Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

From heart-racing crime fiction to addictive feminist tales: the most exciting new reads of January 2017

The year is off to a great start, if the month's books are anything to judge by. 

Among the debuts out this month is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I know will be on my best books of the year list at the end of 2017, it's that good. Other debuts to have on your radar are Emma Flint's wonderful Little Deaths, Ali Land's creepy Good Me, Bad Me and Miranda Emerson's Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars, which has hidden depths. On the other end of the scale is a 21st novel, Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes, which will blow your mind. 

I'm not often a reader of short stories but two excellent collections, both focusing on women, feature in this month's recommendations – Roxane Gay's Difficult Women and Tessa Hadley's Bad Dreams and Other Stories.

Other great fiction for January includes Sophia Tobin's Wuthering Height/Jane Eyre-like The Vanishing and Chibundu Onuzo's buzzing Welcome to Lagos.

And finally, a little non-fiction to make you think - Omar Saif Ghobash's Letters to a Young Muslim.

Happy reading.



How to (finally) get started on your first novel


Drama, tragedy and addiction: discover the real Brontës


Ten smashing debut novels to look forward to in 2017


St. Vincent is giving this iconic novel a feminist film makeover

The musician is giving an Oscar Wilde project a major twist

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

Erm, so that Hunger Games theme park is actually happening

And we volunteer as tribute

by Susan Devaney
17 Aug 2017

Scientists reveal why we really love the smell of old books

The groaning book towers taking over the flat are definitely not our fault

by Amy Swales
14 Aug 2017

The life lessons we learned reading Jacqueline Wilson books

Because yes, they're still incredibly relevant to us as adults

by Megan Murray
11 Aug 2017

Step into your favourite book at one of these UK literary locations

If you're a book worm with a penchant for weekend breaks, steady yourself

by Megan Murray
10 Aug 2017

Pride and Prejudice is getting a dark, sexy and twisted TV makeover

And, yes, this TV adaptation is in excellent hands…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Aug 2017

The 20 books that everyone’s obsessing over this summer

They’ve been selling out on Amazon all summer long

by Moya Crockett
07 Aug 2017

JK Rowling’s heartfelt tribute to Harry Potter’s Robert Hardy

Farewell, Cornelius Fudge

by Sarah Biddlecombe
04 Aug 2017

A Sweet Valley High film is coming and it’s in excellent hands

Your childhood self is pleading with mum for a ticket right about now

by Amy Swales
31 Jul 2017

10 blistering summer reads you need to read this August

Say hello to this summer’s best beach books

by Sarah Shaffi
28 Jul 2017