One of the perks of working for Dymocks is that sometimes we get our greedy little hands on books early! We love this part of our jobs, because it means we get to share with you some of the books we are most excited about before they’re published so you can get excited about them as well.
2016 is shaping to be an amazing year for fiction. We have books from some of our all-time favourite authors, and some great and exciting debuts, as well some sensational new Australian fiction (hello, Liane Moriarty, we’re looking at you!).
Here are some of the books we have already had the pleasure of reading and we can’t wait for them to be released so you can read them too. Be sure to add these to your TBR lists!
The Light on the Water by Olga Lorenzo (March 2016)
In the Australian wilderness a young autistic girl disappears and is never seen again. Two years later her mother is charged with her murder.
This book is a Lindy Chamberlain–esque story that examines the power and influence of the media in Australia. This is a 'keep you on the edge of your seat', 'did she/didn’t she' book that won’t let you sleep until the last page is turned. Oh, and Lorenzo perfectly describes and creates the Australian wilderness in all its terrifying beauty.
Maestra by L.S Hilton (March 2016)
If you want something you can’t put down and can’t stop talking about, then this is the book for you! The heroine is completely morally bankrupt and is bad news in all the best ways. Our category manager Ali has been describing this book as a mix of Fifty Shades of Grey, The Talented Mr Ripley
, and Gone Girl
. Basically, it is super sexy with a sly, conniving imposter who isn’t afraid to kill to get what she wants-- which makes for a very readable book. It has already been optioned for a movie and is the first book in what will ultimately be a trilogy.
The Midnight Watch by David Dyer (March 2016)
We all know the story of The Titanic (thank you, Leo and Kate) but what many people don’t know is that there was a smaller ship called The Californian who watched The Titanic sink.
This is the story of The Californian and the people on board whose actions and inactions so drastically dictated one of history’s most well documented disasters. This story is riveting, original, and will have you so engrossed you’ll truly think things may turn out differently.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (May 2016)
Curtis Sittenfeld writes female characters flawlessly (if you haven’t read her previous novels hop to it, like, now) and that is in part why her modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice
is so good. This book is witty and smart, and it perfectly examines and dissects modern-day social norms in a way that would make Jane Austen proud. Also, the chemistry between Sittenfeld's modern Liz and Darcy is red hot! This is one book perfect for those nights when reruns of the original BBC TV series with Colin Firth are getting a bit tired.
The Dry by Jane Harper (June 2016)
When we saw on the advance reading copy that the publisher was calling this Australian debut “the book of the year for 2016” we rolled our eyes (only a little bit, Pan Macmillan). It's kind of a big call, right? Well, we were less cynical once we had the first chapter. This crime thriller, set in a scorching, claustrophobic Australian country town, grabs you by the throat from the start and doesn’t let you take a breath until the gripping conclusion.
It's no wonder Reese Witherspoon has snapped up the rights to the film! The characterisation is spot on and the plot as tight as a drum. The Australian bush almost becomes a character in its own right with the sweltering heat and relentless drought looming as threatening in the story as any suspect.
It's not to be missed, not just for crime and thriller fans but for anyone that loves discovering great new Australian writing talent and home-grown stories.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix (June 2016)
A fantastic quote from Amy Poehler on the cover, a seven digit publishing deal, and a whole lot of buzz meant we had high hopes for this debut novel. It absolutely did not disappoint.
It is compulsively readable and the Plumb family are interesting, diverse, and completely dysfunctional. Ali wish it would never end – she could happily hang out with this eclectic family (or Amy Poehler, even) forever.
We haven’t managed to read these two yet but we cannot wait to get to them soon:
The Bricks That Built The Houses by Kate Tempest (April 2016)
What the publishers are saying: “The Bricks that Built the Houses explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral and literary microscope, exposing the everyday stories that lie behind the tired faces on the morning commute, and what happens when you’re best intentions don't always lead to the right decisions.”
The Girls by Emma Cline (June 2016)
What the publishers are saying:
“Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction—and an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.”
If that wasn't enough, here's a little (read: big) list of all the exciting books also coming to our shelves in 2016 from some of our favourite authors:
Alexander McCall Smith
Jonathan Safran Foer