10 books to look forward to in 2020
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2020 is a good year for literature lovers, with some of the most anticipated novels from across the globe slated to release this year. From long awaited follow-ups like The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins to Deepa Anappara’s snarky debut novel, Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line, we’ve got you sorted with a roundup of books that you can’t miss.
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The Mirror And The Light, by Hilary Mantel (published by Fourth Estate): After an eight-year wait, the final instalment is a stunning conclusion to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy. The novel traces the last four years of protagonist Thomas Cromwell’s life.
Amnesty by Arvind Adiga (published by Simon & Schuster): Set in Australia, the novel traces the life of an illegal Sri Lankan immigrant trying to avoid deportation while struggling with the absurd realities of life. It’s riveting with a generous helping of wit and dark humour.
The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins (published by scholastic press): The prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy begins 64 years before the games during the Dark Days. It revolves around the time when the country of Panem was still struggling to survive in the aftermath of a civil war called the First Rebellion.
Jaipur Journals by Namita Gokhale (published by Penguin): Set against the backdrop of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the book is a satirical peek into the world of aspiring writers. It showcases the perseverance and pretensions of writers, who Gokhale calls, the ‘loneliest of all tribe.’
Chats With Dead by Shehan Karunatilaka (published by Penguin): The classic whodunit by award-winning Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Gratiaen Prize. Set in a country reeling from a civil war, the novel is a murder mystery with Karunatilaka's trademark humour.
Djinn Patrol On The Purple Line by Deepa Anappara (published by Chatto & Windus): Haunting and humorous, Anappara's debut novel takes you through the lives of slum kids investigating the disappearance of their friend. It draws on the terrifying real events of children going missing from India’s shanties.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books): Cummins’s book addresses the harrowing issue of migrant crisis through the story of Lydia Quixano Perez and her son, who are forced to flee Mexico after being targeted by a drug cartel. With a strong plot, this suspense drama is all about humanity, empathy and self-learning.
The Lying Life Of Adults by Elena Ferrante (published by Europa): In her first novel in five years, Ferrante once again explores recurrent themes of adolescent relationships, motherhood, female friendships and the constant search for identity.
Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener (published by MCD): Journalist Anna Wiener’s debut book is a humorous, tongue-in-cheek take on life in the Silicon Valley. Her brutally honest memoir talks about being caught in the male-dominated world of technology.