Exciting Reads for 2015
Sophie Clews | On 31, Mar 2015
As one month ends and a new one begins, I decided it was time to look at some of the most exciting book releases so far of 2015, and whatâ€™s left to come.
Amnesia by Peter Carey
Released: January 14
Peter Carey has certainly been one of Australiaâ€™s most prolific and successful authors. His latest book, Amnesia, is certainly up to date, focusing on cyber hackers and hacktivists. The book looks into Australiaâ€™s relationship with the US, whilst staying very firmly rooted in an Australian setting, and works as a blend of the present and the past.
After Birth by Elisa Albert
Released: February 17
In her third novel, Albert explores an issue not often talked about. Ari, the novelâ€™s protagonist, struggles after giving birth to her son, fighting with the urge to always be near him and the freedom she feels when he is at childcare. This novel talks about the loneliness of after-birth, an inexplicable feeling, discusses feminism, female relationships, and is an overall triumph.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Released: March 3
Best known for his novel Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro has waited ten years to publish his new book. Itâ€™s a change of genre for the author, with The Buried Giant erring on the side of fantasy as it follows a couple in search of their son, a child they have not seen in years. With the allure of Ishiguroâ€™s past writing to entice you, itâ€™s well worth a read.
WHATâ€™S TO COME
Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
Release Date: April 7
Looking at Figâ€™s life from six to nineteen, Fig explores the protagonistâ€™s complex relationship with her schizophrenic mother as she tries to come to terms with her own mental illness. Dealing with subject matter not often aired, this novel, written in a tangle between reality and fantasy, is bound to tug on some hearts.
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Release Date: September
Franzen has remained virtually quiet on the details of his upcoming novel, Purity. Speculations abound, all the information that has been released thus far is of the protagonist, a woman named Purity (or Pip, apparently), who is on the search for her fatherâ€™s identity.
Harry Potter and the Philosopherâ€™s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Release Date: October 6
For those of us who are feeling nostalgic, Bloomsbury has announced they will be releasing a completely illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopherâ€™s Stone. While the book has been around for a long while, this new edition is bound to attract fans old and new (myself included) as an invaluable addition to any good Harry Potter collection.