Top 10: Most anticipated books by women coming out in 2018

11th Dec 2017

Top 10: Most anticipated books by women coming out in 2018
So 2017 turned out to be a dystopian nightmare, but on the upside - we read a lot of incredible books. And 2018 looks to be even more exciting, with some seriously amazing-sounding novels, essay collections, short stories and memoir coming our way in the year ahead. Here's just ten of the 2018 releases we're most excited about...

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks by Leni ZumasWe are beyond excited for this one! The book imagines a US in which abortion is illegal, IVF is banned, and the right to life is always granted to an embryo. Red Clocks tells the story of five women trying to navigate life within these restrictive boundaries and maintain control of their bodies. If you like The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, then you’ll love this. (Borough Press, 08.03.18)

Happiness by Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna’s last book, The Memory of Love, was absolutely great. We cried at the end, and read it twice because we loved it so much. So, we’ve high hopes for her next novel, Happiness. In it, two strangers collide on Waterloo Bridge. Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter in the midst of the rush of a great city, numerous moments of connections span out and interweave, bringing disparate lives together. (Bloomsbury, 05.04.18)

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

A new collection of essays from the queen, Zadie Smith. We’re hoping Feel Free will help tide us over until her next fiction comes out at the end of the year. (Hamish Hamilton, 01.02.18)

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Call Me Zebra is already being compared to everyone from Cervantes to Kathy Acker, Virginia Woolf to Miranda July, and it sounds wild. The main character, Zebra, leaves New York and heads to Barcelona. It’s an adventure tale about love and literature, as Zebra travels around Catalonia with her friend Ludo. (Houghton Mifflin, 06.02.18)

Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin

A wonderful short story collection from a debut author, Back Talk has been described by Eileen Pollack as “a collection of stories about women who don’t hate themselves, don’t hate other women, don’t hate their bodies, don’t hate their husbands, or even their ex-husbands . . . women who are simply, like me, trying to figure out what it means to be alive, to be in love, to be daughters, parents, siblings, wives, citizens, human beings.” (Penguin, 06.02.18)

The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews

We never judge books by their covers (!) but if we did this one would pass with flying colours. In The Word for Woman is Wilderness, our protagonist Erin wonders why it’s always men like Bear Grylls who get to go on all the cool wilderness adventures, and decides she’ll go on one of her own. To the Arctic Circle. (Serpent’s Tail, 01.02.18)

This Will Be My Undoing; Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

Okay, this book looks and sounds flipping brilliant. It’s a collection of linked essays that doesn’t shy away from big subjects: the stigma of therapy; Rachel Dolezal; black female sexuality; or the pain of dating men who say they ‘don’t see’ colour. In This Will Be My Undoing, Morgan Jerkins cuts right through the BS and gets to the heart of what it means to be a black American woman today. (HarperCollins, 08.02.18)

Brave by Rose McGowan

Does this one even need an introduction? Rose McGowan’s memoir Brave promises to be the explosive highlight of the publishing year and we are hyped about its release. (HarperCollins, 30.01.18)

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin

This debut is right up our street: set in the murky alleways of 1831 London, The Wicked Cometh features two female leads on a mission to escape the slums and to find out why vulnerable poor people keep going missing. File next to Sarah Waters and Sarah Perry‘s The Essex Serpent. (Hodder, 01.02.18)

Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh

We’ve long been a fan of Ruby’s no nonsense approach to food. She’s down to earth, full of common sense, and a breath of fresh air in a fog of ‘clean eating’ and fad diets. In Eat Up she celebrates the fun and pleasure of food, reminding us that cooking and eating nourishes and enriches us. There are recipes and shopping tips too. (Serpents Tail, 01.02.18)

What books are you most looking forward to in 2018? Head on over to our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to share your most anticipated releases by women writers with us. Because it’s not like our wishlists are already long enough or anything.