16 highly-anticipated books of 2016 – what’s yours?

We always look forward to the reading year ahead, so we’ve put together a list of 16 books we cannot wait to read in 2016 – and you won’t want to miss them either! Tell us about the books you'll be running to bookshops to buy and win a £20 (€30) National Book Token.

The Widow by Fiona BartonThe Widow
by Fiona Barton (January, Bandam Press)
We enjoyed Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and The Widow is tipped to be the Big New Thing. It’s the thrilling story of the wife of a man accused of murder. Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Glen was all she’d ever wanted. Until he became that monster on the front page.

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (January, Canongate)The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (January, Canongate)
Non-fiction fans on the team will be turning to this inspiring memoir both about Liptrot’s recovery from alcoholism and a powerful statement about the restorative power of the natural world. 

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (January, Jonathan Cape)The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (January, Jonathan Cape)
We’re excited about Julian Barnes’ first novel since The Sense of an Ending. In May 1937 a man waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers (January, Macmillan)Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward (January, Yellow Kite)
Everyone in the National Book Tokens office will be trying treats from Ella's much-awaited second book, packed with 100 more of her simple yet tempting plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers (January, Macmillan)All the Rage by Courtney Summers (January, Macmillan)
We found Asking For It by Louise O’Neill’s extremely powerful and will also be picking up All The Rage, which examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

The Ballroom by Anna Hope (February, Doubleday)The Ballroom by Anna Hope (February, Doubleday)
We’re intrigued by this startling love story, set inside an asylum over the summer of 1911. For one evening every week, men and women come together to dance in the asylum’s vast and beautiful ballroom. When John and Ella meet, it is a dance that will change two lives forever.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (February, Canongate)The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (February, Canongate)
As fans of Life of Pi, we’re looking forward to Yann Martel’s next adventure. This is a story that takes us on a journey from 1600s Africa through Portugal at the turn of the last century to contemporary North America.

Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens (March, Puffin)Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens (March, Puffin)
Adults and children alike won’t be able to resist this brilliant new adventure with Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong from the Murder Most Unladylike series. Deepdean has a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects - and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs. Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found - murdered.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson (April, Fourth Estate)Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson (April, Fourth Estate)
From the author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man (a team favourite!) comes a hilarious story involving a gangster (who happens to be just out of prison), a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist) and a receptionist at a 1-star hotel (who happens to be homeless).

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (May, Chatto & Windus)The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (May, Chatto & Windus)
Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours and sworn enemies. One is black, one white, both sharing hostility with a vim and zeal that belies the fact that they are over eighty. But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. An inspiring story we’re eager to read.

Shrill by Lindy West (May, Quercus)Shrill by Lindy West (May, Quercus)
We’ll be delving into this laugh-out-loud feminist memoir from one of the boldest new voices on the web. Lindy reveals the obstacles and stereotyping she's had to overcome to make herself heard, in a society that doesn't think women (especially fat women and feminists) are or can be funny.

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (June, Orion)How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (May, Orion)
As we’re an office full of booklovers, we can’t wait for this delightful story of Emilia Nightingale's fight to keep her bookshop alive, the customers whose lives she has touched - and the books they all love.

My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal (June, Viking)My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal (June, Viking)
Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, a story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we somehow manage to find our way home. We gave this lovely book away to 100 lucky Caboodlers last year and we can’t wait for everyone else to read it!

The Muse by Jessie Burton (July, Picador)The Muse
 by Jessie Burton (July, Picador)

From 1660s Amsterdam in The Minaturist to 1930s Spain and 1960s London, Jessie Burton’s The Muse focuses on four heroines and the mysterious painting that connects them all. It’s one everyone at National Book Tokens will be reading!

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (September, Hamish Hamilton)Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (September, Hamish Hamilton)
Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 10 years, Here I Am, is the story of an American Jewish family, set against the backdrop of a major earthquake and war in Israel. We loved Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, so we can’t wait to pick this up.

Bookworm by Lucy Mangan (October, Hamish Hamilton)Bookworm by Lucy Mangan (October, Hamish Hamilton)
As we adore children’s literature, we’ll be running to buy Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan’s book about the wonderful children’s books that shape childhood.

This is now closed and the winner is announced below.

Congratulations to Philip, who is looking forward to Justin Cronin's The City Of Mirrors and will receive a £20/€30 National Book Token!

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