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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.



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