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New novels to look out for in 2014

1 of 1 Colm Tóibín: his new novel, Nora Webster is due to be published October 2014
Colm Tóibín: his new novel, Nora Webster is due to be published October 2014

2014 will see new novels from Barbara Taylor Bradford, Jodi Picoult and Ken Follett. You can also expect new thrillers from Stephen King, John Connolly and Scandinavian crime supremo Jo Nesbo.

Sarah Waters, who has been short-listed three times for the Man Booker prize will release her new novel, The Paying Guests,  which is set in London in 1922.

South African writer Damon Galgut has been shortlisted twice for the same prize. His new novel, Arctic Summer explores E M Forster's first trip to India in 1912. (Forster ‘s most famous novel is A Passage to India)

Colm Tóibín is another Man Booker short-list regular and his Nora Webster is due for publication in October, set in a small town in the 1960s. (That town, you can safely predict is Enniscorthy, there or thereabouts)

Another Irish author, Emma Donoghue enjoyed massive success with her last novel Room. Her new novel, Frog Music, teases out a murder mystery set in nineteenth century San Francisco.

David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas) returns in September with The Bone Clock, his first novel for four years.  Set between 1984 and 2043, it deals with the life of one female character, with each of its six sections told from a different point of view.

His Time’s Arrow (1991) dealt with the Holocaust, and Martin Amis revisits the period in The Zone of Interest, which is set in an unnamed Auschwitz. Other popular names returning in 2014 include Nick Hornby, whose new work follows the lives of of the stars of a 1960s television sitcom, including a British version of a Lucille Ball type character. Hornby has written the screenplay for the forthcoming adaptation of the aforementioned Colm Toíbín's novel Brooklyn, which will star Saoirse Ronan.

Sebastian Barry, Ali Smith, Edward St Aubyn, Linda Grant, Philip Hensher, E L Doctorow, Marilynne Robinson will also have new books published in 2014.

Haruki Murakami returns with Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage. Published in Japan earlier this year, the novel sold in excess of a million copies there in a mere six months. 

Expect also a new novel (translated into English) from the 2012 Nobel prize-winning Mo Yan, called Frog. The story concerns the Chinese government's one-child policy, as highlighted through the story of a midwife in a rural community.

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