Human Acts by Han Kang; translated by Deborah Smith
After the astonishing success of The Vegetarian, a superbly unsettling novel about a wife’s transgressive rebellion against a stultifying marriage in Korea, Han Kang focuses this time on the violent suppression of the 1980 student uprising in Gwangju.
The 20 best audiobooks
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
One of 2016’s most intriguing debut novels from the editor and agent of John le Carré. Its protagonist is a conman living in a small English town and its author is writing under a pseudonym after spending a career in the “civil service”. It could all get very secret service.
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
A three-part novel from the Man Booker author of The Life of Pi, begins in Lisbon in 1904, and follows a young man in his search for treasure, jumping 35 years into a murder mystery and then another 50 to a Canadian senator and a chimpanzee…
Quicksand: What it means to be a human being by Henning Mankell
The late crime writer of the Wallander mysteries reflects on art, life, jealousy, the Ice Age and more, in this collection of essays. Inspired by his cancer diagnosis in January 2014, it is billed as the closest thing to a memoir as we will get.
February, Harvill Secker
Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Will book number five in the My Struggle series live up to the cultish acclaim and frenzied popularity of books one to four? Probably. This one deals with the death of his father and his debut as a writer before everything disintegrates and he leaves Sweden. Expect beautifully written angst.
February, Harvill Secker
Mothering Sunday: A Romance by Graham Swift
The Man-Booker novelist brings us a novel about one day – Mothering Sunday, 1924. Beginning with a secret assignation between an orphan maid and a wealthy young man, weeks before his wedding, it is the story of a life, and the decades that unfold after that one day.
I Am No One by Patrick Flanery
A hotly contemporary novel by a critically acclaimed American novelist about creeping paranoia in an age of mass surveillance. The story revolves around a lonely, middle-aged history professor who becomes convinced he is being watched.
Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
The Hollywood comedy writer/director’s own story of his lifetime’s obsession with comedy is placed alongside conversations with the kings and queens of the medium, from Mel Brooks and Jerry Seinfeld to Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer.
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
After his masterful study of cancer in 2010, Pulitzer Prize-winning physician Siddhartha Mukherjee will now tell the story of the gene. Weaving the history of his family’s struggle with mental illness into the science bit, this promises to be another mesmerising book that humanises science.
June, Bodley Head