A new chapter: the books to look forward to in 2021
Whether we’re locked down or set free by the advent of vaccines this year, there are plenty of exciting releases to liberate our minds
No matter how supportive readers tried to be of books in 2020, the inescapable fact of the pandemic meant that many authors who might otherwise have soared saw their books sink without a trace. Without the oxygen of publicity – via bookshop launches or meet-and-greets and book-signings – it was tough for many authors to find their desired audience.
That was particularly the case for debut authors, but even seasoned writers felt the pinch, with their...
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The Magician: Tóibín brings a Mann for all seasons to vivid life
This fictionalisation of the life and times of the legendary German author does not shy away from its subject’s often inflated sense of self-worth
Matrix: Ambitious attempt to capture a long-ago life falls flat
Lauren Groff’s historical novel about a 12th-century French nun is expansive in its scope, but feels never-ending
Belonging: The story of one woman’s fight for justice for the Tuam babies
Catherine Corless’s discovery of a mass burial ground near a Catholic hospital made her a national heroine, as told in her powerful but gruelling memoir
Apples Never Fall: Clever Australian thriller let down by its own length
Liane Moriarty’s latest potboiler has some diverting moments, but suffers from a lack of excitement over its near-500 pages