getting something from her on this subject.
Finally, I can’t wait for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay. Like its predecessors, this will be released in October, and I’m expecting it to be just as, if not more, fantastic.
Some great characters are introduced in the third HP book so I’m excited to see Kay’s take on them. It was also my favourite of the series for years, until Half-Blood Prince came out, so I’m looking forward to the nostalgia. Reading these illustrated editions has been a wonderful way of rediscovering the series; it’s achieved what Pottermore promised and failed to do.