Well, 2020 was a pretty unconventional year to say the least. It was a year of family video calls, baking, home fitness and decluttering. And many of us rediscovered the joys of getting lost in a good book. Whether you were already a total bookworm, or it became a new hobby, 2021 is looking like a great year for readers.
Want to know what books everyone will be reading this year? Take a look at our month-by-month guide to the most exciting and anticipated books coming out in 2021. Whether you’re into romance, history, thrillers or biographies, there’ll be something for you.
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Ashley Audrain’s debut novel is an addictive read about motherhood, looking at what happens when women are not believed. This intense psychological drama sees the arrival of first child Violet, which was supposed to be the happiest day of Blythe Connor’s life. But when her daughter is demanding and fretful, to the point where Blythe thinks there is something wrong, her husband, Fox, thinks she is imagining everything. This is a brilliant, chilling and thought-provoking page-turner which explores love, obsession and the dark truths of motherhood, and it’s one of 2021’s most anticipated books.
Release date: 7th January 2021
American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts, he not only explains why we need to work towards a goal of net zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also lays out what we need to do to stop the planet sliding towards certain disaster. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas to market, he describes how technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions is not an easy task, but if we follow the plan he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.
Release date: 16th February 2021
Set in 1841, this book follows three women as they board a ship in London. They are among 180 women, all convicted of petty crimes, being transported on a three-month voyage to Australia. Except for one, who is a secret killer fleeing justice. They’re destined never to see home or family again, so only have one another. That is until one woman on the ship is mortally wounded, and the hunt begins for the culprit. And everyone on board is a suspect! Based on a real-life voyage, Dangerous Women is a tale of confinement, hope and the terrible things people do to survive.
Release date: 4th March 2021
A bestseller in Japan, five assassins find themselves on a bullet train to Tokyo competing for a suitcase full of money. But who will get off alive at the last station? This is an original and compelling thriller, with its complex and gripping net of double-crosses and twists, right until the very end. Kotaro Isaka is a bestselling and multi-award-winning writer, and twelve of his books have been adapted for film or TV. Bullet Train is also currently being made into a film starring Brad Pitt, set for release in late 2021, so the book is well worth reading in advance.
Release date: 1st April 2021
From bestselling author Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court. Brilliant young law clerk, Avery Keene, is doing her best to juggle a demanding career while dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn, the celebrated justice she works for has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life is turned upside down. She becomes his power of attorney and legal guardian, and is plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated. It’s then she discovers exactly what’s been going on ‘while justice sleeps’ in this cunningly crafted, sophisticated suspense thriller.
Release date: 11th May 2021
American journalist and bestselling author of Fleishman Is in Trouble is back with a new novel about the consequences of a kidnapping. In 1982, wealthy businessman Carl Fletcher is kidnapped from his driveway in the nicest part of Long Island. He is brutalised, held for ransom and then returned to his family. Carl, his wife and his three kids all try to move on with their lives, but then 40 years later, Carl’s emotions resurface when his mother dies, and he wonders: where did that ransom money go? And if he were ever to find the money, would it finally give him and his family the closure they’ve been longing for?
Release date: 1st June 2021
After the sudden death of their parents, the Durant sisters, Dara and Marie, inherit a ballet school and they take over running it with Dara’s husband Charlie, a former pupil. Marie handles the younger dancers, Dara trains the older ones, and Charlie runs the office. But their workflow is interrupted when an accident occurs right at the start of the studio’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, and the presence of an outsider threatens everything they’ve worked for. Award-winning author Megan Abbott weaves a thrilling tale of family drama, power and femininity in this exciting new thriller.
Release date: 6th July 2021
The new thriller from the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train, this novel starts with a brutal murder – and what looks to be a straightforward case soon becomes more complicated. Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She’s seen as hot-tempered and troubled, and some even call her dangerous. But Miriam knows that just because Laura is seen leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn’t mean she’s the killer – afterall, she’s learnt herself how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Twisty and complex, this is a story that explores how tragic events rarely happen in isolation.
Release date: 31st August 2021
Bestselling author Lauren Groff returns with her latest novel, this time set in the 12th century. Matrix follows 17-year-old Marie de France, who has just been banished from the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine. Instead of being married off, she’s sent to a poverty-stricken abbey in England, where she becomes the prioress. Forced to adjust to a completely different life, Marie is obsessed with paving a new path for the women she is now charged with protecting in a world that keeps changing. Matrix gathers currents of violence, sensuality and religious ecstasy in a mesmerising portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith and a woman that history moves both through and around.
Release date: 7th September 2021
With this ultimate list of new book releases for 2021, we’re sure they’ll be plenty more to look out for later in the year too.