New Releases: 10 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2021

Featuring new titles from our favourite authors, inspiring non-fiction and the debut novel that’s tipped to be the next Normal People, these are the books we can’t wait to read in 2021.

In the spirit of looking forward, we've picked out the books we'll be devouring 2021. Whether they'll be stuffed in our carry ons or read at home is a different story.

We've pulled together new releases from some of our favourite authors - Kazuo Ishiguro, Lisa Taddeo - and spotlighted the debuts to add to your must-read list. Expect musings on modern motherhood, an infectiously proactive plan for tackling climate change and the coming-of-age novel that's tipped to be the next Normal People.

10 of the most anticipated new books of 2021

The Push by Ashley Audrain

7 January

If Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin got you thinking, you'll likely enjoy Audrain's dark yet poetic exploration of motherhood. What happens if it's not all it's cracked up to be? What happens when it's everything you feared? It's a compulsive read; expect to race through in a few days, and for it to linger in your mind for many more afterwards.

The Panic Years by Nell Frizzell

11 February

In the time between adolescence and menopause, many decisions a woman makes - be it work, our weekends, our postcode, partner - are hurried by our biological clock. This honest, laugh-out-loud memoir of Nell (who was photographed wild swimming in Vol. 30 Health) asks us to start a more candid conversation around the "panic" years because, spoiler, they don't just affect women.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

2 March

What does it mean to be human? So asks Ishiguro's first novel since he won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. In it, an "Artificial Friend" named Klara reflects on the world from inside a shop, where she watches passersby and hopes that a customer will take her home.

What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri

4 March

Dismantling racism doesn't happen by reading alone, but it can be a good start. From the author of Don't Touch My Hair, this book serves as a clear and practical guide for white people who want to act on their allyship. No denial, no guilt, just real and meaningful change.

Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins

29 April

Laila has had several miscarriages before she turns to the Melancons, a Harlem family known for its protective magic. Her baby is stillborn but little does she know that, not long after, her niece, Amara, delivers a child which the Melancons raise as one of their own. It's a story about power, tradition, revenge and, above all, our search for connection.

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

11 May

Stacey Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 11 years, became the first African-American woman nominated for governor by a major party and was influential in flipping her state in the 2020 US election. Oh, and she's written books too. Nine of them. Her first eight (under the pen name Selena Montgomery) are romances, but her latest title is one of mystery. A young legal clerk becomes the power of attorney for her boss who has fallen into a coma.

Animal by Lisa Taddeo

24 June

This debut fiction from the author behind the bestselling Three Women revolves around Joan. She's a rather depraved narrator who, between New York and Los Angeles, finds her killer streak after enduring a lifetime of suffering the cruelties of men.

Transitional by Munroe Bergdorf

1 July

The transgender activist and model made headlines in summer 2020 when, after a bidding war, her "gender manifesto" secured a six-figure deal. Drawing on her own experiences, she explores themes such as identity, relationships and race, and reflects on change as a part of every human experience. Differences, she writes, can be a tool to build a better community.

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