what to put on your 2010 bookshelf
Books Editor John Spain on the titles that will be getting the most attention in the coming year
Some of our heavyweight writers will be resting on their laurels in 2010, so there will be no new novels from John Banville, Anne Enright, Sebastian Barry, Colm Toibin or Colum McCann this year.
In popular fiction, both Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern are taking a year out. Even Dan Brown has the feet up. All of which suggests that 2010 is shaping up to be a quiet year. But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the publishers' lists for the year are full of promising titles.
Banville may be resting, but his alter ego Benjamin Black will be publishing another thriller, Elegy for April (Picador, October). Toibin will have a collection of short stories, The Empty Family (Viking, October), some of which are set in Ireland and others in Spain and which is likely to be a big seller given the phenomenal success of his novel Brooklyn. Enright is editing the Granta Book of the Irish Short Story, which should also appear in the autumn. All of the writers mentioned above are at work on new novels for 2011/12.