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The Essential Book Lovers’ Guide To 2017 Must-Read Fiction

The Essential Book Lovers' Guide To 2017 Must-Read Fiction

There was a long list of strong women’s fiction published last year, and 2017 is shaping up to be equally as good.

The Golden Child from Wendy James is already getting lots of buzz ahead of its late-January publication, as is Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett. Also on its way to the Dymocks shelves in January is Who’s Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis, the sequel to her 2016 debut. Two collections of stories to look out for in January are Roxane Gay’s collection Difficult Women, and Homesick for Another World from Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author Ottessa Moshfegh.

Thriller fans have much to look forward to in 2017. The River at Night by Erica Ferencik, Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land, Crimson Lake by Candice Fox, and The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney are out this month, along with the sequel to American Blood by Ben Sanders, Marshall’s Law, and the final title in the best-selling Cliff Hardy series by Peter Corris, Win, Lose, or Draw. Peter Swanson is back this month as well with Her Every Fear, and a new series from Terry Goodkind kicks off with Death’s Mistress.

Did you know there is a sequel to The War of the Worlds being released in February? Neither did we, until very recently! Authorised by the H.G. Wells Estate, The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter picks up 14 years after the Martians invaded England. Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman and the second book from Dymock’s book club author team Alice Campion (The Shifting Light) both hit book shelves in February, along with The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino, which the Australian publisher Simon & Schuster is very excited about.


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The 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen, is back in mid-February with his second novel The Refugees. February will also see the publication of the first novel from short story master George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) and a new epic from Paul Auster called 4 3 2 1, his first novel in seven years. Joanna Trollope’s 20th novel, City of Friends, is published next month, and also expected is a new novel from Nicola Moriarty (The Fifth Letter). Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology is set to be quite popular when it’s released this month as well.

Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, has a new novel called Exit West coming in March, but if crime fiction is more your style then you can’t go past Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. If the discovery of a body with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together piques your interest, definitely pick this one up. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly is another thriller to look out for in March. March also brings us The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen, and Lia Hills’s debut novel The Crying Place. Samantha Shannon is back in March with The Song Rising, the third book in The Bone Season series. Finally, look out for The Wanderers by Meg Howrey, a book being described as Station Eleven meets The Martian.


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The sequel to last year’s racy Maestra by L.S. Hilton, Domina, is published in April, along with the much-hyped See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders) and Hidden Hours by Sara Foster. April also brings with it House of Names by Colm Toibin, a retelling of the ‘Atreus’ myths of Greek antiquity, and a new novel from Hannah Tinti called The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. This month, among the eagerly anticipated books are Hundred Small Lessons from Ashley Hay (best-selling author of The Railwayman’s Wife) the second novel from Anna Spargo-Ryan called The Gulf, the first in a new series from Laini Taylor called Strange the Dreamer, and Congo Dawn from Katherine Scholes. Finally, April will bring us a new Kathy Lette novel called Best Laid Plans.

May is the month of mega authors. Paula Hawkins’s second novel Into the Water is released and the excitement is palpable. Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien  will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Jo Nesbo’s protagonist Harry Hole is back in May with his eleventh outing, The Thirst. A new work of fiction from the best-selling Hugh Mackay will hit Dymock’s shelves this month; Selling the Dream is a blistering satirical take on the world of advertising, and is based on Hugh’s many years working in the industry. May is also the month where we will see a new book from Haruki Murakami. Men Without Women, told in seven parts, observes the lives of men who find themselves alone. Cory Doctorow’s next novel Walkaway will be published this month. It’s a multi-generational science-fiction thriller about the momentous changes coming in the next hundred years. Finally, look out for Richell Prize-winner Sally Abbott’s climate-change novel Closing Down, the prequel to The Girl With all the Gifts by M.R Carey called The Boy on the Bridge, and Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.

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One of the biggest publishing stories of 2017 is set to be the new novel from Arundhati Roy. It’s hard to believe that The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize in 1997, was Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, and even harder to believe that we haven’t had a second novel from her since. We’re eagerly anticipating the publication of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness in June. June also brings us a debut psychological thriller from Sarah Bailey called The Dark Lake, along with a new novel from David Free called Get Poor Slow, an antipodean noir set in and around Australia’s media and publishing worlds. Ban Hobson’s debut novel To Become a Whale is published this month as well. If you like a side of humour with your murders, Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes (also released in June) is the book for you, and is the first in a new series.

The second half of 2017 is set to bring us new books from Kate Forsyth (Beauty in Thorns), Alex Miller (The Passage of Love), Michelle de Kretser (Life to Come), Sofie Laguna (The Choke), Kim Scott (Taboo), Jane Harper (author of The Dry), Jane Green, and Karen Viggers. Di Morrissey and Judy Nunn will also have new novels in late 2017, and in August the final novel in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, is published.

City of Crows, the next novel from Chris Womersley is published in September, along with the penultimate book in the P.I. Kinsey series by Sue Grafton. Y is for what, exactly? We’ll have to wait to find out. In late 2017 Origin by Dan Brown, the fifth Robert Langdon novel, will be published. Also in September, we’ll see a continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, let’s call it Millennium V, along with the publication of A Column of Fire by Ken Follett. Coming in at over a thousand pages, we’re excited to hear Ken Follett will be returning to Kingsbridge.

Late 2017 will also see the publication of two exciting debut novels: Bridget Crack from author Rachel Leary, a novel that centres on an escaped female convict’s struggle for survival in the Tasmanian wilderness, and The Lucky Galah from Tracy Sorenson, which has been described as Madame Bovary with red dust and Tropical Cyclone Steve.

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