A literary feast awaits in 2024 from big names to exciting debuts

As bibliophiles eagerly set their reading resolutions for 2024, the literary landscape promises a rich tapestry of novels, debuts, crime stories and memorable memoirs, per a bbc.com report. From the return of literary heavyweights to the emergence of exciting new voices, here’s a glimpse into the literary treasures awaiting readers this year.

Big Hitters

The literary world is abuzz with the posthumous release of Gabriel García Márquez’s “Until August,” a “lost novel” hidden for a decade. Andrew O’Hagan’s ambitious “Caledonian Road” and Colm Tóibín’s sequel to “Brooklyn,” titled “Long Island,” further elevate the anticipation. Percival Everett’s “James” reimagines Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of the enslaved Jim, promising a captivating twist on a classic.

David Nicholls, known for his ability to infuse everyday life with magic, unveils “You Are Here,” a novel exploring themes of loneliness and connection against the backdrop of a long walk across northern England. Elif Shafak’s “There Are Rivers in the Sky” and Ali Smith’s innovative project “Gliff,” followed by “Glyph” in 2025, offer readers a journey through different centuries and narrative layers.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie makes a triumphant return with “Dream Count,” her first novel in over a decade, featuring four interconnecting stories. The literary year closes with Emily Henry’s “Funny Story,” a romance novel exploring the unexpected connections between heartbroken strangers turned roommates.

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Exciting Debuts

2024 introduces promising debut voices. Kaliane Bradley’s genre-bending romcom, “The Ministry of Time,” intertwines the lives of a Victorian polar explorer and a millennial civil servant through a government experiment in time travel. Australian writer Madeleine Gray’s “Green Dot” provides a fresh take on the “messy woman” trope, while Rebecca K Reilly’s “Greta and Valdin” explores the complexities of adult siblings navigating love lives.

Ireland continues its literary renaissance with Colin Barrett’s crime caper, “Wild Houses,” set in County Mayo, and Sinead Gleeson’s captivating “Hagstone,” a novel blending art, a remote Irish island, and a secretive women’s commune. Lauren Elkin’s “Scaffolding” delves into two couples’ lives in a Parisian apartment half a century apart.

Female Voices

Female authors dominate the literary landscape in 2024. Kiley Reid, author of the acclaimed “Such a Fun Age,” returns with “Come and Get It,” a campus novel exploring financial anxieties faced by young women. Abi Daré’s “And So I Roar” continues the journey of Adunni from “The Girl with the Louding Voice.”

Sarah Perry’s “Enlightenment” explores love, faith, and astronomy across two decades, while Miranda July’s “All Fours” offers a unique take on the female mid-life crisis. Clare Chambers’ “Shy Creatures” transports readers to the 1960s, examining the upheaval in the lives of seemingly ordinary people.

Rachel Cusk’s “Parade” explores art, womanhood, and violence in a new narrative style, and Emily Henry’s “Funny Story” provides a delightful romantic escape.

Crime Stories

Crime fiction enthusiasts have much to anticipate in 2024. Tana French returns with “The Hunter,” a sequel to “The Searcher,” set in a small village in west Ireland. Stephen King’s “You Like It Darker” probes the disturbing underbelly of ordinary life, while Stuart Turton’s “The Last Murder at the End of the World” presents a post-apocalyptic murder mystery.

Kate Atkinson’s new installment in the Jackson Brodie detective series, “Death at the Sign of the Rook,” pays homage to Agatha Christie with a snowstorm-stranded cast of characters. Richard Osman introduces a new detective duo in the autumn, and debut crime writer Jonny Sweet’s “The Kellerby Code” promises a blend of Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt.

Memorable Memoirs

In the realm of memoirs, 2024 brings a diverse array of life stories. Salman Rushdie’s “Knife” recounts the harrowing attack that left him sightless in one eye. Hanif Kureishi’s “Shattered” explores his journey of adjusting to life as “another person” after a fall in Rome.

Leslie Jamison’s “Splinters” explores motherhood, marriage, grief, and art, while Roxanne de Bastion’s “The Piano Player of Budapest” traces her grandfather’s musical journey through the Holocaust. Ru Paul’s “The House of Hidden Meanings” chronicles the life of the drag superstar, and Kathleen Hanna’s “Rebel Girl” and Neneh Cherry’s “A Thousand Threads” offer insights into their influential careers.

New Non-Fiction

Non-fiction enthusiasts can look forward to thought-provoking reads in 2024. Kyle Chayka’s “Filterworld” delves into how algorithms shape culture, while Madhumita Murgia’s “Code Dependent” explores AI’s impact on ordinary lives. Sathnam Sanghera’s “Empireworld” continues the exploration of Britain’s colonial past, and Yuan Yang’s “Private Revolutions” provides a glimpse into life in modern China through four women’s stories.

Olivia Laing’s “The Garden Against Time” explores the pleasures and possibilities of gardens, and Ann Powers’ “Travelling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell” offers a unique perspective on the iconic musician’s life and career. Literary critic Lauren Oyler’s “No Judgement” and Maggie Nelson’s “Like Love” delve into cultural criticism and art, respectively.

As the pages of 2024 unfold, readers can anticipate a literary journey filled with diverse voices, gripping stories, and thought-provoking insights across genres. The year ahead promises to be a celebration of storytelling in all its forms.

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