When the stress of assignments is getting you down it’s important to leave time to relax. A great method of de-stressing is sitting down with a good book, and for that reason I have rounded up the five most exciting literary releases hitting the shelves in 2018…
‘Red Clocks’ by Leni Zumas
Dystopian fiction has been the genre of the moment since the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ hit our screens last year, and the trend looks set to continue into 2018 with the release of ‘Red Clocks’ in March. It’s a frighteningly realistic novel given the current political climate in the US; it envisions an America in which abortion and IVF are illegal, inviting discussion on various feminist topics including the reproductive rights of women.
‘Still Me’ by Jojo Moyes
A slightly lighter read comes in the form of ‘Still Me’ by acclaimed writer Jojo Moyes, it’s the follow-up to her previous bestsellers ‘Me Before You’, and ‘After You’. The book once again features popular protagonist Lou Clark, who is struggling following her move to New York. Released this month, ‘Still Me’ is an uplifting, and humorous, choice for those who loved the earlier books in the trilogy.
‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ by Michael Wolff
The most anticipated new release this year has to be ‘Fire and Fury’, a non-fiction book giving a supposedly accurate glimpse into Trump’s behaviour since the 2016 US election. The book has been flying off the shelves since it was released earlier this month, and is undoubtedly a must-read for anyone interested in international politics.
‘The Secret Commonwealth’ by Philip Pullman
Pullman’s ‘La Belle Sauvage’ was named Waterstones Book of the Year in 2017, and it looks as though its follow-up,
‘The Secret Commonwealth’, will be equally popular when it is released in autumn. Returning to the fantastical world introduced to us in ‘His Dark Materials’, it follows the adventures of heroine Lyra, who is now twenty years old.
‘The Burning Chambers’ by Kate Mosse
Mosse’s historical novel, released in May, promises to be filled with intrigue, war, and divided loyalties. Set at the height of the French Wars of Religion, it tells the story of a Catholic girl and a Huguenot convert on a dangerous mission for survival.