Anticipated books for 2017

The last few weeks have seen lists of books scheduled for 2017 appearing. The New York Times, of course, has a brief guide and The Guardian has a guide to nonfictionThe Huffington Post also has a collection as does Goodreads.

There are some titles in all these lists worthy of anticipation. Knopf has an unpublished short work by the late Joan Didion – South and East – which is due in March. Ottessa Moshfegh whose first novel Eileen was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize, has a collection of short stories titled Homesick for another world due out pretty much now. Short story anthologies seem to be something of a theme: Pulitzer Prize winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen has The Refugees coming out next month and Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women is due in May.

Incidentally, Simon Schama remarked on Twitter a few days ago that he has a new volume of The Story of the Jews coming out ‘next year’, but as this was tweeted around new year he might well mean 2018. We must also wait, it seems, for Antony Beevor’s history of the World War II Operation Market Garden of which I can find no sign just yet.

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