‘Stunning’, ‘heartbreaking’, ‘thrumming with life’, ‘witty’ and ‘reinvigorating’. Just a few of the adjectives used to describe our new and noteworthy books of 2013. Scroll down for a snapshot of our most exciting talent, both debut and established, from 4th Estate.
Happy New Year from all at 4th Estate. Here’s to another year of exploration on the internet. As a new year dawns, we hope that 2013 brings odder and funnier literary tumblrs, greater book obsessives, even more awe-inspiring (and sing-along) videos and further articles, essays and debates on the most important of subjects: what to read when, where, how and why. To start us off here are our picks from the web this week, chosen by us for you.
Here’s our round-up of 4th Estate’s biggest books of 2012. These are the books that made 2012 better, funnier, more entertaining and, in the case of Bad Pharma, angrier. We’re sure you’ll have your favourites and we’d love to hear them too.
The book that needs no introduction, 2012 was truly Hilary Mantel’s year. Bring Up the Bodies is a darker and more violent installment of the Cromwell trilogy; the Spectator described it perfectly as ‘an imaginative achievement to exhaust superlatives’. With this book, Hilary Mantel became the first British author and the first woman to be awarded two Man Booker Prizes, as well as being the first to win with two consecutive novels. But stop reading about Bring Up the Bodies, and just have a read for yourself. There’s no better way to start the year.
Merry Christmas everyone! I can picture the scene now – egg-nog a plenty, wafts of turkey drifting in from the kitchen and flashes of wrapping paper propelled across the room by mischievous animals (just me then?). You might just have awoken to a brand new e-reader, so it’s only right that we flag up the best 4th Estate books to begin building your e-library.