Sunday, January 02, 2005


A bumper harvest of literary delights!

THE New Year is filled with a bumper harvest of literary delights to keep me up all night. The following are books I am looking forward to reading in 2005:

Zorro / Isabel Allende
Articles of War / Nick Arvin
Brooklyn Follies / Paul Auster
The Harmony Silk Factory / Tash Aw
Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon / Dean Bakopoulos
The Wonder Spot / Melissa Bank
The Sea / John Banville
Arthur & George / Julian Barnes
A Long Long Way / Sebastian Barry
The Landscape of Love / Sally Beauman
The Year of Pleasures / Elizabeth Berg
The Family on Paradise Pier / Dermot Bolger
Leaving Home / Anita Brookner
March / Geraldine Brooks
Acts of Faith / Philip Caputo
The Garden Book / Brian Castro
It's All Right Now / Charles Chadwick
A House of Light / Candida Clark
Love is Strange / Joseph Connolly
A Slight Trick of the Mind / Mitch Cullin
Specimen Days / Michael Cunningham
White / Marie Darrieussecq (trans. from the French by Ian Monk)
Tokyo Cancelled / Rana Dasgupta
This Human Season / Louise Dean
Surface / Siddhartha Deb
The March / E.L. Doctorow
Grace / Robert Drewe
Nothing to be Afraid of / Will Eaves
26a / Diana Evans
Human Traces / Sebastian Faulks
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer
Is There Anything You Want? / Margaret Forster
Friendly Fire / Patrick Gale
Memories of My Melancholy Whores / Gabriel García Márquez (trans. from the Spanish by Edith Grossman)
An Acre of Barren Ground; Or, the History of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Brick Lane / Jeremy Gavron
The Secret River / Kate Grenville
Wreckage / Niall Griffiths
Desertion / Abdulrazak Gurnah
Baker Towers / Jennifer Haigh
Envy / Kathryn Harrison
American Purgatorio / John Haskell
The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke / Steven Hayward
Come Dance With Me / Russell Hoban
The Short Day Dying / Peter Hobbs
The Ice Queen / Alice Hoffman
A Long Way Down / Nick Hornby
Until I Find You / John Irving
Never Let Me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro
All for Love / Dan Jacobson
Grace and Truth / Jennifer Johnston
Limits of Enchantment / Graham Joyce
State of the Union / Douglas Kennedy
The Mermaid Chair / Sue Monk Kidd
The Ha-Ha / Dave King
The History of Love / Nicole Krauss
Utterly Monkey / Nick Laird
A Short History of Ukrainian Tractors / Marina Lewycka
Making It Up / Penelope Lively
Home Land / Sam Lipsyte
Beyond Black / Hilary Mantel
No Country for Old Men / Cormac McCarthy
Saturday / Ian McEwan
The Coast of Akron / Adrienne Miller
The Optimists / Andrew Miller
Lost in the Forest / Sue Miller
The Lost Mother / Mary McGarry Morris
The Trial of True Love / William Nicholson
Ghost Portrait / Gregory Norminton
The Good Wife / Stewart O'Nan
Haunted / Chuck Palahniuk
A Town by the Sea / Chris Paling
Rapids / Tim Parks
Rules for Old Men Waiting / Peter Pouncey
Shalimar the Clown / Salman Rushdie
A Thread of Grace / Mary Doria Russell
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See
Broken Verses / Kamila Shamsie
Prep / Curtis Sittenfeld
The Accidental / Ali Smith
On Beauty / Zadie Smith
Misfortune / Wesley Stace
A Factory of Cunning / Philippa Stockley
The Angel of Forgetfulness / Steve Stern
The Republic of Trees / Sam Taylor
The Alchemy of Desire / Tarun J. Tejpal
Blinding Light / Paul Theroux
Divided Kingdom / Rupert Thomson
The Rules of Perspective / Adam Thorpe
Ordinary Heroes / Scott Turow
High Plains Tango / Robert James Waller
Ya-Yas in Bloom / Rebecca Wells
Only Say the Word / Niall Williams
A Jealous Ghost / A.N. Wilson
The Position / Meg Wolitzer

The Summer He Didn't Die / Jim Harrison

War by Candlelight / Daniel Alarcón
Follies: New Stories / Ann Beattie
Here is Where We Meet / John Berger
God Lives in St. Petersburg and Other Stories / Tom Bissell
Tooth and Claw / T.C. Boyle
The Fahrenheit Twins / Michel Faber
This Other Salt / Aamer Hussein
Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance / Matthew Kneale
Heaven Lies Above Us / Eugene McCabe
Mother of Sorrows / Richard McCann
A Perfect Stranger and Other Stories / Roxana Robinson
Last Night / James Salter
The Read Carpet: Bangalore Stories / Lavanya Sankaran
A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer / Christine Schutt

The Shout: Selected Poems / Simon Armitage
Where Shall I Wander / John Ashbery
The Good Neighbour / John Burnside
School of the Arts / Mark Doty
Refusing Heaven / Jack Gilbert
Overlord / Jorie Graham
The Birch Grove / Seamus Heaney
Scenes from Comus / Geoffrey Hill
A Shorter Life / Alan Jenkins
Jack and Other New Poems / Maxine Kumin
To a Fault / Nick Laird
The Sugar Mile / Glyn Maxwell
My Noiseless Entourage / Charles Simic

Shakespeare: A Biography / Peter Ackroyd
Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing (published as Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose, 1983-2005 in the U.S.) / Margaret Atwood
The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature / John Bayley
Quicksands: A Memoir / Sybille Bedford
Heartland: A Memoir / Neil Cross
Sleeping Arrangements / Laura Shaine Cunningham
Findings / Kathleen Jamie
The Disappointment Artist / Jonathan Lethem
The Hall of a Thousand Columns: Hindustan to Malabar with Ibn Battutah / Tim Mackintosh-Smith
India in Mind / Edited by Pankaj Mishra
Uncensored: Views and (Re)Views / Joyce Carol Oates
Istanbul: Memories of a City (published in the U.S. as Istanbul: Memories and the City) / Orhan Pamuk (trans. from the Turkish by Maureen Freely)
Two Lives / Vikram Seth
Matisse: The Master / Hilary Spurling
D.H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider / John Worthen


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