Books to look forward to inFrom literary fiction to thrillers and love stories and from humour to memoirs, there is a host of recommendations here to keep you entertained during the holidays. If nonfiction is your thing, we have among other titles a powerful memoir of breakdown and recovery, an outstanding collection of soul-searching essays by an Irish academic and an entertaining story of a Brazilian full-kit chancer. Read our in-depth Books coverage and sign up for the our weekly Books Digest. Everyone tells her its normal for the mind to play tricks after a bereavement. But as he and Grace grow closer, can she distinguish between her feelings for Andy and her yearning for Henry? Grace After Henry is sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes very funny as Eithne Shortall mixes humour and tragedy with a deftness reminiscent of Marian Keyes. Was it destiny that led her father to leave Kenya for the dreary streets of Keighley in the s?
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Mick Herron continued his examination of MI5 through a glass darkly in the latest Jackson Lamb novel, the darkly satirical, beautifully written London Rules. Dirk Kurbjuweit delivered a gripping account of domestic terror in Fear Orion , in which a family comes to terms with living cheek-by-jowl with its stalker. Under the Night Faber by Alan Glynn was a thrilling ride through the darker pages of recent American history, and served as a prequel to, and sequel of, his debut The Dark Fields. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber. Please subscribe to sign in to comment. The best crime fiction of Declan Hughes and Declan Burke round up some of the best detective reads of this year Sat, Dec 15, ,
The book is relentlessly dark and unspeakably funny, and Moshfegh is among the most acute contemporary diagnosticians of American malaise. A controlled and artful exploration of absolute loss of control, an unsettling and at times very moving reconstruction of a period of serious mental illness, Mind on Fire is a beautiful book about a terrifying thing. This has been the year of reading non-fiction and delighting in fresh editions of classic works. Both of these books were first published decades ago, but then out of print, and so it is a great joy that Daunt Books and Silver Press have made them available to new readers. On my Christmas list this year?
From the ice-blue depths of glacial moulins to the vast invisible networks by which trees communicate, the multi award-winning nature writer takes us into the concealed geographies of the ground beneath our feet. Bodley Head, June. And a new name is also on the post-apocalypse trail: Penguin is expecting great things from the young writer Hanna Jameso, whose book The Last Penguin, January is set in a Washington hotel after a nuclear weapon has detonated. And in Conviction Harvill Secker, May by the queen of Glasgow noir, Denise Mina, a woman obsessed with true crime podcasts sets out to solve one for herself. We shall see.
Both of these books were first published decades ago, but then out of print, and so it is a great joy that Daunt Books and Silver Press have.
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From the angle of this island and the monumental changes that have been blowing through us this year - some seismic - homegrown literary fiction felt imbued with something in Anna Burns' Milkman Faber , a dark reel of suburban dread, sounds a loud message that Ulster has more to offer than Brexit headaches. If Burns was a bolt from the blue, Silence Under a Stone Doubleday Ireland , the proficient debut of year-old Norma MacMaster, was an example of biding your time and making sure everything was in its right place. It told of more poison from the border counties through the lens of a beleaguered female inhabitant. For atmospherics, Eoin McNamee, another cousin from the North, reigns supreme. The Vogue Faber , his first novel since 's Blue is the Night, is a masterclass in northern gothic from one of our most criminally underappreciated writers.