4 new books by favourite authors

As much as I try NOT to read a constant diet of shiny new books it’s sometimes difficult when there are so many tempting new books being advertised on social media and being reviewed by bloggers. My wishlist seems to grow exponentially by the day!

To make matters worse, four of my favourite writers are due to have new novels published this year: John Banville (Irish), Damon Galgut (South African), Per Petterson (Norwegian) and Colm Tóibín (Irish).

Here’s some more information about the books, arranged in order of publication date and with details lifted from publisher websites:

‘The Promise’ by Damon Galgut
Publication date: June, in UK and Australia

“The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for — not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled. The narrator’s eye shifts and blinks: moving fluidly between characters, flying into their dreams; deliciously lethal in its observation. And as the country moves from old deep divisions to its new so-called fairer society, the lost promise of more than just one family hovers behind the novel’s title.”

‘Men in my Situation’ by Per Petterson
Publication date: August, in UK and Australia

“In 1992 Arvid Jansen is thirty-eight and divorced. Turid has left with their three girls, slipping into her young, exuberant crowd of friends, ‘the colourful’, and a new house with no trace of their previous life together. More than a year has passed since the tragic accident that took his parents and two of his brothers. Existence has become a question of holding on to a few firm things. Loud, smoky bars, whisky, records, company for the night and taxis home. Or driving his Mazda into the stunning, solitary landscape outside of Oslo, sleeping in the car when his bed is an impossible place to be, craving a connection that is always just beyond reach. At some point, the girls decide against weekend visits with their dad. Arvid suspects that his eldest daughter, Vigdis, sees what kind of a man he really is. Adrift and inept, paralysed by grief. And maybe she’s right to keep her distance from his lonely life. Is there any redemption for a man in his situation? When Arvid has lost or been left by all those dear to him and feels his life unravelling, perhaps there is still a way forward.”

‘The Magician’ by Colm Tóibín
Publication date: September, in UK and Australia

“The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism. He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity. Through one life, Colm Tóibín tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.”

‘April in Spain’ by John Banville
Publication date: October, in UK and Australia

“When Dublin pathologist Quirke glimpses a familiar face while on holiday with his wife, it’s hard, at first, to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Could she really be who he thinks she is, and have a connection with a crime that nearly brought ruin to an Irish political dynasty? Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home and Detective St John Strafford is soon dispatched to Spain. But he’s not the only one on route: as a terrifying hitman hunts down his prey, they are all set for a brutal showdown.”

Are there any books here you would be keen to read? What books are you looking forward to this year?

16 thoughts on “4 new books by favourite authors

  1. I already have the new Galgut on hand, it just came out this month. I am a holding off reading it for a while, maybe just a little nervous that it won’t live up to past work—I have no reason to worry but we do expect our favourites to carry extra weight don’t we? I did not know about the Per Petterson, I will have to bookmark that one too!

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    • Oh, lucky you! Yes, there’s always a sense of trepidation about reading a book by a favourite writer. You really hope it will live up to expectation but there are rare occasions when it doesn’t.

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  2. Wonderful books, Kim! I loved Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses. I’m not sure about the plot of this new book of his, but hopefully the book is good. Cólm Toibín’s book looks quite fascinating! I’m hoping to read a few Thomas Mann books later this year. Will add this book to that list. John Banville’s mystery looks fascinating! Looks like he has started writing mysteries in his own name now. Looking forward to these books. Happy reading!

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    • Most of Per Peterson’s books are about a specific period in Arvid’s life. They are not written in chronological order (or at least I don’t think they are) so it’s always interesting being reacquainted with him to see what challenges he’s now facing.

      I’m not really familiar with Thomas Mann but I’d read anything written by Toibin, he’s such a wonderful writer!

      And yea, it seems Banville has ditched his Benjamin Black pseudonym… at last!

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      • Very interesting to know that, Kim. I need to read more of Per Petterson’s books. Nice to know that John Banville has ditched his pseudonym 😊

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