For many of us, reading has become a source of hope, providing a space for both refuge and clarity to help us navigate our present climate. As well as having new texts to look forward to, pre-ordering books also offers an opportunity to support authors and publishers alike during the uncertainty of lockdown. Dynamic, ambitious and uplifting, these are some of the most exciting and important titles to look out for in 2020!
1. Earth MOB by MOB Kitchen
Revitalising home cooking, Earth MOB is an intuitive recipe book incorporating tips to spend less and reduce food waste. MOB Kitchen, a platform founded by Ben Lebus and built for students, features accessible meals without compromising on taste. Earth MOB promotes seasonality and sustainability, including steps to plastic-free and zero-waste cooking. Informative and engaging, this thrifty recipe book details the ecological problems surrounding food production, and the achievable steps we can take to help reduce our carbon footprint.
9 July 2020.
2. Antiemetic for Homesickness by Romalyn Ante
Romalyn Ante is the co-founding editor of the online magazine harana poetry, and is already garnering prizes and praise as an emerging talent in the literary landscape. Born in the Philippines, Ante migrated to the UK when she was sixteen years old. The poems in her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, bridge together notions of homeland, heritage and identity. Known for her stunning lyricism, Ante’s richly constructed poems depict the stories of generations, groundedin Filipino folklore as well as the Tagalog language. Her expansive and powerful collection depicts the complexities of assimilation and belonging.
23 July 2020.
3. The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
The Space Between Worlds is a powerful examination of identity in a setting of multiverse travel. Forbidden to enter a world where a doppelgänger is alive, with the fewest counterparts remaining, Cara is chosen as an ideal candidate for crossing dimensions. Yet the security of her new position is undermined by discoveries of old secrets, connecting her past to her future and revealing dangers to the entire multiverse. Ambitious, assured and thought-provoking, Micaiah Johnson’s sci-fi debut promises an exciting and compelling read.
4 August 2020.
4. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
From the bestselling author of How to Stop Time (2017) and Reasons to Stay Alive (2015), The Midnight Library has been described by critics as the most moving of Haig’s novels. Following a woman’s discovery of alternative lives in a library, she begins to rewrite her regrets. Yet after realising the unintended consequences of these choices, she is forced to re-evaluate her fate before it is too late. This heart-warming novel balances themes of sorrow and redemption with humour, examining the human heart and asking, what is the best way to live?
13 August 2020.
5. Another Now by Yanis Varoufakis
World-renowned economist and philosopher Yanis Varoufakis presents a transformative vision of an alternative post-Capitalist society. Drawing on radical thinkers from Plato to Marx, and using thought-experiments from science fiction, Another Now offers a hopeful and compelling glimpse of a global economy which upholds principles of democracy, equality and justice.
3 September 2020.
6. Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
A radical collection of photography, poetry, essays, tweets, memes and so much more, Black Futures opens a vision of possibility for every reader. Navigating archives of history, the disorientation of the present and opportunities of the future, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have curated a beautiful and dynamic collection to celebrate Black creatives across the world. Exuberant, insightful and deeply relevant to the Black Lives Matter movement, Black Futures is a testimony of collective memory and a powerful celebration of Black culture.
1 December 2020.
– Leoni Fretwell