Eleanor’s Forthcoming Highlights for 2021

With literature providing the only promising means of escape in the near future, I’m looking forward even more to the new books 2021 has to offer. Luster, a debut novel by Raven Lelani, looks set to be one of my books of the year – a darkly comedic book about a young Black woman who moves into the suburban home of her middle aged lover and his wife. Also, Olivia Sudjic’s second novel, Asylum Road, explores a young woman’s relationship amidst the long shadow of the Balkans war.

Deborah Levy’s long awaited third instalment of her already classic living memoir series, Real Estate, will be a thoroughly welcome diversion. I’m also looking forward to rediscovering CLR James’ Minty Alley with Penguin’s reissue, including a new introduction by Bernadine Evaristo.

Michael Rosen considers the NHS and his own near death experience in the first wave of Covid in Many Different Kinds of Love, also illustrated by Chris Riddell; while Olga Tokarczuk brings us a beautifully illustrated children’s book in The Lost Soul.