The best books to look forward to in 2020 – Evening Standard

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A new year means a new opportunity to put down Netflix and get back into reading.

Luckily, there are plenty of new books to look forward to in 2020 - from a new Marian Keyes novel, to Dolly Alderton's fictional debut and a Booker winner Graham Swift's latest page-turner.

Whether you're aiming to read one book per month, smash out a novel a week or simply bump up your summer holiday reading list, below is our pick of what to devour this year.

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

Release date: January 23, 2020

After leaving New York and her job in publishing for a tech start-up in San Francisco, Anna Wiener's rose-tinted glasses soon dull as she discovers a world of casual sexism and technology addiction.

You can buy it here.

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

Release date: February 6, 2020

The latest novel from the beloved Irish author, Grown Ups delves into the Casey family whose secrets start to spill after one member gets concussed.

You can buy it here.

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Release date: February 25, 2020

Required reading for any feminist, Kendall explores why mainstream feminism neglects to see how race, class, sexual orientation and disability intersects with gender with a clear-eyed assessment of how to fix it.

You can buy it here.

Here We Are by Graham Swift

Release date: February 27, 2020

Set in Brighton in 1959 this end-of-the-pier story from the Booker winner tells of the off-stage drama between a magician, his assistant and compre.

You can buy it here.

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

Release date: March 5, 2020

The long-awaited conclusion to the Wolf Hall trilogy comes in at a whopping 912 pages, tracing the final years of Thomas Cromwell.

You can buy it here.

Our House is on Fire by Malena and Beata Ernman, Svante and Greta Thunberg

Release date: March 5, 2020

After the Swedish teenage climate change activist captivated the world in 2019, Greta Thunberg along with her sister, opera singer mother and actor father write about the story of a family led to confront a crisis.

You can buy it here.

Capital and Ideology by Thomas Picketty

Release date: March 10, 2020

Arguments for participatory socialism from this revolutionary thinker the book is described as 'a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system'.

You can buy it here.

This Lovely City by Louise Hare

Release date: March 12, 2020

A post-war novel that transports readers to Brixtons Windrush community in the 1950s following jazz musician Lawrie Matthews as he tours Sohos music halls and rallies with his local community.

You can buy it here.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Release date: March 31, 2020

The protagonist reflects on her relationship with her English teacher 17 years later when he's accused of sexual assault by another former student.

You can buy it here.

The Better Half by Sharon Moalem

Release date: April 7, 2020

Physician explains why women are genetically superior and makes a case that, genetically, females are stronger than males at every stage of life.

You can buy it here.

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Release date: April 23, 2020

A debut novel about four young women struggling to survive in Seoul, where extreme plastic surgery is as commonplace as routine as getting a haircut.

You can buy it here.

Clothes and Other Things That Matter by Alexandra Shulman

Release date: April 23, 2020

The former British Vogue editor on the meaning of clothes and why we wear them, a must-read memoir for even those beyond the fashion set.

You can buy it here.

Death in her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

Release date: April 23, 2020

An elderly widow is caught up in a murder mystery when she finds a note in the woods that says: "Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body."

You can buy it here.

The Ratline by Philippe Sands

Release date: April 23, 2020

Love, lies and justice following the trail of Nazi fugitive SS Brigadesfhrer Otto Freiherr von Wchter, who was indicted for mass murder at the end of WWII in 1945 and spent three years hiding in the Austrian Alps.

You can buy it here.

Skincare by Caroline Hirons

Release date: April 30, 2020

The internet's authority on skincare, Caroline Hiron's debut non-fiction book is a no nonsense guide to skincare - and getting the nation off face wipes for good.

You can buy it here.

What Have I Done? An honest memoir about surviving post-natal mental illness by Laura Dockrill

Release date: May 7, 2020

Children's author and Adele's best friend recounts her period of post-partum psychosis and the recovery that came with it.

You can buy it here.

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Release date: June 9, 2020

A new novel, again set in Naples, from the best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend.

You can buy it here.

Olive by Emma Gannon

Release date: June 11, 2020

Host of the acclaimed Ctrl Alt Delete podcast, Emma Gannon will release her debut novel, Olive, this June which sees the titular character navigate life when her best friends start to branch away into marriage and motherhood.

You can buy it here.

Beyond Mere Order by Jordan Peterson

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Release date: June 2020

More lore about how to live life from the controversial Canadian.

Summer by Ali Smith

Release date: July 2, 2020

The finale to her seasonal quartet, written as it happens. Smiths fourth and final instalment is separate to the former three but interconnected, just as the seasons are.

You can buy it here.

The Hungover Games by Sophie Heawood

Release date: July 2, 2020

Heawood's wry account of her journey into motherhood when she finds herself pregnant and single with a penchant for partying.

You can buy it here.

How Do We Know We're Doing It Right: & Other Essays on Modern Life by Pandora Sykes

Release date: July 16, 2020

A collection of essays from the journalist and podcast host that touch on happiness to wellness; womanhood to consumerism and the anxieties and agendas that consume our lives.

You can buy it here.

Fall: The Last Days of Robert Maxwell by John Preston

Release date: July 16, 2020

True-life investigation of the rise and fall of the notorious business tycoon Robert Maxwell, by the writer of A Very English Scandal.

You can buy it here.

Boris Johnson by Tom Bower


Release date: July 2020

After Corbyn, the biographer nobody wants turns his attention to the PM.

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