As always, our Fiction section contains a bit of everything – we hope there is something for everyone in our selection here…
Crime and thriller fans are well looked after with new novels by Sophie Hannah, Julie Wassmer and Nicci French; new Scandi-crime with the continuation of Stieg Larssen’s millennium series from David Lagerkrantz and Hakan Nesser’s standalone novel. We also have Doug Johnstone’s new novel The Jump and the paperback of The Ice Twins by S.K.Tremayne, and we go back to the 1940s and 50s for Rod Reynolds’ The Dark Inside and the literary noir of The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken.
Those who prefer things historical will be interested in A Want of Kindness by Joanne Limburg – a novel about Queen Anne, or The Moor’s Account – the Man Booker longlisted novel by Laila Lalami set in the New World of 1527. We go to the court of Louis XVI for Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice and 17th century Amsterdam for Rembrandt’s Mirror by Kim Devereux; Belonging by Umi Sinha takes us less far back in time to Peshawar, India in 1907.
If contemporary novels are your thing – you might enjoy Friendship by Emily Gould, The Crossing by Andrew Miller or Moving by Jenny Eclair, and Us by David Nicholls now in paperback. William Boyd’s new novel Sweet Caress is a fictional biography, Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing With Feathers is making headlines, and Kauthar by Meike Ziervogel looks at the radicalisation of a Muslim convert. We feature our first Montenegrin novel by Andrej Nikolaidis, an Algerian one in The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud and a harrowing tale about Zimbabwe in The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah.
Fantasy and SF are well catered for this issue – from the literary in Salman Rushdie’s latest tour de force and Margaret Atwood’s new dystopia. We also include a Gothic fantasy set in a dystopian modern day Paris by Aliette de Bodard, and Paul Cornell’s new Shadow Police story Witches of Lychford. We round off with the huge fun Autobiography of James T Kirk ‘edited’ by David A Goodman.
There are always some novels that defy classification. Greg Hrbek’s Not on Fire, But Burning is speculative fiction set in the very near future, and Patrick De Witt’s new comedy Undermajordomo Minor brings to mind a Ruritanian fantasy, whereas The Killing Kind is a sort of horror cum crime novel from SF writer Chris Holm.
Annabel, Fiction editor.