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Tue, 12 Jan 2010 05:42
Today's Tuesday Top Ten is a list of the top ten forthcoming books that I'm looking forward to seeing land on my desk in the next few weeks or so...
Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay by John Lanchester
Novelist John Lanchester has a go at explaining the credit crunch, the differences between CDOs, CDSs and MBSs, and all the rest of the crazy economic stuff that seems both vital to our lives and, yet, strangely distant from them.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Novelist Foer presents the "gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before."
Point Omega by Don Delillo
Don Delillo, one of the modern masters of the American novel, is back: "In the middle of a desert 'somewhere south of nowhere', to a forlorn house made of metal and clapboard, a secret war adviser has gone in search of space and time. Richard Elster, seventy-three, was a scholar -- an outsider -- when he was called to a meeting with government war planners. For two years he tried to make intellectual sense of the troop deployments, counterinsurgency, orders for rendition. He was to map the reality these men were trying to create..."
Gandhi by Jad Adams
I'm excited about this one, and told: "This new biography not only traces the outline of an extraordinary life with exemplary clarity, but also examines why Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings are still profoundly relevant today."
This Party's Got to Stop by Rupert Thomson
Excellent novelist Rupert Thomson turns his hand to what looks like it might be the stand-out memoir of the coming year: "On a warm, sunny day in July 1964, Thomson returned home from school to discover that his mother had died suddenly while playing tennis. Twenty years later, Thomson and his brothers get word that their father has died alone in hospital. This title works Thomson's memories into a mosaic that reveals the fragility of family life in graphic detail."
Van Gogh: His Life and Work by Tim Hilton
The first definitive and full biography of Vincent van Gogh -- the man as well as the artist: "Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's greatest artists. He produced almost 2,000 paintings, drawings and watercolours within a ten-year period. Yet until now no definitive biography of him has ever been written, the truth of his life overshadowed by the myth that has surrounded him since his suicide."
What Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor
I have not time whatsoever for Creationist or Intelligent Design arguments, but I'm led to believe that Fodor is doing something more interesting here with a book that promises to reveals "major flaws at the heart of Darwinian evolutionary theory." There should be a lot of debate when this lands...
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
Carey is back: "Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution -- Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil."
The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson
Robin Robertson's fourth collection is, if anything, an "even more intense, moving, bleakly lyrical, and at times shocking book than Swithering, winner of the Forward Prize. These poems are written with the authority of classical myth, yet sound utterly contemporary: the poet's gaze -- whether on the natural world or the details of his own life - is unflinching and clear, its utter seriousness leavened by a wry, dry and disarming humour..."
Chopin by Adam Zamoyski
A completely new edition of the definitive biography of Chopin, unavailable for many years, by one of the finest of contemporary European historians. "Two centuries have passed since Chopin's birth, yet his legacy is all around us today. The quiet revolution he wrought influenced the development of Western music profoundly, and he is still probably the most widely studied and revered composer..."
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