I love New Year. Not just because of the opportunity to reflect on (and sometimes, let go of) what has been and gone and embrace the exciting times, challenges and opportunities ahead, but because January brings a slew of new reading adventures, too. Luckily – given I’m due to give birth any day now, I’ve already managed to read a couple of this year’s big hitters so I’m ahead on the year’s best reads.
The political courtroom drama Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan is one of those rare fictional novels that rides a zeitgeist with perfect timing. Long before the Harvey Weinstein media maelstrom exposed countless men in powerful public positions to scrutiny and accountability for predatory sexual behaviour, a bidding war had broken out between UK and foreign publishers to publish this book. In the wake of all these scandals, it will be released on the 11th January. The timing literally couldn’t be better for this sensational, slickly-written, whip-smart novel.
Anatomy of a Scandal focuses on a court case against James Whitehouse, a high-profile young politician in Westminster who is accused of a terrible workplace crime by a female colleague. This triple-hander narrative is told from the perspectives of the two women who think they know the truth – his loyal wife Sophie and Kate, the hard-hitting prosecuting barrister with a secret who is determined to take James down. The third narrator is James himself. Deftly depicting the dark underbelly of privilege and power at work in our political system, Vaughan’s gripping novel will have you hooked from the first page. If you loved Apple Tree Yard and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, make this your must-read not just for this month, but this year.
3 more must-read releases for 2018
Set in 18th century Georgian London this confident, convincing and clever debut is top of my TBR when it’s released at the end of this month. It’s already predicted to be this year’s The Essex Serpent.
I loved Dolly Alderton Sunday Times dating column and her podcast The High-Low with Pandora Sykes is a must-listen. I’m sure her hotly anticipated memoir will be everything I want to read about love, too.
When four chidren visit a mysterious fortune teller who tells them the date of their deaths, they are inextricably bound by fate, faith, and their family forever. I whipped through this elegantly written book that asks ‘If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live?’