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5 literary heavyweights to watch out for in 2017

Crime, controversy and more, here are five books you should look forward to this year

brunch Updated: Jun 03, 2017 22:18 IST
Farhad J. Dadyburjor
There’s a lot to add to your bookshelf this week
There’s a lot to add to your bookshelf this week

From a wicked parody about marriage to hidden truths about Osama bin Laden, here are some of the most awaited books from famous authors that will adorn bookshelves towards the latter half of the year...

The Rub of Time by Martin Amis

One of the most talented writers in the world, Martin Amis returns with a collection of essays from 1986-2016. It includes ruminations on writers like Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, a tribute to best friend Christopher Hitchens, an insider’s look at the porn industry, essays on Princess Diana and John Travolta, and plenty of political criticism including a skewering of Donald Trump.

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

He made history when The Line of Beauty was the first gay novel to win the Man Booker Prize. Now Alan Hollinghurst returns with another long-ranging tale about a sexual-political scandal in 1960s England and the lives that were affected by it.

Here’s your reading list for the next few months

The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi

His prose can slice like a paper cut with their honesty and sharpness. Hanif Kureishi’s wicked new novella is about lust and deceit, where an ailing famed filmmaker Waldo suspects his wife of having an affair with his old chum and plans an elaborate revenge to expose them. We’ll expect Kureishi’s signature black humour at its best!

The Exile by Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark

After the spine-chilling The Siege about Mumbai’s 26/11 attacks, the investigative journalist duo are back with another shocker. This one is an insider’s look at Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda post 9/11, filled with first-person accounts by bin Laden’s family and close military aides. It also exposes CIA’s torture programmes and the paranoia in the Abbottabad house before the showdown.

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie returns to his home city in his new novel. It’s said to be a thriller about a mysteriously wealthy family from Mumbai who desperately want to forget their tragic past surrounding 26/11 and move to New York in the hopes of reinventing themselves. Not surprisingly, the rise of a ‘media-savvy villain’ with strangely coloured hair (Donald Trump) also makes an appearance.

From HT Brunch, June 4, 2017

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