January: A Month in Books

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Category: Reading


Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff, 9 January

Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury makes bold claims about the current president’s administration and his competency for office. The book has already caused quite a stir in the media, with Trump’s former campaign manager, Steve Bannon, issuing an apology for the comments he made to Wolff about the president’s son in law, Jared Kushner.

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Three Things About Elsie, Joanna Cannon, 11 January

After the success of her first novel, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon’s follow up, Three Things About Elsie, is a book about the tricky relationship between memory and identity. It tells the story of lifelong friends Florence and Elsie. Florence has a secret she has long buried and promised never to reveal, but while waiting to be rescued after a fall in her flat, she fears she may have to break her promise after all.

Lullaby, Leila Slimani, 11 January

Leila Slimani’s Lullaby has caused quite the sensation since its initial release in France, selling numerous copies and picking up one of the country’s top literary prizes. Its unsettling and realistic depiction of the murder of a child by its nanny has drawn comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

A Long Way From Home, Peter Carey, 11 January

Author Peter Carey examines the long-term effects of colonialism in his latest book about a motor race across the Australian continent. Written from the perspective of both the indigenous and white communities in 1950’s Australia, Carey sees this book as tackling fundamental issues of race and empire which his previous work has not addressed.

Miss Blaine's Prefect and The Golden Salmovar, Olga Wojtas, 25 January

With Miss Blaine's Prefect and The Golden Salmovar, 2015 New Writers awardee, Olga Wojtas, has written an homage to Muriel Spark’s beloved novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Its protagonist, Shona, is a martial artist, linguist and musician who is sent back to 19th century Russia to complete a dangerous mission. This is one of the books featured on our top 28 Scottish Novels to Look Forward to in 2018 list, but we like it so much we wanted to put it here too.

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BraveRose McGowan, 30 January

Brave is actor Rose McGowan’s passionate memoir/manifesto, which takes a frank look at the entertainment industry and its unrealistic and damaging representations of women, as well as the widespread misogyny inherent in the industry. Her book challenges all people to speak out against oppression and abuse.


Films based on books

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure
, 26 January

The third instalment in the Maze Runner franchise, based on the series of books by James Dashner, sees Thomas lead his group on their final and most dangerous mission.

12 Strong, 26 January

Based on the bestselling book by Doug Stanton, Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban.


Bookish Dates for your Diary

15 January, Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize is announced

30 January, Costa Book of the Year winner announced

28 January, 205th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice’s publication 


Got an appetite for some Scottish fiction? Have a look at our great list of Scottish books to look forward to in 2018

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