Stylist has enlisted author, self-confessed bookworm and contributing editor at The Bookseller Cathy Rentzenbrink to whittle down 2016's book releases to the 10 titles to look out for this year.
2016 is an absolute corker of a year already and I was hard pressed to narrow down the novels I’ve enjoyed to these ten. There’s love of all types here.
Devotion by Louisa Young and Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave are love stories set against the backdrop of war. Anna Hope gives us a romance in an asylum in The Ballroom. What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell is a study in erotic obsession and Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must Be The Place shows us a couple in crisis.
There’s fun to be had in Eligible, Curtis Sittenfield’s retelling of Pride and Prejudice and heartbreak in Kit de Waal’s My Name is Leon. They could not be more different in tone and style, but The Girls by Emma Cline and Not Working by Lisa Owens are both about young women trying to work out how to be alive in the world. And my last word for The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, a joyous and beguiling book that wrapped itself around me rather like its eponymous monster. She’s an astonishing writer and I look forward to her winning the Man Booker Prize one day.