So, what will the end of the year in publishing hold for us. Not wanting to wish the year away of course, and yet the pre-release news of new novels tends to project one forward without realising it.
The summer months of July and August reserved by many for beach reads bring new releases by Rawi Hage and Margaret Atwood.
From the author of the great De Niro's Game, Hage's new novel Carnival follows a taxi driver and his 'carnival' of passengers. MaddAddam is the final part in Atwood's trilogy (Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood) with a small number of survivors after a plague in a dystopian world.
September's autumnal releases bring Stephen King, Roddy Doyle, Iain Pears and Jonathan Coe - treats indeed.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King follows little Danny from The Shining now all grown up. Following this theme, Roddy Doyle's The Guts follows Jimmy Rabbite of The Commitments, now forty-seven. Iain Pears new novel Arcadia is described as "a multi layered story of history and time...it has been conceived and written for digital publication"(Faber).
Expo 58 by the talented Jonathan Coe is set in London in 1958 and the Brussels World Fair.
New Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding is due for release in October. Set in London of today Bridget is in a new life phase. There is also a new James Bond novel due for release written by William Boyd. The title is as yet still a secret but we know it is set in 1969.
November brings the Samuel Johnson prize in non-fiction. Also the 100th anniversary of the birth of Albert Camus so time for re-releases of all his works. Whether the 50th anniversary of the death of Aldous Huxley brings any re-releases remains to be seen.