Admit it, you’ve done it before: walked into a bookstore, a cover catches your eye, pulls you towards it, entices you to pick up the book and read the blurb. It might not be entirely what you expected, it might be an author you’ve never heard of, a genre you wouldn’t usually go for. But there you are, book in hand, investigating further.
Here are some 2017 titles that prove you can judge a book by its cover.
The ingenious, hilarious new novel from award-winning writer Elif Batuman - 'It’s a novel about being young and stupid that’s both wise and clever — and it’s a treat' Evening Standard
From birds, to love letters, imagined apologies, mind-numbing management-speak, Oscar Wilde, Anzac Day, strange people and racehorses, in this collection of his writing Don Watson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to a host of deserving subjects.
What is the truth? In this blistering story of a ghost writer haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.
The bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring returns with a tale of jealousy, bullying and revenge in a 1970s schoolyard.
The fierce, thrilling and acclaimed memoir of Maria Alyokhina: artist, protestor, outsider, prisoner, survivor.
Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust.
A celebration of a great Australian love affair, 'The Drover’s Wife' in the Australian imagination: stories, performances and images.
The long-awaited and highly anticipated new novel from one of Australia’s most beloved bestselling authors.
Dark yet life-affirming, endlessly inventive and heart-breakingly human - the next novel in the 'Seasonal' cycle, following the Man Booker-shortlisted Autumn.
What happens when you discover the man of your dreams is going out with your best friend?
Happiness is just around the corner with this practical guide from happiness researcher Meik Wiking.
A daring, compulsively readable novel that journeys into the dark history of modern America.
The second volume in his autobiographical quartet based on the seasons, Winter is an achingly beautiful collection of daily meditations and letters addressed directly to Knaugsaard's unborn daughter
Opening with an act of inexplicable violence, Idaho is a stunning debut about loss, grief and redemption
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
When Mae has to move house from the country to the city, she feels lonely and sad - until she discovers a beautiful place full of green in the centre of Paris. What she finds there sparks something special and beautiful that will make her feel much more at home.
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 One of the world’s great writers venturing into exciting new territory – a heartbreaking, visceral novel about a stand-up comedian
'To play is to be master of your time': Robert Dessaix’s guide to work and play in the twenty-first century.
A rich historical novel about the aftermath of betrayal, from the Booker prize-winner.