Over the last few months, my appetite for books has grown. I have managed to branch out of my whodunnit / chick-lit comfort zone, have started to dip into non-fiction readings and actually keep up to-date with forthcoming releases.
As I am a ‘do it immediately or don’t do it at all’ type of person, I have found that pre-ordering books is easier. I pledge the money and the book is reserved for me. The money doesn’t leave my account until publication date, and getting a pre-ordered book in the post is almost like a surprise present. Below are the current novels and memoirs I have on pre-order.
Dolly Alderton. A wonder woman; journalist; podcaster; memoir scriber; Rod Stewart obsessor. Her first foray and seminal memoir Everything I Know About Love hustled its way into hearts, onto sun loungers across the globe and was probably dipped into a few pools while it was at it. We cried and we laughed. I loved it so much, I wrote about it here.
Two years on from EIKAL and 2020 is ringing with the forthcoming air of Ghosts, Alderton’s debut novel. Her first protagonist is Nina Dean, a highly-successful food writer. Succumbing to the inevitable pitfalls of online dating, debating the idea that our parents are not physically with use forever and the over-analysed biological clock, Ghosts is the ultimate smorgasbord of feelings for millennials.
No hyperbole included; the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy saved my life. I fell in love with the glitz and the glamour of the Singaporean Young family and their lives of debauchery. I also adored the minor plot twist of a character going under the knife to resemble Christian Bale, but coming out like Kristen Bell. I wrote about my love for the first Crazy Rich Asians novel, here.
Now, I am hoping for more iconic chick-lit happenings in Kwan’s newest novel, Sex & Vanity.
Waterstones promises that Sex & Vanity, the the first in Kwan’s latest Cities trilogy will be “gloriously decadent and wildly romantic”. A Wall Street-wealthy Lucie Tang Churchill finds herself spinning through a love triangle of disastrous proportions. Fuelled by her parents potential disapproval, Lucie must choose between what she likes and what her society has programmed her to desire. Raucous and scandalous; Kevin Kwan is in his own lane.
Mystery currently casts a veil over the fifth Strike novel. All we currently know about the 2018 Lethal White followup (I wrote about it here) is its title – Troubled Blood. Therefore, fans are already speculating profusely. Written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, Troubled Blood is thought to be as quick, gory, witty and intelligent as its older sisters. What can we expect from Detective Strike and his assistant, Robyn? Anything. That is the problem.
Skin: the black, gay frontwoman of Glastonbury headlining-band, Skunk Anansie. A protester; a power-bank; a LGBTQ+ champion; a solo-artist; an icon. Her memoir, Skin: It Takes Blood and Guts, ties up misconceptions and celebrates Skin’s total diversity and openness. It is a story of how a working-class girl grew into herself, defied odds and inspired millions. She gave herself her voice and she is still giving those who can’t talk the chance to. To say she is one of the most influential women in British rock is an understatement.
Punctuating my GCSE English lessons with Alex Rider and my adult life with the Hawthorne mysteries, Anthony Horowitz is hands-down my favourite author. I just cannot consume enough. In 2018, I was obsessed with Magpie Murders (read my review here) and 2020 has reignited that love, with the latter’s sequel Moonflower Murders being scripted for an August release.
Moonflower Murders – again thought to take the form of a novel within a novel – sees the return of Atticus Pund and now-retired publisher, Susan Ryeland. A little Greek Mama Mia hotel setting. A family with a mysterious story. The promise of mortal danger. Anything goes in Moonflower Murders. Preparing to spell us into oblivion, Horowitz’s crime thriller is not one to hide away from.
André Leon Talley is a former Vogue creative director, previous Met Gala red carpet reporter and Anna Witour’s best friend. The latter is juicily in the past tense. His forthcoming memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, is The Devil Wear’s Prada personified. Talley is coming for the top.
He talks dealing with causal racism in the Vogue workplace and his rusty relationship with “The Empress Wintour” who “in her power, has disappointed [me] in her humanity.” He discusses body-shaming, falling into friendship with the late Karl Largerfeld, surviving the illicit fashion rumour mill and more. A tell-all book unveiling the dark side of fashion journalism and the industry itself. It is gonna be a crazy ride.
Mnemosyne is the God of memory, language and words. Currently, she is inhabiting the body of Hampstead-born Stephen Fry, whom she is feeding information regarding the spoils of Troy. Be prepared to dive headlong into the Grecian Armies knocking on the Trojans doors. Taste the skin of Achillies. Feel the shift of power which comes with Chryseis’ return. Shudder as Odysseus breaths down your neck in the magnificent wooden horse.
Troy is an imaginative retelling of Homer’s The Illiad and a story which has been covered in every medium imaginable. Fry is sure to bring sparkling energy and a blunt comedic edge to the tragic Trojan tale. There is a reason this story still lives, and Stephen Fry has just given it some more oxygen.