With the New Year underway, here’s the books that Love London Love Culture are looking forward to reading this year….

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel: published on the 5th March, this is the highly anticipated sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies – concluding this Man Booker Prize winning series. This new book sees Cromwell’s journey from self-made man to one of the most feared and influential figures of his time being completed as his enemies gather around and get ready to strike…

A Springtime Affair by Katie Fforde: this new romantic novel from Katie Fforde follows Gilly who runs her own B&B which she doesn’t ever want to part with. But that is before she meets estate agent Leo – could she possibly want something more in life? Meanwhile her daughter Helena is also having her own budding romance with her new landlord Jago, who’s offered to help her at an upcoming craft fair – could both their new relationships be the change they need?

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby: set 23 years after the death of Cassandra’s sister Jane, Gill Hornby explores why she burnt her famous sister’s letters. As she returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family’s friends, the Fowles, Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane’s history, and her own.

The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow: bringing Mary Bennet out of the shadow from behind her other sisters, Janice Hadlow offers a new and different side to this middle sister. At its heart, as well as paying homage to Jane Austen, it is a story of a woman who is trying to find her place in the world.

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag: published on the 20th February, this story follows the fortunes of the four Grimm sisters. Each were born to different mothers on the same day, each born out of bright-white wishing and black-edged desire. They met at eight years-old, were separated at thirteen and now, at nearly eighteen, it is imperative that they find each other once again….

Actress by Anne Enright: also released on the 20th February, this new novel is a story of  fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths.

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