Before I do some something more cohesive, here is a round up post.
Firstly, my two most anticipated books for 2011. Michael Ondaatje’s new novel, his first since Divisadero, is published this September. It’s called The Cat’s Table and from the little I could find on it, it looks promising.
Another must is Carol Ann Duffy’s new collection The Bees, also out later this year. From the poems that have already appeared – Last Post, Politics, Atlas and Virgil’s Bees – this looks to be as good as Rapture.
Two books I’ve loved of late and would recommend are Geraldine Mitchell’s World Without Maps, published by Arlen House, and In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut. Mitchell’s debut is diverse and subtle – particular favourites would be Black and White, Earthed, Lull and Sunday School. Galgut, building on his brilliant The Good Doctor, has created his masterpiece (so far). It might be called a dislocated novel, a tryptych of linked (long) short stories, or a fictional treatise on the anxiety of travel and placelessness – either way it is an artistic success.
Last, but certainly not least, well done to Kate Dempsey and Peter Goulding for all their recent successes!