All the papers at the moment are full of lists tipping the most anticipated books of 2015 and which they think will be this years hot books. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday run by Broke and Bookish is on a similar theme, the top ten debut novels of 2015 your looking forward to. Having read the papers and generally had a bit of a route around I have a list of 5 books due for release in 2015 I’m looking forward to, some though not all are debut novels. No doubt as the year progresses there will be many many more.
1. The Dirty Dust by Mairtin O Cadhain, translated by Alan Titley.
Consistently ranked among one of the most important works in modern Irish literature, it has finally been translated into English for the first time. My own Irish being extremely weak, it wouldn’t be up to reading the original Irish so I look forward to reading the translation. Set in a graveyard all the characters may be dead but this does not stop the gossiping, backbiting, rumors and complaining as the inhabitants of the graveyard listen in and observe the local community. It has been hailed for its ability to capture the absurdity of human behaviour, the life of a small community and spirit and language of the Irish.
Release Date: March 2015
2. Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Another Irish entry is Sara Baume’s debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither which tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two outcasts in rural Ireland. Sara Baume won the Davy Byrne Short Story Prize 2014. It is also published by Tramp Press, one the numerous independent publishers which have appeared in Ireland in recent years, championing Irish talent. The credentials are there so it’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to expectation.
Release Date: January 2015
3. The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
We move out of Ireland with The Wolf Border which tells the tale of a woman returning home after a number of years to the Lake District where she has been hired to help reintroduce the Grey wolf to the area and forcing her to face a number of issues in her life.
Release Date: April 2015
4. Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
The next installment of Austen Project, which entails modern writers taking and re-imagining in them modern era the works of Jane Austen, due for publication is Pride and Prejudice which has been taken on by Curtis Sittenfeld. To date they have been releasing a book each Spring and Autumn. There may therefore be another installment before the end of the year but no indications on which of the two remaining works (Mansfield Park and Persuasion) it will be.
Release Date: July 2015
5. The Curtain Falls by Carole Gurnett
I do enjoy historical fiction. Another debut novel, The Curtain Falls is set in the Victorian London’s theater district and details the secret life of a gay writer at a time when being gay to land you in jail.
Release Date: March 2015