It is my favourite time of the year for book buying, when publishers release the highest volume of compelling books. Most of the books I buy during the year are older releases, filling gaps in my collection of the thirty or so writers I return to repeatedly (the ‘I Prefer’ list in my side-bar). Occasionally I am drawn in by a new writer on the scene (Teju Cole) or by newly translated writers. Here are some of the books I have pre-ordered and look forward to reading in the colder, darker months:
- The second volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters covering the war years and the period when he wrote The Trilogy.
- Impossible Objects – Interviews with the inspiring Simon Critchley, covering tragedy, poetry, humour and music.
- 1Q84 – The long-awaited Murakami which I won’t be reading until the noise has passed.
- Pascal Quignard’s Sex and Terror and The Roving Shadows; a writer endorsed by two great readers.
- All the Roads are Open and Lyric Novella by Annemarie Schwarzenbach. A new writer to me but both books sound deeply fascinating.
- Professor Andersen’s Night – Dag Solstad. I enjoyed Shyness and Dignity and the brilliant Novel 11, Book 18.
- Dukla – Andrzej Stasiuk (review).
- The Map and the Territory – Michel Houellebecq’s latest provocation, his books draw me in like a rubbernecker at an accident scene.
- Parallel Stories – Péter Nádas. Though I must read A Book of Memories (“The greatest novel written in our time, and one of the great books of the century.” Susan Sontag) first.