2013 books to look forward to, part two: debuts and unfamiliar writers

Following on from my last post. here are some more 2013 titles that have caught my eye. This time, I’m looking at debuts and books by authors whose work is unfamiliar to me.

Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman (March). A tale set amongst the glamour of French cinema in the early 20th century, promising a twist that the publisher pleads readers not to divulge. This sounds right up my street.

The City of Devi by Manil Suri (March). The third novel by Suri (though his name is new to me), this India-set dystopia with mythic overtones sounds intriguing.

Hunters in the Snow by Daisy Hildyard (April). A novel about history, and ‘great’ and ‘ordinary’ lives jostling for attention. The blurb makes this novel sound as though it encompasses so much; I can’t wait to see.

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri (April). A girl growing up in 1980s Iran imagines a life for her missing mother and twin sister in America. This sounds thematically similar to Rana Dasgupta’s Solo, which is no bad thing at all.

The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter (April). The novel’s about an estranged mother and daughter separated by half the world. But the real reason I want to read it is that I’ve seen some very incisive reviews by Rossiter (sadly no longer available online, it seems), and that makes me interested in her fiction.

Chaplin and Company by Mave Fellowes (May). A novel about a young woman obsessed with Charlie Chaplin, and her ambitions to become a mime artist. Sounds like the kind of offbeat subject matter that I enjoy in a novel.


Even more: They’re not new, but Nicola Griffith’s Slow River joins the SF Masterworks series in February, and Jeff Noon’s Vurt gets a new edition in April for its 20th anniversary – both works I’d like to read, by authors I haven’t read before (I know, I know…)writer, so I’m mentioning them here. Though its contributors look mostly familiar to me, Salt Publishing’s Best  British Fantasy Stories 2013 (April) is the first anthology in a new series which I’ll be interested to read. Among actual debuts, Rebecca Wait’s family drama The View on the Way Down (April) catches my eye, as does Matt Hill’s near-future satire The Folded Man (May).

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  1. From the ones you have mentioned, I am most looking forward to reading The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait. Thanks for the introduction to all these other new ones!

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