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

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.

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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