17 highly-anticipated books of 2017 - what's yours?
It’s a new reading year! We’ve selected 17 books we cannot wait to read in 2017 – and you won’t want to miss them either. Tell us about the books you'll be heading straight to bookshops to buy and you could win a £50/€60 National Book Token.
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (January, Faber & Faber)
We can’t wait to read Paul Auster’s first novel in seven years, about the life of Archibald Isaac Ferguson, born in New Jersey in 1947.
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne (February, Transworld)
A new John Boyne novel always goes straight onto our list. From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today, told through the eyes of one man.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (March, Hodder & Stoughton)
We’re intrigued by the beautiful, rich and mysterious Roanoke girls in this page-turner about the twisted secrets families keep.
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (March, Canongate)
Stay With Me is utterly heart-breaking, about Yejide, whose in-laws insist on a new wife after she is unable to fall pregnant, set in 80s Nigeria. We’re delighted to be giving 100 copies away in January’s Caboodle Firsts!
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (April, Hodder & Stoughton)
2017 is the year of the thriller. Laura witnesses a brutal attack and fifteen years later, she's still living in fear. Erin Kelly’s writing is intense and twisty and we can’t wait to see what she throws up in He Said/She Said.
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (April, Fourth Estate)
From the author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs, we’re looking forward to this new story about the many lives haunted by one family's loss.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (April, Walker Books)
We’ll be delving into Starr’s two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and her posh suburban high school. Starr’s life is altered when she witnesses a fatal shooting – a thought-provoking book from a rising star in teenage fiction.
The Ice by Laline Paull (May, Fourth Estate)
After being completely grabbed by Paull’s imaginative The Bees, we are eager to read this new story of friendship, power and betrayal.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (May, Transworld)
Who can’t wait to see what the author of the successful The Girl on the Train does next? We’re told that Into the Water is ‘an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets’.
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (May, Vintage)
Murakami is one of the team’s most-read novelists, so we’re looking forward to his first collection of short stories for over a decade.
Release by Patrick Ness (May, Walker Books)
After taking a huge box of tissues with us to see the adaptation of Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd’s A Monster Calls, we’ll make sure to get our hands on Ness’ latest book.
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey (May, Little Brown)
As huge fans of horror novel The Girl with all the Gifts, we had to add M.R. Carey’s next book to our list, which returns to the same world. (We’re also a little scared).
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (June, Little, Brown)
The author of the incredible The Bad Feminist returns to explore her past and brings readers along on her journey – we’ll be delving into this important piece of non-fiction.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (June, Penguin)
Everyone at National Book Tokens is curious about Roy’s first book in 20 years, marking the anniversary of The God of Small Things.
The Origin by Dan Brown (September, Transworld)
Robert Langdon's story continues as Dan Brown pens yet another suspense-filled page-turner you won't be able to put down.
The Last Girl by by Nadia Murad & Jenna Krajeski (November, Virago)
One of the most significant books we read this year will be the memoir of Nadia Murad: 23-year-old survivor of the Yazidi genocide in Iraq, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations.
Winter by Ali Smith (November, Hamish Hamilton)
Although nothing has been revealed yet, we are eagerly awaiting the next book in Ali Smith's new quartet. Autumn was the breathtakingly inventive story from the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author.
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Congratulations to Francesca, who is looking forward to reading The Thirst by Jo Nesbo, The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork and A Game of Ghosts by John Connelly!