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The publication of Kazuo Ishiguro’s forthcoming novel The Buried Gianthas already been called the “literary event of the year”.
His first novel in a decade follows a couple searching for their the lost son they haven’t seen in years. Last year at the Cheltenham Festival, Ishiguro revealed that it had taken him so long to write his next book after Never Let Me Go because his wife didn’t approve of the first draft, so he promptly tore it up and began again. In December, he wrote a fantastic article for The Guardian about how he wrote Remains of the Day in four weeks, a story in which Lorna, his wife, features heavily. They clearly have one of the sweetest relationships ever.
Salman Rushdie‘s Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (Cape)
What does it all add up to? 1,001. This new, short-for-Rushdie novel is based on the Arabian Nights and promises to engage with ancient traditions of storytelling. Of the length of the novel, Salman Rushdie joked during an appearance at Cheltenham: “I’ve finally learned in my old age how to shut up.”
Pirates. Since I first experienced the Pirate of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, I can’t get enough pirates. The lawlessness. The adventure. The treasure. And historically speaking, the wild women who have taken to the high seas. Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, gives us a twenty-first century pirate tale. A missing boat. Blood in the water. And the teenage girl who is terrorising the San Francisco Bay. Pre-order it here.
Wolf expert Rachel Caine has been away from her Lake District home for years, monitoring wolves in Idaho. But when the eccentric Earl of Annerdale asks her to participate in a regeneration project that aims to restore wilderness to the Britain, she finds herself on a plane back home…staying at her mother’s care home and being introduced to the controversial project. The story is wonderful, but the best part about a Sarah Hall novel is the language. She makes the English language foreign and fresh and magnificent. So much nature, so much flesh. In anticipation of the Spring release, here’s the rest of her catalogue to listen to.
I grew up watching sepia-toned Westerns on the telly, and never quite saw their appeal until I revisited The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon A Time in the West as an adult. Every once in a while Hollywood has a hopeful moment of the resurgence of the Western, but no contemporary cowboy story has captured me more than the Booker Prize short-listed The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. His story of alcohol and a dive in LA, Ablutions, had the same hold on me. I can only imagine what his “untitled chateau novel” will hold. Reports say that it is set in a village in which an aimless compulsive liar gets a second chance at life when a ghostly stranger visits him at his bedside” and is coming in winter 2015. (Image source.)
Elvis Costello’s debut album My Aim Is True debuted in 1976 and was a moderate success. He took to busking outside a London convention for music executives to help get the album picked up in the US. It worked. And the man went on to become a pop icon. From the start of his career playing pubs in London to his journey through punk and new wave to his collaborations with everyone from Burt Bacharach to Jenny Lewis and his score for the ballet Il Sogno…what stories there must be to tell. And if his cartwheeling lyrics are any indication of his prose, this book will shine sentence by sentence, word by word.