A selection of Curtis Brown writers have been included in articles highlighting the most anticipated upcoming novels of 2016. Writers from a number of national newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent, and The Mail on Sunday all picked the fiction and non-fiction releases they were most excited about.
Howard Jacobson and Margaret Atwood’s upcoming titles, retellings of Shakespearean dramas as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, were both identified as top picks for the next year. Jacobson’s Shylock is My Name, his take on The Merchant of Venice, transports Shylock to modern-day Manchester, in a sublimely black tragicomedy, and was highlighted by The Guardian, The Independent and the BBC.
Atwood’s reimagining of The Tempest was picked by The Independent and the BBC for the upcoming year, as was her graphic novel debut Angel Catbird, about a part cat, part bird superhero.
There was a mention by the BBC for John le Carré’s long-awaited memoir and first work of non-fiction, The Pigeon Tunnel, in which he describes the men and women who inspired some of his best-known novels and explores the events which shaped his literary engagement with the last half-century.
Jeffrey Archer’s sixth instalment in the Clifton Chronicles, Cometh the Hour, was highlighted by the BBC as another notable release. The novel opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.
At the Edge of the Orchard, the new novel from author of international bestseller Girl With the Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, which follows the Goodenough family who resettle to western Ohio from New England in the nineteenth century, was also selected by the BBC as a notable release in 2016.
Shirley Barrett’s Rush Oh!, selected by The Mail on Sunday, was one of a number of debut novels mentioned for the upcoming year. Barrett’s novel recounts the story of the eldest daughter of a whaling family in New South Wales, chronicling her family’s struggle to survive the season and her own attempts to navigate an all-consuming crush on an itinerant whaleman with a murky past.
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle was another debut identified by The Mail on Sunday. The novel is a masterfully woven web of lies, secrets and betrayals, following a conman that meets a wealthy widow online, that begins in the present and unwinds back more than half a century. Nicholas Searle is a former student at Curtis Brown Creative, and was highlighted in an article in The Observer as a new face of fiction in 2016.
There was discussion in The Guardian of S J Parris’s new thriller, Conspiracy, set in sixteenth century France. Giordano Bruno, heretic, philosopher and spy for Elizabeth I’s minister Sir Francis Walsingham, has come to Paris to find Henri III surrounded by enemies. The novel is the fifth in the Giordano Bruno series.
The autumn will see the publication of a number of new works from established American writers. The BBC and The New Statesman point to a much-anticipated new novel from former Pulitzer Prize winner, Cormac McCarthy, The Passenger. The New Statesman also mentioned Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, which narrates a sprawling drama of two families, spanning fifty years and stretching from Los Angeles to Chicago, and from Brooklyn and to Charlottesville.
There was a mention in The Financial Times for Adam Haslett’s follow up to his bestselling Union Atlantic with Imagine Me Gone, based on events that unfold after Margaret’s fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression, and she is faced with a choice: whether to carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her?
The Financial Times also highlighted Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day, which tells the story of fourteen year old Manju. Everyone around him, it seems, has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. But when Manju begins to get to know his old brother’s great rival, a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not, everything in his world begins to change and he is faced by decisions that will challenge both his sense of self and of the world around him.